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Why would a .azw3 file work when side-loading but not when downloading?
#1  jdunning 08-10-2019, 09:16 PM
I've got a .azw3 file that works great when it's side-loaded to a Kindle Oasis 2, either by simply dragging and dropping into the documents folder or by sending it via Calibre (only the latter preserves the cover), but when it's downloaded via the experimental browser, it never appears in the library, even though the browser confirms the download and I see it in the documents folder.

In contrast, I have a .azw3 that was converted by Calibre a few years ago that I can still download to the Oasis via the browser and it shows up fine.

The only difference I can think of is that the more recent file went through the Hyphenate plugin. Would that cause it to not download correctly?
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#2  Hitch 08-12-2019, 07:54 PM
Quote jdunning
I've got a .azw3 file that works great when it's side-loaded to a Kindle Oasis 2, either by simply dragging and dropping into the documents folder or by sending it via Calibre (only the latter preserves the cover), but when it's downloaded via the experimental browser, it never appears in the library, even though the browser confirms the download and I see it in the documents folder.

In contrast, I have a .azw3 that was converted by Calibre a few years ago that I can still download to the Oasis via the browser and it shows up fine.

The only difference I can think of is that the more recent file went through the Hyphenate plugin. Would that cause it to not download correctly?
Well, I freely admit, I've never used the "experimental browser." Can you elucidate? Why use it, rather than any of the other methods?

Hitch
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#3  lumpynose 08-12-2019, 10:25 PM
Quote Hitch
Well, I freely admit, I've never used the "experimental browser." Can you elucidate? Why use it, rather than any of the other methods?

Hitch
I saw this yesterday and was wondering the same thing. The only answer I could come up with is plain and simple masochism.
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#4  jdunning 08-15-2019, 09:28 PM
It can be a little easier to explain to a non-technical person than dealing with connecting via USB and dragging to the right folder. Plus you don't have to constantly unplug to preview a file and replug to add a new version.

But back to the question at hand: any idea why downloading would not work for a particular .azw3 file?
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#5  lumpynose 08-15-2019, 11:36 PM
Its name, "experimental browser" should answer the question. As a technical person I interpret that to mean that some or many things won't work. All that you can probably expect from it is the most basic ability, i.e., browsing web pages. I wouldn't type in your password on any pages or do anything else needing security because it may be unsafe; treat it as a read-only web browser. You read what's on the screen, tap links, and don't do anything else.
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#6  ilovejedd 08-16-2019, 12:00 AM
Quote lumpynose
Its name, "experimental browser" should answer the question. As a technical person I interpret that to mean that some or many things won't work. All that you can probably expect from it is the most basic ability, i.e., browsing web pages. I wouldn't type in your password on any pages or do anything else needing security because it may be unsafe; treat it as a read-only web browser. You read what's on the screen, tap links, and don't do anything else.
Nah. Once the file is downloaded to the Kindle, then the experimental browser is out of the equation. It should be treated the same as any azw3 file by the Kindle's indexer (at the very least, it should after restart)

@jdunning
By any chance, do you have another azw3 file with the same ASIN/identifier with on the Kindle? It's possible that may cause issues.

I download azw3 to my Kindles (AO3 fanfics) using the experimental browser all the time and barring the occasional incomplete/broken download due to my hotspot acting up, I haven't seen what you describe. Personally, not a fan of hyphenation so I've never used the Hyphenate plugin nor am I familiar with how it works.
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#7  Hitch 08-16-2019, 08:56 AM
Quote ilovejedd
Nah. Once the file is downloaded to the Kindle, then the experimental browser is out of the equation. It should be treated the same as any azw3 file by the Kindle's indexer (at the very least, it should after restart)

@jdunning
By any chance, do you have another azw3 file with the same ASIN/identifier with on the Kindle? It's possible that may cause issues.

I download azw3 to my Kindles (AO3 fanfics) using the experimental browser all the time and barring the occasional incomplete/broken download due to my hotspot acting up, I haven't seen what you describe. Personally, not a fan of hyphenation so I've never used the Hyphenate plugin nor am I familiar with how it works.

I have to ask--how does that even work? I mean, fine, you use the browser to browse to where? I take it you've put your AZW3 on a server ("In the cloud") someplace? Navigate there and download that way?

Vis-a-vis hyphenation--I used to think that. Then one day I was re-reading (in digital form for the first time) the Philo Vance series, from a web source, and realized that they didn't have ET and how much it really messed with my enjoyment of the books. You'd think that I, of all people, would have noticed that sooner, but I hadn't. The ET hyphenation isn't like ADE, with ladders everywhere; it's quite unobtrusive and the look/feel is so much more like printed books.

Hitch
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#8  ilovejedd 08-16-2019, 09:59 AM
Quote Hitch
I have to ask--how does that even work? I mean, fine, you use the browser to browse to where? I take it you've put your AZW3 on a server ("In the cloud") someplace? Navigate there and download that way?
Just your run of the mill PHP web hosting (I use COPS and Calibre-PHP Server).

Just the fanfic libraries, though. My purchased books are on a local Apache HTTP server that's only accessible via LAN.
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#9  Hitch 08-16-2019, 10:39 AM
Quote ilovejedd
Just your run of the mill PHP web hosting (I use COPS and Calibre-PHP Server).

Just the fanfic libraries, though. My purchased books are on a local Apache HTTP server that's only accessible via LAN.
I see. So, you have your own cloud storage, for your own-created or converted books and you download therefrom. I freely admit, I've never considered that, but then again, I don't keep my books in a server that's cloud accessible.

Someone in the thread said that:

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...a little easier to explain to a non-technical person than dealing with connecting via USB and dragging to the right folder.
And in reading this, I'm laughing my ass off. Most of my customers don't even HAVE a Kindle, or K4PC/Mac or anything like that. They don't know how to download from a browser like Chrome/whatever, on their own desktops/laptops.
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(When we send them a "proof form" in Word and they use it for one revision round--they ask for a "new one" for the NEXT revision round. I kid thee not.)

I can just envision myself trying to get them to do THIS. Absolutely hilarious! Wow, thanks...I needed that laugh. (Wipes tears from laughter from her face...)

But, I greatly appreciate the information. Shows to go ya! Old dogs, new tricks.

Hitch
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#10  ilovejedd 08-16-2019, 11:52 AM
Quote Hitch
Someone in the thread said that:
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...a little easier to explain to a non-technical person than dealing with connecting via USB and dragging to the right folder.
And in reading this, I'm laughing my ass off. Most of my customers don't even HAVE a Kindle, or K4PC/Mac or anything like that. They don't know how to download from a browser like Chrome/whatever, on their own desktops/laptops.

I can just envision myself trying to get them to do THIS. Absolutely hilarious! Wow, thanks...I needed that laugh. (Wipes tears from laughter from her face...)
I could actually see doing this for my mom or aunt or something (if they had an e-ink Kindle that is; they're happy reading on tablets).

Just create a bookmark to the library on the Kindle's experimental browser. Initial server setup and typing the link url is the hard part. Once that's done, it's similar to browsing the Kindle's ebook store.
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