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Old 08-20-2010, 01:24 AM   #1
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[Old thread] Kindle 3 and calibre

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I have had a PRS-505 for a while now and it has had lots of use and seen better days. I'm now in the market for a new e-reader and I'm considering the kindle 3, when I've seen some hands-on reviews obviously. I use calibre to transfer books at the moment and I understand that amazon only like you to use their books from their store. If I transfer the books that I currently have on calibre to the kindle will amazon be able to detect that they are not from their store via the wifi connection, especially since the books on the kindle 3 supposedly will be backed up at amazon, and will this cause problems for me?
I don't won't to even consider the kindle if this is the case.

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No, you wont have any problems (at least you wont if the Kindle 3 is like the Kindle 2), if not, who knows.
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Hi

If I transfer the books that I currently have on calibre to the kindle will amazon be able to detect that they are not from their store via the wifi connection, especially since the books on the kindle 3 supposedly will be backed up at amazon, and will this cause problems for me?
I don't won't to even consider the kindle if this is the case.

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Books from sources other than Amazon are not backed up at Amazon. When you buy a book from Amazon, a copy is available via the 'Manage your Kindle' on the Amazon web site. If that book is not already on your Kindle, it is also available from the archives on the Kindle itself. So the 'backup' does not mean that files are transferred from your Kindle to Amazon; books from other sources have to be backed up locally.

I believe Amazon identifies books using their ASIN in the metadata. Books from other sources will not have an ASIN and consequently, Amazon won't know what they are.
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I understand that amazon only like you to use their books from their store.

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Whilst Amazon may, as a commercial entity, prefer that you buy books from them , they in no way restrict non-DRM books from other sources as long as they are in the right format (mobi, prc, pdf, txt, html with a .txt extension).

Non-Amazon books are treated exactly the same as Amazon books, except they are not on the Amazon cloud and annotations and bookmarks are not backed up on the Amazon server. They can be added to collections, searched, annotated, highlighted etc etc.

My K2 (and soon K3) has heaps of non-drm books from other sources, many of them free. I use Calibre for converting to mobi if necessary and then transferring to the Kindle - love it!
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My K2 (and soon K3) has heaps of non-drm books from other sources, many of them free. I use Calibre for converting to mobi if necessary and then transferring to the Kindle - love it!
Have you converted any ePubs to mobi for your K2? I use a Sony PRS300 with ePubs, (non-DRM), but I am considering replacing it with a K3. Does calibre keep the formatting and TOC when converting ePub to mobi? Are there any conversion issues to be wary of?
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I have converted many epubs to mobi and not noticed a problem with the formatting or TOC. It may not be perfect, but I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary. Most of my books are novels, I don't have a lot of experience with other types of books.
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kathyfitz pretty much answered for me, and it sounds as though she has more experience than I do. Calibre has various options for detecting and linking TOC, but I don't usually fiddle with them. I've not had any problems if the epub is good to begin with.
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Thanks for the info. My ePubs are mainly non-fiction books/novels and are all of high quality, so it sounds as though conversion to mobi should work well.
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The only problems I have have had is with pdfs. I'm sure I could fiddle with the settings, but I just downloaded mobipocket pro (free) and convert there. Then I import both into Calibre.
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I got my Kindle 3 yesterday, it works better than my Kindle 2 in every way so far. Seems to work with Calibre in exactly the same way. I have no trouble loading .mobi and .prc non DRM content.
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A question for which I have not found a clear answer - can the Kindle 3 download books directly from the Calibre Content Server (i.e. over WiFi/3G). I know it can do it via USB or email but I am interested in being able to pick up a book on-demand from Calibre when on the move and away from my PC?
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I read that page!

It talks about Browsing via the Content server. It does not tell me whether I can then click on a download link (typically for a .mobi file), run the download and then immediately start reading the book. I have found lots of suggestions that it might be possible, but not an explicit statement that it works.
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when you browse using the content server, you get clickable links and IIRC the Kindle opens links pointing to ebook files in its ebook viewer.
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... and are they then available for off-line reading just as if I had transfered them via USB or email?

I have asked some people I know have ordered K3 to check for me but I thought the accumulated wisdom here would probably know the definitive answer.

My Sony has just ha its screen smashed so I am eyeing the Kindle 3 as a replacement, but I definitely want over-the-air download of books from my own server as one of the supported features. I guess I am also interested if it would work over both WiFi and 3G or only one of them.

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