MOBI is short for Mobipocket. These are files made for use with e-book reading software, PDAs and e-book reading devices such as the Kindle, Nook and Sony Reader. HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language. It's the format Web pages are coded in. If you'd prefer to read e-books in your browser, you can convert your MOBI files to HTML. To convert MOBI to HTML, you can use either Calibre or the Mobi2Html tool in the MobiPerl toolkit.
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Download and install the Calibre software (see Resources).
Drag and drop the MOBI file into Calibre.
Highlight the MOBI e-book in Calibre's software, then click the "Convert Books" button.
Select "HTMLZ" from the "Output Format" drop-down menu.
Click "OK" and wait for the conversion to finish.
Decompress the file with a decompression program such as WinZip, WinRAR or 7-Zip (see Resources).
Double-click the "index.html" from the file you just decompressed to view the converted HTML file.
Download the latest version of the MobiPerl tools (see Resources).
Decompress the file to your desktop with decompression software such as WinZip, WinRAR or 7-Zip (see Resources).
Find the MOBI file you want to convert.
Drag and drop the MOBI file onto the "mobi2html.exe" icon. This will open an MS-DOS window and automatically convert the file for you. It will create the HTML file in a folder named "unpacked" that can be found in the same folder as the MOBI file.
Open the "unpacked" folder and double-click the HTML file. It will have the same name as your MOBI file.
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