Take Charge of Your eBooks- Part 3

The removal of DRM from your books gives you control from seller-imposed restrictions. The Kindle App for PC allows you access to your Kindle library. The next app allows you to create a library you can finally own.

This app has been around for years. It’s available for Windows, Mac, and Linux! It’s not written or controlled by any major company. It’s free for anyone to download and use. I have used it for years. Calibre is an app which every eBook owner should have.

At this writing, the latest version of Calibre is 6.9.0, but I use 6.1.0 because it works perfectly for our purpose.  

Step 1– Download Calibre and the Plugin

If you have not done it yet, download the app and the special plugin we will need. 

Calibre 6.1.0

DeDRM_tools_7.2.1.zip

For the plugin, do not download the source code. Download this exact file.

Step 2– Install Calibre

Navigate to your download directory and click on the Calibre 6.1.0 installer and install the app.

You will be asked to accept the license and also if you trust the program. Of course, you must say yes to both. Once the app is installed, you can open it.

The first time you open Calibre. It will ask you to choose your language and it will show you where the Calibre Library is normally installed and give you the option to change its location.

This YouTube video is an excellent step-by-step on how to install Calibre.

Step 3- Install Plugin

To install the plugins, open Calibre. On the right, top corner, click on “Preferences.”

Bottom left corner, Click on “Plugins.”

Bottom right, Click on “Load Plugin from file.”

Navigate to your Zipped DeDRM , and click on it.

A security risk warning will appear. Accept it and Calibre will unzip and install the tool. That’s it!

Next post: Creating your Library.

Note: If this post was confusing or you had trouble following any of the directions, please let me know. My posts are always a work in progress, and I aim to clarify the content.

Take Charge of Your eBooks- Part 2

In my previous post, I wrote about the need to remove DRM from your books in order to create a liberated library. In this post, I will discuss how to begin doing this. I will start with the most popular system out there, Kindle.

Kindle for PC is an Amazon app that enables you to read your Kindle books on a pc or desktop computer. In the old days, when not everyone owned a smart phone or tablet, this was very common. Today, not so much. However, for our purpose, this app is essential because it makes your entire Kindle library accessible.

I will start with the assumption that you followed my last post and downloaded an older version of Kindle for PC. The older versions pull down your Kindle books in AZW format which several apps can convert. In windows, this Kindle for PC creates its library in C:\Users\Username\Documents\My Kindle Content.

The “Username” will be the assigned username for the computer’s user. For example: C:\Users\csmith\Documents\My Kindle Content

Knowing the location of your Kindle Library is essential when the time comes to remove DRM and convert or import books. You can navigate to it using Windows’ File Explorer.

Once Kindle for PC is installed, open it. On the top menu, click on Options, then choose the General tab. Make sure that the “Automatically Install Updates …” is NOT CHECKED. Leave the box blank. You must not allow Kindle for PC to update to a later or latest version. Never!

Also in Options, click on the Registration tab and register the app. Your library will not download until the app is registered. Once registered, close the Options box.

Under Library, click on All. You will see the library begin to populate with all the books you own on Kindle. These books are on the Amazon servers. You need to click on each book, and it will download to your pc or laptop. A copy of each downloaded book will now reside in your Kindle for PC directory on your computer.

You can remove the copy from the Kindle for PC by clicking on the book and choosing “Remove from device.” This removes it from your computer but not from Amazon. You can download a book and remove it as often as you like.

Any new book you purchase from Amazon will show up automatically the next time you open Kindle for PC. You must click on it to download it. Once your Windows for PC is installed and functional, you are ready for the next step in the creation of your library. See you in the next post: Setting Up Calibre

Take Charge of Your eBooks- Part 1

My personal eBook library contains a little over fifteen hundred books. This library is totally under my control. It holds books I’ve bought from various sources over the years, mostly from Kindle. It is available to me wherever I am. It can be loaded into any device or reading app which supports EPUB format. Most reading devices and reading apps support EPUB. In fact, Kobo, Nook, and iBooks use EPUB format.

For your collection of books to be truly yours, it must reside in a location of your choice. It must be usable by any reading app you choose, in the device of your choice. It must be accessible anywhere you go and anytime. No seller has access to it or the right to remove it from you. You bought your books, not rented them.

Before you can do anything to a book file, you must transfer a copy of it to your computer. I work on a PC running Windows 10. Most of my books are Kindle, but I do have books from other sellers and sources.

Kindle books are easily transferred to your computer. Kobo also makes it easy to transfer books. Barnes & Noble has made it very difficult by removing their Nook desktop app. I no longer buy their books because of this. Apple also makes it difficult to transfer your books out of their domain.

In order to liberate your books, you must address the removal of DRM from them. DRM are coded locks the seller uses to limit your control of the book. DRM removal is not illegal. In some cases, such as removing DRM from library loans, it is unethical and morally wrong.

Each book seller uses different DRM methods. There are many articles online which address DRM removal tools, and I advise you to do a little research on the topic. There are apps which claim to remove different types of DRM. Most of them you have to buy and seldom do they work on every seller.

I use Calibre with DRM Removal plugins. Both the app and the plugins are free, open source. I use Calibre version 6.1.0 Created by Kovid Goyal. There are newer versions, but this one has worked perfectly for me. Install the Calibre app as you install any other download. Be careful to choose the 64 bit for a 64 bit system.

Calibre is free and safe to use. It is capable of creating an incredible library with myriad management tools. You’ll love it! Calibre, with the right plugins, will remove the DRM from most books. It works especially well with Kindle books as well as Kobo and Nook. It will not work with iBooks.

Calibre Download Site

DRM Removal Tools

EPubor is also a popular DRM removal tool for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Adobe Digital Editions. It has a limited free edition, but you must buy the paid version for full capability. Again, it does not remove Apple DRM. At the time of this writing, their Ultimate Edition was on sale for $24.99 (reg $59.99)

Epubor Download

In my opinion, the most difficult DRM to remove is Apple DRM. There are few options for Apple DRM. You can buy a DRM removal tool specific to Apple books. Since I have never used it, I cannot vouch for it, but you can visit the website and read the reviews. It’s for Mac’s only and costs $30. If your library has many iBooks, it may be money well spent.

ViWizzard iBook DRM Removal Tool

To liberate your eBook collection, you must transfer a copy of your books out of the seller’s control and then remove the DRM restriction. Not all books have DRM. I do not choose to add DRM to the novels I’ve published. All traditionally published books are sold with DRM restrictions. Publishers insist on it.

Once your books are free of DRM, they are truly yours. You can change their format, open them in other apps, move them to other directories, etc. In this post I tell you what needs doing. In my next post, I will tell you how to do it!

Next post: Downloading your Kindle books to your computer.