How to Create E-Book Files with Mobipocket

Mobipocket is a free e-reader program that lets you read, annotate, and create e-books from your PC or from your smartphone or mobile device. The application is available for many smartphone platforms, including varieties of the Palm OS, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry. Check the Mobipocket Web site for a complete list.

To install the program, go to the Mobipocket.com Web site and follow these steps:

  1. Click the Software link near the top of the page.

  2. When the Download page appears, click the red Download button under Mobipocket Reader.

  3. On the next page, select the link for the computer or smartphone you want to use.

  4. If a security warning dialog box appears, click Run.

    The file is downloaded.

  5. Run the installation program when prompted. You may need to double-click the downloaded file to install the reader.

If you want to read e-books on your smartphone, you can download Mobipocket Reader directly from the mobile version of the Web site, at http://m.mobipocket.com.

After the reader is installed, when you double-click an e-book file that is compatible with it (such as a book you’ve purchased from one of the Mobipocket e-book stores), it opens automatically in the reader, as shown below.

Mobipocket Reader lets you read Kindle books on other devices.
Mobipocket Reader lets you read Kindle books on other devices.

If a file doesn't automatically open in Mobipocket Reader, you can manually import and convert it. This is a great way to make the following types of files readable by mobile devices and e-readers, including all versions of the Kindle:

  • Adobe PDF files

  • HTML Web page documents

  • Plain-text files

  • Rich Text Format (RTF) files

  • Microsoft Office files (including Word, Excel, and Access)

Launch Mobipocket from the Start menu, click the Import button near the top of the Mobipocket window, select Add Folder, and then select the folder on your file system that contains the content files that you want to convert.

You could also just drag one of the files you want to open atop the Mobipocket Reader icon in Windows Explorer or My Computer. The file automatically opens and is converted. After you have converted files, you can transfer them to your mobile device using a USB cable.

If you’re thinking that Mobipocket is an independent company that’s competing with Amazon.com for a share of the e-book market, think again. That might have been true at one time, but in 2005, Amazon purchased Mobipocket. Today, the two companies work together to provide e-books to users of the Kindle and competing electronic book readers.

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