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Transferring Kindle books to Calibre

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Initial post: Nov 4, 2013 3:41:15 PM PST
I have a huge collection (over 8000) of Kindle books that I want to transfer to calibre. I have looked it up but can't find an answer.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2013 4:13:32 PM PST
Looked up where? Where are the books now?

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 6:56:02 PM PST
M. Amodemo says:
You need to download calibre to your computer. load the books onto your kindle. Start up calibre. Attach your kindle to your computer using the usb connection. Calibre should recognize your kindle. you can toggle between books on kindle and books in calibre. just select the books you want to move and drag into calibre.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2013 7:09:51 PM PST
They might want to download the books directly to their computer rather than try to put 8000 (!) books on their kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2013 7:51:43 PM PST
M. Amodemo says:
I just find it easier to transfer to calibre from the kindle. they don't have to put all 8000 at once. do it in batches.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2013 8:25:56 PM PST
I think it's easier to download then from the manage your kindle page. Then you can download them all at once.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2013 9:27:17 PM PST
Mean, if you try to download that many books from your MYK page to a Kindle with an e-ink screen, it will probably freeze. It needs to index each book, and I'd suggest doing that in batches of 30 or so.

In addition, the OP did not say that the books were from Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2013 8:16:00 AM PST
If you read my previous posts, I was saying exactly that. I was recommending he download them from the MYK directly to his computer, bypassing his Kindle. Obviously if he didn't get his books from Amazon, he probably already has a copy of them on his computer.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 8:42:34 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2013 9:10:52 AM PST
Amodamo's method of downloading onto your Kindle and transferring them from the Kindle into Calibre would work for a few books but wouldn't work for a large library or from books from non-Amazon sources and isn't the best way to do it anyway. Mr. Mustard's method is faster and easier.

If you've already got copies of the e-books downloaded to your computer, it's very easy to bulk transfer them into Calibre. In the Calibre toolbar, click the arrow next to the "Add Books" button and select the root folder(s) and format(s). Once added, you can add/edit metadata individually or in bulk. If you choose to update metadata in bulk, I recommend that you do so in batches.

If the books are in your Kindle library in MYK and haven't already been downloaded onto your computer, you'll have to download each one individually. There's no way to bulk download them from Amazon.

To make it easier to find and add your downloaded books into Calibre, now or in the future, I recommend that you create a temporary Kindle Downloads folder on your desktop and designate this as the download location. Then, when you click on "Add Books" all you have to do is select this folder then select all the books using SHIFT+CLICK. Once you've added them to your Calibre library, you can delete the copies from the Kindle Downloads folder.

I also recommend that once you've got Calibre set up and running, download all future e-books directly to your computer as you acquire them and add them immediately to Calibre, then delete the temporary downloads from the desktop folder. DO NOT designate this folder as the storage folder for your Calibre library. Create a separate folder either on your computer or in Dropbox (or another cloud storage service), as explained here:

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2013 10:03:58 AM PST
All the books are from Amazon.

Posted on May 16, 2014 6:29:17 AM PDT
I have downloaded books to Calibre but once I get my Kindle Fire HD hooked up to my computer, I can't get the "move to device" icon to appear. What gives?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2014 5:59:22 AM PDT
fran, did anyone ever answer your question? I'd ike to know too.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 7:14:13 PM PST
gadget gal says:
I don't understand how to get them from my kindle app for windows 8 to my calibre library. I paid for them, I should be able to read them how I want.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2014 8:40:59 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2014 8:42:10 PM PST
Charlie says:
"I paid for them, I should be able to read them how I want".

You paid for a license, which comes with certain terms that you agreed to.

You will not be able to import the Windows 8 Kindle app ebook files into Calibre. They are not .mobi or .azw or .azw3 format.

You can import the ebooks from Kindle for PC, which you download from Amazon. It is the same program as the WIndows 7 and Windows XP Kindle program, and you install it on the desktop side of Windows 8. Those book files will be stored in the directory Documents/My Kindle Content and will be mostly .azw3 files.

The imported files will have DRM encryption (digital rights management) that is keyed to that particular installation of Kindle for PC and can only be read on that computer, and only by using the Kindle for PC program.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2014 11:24:16 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2014 11:28:38 PM PST
gadget gal says:
What I'd like most is to be able to read them on my phone with Aldiko rather than the Kindle app, as Kindle app has a bug. When I click to check a definition the app loses the locked vertical orientation and is very difficult to reset back to locked. It's a longterm bug that never seems to get fixed.

