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Old 07-03-2013, 11:03 PM   #1
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Wirelessly uploading books to a Kindle from an Android phone

I figured this would be useful for people if I left this here. This video demonstrates uploading books to a Kindle from an Android phone and the instructions below tell you how to do it. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTRPfbjLOLI

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1. Install developer keys and obtain a root shell.
1a. Install developer keys: http://blitiri.com.ar/p/other/kindle...-external-keys
1b. Install and enable USB Networking and SSH: http://blitiri.com.ar/p/other/kindle/#usb-networking
1c. Obtain the root password based on your serial number: http://members.ping.de/~sven/kindle.html

2. Set up your Kindle to serve SSH and harden its security.
2a. Log in as root and change the "root" and "framework" passwords by running "passwd" and "passwd framework". On Windows, you can use PuTTY: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~s.../download.html. Linux and MacOS users can use the command line ssh.
2b. Create /etc/init.d/sshd on the Kindle with 755 permissions with this content: http://pastie.org/8107777 You can log in and use vi, use FileZilla, or whatever at this point. To apply 755 permissions on the file, from a root shell on the Kindle, run "chmod 755 /etc/init.d/sshd".
2c. Create a symlink, /etc/rc5.d/S83sshd, that links to ../init.d/sshd. You can do this while logged in from a root shell on the Kindle by running "ln -s ../init.d/sshd /etc/rc5.d/S83sshd".
2d. Edit the iptables firewall rules in /etc/sysconfig/iptables to allow incoming TCP connections on port 22. It should look like this: http://pastie.org/8107800 Notice lines 22-23. You can use vi in an SSH console, download, edit, and upload with FileZilla, or whatever.
2e. Restart the Kindle. On the Kindle via the UI, press Home, Menu > Settings, Menu > Restart. Alternatively, you can type "reboot" from a shell with SSH.

3. Set up Android as an access point, conect your Kindle to it, and install Android applications.
3a. Enable your phone as an access point: https://support.google.com/nexus/4/answer/2812516?hl=en
3b. Connect your Kindle to the running access point: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custom...deId=200690850
3c. Install AndFTP: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...51bGwsMSwyLDNd
3d. Install ServerAssistant: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...Npc3RhbnQiXQ..

4. Set up Android applications for uploading books to the Kindle.
4a. Find the IP address of the Kindle by running "cat /proc/net/arp" on your Android phone. You can do this with a "local" connection via ConnectBot: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...5uZWN0Ym90Il0.
4b. In AndFTP, create a host using the obtained Kindle IP address as the hostname, "SFTP" as the server type, "root" as the username, the root password you set in 2a as the password, and /mnt/us/documents as the remote dir. Tap Save. Set the name as "Kindle" and tap Ok.
4c. In ServerAssistant, create a host using "Kindle" as the unitname, the obtained Kindle IP address for the SSH Server URL, "22" as the port, "root" as the user, and the root password you set in 2a as the password. Tap Save.
4d. Select the "Kindle" server from ServerAssistant. Press menu, Add command to unit. Use "Refresh books" as the name, and "dbus-send --system /default com.lab126.powerd.resuming int32:1" as the command. Tap Save.

5. Upload a book and refresh the Kindle's home screen.
5a. Make sure the Kindle is on (and not displaying a screen saver image).
5b. Open AndFTP, select Kindle, and tap Connect. Tap the Device file browser button, pick a file or directory with Kindle-compatible content, and tap Upload.
5c. Open ServerAssistant, tap Kindle, and tap "Refresh books". Your Kindle's home screen should refresh and the uploaded book should be available for reading!

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Old 07-04-2013, 02:15 AM   #2
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Thanks for the info, and welcome to the forum!

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Old 07-04-2013, 10:05 AM   #3
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Thanks for posting that, Synthead. I haven't studied the instructions in detail, as they look a bit too technical for me. But no doubt others will find them valuable.

That said, I wonder why this is necessary. I often transfer content between my Android tablet and my Kindle, simply by using a Windows PC as an intermediary.

On the Android device, I have an app called ES File Explorer (others are available), which lets me access the sharable folders on any PC on the same network. I can then copy files to and from these folders. That includes ebooks in the Kindle folder on the Android. I can also do that by physically connecting the tablet to the PC with a USB cable.

Once the files are on the PC, I can transfer them to the Documents folder on the Kindle in the usual way,

Maybe not all Android devices have that functionality. I noticed you referred specifially to Android phones, whereas I have a tablet rather than a phone. Perhaps tablets work differently in this respect (although the app I mentioned evidently works on all Adroid devices).

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Old 07-04-2013, 10:23 AM   #4
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@MikeL: Can't you just plug in the Kindle's USB cable to your tablet and use your ES file explore?

On a 'phone -
I would expect it to require micro-USB-host to micro-USB-device cable (Kindle is the "Device" end).
But I would expect that to work also. Disclaimer: Depending on the 'phone of course.

'phones are usually a USB-OTG port, and so is the Kindle (but not fully functional) - so the hardwired cable described above would be required to force the two devices into the required roles.
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No-hack version is here
(indexed both of them)
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:51 AM   #6
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No-hack version is here
(indexed both of them)
Nice, no special cable required.
Could have used that information a few weeks ago myself.

Once I read the link again (now) I recalled having seen it when posted.
Durn, if this forum has to depend on my memory - - - we are in big trouble.
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Re: the OP, that's a bit overkill.

* The usbnet hack already properly supports sshd @boot without having to write an init script [BTW, the one linked by the OP will only work on devices using sysvinit, not those using upstart (k5/pw)], check the config file/the docs.

* The usbnet hack also properly supports sshd over WiFi, without having to play with the firewall, again, check the config file.

* I'd recommend simply authenticating via shared keys instead of playing around with passwords, but that's left to the reader's choice .

* And, err, that's all, anything that can speak SSH/SCP/SFTP will work. On Android, like Mike L said, I'm a big fan of ES Explorer.


Again, most of this is explained one way or the other in the USBNet doc. (Hint: if you want a seamless setup, sshfs?).



And, yep, on the 'vanilla' side, anything over HTTP should work (a simple webserver, like in the post linked above, or a nice OPDS thingy, like the Calibre content server, or any of the others [some of those are developed by MR users, check the Calibre forums]).

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@MikeL: Can't you just plug in the Kindle's USB cable to your tablet and use your ES file explore?
No, not in my case. Both devices have a mini-USB connector (I think that's what they're called). But even if you could rig up a cable, I'm not sure if it would work. The ES Explorer app can see the file system of a PC across the network, but it can't see devices attached directly. Maybe other apps are available that can do that. I don't know.

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