Kindle books on mac and converting to text to read on note taker

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Anyone got any advice for the kindle reading app for mac? I am attempting to convert kindle books into text files which I may then put onto a brail note taker to use independently from my IOS device or Mac. When I start up the kindle reading app for mac it's just an 'unknown' area, which is kinda cack. For these purposes I only need to log in and then, I assume, I can just send books to my mac and then use the kindle converter app to access the books in the directory.

Any experience? Thoughts?




Submitted by Tree on Monday, February 16, 2015

What you want to do is possible, but its not for the faint of heart

. I am in my last semester of college and I have accessed a fair portion of my books by buying them on kindle and then reading them on my mac. You are right that if you get the kindle mac app set up you can access the books in the finder, but there are actually several steps to the process. I will explain how to do what you asked and outline what the other steps involve.

I want to be a little careful, since part of what you have to do is strip the DRM from the books, which is something that the Apple Vis admins might not like us talking about in too much detail. if you would like more info on this subject you can private message me and we can talk about it that way.

Step 1. First things first, setting up the kindle app.

This is actually pretty strait forward, but its finicky because the app is totally inaccessible. All the app really wants is for you to enter your amazon email address and password, so it can sink with your account.

Upon first opening the app the keyboard focus should land in the email address field, so simply type your address in. After doing this, hit tab, which should take you to the password field. When you type in your password, hit enter, and you should be ready to go. Remember that when doing this you will get no feedback what so ever. If you don’t think it has worked right you might try closing the app and starting over.

After your logged into your account there is not really anything els you have to do with the app, although I do believe it needs to be open for the next step.

Step 2. downloading books to the app.

As far as I can tell, your books won’t download to the app automatically, but this is not a big deal, sense you can send them to the app through the Amazon web site. Navigate to the site with your browser of choice and click on the link that says your amazon dot com. Instead of the word “your” it should say your username, so in my case it says, Tree’s amazon dot com.

After clicking on this link click on the link that says “manage your content and devices”. This is the page you want for sending the desired books to your mac kindle app. The interface of this page is not ideal and a little hard to figure out, so if you have trouble with it I can try and walk you through the exact process. In a nutshell what you want to do is,

select a book,

select the deliver option.

Choose where you want the book to be delivered, your mac.

Of course if the mac app was accessible you could do this step without going to the amazon web site, but its not. so thats that.

Step 3 locating the books in the finder.

The location of the books has changed from time to time, so if the info I am about to give does not seem right simply do some google searching and you can find the answer.

First you need to show the library folder, which might be hidden by default. There are several ways to do this, but I like to just hit shift command g, to go to a folder, and then type in ~/library, and hit enter.

After you get to the library you should be able to find the amazon books in the following location. the finder Library/Containers/com. amazon.Kindle/Data/Librar y/Application Support/Kindle/My Kindle Content.

Step 4, ripping DRM

As I already explained I am not sure if I should really go into this step. I will just say that if you google ripping DRM from kindle books, the main thing you are going to read about is an app called Caliber. This app is very inaccessible, and it is pretty much impossible to use it, trust me I have tried. There are options out there though.

Hoped this has made since and can help people; remember you can private message me if you have any questions.