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Old 08-13-2010, 04:46 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by ncmabten View Post
Hello!

I have had a Kindle for a few months now and am anticipating the arrival of my next one soon. I have only purchased e-books from Amazon at this point. I was wondering how other users of the Kindle and Calibre handle their files. I was hoping to ask a few questions and would greatly appreciate any insight.

My main goal is to correct/enhance some shoddy e-books (Correct inaccurate title/author info, fix formatting errors, maybe even correct typos). From what I have gleaned this is possible with Calibre's editing features. Am I correct? Does anyone else use Calibre for this purpose?

If I understand correctly, Calibre does not read/write in the .azw format. In this case, does anyone buy from Amazon, then add them to your Calibre library, then return them to the Kindle in another format? Would you recommend this? Are their any disadvantages to doing so?

Thanks in advance for any information
first off, calibre handles non-drmed azw files (i convert them to mobi, which the kindle reads just fine). there are ways to un-drm an azw file and most all of the free selections from amazon are not drmed.

the method i use to re-format is convert the file with calibre to either rtf or txt, then load it into open office writer. the kindle doesn't pay any attention to tabs so i remove them and any extra (paragraph mark with nothing else) 'enter' characters between paragraphs as well. then i highlight the entire file contents then select the 'format' menu then choose the 'paragraph' setting. i set the 'first line' indent to 0.20 and the 'below paragraph' spacing to 0.10. i do some other stuff for my aesthetic pleasure and then save the file in odt format and import it into caliber and convert it to mobi.

hope this helps
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