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Old 09-21-2018, 12:22 AM   #1
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Unable to "Download & transfer via USB"

Let me know if this is inappropriate or not possible, but I prefer working on my Linux workstation and want to download my Amazon Kindle books. I would then transfer them to "Kindle for PC" running in a windows 7 virtual machine.

When I select a purchased book and try "Download & transfer via USB" I get a popup:

Download & transfer via USB

Select a device from the dropdown

Craig’s Fire TV
Craig’s Android Device
Craig’s Kindle Cloud Reader
Craig’s Kindle for PC

You have selected content that is not compatible with any of your registered devices. Please remove incompatible content from selection for eligible devices to appear.
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Old 09-21-2018, 12:41 AM   #2
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Just ADD the Kindle App to your PC its Free then you can Easy Download the ebooks.
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Old 09-21-2018, 12:55 AM   #3
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Afaik, the "Download & transfer via USB" option requires an e-ink Kindle.

The downloaded books are tied specifically to that e-ink Kindle's serial number and cannot be used with any other device unless you remove the DRM.
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Old 09-21-2018, 01:45 AM   #4
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Just ADD the Kindle App to your PC its Free then you can Easy Download the ebooks.
read his previous post.

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Old 09-21-2018, 01:47 AM   #5
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Afaik, the "Download & transfer via USB" option requires an e-ink Kindle.

The downloaded books are tied specifically to that e-ink Kindle's serial number and cannot be used with any other device unless you remove the DRM.
An eInk Kindle or a Fire Tablet. Any other devices/apps should show grayed out text, as opposed to black, indicating that you can't download. DRM'd content is tied to the device it's downloaded for (unless uninfected). DRM-free content will work with anything capable of reading the format.
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Old 09-21-2018, 08:34 AM   #6
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Let me know if this is inappropriate or not possible, but I prefer working on my Linux workstation and want to download my Amazon Kindle books. I would then transfer them to "Kindle for PC" running in a windows 7 virtual machine.
I'd recommend giving your VM access to the internet and downloading them directly through Kindle for PC. You can't download from the web for transfer via USB to Kindle for PC, only for Fire tablets and E-Ink Kindles.
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Old 09-21-2018, 12:10 PM   #7
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I'd recommend giving your VM access to the internet and downloading them directly through Kindle for PC.
Yes, The VM is on the internet and I will download from "Kindle for PC" and attempt the import into Calibre/DeDRM.

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You can't download from the web for transfer via USB to Kindle for PC
Disappointed, but good to know as I assumed it was possible.

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only for Fire tablets and E-Ink Kindles.
Interesting, I'm awaiting a 2nd generation Fire table I purchased from shopgoodwill in hopes I'd have some use for it. I'll be pleased if this allows me to download on Linux when it is registered.

EDIT. Apparently DeDRM will not work when the download was for a Fire tablet. As of now, I don't expect to purchase an e-ink Kindle.

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Old 09-21-2018, 07:40 PM   #8
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I think I've found the recipe. The Kindle books must be downloaded with "Kindle for PC". From the FAQ at the apprenticealf site.

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If this book is from Kindle for Mac or Kindle for PC, you must have the Kindle software installed on the same computer as your copy of calibre.
There are more specific instructions as well. I hope posting this about DeDRM use is acceptable.

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Old 09-21-2018, 10:12 PM   #9
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EDIT. Apparently DeDRM will not work when the download was for a Fire tablet. As of now, I don't expect to purchase an e-ink Kindle.
You don't have to actually use the e-ink kindle, it only has to be registered to your account. Find a cheap used Kindle (make sure it isn't blacklisted prior to puchase) register it, throw it in a junk drawer and forget about it. Download via USB will work in native Linux browser. Enter the serial number into plugin and everything works without the need to have a VM installed. That is what I do, except the Kindles are actually also in use for reading.
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