Friday, May 18, 2018

How to import personal documents to Kindle for iOS on iPad/iPhone?

On top of Kindle books you purchased from Amazon, you can also send your personal documents directly to the Kindle app for iOS on your iPad via Kindle Personal Documents Service.
The following file types are supported by the service:
Document Files (.DOC, .DOCX, .PDF, .TXT, .RTF)
Image Files (.JPEG, .JPG, .GIF, .PNG, .BMP)
HTML (.HTML, .HTM)
eBooks (.MOBI, .AZW, .PRC)
Personal files other than those formats cannot be imported to your Kindle app or devices.
These personal documents can be sent from an authorized email address or a Send to Kindle application.
Method 1. You can send the personal documents to the Kindle app for iOS on your iPad by emailing them to your Send to Kindle email address. Your Send to Kindle email address is a unique address that is assigned to you when you register your compatible device. To be delivered successfully, an email can contain up to 25 attachments. It can be sent to up to 15 distinct Send to Kindle email addresses. The total size of your documents should be 50 MB or less. Please ensure the sender's email address is added to your Approved Personal Document Email List.
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Method 2. You can send the personal documents to the Kindle app for iOS on your iPad from a Send to Kindle application. Please download and install Send to Kindle for PC or Send to Kindle for Mac on your computer. Right click on the personal file and select "Send to Kindle". Deliver it to your iPad.
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P.S. Only DRM free personal documents can be imported to your Kindle app for iOS on your iPad, hence I highly recommend you to install the best eBook DRM removal and converter – Epubor Ultimate!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Ultimate Way to Remove Kindle KFX DRM

Epubor Ultimate is the only tool crafted to work on Kindle KFX DRM removal directly without installing any plug-in or downgrading the version of Kindle for PC/Mac. It’s easy to operate and handle your KFX files efficiently.
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To ensure the successful DRM removal and format conversion, please don’t relocate the path that stores the KFX files. You must keep the entire KFX files that make up the eBook intact. Any file or subfolder is missing will lead to failure of DRM removal or format conversion.

Step 1. Install Epubor Ultimate



Step 2. Run Epubor Ultimate

Once you launch Epubor Ultimate, it will detect and load your Kindle books from your Kindle eInk Reader and Kindle desktop app automatically.
Click on “eReader or “Kindle” tab, and you’ll see all your Kindle books are listed in the left side column. You can also drag and drop the KFX books to the main interface of the program. The KFX books are decrypted automatically when they’re loaded to the program.
KFX books downloaded from Kindle eInk Readers are saved in .kfx extention.
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KFX books downloaded from Kindle for PC/Mac v1.19 or later are saved in .azw extension.
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You can see a checkmark and "Decrypted" next to the KFX books you've removed DRM from. Double click on "Decrypted", the decrypted file output folder will prompt automatically.
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On the bottom part, you can choose the output conversion format, click “Convert to XXX” button, and the program starts to decrypt the books and convert the formats simultaneously. Once the conversion is done, the output converted folder will be opened and prompted automatically.
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Heads up: Please ensure the KFX books are purchased via your own Amazon account and downloaded via Kindle e-ink device or Kindle for PC/MAC installed on your computer. The books must be associated with your Amazon account. Loaned books or books obtained from other sources cannot be supported by the program.
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Best Kindle AZW3 Readers for iOS

It’s universally known that AZW3 is the Amazon proprietary format and all AZW3 books delivered by Amazon have DRM encryption. Hence, the DRMed AZW3 books can only be read on Kindle related devices or apps. However, Kindle for iOS is not an option when it comes to reading AZW3 books on an iOS device. We’ve tested and found that AZW3 files cannot be read on Kindle for iOS but can be read on Kindle for Android.

