Monday, May 21, 2012

Send to Kindle, formats and Emily Starr books LM Montgomery

I think the Send To Kindle app is very cool. But still... I have two ebooks which I only found on the Net by long and hard search, which were some obscure format which I had to convert myself with Calibre, first into HTML and then into ePub so I could read it on my iPad.

But I now decided I wanted to read them on my Kindle. So I fired up Send To Kindle.
What do you know, while it will send and convert Word documents, PDFs, txt and RTF, it can't do anything with either HTML or ePub! The first one is pretty much the format all e-text is based on, and the other one is the defacto standard in ebooks.

So I had to open the HTML file in Nisus Writer Pro and save it as RTF, then pull that file into Send To Kindle, which sent it to Amazon's server, which converted it to the proprietary Kindle format! OMFG. This overall lack of standards and compatibility is ridiculous. And with all these conversions, it's a miracle any semblance of the books remains, but it seems they are quite readable, correct paragraphs and no odd line breaks or such.  Yea.

By the way, the e-books are "Emily Climbs" and "Emily's Quest", by Lucy Maud Montgomery (L. M. Montgomery). Probably others have had their troubles finding them also, so I've posted them now (they are out of copyright so far as I know). You can find them here in RTF format, here in HTML format, and here in ePub format (the last one include the first book, "Emily of New Moon"). Oh, and I'm not sure if this works, but this should be all three books in Kindle format.
"Emily of New Moon" is the first book, "Emily Climbs" is the second. If you are a fan of Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables" books, you'll probably like these too.

[Note: I believe these books are out of copyright. If I'm mistaken, notify me and I'll take them down. My Gmail address is eolake.]

... Hmm, it seems that Amazon only syncs how far you have come in a book over various devices with books you've bought from them, not with books you've loaded yourself. Is that sound business sense or a little stingy?


Anonymous said...

Hello! I have been trying to find these books forEVER and am not terribly tech savvy... the file that is already in kindle format only has the second two books - would you mind posting with all three? Thank you so much!!!

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Durn, you're right, it was missing the first book. I have put it in now, try the link again. I could only convert to .mobi, not .azw, but so far as I know, Kindle reads .mobi. (I don't know what the difference is between the two formats.)
[Testing...] Yes, it works fine on my Kindle 4!

I am glad I was able to help, it's frustrating when you can't find a book you really want. :-)

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Did it work?

How did you find this post? It doesn't show prominently when I google.