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January 04 2012 @ 02:44 pm
How to put your pre-owned eBooks on your Kindle Fire  
Dilemma: Maybe you are like me and have had eBook for a long while before actually having that coveted eReader. You've picked up you favorite books for very cheap or they were freebies from authors. But they are PDFs and EPUB (or other formats) and you can't read them off your Kindle.

Here is the thing. You can read them and in Kindle Format too.

Things You'll Need:
Calibre, Box App, File Expert App

Total Cost: $0

1. Download: Go to http://calibre-ebook.com/ and download their eBook Management Program. On your Kindle go into the Apps and Look for File Expert and Box.net App. Both should be free. Go to Box.net and open a free account.

2. Format: Once you've installed Calibre and have it running (it should have prompted you as to where to store your Library - My Documents>etc),  add all your pdf or epub books into the system and then convert them into MOBI format. These will save themselves to a folder on your computer under the authors name and then by book (in case you need to search them out).

3. Upload all the MOBI formated versions to your Box.net account.

4. Download: Go to your Box App on your Fire and login. Once in your account Download all the MOBI books you've uploaded. Then close the app.

5. Move: Go to File Expert App. Click My Files then SD Card then Box. You will either find a tmp folder or a folder labeled as your Box.net account email address. Click on this folder. It is possible if you've created folders on your Box account that these will appear. Go into whichever folder has your MOBI files or simply check mark the files you want.

At the bottom of the screen select cut. Then hit the back button. You should see your list of folders which should have both Books and Box among them. Click on Books.

In the Book folder, paste what you cut by clicking the paste button at the bottom.

Now, click on a MOBI file. A menu will prompt you called Open As... choose More...

The Complete Action Using window will appear. Choose Amazon Kindle.

It will go back to your list of MOBI files. You can repeat opening these or go back to HOME by clicking the Home button at the bottom.

6. See if it worked: Click on Books. Your MOBI file should be listed under the books section, though if it is not go back to Home and check the Docs section (as I've had a few of my books go there instead of the Books Section). Now you can read you books like you would a Kindle book.

More: It is possible if you have a cable cord for the Fire you can send your books to your Kindle using a program or the Calibre system. As I do not have a cable, I found this method to be rather easy, though the conversion and the editing of titles and authors in Calibre can be time consuming.

Feel free to share this with anyone you know as I was hard pressed to find this solution on the net.

Current Mood: relieved
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Angelserenitysangel on January 4th, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
I shall be booking marking this for future reference. thank you! :)
Jill aka Jo: XF: Mulder The Truth Is Out Theresireesanwar on January 5th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
Right. I mean they don't tell you these things and after weeks of searching I stumbled upon something that talked about step 5 and since I'm rather tech savy and I've been all over my Kindle with a fine tooth comb... I figured out the rest.

Geez what about those who are beginners right?
Angelserenitysangel on January 5th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
Very clever :D

They struggle and probably just stick to Amazon or whatever platform their e-reader is.
Jill aka Jo: Outlander: Jamie Gabriel Aubreysireesanwar on January 6th, 2012 12:40 am (UTC)
Exactly. But you don't have too. And you know there are a few things I've wanted to read that you can't get through Amazon (that is rare though) but all those books I had and was waiting to read... convert!

I'm thinking fanfic too. That would be quick and easy. *lol*
Out Of Her Tree: Book shelf #1koalathebear on January 5th, 2012 10:22 am (UTC)
I love Calibre. I like choosing pretty covers for the books :)
Jill aka Jo: TP: Pretender Jarodsireesanwar on January 6th, 2012 12:37 am (UTC)
I never thought to do that?! Yet again something I'm missing out on. I'll have to go through and change the images and make them all look different. That will be fun.
Out Of Her Tree: Jubilant #2 - Content and quiet yay!koalathebear on January 6th, 2012 10:49 am (UTC)
It's a lot of fun! For instance instead of this ugly cover:

I replaced it with this one:

An archive of our own lets you download things in ebook format but it's still nice to put a nice cover on the fic :) Especially on the Kindle Fire, the covers show up on the book shelf and look all pretty ...
Jill aka Jo: H50: Kono blue water and beachsireesanwar on January 6th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
Yes! I took was going through my books and just getting them converted and in a readable look (without conversion urls in the middle of everything) and then when I got them all loaded, some don't have covers. Grrr. I can't keep doing this. For future reference I think.
Jill aka Jo: RA: N&S Circle Thornton and Margaretsireesanwar on January 13th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
Okay how are you uploading them to your Kindle? I was using the method I outlined above but then finally got a cable for side loading but when I change the cover and upload them to the Fire they don't change. Is that what you are doing?