Called "Savory" and developed by Jesse Vincent, it does not open rights-protected (DRM) books, since that is clearly illegal. As Gizmodo writes:
'It converts specific unprotected files on the fly—from PDF and ePub to Mobipocket, so it feels like they are supported by the Kindle 2. (Not, alas, the first-gen Kindle.)'Gizmodo goes on to quote Jesse's blog:
'Savory installs a small program which runs on your Kindle and watches for new files in the 'Documents' directory with names ending in '.epub' and '.pdf'. When the system notifies Savory that a document has shown up, it wakes up and runs an open-source file conversion program called Calibre. Savory also updates your Kindle2's browser configuration file to tell it that the Kindle can now handle .pdf and .epub documents.'However, Jesse is not sure that this wouldn't void the warranty. That is a big uncertainty.
And, the process is not for the faint of heart when it comes to computers. Jesse describes it on his Savory page and reminds people that it could void your warranty.
He also has done a second version over the weekend, which converts a 2nd time, from the converted text to an image-based version. That's a beta version and the process results in two files, neither perfect but you can decide which one you want to keep. He's asking for feedback. The image-set version will look more like the original copy but that may not be ideal on a small screen and it will be a much larger file. I would read all the feedback before tip-toeing into this.
I am not recommending any of this be done but am informing the interested that it's available in a Kindle world :-)
UPDATE (4/12/09 at 5:20 pm): ZDNet's Joe Brockmeier writes on 4/10/09 about this, saying "Jesse Vincent is doing Amazon’s work for it...He released the first version on April 3rd, and has since added support for “picture perfect” conversion of PDFs to the Kindle. The screenshots look very sweet indeed" Below are ways to Share this post if you'd like others to see it.
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