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Old December 8th, 2010, 11:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've got a few .mobi files that I want to open on Kindle for Android. I loaded them into my Kindle for PC but they're not syncing to Kindle on my Evo. I first tried putting them in the kindle folder on my SD Card, which didn't work. Is there any way to sideload .mobi files and open them in Kindle for Android?

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Is Kindle able to read .mobi files?

iReader (full version in market) can do it
Have a look at it's features list ..
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EDIT: I had look in forum, maybe there is a solution for you
Have look at the last post ...
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Kindle for android can only read books bought directly from amazon. You can use Aldiko for mobi and epub files. I use it all the time, its the same thing as kindle.
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Kindle for android can only read books bought directly from amazon.
I just pasted text from a long article into OpenOffice, saved it as an odt file, used Calibre to convert the odt to a mobi file, saved it to disk, placed a copy in the Kindle directory / folder of my SD card (android Xperia X10), and started Kindle. The book is there and I can read it fine.

I did something similar for fbreader and aldiko and will compare, but it is definitely not true that the android kindle app can only read books from amazon.
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I did something similar for fbreader and aldiko and will compare, but it is definitely not true that the android kindle app can only read books from amazon.
Well they must have changed that in a recent update. When it first came out a few months ago, it did not support any outside ebooks in any format.
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It is a simple operation. Transfer your .mobi file(s) from your computer to the Kindle folder on your device via USB cable or your wireless LAN.
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Yes, just I did a .mobi file ("Max & Moritz") in the Kindle folder on SD card and could read it with the Kindle app

EDIT: I did the same with a big 14MB .mobi file (pharma compendium with internal text hyperlinks) and could read it with the Kindle app.
iReader is a good reader but it couldn't read this big .mobi file.

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Does Aldiko read .mobi files? I thought it read only epubs?
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Does Aldiko read .mobi files? I thought it read only epubs?

The new Aldiko update can read .epub and .pdf but not .mobi

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How can I update? Aldiko came with the phone pre-installed. Then I do not need to install Adobe PDF reader.
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How can I update? Aldiko came with the phone pre-installed. Then I do not need to install Adobe PDF reader.
The update is available in the Market, but it is only available in the paid version. (Which is why I've switched back to the free version despite having purchased the app...the new version is very different and, if you just want to read unDRM'd .epubs, less convenient IMO.)
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Hi Guys,

Just signed up to the forum for this specific problem - I have several .mobi files, mostly created using Calibre, and I am trying to get Kindle App on my HTC Desire HD to use them. I've tried copying them to the Kindle folder on my SD card, but all that happens when I run Kindle is that no books appear at all, and once I had previously downloaded were "Archived" and had to be re-downloaded.

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong? Apologies in advance for my idiocy.
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As I posted above I copied a "Not Amazon" .mobi file in the Kindle folder and could it read without problems.
But I did this after the last Kindle update. So I don't know if it was possible too before the update.

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Hi Guys,

Just signed up to the forum for this specific problem - I have several .mobi files, mostly created using Calibre, and I am trying to get Kindle App on my HTC Desire HD to use them. I've tried copying them to the Kindle folder on my SD card, but all that happens when I run Kindle is that no books appear at all, and once I had previously downloaded were "Archived" and had to be re-downloaded.

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong? Apologies in advance for my idiocy.
AFAIK, .mobi and .azw (kindle format) are almost the same. If you have any non-DRM file of either type, just rename it and see what happens. I had 1 or 2 non-DRMed .azw files, but they would not read on Aldiko. I simply renamed them to .mobi and hey presto - Aldiko imported them and they work fine.

Probably the kindle app reads only .azw files.
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Right... breakthrough happened today... (As in, I realised I have special needs)

When I copied the .mobi filed to the /kindle folder of my SD card yesterday, I immediately tried to view the files on Kindle, and nothing was appearing, not even my Amazon downloads, until highlighted and re-downloaded from the archive...

Sine disconnected from the USB lead, and my phone re-scanning the SD card, both my test .Mobi files appear and are readable in Kindle App! The text formatting is a little bolder throughout, but it's more than readable.

I'm going to try a batch conversion bunch of PDF's I converted to .mobi later, and will see if it works also.

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Yes, the SD card needs to be re-scanned after disconnecting from usb. It usually does this on its own.
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Hi, after trying to be able to read .mobi files on my new Android 2.2 Desire HD, I've worked out the following:
Amazon Kindle will list and open the .mobi files placed directly in the root of Kindle. It won't search or open titles in subfolders or your My Documents directory.
File browsing software won't open the files.
HTC's Reader (My Books) won't see the files, nor will Aldiko.
It's great that I've worked out a way to read them but it is a huge annoyance that the files have to be in the root directory directly as I've copied thousands of files sorted into directories - \Author\Title - but to read them on my Android I have to pull them all out jumbled up into the root directory with no sorting, catalogueing or anything.
But at least I can read them now.
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Yes, it does seem Kindle is messy in that way. Not only on the Kindle itself (all need to be in the 'Documents' folder, including your personal ones), but also for the Kindle apps on PC/Android, whatever. Probably following the current 'unorganised' trend - put it anywhere and use search to find it.

