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Initial post: Mar 29, 2014 7:22:29 PM PDT
Got a book that somehow does not have an author name - anyway to edit that in Kindle for pc??

Posted on Mar 29, 2014 7:29:03 PM PDT
No.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2014 7:30:50 PM PDT
Old Rocker says:
Can you link to the book?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2014 7:43:39 PM PDT
I don't think so, there is also no ASIN. Bought the ebook thru Baen books. Forget if I actually downloaded it there or from Amazon.

File name is "Miles_Errant.prc"

Length is also rather wierd: 1/4294967196 - which should be a REALLY LARGE book, but it's regular sized

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2014 7:45:04 PM PDT
kinda what I thought. The more I use Kindle for PC, the gladder I am that I didn't actually buy a Kindle

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2014 7:46:37 PM PDT
Old Rocker says:
Because you can't edit the name of the author on a book you bought from a non-Amazon source?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2014 7:52:18 PM PDT
Actually, I don't think you could do it even on an ebook bought from Amazon. Doesn't seem to be anyway to change ANYTHING about the books except your bookmarks and comments

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2014 7:54:51 PM PDT
Old Rocker says:
That's true, but I don't think that having the option to change an author's name is a good thing.

I'm not trying to bash you btw. This is the first time I've seen this issue and am trying to understand it.

Posted on Mar 29, 2014 7:57:32 PM PDT
out of 97 items in my kindle for pc (and maybe another 30 library books at various time) , only 1 has this problem of no author listed - but it is annoying

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2014 7:59:00 PM PDT
Not in kindle for PC, no, but in Calibre, yes. You can import the book into Calibre, amend the metadata, then take the amended file back into K4PC.

Why would you think that any publisher would give you the option to amend their copyrighted files, I wonder?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2014 11:33:56 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2014 11:50:16 PM PDT
Erin, you didn't read Michael's posts properly. He said clearly that he bought the book from Baen Books. Baen sells only DRM-free books. Editing the metadata (especially to insert something like the author's name) on your own copy of a DRM-free book is hardly a copyright violation.

The point is simply that K4PC doesn't have an "edit metadata" feature because it *would* be a copyright violation to do it on a DRM'd kindle book.

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 4:14:07 AM PDT
Jeff L says:
"Miles Errant" is a collection of some of the later Miles Vorkosigan books by Lois McMaster Bujold. Sold by Baen DRM-free. Also given away free on a CD if you bought the hardcover of Cryoburn. For a while, the CD was available on the web with Baen's knowledge and consent, but eventually pulled when the author objected.

In any event, to change the metadata, use either Calibre or Mobi2mobi.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2014 9:18:28 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2014 9:24:54 AM PDT
Most people have Erin on ignore, for obvious reasons.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2014 9:47:43 AM PDT
Editing published works is a copyright violation, whether DRM exists, or not. It is also plagiarism. By editing a work, you-in effect-pass your edited version off as the author's version. That is also fraud.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2014 10:44:34 AM PDT
Balderdash! Adding info to a file for your own private use isn't "passing the work off" as anything. And for further dissemination (without any profit involved) all you need also do is put in the notes field what you've amended, and it's then appropriately disclosed. No fraud. No copyright violation. No plagiarism.

It would be no different to selling a printed book with a whole bunch of notes scribbled in the margins.

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 11:26:43 AM PDT
Baen books don't usually apply DRM so you can change it using an app called Calibre. You can add your own metadata (tags, where you bought it or whatever). That's if you bought it from Baen. I don't know if there is DRM on the Amazon version. Calibre is a management tool that allows you to create a library and then sort the library, add notes and so on. It's free, but exists due to donations. Great program.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2014 12:07:00 PM PDT
The ones I've seen, BAEN sold through Amazon is also DRM free.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2014 3:07:19 PM PDT
good advice, thanks

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 3:30:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 1, 2014 3:31:06 PM PDT
The Amazon versions of Baen books don't have DRM, either, which is great. I just bought one the other day. I usually buy from Baen, but this one was the same price, and it now resides in my Cloud.

ETA: without me having to email it.
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