A second, better way to read Epub on your Kindle (video)

Yesterday I showed you how to read Epub on your Kindle. I’ll admit, using Ibis Reader isn’t a very clean solution, but it was an interesting thought experiment.

I wrote that post yesterday because of the following video. It doesn’t give any detail about how they did it, so I figured it out on my own (I appreciated the challenge). Then I started looking into whether the video was legit, and it turns out I’ve heard of the developers before. Inventive Labs last came to my attention when they announced Monocle, a Javascript based Epub reader. They’ve developed a new version that works better with the Kindle’s page turn buttons. It’s not out yet, though.

Yes, I know, it’s not really on the Kindle. But it’s the closest thing yet and it should be possible to get Monocle running fully on the Kindle. If there’s a developer who wants to give it a go, contact Inventive Labs.

An EPUB on the Kindle from Inventive Labs on Vimeo.

via Mike Cane

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Robert17 September, 2010

    This would make a great Kindle app… if they ever release them that is

  2. MB22 September, 2010

    i’m wondering about the opportunity to use a JS reader cause i’ve a set of doubts: – with a JS reader the user has to wait the complete download and unzip of the book – what appens with large size e-book? i.e. e-books with a lot of large images? do i have to refer to external resources in this case in order to have the e-book structure and download the internal resources when needed? – if it’s possible to link external resources, what i have to do in order to give the user an offline version? do i have to build a new version?

    what do you think?

  3. There's a much better way21 September, 2011

    epub, djvu and other formats have been available on the kindle to chinese speakers and their friends for quite some time.

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