I would suggest using any of the free converters to convert .pdf/,mobi into ePubs and using Aldiko on Android, unless syncing is very important to you.

Hopefully they will improve the Kindle app/software soon.
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shonangreg's answer solved my problem.

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Just to round up:
After the new update the Kindle app is able to read PDF

Same procedure as to import .mobi eBook: Put the PDF file in the folder 'kindle' on the SD card and you'll find you PDF eBook in your Kindle book shelf.

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Hi Guys,

Just signed up to the forum for this specific problem - I have several .mobi files, mostly created using Calibre, and I am trying to get Kindle App on my HTC Desire HD to use them. I've tried copying them to the Kindle folder on my SD card, but all that happens when I run Kindle is that no books appear at all, and once I had previously downloaded were "Archived" and had to be re-downloaded.

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong? Apologies in advance for my idiocy.

Hi. you need to disconnect your phone from your computer first. Then run kindle app and it will see any books you have just copied across. If you run the kindle app while phone is connected via usb and in disk drive mode, no kindle books will be displayed and all will be archived.

Hope this helps.

By the way, Latest Kindle app on android reads mobi files just fine.
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how bizarre!
I just tried to stick some ebooks onto my galaxy s2 from another computer. they were .mobi files
the files on the computer tell me they can only be opened using microsoft works word processor. i tried opening these files on my phone and was unsuccesful. my phone only has "polaris office" and when i try to open the book file, it tells me "no application can perform this action"
so i decided to sign up to android forums to see if anyone can help....before i make my first post i notice the very first thread in the forum is titled "Opening .mobi files in Kindle for Android"

How very convenient!

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If you don't have the Kindle app (and an Amazon account) then you could install iReader or Cool Reader to read your .mobi files
Cool Reader is free, but iReader reads .mobi better IMO.

EDIT: ...and I can't read .mobi with my Android office apps

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If you don't have the Kindle app (and an Amazon account) then you could install iReader or Cool Reader to read your .mobi files
Cool Reader is free, but iReader reads .mobi better IMO.

EDIT: ...and I can't read .mobi with my Android office apps

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https://market.android.com/details?id=com.chaozh.iReaderFree&feature=search_r esult#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5jaGFvemguaVJlYWRlc kZyZWUiXQ..

this is the only ireader i can find.
looks to me like it's for reading chinese books, is this the same app you're talking about?
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Kindle's app is crap. Download "Cool Reader". It's free and reads virtually any file, anywhere it's stored.
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this is the only ireader i can find.
looks to me like it's for reading chinese books, is this the same app you're talking about?
Maybe you found the Chinese version

I use this version ...
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.chaozh.iReader

For .mobi eBooks I prefer iReader or the Kindle app because they show pictures in eBooks.
Cool Reader shows only the text without the pictures in an eBook of me.

EDIT: For very big .mobi files (I have a 15 MB .mobi) I haven't found an other Android reader than the Kindle app to read this file.

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Cool Move Files Not Folders..

Just drag and drop the FILE to the kindle folder. Kindle for Android will not recognize Windows FOLDER structure so you can not drag a FOLDER full of multiple books. Move only the book FILES and they will show up in your library.
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I used the Linux version of Calibre app, to place a PDF converted to mobi into the Android/data/com.amazon.kindle/files folder of my HTC Desire, with a cover .jpg in the covers folder there too.
The conversion isnt great but its ok, after the Contents Pages, which have loads of unprintable characters.
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I used the Linux version of Calibre app, to place a PDF converted to mobi into the Android/data/com.amazon.kindle/files folder of my HTC Desire, with a cover .jpg in the covers folder there too.
The conversion isnt great but its ok, after the Contents Pages, which have loads of unprintable characters.
Why don't you read PDF's directly with the Kindle app?

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I downloaded a couple free books to Kindle android app, where do they go? I have a Kindle folder with nothing in it, and a kindle folder in android/data with .prc and .mbp files. Which folder to drop .mobi files (should I download any)?
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OK I've tried a few of these solutions but it still doesn't seem to work. I am a Mac user and just got a new Motorola Atrix 2. I have quite a few .mobi and .epub files on my computer that I would like to read on my phone. What's the best way to go about this? Do I transfer the files to my phone via the USB cable? What type of USB connection should I be selecting and where exactly should I put them? From what I gather, there isn't an app that can read both types of files but I wouldn't mind using two different apps to get this accomplished.

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You should drop the .mobi files in the folder 'kindle' on the SD card. This is the "import" folder.
They'll appear in the Kindle app's book shelf

The eBooks which you downloaded from Kindle/Amazon are in /Android/data/com.amazon.kindle/files/ ...

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OK I've tried a few of these solutions but it still doesn't seem to work. I am a Mac user and just got a new Motorola Atrix 2. I have quite a few .mobi and .epub files on my computer that I would like to read on my phone. What's the best way to go about this? Do I transfer the files to my phone via the USB cable? What type of USB connection should I be selecting and where exactly should I put them? From what I gather, there isn't an app that can read both types of files but I wouldn't mind using two different apps to get this accomplished.

