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Old 01-26-2012, 10:10 AM   #1
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ePub or mobi back to .txt?

I want to convert certain books or files I have on my Kindle back to a text file and still retain the original book in a epub/mobi format.

That is- I want my Kindle to retain the original book in epub format but make a back-up copy of it and store it on my computer.

How can that be done?
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:16 AM   #2
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You can use Calibre (free) library. If your books are not DRM protected Calibre will be able to see them and sync a copy to your PC. Once in Calibre you can change formats, if you wish. But if it's just a backup you're as well leaving tham as mobi.

Alternatively, USB your Kindle to your PC and copy what it will let you from the Documents folder on your reader.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:17 AM   #3
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If they are free of DRM, you can do it easily with a program like Calibre, but why would you want to store your backup in a format that looses all the formatting? Why not just back up the mobi or epub file? There are plenty of readers for the PC (again, like Calibre.)

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Old 01-26-2012, 10:39 AM   #4
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Not sure of what you are asking, exactly. The Kindle doesn't read epub, and I don't understand why you would want a book converted into a text file on your computer.

If you are wanting to create a library or archive on your computer, check out calibre. There is an entire section of this forum devoted to the program and I believe it is what you are looking for.
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:19 AM   #5
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Why would you want to convert to txt and lose all formatting (such as italics)?
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:14 PM   #6
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Why?

Because I want to.

In Calibre 8.36 I've tried the Save to Disk- Save Single Format to Disk. There are a whole lot of formats listed but when I choose, say, TXT or ODT or HTML I get the following error message-

calibre, version 0.8.36
WARNING: Could not save some books: Could not save some books, Click the show details button to see which ones.

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Requested formats not available

No if the formats aren't available....how do I get them?
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:25 PM   #7
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Because I want to.

In Calibre 8.36 I've tried the Save to Disk- Save Single Format to Disk. There are a whole lot of formats listed but when I choose, say, TXT or ODT or HTML I get the following error message-

calibre, version 0.8.36
WARNING: Could not save some books: Could not save some books, Click the show details button to see which ones.

Forever Notes
Requested formats not available

No if the formats aren't available....how do I get them?
Did you Convert first?
IIRC only Save to Device prompts for a format if none compatible with the device exists.
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:44 PM   #8
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Solved!

On the the right hand side of the Calibre screen, when a file/book is selected it shows Authors: Formats: Path:.....

If you click on "Path" you'll be taken to the folder/file location which contains the original final Added to Calibre. In my case that would be an .odt file.

So...the original file I was working on in my word processor is there.

I'm satisfied.
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