Can you help me email a kindle book?
September 5, 2018 10:55 PM   Subscribe

With Kindle books, is there still a way to access a file that can be transferred and read?

I have a friend in the Middle East who asked me to download an ebook off of amazon and send it to them. I bought the book, and when I went to use the "send as a gift" option, it said "Sorry, you purchased an item that we cannot email." So I downloaded the book to my iMac and downloaded the Kindle app for desktop, figuring it would store the file somewhere on my computer. I found where it's supposedly stored, but it doesn't look like a readable file.

This is the book, so you can see why it appears to be an emergency to get it to them quickly.
posted by miss lynnster to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Somewhere there'll be a file with a .mobi extension, that's the book. It's not immediately human-readable (unless you've got a reader, the kindle app or a program like Calibre).
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 11:23 PM on September 5, 2018 [1 favorite]

You can install Calibre and the de-drm plugin.
A quick howto from here:
Install calibre. Install the DeDRM_plugin in calibre. ... Restart calibre. In the DeDRM_plugin customisation dialog add in any E-Ink Kindle serial numbers and your B&N account email address and password. Remember that the plugin only tries to remove DRM when ebooks are imported.
posted by trig at 11:23 PM on September 5, 2018 [1 favorite]


No files with a .mobi extension in the folder. There's just this:

One Amazon .voucher file
One .azw file (118KB)
One .mbpV2 file (123 bytes)
One .phl file (1KB)
One .azw.res file (12KB)
One file (62KB)
posted by miss lynnster at 11:36 PM on September 5, 2018


This is all a little over my head... but I have a Mac, does that plugin work with Mac? And does it work with Amazon files? (See above what files Amazon seems to have downloaded.)
posted by miss lynnster at 11:38 PM on September 5, 2018

I think I figured it out!!! I googled what Trig was talking about and came across this page and followed its instructions. I had to delete the current version of Kindle because the new version had some kind of extra encryption, but that seemed to do the trick! Fingers crossed. :)

Thank you both!!! :)
posted by miss lynnster at 11:58 PM on September 5, 2018 [4 favorites]

For a Kindle book with the newer encryption (that's azw as opposed to the older mobi), you can loan a book to someone for two weeks.

You have to do it from the Amazon website, not inside the Kindle or app. Amazon has documented the process.
posted by Jesse the K at 11:29 AM on September 7, 2018

@ Jesse the K - have you found this to be an option on most of your books? I used to be on a site called (where you could request to borrow Kindle books) and the availability was terrible, so I just stopped visiting it. The publishers had locked down the books so they couldn't be borrowed.
posted by getawaysticks at 5:18 PM on September 7, 2018

I wish I had definite answers--I've only been the lucky recipient of loans.
posted by Jesse the K at 5:10 PM on September 15, 2018

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