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Old 05-19-2014, 04:27 PM   #1
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Books not showing when transfered to PW

When I first purchased my PW a few months ago, I noticed that many of the books which I sideloaded onto the device weren't showing up. These were books which I'd downloaded from Amazon or from sites such as MR. I sideload because I have no wifi.

During the warm weather I've got the urge to read more than I have been doing lately, so decided to load more books onto my Kindle. When I hooked the kindle up to my pc, I was shocked to see that I'd already put many books on it, but only 14 were showing.

These were a mixture of public domain books and some downloaded from Amazon. They were showing as in folders with the format .sdr. I looked inside the folders, they all contain two items with the format .mbp1 and .mbs.
I don't know what any of these formats mean. I tried taking them out of the folders and just putting the folder contents into the 'documents' part of the kindle, but this didn't work either.

What can I do about this please? Surely I shouldn't have to convert something which has come from Amazon?

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 05-19-2014, 04:31 PM   #2
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Look under documents. Extensions should be .mobi or .prc or .azw and its variants.

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That's what I was doing, and what I saw was those strange sdr folders and their contents, but they don't show on the kindle when I look for the books, only when the kindle is attached to the computer and I look in its drive and in its documents folder.
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Anything in a .sdr folder is not a book.

The file extensions .mbp1 and .mbs specifically are the annotations files for the corresponding book.

.sdr is the sidecar folder, where "book.mobi" (or .prc/.azw/.azw3) matches up to "book.sdr" -- the contents of this folder are annotations (.azw3r and .azw3f for AZW3 books) as well as, for purcased books, APNX (pagenumbers) and .asc files for EndActions, X-ray, and Author details.

When you delete a sideloaded book, these are not deleted, as Amazon does not wish you to lose your notes.

That is what you are seeing.

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Thanks. I've now successfully loaded the books onto the reader even though it seemed that they were already there. I've only put 4 on, because I remembered the problems I had with battery drainage due to indexing.
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