help converting book in Calibre
If your computer is an Apple and you have updated Calibre, you need noDRM because deDRM does not work on Apple systems using the latest Calibre releases.
possibly you updated calibre to the latest version and the plugin is not yet compatible? I had it once and think I went back to a previous calibre version.
I usually do the "download to USB" as I have an old kindle as well. I do also have DeDRM plugin installed in Kindle. 7.2.1 to be exact. My calibre version is old too...5.29.0.
I believe the last time I installed this software after building a new machine it didn't work for me initially either. I *think* it didn't work until I added my kindle serial number. I don't recall ever seeing this in any steps described somewhere so it's possible something just went a little haywire on that first attempt on the new machine. In any event, I entered by kindle serial # by going to the DeDRM plugin (go to preferences, plugins, and check user installed plugins).
Double click the plugin and it will open a popup. I clicked the eInk Kindle Ebooks button and entered my serial number there. After that everything worked and I haven't touched the software since (still convert books but have not updated anything).
Maybe try that. Also, convert to Mobi if not otherwise doing that.
If that doesn't work you'll have to go a slightly different route.
Either try epubor (some have had success with this). https://www.epubor.com/ultimate.html
Or install a particular old version of kindle and then try to use the Calibre/DeDRM. Instructions here:
Pay attention! I believe it will try to update the kindle version right away. You want to change the setting so that it won't automatically update, but I think sometimes it may beat you to it. (Perhaps you could unplug from the internet before you start it and turn the auto update setting off).
Thank you all for the replies. Maybe Calibre updated without me knowing it, but honestly I just downloaded it the other day. I'm not sure how to find out what version it is.
My deDRM plugin is an older version because that is what was linked in a earlier post. I believe version 7--- I can try to download the new one. But it worked before, so I thought it was fine.
Now that I think about it, maybe it didn't really work beofre as the other book I converted said "no DRM" inside the book. So maybe it just didn't have DRM (even though I bought it from Amazon.)
I don't actually have the Kindle app. I download the book directly from the web. Then I dragged it to Calibre.
I think the problem I'm having is with Calibre because Calibre won't open the book at all because it has DRM, even though I installed the deDRM plugin and I see it in the plugin list. I'm going to try to install the 7.2.1 plugin and see if that works.
I do have a a (maybe stupid) question-- (sorry I'm not extremely tech savvy) --once I unzip the deDRM zip file, which file do I upload to Calibre? I think last time I did the .zip file and it seemed to work, but at first I was confused as I thought it would be zipped and not work. But I guess since I had unzipped it it works? I see the plugin in the plugin list.
Ok, I just installed the 7.2.1 plugin and unfortunately it didn't work.
I am trying to double click the plugin to add my Kindle serial number (though not sure where that is yet.) But every time I click on it Calibre shuts down.
Here are some relatively recent instructions on calibre and dedrm plugin installation so maybe these will get rid of the issues you're seeing with calibre shutting down:
To find out your serial number for your kindle device:
1. go to amazon.com
2. in the upper right-ish area, hover over "Hello, XXX, Accounts and Lists" and when the popup shows up go to "content and devices".
3. From this screen there's kind of a menu in the middle of the page that is titled with "Manage content and devices". To the right of that is a "tab" that says devices. Click on that.
4. You should see your kindle device listed. Click on that. There'll be a popup with some basic information. Click on that popup. This will take you to more details on the device including the serial number.