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Old 03-16-2012, 06:58 AM   #1
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I've promised to help a member of our seniors computer club to load eBooks from his computer onto his brand new Kindle three

His Kindle is the one with a keyboard and 3G, not a Touch

I'm the bloke who sorts out members computer problems, both software and hardware, so I'm supposed to know what I'm doing

With my Kobo Touch I connect to the computer then open Calibre, after a minute two new icons pop up on the Calibre toolbar
One icon (Device) shows me which books I have in the eReader and I can delete books I've read, the other icon (Send to device) loads books I select onto the eReader

Will this method load eBooks onto the Kindle 3 eReader or is it a little different ?
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:31 AM   #2
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Calibre works fine with Kindle. The method you describe should work in the same way for all devices supported by Calibre.
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:14 AM   #3
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Using Calibre just to copy books is overkill, since the Kindle 3 will show up as an USB drive if you connect it to the computer. Simply copy the books to the Kindle documents folder with the explorer.
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Will this method load eBooks onto the Kindle 3 eReader or is it a little different ?
Exact same method.
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:27 PM   #5
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Using Calibre just to copy books is overkill, since the Kindle 3 will show up as an USB drive if you connect it to the computer. Simply copy the books to the Kindle documents folder with the explorer.
Thanks everyone

Most of the eBooks the club member has available are ePub, I need to show him how to convert them to mobi using Calibre, the club member is elderly so small steps

In a couple of weeks I'll show him how to download eBooks from Amazon using 3G

After you've all explained to me how to do it
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Most of the eBooks the club member has available are ePub, I need to show him how to convert them to mobi using Calibre, the club member is elderly so small steps
You may need to teach him how to strip DRM as well. DRMd epubs cannot be converted without stripping.
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You may need to teach him how to strip DRM as well. DRMd epubs cannot be converted without stripping.
That's something I've never done, so I'll need a little tuition first
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That's something I've never done, so I'll need a little tuition first
You wont get help here for stripping DRM, but Google may turn something up if you search for "Apprentice Alf"
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Thanks for that but this is a seniors computer club so I won't be teaching them anything that may be in a 'grey' area !
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Thanks everyone

Most of the eBooks the club member has available are ePub, I need to show him how to convert them to mobi using Calibre, the club member is elderly so small steps

In a couple of weeks I'll show him how to download eBooks from Amazon using 3G

After you've all explained to me how to do it
You don't have to convert the EPUB beforehand because when the computer is connected to a Kindle and you tell Calibre to 'send to device' it'll ask permission to convert the file before sending it (since Calibre is smart enough to detect that it's an EPUB and knows that it needs to be a MOBI).
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You don't have to use Calibre to send books to the Kindle, though. If they are already in a format that the Kindle can read. I never use Calibre to send books to my Kindle, only for the occasional conversion. Just drag and drop books into the "documents" folder of the Kindle.
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Thanks for that but this is a seniors computer club so I won't be teaching them anything that may be in a 'grey' area !
I don't think the black helicopters are coming for granny. Heck, she won't even have to take off her shoes in the airport anymore.
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Calibre works fine with Kindle. The method you describe should work in the same way for all devices supported by Calibre.

...well, except for Apple devices.
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I've used Calibre to transfer books to my iPad without any difficulties.
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