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Initial post: Mar 3, 2012 9:56:51 PM PST
So, if I just copy the document folder contents to my computer, will it also copy them in their collections as well??

Thanks.....

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012 10:12:37 PM PST
S. Prewitt says:
1. Which Kindle?
2. Aren't the items you want to copy -- books, personal documents, whatever -- already available on the Manage Your Kindle website? Check at http://www.amazon.com/myk

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012 10:20:53 PM PST
Sorry, Kindle Keyboard.
Yes, they are but I also have books that aren't from Amazon...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012 11:15:03 PM PST
S. Prewitt says:
Collections are stored on Amazon: "When you create a collection on a device, we'll save your collection so it appears in Archived Items on other devices registered to your Amazon.com account. This allows you to transfer collections across registered Kindles."

However, I don't think it's possible for users to make backup copies of collections. (But if someone else posts that I'm wrong ... well, I'm probably wrong!)

The following info may help:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_k2cont_sort?nodeId=200505560&#k2sort

Managing Content in Your Collections

After you create one or more collections, you're ready to associate books, audiobooks, and personal documents on your Kindle using those collections. Please note that subscriptions such as newspapers, magazines, and blogs cannot currently be added to collections on the Kindle. Here are a few handy collection features:

Collections are stored on Amazon: When you create a collection on a device, we'll save your collection so it appears in Archived Items on other devices registered to your Amazon.com account. This allows you to transfer collections across registered Kindles.

Kindle content is associated with a collection until removed: If you add a book or other content to a collection on your Kindle and then delete the book from your device, it remains associated with that collection in Archive Items. If you download the item again, it will automatically appear in the appropriate collection on your Home screen.

Books and other content can appear in more than one collection: You can associate a single book or other item from your library with multiple collections if you wish.

Collections don't change device or Archive Items content: If you delete Kindle content from a collection or delete an entire collection from your Kindle, it does not change the actual items saved on your Kindle or in your Archive Items on Amazon. When you delete a collection from your Kindle, any downloaded items from that collection will appear the Home screen instead of in the collection.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 11:21:55 PM PST
W. Laine says:
Only your non-Kindle documents & Kindle samples can be backed up to your computer & restored. To save your collection data, you must copy a file, collections.json, from your Kindle's system folder. It is a nuisance to separate the Kindle book files from backing up, because if you copy them, along with non-Kindle books, you still cannot restore the Kindle books.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012 11:41:19 PM PST
thanks for that. But what about books that I have that are not from Amazon?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2012 12:04:59 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 4, 2012 12:07:00 AM PST
W. Laine says:
You can back up your non-amazon books from the documents folder on your Kindle to your computer & restore them to your Kindle. I usually download non-amazon books to my computer, use the free program Calibre to list them & edit metadata, & then transfer the book files to my Kindle. Calibre has the additional advantage of adding page numbers to the public domain books I import into it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2012 12:08:04 AM PST
S. Prewitt says:
As W. Laine points out, those (books that are not from Amazon) are the only books you should make/keep a copy of. To test whether your copies will be assigned to the correct collection(s) on your Kindle when you restore them, make your backup copy and then delete one of the non-Amazon books from your Kindle. Then use your backup to replace it in the Kindle documents folder. Hopefully it will magically appear in the correct collection(s).

Posted on Mar 4, 2012 12:28:35 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 4, 2012 1:11:21 AM PST
Another query....If we can transfer books from PC to Kindle easily, you would think the doing the reverse would be just as easy, right?

EDITED: I cut a non-amazon book from my kindle and put it on my PC..I checked my kindle and it was gone..I then pasted it back to my kindle and it went into the proper collections...So I decided to try a Amazon book and guess what? It also worked..So, you can transfer between PC and Kindle and the reverse..:-):-):-):-)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2012 2:06:59 AM PST
Denis Powell says:
Yes, you can copy Amazon eBooks from your Kindle and back again to the same Kindle, but if you copy them to a different Kindle or app they won't be readable.

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 8:38:57 AM PDT
purplepatty says:
OK, so what if your Kindle up and dies on you and you have a back up of your old on on your PC. Once you register the new one, can the content be transferred to it? I can't see why Amazon would not allow that. You've paid for the Kindle and you've paid for the content.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2012 9:03:35 AM PDT
SeaLevel274 says:
You can just transfer your books from your archive if you register your new Kindle to the same account. Amazon keeps them backed up for you.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2012 9:07:26 AM PDT
GreyDay says:
The DRM on each Amazon book is keyed to a specific device. For Amazon books if you get a new kindle all your previously purchased books will show in the new kindle's archive. To download them to the new kindle just find them in your archive and click on them. You could copy a DRM'd book from kindle one to your computer and then to kindle two but it would not be readable on kindle two. You would need to download from Amazon a properly keyed book specific to your new kindle instead. Or remove the DRM. But all in all it is easier to simply select a book from your archive in your new kindle to download it.
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