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Dealing with Kindle for PC/Mac 1.19 and KFX in calibre
#11  DNSB 02-12-2017, 06:00 PM
Quote pdurrant
I'm not sure if Kindle for Mac 1.19 does download as KFX. I just tried on a new user account, and all the books I tried came down in the old formats. (But inside folders in My Kindle Content)

Oh - but I didn't check for "Enhanced Typesetting" on the book pages at Amazon! Is it that only "Enhanced Typesetting" books comes down as KFX?
I installed 1.19 for PC and 3 of my 5 test ebooks downloaded as KFX and did not import into Calibre.

I reverted to 1.17 and all 5 imported to Calibre.
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#12  MRS_SOMERSET 02-12-2017, 10:45 PM
Hi,
I just wanted to say thank-you to the Calibre tech team for their post on how to deal with the new Kindle update ( that happened without my permission!)

I have been using Calibre for a while now to convert the books I buy to epub - why - because I have recently become partially sighted, (thats is a nats whisker away from being blind for those who do not know, and why should you ;-)

The reason being that I need a TTS ( text To Speech) software to be able to "read" my books, that is the software reads the text, rather robotically, but allows me to enjoy the books I buy, from Amaon for Kindle and other places, I have been an avid reader since I was 4, and have no intention of letting a mere issue of not being ble to see, get in the way of me accessing my books.

I started off with the super secret, not on the amazon website but official Amazon Kindle PC download for the blind which reads the text to you, as amazon and other publishers put their books in a format that TTS software cannot read - then that stopped working - on an update.

So I googled and chatted with other people with sight challenges and they recommended Calibre - and it was all working out fine until tonight when I bought, paid for and downloaded my new book from amazon, and when I opened up kindle it did an update, without asking, and when I went to convert the book it kept saying that it could not, so a quick search of the Calibre forum and a quick solution ( roll it back, find the hidden "automatically update without asking me button that is automatically set to on without the customer knowing" and turn it off.
and lo and behold I am able to convert the book and now able to have my TTS read it to me.

I know publishers like Amazon offer their own narrated versions of things, but having tried the free audible trial and finding that the narrator was so disinterested sounding, and got both the name of the main character and the title of the book wrong, repeatedly, I uninstalled that very quickly.

I am baffled, having worked with t he government many moons ago on ensuring accessibility in all electronic means, and the total faff it was back then to code, so much easier now to comply, why major companies make it so darn hard for us to get access to things ( I was not blind as a bat back then, it was just part of my job - who knew, an untreated autoimmune disease and bobs your uncle and I am rather stuffed)

So, after all that waffle, I just wanted to say that I am ever so grateful to companies like Calibre who make life easier for us with disabilities, and not only that - keep on top of things and continue to offer advice and support, especially when those who should know better get up to nefarious activities.
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#13  kovidgoyal 02-13-2017, 12:41 AM
You're welcome
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#14  pmjeff21 02-13-2017, 03:09 PM
I just followed these steps of removing the newer Kindle for PC app, installing the old, etc. My "classics" which are public domain convert from AWZ to EPUB just fine, but books I bought recently (Tim Ferriss, Tools of Titans, for example) give me the DRM error in Calibre.

I don't have any branded devices, just a Windows 10 Phone (Lumia 930) and a Surface Pro 4. Amazon killed off their app, so now I'm stuck with unreadable books except for the clunky PC version of Kindle.

Any ideas of what I'm doing wrong? I'm brand new to Calibre and this whole EPUB & DRM thing.
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#15  jhowell 02-13-2017, 04:00 PM
If you followed the steps in the first post and are getting DRM errors then I suggest that you check out Apprentice Alf's Blog for further assistance with that.
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#16  pmjeff21 02-13-2017, 04:41 PM
I'll search for that. Thanks. I ended up with 67 our of 80 failures.
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#17  pmjeff21 02-13-2017, 06:51 PM
Quote jhowell
If you followed the steps in the first post and are getting DRM errors then I suggest that you check out Apprentice Alf's Blog for further assistance with that.
Apprentice Alf's Plugin was the solution. I still have 2 files that seem to hang half way through, but they are lager books, so I'll restart and let them sit for a while.

Thanks for your suggestion!
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#18  leday 02-14-2017, 02:11 PM
Quote bauerhjb
to: jhowell

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this information. I was ready to give up on my free books from Amazon for the future since I got "improved" version of KindleforPC automatically today. Your directions for uninstalling and re-installing KindleforPC are excellent and worked great for me. One thing I'd like to add. I had downloaded my books once this morning right after the upgrade installed. Then when I tried to download them with the older version of KindleforPC. I found that I needed to go to Amazon and in manage my content, set the books up for delivery again. Once I did that, presto, chango everything was back to normal. Thanks again for the timely help.
I also Thank you Thank you!! This worked great for me too. I was just starting to panic. One thing that worked for me though is the fact that I did not have to redownload all of my 173 books. Before I reinstalled the older version, I just renamed the My Kindle Content folder to My Kindle Content OLD. Installed the new (old) Kindle for PC, then deleted the empty My Kindle Content folder that it created, renamed My Kindle Content OLD back to My Kindle Content and when I launched the program,all my books were there.
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#19  doreenjoy 02-14-2017, 11:16 PM
I'm using Kindle for PC version 1.17, and the books I bought today are all KFX, which won't even download to K4PC 1.17. They are all KFX.
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#20  Muliplication 02-15-2017, 08:59 PM
I'd just like to add my thanks to the above. Hopefully when the format is settled down, Calibre will support it.
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