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Initial post: Jan 6, 2010 12:41:00 PM PST
I just downloaded Calibre and I'm a little confused about how to use it. I don't see any of my Amazon downloads on there when I hook up the Kindle by USB, just whatever ebooks I've gotten from other sites such as manybooks, gutenberg, etc.

Can I somehow organize my Kindle books from Amazon using Calibre?

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 12:56:20 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 6, 2010 12:57:41 PM PST
connect your kindle to your computer
make sure your kindle is off sleep mode
you will see a usb drive mode come up on it
go on calibre and click on the add books
that will open up a box
click on computer
click on kindle
click on documents flolder
click the stories you want to send to calibre
they should move right over.
Let me know if you need more help.
It's a little confusing to get use to calibre but it's worth it.

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 6:40:37 AM PST
Thanks for the help, Freda. I'll try that tonight.

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 6:56:58 AM PST
Houndreader says:
I also downloaded Calibre a couple of nights ago and was completely overwhelmed. I'm fairly good with computers and all, but had some trouble with Calibre. I attempted to watch the "demo" video, only to get frustrated with how slow the video loaded.

I think if I were to start from scratch again, I'd move each book individually into Calibre. I did the bulk download. I've only got about 40 books or so...I'm one of "those" Christmas kindle people. It was very scary to delete everything off my Kindle after I had downloaded everything into Calibre. It did work, but I had a couple of duplicate books that I had to delete on my Kindle. I think I've got the hang of it after a couple of days, but it will take me a while.

Anyone have any good tips or tricks for us newbies?

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 11:52:47 AM PST
Eliza Bennet says:
I have a question for when the "coming soon" Kindle for Mac App finally arrives. Will I be able to access the info contained on my desktop version of calibre from my Mac laptop, or will I have to re-enter it all - one book at a time - after I install the program there. If so, how would I do it? Perhaps someone with the PC app might have experience with this.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2010 11:55:54 AM PST
I've been using Calibre for a while, and I can't follow the demo either!

Just takes a little practice, but it's definitely worth it!

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 6:01:39 PM PST
Cagey says:
I just got Calibre and am trying to figure it out, too. If I add a book to Calibre from my Kindle, as described above, does it delete the book from my Kindle? If so, why would I want to do it? I understand the usefulness of Calibre to convert books from other formats to Kindle-friendly formats, but what do I gain by putting the books that are already on my Kindle onto Calibre?

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 6:30:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 7, 2010 6:38:16 PM PST
sunmoon says:
Hi - you need to check out the Mobile Read forum for everything you want and need to know about ebooks and Calibre etc. The site is a great help for all ebook owners( no matter if you have a Kindle,Sony, Nook etc). See.

also the developer of Calibre frequently answers questions on the site. Go to the site and look under Forums>Calibre and post the question there- sometimes you get a answer within minutes or a few hours.

Posted on Jan 9, 2010 7:18:32 PM PST
Gazelle says:
Wow! Mobileread is WAY over my head, tech-wise. I read the FAQs for Calibre, which were relatively straitforward but most of the threads are talking about recipes and foreign-sounding codes.

So here's my situation. We live and travel on our sailboat. In a couple years we'll be leaving the land of consistent internet access and we'd like to build up a library that we can store on our external hard drive permanently (and/or CDs as backup to the backup). I spent two hours today downloading all of our Kindle purchases and books from other sites into Calibre. I have yet to tag them all but will do that sooner or later.

But my question is, can I just copy the Calibre library to that drive? Can I then delete it off the Kindle until I'm ready to read it and still be able to load it up via Calibre? If Amazon ever decides to delete a book from my library (which I know they've promised not to do again but...), will that 'protect' it?

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 5:03:15 AM PST
A. says:
I am a new Kindle owner and new to the forum. Thanks for all of the info on Calibre. This seems to be one of the most promising external additions to use with my Kindle. Unless I am misunderstanding the tutorial, it will "translate" the code an ebook is written in for use in whatever your device is?? So you can purchase ebooks from other companies and put them on Kindle? I have got to go back and take the tutorial again. The reason this is important to me is that I like to hang onto my books forever and if I ever bought a different e-reader, I don't want to lose everything I've purchased.

