[clug] Kindle 3 WiFi

Antony Wuth foobie at gmail.com
Tue Mar 1 16:03:53 MST 2011


The news for (open) users is not always that bad.

There is an excelent open source product call calibre
(http://calibre-ebook.com/about) which performs much of the management
that you need on your reader - and more :)

Notibly it will convert between formats, upload mobi's and even
re-package data sourced from the internet in a 'local' (in a kindle's
case mobi) format.

I don't believe that it will 'break' the DRM on amazon sourced files -
but then your device will happily pull them directly from amazon (or
you can download and transfer vis usb - apparently)

On Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 09:10, Felix Karpfen <felix.karpfen at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:34:40 +1100, Ric de France wrote:
>> Felix,
>> On 25 February 2011 09:06, Felix Karpfen
>> <felix.karpfen at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> The following entry (in the sales-pitch) also merits attention:
>>> "FREE transfer of personal documents: You can send your personal
>>> documents via e-mail as attachments to "name"@free.kindle.com. We'll
>>> convert them to a Kindle-compatible format and deliver them to your
>>> computer at the e-mail address associated with your Amazon.com account
>>> login. You can then transfer the document to your Kindle using your USB
>>> connection."
>> The Kindle device may be functionally better than other pieces of
>> hardware, but regardless what Amazon have said since the incident, you
>> are still at their mercy...
> For those who want to know, Kindle users are at Amazon's mercy to a
> *very* large extent.
> After persistent probing, I managed to pry the following information out
> of Amazon.  Quote:
> 1. You can connect the Kindle to your computer(Linux OS) via USB.
> 2. Also you cannot directly transfer the html/txt/mobi files to Kindle.
> You need to convert them to PDF and then you can transfer it to Kindle.
> Regrettably, I lack the computer knowhow that would enable me to
> reconcile these two statements.  But the supplied information was enough
> to convince me that that Kindle will not deliver what I am looking for.
> Felix
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