Then what apps on earth can read AZW3 books on an iPad or iPhone, you wonder? Please take a look at the following Best AZW3 Readers for iOS:
TotalReader: Rating 4.5 points (according to 57 reviews in Apple App Store)
1. Wide range of supported formats (fb2, epub, mobi, azw, prc, chm, fbz, rtf, txt, djvu, pdf, xps, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx, pages, numbers, key, cbr, cbz, cb7, cbt)
2. Compatible with all popular archive formats (rar, zip, 7z, gz, tar ...)
3. Speech synthesizer
4. Integration with popular cloud services(Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Yandex.Disk)
5. Integration with popular network services(SMB, FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, DLNA)
KyBook: Rating 4.3 points (according to 199 reviews in Apple App Store)
1. Supports eBooks in EPUB, FictionBook (fb2, fbz, fb2.zip), TXT, RTF, PDF, DJVU, CHM, Comic Book (cbr, cbz) and Audio Book (mp3, m4a, m4b) formats.
2. Online book catalogs(OPDS) and network folders
3. Integrated with Google Books, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and Yandex Disc
4. Integrated with social networking services (Facebook, Twitter, Vkontakte)
5. Flexible reading mode settings
6. DJVU, CHM, Tor Network and 'Speed Reading' requires in-app purchase "Upgrade to Pro Version".
Mobi Reader: Rating 4.6 points (according to 27 reviews in Apple App Store)
1. Wi-Fi Transfer allows user to download/upload few media files with one click
2. Integrated with cloud services (Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Yandex.Disk)
3. Integrated with network services (SMB, FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, DLNA)
4. Maximal support OPDS standards
5. Users can contact technical support and leave a comment without quitting the application
Librairie: Rating 4.3 points (according to 199 reviews in Apple App Store)
1. iOS Cloud Ebook Reader – works with DRM FREE EPUB, MOBI and AZW3 files
2. Automatically scans your cloud accounts (Dropbox, OneDrive or Goole Drive) to find your ebooks and presents them in a nice looking library
3. Stream your ebooks from the cloud - No space taken on your device
4. Convert your ebooks in ePub, MOBI and PDF file formats and export them to any compatible app on your device.
5. Clean and elegant typography - support for hyphenation and dynamic page numbers
Traditionally AZW3 files do not work on Apple devices. But I can tell you some solutions to bypass the limitation, liberate your purchased AZW3 books, and allow you to read them on an Apple device. The only prerequisite is you must remove the DRM from the AZW3 books. Without stripping DRM, the AZW3 books are locked by Amazon and are confined to be read on Kindle eInk readers, Kindle desktop app, and Kindle for Android.
I don’t want to brag about the magic tool, Epubor Ultimate, but it does work like a charm!
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As the most easy-to-use eBook DRM Removal and Format Converter, Epubor Ultimate only requires one-click to get things done.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A Comparison between Audible and Google Play Audiobook Pricing Strategies

Google brought audiobooks to Google Play Store in January 2018 while Audible still takes the lead and pulls ahead of its contenders in audiobook market. In this post, I’m going to compare the audiobook services provided by Audible and Google in terms of pricing strategy respectively.


Audible

Audible is well known for its membership subscription plans which subscribers pay a monthly/annual fee and get credits in return. The Gold plan is priced at $14.95 per month for 1 credit, and the Platinum plan is priced at $22.95 per month for 2 credits. Once you’re an Audible member, you can buy 1 audiobook for 1 credit no matter how much the audiobook costs. All Audible members can make regular audiobook purchases at a 30% discount. A limited number of unused credits can be rolled over into the next month or year, depending on which membership plan and the amount of allotted credits. Audible members have unlimited listening access to all Audible Channels content.
Actually there’s a hidden Silver plan that Audible doesn’t advertise. Audible Silver membership plan costs $14.95 every two months, instead of every month. You still only get one free credit every time your subscription renews. If six books a year is enough for you, then Silver plan suits you well. There is no quick access to this silver subscription, you have to go to Audible customer service page and start a chat to ask them to downgrade your membership to silver.
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While Audible constantly pushes its membership plans, it also lets you buy the individual audiobook from Audible, but the prices especially for new titles are fairly expensive. Good news is that Audible offers a DAILY DEAL where you can pick up cheap title to listen to: today’s deal is Mark Miodownik’s Stuff Matters, which costs only 2.95$ (the regular price is 26.59$). An added benefit with Audible is it offers aggressive discount on the audio companion if you’ve already bought its ebook on Amazon. If you’ve bought Danny Baker’s Going on the Turn on Amazon, you just need to pay 2.99$ rather than the regular price 20.65$ to get the audiobook version from Audible.
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Google

