STILL trying to read Kindle purchases in LingQ

cheska99 us United States

For those of you who have mastered the dark art of reading your Kindle books in LingQ, I need more help. I have managed to get the deDRM plugin loaded into Calibre and to get a Kindle book loaded into Calibre, but I can't figure out what to do next. Some instrux I've found online indicate that the plugin should immediately detect the Kindle book and word it's magic automatically, but I don't find that's the case. How do I run the plugin so I can render the Kindle book into a state that enables Calibre to convert it to a form LingQ can read?

July 26 at 14:39
    • ftornay es Spain

      After you install the plugin and open the book (it shouldn't already be in your library), can you read it from Calibre? If so, you should be able to convert it into some Lingq-readable format (I find mobi works better) and then import it

      July 26 at 15:41
  • benscheelings nl Netherlands

    If the plugin has done its work you can find the book in epub format in the calibre library: this pc/documents/calibrelibrary/name of the author/title of the book . When you start the import procedure by clicking on the + symbol in LINGQ, then on import ebook, you go there (=to the title of the book in the calibrelibrary) and click on the title.

    July 26 at 17:42
    • cheska99 us United States

      Updating my long journey with this process. I've managed to get three books into Lingq readable form from Kindle, but ironically not the one I most want to read. This time I tried to put it through Calibre and got the message shown below.

      This is an Amazon KFX book. It cannot be processed. See for information on how to handle KFX books.

      Any thoughts?

      July 31 at 13:12
      • benscheelings nl Netherlands

        Hi Cheska, I suppose that you got those three books into Lingq after having successfully de-drmed them. Am I right?

        As for the KFX book, on that mobileread site they give four methods you could try. Personally, I'd try the fourth one.

        July 31 at 15:00
        • cheska99 us United States

          Thanks again. I'll give the fourth method a try tomorrow.

          I got the other books into Calibre and presumably the deDRM plugin automatically did its work as when I tried to convert them to txt format, it worked fine. I just can't figure out why Calibre is changing its behavior now.

          July 31 at 21:34
      • ricardopietrobon us United States

        @cheska99 I have been converting kindle books for a few months now, never had a problem. the key to get it to work is to use an old version of the kindle software. While I don't recall which version is the latest to still work for all conversions, 1.17 for mac does work (that's the one I have).

        September 16 at 01:24
        • Estruch us United States

          But how does one get an older version of the Kindle software for Mac? I am running the Sierra and have the most updated version of the Kindle software. How do I revert?

          September 16 at 01:28
          • ricardopietrobon us United States

            @Estruch I don't recall where I got my file (I saved it Dropbox in case I have to reinstall to another mac), but this site has a link for the software and also seems to confirm that 1.17 is the way to go for the mac OS: . I don't know what the version should be for pcs, but this should be easy to google.

            to make it even more specific, here are the steps I follow::

            1. install kindle for mac (1.17), open the ebook you bought, and then go get the corresponding file (the place where the ebook file is stored is listed under settings, also allowing you to change it)

            2. install calibre and the latest version of the drm plugin . Open the ebook file you got from your kindle 1.17 through calibre, the drm plugin will kick in automatically and remove the drm, allowing you to open your book in calibre. then select the book, hit convert, choose epub (this is the format I use, works well), and then once the conversion is over calibre will show a hyperlink to epub. right click the epub link and save the epub file to your desktop

            3. open the lingq page in the language that matches your ebook, and import the file. if you try to import more than one epub file at once, lingq will choke. lingq will also break your book into a ton of lessons, which is not ideal since it is hard to find individual books once you get several ebooks imported to lingq (I don't have a solution for that other than creating bookmarks outside lingq).

            one more tip: kindle won't allow you to buy books from kindle stores outside of the country you registered as your residence. for example, if my address is in the US I can only buy books here, but not at However, if you change your address to France (you just pick a random delivery address in, say, Paris, but keep your credit card address as is), you can buy ebooks there and go through the exact process described above. all of your previous ebooks will be brought together in your reader. Once you're done buying from the foreign kindle store, just switch back to your original address to avoid sending physical merchandise there. The page to change addresses is and then click on country/region settings.

            once you have the software and amazon addresses fully set, it's super fast to go from buying a book in any amazon country and start reading your book in lingq.

            September 17 at 01:20
            • Estruch us United States

              @Ricardopietrobon, Thank you so much for this info!

