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    Finding hidden files

    I purchased an ebook from Kindle/Amazon.
    I can read the book on my Windows 10 computer but cannot find the file on my computer to synch the file with my eReader.
    The file has to be somewhere non m computer because I can read the book even when WIFI is off. The Kindle reading app is no help.
    Where should I look.
    Any help would be appreciated
    Dieter

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    Dieter,

    What eReader are you using?

    If it is not a Kindle, you may need to load the Kindle reader App on the eReader to read the book.
    If you have a Kindle it should be automatically downloaded, but if it wasn't you can select Books from the list across the top then select Cloud to download it from your Amazon Cloud Storage.

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    Calibre is my recommendation for a topnotch Reader, converter, newsreader etc.

    Oops - I missed the question. For any kind of download look in the Downloads folder (sometimes in My Documents\Downloads), for which look in Libraries if that is part of your system. It might go directly to a Kindle library or Amazon folder or, far more importantly, to your Kindle device, which typically has wireless capabilities and in my case at least, I think that is where it does go - I have to sync it to the computer to get it there.

    Try a global search for the exact title of the book, or some portion of it: e.g. "*Golden Bough*".

    Another edit: 'The Golden Bough: A Study of Magic and Religion' is downloadable free of charge 'to read' - I'm not sure whether or not you get to keep some books or can just 'read' them, but since you paid for what you downloaded it must be 'yours'. All you have to do is find it.
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    Red face Finding hidden files

    Thank You for your suggestions.
    I am in a rush right now but shall explore your points.
    Then shall report back.
    Thanks again
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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Dieter,

    What eReader are you using?

    If it is not a Kindle, you may need to load the Kindle reader App on the eReader to read the book.
    If you have a Kindle it should be automatically downloaded, but if it wasn't you can select Books from the list across the top then select Cloud to download it from your Amazon Cloud Storage.

    HTH

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    D.B.,

    +1 on Calibre a great free program. I just downloaded The Golden Bough from Project Gutenberg, looks like a good book for our upcoming 6 week road trip!
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    Hi All,
    I purchased several eBooks from Kindle/Amazon.
    I have the Kindle reader app on my Windows 10, Surface Pro 3 computer. and thus can read the books on that computer.
    What puzzles me is the fact that I can still read the books when my WIFI is turned off, and yet I cannot find the relative *.epub3 files on the computer.
    My wife has a Sony eReader, and ebooks from Kobo or Adobe Reader can be synked to that reader as well as to the Acer Iconia A100 tablet (Android)that I use for reading books.
    Kindle must be able to hide their eBook files under a different file name than the book title and with a different file extension than the "*.epub3" that I was looking for.
    When I go back to Kindle/Amazon to again download the books I purchased to my Android Acer, it will not let me, saying that the books were purchased already. That's why I am so eager to find the relevant files on my Surface Pro 3.
    So that is where I am at.
    Frustrated
    Dieter
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    Dieter,

    Amazon uses the .AZW3 format. HTH
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    I have the Kindle app on my Acer Iconia Tab W and after having a good root(!) around I can't find my one and only book in any transferable format. I have found the cache where the book is stored though by searching for 'kindle' and poking around in the app cache folder.

    Anyway, I downloaded the standalone Windows version of the Kindle reader, installed it and signed into Amazon and downloaded the book. Lo and behold the book (in .azw format) is in the 'My Kindle Content' folder in my documents.

    You'll find the download here.

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    a. Have a look in C:\Users\<your-logged-on-username>\AppData\Local\Amazon\Kindle\application\ content folder. It's the folder that Amazon uses for downloaded content. Once you've opened the book for the first time it will appear in your 'My Kindle Content' folder in My Documents (as Browni said) together with additional files used to record the furthest page you've read and any notes you've created.

    Note: By default AppData is a hidden folder. To un-hide it, do this:
    1. Open File Explorer.
    2. In the File menu, select Change folder and search options.
    3. Click on the View tab.
    4. Change the Hidden files and folders option to Show hidden files, folders and drives.
    5. Click on the Apply button.
    6. Click on the Apply to Folders button.
    7. Click on the Yes button in the confirmation dialog that appears.
    8. Click on the OK button to dismiss the Folder options dialog.
    9. Copy/paste the following into the navigation box then press RETURN (ENTER).
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      %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Amazon\Kindle\application\content
    This should take you directly to the correct folder BUT see c. below.

    b. RetiredGeek is quite right about the format but I have books downloaded from Amazon at the beginning of this year which are still in the older .AZW format, so Amazon may not have converted all available books to the newer .AZW3 format.

    c. AZW3/AZW files are protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM) so - sorry - you can't just copy them from one device to another. Instead, you have to download them from Amazon to any additional device(s). (Note: The following screenshots use Win 7 but should look very similar using Win 10.)

    1. Log into Amazon.
    2. In the Kindle Store, click on Manage Your Content and Devices.
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    3. Click on the ... button next to a book you want to deliver to an additional device.
    4. Click on the Deliver link.

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    5. Select the additional device(s) you want to deliver the book to and then click the Deliver button.

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    6. The book should be delivered to the device(s) OTA (Over The Air), i.e. via wifi.
    Hope this helps...
    Last edited by Rick Corbett; 2016-08-15 at 13:27.

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    Amazon will also deliver MOBI files [ .mobi ], which can be DRM-free.

    Fyi Amazon has an .epub to .mobi converter called KindleGen, useful if you need to convert EPUBs for reading on Kindle.
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