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How Do I Read Library Books on My Kindle? Part 3: Calibre Plugins

Here’s an update to our previous posts on reading library ebooks on the Kindle, from my resident tech expert, Jason.

The last time we talked about struggling to get library books onto the Kindle was two years ago, and things have changed a lot over that time. Here’s an update to show you how we’re doing it now. (When we need to, of course. The BPL has now updated their rather backward ebook lending system to include Kindle versions of some books.)

  1. Download the latest version of Calibre. We’ve mentioned it before, but it’s so great that we’ll mention it again. Calibre is an ebook management tool that allows you to organize your collection, convert to different formats, and upload to devices—all in one application. If you haven’t used it before, give it a try. And, if you like it, donate. The tool is totally open source and totally free to use, but the clever folks behind Calibre still deserve support for their operating costs.
  2. Download and unzip the latest version of decryption tools from Apprentice Alf’s blog. (He/she has done a great job of outlining exactly how to use the tools, and you’re welcome to read through that information if you’re technically inclined or want to be able to decrypt anything under the sun. We’re going to focus on the things we think are most important: Abobe ePub and Amazon Kindle.)
  3. Start Calibre and select “Preferences”, then “Plugins”, then “Load plugin from file”.
  4. Now you’ll be prompted to select a file. Go to the folder where you saved and unzipped the tools and find the Calibre_plugins directory. There will be five zip files inside. Select the one labeled “ineptpub”. Then repeat step 3 and select the file that begins with “K4Mobi”.
Now that we’re through the setup,  it’s time to try it out.
  1. Download a book from your local library.
  2. Add it to Calibre.
  3. Select “Convert Books”.
  4. In the far right corner of the popup, select “MOBI” (that’s the format the Kindle supports), and click “Convert”. The conversion process could take a couple minutes; you can track its progress with the “Jobs” icon in the bottom right corner of the window. When it’s finished…
  5. Plug in your Kindle, select the book you converted, and click “Save to Device”.

Voila! No more messing with confusing Python scripts and looking up your Kindle serial number. You asked for a simpler way and the internet has provided.


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