I also like to see all my ebooks in the same library no matter where I got them.

I was forced to upgrade to this windows 8 version of the app and the original installation stopped working. I will see if I can undo that and go back to the PC version.

Thank you for the info. Maybe it's time to rethink--start buying ebooks elsewhere or go back to a paper book, where I can read it anywhere I can carry it, and loan it to whomever I want, even sell it when I'm finished.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2014 6:15:37 AM PST
Have you thought about putting your books on an external hard drive?
That way, you would be able to access them, but not have to keep them on your computer, your phone or your Kindle.
I've only transferred books FROM Calibre TO Kindle, not the other way.'
These were books in other formats. Calibre will reformat books so Kindle can read them.
I downloaded the books into Calibre, reformatted, then saved them on a file on the computer (which I backed up on
the external HD), and transferred them to Kindle.
I do have Calibre on a Win 8 desktop.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2014 7:38:04 AM PST
Charlie says:
It sounds like you are running Windows Phone 8, which is not the same as Windows 8, which is not the same as Window RT.

I don't think you will be able to run the Kindle for PC on your phone. I think both Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 are limited to running apps downloaded from the Microsoft store, which means they cannot install Windows 7 programs like Kindle for PC.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 9:43:34 AM PST
I don't have much to add to my earlier post except to remind Calibre users that the program will not convert DRM-encrypted books to other formats. There are third-party plug-ins that will enable this function but they aren't part of the Calibre program and aren't officially supported. You'll find a lot of info about how DRM affects Calibre on the internet. You can find more info about this with a Google search.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 11:33:43 AM PST
L. Anderson says:
For those interested in using Calibre, there's a forum at just for that, which you might find useful.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 3:53:27 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 18, 2014 3:56:39 PM PST
gadget gal says:
Windows 8 is on my PC, Kindle App is on my Android phone. I have no Kindle device as I already own 2 other tablets.

It's my understanding that regardless of installing third party apps, one cannot strip DRM from Amazon ebooks that were purchased.
I was trying to load them into Calibre to keep track of my PC library, be able to read via my PC library, and transfer some to my Aldiko app for better reading.

It wouldn't be so bad if I could connect Aldiko to my Amazon account and download them directly, bypassing the buggy Kindle app.
But even if that is possible (anyone know?) I'd be hesitant to share my Amazon login with Aldiko in case it would be shared with the app's developer.
I'd need to be a computer programmer to understand it all.

By the way, I was able to reinstall the older Windows 7 version of Kindle on my PC and "transfer" my paid books to Calibre. But when I try to open one it just informs me that I can't read it due to DRM, so all I can do is tell that I have it.
Trying to transfer it to my phone actually caused my Kindle app to disappear. I had to re-download and re-install. Pain in the neck.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2014 4:04:39 PM PST
Tim W. says:
For obvious reasons, it's unlikely that anyone here can give you answers about the aforementioned plugins. Your questions may be answered after Google is used and "apprentice" + "Alf" is searched.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2014 4:15:37 PM PST
Charlie says:
I use Calibre to manage non-Amazon books, and to do a daily download of RSS news feeds that Calibre turns into an ebook and emails into the Amazon personal document service for my Kindle Paperwhite and iPad Kindle app. For those tasks it excels. It also excels as a content server, so that my Paperwhite and Kindle apps can access my non-Amazon ebook library via wifi.

The device/app specific Amazon DRM makes management of Amazon ebooks via 3rd party software awkward, and that includes Calibre. Stripping of DRM is not an appropriate topic for a public forum, much less an Amazon-sponsored forum. James Scarborough, few posts back, has said as much as is appropriate.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2014 6:18:18 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Third party add-ons work perfectly. It is technically against the law though.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 6:31:52 PM PST
There was an interesting, but limited, federal district court decision recently which ruled that stripping DRM, or at least telling others how to do so, may be legal under certain circumstances.

Here's one of several articles on the internet that reported it:

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2014 6:48:52 PM PST
Tim W. says:
Yes, it was limited. Judge Cote (yes, that Judge Cote) ruled that Abbey Road couldn't be nailed with copyright infringement for encouraging their customers to break DRM to back up their purchases. The judge said the act of removing DRM to back up purchases was not copyright infringement and that the plaintiffs had failed to provide proof of a single infringing act by someone "encouraged" by Abbey Road. That infringement would have been sharing "freed" material with others. It was a narrow ruling in a civil case...the DMCA didn't enter into it.
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