Has Anyone Tried X-Ray Builder?

kindle x-rayLaunched in late 2011, the Kindle X-Ray feature is a nifty source of extraneous about the ebook you’re reading (and later, the video you’re watching).

However, it’s only officially available with ebooks in the Kindle Store (and four years later and it’s still a feature which no other major ebook platform can match) but I’ve just come across a way for you to make your own.

X-Ray Builder is a handy tool which will lets you take the content from a book listing on Shelfari and build it into an X-Ray file which can be loaded on to your Kindle. It only currently works with Shelfari (Wikipedia support is planned) but it can make an X-Ray file for older Kindles as well as the newer file type required on Kindles running the 5.6+ firmware.

Have you tried it? If not, you can find it over at MobileRead.

I haven’t tried this one myself but I have tried a similar tool released several years ago. I could never get it to work.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor 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. Nick1 December, 2015

    Bit late, but thanks for posting about my program! Hopefully it inspired some folks to give it a try.
    Just as an update, it now builds Author Profiles and Start/End Actions files as well. No Wikipedia support yet though 🙂

    1. Nate Hoffelder1 December, 2015

      Cool! Thanks for the update!


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