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#1 jimtaylor

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 04:13 PM

This will only be of interest to those of you who have a Kindle and also use the Calibre program.

If you buy a book from Amazon and download it to your Kindle, it is DRM protected and cannot be transferred to another Kindle if that is registered to a different Amazon account (or any other reader).

There are valid reasons for wanting to do such a transfer, e.g. a husband wanting to transfer a book to his wife.

This is the way I do it for both MOBI & AZW files:

Download plugin file:
http://www.epubee.co...03.5_plugin.zip

If that link becomes unavailable, just do a Google search for K4MobiDeDRM_v03.5_plugin.zip.
I found it in quite a few places.
NB: Do not unzip the file once downloaded.

Run Calibre.
Open Preferences.
In the Advanced section, click on the Plugins button.
Use the "Load plugin from file" button to select the plugin's zip file and click the 'Add' button.
You get a success message.

Click Apply - you could probably do this after adding the serial number, but I didn’t try it that way.

Next you need to add the serial number of the Kindle for which the book was downloaded.
You can find the serial number of your Kindle under Settings, and you should also be able to see it on the Amazon webpage under manage My Kindle.

Go to Plugins again, and click the little arrow beside File type plugins to show the list of these, and click on the plugin K4PC… to select it.
Click Customize plug-in, and in the popup enter the Kindle serial number - without spaces. If you want to configure it for more than one Kindle, enter all the serial numbers separated by commas but no spaces.
Click OK.
Click Apply.
Close Preferences.
Restart Calibre

Now when you add books to Calibre, the plugin automatically removes the DRM. It takes a few seconds to do each one.

If this helps anyone, please click the Like button - that will tell me how many folk are interested, so I know whether future posts will be worthwhile doing.
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Posted 26 July 2012 - 04:35 PM

Hi,

Too clever for your own good! :rolleyes: Careful you don't get yourself extradited to USA. :wub:

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 04:36 PM

Excellent tip Jim, as usual. I have just done it for mine & Irene's Kindle. bounce

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 04:40 PM

Quick off the mark, lads!
Wasting time on computers instead of doing jobs around the house?

I did carefully indicate that it could be used for valid (and acceptable) reasons.
I would never of course suggest that it could be used for other reasons. ;)

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:11 PM

If anyone wants any free ebooks I have around 250,000.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 09:21 PM

How can you waste time on computers? What jobs around the house? :D

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 09:51 PM

If anyone wants any free ebooks I have around 250,000.



Please be a bit more discreet. It's one thing to remove the DRM from a few books for use on your different devices. Nobodys to bothered about that. Ebooks should be DRM free. So you can read them on whatever device you want.

It's a different story when you offer to distribute 250,000 Ebooks. Are they all royalty free?


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