Thanks for your help.
Via USB cable, the phone as disk drive (for the Mac it's like an USB stick).

At the phone's SD card create a folder for the books and name this folder as you like

For the read .mobi 'iReader' is my favorite. But for very big .mobi files I have to use the Kindle app. It's the only .mobi reader which can handle very big .mobi files.

For to read .ePub I like 'Mantano Reader' because the app is also a very good read reader for PDF eBooks.
But Aldiko is the best reader for .ePub. Aldiko can also read PDF.

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You should drop the .mobi files in the folder 'kindle' on the SD card. This is the "import" folder.
They'll appear in the Kindle app's book shelf

The eBooks which you downloaded from Kindle/Amazon are in /Android/data/com.amazon.kindle/files/ ...

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I SEARCHED for a Kindle folder....Don't have one. My folder is called eBooks, on my SD card. So after trying a thousand different folders......I figured it out. Go Me. Thanks, because you pointed in the right direction. =)
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I found a perfect way to solve this problem just using the Kindle app!
1.Download Kindle app and sign in.
2.Menu-Setting, you can see "Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address, *****@kindle.com"
3.Go to amazon.com-Manage Your Kindle-Personal Document Settings-Approved Personal Document E-mail List-Add a new approved e-mail address.
3.Just send you .mobi as a attachment to this E-mail by the Approved email.
4.Open kindle on Android, menu-sync, wait a moment, you will see what you need.
Good luck!
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Yes, this is a so nice new feature of latest update of the kindle app

As I know can you use all kinds of eBook and doc formats with this Kindle email address when you own Kindle hardware.

I think you can do the same when you just own the Kindle app.

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Try to download/put the .mobi files on SD card in the following folder (not in Kindle folder):
.../Android/data/com.amazon.kindle/files

Then open the Kindle application, and you will find it there (at least, I did).
The Kindle aplication will convert it automatically (in the background) from .mobi to .mbp and next time you go into that folder you will find 2 files for your book, one .mobi and one .mbp

I have an old GalaxyTab tablet with Android 2.3 (I think) and the Kindle application downloaded from GooglePlay, and it worked for me.

I have a question myself: the colors in the .mobi ebook opened with the Kindle aplication are wrong: blue is red, red is blue (for letters. I programed the colors in the .mobi file with Sigil/html tags). Other colors in pictures/images are bluish. However, green and fuschia letters are coming out OK. Any sugestions how to make it work properly?
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fwiw, you can now also log into your amazon account, then go to "Manage My Kindle" and create an email address for your device(s)

Once done, you can then email a variety of document formats including mobi and azw files to that address, and, if necessary, they will be converted and will become available for download via the kindle delivery system.

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Now, with the new update of the Kindle app, you can your eBook or document send directly from several of your phone's apps (e.g. a file manager like EStrongs File Explorer) to your archive at the Amazon Kindle server and to your Kindle or Kindle app or Kindle on PC/Mac

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Playing with this now... have gotten it to find the book i transferred, but I have to search for it to get it.
It doesn't appear with a cover in the downloaded items list though the number of downloaded items is +1 to what I can see... how do I get the book to actually appear as normal?
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No book cover, yes ... but the books that I had uploaded, they hadn't shown covers with other readers too, so I didn't notice it as issue. And it isn't an important issue for me.

But I noticed that the books haven't WisperSync ... so my most recently page won't be synced with the Kindle server

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I had covers on all my books i put onto my kindle...

Kind of wish there was a way of getting the app to behave like the actual device, without the restriction of the device
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Been looking at aldiko since when you search for a reader that will read .mobi format it comes up. However I see this is now a cheat and it comes up because it mentions using calibre to change the file type. While I have calibre I really dont feel like changing all my books across to another format
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A nice reader which reads .mobi is Moon+ Reader ... and it also reads .epub and .pdf

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Yeah, Am looking at that one now, trying to get the dropbox sync to work, which sounds nicer that it probably is...
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All you have to do is find the kindle folder and place files in there.
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All you have to do is find the kindle folder and place files in there.

the thing is.. you have to put all your books/files into that one folder.
you can not use sub-folders for each book..

i am going to try other readers and see which give me more reasonable access. cool reader shows good promise
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the thing is.. you have to put all your books/files into that one folder.
you can not use sub-folders for each book..

i am going to try other readers and see which give me more reasonable access. cool reader shows good promise
I tried them all and liked moon reader best, even bought the pro version when I saw it was on sale which is really nice because you can just put books in to your dropbox and access them directly through moon reader
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I tried them all and liked moon reader best, even bought the pro version when I saw it was on sale which is really nice because you can just put books in to your dropbox and access them directly through moon reader
Yes. This is what I am trying out now
Soo many options / settings

Got it on sale too..
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There is even an easier option. In Dropbox, when you click "export" there is a button on Android that sais "send to kindle". You can then choose to which devices it should be synchronized, and the stuff gets uploaded somewhere. You have to choose "Synchronize" once to really see the books then, but you are done.
This looks like Amazon allows to do this and has even implemented it.
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