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by kjhenrie Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:01 am EDT
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Kindle Import is an App for the HP TouchPad that will faciliate sideloading books into the Kindle application. This application can be used in conjuction with Calibre ( and/or the mobi metadata and cover image extraction tool developed by m0ngr31 which can be downloaded from

Kindle Import will import mobi files from the /media/internal/.palmkindle directory and cover images from the /media/internal/.palmkindle/coverCache directory. The book file name must be in one of the formats:


e.g. Way of Shadows, The - Brent Weeks - AABBCCCDDEE -

If you do not provide an ASIN number a number will be generated.  If you do not provide the TOTAL_LOCATIONS a default of 15000 will be used. The default values for ASIN and TOTAL_LOCATIONS will work fine, however, if the default 15000 TOTAL_LOCATIONS is used your progress bar in the Kindle Application will not accurately represent your progress in the book (in our example you might be on the last page of the book but your progress bar might only show 30%).

As mentioned above if you are not in the mood to rename all of your books you can make use of Calibre and/or m0ngr31s script. Calibre allows you to convert books from just about any format to mobi. Using the default settings calibre will convert the books to a compatible naming convention. Calibre also includes a "Send to Device" feature and recognizes the TouchPad as a device. You must have the TouchPad in USB Drive mode in order for Calibre to detect it.

Calibre 0.8.20 now supports cover exporting for WebOS!  If you have already imported your books after sending your books to your device from Calibre in Kindle Import you will need to use the "Delete All Imported Books from Kindle" button followed by "Load Books" and finally "Import Books" to pick up the new covers.  You will lose your book progress if you do this. 

The Windows script written by m0ngre31 will extract cover images, ASIN number, and total locations from mobi files. You can then copy the files over to the TouchPad over USB to the appropriate directories (see the Kindle Import application thread on the precentral homebrew forum for details).

Read the Help option from the application menu for detailed usage instructions.

Installation Note

* If you get an error when loading and/or importing books after the installation reboot the TouchPad.


If you find this app to be useful and would like to contribute visit the official Kindle Import app page in the precentral homebrew forum.


Version 1.3.2

  • Added debug logging to help diagnose issues

Version 1.3.1

  • Moved the book list below the function buttons to make the buttons more accessible
  • Code refactoring and optimization

Version 1.3.0

  • Added the ability to delete one or more books in addition to the delete all books option
  • Added the ability to change the book "locations" field prior or after importing
  • Disabled buttons that should not be used while in the current view
  • Added the ablity to choose which books to import (defaults to all)
  • User interface enhancements
  • Updated help dialog to reflect the new changes

Version 1.2.0

  • Added launch icon
  • Updated help dialog text

Version 1.1.6

  • Added a default cover image if a cover image is not provided

Version 1.1.5

  • Updated README and the Help Dialog to reflect the functional changes in 1.1.4

Version 1.1.4

  • Fixed database permissions issue

Version 1.1.2

  • Version 1.1.2 of the app automatically add the database permissions needed for the app to work. You no longer need to copy the file

Version 1.1.0

  • Added support for Calibre exports

Version 1.0.0

  • Initial release with support for importing books based on data extracted from a pipe-delimited metadata export file



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Discussion, Changelog, and Support

Discuss this app, get support, and read the changelog for Kindle Import in the Official Forum thread