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Maybe someone can help me with this--I have a .mobi file that I got for free (no DRM) from the Harlequin website. The downloaded file has a regular book title, but when I either use the Send to Kindle app or email it to my Kindle, it comes up with a string of weird letters and numbers as the book title and the author is listed as "Jenn of Green Gables O'Keefe" (which appears absolutely nowhere in the file name!) instead of Susan Meier. I have tried renaming the file but it doesn't work. Is there any way I can dig deeper into the file itself to rename it?
I suggest you use Calibre. Load it into Calibre and change the title/author there and "convert" it from mobi to mobi. Then use Send to Kindle.
After you have it converted, right-click on the "mobi" on the right side and select to save the mobi file to disk and select a folder. That will put a copy of the converted file where you want it and then use Send to Kindle on that. It's easier than trying to traverse Calibre's data file structure.
Another way that Calibre comes in handy with non-Amazon books - covers. Sometimes, Calibre shows a perfectly acceptable cover but when you put it in an Amazon device, you get a generic cover (white with fires, blue with Kindle for PC). There are some options (I don't remember exactly what is needed) for conversion to mobi that corrects it. Again, even a conversion of mobi to mobi without you changing anything (preferences and options pre-set) will correct the issue. I use it all the time.
The latest version of Calibre (based on what I just found) is 3.9. It's kind of funny -- at least 75% of the time I open Calibre, it has an update!
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