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Old 03-22-2012, 04:54 AM   #1
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Question Convert Kindle books to Epub?

Is it possible or easy to buy and convert Kindle books to epub to read on my Kobo?

Don't get me wrong I love my Kobo and it is full of books.

But find Amazon is cheaper and it has many of the books I can't seem to find anywhere else.

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Old 03-22-2012, 06:44 AM   #2
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:47 AM   #3
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I'd think it would depend on if they have DRM or not, and that's another topic entirely.
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It also depends on their format. .AZW won't convert.
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You can use Calibre to deDRM (with "tools") then convert to ePub in two steps.
( Forum rules don't allow me to give the link, just google )

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You can use Calibre to deDRM (with "tools") then convert to ePub in two steps.
( Forum rules don't allow me to give the link, just google )
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You can use Calibre to deDRM (with "tools") then convert to ePub in two steps.
( Forum rules don't allow me to give the link, just google )
Again; a distinction that I'm sure many people get tired of hearing, but I think it's a very important distinction... calibre does NOT deDRM. The "tools" are entirely responsible for that. calibre is an innocent bystander in the process.

Repeat after me: calibre is NOT a drm-removal tool. calibre is NOT a drm-removal tool....
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It also depends on their format. .AZW won't convert.
They most certainly will.

The direct answer to the OP is:

Yes, in almost all cases, if the book is DRM free, it can easily be converted with a tool like Calibre.

If the book has DRM you would not be able to convert it unless you stripped the DRM first.

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They most certainly will.

The direct answer to the OP is:

Yes, in almost all cases, if the book is DRM free, it can easily be converted with a tool like Calibre.

If the book has DRM you would not be able to convert it unless you stripped the DRM first.

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So do most Amazon books have DRM? Don't want to illegally convert them
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:14 AM   #10
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So do most Amazon books have DRM? Don't want to illegally convert them
Most do have DRM. Generally, the public domain titles (classics) and some of the freebies are free of DRM.

It may or may not be illegal to remove DRM, depending on your local laws.
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Most do have DRM. Generally, the public domain titles (classics) and some of the freebies are free of DRM.

It may or may not be illegal to remove DRM, depending on your local laws.
Thanks for that.
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Don't let this keep you away from Calibre. To strip DRM from books you'd need to independently download and install a specific set of plug-ins and then set them up (provide info) to do be able to do the stripping. Anyway Calibre is a wonderful tool without the DRM stripping capability added.
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Another consideration is that I have encountered several Amazon books that wouldn't convert to epub. Amazon actually uses a few different formats, not all of which will convert. On the other hand, I've never had a problem converting an epub to mobi, which is Kindle-readable, which is why I've switched to buying epubs whenever possible.
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Another consideration is that I have encountered several Amazon books that wouldn't convert to epub. Amazon actually uses a few different formats, not all of which will convert. On the other hand, I've never had a problem converting an epub to mobi, which is Kindle-readable, which is why I've switched to buying epubs whenever possible.
The current version of Calibre (and correct me if I'm wrong, Calibre folks) can convert every format currently offered by Amazon, including Topaz and KF8.

Not everything will convert perfectly, but I haven't run into anything that caused a noticible problem in a long while.

Similarly, epub has more features than mobi, so not everything can convert in that direction either.

But most books stick to common features and work just fine either way.

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The current version of Calibre (and correct me if I'm wrong, Calibre folks) can convert every format currently offered by Amazon, including Topaz and KF8.

Not everything will convert perfectly, but I haven't run into anything that caused a noticible problem in a long while.

Similarly, epub has more features than mobi, so not everything can convert in that direction either.

But most books stick to common features and work just fine either way.

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Interesting. I'll have to try it again.
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