Google doesn't adopt any membership plan for its audiobook service. You need to pay for individual titles at their shelf price. At the initial stage, Google is running a promotion where most audiobooks are heavily discounted. It’s offering a decent range of titles (including older classic titles and new releases) on limited time offers. Google also offers a 50% discount on your first audiobook. For now, no discount is offered on a Google Play audiobook if you’ve already purchased the eBook version. As for this point, those who enjoy swapping between ebook and audiobook have a firm reason to stick with Audible.
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If you’re a Google Home device owner, you probably get a promo email from Google saying some Google Home users can redeem a complimentary audiobook of their choice for free. The promotion is valid until February 9th, 2019.
Audible is cheaper if you are listening to one or more audiobook per month, let alone it offers a 30-day-Audible-free-trial-membership. If you’re not a regular listener and not preoccupied with new releases, it’s always cheaper to buy off the shelf. Right now, Google Audiobooks is a better alternative for selective titles because of the heavy promotional discounts. However, once the promotion period ends, prices will be back to normal, and Google may lose its price advantage in the long run.
Through the above comparison, we can see that Audible audiobook is superior to Google audiobook service in terms of pricing plans. However, Audiobooks downloaded from Audible website are in the Amazon proprietary format AAX or AA. The Audible audiobooks are locked by DRM which prevents you from sharing your purchased audiobooks with your friends. Moreover, the DRMed Audible audiobook are confined to be played on selected Audible supported players or devices, so you can’t transfer them among multiple platforms and devices. Given the above situation, it’s imperative to remove Audible DRM and convert their formats to a universal audio format such as mp3, wma, wac, etc.
Epubor Audible Converter is a powerful tool dedicated to stripping DRM from your purchased Audible audiobooks and converting the AA and AAX formats to mp3 or other compatible DRM free formats.
For more information please read this article: Ultimate Way to Remove Audible DRM and Convert AAX/AA to MP3

Amazon reveals Mother’s Day 2018 deals on Kindle and Fire


Mother’s Day is around the corner so naturally Amazon has their lineup of Kindle devices on sale again.
The first Sunday of May is usually the time when Amazon starts limited-time offers aimed at people who want to shop gifts for Mother’s Day. The list of Mother’s Day 2018 deals on Amazon devices will be extended over time, and as usual we will share all deals in a special guide to book-related promotions for people who love to read.
Here are Amazon eReader deals for Mother’s Day 2018:
Kindle – $59.99
Kids Kindle  – $79.99
Kindle Paperwhite – $99.99


The Kindle Paperwhite is marked down to $99.99 and the entry-level Kindle is $59.99, both are $20 off the regular price. The Kids Kindle Bundle is $79.99 ($50 off), and the Kindle Paperwhite Gift Bundle is $149.97 ($60 off).
Here are Amazon Fire deals for Mother’s Day 2018:
Fire 7 – $39.99

Fire HD 8 – $59.99

Fire HD 10 – $119.99

Fire 7 Kids Edition – $79.99


They also have the 7-inch Fire tablet marked down to $39.99 ($10 off), the Fire HD 8 is $59.99 ($20 off), the HD 10 is $119.99 ($30 off), the Fire 7 Kids Edition is $79.99 ($20 off), and the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is $99.99 ($30 off).

If the above on sale product list doesn't include your favorite device, you can check the full list of Mother’s Day 2018 deals on Amazon devices.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Calibre can Convert Kindle KFX to PDF/Epub/Mobi Now!


A good news we must share with you is that last week Apprentice Alf released a new version of the DeDRM tools with added support for KFX format, so now you can easily import KFX books to Calibre to create backups and convert them to other formats. So in this article I am going to show you how to remove DRM from KFX books and convert KFX to Mobi/Epub/PDF step by step.

But first we have to admit that the biggest inconvenience about using Calibre to remove DRM is that you have to install De-DRM Plugin and KFX Conversion Input Plugin to Calibre fisrt. And this is also the most difficult and also indispensable part to use Calibre to convert DRMed KFX books to Epub/PDF/TXT...
Step 1, download Calibre to your computer and launch it.
Step 2, download DeDRM_tools and KFX Conversion Input Plugin to your computer.
Step 3, load DeDRM Calibre Plugin and KFX Conversion Input Plugin to Calibre.
Open calibre's Preferences dialog. Click on the Plugins button. Next, click on the Load plugin from file button. Navigate to the unzipped DeDRM_tools folder and, in the folder DeDRM_calibre_plugin, find the file DeDRM_plugin.zip. Click to select the file and select Open. Then click Yes in the "Are you sure?" dialog box. Click the OK button in the "Success" dialog box.
Then repeat the same operation to load the zipped KFX Input folder to Calibre.
Step 4, add Kindle KFX books to Calibre by clicking Add books in the tool bar.
You need to download KFX books with Kindle for PC/Mac or Kindle e-ink Reader first, then add KFX books from My Kindle Content folder or the Kindle's Document folder to Calibre manually. The book will be decrypted soon after you add it to Calibre library.
The KFX books downloaded with Kindle for PC/Mac will be saved in .azw format.

