Oct 16 2013
Wednesday News: Backing up Kindle books; Kobo promises a return to business as usual in 1-2 weeks; Bridget Jones’ latest book has a great first day; Pumpkin spice has no pumpkin in it
How to Back Up Your Kindle Books.
I’ve seen a lot of panicked posts and comments by readers pertaining to their Kindle account. Here’s the skinny folks. Because of DRM (Digital Rights Management) some people say that when you purchase a book you don’t own it.
But you can download each of your book purchases and make a backup.
First, download the PC/MAC App.
Second, go through and double click on all the titles within that program. Amazon will download those to your harddrive. This might take a while.
Once you are done, you’ve got a copy of all those books on your harddrive. These books are keyed to your kindle account – username and password. If you ever change that, those books aren’t going to be readable.
If you are moving Kindle books, I highly recommend changing where the books are downloaded. By default, Kindle books are stored in a Library preferences folder which is hidden from view. Move your Kindle folder to your Documents folder for easier access.
To do this, open your Kindle for Mac program. Go to Kindle on the menu bar and selectPreferences. In the second section there is an option to change the content folder. Like I said, I moved the Kindle folder to My Documents.
You can use a free service like Dropbox to keep another backup of your books.
If you are computer savvy, I’ve got two posts that will help you automate the download and then transfer of these books to a free ebook catalog program called Calibre. Calibre is an incredible tool and I highly recommend downloading it if you are a big ebook reader.
- Post 1) Using Automator with Calibre (for Mac users)
- Post 2) Using Belvedere with Calibre (for PC users)
This works essentially the same way for backing up Kobo and BN books. The most important thing is knowing a) what kind of DRM the programs use and b) where these books are located on your harddrive.
Finally, if you are in a country that allows you to remove the DRM (Canada maybe? or Australia?) there are plugins that you can install with a click of a button for Calibre.
Amazon continues to place titles with triggering words like mother, daughter, virgin, etc. into draft mode where the titles must be republished (and go through a review). This is going to take some time. Kobo Cafe
Due to recent publicity surrounding eBook publishing through automated feeds provided by our eBook partner, Kobo, Whitcoulls has suspended the sale of eBooks through our website. This suspension will remain in place until we can guarantee that any inappropriate material, that has been available through self published eBooks, has been removed from the Kobo eBook catalogue. If you have any questions regarding eBook purchases or sales, please contact our Customer Service team. “ Whitcoulls
Real pumpkin is actually a superfood, one of those natural fruits or vegetables that is considered to be good for your health. So I guess eat two servings of pumpkin pie so long as it is made with a real pumpkin? MarketWatch