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Old 07-30-2010, 03:43 PM   #1
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Moving from a Sony Touch to the Kindle 3 - questions and anything I should know

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I originally posted this in the Kindle forum, I was advised to post it here instead.

I have caved today and ordered the Kindle 3. I like the idea of it being lighter, easier to read with the better screen, and larger storage space.

I currently use a Sony Touch and a Sony PRS505 (I could never get the SD card option to work with either of them). I use Calibre to load my books onto my Sony devices.

Most of my books are in RTF Format, with a few PDF's and a few epubs. I have no DRM on anything.

I don't plan to buy any books from Amazon, just upload the ones I have. I have a few questions I was hoping this forum could help me with.

1) I have been advised on another thread that I can use Calibre to convert all my files to mobi. Is it that simple? Or is PRC better?

2) Do I just link the Kindle to Calibre as I do the Sony devices, and send to Device?

3) I assume I will have to upload the mobi version into Calibre so I will have two versions of the same book in Calibre, or do in remove the RTF/PDF/epub version, just leaving the mobi version in Calibre, and will the mobi version go on the Sony If i needed to reload the book onto my Sony?

I only have one PC so I only have one Calibre library.

I would also be grateful for any tips and advice anyone else can offer me please, as I want to start getting my library ready, I currently have nearly 800 books in it to convert. I already have the books in collections.

Thanks very much

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Old 07-30-2010, 03:49 PM   #2
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It really is that simple! Just convert your books to mobi, connect the new kindle and send to device. When you convert, it should be two forms in one book so there is no need to delete to avoid duplicates. If you do get duplicates, because you download the types separately, you can merge them into one file. I love being able to do that! Have fun!
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1) I have been advised on another thread that I can use Calibre to convert all my files to mobi. Is it that simple? Or is PRC better?
It's that simple.

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2) Do I just link the Kindle to Calibre as I do the Sony devices, and send to Device?
Yes.

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3) I assume I will have to upload the mobi version into Calibre so I will have two versions of the same book in Calibre, or do in remove the RTF/PDF/epub version, just leaving the mobi version in Calibre, and will the mobi version go on the Sony If i needed to reload the book onto my Sony?
Calibre is about managing books, not files. You'll have one version of the book but it will exist in two (or as many more as you want) different formats. Calibre picks the proper one for the device you're transferring it to.

So you don't want to delete anything; just keep a version for each device.
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3) I assume I will have to upload the mobi version into Calibre so I will have two versions of the same book in Calibre, or do in remove the RTF/PDF/epub version, just leaving the mobi version in Calibre, and will the mobi version go on the Sony If i needed to reload the book onto my Sony?
Your Sony can not use Mobi files so don't delete the Sony compatible versions of the book (RTF/PDF/epub) from calibre after you convert it to Mobi.
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