I had a very old Kindle which unfortunately became unusable. Too bad, I liked it. I replaced it with the Kindle Paperwhite. Before I exchanged the old one, I downloaded everything in the its folders/directories. Those include: • .active-content-data, • audible, • documents, • music, and • system.
I copied anything (including sub-folders) in them. I doubt I can do anything with the system folder. The music and audible were empty. The documents is where everything really was. For any given book, it has an azw3 file and then some/all/none of other filetypes, e.g. EA, HAN, APNX, MBP, PHL.
Questions: 1. Can I just copy the documents folder contents into the new Kindle's documents directory? Will that work? (I know they'll copy, but will the new Kindle recognize them?) 2. I usually keep it disconnected from WiFi. It seems harder to do that with this device. If I sync, what will it do with the files I've copied in that aren't known to Amazon? I download books from other sites like »www.manybooks.net/. What happens to those? What about personal files (pdf's) that have some legal stuff I do not want stored in the "cloud"?
I tried copying some of my files from my PC to the new Kindle. When I try to open them it comes back with a message saying it can't because they belong to a different user. . All of these should be tied to my amazon account, but apparently it thinks they are not. What now? And what about books from Manybooks? They weren't tied to my account at all that I know of. I downloaded those to my PC and then copied them to the (old) Kindle.
1. No. Amazon books are locked to any given device. You just download them a'fresh from your account. Make sure you registered the new device to the same account you used before.
2. These things are meant from the ground up to be connected devices. Anything you just load onto the device is up to you to backup. Same for third party books unless you use the Kindle Personal Document Service to add them to your Amazon archive. (Which I highly suggest.)
With the exception of non-drm-ed music or photos and third party non-drm-ed books, do not ever try to just copy stuff from one Kindle to another as it won't work.
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Thank you, J Penrose, for the information. I don't mind the extra effort of using my PC as the intermediary. My problem is that my old device broke so it was unusable. I couldn't "disconnect" it from Amazon's service. I don't see how to make the new device use the old name. When I try it tells me that device already exists. Well, yes but no! If I could get my new device to have the old name I think I could then copy all the files I had. I'm hoping I can get to actually talk to someone in Amazon/Kindle land and get them to understand that I no longer have the old device and I want my new one to be sync'd with the old one's name. Is there a contact phone number that you know of?
and you need to download the files from your Amazon Your Content and Devices page or from the All tab on the paperwhite. If you simply copy that folder to your new Kindle and overwrite the one on the device you could irreparably damage your New Paperwhite turning it into a paperweight instead of a reading device. Your are much better off downloading them properly and you can do it 200 books at a time by loading the Content page, clicking on Select All and then making your new Paperwhite the target.
And it's really easy to talk to Customer Service, but they will also tell you not to copy the files from one Kindle to another:
Help (link on the bottom of this page and the top and/or bottom of every Amazon webpage)
you don't need to use the same name and no, making the names the same will not allow you to copy all the files and have them work as it's some sort of internal identifier that's used.
. . . you need to download the files from your Amazon Your Content and Devices page or from the All tab on the paperwhite. If you simply copy that folder to your new Kindle and overwrite the one on the device you could irreparably damage your New Paperwhite turning it into a paperweight instead of a reading device. Your are much better off downloading them properly and you can do it 200 books at a time by loading the Content page, clicking on Select All and then making your new Paperwhite the target.
That doesn't do anything for the books I have from other sites. Amazon is not the only place in the world that delivers kindle books. On my old device, I could download a book and then just copy it to the documents folder on my Kindle. Didn't need WiFi; just connected via USB. Is that capability now gone?
no, it's not missing now, but you didn't mention that in your prior posts - all you mentioned was that you wanted to copy and over write the entire Documents folder. Those books you can copy, but it might be a good idea, for future new devices, to use either the Send to Kindle email option or the Send to Kindle app so you can also store those books on your Amazon account and easily download them to multiple devices from one spot. I have over 300 books from multiple other sources stored on my Amazon account.