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How to download books from Content Server to Kindle via USB cable?
#1  RedRooster 07-10-2018, 03:45 AM
I have a Kindle Paperwhite whose wi-fi functionality no longer works. It's easy to transfer books to it via USB cable using the Calibre GUI. How can I do this using the Calibre Content Server?
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#2  kovidgoyal 07-10-2018, 03:59 AM
If the wifi is not working how are you going to access the content server, or indeed any server on your kindle?
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#3  RedRooster 07-10-2018, 04:09 AM
I was hoping to access Content Server on PC, and download from there to Kindle via USB cable.
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#4  itimpi 07-10-2018, 04:20 AM
Quote RedRooster
I was hoping to access Content Server on PC, and download from there to Kindle via USB cable.
you need a network connection of some sort to use the Content Server!

If you are on the PC why do you not want to use the Calibre GUI which is the normal way to transfer via USB?
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#5  RedRooster 07-10-2018, 12:20 PM
Because Calibre GUI isn't multi-user safe.
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#6  theducks 07-10-2018, 12:29 PM
Uh! The Download button downloads to wherever your browser puts things.
I use Firefox and I set a 'Download' folder., But I could have set it to "ask" me every time and then I could selected the "connected devices folder" (see pic)

Other mainstream browsers have similar settings
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#7  DoctorOhh 07-10-2018, 08:31 PM
Quote RedRooster
Because Calibre GUI isn't multi-user safe.
IIRC You can't connect to the content server via USB connection, but you can connect to the calibre GUI via USB. Simply turn off the content server. Connect via USB, do your business, then turn the content server back on. No conflicts.
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#8  davidfor 07-10-2018, 08:51 PM
Quote DoctorOhh
IIRC You can't connect to the content server via USB connection
If you can enable USB networking on the device, it can probably be done. But personally, that seems like to much work. Just leave the GUI running with the server enabled. When you connect the device, use the GUI to get books on it. Otherwise, use a browser to get to the server.
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#9  RedRooster 07-11-2018, 01:50 AM
All that is very doable – for me. My wife is less computer literate, and if she's downloading using the GUI on her machine, while the server (and perhaps GUI) are running on mine, there could be trouble.

Thank you theducks – that worked. I was thinking that some additional magic was being worked when loading a book to a device (conversion or renaming or something), but using the Download button on the server, and targeting the Kindle \Documents folder worked. Problem solved!

Thanks all.
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#10  kovidgoyal 07-11-2018, 02:06 AM
Quote RedRooster
Because Calibre GUI isn't multi-user safe.
If you run the content server from within the calibre GUI it is perfectly multi-user safe. You can plug in devices and send books to them while the server is running with no issues.

The only multi-user issues occur if you try to have multiple different programs access the library at the same time. such as the calibre GUI and a separate calibre server process.
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