Convert Texinfo to MOBI
GNU software often comes with a large set of documents in
texinfo format, which can be typesetted to a real book.
For example the Gnus Manual has over 500 pages, full of fun and
humor. Having a mobi version on my Kindle would be quite handy.
This work involves two parts, first is to convert texinfo to docbook,
second is to convert docbook to mobi. In fact the second part could
be applied on all docbooks.
Convert Texinfo to DocBook
Texinfo has native support of converting texi file to docbook format:
makeinfo --docbook gnus.texi
will output gnus.xml.
If the texi includes some other texis the the makeinfo command somehow
doesn’t strip the
@setfilename macro from the included file, so
cluttered output. Use the following sed script to fix it:
sed -i -e 's#<para><setfilename>.*</setfilename></para>##' gnus.xml
Convert DocBook to MOBI
Since DocBook 1.74, they included a ruby script
dbtoepub to convert
xml file to epub format. Then we can use
convert epub to mobi.
However the docbook xsl produces nested navPoints and
TOC. Both aren’t handled very well by Kindle.
So I created a customized layer above the docbook.xsl for mobi
creation. This mobi.xsl will flatten the navPoints and use
formated TOC. The output mobi looked very nice on my Kindle.
All in one script
Download the texi2mobi.tar.gz,
which contains the script and the style sheet used to create mobi
To use this script you have to install
kindlegen. I use
kindlegen here because it creates better mobi at
apt-get install texinfo
apt-get install dbtoepub
kindlegen could be downloaded form Amazon.
Untar the tarball then use
Create your mobi version! Have fun 😊