While the KFX books downloaded with Kindle device will be saved in .kfx format.
When you add KFX books to Calibre library, please make sure that your know exactly where your downloaded KFX books are stored on your computer.
If your KFX books are downloaded to your computer with Kindle for PC/Mac, you need to add KFX books to Calibre library from My Kindle Document folder.
If your KFX books are downloaded with Kindle e-ink Reader, then you need to add KFX books to Calibre library from Kindle’s Document folder.
Step 5, Convert KFX to Epub/Mobi/PDF
Click Convert books in the tool bar and choose Epub/Mobi/PDF/AZW3/TXT... as the output format and click OK to start the conversion.
The book will have two formats for you to choose from after the conversion.
Note: Though Calibre can remove DRM from KFX books , it still can't open decrypted KFX books.
How to Convert Kindle KFX to PDF/Epub/Mobi without Installing DeDRM Plugin
Epubor Ultimate is the first software to declare that it can remove DRM from KFX books not long after Amazon adopts the latest the KFX format. Epubor Ultimate equals an eBook DRM Removal and eBook Converter, which makes it super easy and convenient to decrypt and convert a bunch of books to EPUB, PDF or Mobi with just 2 clicks.
Step 1, download Epubor Ultimate to your computer and launch it.
Step 2, download your KFX books to your computer with Kindle for PC/Mac. Or you can simply connect your Kindle e-ink device to your computer after you have downloaded the KFX books to your Kindle device.
Note: One cool thing about Epubor Ultimate is that it can automatically detect your downloaded KFX books in the left sidebar under Kindle or E-ink Device column.
Step 3, add the KFX books from the left to the right main window to remove DRM.
Step 4, choose PDF/Epub/Mobi/TXT/AZW3 as the output format and click Convert to PDF/Epub/Mobi/TXT/AZW3 to start the conversion.
If you have used Epubor software before, you should know what Epubor software is capable of. If you haven't used Epubor software before, now you can use the trial version to try it out by yourself.
Calibre VS. Epubor Ultimate
The DeDRM plugin for Calibre provides a free way to remove DRM from your Kindle and Adobe DRM ebooks. Though Epubor Ultimate is a paid software, it has absolute advantage over Calibre. First of all, you don't have to download the DeDRM plugins and the KFX Conversion Input Plugin. This could be a pain in the ass if you are a tech newbie. Second, Epubor Ultimate supports removing DRM from KFX books downloaded from Kindle e-Ink Reader. Third, Epubor Ultimate can automatically detect all of your downloaded Kindle books, so you don't need to add your downloaded KFX books to the software manually.
In a word, Calibre is not as easy as Epubor Ultimate, it's a little difficult to handle for some people who is not skillful. Epubor Ultimate can definitely save you a lot of trouble by converting DRMed books to Mobi/Epub/PDF... So it totally worths your money. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Kindle Firmware Update Package 5.9.5 is Available Now

On April  12th, Amazon has announced its new release of Kindle Firmware 5.9.5 for its Kindle devices which mainly improves the highlight functionality.

Now the Kindle firmware version 5.9.5  is available for most Kindle eReaders, including Kindle (7th and 8th generation), Kindle Oasis 1 and 2, Kindle Paperwhite (6th and 7the generation) and Kindle Voyage.

What's new at the Kindle Firmware 5.9.5?

1, It improves the highlight function which allows you to turn off the highlight menu when selecting a passage of text. This change will make the highlighting process faster and reasonable. You can make multiple highlights with less presses.
You can go to set this new function by this path>> Settings--Reading options--Highlights and About The Book--Highlight Menu.

2, It also mentioned the "Performance improvements and other general enhancements" in this update.

The update will automatically download and install to your Kindle devices if you have your wireless connection. But if you want to enjoy the new features of this new update, you can go to Amazon Kindle software update page to download it now.