Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Calibre can Convert Kindle KFX to PDF/Epub/Mobi Now!

A good news we must share with you is that last week Apprentice Alf released a new version of the DeDRM tools with added support for KFX format, so now you can easily import KFX books to Calibre to create backups and convert them to other formats. So in this article I am going to show you how to remove DRM from KFX books and convert KFX to Mobi/Epub/PDF step by step.

But first we have to admit that the biggest inconvenience about using Calibre to remove DRM is that you have to install De-DRM Plugin and KFX Conversion Input Plugin to Calibre fisrt. And this is also the most difficult and also indispensable part to use Calibre to convert DRMed KFX books to Epub/PDF/TXT...
Step 1, download Calibre to your computer and launch it.
Step 2, download DeDRM_tools and KFX Conversion Input Plugin to your computer.
Step 3, load DeDRM Calibre Plugin and KFX Conversion Input Plugin to Calibre.
Open calibre's Preferences dialog. Click on the Plugins button. Next, click on the Load plugin from file button. Navigate to the unzipped DeDRM_tools folder and, in the folder DeDRM_calibre_plugin, find the file Click to select the file and select Open. Then click Yes in the "Are you sure?" dialog box. Click the OK button in the "Success" dialog box.
Then repeat the same operation to load the zipped KFX Input folder to Calibre.
Step 4, add Kindle KFX books to Calibre by clicking Add books in the tool bar.
You need to download KFX books with Kindle for PC/Mac or Kindle e-ink Reader first, then add KFX books from My Kindle Content folder or the Kindle's Document folder to Calibre manually. The book will be decrypted soon after you add it to Calibre library.
The KFX books downloaded with Kindle for PC/Mac will be saved in .azw format.

While the KFX books downloaded with Kindle device will be saved in .kfx format.
When you add KFX books to Calibre library, please make sure that your know exactly where your downloaded KFX books are stored on your computer.
If your KFX books are downloaded to your computer with Kindle for PC/Mac, you need to add KFX books to Calibre library from My Kindle Document folder.
If your KFX books are downloaded with Kindle e-ink Reader, then you need to add KFX books to Calibre library from Kindle’s Document folder.
Step 5, Convert KFX to Epub/Mobi/PDF
Click Convert books in the tool bar and choose Epub/Mobi/PDF/AZW3/TXT... as the output format and click OK to start the conversion.
The book will have two formats for you to choose from after the conversion.
Note: Though Calibre can remove DRM from KFX books , it still can't open decrypted KFX books.
How to Convert Kindle KFX to PDF/Epub/Mobi without Installing DeDRM Plugin
Epubor Ultimate is the first software to declare that it can remove DRM from KFX books not long after Amazon adopts the latest the KFX format. Epubor Ultimate equals an eBook DRM Removal and eBook Converter, which makes it super easy and convenient to decrypt and convert a bunch of books to EPUB, PDF or Mobi with just 2 clicks.
Step 1, download EpuborUltimate to your computer and launch it.
Step 2, download your KFX books to your computer with Kindle for PC/Mac. Or you can simply connect your Kindle e-ink device to your computer after you have downloaded the KFX books to your Kindle device.
Note: One cool thing about Epubor Ultimate is that it can automatically detect your downloaded KFX books in the left sidebar under Kindle or E-ink Device column.
Step 3, add the KFX books from the left to the right main window to remove DRM.
Step 4, choose PDF/Epub/Mobi/TXT/AZW3 as the output format and click Convert to PDF/Epub/Mobi/TXT/AZW3 to start the conversion.
If you have used Epubor software before, you should know what Epubor software is capable of. If you haven't used Epubor software before, now you can use the trial version to try it out by yourself.
Calibre VS. Epubor Ultimate
The DeDRM plugin for Calibre provides a free way to remove DRM from your Kindle and Adobe DRM ebooks. Though Epubor Ultimate is a paid software, it has absolute advantage over Calibre. First of all, you don't have to download the DeDRM plugins and the KFX Conversion Input Plugin. This could be a pain in the ass if you are a tech newbie. Second, Epubor Ultimate supports removing DRM from KFX books downloaded from Kindle e-Ink Reader. Third, Epubor Ultimate can automatically detect all of your downloaded Kindle books, so you don't need to add your downloaded KFX books to the software manually.
In a word, Calibre is not as easy as Epubor Ultimate, it's a little difficult to handle for some people who is not skillful. Epubor Ultimate can definitely save you a lot of trouble by converting DRMed books to Mobi/Epub/PDF... So it totally worths your money. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Kindle Firmware Update Package 5.9.5 is Available Now

On April  12th, Amazon has announced its new release of Kindle Firmware 5.9.5 for its Kindle devices which mainly improves the highlight functionality.

Now the Kindle firmware version 5.9.5  is available for most Kindle eReaders, including Kindle (7th and 8th generation), Kindle Oasis 1 and 2, Kindle Paperwhite (6th and 7the generation) and Kindle Voyage.

What's new at the Kindle Firmware 5.9.5?

1, It improves the highlight function which allows you to turn off the highlight menu when selecting a passage of text. This change will make the highlighting process faster and reasonable. You can make multiple highlights with less presses.
You can go to set this new function by this path>> Settings--Reading options--Highlights and About The Book--Highlight Menu.

2, It also mentioned the "Performance improvements and other general enhancements" in this update.

The update will automatically download and install to your Kindle devices if you have your wireless connection. But if you want to enjoy the new features of this new update, you can go to Amazon Kindle software update page to download it now.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

How to Convert VBK to PDF

VitalSource is the most popular and used e-textbook delivery platform in higher education with over 4 million users worldwide.

What's a VBK File?

VBK files are DRM-protected eBook files used by VitalSource Bookshelf, an eBook application used for reading purchased textbooks. Once you download eTextbook from VitalSource Bookshelf desktop or website, then the book will be saved in VBK format on your computer.

How do I Open a VBK File?
Since VBK files are all DRM-protected eBook files. So all of your VBK files can only be opened by VitalSource Bookshelf software registered under your account.
The Inconvenience of Printing VBK File
Thought VitalSource improves the learning experience by making it easier to create and deliver effective and affordable digital content, there’s still some limitation about VitalSource Bookshelf, like you can’t print your purchased VBK files as a whole PDF file. Instead you got to print one page at a time manually, which will be painful if a VBK files contains hundreds of pages.
How to Convert VBK to PDF
So here we are going to show you how to convert VBK to PDF with a super powerful software- Epubor VitalSource Downloader. Epubor VitalSource Downloader uses the VitalSource web viewer to scrape every page of the book and strips DRM from the book. It only requires one-click to download the whole book efficiently and save them as EPUB or PDF files.
Step 1, download EpuborVitalSource Downloader to your computer and launch it.
Note: If you are a trial version user, please close the registration window and use Epubor VitalSource Downloader directly.
Next input your VitalSource account and password in the log-in window. Then all of your ebooks will be displayed in the main window.
Step 2, click the book cover to download the book.
There will be a downloading progress bar on the top the window. And don't click on anything before the book was downloaded succeeded to your computer.
Step 3, it will pop up a reminding window when the book was successfully downloaded to your computer.
When you close the reminding window, it will pop up a window contains the DRM free ePub or PDF files.
If you get Vitalsource book downloaded as PDF format, you can print the downloaded PDF book as a whole with one-click! Even if you get the epub format books, you can read DRM free ePub on many devices. And Epubor VitalSource Downloader will allow you to convert the formats between PDF and Epub format in the near future.
So if you want your purchased e-textbooks at your disposal, then you must try the above method to remove DRM from your VBK files and get the DRM free ePub or PDF files.