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Subject: Kindle, calibre, and Fictionwise
Date Posted: 9/10/2011 9:31 PM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2007
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I'm still learning the ins and outs of my Kindle.  Until recently, I got all of my books for my Kindle from Amazon -- that's easy.  Today, I downloaded
calibre and learned how to convert and put my pdfs I've been collecting onto my Kindle -- success!

Now, the problem.  I've subscribed and purchased from Fictionwise for a few years.  Way back when, I bought using the secure ereader because
I was using my Palm TX to read electronic books.  Needless to say, the Palm has fallen by the wayside and I want to use my Kindle for those books,
but I learned from Fictionwise that Kindle won't accept the DRM of the secure ereader.  I downloaded and installed the calibre plug-in tools that are supposed
to help with the pdb conversion, but it doesn't work.

Does anyone have any experience with this?  Has anyone had success getting the pdb converted in calibre?  I really don't want to have to dig out my Palm or
repurchase these books if I don't have to!

On a side note, Fictionwise says Amazon charges 10 cents for every book we email to our Kindle.  Does anyone know if this is true if we email from calibre?

ETA: It just occurred to me, I also like to read on my Droid.  Does anyone know any apps that would let me read the Fictionwise
secure ereader books on my Droid?

ETA: Found the android app -- might be my answer.



Last Edited on: 9/10/11 9:50 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 9/10/2011 9:49 PM ET
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It just occurred to me, I also like to read on my Droid.  Does anyone know any apps that would let me read the Fictionwise
secure ereader books on my Droid?

I'm not sure about the pdb convertions process, but see that Fictionwise has a Android app. Don't know how old it is, though. I'm not even sure if a "Droid" is the same thing they're talking about! But worth a shot.

Here.

Which of my eBooks can I download to eReader on the Android?

For eReader.com customers, every eBook available on eReader.com of course works when using the eReader eBook reading application.

For Fictionwise.com customers, every Multiformat (unencrypted) eBook works, and every Secure eReader eBook works. When you log in to your Fictionwise.com account from the device, note that you will only see listed those eBooks that work on the eReader software. You will not be shown eBooks that don't work, such as Secure Microsoft Reader eBooks, etc. If you see it on the device, you can download and read it on the device.

For eBooks you download from other web sites, they must be in eReader PDB format. No other format will currently work with eReader for Android. Please note that PDB is a container format and may hold many different kinds of files. The file must be an eReader format PDB file.

 

Date Posted: 9/10/2011 9:51 PM ET
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Thanks Cindy!

Date Posted: 9/11/2011 2:45 AM ET
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On a side note, Fictionwise says Amazon charges 10 cents for every book we email to our Kindle.  Does anyone know if this is true if we email from calibre?

if you have the wifi Kindle, you can use the "name"@free.kindle.com to send documents to your Kindle for free, and just let it download them the next time you're connected to wifi.  if you send it to the Kindle email address that does not include 'free', then there's a charge per megabyte, so it's not just 10 cents.  i did have trouble with trying to do that with some MultiFormat books purchased from Fictionwise - it gave me an error that said they were copyrighted.  so apparently it really only wants you to use that for 'personal' documents, and i read somewhere that if you use email to transfer files it puts the author name as the email address it came from, not the author of the ebook.

i just plug my Kindle in via USB when i've got Calibre running, and have it transfer directly.  it's probably faster than wifi transfer anyway.

i took a peek, but couldn't make sense of how you'd convert the Secure eReader format to work on a Kindle.  i guess it doesn't let you download another secure format like you can if you buy a MultiFormat book then later need a different format.

Date Posted: 9/11/2011 11:12 AM ET
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Wow -- thanks Ellen.  I had no idea there was that charge.  It is easier to just USB and transfer, I think.

Thank you so much for all your input!  I'm learning alot here and loving it.  I've had calibre for less than
24 hours and am so excited to be getting my ebooks organized.  Calibre is fantastic!

Denise

Date Posted: 9/16/2011 1:18 PM ET
Member Since: 5/23/2008
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In your settings page of Manage Your Kindle (on amazon.com) I have my transfer amount limit set to 0.00, so should I forget and try to send something over 3G instead of wifi, I won't be charged. In addition, sending over a wifi connection never causes a charge. It is only in sending personal documents over the 3G network.

And emailing it from your email account does as Ellen says, puts your email address in the author column. To avoid that, use Calibre to send it over your wireless connection. It usually works correctly that way.