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Initial post: Sep 12, 2009 7:18:13 AM PDT
Joan Marie says:
Trying to save my Kindle books on my computer as a back up and when I connect the Kindle via USB, all the book titles appear with these AZW and MPB file extensions that I cannot open. What am I missing? TIA

Posted on Sep 12, 2009 7:20:05 AM PDT
Bookworm RN says:
They cant be read on a computer, only one the kindle

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2009 7:26:05 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 12, 2009 7:26:24 AM PDT
Joan Marie says:
Oh thank you. I read discussions about people backing up their books to their computers but must have gotten that wrong.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009 7:37:08 AM PDT
Goofynews says:
I am just about to buy a Kindle, I thought amazon provided storage for you on the internet?

Posted on Sep 12, 2009 7:44:35 AM PDT
JP Reader Me says:
Books that you buy from Amazon are always available to be downloaded again from Amazon. Books obtained from other places you need to back-up on your own.

Yes, people do back-up their Kindle files to their computer for various reasons. This simply means that a copy of the file is kept on the computer. It doesn't mean that you can read the book on your computer.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2009 7:49:07 AM PDT
Goofynews says:
I haven't bought a kindle yet. my finger is almost on the button. is it easy to store books on the computer? another question, Will I need to purchase a book light. What are the essential items I will need, light, cover, screen protector, etc?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2009 7:51:41 AM PDT
Goofynews says:
Can books from other sources, example, cd's be downloaded to the kindle?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2009 7:53:39 AM PDT
Goofynews says:
do you mean if I purchase a book from amazon, i can download it again if for some reason i delete it and want to get it again? for how long can I do this?

Posted on Sep 12, 2009 8:01:08 AM PDT
S. Willett says:
Yes, all purchases from Amazon are kept on their servers and you can re-download them again to the same Kindle as many times as you want. They keep the books indefinitely.

Books can also be purchased from other sources like gutenburg.org, feedbooks, manybooks, and other places. If they are in .mobi or .txt format they can be transferred directly to the Kindle. If they are .pdf or .doc (Word) or .html they can be read after conversion. You send them to Amazon for conversion.

As for accessories, you will want a cover of some sort for protection. You don't need an extra screen protector (the stick on kind) if you have a good cover. For booklight, if you used a booklight regularly to read paper books then you might want one but it's not essential. Whatever lamplight or sunlight worked for a paperbook also works for the Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2009 8:04:42 AM PDT
Goofynews says:
thanks for the information. Any one of the covers you might recommend?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2009 8:17:07 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 12, 2009 8:24:59 AM PDT
Joan Marie says:
>> I haven't bought a kindle yet. my finger is almost on the button. is it easy to store books on the computer? another question, Will I need to purchase a book light. What are the essential items I will need, light, cover, screen protector, etc? <<

Hi Michelle, I am fairly green myself but have my Kindle 2 for a month. Like you, I hesitated a long time wondering it would be just an overpriced gadget in my life. But given Amazon's 30-day no-hassle return policy, I decided to give it a try knowing I could always return it if it didn't suit MY lifestyle. Well, it had me at hello, as the expression goes. I suggest you get one home and download some free books and play with it to see how the concept works for you. You can always send it back. But I bet you won't.

About your questions, I tried mine with no cover for awhile but because it felt a bit slippery in my arthritic hands, I bought a cover, an Oberon from that website (Oberon.com). Pricey, yes, but I am beyond happy with it's function and appearance. If an Oberon is too lavish for your taste, there are many cover options on Amazon. Just read the customer reviews before picking one. A cover gives you something to "grab" on to while reading if the naked Kindle feels too unstable for your personal grip. I also use a Mighty Bright reading light Mighty Bright XtraFlex2 Clip-On Light (Black, Kindle Version) all the time. There are many book lights out there but the Mighty Bright uses regular batteries (not buttons) and has 2 settings. I clipped it directly to the Kindle before I bought the cover but now I clip it to the cover. I don't have a screen protector because I am afraid it will obstruct the words. The final, and most important IMHO accessory, is an extended warranty. Amazon has one and so does Square Trade (dot com). I got the 3 yr warranty with accidental drop coverage from Square Trade using a 40% off coupon I found by googling. I feel that it is inevitable I will drop it at some point.

