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Posted on Jul 15, 2014 5:18:36 PM PDT
A couple of alternate suggestions:

Calibre (as always). (If you don't want to install a program to do book conversions, also works quite well to go back and forth from .mobi to .epub

FBReader ( is a solid ebook reader that handles non-DRM epub and mobi.

If you use the Firefox browser, you can also read using the Epub reader extension:

I have used all of the above (in Linux, no less) with great success and am very satisfied.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2014 6:55:41 AM PDT
P. Curley says:
Sync* Synched*

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014 5:02:15 AM PST
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That is the same software I use, Calilre. Convert the e bub books to mobi format, then send to your cloud drive and they are accessible from there.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2014 2:50:16 PM PST
King Al says:
Amazon doesn't own the Kindle books it sells -- the publishers do. (In some cases, Amazon is the publisher.)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2014 5:47:37 AM PST
Actually, partially correct. Those purchased from Amazon for the Kindle are still owned by Amazon. Amazon can update books and in some cases removed them. Those purchased from Peachpit Press are watermarked but otherwise DRM free. They are owned by the purchaser and supplied in PDF, Mobi and epub formats. Books can easily be loaded on the Kindle using the free Calibre book cataloging program.
Books can also be opened and read using the Calibre program. The one disadvantage is that the book will not sync between devices like one that is purchased through Amazon.

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 1:35:27 AM PST
You don't have any "own stuff". You do not own e-books. You own a limited license to read e-books.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2014 5:31:22 PM PST
Any of the technical books sold by Peachpit Press on They have a weekly special where a book worth $40.00 plus is sold for under $10.00. The books are provided in PDF, Mobi and epub. Updates to the books are free and they are always available to be re-downloaded.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2014 4:41:31 AM PST
3/4th of the technical books I try to buy.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2013 2:47:11 PM PST
A. Hilburn says:
Try this Coconut:

About to try it myself. Hope it helps!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2013 1:43:01 PM PST
Ducky says:
Perhaps they are non-DRM versions from Tor's site or Gutenberg. I can certainly understand why they aren't in "Manage my Kindle" but it would be nice if there were an Amazon book cloud more like the Amazon music cloud where I could upload any of my books and read them on all my Kindle devices - app, browser, Kindle, phone etc.

I do realize that Amazon is controlling and limiting our ability to store media (such as movies and books, though not music for some reason) in order to sell the Kindles at cost and have the profit come from the content that we consume. I just wish it were different.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 1:26:22 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 3, 2013 12:24:42 PM PST
David says:
I think that by not allowing epub books to be read on Kindle only shows how much concern they have for competition. Competition builds on a product or service and only by competition will Kindle grow. Don't show us what you are doing today, rather show us how you listen to us for tomorrow.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2013 9:44:54 PM PDT
BeckBe says:
Thanks for the walkthrough! This worked for me.
In case anyone needs help with the email stuff, here's the link to the proper help page:

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2013 9:43:59 PM PDT
BeckBe says:
Yes, this worked for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2013 12:20:58 AM PDT
I have a HTC Droid Incredible 2 that has the Amazon Kindle app. When I connect my Droid cellphone to my computer, I am given the option on the cell phone to set the "Connection Type" to "Disk Drive", which allows me to access the SD card on the cell phone as if it is a flash drive. I copy any .mobi ebooks into the \kindle folder of my SD card and the Kindle app recognizes these ebooks and allows me to read them. I should add that when I download an Amazon Kindle ebook to my cell phone, it is stored in the \kindle folder of my SD card, so apparently any .mobi file that is placed in this folder can be read with the Kindle app. I'm not sure whether this procedure will solve the problem for you but it works for me.

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 11:04:11 AM PDT
RBW says:
I feel your pain.... I am a dedicated Mac user. So, that means I also own a iPad (mine), iPad mini (wife). Now it so happens that my wife was given a Kindle and eventually she wanted the new Kindle Fire. I bought her the iPad mini. On both the "Pads" I have the Mac iBooks App and the Kindle App. There are ways to get books on the internet, but I would advise doing it unless your an expert who can detect funny little bugs that can be included with those down loads and you risk legal action. The iBook and Kindle apps work great. My wife downloads free books from the public libraries ( she is a devout reader) ( I buy books because I don't get around to read as often as she does). Sorry but Calibri is not compatible with the locked Kindle format, but it can work with other formats.
lastly, one of the main reasons that the books are locked is do to the fact that a an unlocked ebook can be sent to hundreds of people so the author and the book stores suffer financially.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2013 12:36:01 PM PST
C. Owens says:
I think a better question is why should a retailer assume that a customer is exclusive to their store? Amazon, should simplify libraries for their users or risk loosing them. Since I am unable to store non-amazon mobi books in my kindle cloud. I will look for a cloud that will allow me since I have several formats available.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2013 11:23:54 PM PST
You should probably download Calibre, and just use the mobi reader that comes with it.
Or, alternatively, you could use the Kindle desktop app, to which you can add books manually.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 10:55:08 PM PST
Lisa Hoang says:
okay, so I have a mobi file on my desktop. I don't own a kindle but I use the google chrome kindle cloud app. So far ebook I downloaded from amazon go straight to my kindle cloud app. what steps do I need to take to be able to read the mobi file on my kindle cloud app? :/ it shouldn't be this hard, but it is!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 8:44:38 AM PST
Stephanie says:
I don't think it was mentioned in this post, but I like using an addon called LiveMargin for Chrome- it allows me to read my epub books in a separate tab. Only works with DRM-free e-books though, I imagine. You might give it a shot- worst case scenario, you wasted 5 minutes. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2013 2:49:26 PM PST
What's the name of the app?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 2:12:29 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2012 12:12:22 AM PDT
It's not a matter of being your own stuff or not. Kindles can't read the epub format (with the exception of using an epub reader app on the Fires only).

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 11:39:23 PM PDT
I discovered that if I email a book I've purchased from another site to my Kindle my name will be listed as the "author" when it is downloaded to my device. This happened with books I purchased from Webscriptions (Baen).

When I sent them to my Kindle directly from the Webscriptions site that didn't happen--but the size of the file was twice as big than when I sideload from my computer. Go figure.

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 9:48:06 PM PDT
There is no reason why you can't upload a mobi file to your archive. Amazon documentation requires that you are the owner of the ebook. I buy from other sites as well as directly from publisher and can upload to my cloud (and later download directly to kindle). I have a kindle keyboard. Calibre can convert your DRM free epub file to a mobi file.
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