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Initial post: Sep 3, 2014 1:59:01 PM PDT
Send to Kindle on the Mac seems to always get the author wrong on mobi uploads. I purchase books from a variety of publishers (partly to get PDF versions of technical books -- sometimes the figures don't make sense after being reformatted for mobi / epub).

When I use Send to Kindle on the Mac (OSX Mavericks), the Author field contains the author of the previous upload, not the current book. This even happens if I reboot the mac in between. It doesn't matter if I open the app and drag a file to it, right click a .mobi file and select the "Send to Kindle..." Service.

If I manually change the author before hitting Send, it correctly uses my typed value and remembers that value for the next upload.

Why can't they locate the author field in their own bloody file format?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2014 2:04:13 PM PDT
Artist says:
It works fine for me.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 2:58:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 3, 2014 2:59:18 PM PDT
It might work if you edit the PDF file to fill in Document Properties (right-click in the doc), Document Properties/Author. It depends on whether the conversion software looks at that, though.

ETA: PDF isn't their document format, .mobi is. If the author is filled in properly there, it should stay there. It should be last name, first name.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2014 8:19:53 PM PDT
I'm uploading purchased MOBI files. It doesn't seem to matter who published the document. It's still wrong.

I like having multiple formats for technical books: mobi (easier reading) and PDF (accurate figures). I upload the mobi to Amazon and the PDF to Dropbox. Epub is nice to have in case Amazon does something stupid.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2014 8:41:59 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I convert all of mine with Calibre before sending them to Amazon. That way I control everything.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2014 9:07:03 PM PDT
I email mobi files to my Kindle all the time (not using Send to Kindle), and the author always comes out just fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2014 2:16:49 AM PDT
Denis Powell says:
I have that issue with some ebooks but not all. I assume it's because the publisher hasn't added the metadata correctly. I don't find it a significant problem as I often change that field anyway. I prefer Christian Name first.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2014 8:40:54 AM PDT
Thanks.. If the mobi file is broken, the app should use something like "author unknown". It also happens for almost every publisher I've encountered too. Many of these are the big names in the computer science ebook publishing arena that I doubt would get something that basic wrong. Also, the same mobi files work fine when emailed to the Kindle.

More details on the bug: When the Mac Send to Kindle app starts, the author field is filled in with the author's name from the last time I ran the app. The field doesn't change when I drag a file over to the app. It doesn't matter whether it's a mobi file, PDF file or even a text file. If I manually correct the author field and upload, the result is correct (and the app "remembers" that author for next time). Even if I wanted to change the name value, it would help to have it pre-filled in correctly.

This used to work fine. For some reason, it's now broken.

As noted earlier, the email to Kindle feature works fine. The "Send to Kindle" option at O'Reilly Media uses email to Kindle (and you have to tell amazon to trust their email). If I re-upload one of their mobi files using Send to Kindle, I get the wrong author. The same mobi file worked properly via email so I don't think it's fair to blame the mobi producers.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2014 11:09:59 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2014 9:01:41 PM PDT
Kribu says:
I recall there was a thread on the Mobileread forums about this when the most recent Send to Kindle update came out. It's not an isolated problem - it's one a number of people suddenly started having when after updating.

I use the Windows version (on Windows 7) and the author name was wrong every time I tried to send a file to my Kindle through Send to Kindle. I noticed that when I'd filled it in manually (this does lead to it sending correctly), then for the next book/file I wanted to send, it used the previously entered author name.

I ended up uninstalling the application, found the installer file for the previous version and installed that - that one still works just fine, I just ignore the nagging to update. It's definitely an issue with the Send to Kindle update, not the files or the computer - the problem was too common (and for everyone affected, only started up after the update to the latest version) for there to be any other explanation, even if it doesn't appear to affect every user.

I hope they fix it in the next update.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2014 2:53:31 PM PDT
Nikki says:
ah, thank you- this was what happened to me, i will try the last version!
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