              September 17 at 02:15
            • ricardopietrobon us United States

              I just wanted to provide an update on this post with a couple of tricks I learned over the past few months:

              1. From time to time, my mac will update my kindle software, and then the exported files can no longer be converted to epub. I haven't looked into how I could block this automated update, but another solution (which I use) is to simply uninstall and then install 1.17 again

              2. lingq has an eternal bug where it won't import files that have long names, and the files exported from kindle will frequently have very long file names. The solution is simple: just rename the name to something short and with a single name.

              April 09 at 01:04
  • cheska99 us United States


    September 12 at 12:50
  • scgrant176 us United States

    I haven't tried the Calibre method, but I found a work around. I highlight a page in the Kindle book and it is automatically saved to the Notes and Highlights page at Amazon. Then I just copy and paste that highlight into a lesson page on LingQ. It makes a nice small lesson with about 5 or 6 parts. I read that in LingQ and then load the next page. It's a little slow, but it works. I don't do anything with the DRM as Amazon handles all of that.

    September 12 at 18:17
    • t_harangi us United States

      This method will work for a few chapters in the book, but eventually you'll reach a copy/paste limit set by Amazon or the publisher at which point you can no longer copy from that book.

      September 12 at 18:21
      • scgrant176 us United States

        That's sad.

        September 12 at 20:27
      • scgrant176 us United States

        At what point did you hit this limit? I'm up to twelve pages so far and have not hit a stopping point. I delete the highlighting each time I import a lesson, so maybe Amazon only sees that as one highlight? I'm going to keep going and see if I hit a stopping point. It's slow, but so far, so good.

        September 13 at 01:39
        • t_harangi us United States

          If I remember correctly it was a fairly large chunk of text, maybe up to ten chapters’ worth but eventually I reached the limit. But it might depend on the book and the publisher. Some books are sold without DRM, even on Amazon.

          September 13 at 04:43
  • t_harangi us United States

    As I mentioned before, this is a bit of a moving target. It will depend also on your OS version and the version of the Kindle app you're using etc. In my case, I have to keep an older version of the Kindle app on my computer in an alternate folder which downloads books with an older type DRM than the latest version. This is unfortunately the kinda trouble shooting you have to do sometimes to make this process work.

    I highly recommend you search for workarounds on more techie forums.

    September 12 at 18:27
  • Estruch us United States

    I have struggled with this for so long, I am finally about ready to give up. I keep seeing so many posts that say "just download Calibre and the DeDRM plug in and it is easy." But I have spent hours on this and have had no success. Clearly there is more to it than that. And judging by the number of posts I have seen from those who have not been able to get it to work, it is obviously not as simple as people make it sound. I have have looked up several websites and followed their directions every step of the way and still get error messages.

    It is really frustrating because I love the idea of importing books to read in Lingq. I find the Lingq approach fantastic for me, but I really just don't care for most of the content that is there. I am coming to the realization that I can duplicate most of the Lingq experience just using my kindle, an imported Spanish/English dictionary, and the highlighter feature. I simply use different colors of highlighter to represent the different levels of comprehension.

    The thing I still miss out on though is the ability to have words I have previously encountered highlighted when I come across them later. So my Kindle workaround is only useful when I re-read a chapter. I don't get the word count either of course, but to some extent that is just a form of external motivation and doesn't really mean anything in terms of my abilities. I don't really need that, I am pretty self motivated with my language learning. But the ability to have all my reading material in one place with words lingqing across various materials is something I miss.

    I just wish someone who has been able to get this to work could really post a thorough, easy to follow, step by step way to import using Calibre for those of us who may not be as tech-savvy as those who have made it work. I would be eternally grateful for something like that.

    September 16 at 01:39
    • t_harangi us United States

      What version of operating system do you have and what version of Kindle software are you using?

      September 16 at 02:23
    • ricardopietrobon us United States

      @Estruch check my other response, your step by step is there.

      September 17 at 01:34
  • DantesGhost us United States

    I just want to mention another option. This method costs but was worth the money to me. I used to do the Calibre plugin method but it often seemed hit and miss in seeing my kindle books. The method I use now is a program called Epubor and I think it is about 20 to 25 usd. It works quickly and flawlessly every time. The only caveat is that like maybe others mentioned, you have to keep a version of Kindle that is version 1.17 and also uncheck the option for it to update automatically. If mine updates, I just uninstall and reinstall.

    Epubor Ultimate has a 30 trial so maybe you might be able to do the one book you want without buying it... but again I don't know what limitations the trial has.

    good luck.

    September 16 at 04:10
    • cheska99 us United States

      Thank you for this tip. I've downloaded the program and am trying to get a Kindle title from my computer to its drag and drop window so I can convert the text to something lingq can recognized. If you have any more tips for me, please share them!

      April 15 at 21:00