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Old 02-09-2009, 09:30 PM   #1
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A Couple of (Kindle 2) Questions

I just placed an order for a K2.

But, I'd love to confirm that:

1. When I purchase an ebook from the Kindle store, I will be able to strip its DRM so I can share it with my Iliad; and

2. The Search function works for PDFs.

Anyone able to do that?
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:34 PM   #2
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#1. If you have mobiDeDRM.py 0.04 or 0.05 and the eBooks are in AZW format, then you should be able to strip the DRM. But you'll also need to search the forum to find the Python program to get the Kindle's PID so you can strip the DRM.

#2. The Kindle 1 & 2 do not support PDF.
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:37 PM   #3
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Your pdf files will be converted to .azw (.mobi) and will be searchable in that form. If your pdf files are heavy on charts, graphs and tables the conversion won't be so hot. If they are mostly text, you'll be good to go. Use your iLiad for the complicated types of pdfs.
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:39 PM   #4
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... #2. The Kindle 1 & 2 do not support PDF.
Thanks, JSWolf.

Argh, I just glanced at the Kindle 2 page and noticed PDF among the supported formats..., but the ones they'll convert for you for a small fee :-(

Bummer, does it at least support well HTML (into which I can convert my PDFs?)
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:43 PM   #5
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When I purchase an ebook from the Kindle store, I will be able to strip its DRM so I can share it with my Iliad
Yes, provided it is an .AZW file. A few ebooks are in the TOPAZ format, which can't be stripped of its DRM. If an ebook page at Amazon does not list the ebook filesize in bytes, then it is probably a TOPAZ file. Or you can download the sample to be certain. TOPAZ ebooks usually have the .azw1 filename extension.
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:44 PM   #6
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There is no fee for conversion. There is a fee for of 10 cents transferring the converted file via whispernet. To date *no one* has been charged the fee. You also have the option of having the converted file sent back to you via email and you can transfer it to the Kindle yourself with the USB cable.
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:48 PM   #7
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I just glanced at the Kindle 2 page and noticed PDF among the supported formats..., but the ones they'll convert for you for a small fee :-(

Bummer, does it at least support well HTML (into which I can convert my PDFs?)
The Kindle essentially only supports MOBI (it also reads TXT and single-file HTML renamed .txt). You can get Amazon to convert other files to this format via e-mail. This is free, but if you use whispernet to download it to your Kindle it in theory costs $0.10.

There is generally no need to do this. Calibre converts many formats (including PDF) to MOBI and so does Windows MobiPocket Reader and Creator. HTML converts ok to MOBI, and any PDF to MOBI starts with PDF to HTML.
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Old 02-10-2009, 02:35 AM   #8
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Thanks, MOBI is actually perfect, since this is what I now load onto my Iliad BE, and I can just use the same files on the Kindle then. As well as go the other way for books purchased from Amazon.

I suppose I will have to avoid any Topaz books.

Thanks again!
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Old 02-10-2009, 02:40 PM   #9
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And once you strip the DRM from the AZW eBooks, you can use Calibre to convert to LRF, LIT, and/or ePub.
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Yes, provided it is an .AZW file. A few ebooks are in the TOPAZ format, which can't be stripped of its DRM. If an ebook page at Amazon does not list the ebook filesize in bytes, then it is probably a TOPAZ file. Or you can download the sample to be certain. TOPAZ ebooks usually have the .azw1 filename extension.
Topaz files can also have the extension .tpz. And no one has 'cracked' the DRM on Topaz yet, to my knowledge. At least one person has cracked the basic file structure, but I don't think any DRM cracking will occur until enough .tpz/azw1 files hit the market.

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Don't know if this is the place to ask, but can I change the voice in which Kindle2 reads books--certainly some voices are easier and more pleasant for me to follow than others.
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Don't know if this is the place to ask, but can I change the voice in which Kindle2 reads books--certainly some voices are easier and more pleasant for me to follow than others.
I think it has two choices, Male or Female.

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I think I read that you can vary the speech speed too. Check the Kindle 2 user manual on Amazon.com
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