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Amazon shutting down CC's Cloud Connection
#1  chaley 06-21-2019, 06:01 PM
Today we received this from Amazon:
On August 16, 2019, Calibre Companion's integration to the Amazon Drive API will be discontinued. Customers of Amazon storage will continue to have access to their content through our first party applications for Amazon Photos and Amazon Drive. Please make arrangements to discontinue all traffic to the Amazon API before August 16, 2019.
We don't know if all apps are impacted by this decision or whether CC is special.
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#2  jackie_w 06-21-2019, 06:52 PM
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All in all it's just another brick in the wall.
... with apologies to Pink Floyd

This Amazon thing won't actually make any difference to me, but these corporate walled gardens seem to be getting higher. I was reading earlier today that Apple may be about to make life difficult for calibre and Sigil on Macs. A plague on both their houses.
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#3  stumped 06-22-2019, 01:35 AM
I doubt that many folks trust amazon drive anyway. I use it for the free with prime unlimited photo storage but that's all. and i duplicate all those photos on google drive anyway, just in case...
in the last couple of years they...
. offered, then removed an unlimited drive storage option
. offered then removed the upload your own music to amazon music. and said download it back again or lose it forever.
. they have made so many changes to whether send to kindle goes to amazon drive or someplace else that i lost the plot on that ages ago
i also think that they, like microsoft, reserve the right to inspect and zap any cloud files of yours which they suspect may be pirated- no warning, no fair trial, no appeal..
[ plex fans who jumped on the unlimited cloud deal fell foul of that]

a cloud product that comes and goes on a corporate whim is not worth investing time and content in
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#4  jdege 07-21-2019, 02:20 PM
That's one of the reasons I'm hoping CC starts supporting PCloud.
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#5  JSWolf 07-21-2019, 03:23 PM
Quote jackie_w
... with apologies to Pink Floyd

This Amazon thing won't actually make any difference to me, but these corporate walled gardens seem to be getting higher. I was reading earlier today that Apple may be about to make life difficult for calibre and Sigil on Macs. A plague on both their houses.
How is Apple going to make life difficult for Calibre and Sigil users?

I've said this for a long time and I'll say it again here. When dealing with eBooks, Windows is the way to go. It's easier to use as the tools work.
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#6  jackie_w 07-21-2019, 05:02 PM
Quote JSWolf
How is Apple going to make life difficult for Calibre and Sigil users?
It was a month ago, but I think this was the thread I had just read which caused me to mention, in passing, potential problems for Mac users of calibre/Sigil. I don't own any Apple devices (nor ever likely to) so I didn't pay too much attention to finer details - something to do with developer signing/notarization.

There has also been a flurry of activity today in the thread for Sigil's epubcheck plugin - something to do with python 3.6 and certificates on MacOS.

Neither of the above is CC-related as far as I know.
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#7  dmcritchie 08-02-2019, 07:05 PM
As it happens, I just changed from Dropbox to Amazon drive because of login and other problems with Dropbox. Now, Amazon drive sees my entire Calibre library, but when I try to download a book to two of my Android devices (which used to work with Dropbox until I needed to login again) I get the "Cannot save book XXX to device memory".
And it is not a read-only SD card problem because CC was able to download books when I was using Dropbox.
Does this problem sound like it could be caused by the Amazon drive policy change?

P.S. another vote for pCloud...
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#8  chaley 08-02-2019, 07:16 PM
@dmcritchie: See the FAQ [Android] CC suddenly says it cannot write books to my SD card. What do I do?. There are lots of ways that CC can lose permissions on a folder.
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#9  dmcritchie 08-02-2019, 07:35 PM
@chaley, thanks for the reply. Yes, I had already read that FAQ. And as I wrote, *both* these devices (Galaxy S7 and Nook eReader) were able to write to the SD card when I was using Dropbox. Then I switched to Amazon drive and suddenly neither of them can.

I am willing to believe that one of those devices lost permission to write to the CC folder, but hard to believe that both of them lost it at the same time.

Of course, I can't try to go back to Dropbox because of its login problem...

Will try OneDrive, see if I have more luck, and report back.
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#10  chaley 08-02-2019, 07:51 PM
Quote dmcritchie
@chaley, thanks for the reply. Yes, I had already read that FAQ. And as I wrote, *both* these devices (Galaxy S7 and Nook eReader) were able to write to the SD card when I was using Dropbox. Then I switched to Amazon drive and suddenly neither of them can.

I am willing to believe that one of those devices lost permission to write to the CC folder, but hard to believe that both of them lost it at the same time.
Did you try regranting permissions after you received the error?

I ask because the Amazon connection works fine for me. Of course, Amazon says that it will stop working on 16 August so I don't think that it is worth a lot of effort to make it work now.

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Of course, I can't try to go back to Dropbox because of its login problem...
You can't use the workaround, using gmail authentication?
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