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Old 10-29-2012, 09:00 PM   #1
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Importing Collections & Highlights/Notes to Paperwhite

I have a Kindle Keyboard and although I've purchased many books from Amazon, I've removed the DRM from each book before putting them on my Kindle as I want to have control over my ebooks (Amazon has twice deleted users' content remotely, for one example why).

I just bought a Kindle Paperwhite and was hoping that I could just import the collections.json file to recreate my collections without having to sort them all over again, and to import the .mpb files for my notes and highlights. However, it seems that the PW uses a different structure and/or file system for these options. I've already applied the jailbreak but I don't see these particular file extensions. Does anyone have any idea how I can recreate my personalizations on my PW with as little fuss as possible?

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Old 10-29-2012, 09:43 PM   #2
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On the Touch/PW, all the sidecar files are stored in a sidecar folder alongside the file (same dirname as the filename of the book, but with the extension .sdr (on a folder, yes ^^). That should solve the bookmarks/notes/progress/pages issue.

As for the collections: Collections Manager is your new best friend. (As usual when migrating collections the low-level way, assuming the metadata is identical, or, for files without an ASIN, with the exact same path).

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Old 10-29-2012, 11:10 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, NiLuJe. But I don't have any .sdr files to transfer over, just .mpb. I'm assuming I'm out of luck As for Collections Manager, because it apparently doesn't sort by author it's actually more difficult for me than Amazon's way of sorting. I'm still pissed off that Amazon is making it so difficult for users to manage their ebooks easily.
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Thanks for the reply, NiLuJe. But I don't have any .sdr files to transfer over, just .mpb. I'm assuming I'm out of luck As for Collections Manager, because it apparently doesn't sort by author it's actually more difficult for me than Amazon's way of sorting. I'm still pissed off that Amazon is making it so difficult for users to manage their ebooks easily.
hmm. I thought you could create custom sorts... via Calibre or something.

possibly wrong
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@dutchdummy: Err, my point was that you need to *create* the folder, and move your existing sidecar files in it.

As for CM, there's an 'Import from Calibre' option in the Menu that'll import your collections.json db, so I'm not sure what the problem seems to be there.
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@NiLuJe: Aha! I didn't realize I could still use my .mbp files (new noted I made in a book created a .mpb1 file)...I thought the PW only used the new extensions. I just followed your advice & it worked like a charm. Thanks for the feedback.
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Yes, indeed you can twobob.
If you create a custom column in Calibre (I named it Kindle Collections for some unknown reason)
Then input the collection name you want into that field.
When you export it from Calibre you can specify that that is the Collection field for Collections Manager.
The rest is obvious.

Sorry if it's a little vague but I don't have access to my Calibre install at work as this laptop doesn't like USB flash devices which are above 8G.
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