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Subject: Saving Amazon mobi files
Date Posted: 3/7/2012 3:19 PM ET
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A coworker of mine reads Amazon mobi files on her computer.  She doesn't have a Kindle.  I guess there is a download of some kind for that.  Anyway, she says all her books are online but she wants to be able to save the mobi's to flash drive (like I do for my Nook books) but can't find anywhere that allows her to download the file to her PC.

Does this make sense to anyone who gets Amazon ebooks?  Is she right?  Or is there a way to dowload the mobi files to a PC?

Date Posted: 3/7/2012 3:48 PM ET
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Yup, there are several readers that can be installed on PC's that will handle Mobi and other files; IMHO the best and most versatile is Calibre. There also are a number of reader apps that can be installed on smart phones to handle the various ereader formats.  Before I got a Kindle I had a Kindle App on my Blackberry; worked with Amazon just like the Kindle does.


Last Edited on: 3/7/12 3:50 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/7/2012 4:52 PM ET
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Tell her to download the Kindle for PC application.  Then launch the program.  When it opens up, all the Kindle books she has bought will download into the program but ALSO into a folder on her computer (that the application creates) called My Kindle Content.   The mobi file will be in there.  The individual files are all a string of numbers.  If she has Calibre she can then import the books into Calibre and either keep them there or reformat them to another kind of file, like epub.

Date Posted: 3/8/2012 8:27 AM ET
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From Calibre she can put them on a SDCard or Flash Drive.  IF she converts them to ePub formate she can read them on most any Tablet or eReader!  Dont even need the App for Kindle LOL

Last Edited on: 3/8/12 4:47 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/8/2012 9:52 AM ET
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It won't do any good to save them with the intention of reading them on another device, unless the DRM is removed first.

Date Posted: 3/12/2012 3:33 PM ET
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Thanks everyone for the comments.  I completely forgot I had posted this.  I will pass all this on.