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 2:41:05 PM PST
Ravens Path says:
calibre can convert from a variety of formats into a variety of formats. It will not convert the file if it is DRM protected though. I convert all my files to mobi and if ever changed ereaders (doubtful). I could convert them into whatever that one supports and calibre can handle. Personally I feel that calibre is a must have for any kindle owner. Even if you don't use it to convert items it is easy to update metadata, add the items to your kindle and manage your library of books.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2010 2:46:01 PM PST
Nautiknitter, yes and yes. You can copy the Calibre library and reload Kindle books as long as the ones from Amazon were downloaded for that Kindle. If you have more than one Kindle, you need to keep the copies in separate libraries for the Amazon downloads. Books you get from other sources only need to be in one library, and can be copied to any Kindles you have.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2010 3:13:00 PM PST
I use calibre to store off line ones I didn't get from Amazon/Kindle. Like smashwords. But I also save the ones from amazon on calibre so I have it all in once place.

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 4:18:28 PM PST
Gazelle says:
Thanks, M. Francis. I wouldn't have thought about that since both of our Kindles are registered on one account but it makes sense. Since my husband downloads everything onto his big SD card, I think his library will be ok. Thanks!

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Posted on Jan 12, 2010 4:47:35 AM PST
A. says:
RAVENS PATH, So how do you tell if a file is DRM protected? And even if they are, can you convert them to mobi? I am unclear.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 4:54:32 AM PST
Paxton says:
Question: if you convert your book to another format (and therefore to a different name), won't Amazon stop recognizing it as one of "their" books, and not store annotations and clippings for that book any longer?

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 5:55:08 AM PST
I've been a Kindle owner for 10 months and the Calibre word scares the heck out of me. I just don't know if I need such a thing. But, I saw their demo and decided to try. (I let it play through once without watching it and then when it was done streaming in drips and draps - about a half hour for an eight minute video - I played it again without hitches) Here's my questions:
I got the books currently on my Kindle into the library. I think that included samples. How do I get the ones I've archived into the Amazon Cloud into the library? I hope the answer isn't that I have to get them back on the Kindle first - that would take a lot of time.
Whenever I get new books, do I have to keep up with the plug in the Kindle and add to the library? Will it remember the ones it already has some and not make duplicates? Or do I have to keep track of which ones it has and which ones it doesn't?
What type of books (format) will it convert so that I can read them on my Kindle that I wouldn't be able to just send to Amazon to convert?

Someone answer in low tech speak English please, not the mobile read tech speak!

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 6:52:12 AM PST
GreyDay says:
The books in your Amazon archive would have to be sent first to your kindle then to calibre with the USB cord, or sent to your computer (I use a folder on my desktop for temporary downloads) then to calibre with the Add Books icon. If you have both Calibre and your Kindle windows open at the same time you can easily see which books are already in Calibre.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2010 6:55:26 AM PST
K. Holmes says:

I keep all my books in Calibre, whether from Amazon or another source. For the Amazon books, I download to my Kindle via wireless, then under "Manage My Kindle", I also download the book to my computer (do this by choosing 'send to computer'). Once on my computer, I just drag onto Calibre. If it happens to be a book I'd already put on Calibre, the program will tell me.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 9:52:12 AM PST
Ah! Yes, the send to computer button could help here. Thanks.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 10:25:13 AM PST
L. Burdick says:
I had been buying ebooks from ebay and I sent it to amazon to be converted but it came back unreadable. I tried calibre and it was able to convert it to a kindle compatible format. Then transfered it to my kindle and all is good.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2010 10:26:59 AM PST
Next time try putting "convert" in the subject line. If you don't do that it comes back as a pdf file. Even if it started out that way. I think amazon does a better job of formating than calibre.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 11:57:15 AM PST
Donna Cravey says:
You can't convert books from Amazon (that have DRM) with Calibre. My experience has been that you can't even edit the metadata. However, you can use Calibre to organize your Kindle books on your computer, and you can send them to Kindle with Calibre via USB.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 2:31:37 PM PST
Soapy70 says:
Ok. I have a question. I have used the Calibre to convert some books. I got them converted and put on my Kindle. Now they are showing up under the first name of the author instead of the last. How should the 'author' & 'author sort' fields be filled out to make sure they go under the last name? For example: Maureen Child. I put it in as: Child, Maureen. It shows up on the Kindle list as 'Maureen Child' but under 'M' not 'C'. I would appreciate any help with this. Thanks.
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