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Thursday, November 07, 2019

Movie buff wanted

If you are a serious - and I mean VERY SERIOUS - film expert, and you would like to get paid to write a few thousand trivia questions about the movies, please email me with FILM in the subject.

In completely unrelated news, we have posted instructions for loading mobi files onto Kindle devices and apps in response to Amazon's enhancement of your user experience at Arkhaven. Because apparently Amazon, like all Big Tech companies, hates its users and wants to them to be unhappy, it has recently removed from mobile versions of the Kindle reader the ability to directly open .mobi files in the device.

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16 Comments:

Blogger Harambe November 07, 2019 9:03 AM  

Cool. I thought this thing died. Glad I was mistaken.

Blogger LR27 November 07, 2019 9:26 AM  

Seriously, companies break everything on purpose these days. My adobe PDF doesn’t even work anymore when it had been working fine for over a decade.

Blogger dtungsten November 07, 2019 9:33 AM  

I can still read mobi files, but they have to be in my books directory. It's possible I didn't get the update yet, though.

Blogger thechortling November 07, 2019 10:15 AM  

interesting. I've been doing this for years with a number of formats.

I've had better luck with adding CONVERT in the subject and first line of the body of the message. i haven't tested it recently but when this was first offered by Kindle, the CONVERT word was required.

the biggest limitation is that the document sent into your kindle email address has a max size of 50MB

They also support other document formats (but, of course, this also telegraphs to Amazon where you're buying content from their competitors and which internet sites you're likely getting content from if it's public domain).

Kindle Personal Documents Service supports the following file types:

Kindle Format (.MOBI, .AZW)
Microsoft Word (.DOC, .DOCX)
HTML (.HTML, .HTM)
RTF (.RTF)
Text (.TXT)
JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG)
GIF (.GIF)
PNG (.PNG)
BMP (.BMP)
PDF (.PDF)

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 November 07, 2019 10:19 AM  

Name the movie most quoted on Rob Zombie's first solo album "Hellbilly Deluxe".

Hint: it's an artsy European vampire film from the early 70s.

Blogger Warunicorn November 07, 2019 11:25 AM  

"In completely unrelated news, we have posted instructions for loading mobi files onto Kindle devices and apps in response to Amazon's enhancement of your user experience at Arkhaven. Because apparently Amazon, like all Big Tech companies, hates its users and wants to them to be unhappy, it has recently removed from mobile versions of the Kindle reader the ability to directly open .mobi files in the device.

"enhancement" /snicker

In all seriousness: But...why? It mystifies me.

So glad I switched to a Kobo eReader and haven't looked back. Yeah, I still have to work with DRM on my books from their store, but at least they aren't as draconian or pigheaded as Amazon.

Blogger Daniel November 07, 2019 11:27 AM  

Probably Daughters of Darkness because all the Hammer references don't count as artsy!

Blogger Duke Norfolk November 07, 2019 12:31 PM  

Warunicorn wrote:Yeah, I still have to work with DRM on my books from their store, but at least they aren't as draconian or pigheaded as Amazon.

I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "work with", but I use Calibre with a DRM stripper plugin. It's seamless and invisible now. I've got all my Kindle books on a Kobo ereader and it's great not being subject to Amazon's whims.

Blogger J Melcher November 07, 2019 12:58 PM  

My Amazon Fire Tablet runs a file manager "ES File Explorer", that opens mobi files that I've found and downloaded to the SD card, then sends the text directly to the "Kindle" reader app. No problem.

Won't save bookmarks, though.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd November 07, 2019 1:26 PM  

I've gotten sick of dealing with proprietary nonsense and DRM. I've pretty much given up on ereaders and I'm back to paper.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 November 07, 2019 2:01 PM  

Daniel wrote:Probably Daughters of Darkness because all the Hammer references don't count as artsy!



We have a winner.

Blogger Newscaper312 November 07, 2019 2:48 PM  

@8 Duke...
Can you elaborate on the DRM plug-in? Something you can only download form overseas websites?
I've only done some initial research on Calibre.

Blogger Duke Norfolk November 07, 2019 6:23 PM  

Newscaper312 wrote:Can you elaborate on the DRM plug-in?

There's more than one out there, of course, but here's what I have installed. https://www.epubor.com/calibre-drm-removal-plugins.html

Easy to do, and like I said, it's seamless. You just plug the Kindle into your computer, go to the documents folder, and then copy the .azw3 and Kindle Content type files to a folder on your computer (you don't need the other file types for each book). Then you’ll add the books to Calibre, during which process the DRM stripping is done automatically, and then you can add them to your Kobo reader, or whatever else. It’s very easy to do.

Blogger Newscaper312 November 07, 2019 8:23 PM  

Thanks, will try it.

Blogger Lovekraft November 07, 2019 8:59 PM  

https://www.funtrivia.com/

Blogger OvergrownHobbit November 09, 2019 12:26 AM  

Thanks so much!

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