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Initial post: Oct 24, 2012 10:40:00 AM PDT
I am about to buy the new Kindle Fire HD but, before I do, I really want to know if I can back up content. With my iTunes, for example, I go to the iTunes library, duplicate then move the files to the safety of my external HD. I know that Amazon keeps my files in the cloud, but there have been horror stories. I prefer to keep my own copy as well.

SO, here is my problem: I have searched my computer for the Kindle books and have come up empty. I have also gone to forum upon forum looking for how to find the files on my Mac to no avail. The info out there does not work for my 13" Macbook Pro bought in June (it's the latest non-Retina version).

Anyone know where I can find my files?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 11:08:05 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 24, 2012 11:25:21 AM PDT
Michelle, the reason most people don't back up their files is because all DRM protected books are keyed to a certain device. If you replace the device, etc, the book will not open and you cannot read it. You must redownload to the new device for the key to work.

As for backing up your books on your Fire, the files would be on the Fire not on your MAC. You could connect the MAC and Fire using the USB cable and copy the files over. The problem with this is that you have no idea which file is which book as they have really wierd names - B00102SAWI_EBOK.azw.

EDIT for clarity - If you download a book on your Fire and then decide to read the book on your MAC (using the reading app), it won't work if the book was DRM protected (and many are).

Since you have been searching your MAC for files, I can only assume you are using the reading app now. You could also be using the Cloud Reader, in which case there is nothing downloaded to your MAC. You will have to be a little clearer on that.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 11:24:12 AM PDT
Hi Vickie,

Thanks for the response. But the books I am referring to I read on my Mac-I download them from Amazon to the app "Kindle for Mac." This tells me that there should be a file somewhere with the books on my computer. And I actually didn't ask for info on "backing up [my] books on [my] Fire." I don't yet have the Fire. I am looking only for the Amazon books I've downloaded to my Mac to make back-up files. This all seems to be a growing issue for people, myself included, with regard to "owning" digital content. It's becoming clear that the prices we pay are essentially long-term rental fees.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 11:27:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 24, 2012 11:59:05 AM PDT
You are correct - When you purchase a eBook, you are purchasing a non-transferable license to read the book. This is what you agree to with every purchase. I should note this is standard with every publisher, etc and Amazon has not say in this. It has to do with the copyright laws.

As I've explained, with DRM, backing up will not do anything because the file is keyed to the device (Fire, reading app, etc). You should be able to find your book files using spotlight and searching for "azw"

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 11:37:33 AM PDT
Hi Michelle. The Kindle App on the Mac stores the book files in the following location:

Library >Application Support >Kindle >My Kindle Content

Please keep in mind that the files will only work on that specific Mac due to the DRM that Vickie mentioned. So if you change Macs they won't work on the new one and you will have to download again.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 11:58:08 AM PDT
Very interesting. Thank you both for all the info.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 12:00:12 PM PDT
Oh, and Thomas, there is no file Kindle folder in my Application Support folder. I've seen that in many other (older) forums which is why I posted here. Just to give everyone an update.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 12:02:42 PM PDT
Did you try the search in spotlight??

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 12:05:55 PM PDT
@vickie: yes, I started in Spotlight. And then looked through "All Files," the HD... I couldn't find any .azw files, Kindle this or that, nothing.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 12:20:34 PM PDT
Unusual. I don't have the app installed on our MAC but spotlight should be able to find the .azw files.

Right now, is the app installed and can you open a book to read? If so, try searching for B001 files. Many start with that or try searching for azw (without the period).

Anytime I've opened Spotlight, I just start typing the file name and my MAC starts listing all the files.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 12:23:20 PM PDT
I've searched everything... and now B001 files. Still nothing. And, yes, I can read a book with the app, no problem. The files are just hidden.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 12:25:17 PM PDT
It sounds like you are reading your books in your browser (Safari) instead of the K4Mac app. Is that possible?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 12:27:01 PM PDT
Nope. I only use the app. I don't even use Safari. At all. And, no, I am not using any other browser to read the books. Just the app.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 12:28:52 PM PDT
Which version of mac are you running?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 12:29:46 PM PDT
Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 12:30:41 PM PDT
I don't know if this will work on the MAC - but on my K4PC, I can go into
Tools - options - content
and see exactly where the books are stored.

Does this help?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 12:34:13 PM PDT
Under Tools there is really only "Sync" & "Manage Your Content" which opens a browser tab for my Amazon account online. There is no info for where things are on my computer.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 12:34:23 PM PDT
10.7, I'm not that familiar with but spotlight should still have found the files. We need to get a new MAC :)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 12:35:50 PM PDT
I'm sorry Michelle. I don't know what to suggest since our MAC won't match yours. Maybe someone with the same version of MAC will see this and help you.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2012 9:41:30 AM PDT
Michelle Koch says: "I've searched everything... and now B001 files. Still nothing. And, yes, I can read a book with the app, no problem. The files are just hidden."

For some reason search won't ever find the Kindle books. You have to navigate directly to them. I got that earlier location from a thread asking a similar question as yours. Where they are seems to be dependent on the version of OS/App that you have. It's one of the reasons why people have had issues with Timecapsule backups not working with the Kindle app when upgrading OSs. I also found this location in a blog post. See if this is the current location.

[your username]\My Documents\My Kindle Content

If that is not it all I can think of is to just go through all of your folders manually looking for the "My Kindle Content" folder.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2013 3:30:30 PM PDT
I was looking to solve this problem too and I came across your post. I found the answer and I'm not sure if you are still looking to solve this problem or not, but here it is!

If you use the Mac App Store version it's now located here: ~/Library/Containers/com.amazon.Kindle/Data/Library/Application Support/Kindle/My Kindle Content

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 4:17:56 PM PDT
You could look for a "My Kindle Content" folder.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2013 7:45:32 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2013 9:02:10 PM PDT
King Al says:
Um, ePub books from major pubishers have DRM as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2013 5:39:10 AM PDT
Hi Thomas, this has been working for awhile but now when I go to my User folder, there is no "Kindle" in my Application Support, do you know where it's gone? I recently updated to 10.7.5 and my Kindle is working fine. Thanks!
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