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How To Read Kindle Books In iBooks, And Keep Your Library In The Cloud

I love e-books. I love them so much that I’m considering buying a double-sided, sheet-feed scanner, chopping the spines of all my dead-treeware books and having an OCR frenzy on their asses.

What I don’t like is DRM. Not for any idealistic reasons (well, maybe a few) but for practical ones. My bookseller of choice is Amazon, as it has the best range and Kindle books work on any device. But the Kindle app for the iPad sucks, and with an update this week it is almost unusable. If only I could read my Kindle books in the beautiful iBooks app. Well, it turns out that I can. And what’s more, I can keep all of my books in a DRM-free format in the cloud, ready to be downloaded to any device, whenever I like. Here’s how.

This really is an easy and very neat little hack. It takes a bit of setting up, but after that it is almost automatic. Here’s what we’re going to do.

  • Get the protected Kindle books onto our Macs
  • Strip the DRM
  • Convert the books into the universal EPUB format
  • Put them in Dropbox for easy access
  • That’s it

For this recipe we will need the following software

Kindle for Mac

Calibre

Dropbox

Hazel

You’ll also need to grab some DRM-stripping plugins for Calibre, provided by Apprentice Alf.

The Setup

The first part of this is probably the trickiest. You need to install and configure the plugins to work with your installation of the Calibre e-book managing app (and I’d just like to apologize for recommending such an ugly app). Fortunately, you are a Mac user, so the process is easy.

The full instructions are in Alf’s post, but you don’t need to follow them all. Just add the K4MobiDeDRM plugin and you’re done. Because you are using the Kindle Mac app to download the books, you don’t need to add any ID numbers or other shenanigans.

Auto add

Next, you tell Calibre to watch a certain folder. You can’t tell it to watch the Kindle App’s download folder, though, as this contains a lot of junk other than e-books. Calibre also deletes files on import. So go ahead and make a folder in a convenient place. I called mine “Kindle Auto Add” and put it in my Documents folder. Now tell Calibre where it is by opening the preferences, clicking the “Adding Books” icon under the Import/Export tab and then clicking the Automatic Adding tab.

Whew.

Next, you need a way to copy the Files from the Kindle app’s download folder to the folder you just made. For this we will use the excellent file utility Hazel. Point Hazel at the “My Kindle Content” folder in your Documents folder, and set up a rule to copy only AZW files to the Kindle Auto Add folder you created earlier:

Hazel

Now that’s done, we want to go back to Calibre and make sure it’s doing the right thing with new ebooks

Go back to the preferences and find Common Option>Page Setup. In here, set the Input Profile to Kindle and the Output Profile to iPad. Then, under the menu item XXX Books (where XXX is the number of books in your library — I know, it’s open source. Sorry) make sure that the Calibre library will be saved somewhere in your Dropbox.

Now. We’re done. You’ll never need to touch these bits again.

In Action

To convert a book automatically, you’ll need to have Calibre running, and to have the Kindle app open on your Mac. Just click to download any book and wait.

After a couple seconds, Hazel will copy the book file to Calibre’s watched folder, and Calibre will open and convert it automatically, stripping the DRM and storing it in it’s own library. This will take a few moments to a few minutes depending on the size of the book, and other seemingly random factors.

Then, just fire up Dropbox on your iPad, navigate to the shared folder where Caliber keeps its library (in a simple folder structure, thank God) and choose to “Open In…” iBooks. Now you can read your legally-bought Kindle book in Apple’s superior software.

Or, if you prefer, you can use any app that can open EPUBs, and you can access them from your Dropbox from any device you like.

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Top 5 eBook Reader Apps for Android Phones/Tablets

Top 5 eBook Reader Apps for Android Phones/Tablets

Tablets are gaining popularity these days as a means for extending the functionality of desktops and laptops. Tablets are lightweight, compact, and not only smart enough for productivity but also great companions for reading ebooks while on the go. Most tablets come in various shapes and sizes, from 5.3 inch phoneblet hybrids to 10.1 inch monster displays.

If you intend to read ebooks on your Android tablet, you’ll be glad to know that there are Android apps to serve that very purpose. Here are some of the top and the best ebook reading apps for your Android device.

Kindle

Perhaps the success of Amazon’s Kindle Fire is the sole reason why the Kindle for Android app is the popular choice of many ebook readers out there. Read literally thousands of free books on the go on your tablet or your smartphone without ever needing a Kindle. The Kindle app lets users experience the same features and functionality that catapulted Amazon’s success with the Kindle Fire.

It’s the perfect ebook reading app that caters to any reader’s taste buds, whether you’re browsing for the latest fashion trends on a magazine, or getting real-time updates through online newspapers, the Kindle for Android never fails to amaze you. Other features include a built-in dictionary, Google Search, and Wikipedia access–all of which will greatly complement your reading pleasure.

Get the Kindle app from the Android Market.

