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Is it okay to convert purchased books to .mobi files?


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Initial post: Aug 29, 2013 10:25:07 AM PDT
I want to edit a lot of my books to make my library look nicer--fixing wacky titles (I hate books with ALL CAPS in the titles, or weird-long subtitles), correcting author information (I buy a lot of translations that author-sort by the translator or editor), and replacing boring cover art (mostly of free books).

I already know how to do this, but I don't know if it's "okay" for me to do so. Would Amazon get mad at me for removing their DRM even if I didn't distribute the altered book files to anyone but myself? Would I lose access to cloud-syncing (which is important for me as I have three kindles)?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2013 10:28:44 AM PDT
I don't know how legal it is to remove DRM.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2013 10:29:47 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 29, 2013 10:31:43 AM PDT
To remove the DRM is illegal in most areas of the world. You can use a free program called Calibre to modify the metadata (or any other program you wish) which is legal. The only issue then is that you must reload from the program instead of re- downloading from Amazon

EDIT - Since DRM is keyed to device, you would have to do as I do and use Calibre to sort and decide which books to read next. Then I go to the source (since I purchase books from various sellers), if DRM protected to re-download as needed

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 10:30:28 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2013 10:33:15 AM PDT
There have been many threads discussing this "personal use" issue. I suggest a search using the search box on the right. Be sure to uncheck "Search only this discussion"

The consensus seems to be since you are purchasing a non-transferable license to read the book, personal use does not apply

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 10:35:07 AM PDT
How does that argument work? If it's a non-transferable license, it's not like you're getting around it by modifying the files you're still only using for yourself.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2013 10:39:57 AM PDT
I suggest you talk to a lawyer in your location if you want to know all the in's and out's of when and what "personal use" applies to.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 10:57:03 AM PDT
T. Cook says:
"How does that argument work? If it's a non-transferable license, it's not like you're getting around it by modifying the files you're still only using for yourself. "

By stripping the DRM, that implies you are wanting to use/alter the file in a way not licensed... Presumably the license is not for modifying the file because, once it's modified, it's not the item sold to you under license...

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 11:03:11 AM PDT
What I do is download the books using the Transfer via computer option. I put them in Calibre. I change the title, put the author's name in correctly, and indicate which Kindle the file is DRMed for. Then I transfer the books to the Kindle. Calibre does this without stripping the DRM, and my Home page shows:

Marple - 01 - The Body in the Library
Marple - 02 - Murder at the Vicarage

and so forth. If I sort by title, the books are in the correct reading order.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2013 11:33:33 AM PDT
Here is a thread where Bufo Calvin cites illegality of DRM stripping.

http://www.amazon.com/forum/kindle/ref=cm_cd_tfp_ef_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1D7SY3BVSESG&cdThread=TxKDM0473VMFXY

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 12:08:51 PM PDT
@M. Francis: So you can change that information without converting to a different format and stripping the DRM? That sounds perfect. Thank you very much.

Does the Kindle recognize the re-named books as "new" books or the same book? (I.E. if I rename a file, will it show up on the cloud as undownloaded?)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2013 12:11:32 PM PDT
It doesn't show up on the cloud. You have to side load from calibre and it will only work for the device that you originally downloaded the file for. The DRM is keyed to the device and you cannot move from one device to another.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2013 12:24:33 PM PDT
As vjvl51 says, it doesn't change anything in the cloud. You change the metadata only on the copy of the file you've downloaded. You can also do the cover art - If you use Calibre while you have an on-line connection (you don't have to be connected to use it), you can even tell it to go find a cover, and it will check a bunch of places and show you various covers for that particular book.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2013 4:55:23 PM PDT
Converting ebooks / removing DRM, etc is illegal. You may never get prosecuted, but if you do, you are in for it.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2013 5:32:51 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Who is going to know if you don't advertise it or give them away??
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