eBookBinder FAQ

Embed Video- and Audio-files

What has to be considered

When using audio- and video-files inside eBooks you need to consider a few things.

1. Not all eBook-readers and -programs for reading eBooks support audio- and video-files. In particular, eBookreaders with eInk technology can not play videos in most cases.

2. The choice of video- and audio-format. For video formats there are basically three options:

iBooks and eBook-Readers based on the Webkit-engine running on Apple devices can also play the mov format. iBooks however, cannot play neither webM nor ogg. In order to achieve maximum coverage the mp4-format should be used.

For audio-files, the following three formats are supported in principle:

Also in this case there should be used only one format: mp3. Mp3 offers the widest coverage and causes the fewest problems.

Video- and Audio-files in eBookBinder

Like pictures, video- and audio-files need to be included in the chapters itself before they are added in eBookBinder. For doing so, the textfile-formats RTFD, Textbundle and Textpack are the best choices.


RTFD files can be easily created with Apple's word-processor Textedit, which is pre-installed on every Mac. The video- or audio-file that you want to add to the chapter can be easily added via drag'n drop into the text at any location. That's all in this case to prepare. When importing the chapter, eBookBinder automatically detects the included video/audio-file and prepares the chapter to embed the video for the final eBook. Within the Chapter-editor the result can already be watched.

Textbundle- and Textpack-files

Embedding video- and audio-files in Textbundle-/Textpack-files must comply to following conditions:

Textbundle-/Textpack-files are always associated with a markup-language. For the languages ​​Markdown, MultiMarkdown and Wikitext the examples below can be copied directly. Additional formatting is necessary for other languages (for example, in Smark the code below has to be embedded in %SAVED-HTML-1%).

After embedding, do not forget to replace the file name (video-file.mp4 and audio-file.mp3) in accordance with the name of your own files.

<video src="assets/video-file.mp4" type="video/mp4" controls="controls">
Your browser does not support the video tag.

<audio src="assets/audio-file.mp3" type="audio/mpeg" controls="controls">
Your browser does not support the audio tag.

If this preliminary work is completed on each chapter you want videos in, the chapters can be added directly into eBookBinder. Everything else is done by eBookBinder automatically.

Sandbox-free version of eBookBinder

Download the sandbox free version of eBookBinder

The sandbox free version of eBookBinder can be downloaded from the following link: Download sandbox-free version of eBookBinder

Mac App Store customers

MAS customers of eBookBinder have unrestricted access to the direct versions of eBookBinder that can be loaded on Xelaton.com including the sandbox-free version of eBookBinder. For this, the MAS version of eBookBinder must have been started at least once.

Clarification why a sandbox-free version is needed

To use the Terminal-tools kindlegen (mobipocket-creation) and/or the MultiMarkdown-tool (Unix executable version 3 or later) with eBookBinder, the sandbox-free version of eBookBinder is required. In the sandboxed-version of eBookBinder SIP (System Integrity Protection) prevents access to kindlegen and the MultiMarkdown-tool.

Differences between sandboxed and sandbox-free version

Both versions are identical in their code base, work the same. The only difference is that the "sandbox"-option has been disabled in the sandbox-free version of eBookBinder at compile time. Also in the sandboxed Version eBookBinder checks for the MultiMarkdown-tool, but automatically detects that the access is denied by the system and thus skips the internal part of the code and accesses instead the integrated MultiMarkdown-library.

Mobi-file creation

Note: With tthe integration of SIP (System Integrity Protection) in OSX, the Mac App Store-version and the sandboxed direct-version of eBookBinder, which is available to download Xelaton.com are no longer able to access Terminal-tools like kinglegen, which is required to create mobipocket-files. On this page, two different methods are explained how you can still create mobipocket files.

Generate mobipocket-files with eBookBinder automatically

Note: For the following described way to create mobipocket-files the sandbox-free version of eBookBinder is needed. Information and download of the sandbox-free version of eBookBinder are available in the section Sandbox-free version of eBookBinder

Follow these steps to prepare eBookBinder for creating mobipocket-files:

Create mobipocket-files by hand

Note To create a mobipocket-file by hand, you need the "kindlegen tool for Mac" from Amazon, which is available on the following page for free download: kindlegen-Tool

Note: Unzip the downloaded zip file

With following steps you can create a mobipocket-file by hand:

If these steps are followed, a mobi-file will appear at the same place where the ePub file is located

Installing MultiMarkdown Unix executable for eBookBinder

Note: The following description refers to the sandbox-free version of eBookBinder version 1.4.0 or later. If you're not sure what version of eBookBinder you're running, you can display the version number of eBookBinder under the menu item "eBookBinder > About eBookBinder".

Note: If you are using the sandbox free version of eBookBinder, you can check this by opening the preferences of eBookBinder and check if the Mobipocket tab is present. If the Mobipocket tab is not present, you need to download the sandbox free version of eBookBinder. Information and download of the sandbox-free version of eBookBinder are available in the section Sandbox-free version of eBookBinder

Using following link you can download the "Unix executable" version of MultiMarkdown.

MultiMarkdown Download

Select the file offered for Mac computers MultiMarkdown Mac x.x.x.dmg . The "x" stands for numbers. As of September 2017 the most current version was 6.2.1. Since MultiMarkdown is constantly evolving, now a newer version could be available.

After opening the DMG file you use the included "Installer" to install the MultiMarkdown Unix executable on your Mac. After installation eBookBinder automatically detects that MultiMarkdown is installed and automatically accesses the installed version of MultiMarkdown. Furter settings are not required.