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Old 01-13-2010, 02:33 PM   #1
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Question about using it in USB mode

I got used to using Calibre with my Sony because I liked having the tags and collections and because it's hard to use the SOny on work computers since the software is not installed. Since the Kindle does not use these features and does not have software, I guess using a file manager like Kindle is not as necessary (nor is it necessary to use the same computer all the time) but I did my initial transfer this way anyway to make sure everything had a proper file name and author name, and to convert things. However, today at work I had some files I saved to a memory stick to take home, and it occurred to me that if I had my cable with me for the Kindle, I could have just put them straight on there. These are work documents I am not concerned with saving forever necessarily so I don't care about having them in my Calibre library, I just want them on the Kindle to read.

So is there a downside to doing this vs using Calibre? Is it a bad idea to sometimes use Calibre and sometimes just drag and drop a file on?
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:53 PM   #2
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Ficbot,

What sort of documents are they? If they are Word docs or spreadsheets or similar, there should be no problem in physically transferring them to your Kindle, but you won't be able to do anything with them once they're there. You'll need to convert them to Kindle format first.

Apart from that, there's certainly no disadvantage to simply dragging your files onto the Kindle, for example from Windows Explorer. I do it all the time, without necessarily using Calibre, especially if they're files that I don't plan to keep in the long term.

If I've misunderstood your question, my apologies.
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Old 01-13-2010, 05:46 PM   #3
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They are word docs. The Kindle told me I could email it to my Kindle and they would convert it. But since I am in Canada they will not let me download the converted file on whispernet, so I got an email back from them with the file attached in az format. If I had my Kindle cable with me, I could have put it on directly---I guess since there is no library software like for the Sony, there is no real reason why file transfers have to be done from my computer at home. But I did not want to mess up Calibre by using the Kindle elsewhere and I was not sure if this was an issue.
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:44 PM   #4
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But I did not want to mess up Calibre by using the Kindle elsewhere and I was not sure if this was an issue.
Not an issue at all. I mainly use Calibre for the occasional subscription and for archiving my ebooks. Otherwise if I'm not adding books via Whispernet, I'm dragging and dropping them via USB.
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