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Initial post: May 9, 2011, 6:51:20 AM PDT
JC says:
I just read an article that says, makes sense, the ebooks I have purchased are really not mine perse'; they are in Amazons cloud and can be lost/deleted by Amazon. Is there a way to transfer the ebooks I have purchased to my PC and let them also remain in the cloud? Can I then share those ebooks from my PC since in reality I purchased the books. After all I can share published books.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2011, 6:55:31 AM PDT
sabst79 says:
Each DRM'ed book is coded for each specific device it was downloaded to. So yes, you could backup your kindle books on your PC - just copy them directly from the Kindle. But they will only work on that specific Kindle. Some people use this method to backup different versions of their books coded for different device. This won't remove them from the cloud either.

Amazon is a huge company and have many servers and I'm sure have a lot of protections and backups for their servers. Even if one failed, I'm sure there's a protocol for restoring everything.

Posted on May 9, 2011, 6:57:03 AM PDT
Bixillarla says:
No you can't. When you download a book they are encoded to work for a specific device. So it would do no good to store the books on your PC, they wouldn't be able to be used except for the device they were downloaded for.

You can plug in your Kindle with the USB cord to the computer and copy all the book files to the computer but those files can only be read on the Kindle they were downloaded to. They can't be read by any other Kindle or app.

Posted on May 9, 2011, 7:03:07 AM PDT
Andrea says:
I have a K2 and I back up to my computer hard drive. It also makes it easier to manage books if your onboard memory gets a little full.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2011, 7:09:18 AM PDT
ShirleyKat says:
You can back up your books on your computer. The books are coded for one Kindle. If anything happens to that Kindle, the backup is useless. To do so, connect your Kindle to the computer via USB and drag a copy of your Kindle's documents folder to the computer. Mark it clearly with that Kindle's name.

You can have another set of the books by installing Kindle for PC and downloading books from archives. Those books will be coded for your PC and are not viewable by any other Kindle or Kindle app.

I wouldn't worry too much about books being lost from Amazon's servers. With Amazon's system, we can download a copy of a book to new devices up to the limit set by the publisher (default is 6 simultaneous downloads).

You can share books with Kindles registered to your Amazon account. For the 35% or so of books that are loanable, you can lend a book once to someone not registered to your account.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2011, 7:11:40 AM PDT
JC says:
Thank you for your reply. The article(s) I read stated the books legally still belong to Amazon so that if they are "lost" the reader has no recourse. I assume that is also why you can not share the books. It appears the reader is paying for the reading rights and not the book? Now that is very interesting; like going the a movie but no popcorn unless you make it yourself!

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2011, 7:13:58 AM PDT
sabst79 says:
I'd rather make my own popcorn, healthier and cheaper :)

Well, I backup one copy of all my books for that reason. If Amazon permanently "loses" them and I can't download them from the servers ever again I will break the DRM and load them on whatever device I happen to be using at that point in time. And you can loan some books (up to the publisher). I also share books w/ people on my account. Anyone registered to the same account can read the same books.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2011, 9:33:23 AM PDT
ShirleyKat says:
JC, some of us have books that were illegally sold on Amazon and are not for sale anymore. The infamous George Orwell incident is the one that got the most publicity almost 2 years ago.

Amazon refunded and then deleted the books from our accounts (and when the Kindle synched, they were also removed from the Kindle). Later, Amazon apologized for the way they had handled the incident and offered to reinstate the books or provide a $30 credit. I think most people took the credit ($30 instead of the 99¢ they had paid for an individual book). But if you kept the books, you can still download them to new Kindles. (I kept the Complete Works of novels and essays.)

It's not that Amazon owns the books. Rather the practice with digital media is that you don't own the book, you buy a license to read it. The same is true with music you buy online; read the license. Even with paper books, you own the paper and binding, not the words. With a DVD, you own the plastic, not the bits that appear on the screen. With most software programs, you have the right to use it on one or two computers, not the right to install it on all of your family and friends' computers.

If you were a content creator, you'd probably understand the issue to a greater degree because it affects your livelihood. You are selling an experience. How do you get fairly compensated for everyone who experiences your creation?

Posted on May 9, 2011, 9:51:02 AM PDT
You can back up a copy for a specific Kindle, so that you could copy it back to that Kindle, if you suddenly had no wireless connection, or Amazon no longer had the book available, for whatever reason. You just can't use the copy on a different Kindle or app.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2011, 9:56:39 AM PDT
L L. says:
You don't actually own them. You are just buying a license to read them on your device. You can back them up on your pc, but they can only be read on the kindle they were originally downloaded on. You can't read them on your computer unless you download a copy for your computer kindle app. You can't share them unless the person is registered to your account.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2011, 10:46:33 AM PDT
JC says:
Thank you for your reply. I understand the licensing and I am all for the author receiving just reimbursement. However, I can give, loan, or sell at garage sale of used books store -as some book store also do- other books except my Kindle books; even CD's etc. Don't you think in the future this will change for Kindle books also; even the protection will become out of mode like iTunes.

