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brand-new Amazon format incompatible with Calibre 4.10.1
#1  adrianf 02-16-2020, 09:06 PM
I have just bought the complete works of Erich Fromm in German for €149.99 which a lot of money. It has 40MB and has a totally new format, in which you can build in the Kindle-for-Mac application version 1.27.0 an index for all the individual books in the collection and then seach through that index, you can make your own flash cards and manage them in a Notebook, and also add highlights to the original texts.

Sadly, this new Amazon format is not translatable into Calibre; these Complete Works are not even readable in Calibre in a more pedestrian way, without the flash cards and the index.

Please also see the attached screenshot.

Can anybody help me with this?
Thank you.
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#2  kovidgoyal 02-16-2020, 11:14 PM
Go to your my content page on amazon and download the book for transfer via USB to your computer there And add the downloaded boo to calibre.
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#3  mbovenka 02-17-2020, 04:27 AM
Quote kovidgoyal
Go to your my content page on amazon and download the book for transfer via USB to your computer there And add the downloaded boo to calibre.

That assumes he has a physical Kindle registered to his account. If he does not, he'll have to play around with Kindle4Mac.
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#4  adrianf 02-17-2020, 04:35 AM
Although I chose in the old version of Kindle-for-Mac 1.17.1 NOT to apdate automatically, it happened nevertheless, that's why most of the problem.
Still, being able to index over the Complete Works (that is, many individual books in the one 40MB file) and then search based on that index, as well as creating flash cards (as an example, to learn from a handbook) would be really useful in many cases.
Thank you, Kovid, for your answer so far. Would you consider the proposal above?
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#5  kovidgoyal 02-17-2020, 05:12 AM
No I'm afraid I have no interest in reverse enginering yet another proprietary amazon format. There already exist the KFX Output plugin for calibre which uses kindlegen to do this.
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#6  jhowell 02-17-2020, 09:09 AM
Quote adrianf
...has a totally new format...
Please also see the attached screenshot.
That screenshot shows the book in KCR format, which Kindle for Mac has been using in place of KF8 (azw3) since version 1.25 released late 2018. (For those curious, KCR is the format used by the Kindle Cloud Reader. The KCR files produced by Kindle for Mac contain basically the same content as AZK files produced by Kindle Previewer, but with DRM added.)

See the thread Dealing with Kindle for PC/Mac 1.19 (and later) and KFX in calibre.

The spoiler in this post describes how to avoid KCR in recent versions of Kindle for Mac.

Quote adrianf
...an index for all the individual books in the collection and then seach through that index, you can make your own flash cards and manage them in a Notebook, and also add highlights to the original texts.
Those are all features that have been present in the Kindle for PC/Mac app for a long time.
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