About books, you can dl books to your computer and read them on Kindle. I have only downloaded books (from Amazon and non-Amazon sites) that were are Kindle's format already so am not sure how you get non-Kindle-ized books to your Kindle. But yes, Amazon does store all your books that you buy from them at the Amazon site. Storing Amazon-sourced books on your computer is apparently not necessary. So if you delete a title from your Kindle, it is still available @ Amazon for you to send back to your Kindle again. (I tried that myself as a test and it worked.)

HTH.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009 8:21:51 AM PDT
Joan Marie says:
Another thing, Michele, do you know if you are in a Whispernet coverage area? You can check that somewhere on the Kindle product page. If you are, Amazon will send the books wirelessly to your Kindle. Otherwise, you need to download them from Amazon to your computer and then transfer to your Kindle via USB.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009 8:31:06 AM PDT
ShirleyKat says:
There are many discussions on covers and you can find lots of ideas if you're willing to page through the threads here. You'll find a variety of suggestions, from the Amazon cover, to elaborate tooled leather covers (Oberon). It comes down to personal choice (like a handbag), how you're going to carry the Kindle around, and even how you want to read. Some people get a sleeve because they prefer to hold the Kindle "naked" while reading. Some covers have stands, so you can do something else with your hands while reading. I'd page through the various options on Amazon and then do a Google search for Kindle covers to see others.

One thing to consider is that some people have had their Kindle case cracked by the Amazon cover that has hooks that slip into the side of the Kindle. While this makes it look nice to not have the corner straps, pulling open the back cover puts pressure on the case. So you do have to pay attention to how you're opening the cover (front only). I have this cover and have not had any problems with it, but I do make sure I'm opening it correctly.

As for backing up books, it's a lot easier for me to just drag the entire documents folder from the Kindle to a folder on my hard disk every now and then. That way all books are backed up locally without regard to where I got them. I don't depend entirely on one location for backup.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009 8:53:38 AM PDT
Goofynews says:
Thanks everyone, shirleyKat and Joan Marie, I'm doing the kindle cover search now. thanks to all who are helping me.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009 9:10:23 AM PDT
L. Herick says:
I ordered the leather cover that hooks on when I got my Kindle, but I take it with me everywhere and wanted to lighten my purse load so just got one of the reversible sleeves listed on Amazon. I really like it and think it works well and it was only about 15.00. Have only used a booklight a few times but picked one up that is small so it travels easy at WalMart.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009 3:04:54 PM PDT
David says:
I got a zippered M-edge cover for when I travel, the red one with the front pouch to put the charger in. I'm going to probably order and Oberon cover for use around the house and things, mainly because leather makes it easier to feel like you're reading a paper book.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2009 3:30:14 PM PDT
T. Kelly says:
I just bought a Kindle last week even tho the Whispernet map showed that my small town did not have Whispernet. However, when I tried to order my first book I tested it and it worked just fine, so the map is not entirely accurate.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009 7:29:26 PM PDT
David says:
As a general rule, if there is Sprint cellphone service in your area, Whispernet will work.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009 9:30:14 AM PDT
The AZW file is the book itself. You can look on your computer to see the file size, for example. The MPB file is the one that holds the bookmarks, notes and highlights that you have added to that book and the My Clippings file has them all for all the books you have read.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012 12:47:31 PM PDT
Rosie says:
Do I need to keep the MBP files? Are they taking up space I could use for books? What about other non-AZW files, are they necessary?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012 2:20:44 PM PDT
Do I need to keep the MBP files?

If you want to keep your notes, highlights, and bookmarks, as well as your place in the book you do.

Are they taking up space I could use for books?

Of course. But not much space.

What about other non-AZW files, are they necessary?

Only if you want the features they provide. For example, the .phl files contain popular highlights.

You have a device that probably can hold more books than you can read in a year. Fiddling around about saving a few kB here and there by deleting these features is probably not worth it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012 5:02:35 PM PDT
Rosie says:
Thanks for the info....I'll trust your advice. Rosie

Posted on May 23, 2014 8:52:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 23, 2014 8:56:40 AM PDT
J. Shaw says:
How do l remove books from caramel to books pressing with finger does not work for me

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2014 3:37:05 PM PST
willie 69 says:
how do i transfer from computer to my kindle using a usb cord?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2014 3:42:43 PM PST
willie 69 says:
how do i open a AZW filie on my computer?
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