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26 December 2012 @ 07:33 pm
A question...
I now have a large number of books on my Kindle. Can I move them over onto my computer, so that, if my Kindle gives up the ghost and I have to get a new one, I can transfer them over to the new one?
If so, how do I do this? (I've tried drag-and-drop but the computer claims it can't read the files - each book seems to consist of three files).
All and any advice will be appreciated.
Many thanks.
writergirliewritergirlie on December 27th, 2012 03:36 am (UTC)
The files on your Kindle should also be stored in the "cloud," on your Amazon account. Anytime you get a new device, you can download those files on your new device. To do that, you would log onto Amazon, go to My Account, and choose Manage My Kindle. There you'll see a list of all of the files you have ever purchased. You can send each one to the new device.

The only drawback is you'd have to send each one individually, I believe (or if there's a bulk way of doing it, I wasn't able to figure it out when I got my new Kindle!).
Sister Bluebirdsister_bluebird on December 27th, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
I believe that it is also possible, once you have registered the new Kindle, to navigate to the cloud on that device and download from there. It may, however, take a little while for the device to notice this information (my grandmother's new Kindle fire couldn't find it for several days; we are not sure why).
Blonde on the insidestormcloude on December 27th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
I am just guessing here, but I think maybe you have to download kindle4pc and then redownload them from Amazon?

Kindle uses a proprietary format and you have to use their reader to open the books on your computer.
wmilliken on December 27th, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)
You'll definitely need the Kindle reader app for your PC to read the files, they have Amazon-proprietary DRM on them, so nothing else will read them, unless you feel like violating the DMCA.... (Amazon DRM has been cracked, but it's illegal to do it in the US, even for personal fair use.) Also, depending on how Amazon's DRM scheme works, the copied files might not be openable on the PC Kindle app, even if it's registered to the Amazon account; Amazon seems to assume everything will always be downloaded from their servers.

Anyway, it's probably easier to re-download your books from Amazon onto the PC than to try to copy the files off the Kindle reader. The main exception to this would be if you side-loaded some books onto the Kindle in PDF format from your PC, so they wouldn't be part of your Amazon purchases.

Any Kindle device or app which has your Amazon account information should be able to download anything you've bought from Amazon, as long as the device is registered with Amazon.
Toppington Von Monoclenestra on December 27th, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
Are they all purchased from Amazon?
Cat Sitting Stillcatsittingstill on December 27th, 2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
Some Amazon e-books have DRM on them that means you can't transfer them directly from Kindle to computer to other Kindle--or rather, you *can* but they won't work on the other Kindle. These files have to be redownloaded from Amazon to have the DRM reset for the new Kindle. You can redownload either from the Archived Items option on the Home screen (you may have to page down to find it) or from the Manage Your Kindle web page on the computer. If you want to redownload a lot of stuff, I think the latter option is faster.

Books from Amazon that don't have DRM, or books you bought from other sources or got free from Manybooks.net or the like work just like files on a removable drive--drag and drop. I use a Mac and I'm afraid I don't recognize the error message you're getting, though.
Cat Sitting Stillcatsittingstill on December 27th, 2012 12:30 pm (UTC)
Oh I forgot to mention.

Amazon books consist of 3 files: one has the actual book, one has things like what the last location you read was, and I think one has notes and marks but I'm not sure about that last.

If you just want the book, that has file exension .azw or .azw1 or .tpz or .kf8

If you want the book plus the knowledge of where you left off reading and your notes and marks and so on, you need all three files.
Jo Walton: mosaicpapersky on December 27th, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
I've been told there's a program called Calibre that is specifically for doing this.

I haven't gone to the trouble of finding and installing this program, because I haven't got around to it or felt the need for it, but the person who told me is very reliable about this kind of thing.
BellaWhobellawho on December 27th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
Calibre is an excellent and powerful program - I've been using it for a couple of years to organize the non-Kindle e-books I purchase. You can use it to convert purchased e-books to Kindle format as well as send them to your Kindle (via the free.kindle account, or directly when the Kindle is attached to your computer). Highly recommended!
shana: pic#26226061shana on December 27th, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
If you are talking about books you bought from Amazon, when you get a new Kindle, you can go to your "archived" folder and download the ones you want on that Kindle. You can also send them to that Kindle from the "manage your Kindle" page.

What _I_ do to back up my books (I was a Rocket ebook owner, I don't trust companies not to go out on me), is use Calibre. I downloaded and installed the DRM removing plug-ins to Calibre. Then I download my books to KIndle for PC, and use the option to "add books from directories (multiple books...)".

I do this about once a month, copying the new books to a folder called "new", because I have over a thousand books, due to my habits of buying backlist of authors I like when they go on sale and downloading free books that look interesting.
Jettewolfette on December 27th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
go to Amazon, download the "Kindle App for PC" and then sign into your Amazon account on it. You will then be able to read any Kindle books that you have bought from Amazon - they're all archived in your "Kindle Library" on your account.

I have the Kindle App for PC on my little netbook, which means I don't have to lug the old Kindle AND the netbook with me when I travel.
curvywitch on December 29th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
hi Barbara,

you may want to try Calibre it's a Kindle library management programme.
curvywitch on December 29th, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
Hi Barbara,

Wow I've actually got Livejournal to work! So I'd like to use the opportunity to say thanks for all the wonderful books you've written. Your descriptive skills, characterisation and plotting are a joy to read and if I was marooned on a desert island with only one authors books allowed, it would definitely be your books. Thanks again for hours of enjoyment.
ps I live in north-west England and your descriptions of the Winterlands really ring true of some of the fells and hills round here - especially the mud! :-)
Willowgreenwillowgreen on December 29th, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
Everything you've purchased from Amazon is automatically stored in their "cloud" and can be downloaded to your next Kindle or Kindle-enabled device (e.g. the Kindle app on a phone or tablet). You can also download those books from Amazon directly to your computer to read on the "Kindle Reader" on your computer. I believe Amazon also offers an option to download Kindle-formatted files to your hard disk, although I've never done that.

Most books you've purchased or downloaded from other sources are probably already on your computer, if you "sideloaded" them onto your Kindle (i.e. transferred them from the computer to the Kindle via the USB cable).

If you've purchased books from non-Amazon sources that allow you to send them directly to the Kindle (I think Baen offers this option), you can probably go back to the source and download the files to your computer for storage.

IMO, it's easier and safer (in terms of file integrity) to go back to the original sources than to have to drag files off your Kindle and then run them through Calibre! FWIW, I'm on my third Kindle, and I've had no trouble putting old books on new Kindles.