Category Archives: kindle

September, 2012

Generate Kindle (MOBI) ebooks with your ASP.NET Web API

Because, it's so crazy, it might work

Recently, I’ve been working a little on an application that allows users to save, tag, bookmark links for later reading – that kind of stuff. Obviously, Web API facilitates those types of apps really well, as data can be exposed in a magnitude of formats. So I had this crazy idea – CLR to Kindle? Why not.

Unfortunately MOBI format (used by Kindle) is not that easy to support from C#, as to my knowledge there is no ready-made DLL port or SDK available. On the other hand, Amazon has created a proprietary tool called Kindlegen, which is a command line tool, and allows you to convert HTML into MOBI. We’ll use that – it’s a hacky solution but it sure is a lot of fun.

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