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Subject: Kindle conversion question
Date Posted: 1/6/2010 2:35 PM ET
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Hi Everyone.  I just got a Kindle and have a lot of EC books on my laptop.  Unfortunately, they are on Microsoft Reader...which uses .lit   Kindle doesn't convert these kind of documents.  I've Googled conversion programs and have found a couple different ones.  I wanted to ask here first to see if anyone else had to convert Microsoft Reader to Kindle before I try it myself.  I trust everyone here more than the message boards on other sites.  I searched other Kindle topics on this site, but didn't find anything that helped.   I would appreciate any help you can give.  Thanks so much!

Ronda (RONDA) - ,
Date Posted: 1/6/2010 4:48 PM ET
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well I cant really say cause I have never done it, but here is a thread asking similar question on another website.  http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40876&highlight=convert+Microsoft+Reader+Kindle

I did think you were suppose to be able to email books to Amazon and they would convert them to the Kindle format& email them back to you, but charge something if you wanted it delivered wirelessly, but since I haven't done that either, I can't really say.  I have seen people post that Kindle support is good, so if you think this might be an option, you can call them.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 4:53 PM ET
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Thanks Ronda.   Kindle does convert a lot of different formats, but the Microsoft Reader format is one that they don't.  I didn't know about Kindle support.  I'll check it out.  Thanks again.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 8:29 PM ET
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Hey, Kim. I've got lots of books in MS Reader format also. I love how books look on it, how the library looks, etc. Microsoft developed it way back when e-books were in their infancy. The biggest concern of every author and publisher has always been the ability to control the distribution so copyrights would have to be respected. Sooooo, when you installed MS Reader on your PC, you registered it and an electronic key was installed on your 'puter. When you get a book in MS Reader format, it has a lock that looks at your key and then alters that lock to only open with your key. This prevents you from sharing your e-books with others. This same copyright protection technology prevents Amazon from opening and copying your books to Kindle format. :-(

Unfortunately, Microsoft was too far ahead of the game and abandoned MS Reader before e-books really became an accepted alternative to tree books. They still offer the software, but have not continued updating it and promoting it with mobile device manufacturers. There are ultra-mobile PCs that run Windows Mobile. They can run MS Reader and sync books from your laptop. Otherwise, you're kinda SOL.

I don't have a Kindle, but I've installed Kindle for PC, Mobi-Pocket, and Adobe Digital Editions on my laptop. I still like MS Reader best. Being able to resize text and black out the rest of the screen is nice. Bookmarking, searching, and organizing are much more intuitive than on the others. Amazon's Kindle can read other open-source formats (text, xml, html, and to some extent, Adobe's pdf), but if there is a converter for .lit files, it's going to have to be done on your PC where the original key is also stored.

Colleen

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 8:30 PM ET
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You might look into Calibre for converting, but I don't think it will convert to the Kindle format. It might convert from the thing you have to something that the Kindle WILL convert, though.  I use Calibre with great success with my Sony ereader.

http://calibre-ebook.com/user_manual/faq.html

From the FAQ:

"calibre supports the conversion of many input formats to many output formats. It can convert every input format in the following list, to every output format.

Input Formats: CBZ, CBR, CBC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC**, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, TCR, TXT

Output Formats: EPUB, FB2, OEB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PML, RB, PDF, TCR, TXT

** PRC is a generic format, calibre supports PRC files with TextRead and MOBIBook headers"

Sounds like that might work for converting all the stuff you have. Then you can just uninstall it if you don't want it anymore. :)

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 9:54 PM ET
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I am sorry to be an old sour puss, but this is why I refuse to get an ereader.  It is like the $3,000 mac I bought 6 months before they no longer updated all the word processing programs I was using and I was SOL.  I hate it when that happens.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 10:53 PM ET
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I've used Calibre for converting my PDF ebooks into EPUB so they format better on my Sony reader.  Maybe if you use that to convert your files into a PDF or something, then they can be converted for Kindle for you?

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 12:23 AM ET
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Calibre will convert from .lit to .mobi (viewable on kindle) as long as it is DRM-free.  I use Calibre for most of my converting.  I love Calibre.

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 1:10 AM ET
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Laura said, "Calibre will convert from .lit to .mobi (viewable on kindle) as long as it is DRM-free."

Here's the rub. DRM = Digital Rights Management. The "key" I mentioned is the DRM algorithm that is unique to each copy of MS Reader and e-book file. Public domain .lit files are not DRM protected, but e-books, such as those available at All Romance e-books and Ellora's Cave, are DRM-protected. Even the free ones are locked so that if the author decides to charge for them in the future, original freebies are not floating around out there.

If Calibre offers a x-day free trial, you can give it a shot. Just be aware that the e-books you've purchased are most likely DRM-protected before you spend money for a converter program.

Colleen



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Date Posted: 1/7/2010 1:40 PM ET
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Calibre is free.  You can donate to them, but it is freeware.  I only get free software when it comes to converting or organizing ebooks.

I agree DRM sucks.  It is possible to remove DRMs, though it is a legal gray area.  It is believed that if you remove a DRM you are sharing the file.  Not so for most people.  I know I just want to be able to convert it to whatever format I need. 

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 10:48 PM ET
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Calibre is free so no worry about that.  It's worth a try!

Date Posted: 1/9/2010 12:23 AM ET
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Thank you everybody for your responses.  I didn't know anything about DRMs or converting until this.  Been on Google alot.  :)  I'll give your suggestions a try.  I'm not going to make myself crazy about it.   Worst thing that could happen....I'll just have to use all those gift cards I got for Christmas to get the ones I definitely want to keep :)  Thanks again!