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Old 08-03-2010, 09:52 PM   #1
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Reading Kindle books on Nook?

Does anybody know if I can buy books from the Kindle store and use Calibre to convert them to ePub for the Nook? I have not purchased anything from the Kindle store so I don't know about DRM and formatting, etc.

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Old 08-03-2010, 09:56 PM   #2
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As I understand it, the only way to do that is to remove the DRM and convert it, but I believe that is not very legal.
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:34 PM   #3
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As I understand it, the only way to do that is to remove the DRM and convert it, but I believe that is not very legal.
Not *legal*, but quite FUN!

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Old 08-03-2010, 10:42 PM   #4
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Does it depend on the book? Because I have a few kindle books that I converted with calibre and uploaded them to my Nook. I didn't have to remove any drm.
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:16 PM   #5
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If the Kindle book information says:

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

then it doesn't have DRM.
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:34 PM   #6
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I've always considered breaking DRM (for personal use ONLY) as fair use and it seems the courts (and thus the law) may finally be catching up this widely held view.
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:35 AM   #7
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I wish it was legal, because with the two formats floating around, I hate, being tied to one machine--and I really hate being in the middle of a format war
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Didn't a recent court ruling clarify that it is legal to circumvent DRM for format shifting?
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:08 AM   #9
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Does it depend on the book? Because I have a few kindle books that I converted with calibre and uploaded them to my Nook. I didn't have to remove any drm.
They were probably DRM-free already.

Calibre doesn't allow you to convert DRMed ebooks. In fact, I'm not sure if it can even read DRM, at all.
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:14 AM   #10
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Didn't a recent court ruling clarify that it is legal to circumvent DRM for format shifting?
I'd say it's still unclear, there is some indication that it may not violate portions of the Digital Millennium Copyright act if DRM is circumvented on files you have purchased to be used on other devices (Fair Use).

That being said, if I had purchased books from one vendor and wished to read them on a different vendors hardware I would have no reservation about circumventing DRM to do so.

In answer to the OP's question, yes, it is possible to read books purchased at the Kindle store on other devices. The process to strip DRM of Kindle books is not that difficult and the software needed is still available (Just don't ask me where, you have to do that research yourself). Once you have stripped the DRM you can use Calibre to format the book for the Nook.

In any case making copies and giving them to friends or providing them for download would be illegal.
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They were probably DRM-free already.

Calibre doesn't allow you to convert DRMed ebooks. In fact, I'm not sure if it can even read DRM, at all.
I looked and I actually only converted 2 kindle books to epub. I guess it must have been luck. When I go to the actual kindle files they have locks next to the blue books, I assumed that meant they were DRM. I can read them because I have kindle for pc and mobipocket for my phone.
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It depends on the book. If it is a free classic, they might not have been DRMed.
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:33 PM   #13
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You have to run them through certain programs before converting to epub using Calibre. We can't say the names of the programs, nor how to use them, but they're always locatable by going to a blog that contains the words 'Dark' and 'Reverser'. These work fine for most Kindle books. Of course, you'll have to have Kindle for PC or Kindle for iPhone installed - I recommend having Kindle for PC.

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Kindle for PC is the easiest version to start from. There are actually two methods to strip K4PC AZW DRM, unswindle is the easiest to use but is more likely to break when Amazon updates K4PC than the alternative skindle executable.

Note that a minority of Kindle ebooks are in the TOPAZ format rather than AZW. AZW is essentially MOBI, and so is easy to handle once DRM-free. TOPAZ DRM can be circumvented, but once DRM-free it is harder to shift into a usable format such as ePub.
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Didn't a recent court ruling clarify that it is legal to circumvent DRM for format shifting?
No. There has been no such court ruling. And there's nothing to clarify.
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