Posted on May 9, 2011, 11:00:47 AM PDT
A. M. Ponzo says:
Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of DRM. No you don't own the "book" just the right to read it and only on the device that they tell you you can read it on, (and only on a Tuesday with all of your windows open if it's raining , she says sarcastically). All DRM is restrictive -some is just more restrictive than others. IMO the only excuse for use of DRM is library lending to prevent one person borrowing and lending to all and sundry and/or never returning. "Purchased" books with DRM is just wrong.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2011, 11:05:02 AM PDT
JC says:
Gee, thank you so much for the laugh; it was GREAT!

Posted on May 10, 2011, 2:24:27 AM PDT
AC Sue says:
>> Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of DRM. <<

Wonderful post; I laughed, I cried ;( I've been in ebook DRM hell for many years now.

Sadly, I'm addicted to ebooks; I think I've bought them in almost every obsolete format/DRM scheme ever invented.

I think it's amazing what sheep we all are for putting up with Digital Rights Management for publishers/Digital Restrictions Management for us.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2011, 9:28:35 AM PDT
A. M. Ponzo says:
thanks for your kind words folks. DRM is such a hot button for me. I'm just wondering when we'll alll get tired of it. I guess right about the same time we get tired of agency pricing ;)

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2011, 9:59:21 AM PDT
ShirleyKat says:
We all have our limits. I don't mind the DRM so far because everything is still working on current software and devices (music and books).

My limits are reached with current bestseller prices though. I stick to freebies and under $3 per fiction books though. A set of 3 or 4 books at $10 is OK and I'll pay more for nonfiction if the information is really important to me. Similarly, I'll pay $8 - 10 for a music album.

Most fiction books will only be read once. Some people pay far more to go to a movie and that too, is a one-time experience. Music seems worth more to me because of the way I use it over and over. So, for media that you want to use for more years than I have left on this planet, I guess I'd be concerned about DRM too.

Oops, I hope I'm not turning this into a price discussion. I don't even read those threads anymore.

Posted on May 12, 2011, 11:57:09 AM PDT
ShirleyKat says:
Just saw this article on CNN: Why gadget makers wield a 'kill switch'
It's expanding on the DRM discussion here and brings up the Amazon debacle.

Posted on May 12, 2011, 2:26:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 12, 2011, 2:28:02 PM PDT
JC says:
Did Sony have a kill switch? The dilemma is if we owned DRM a kill switch would be inconsequential. However, the business model as it is referred to making it sound good, would have to change drastically. One could then easily trade DRM without "them". Then again, if "them" would take the time I am sure there is a way to secure the DRM. Being in the "cloud" does not mean we have to give up our liberty but one may be convinced, for now, that is the case. Truth is, most primary software companies are not big supporters of the "cloud". I mean in the future there will be little if any MS or others on your new system.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2011, 11:47:10 AM PDT
"Now that is very interesting; like going the a movie but no popcorn unless you make it yourself!"

Actually, it's like paying Amazon for access to watch a movie any time you want, as often as you want, for the rest of your life ... without any right to sell or give this access to someone else who has not paid Amazon.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012, 11:57:30 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 16, 2012, 11:58:14 AM PST
My internal storage is showing 5.35 of 5.37GB available. I know this is due to the books that I downloaded. I have copied the books from the kindle fire to my pc. Do I delete the files from the kindle to increase my kindle fire storage? Appreciate any directions.


Posted on May 17, 2012, 4:26:07 PM PDT
If i transfer the books I purchased on my kindle to my pc, and something happens to my kindle, can i then transfer to a newly purchased kindle, I had a problem with my current knidle and thought i may have to return it, but was worried that I would lose all the books i had purchased on my current kindle, luckily i did get it working again however now i was wondering what would have happened to all my books

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012, 1:27:22 AM PDT
Aclegirl says:
If you loose your books on your Kindle or if you buy a new one or if you decide to delete them from your current kindle after you have read them.. you always have your books on your Amazon account click on 'Manage my Kindle' all your books are listed and will stay there whatever you do with your kindle. You can download them again. Or if you transfer to your pc, then you will have them in your download file, and you can put them back on to your devise. Hope this answers your question.

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2012, 5:54:59 PM PDT
Ted says:
Actually it's more like going to the movies but not being able to take the a copy home after.

Posted on May 30, 2012, 8:05:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 30, 2012, 8:06:11 PM PDT
JC says:
Actually there is no promise the book(s) will be in the cloud; in fact it has happen in the past the cloud failed.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012, 6:21:01 PM PDT
cmd says:
A friend wants to sell me her Kindle keyboard. She has over 50 pages of book titles and says that I can download them to my PC BEFORE I open my Kindle account to keep from losing the books and then I can put them back on the Kindle once I open my own account. Can I really do this and how long would such a long list of books take to download from Kindle to PC and then back again???
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