Kindle for PC to Calibre - Can it be done?

#1
I do not as yet have an ebook reader, but have downloaded a couple of Kindle books to read on my PC. Since doing this I have been told of the wonders of Calibre, and I would now like to transfer these books to this programme instead.

Does anyone know how to do this? I've tried but cannot find the files that I would like to convert.

Thanks in advance for any help
T_T
 
#2
Just place them into your 'Calibre Library' folder which will probably be in your 'My Documents' folder.
 

Grumblegrunt

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#3
you can try a search for .mobi files or the other kindle formats if you don't know where the pc is storing the files but they are usually in my docs.

I quite like the kindle for pc reader so prefer to convert other formats to fit it.
 
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Bertie Basset

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#4
I do not as yet have an ebook reader, but have downloaded a couple of Kindle books to read on my PC. Since doing this I have been told of the wonders of Calibre, and I would now like to transfer these books to this programme instead.

Does anyone know how to do this? I've tried but cannot find the files that I would like to convert.

Thanks in advance for any help
T_T
T_T: Just in case you decide to buy an ereader. I bought a kindle and I'm very pleased with it but my council library now lends ebooks for every ereader but KINDLE. x.x
 

Grumblegrunt

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#5
how do they lend them out?

plenty of free kindle books if you aren't fussy what you read and even more in torrents. or you can convert the files.

have you asked the library if you can borrow a book for your laptop?
 
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Bertie Basset

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#6
how do they lend them out?

plenty of free kindle books if you aren't fussy what you read and even more in torrents. or you can convert the files.

have you asked the library if you can borrow a book for your laptop?

Yes, dead easy to download direct to PC from powys library catalogue by just putting in your library card number after downloading some new settings. Must be like iplayer technology because the book borrowed vanishes after 30 days. But as I said just not for Kindle and I work away from home so KINDLE is my friend! (and almost certainly my only one!)
 
#8
Just play with Calibre - it is brilliant! You can 'acquire' an e-book in any format and Calibre will convert it to whatever format you want. Almost ANY book is available free, even brand new ones - Google is your friend. I also have a couple of DVDs from FleaBay with thousands of really good books on, for about 1.99 I think. I regularly download, then transfer between PC, Kindle and my Samsung tablet - and I'm a Luddite!
 
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Bertie Basset

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#9
Just play with Calibre - it is brilliant! You can 'acquire' an e-book in any format and Calibre will convert it to whatever format you want. Almost ANY book is available free, even brand new ones - Google is your friend. I also have a couple of DVDs from FleaBay with thousands of really good books on, for about 1.99 I think. I regularly download, then transfer between PC, Kindle and my Samsung tablet - and I'm a Luddite!

Many thanks for that S-B.
 

Grumblegrunt

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#10
if you convert the library file it should also strip out the drm removing the copyright.
 
#11
Our county library does electronic downloading but they are in audio format. I just copy them for the OC Domestic, straight onto her MP3. They are supposed to time out after 21 days but so far, she has kept some on her MP3 for 3 months. Calibre is brilliant. There are conversion programs available for mobi and all formats, free off tinternet. There are THOUSANDS of books if you use the right search engines, not that I would ever consider doing anything illegal like that
 
#12
I've a few thousand some direct kindle format, others converted through calibre- I won't say how many I actually paid for the Kindle paid for itself ages ago. ^^
 
#14
drm = digital rights management. You can never "remove" copyright, you're always in the wrong if you rip off someone else's original work. Even if you work round their efforts at enforcing their rights - the drm bit that tries to stop you copying etc. You may get some conversion software, sometimes just changing the .pub suffix to .txt or whatever formats you like works. There are also print to file utilities that act like a printer driver but churn out pdfs etc rather than paper copies.
 
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Bertie Basset

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#15
drm = digital rights management. You can never "remove" copyright, you're always in the wrong if you rip off someone else's original work. Even if you work round their efforts at enforcing their rights - the drm bit that tries to stop you copying etc. You may get some conversion software, sometimes just changing the .pub suffix to .txt or whatever formats you like works. There are also print to file utilities that act like a printer driver but churn out pdfs etc rather than paper copies.
My Bold: Noted and thanks for the info.
 
#16
Caliber also reformats Cbr files, which means any comic that you might be also reading behind that AA Book of home repair can also be converted to run on any tablet, kindle etc (it also converts Cbz files)
Can't recommend the walking dead series high enough. Read through 1 to 109 a few times now and if you think the TV series was good, the comics add a lot to it.
 
#17
Jeez I'm a techno-knob what's a drm and how do you do it without powys council sending the librarian heavy mob round with stout brooms?
Digital Rights Managment, it's the publishers way of controlling who or what can be read on a digital reader.

Publishers will tell you that cracking DRM is the worst of all sins and that burning you at the stake is far to good for the scum that dare to do it. Which is why a child of 7 can crack DRM.

However, DRM also fails to explane why it is perfectly legal to buy a second-hand paperback from a market stall or even Amazon, or lend said book to mate, or even quote from it in a lecture. Yep you got it DRM is pants and if that's the best the publishers can do, then they deserve to be 'ripped off'. Said publishers are quite happy to use the tinternet to sell their goods, but have an eppy fit it you lend the purchase in the same way that you would a paperback using the tinternet.

Given that you are not a columbian drug mule looking to fund criminal activities or what ever ludicrous connection the publishers are using these days, I would treat DRM with the contempt it deserves, and continue to use your 7-year old grandson (who can't be held responsible anyway under the age of 10) to f**k DRM off.

See post 16 above, according to the muppets, this represents the end of the world and we are all going to hell in a handcart.
 
#18
Our county library does electronic downloading but they are in audio format. I just copy them for the OC Domestic, straight onto her MP3. They are supposed to time out after 21 days but so far, she has kept some on her MP3 for 3 months. Calibre is brilliant. There are conversion programs available for mobi and all formats, free off tinternet. There are THOUSANDS of books if you use the right search engines, not that I would ever consider doing anything illegal like that
Don't worry MI5 are on the case, given you are that threat to national security.
 
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