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Old 09-13-2012, 10:29 PM   #1
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Question re ebook formats

I am thinking of buying a Kindle, hopefully the new paperwhite.

Are .mobi books the only format it uses (no .epub?)? And will I be able to use Calibre to put books that I already have onto the device?

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Old 09-14-2012, 12:34 AM   #2
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The new Paperwhite Kindle will not work with epub, the formats it can use are .txt, .pdf, .mobi, .prc, and the various azw Amazon formats.

If the epub books you've got don't have DRM protection, then yes, you can convert them to mobi or azw3 (the new KF8 format for Amazon) with calibre and put them on a new paperwhite. If the epub books you've got do have DRM (ie. Adobe DRM if you've downloaded books from Kobo), then you'll need to get the third party tools from Apprentice Alf to take care of that before you can convert the format.
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^^ and you should know if not already, that removing DRM is considered illegal.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:25 PM   #4
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^^ and you should know if not already, that removing DRM is considered illegal.
The laws are different in different countries, so that blanket statement is not true.
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:59 AM   #5
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The laws are different in different countries, so that blanket statement is not true.
Thank you, you saved me a post. So far as I am aware no one has ever been prosecuted or sued for removing DRM for private use.
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:26 PM   #6
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Dredging up this thread to ask about a situation I encountered recently ... bought a couple of AZW3 (KF8?) books on my Amazon account, added them to Calibre (via Alf), then tried uploading those to my folks' Kindle; the device wouldn't recognize them at all. I ended up converting the AZW3 to Mobi, which worked. What am I missing here?
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This happened to me when I put a book on my husband's kindle. Make sure you have the latest system update, that should fix the problem.
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Depending on the Kindle. If they have a K1 or K2, it will never recognize azw3.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:35 AM   #9
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Dredging up this thread to ask about a situation I encountered recently ... bought a couple of AZW3 (KF8?) books on my Amazon account, added them to Calibre (via Alf), then tried uploading those to my folks' Kindle; the device wouldn't recognize them at all. I ended up converting the AZW3 to Mobi, which worked. What am I missing here?
What model Kindle?
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I believe they have a K3 (I use Sonys myself), the one with free Wifi for everything, not just the Kindle store? Following Becca's advice, I checked with Alf, and it seems an updated Kindle plugin had come out since I'd last uploaded one.
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updating Alf's tools helps, but make sure the system on your Kindle is current, as well. I think that there were updates pushed through to allow kindles to read K8 (azw3) books.
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updating Alf's tools helps, but make sure the system on your Kindle is current, as well. I think that there were updates pushed through to allow kindles to read K8 (azw3) books.
Well, having recently purchased a Kindle 3 Keyboard WiFi refurb unit for testing epub conversions, yes, there is an update. It is numbered 3.4. Has to be downloaded, sideloaded to the device and then installed, but this is no biggie. Did surprise me that Amazon didn't offer the update over the air.

Once done, the device will happily read K8 (azw3).
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Well, having recently purchased a Kindle 3 Keyboard WiFi refurb unit for testing epub conversions, yes, there is an update. It is numbered 3.4. Has to be downloaded, sideloaded to the device and then installed, but this is no biggie. Did surprise me that Amazon didn't offer the update over the air.

Once done, the device will happily read K8 (azw3).
They did offer the update over the air, but over the course of several months. You won't necessarily get it instantly. The format, it should be noted, is called "KF8", not "K8".
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That sounds like it's probably the issue! My non-techie mom would NEVER think to do that on her own! I'll upgrade her device when I visit in a couple of months; she has plenty to read in the meanwhile.
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They did offer the update over the air, but over the course of several months. You won't necessarily get it instantly. The format, it should be noted, is called "KF8", not "K8".
Given that I only got the device for testing stuff, waiting months was not my preferred option. Good to know they do offer updates over the air. One couldn't know from the device itself.

Yeah, I slipped on the format, I do know it is KF8.
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