Google Books

Reading just got better with Google’s own reading app called Google Books. What is Google Books? From the name itself, it’s all about books and Google’s integration with its services. What makes it different from other ebook reading apps is the sheer number of downloadable books that span over 3 million titles for you to browse and download. Choose from a wide spectrum of choices from Google’s vast library of free and public domain materials that couldn’t be normally found anywhere.

Get the Google Books app from the Android Market.

NOOK for Android by B&N

With Amazon porting its famous Kindle Reader app for Android, Barnes and Noble is doing the same thing. There’s no need for you to own a NOOK tablet, as the application runs on any Android smartphone or tablet. With over 2 million books in Barnes and Noble’s arsenal, you’ll have your very own pocketable library at your fingerprints. Optimized for Android use, the app can easily mark your favorite magazine subscriptions like US Weekly, National Geographic, and The Oprah Magazine — free for a 14-day trial period. Previous users of the NOOK tablet will feel welcomed by the app as it sports the familiar user interface that they love and adore.

Get the NOOK for Android by B&N app from the Android Market.

Aldiko Book Reader

If you’re tired of the same old-fashioned ebook readers found on the Android Market, try Aldiko Book Reader. It is a great alternative to apps supplied by many large companies such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Buy ebooks at great deals from your favorite retailers in either Adobe PDF or EPUB formats. Users can also download directly the ebook of their choice into their Android device without using a computer to transfer files.

Get the Aldiko Book Reader app from the Android Market.

Kobo eBooks

Reading on your Android device will never be the same again with Kobo eBooks. Featuring a massive database of free ebooks to download, users are treated to many interesting titles. Start your day right with the Kobo eReader app that makes reading more entertaining and stimulating. Make reading a fun learning experience as the app has a special feature called Reading Life, which monitors and tracks your reading statistics. You can also share memorable quotes, notes, dialogues, and more with the integrated Faebook feature.

Get the Kobo eBooks app from the Android Market.

Check out these ebook readers for your Android device and carry on with your reading habit. With your books now as portable as your smartphone or tablet, there’s no more stopping you from reading your favorite books any time you want and wherever you are. What’s your favorite ebook reader app?

How to remove drm from azw/prc/mobi/tpz on Kindle ?

The Amazon Kindle is a series of e-book readers now in its fourth generation. Amazon Kindle eReaders enable users to shop for, download, browse, and read e-books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and other digital media via wireless networking. it is especially favored for its e-reading function. But sometimes when we want to share some great ebooks on some other devices (for example: iPad, Nook) or with friends and family, we will find it really troublesome because of the restriction of Kindle DRM. This article will introduce you to how to solve this problem as below.

Epubsoft Kindle DRM Removal helps you quickly and easily remove azw drm protection from kindle (azw,prc,mobi), then you can convert kindle books to any file format or transfer Kindle ebook to iPad, iPhone, iTouch, Sony, Android, Nook, Kobo etc.

1. First, download and install Kindle For PC v1.9.3 (download here)
After you installed Kindle For PC , you can try to open ebook in your computer ,If these e-books can be read normally, then they will be able to be converted.

2. Download and install Epubsoft Kindle DRM Removal.
(download for Windows) (download for Mac)

3. Run Kindle DRM Removal, click “Add” button to select ebook file.

Default ebooks download location:
Windows: “My Documents\My Kindle Content”

4. Click “Start” button, it will create a new ebook file without DRM in seconds.

5. Finally, click “Open” button to view the converted file.

How to Remove DRM from ePUB & PDF on Adobe Digital Editions ?

Adobe Digital Editions is an ebook reader software from Adobe Systems. It is used for purchasing, managing and reading eBooks, digital newspapers and other digital publications. Adobe Digital Editions includes a setup assistant to authorize your computer (DRM), so the ebooks cannot be copied to a new computer or other devices. This article will introduce you to how to solve this problem as below.

Epubsoft Adobe PDF EPUB DRM Removal is a powerful software to remove DRM protections from adobe digital editions (ADE) with 1-click. It creates a new e-book file without DRM limitation.

1. First, download and install Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) v1.7.2 (download here)
After you installed Adobe Digital Editions, you can try to open ebook in your computer ,If these e-books can be read normally, then they will be able to be converted.

2. Download and install Epubsoft Adobe PDF ePub DRM Removal.
(download for Windows) (download for Mac)

3. If your ebook is .ACSM file, open ACSM file in Adobe Digital Editions to redownload your ebooks.

4. Run Adobe PDF ePub DRM Removal, click “Add” button to select ebook file.

Default ebooks download location:
Windows: “My Documents\My Digital Editions”
Mac OS X: “~/documents/Digital editons”

5. Click “Start” button to remove the drm, it will create a new ebook file without DRM in seconds.

6.Click “Open” button to view the converted file. Now, you can read PDF and ePub on iPad, NOOK, Sony Reader or other device without any limitation.