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Old 09-03-2012, 03:07 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Nalapombu View Post
Something I have been wondering about. I have a Kindle Fire and am looking at ways to load my books and PDF books onto my device in a neat and clean way such as manually dragging the MOBI & PDF files into the BOOKS folder and then have them show up and work in the BOOKS section on the device. Should be easy enough, right?

Instead of hunting all through the list of books in the Calibre sub folder, I figured it would be easier to create a new folder and then open Calibre and then I would go down the list and find the books I wanted to put on my Fire and use the "SAVE TO DISK" icon at the top to get the books into my folder that I just created. When I finish all I would have to do is go into that folder and select all the MOBI and PDF files I copied over and drag them into the BOOKS folder in my Kindle Fire and everything should show up fine.

Well I noticed something unusual the other day when I tried it. I copied a SINGLE MOBI book and when I went to see if it copied it correctly instead of seeing that single MOBI file I saw 2 other files for a total of 3 files copied from that single MOBI book file. One of the files was the MOBI file, another was a JPG file and the last was a file format I have never seen before and I can't remember what it is.

OK, when I do this procedure in the future do I need to copy ALL 3 files associated with that particular book file into the BOOKS folder on the Fire to get the book to appear properly when I want to read it or can I simply just drag the MOBI file into the BOOKS folder and go read it on my Fire? I guess I should've asked whether I needed all 3 of those files on my Fire in order for the book to work properly or would it work with just the MOBI file?
The default options for the "Save to disk" action are to do the following:

- Create a directory at the destination
- Put a copy of the book in the directory
- Put a copy of the cover image in the directory
- Put a copy of the OPF file in the directory
- Update the copy of the book with the latest metadata from the calibre library.
- Open the directory

All of the above are configurable. They are on the "Saving books to disk" page of the preferences. You probably want to uncheck the cover and OPF options. Also look at the save template to decide the exact file and directory names you want to use.

I can't really comment on the Kindle Fire related question as I have never seen one. But, there is a configuration you can do for the Fire. Maybe that is what is needed. To see it, when the device is connected, click the arrow next to the device button and select the "Configure" option from the menu.
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