Moderated Re: kindle books conversion to plain text files

Adrian Spratt


I understand why you post this reply, but I'd be wary of giving this kind of legal advice, as should Sean. There are copyright issues, but also contractual. On the other hand, the fair use doctrine can be more generous than either of you indicate. It can be helpful to think of how people handle hardcover editions. I am no expert in this area, either. I just want to be sure listers aren't misled. For anyone wishing to learn more, I'm afraid I must refer you to Google or your local friendly copyright lawyer.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Richard Turner
Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 5:49 PM
Subject: Re: kindle books conversion to plain text files

Actually, so long as you purchased the book, there is no copyright violation to convert it for your own use.
If you then share that file with someone who has not purchased the book, you are violating copyright law.

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-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Sean Murphy
Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 1:54 PM
Subject: Re: kindle books conversion to plain text files


I’d be very careful in what you’re discussing here as you are potentially breaking copyright or Terms and conditions. If you’re trying to read a Kindle on a iOS or android device you can always use the mobile kindle app. It works fine and you read a whole book.

My experience is the part

On 9 Apr 2020, at 6:25 am, Alan Lemly <walemly@...> wrote:

I don't know about Dean but reading a Kindle book converted to ePub in Voice Dream Reader provides much more functionality and voices than reading it with the Kindle app. I don't read that many Kindle books but this extra functionality makes the few minutes of conversion effort worth it to me. And as they say, different strokes for different folks.

Alan Lemly

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Van
Lant, Robin via
Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2020 12:15 PM
Subject: Re: kindle books conversion to plain text files

Why are you not just using the Kindle app for iPhone? It's perfectly accessible and works really well. That's the only way I read Kindle books. Just curious why you'd go through all the extra hoops of converting them to text if they are already accessible with chapter navigation and such in the IOS app.


-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Dean
Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 5:03 AM
Subject: Re: kindle books conversion to plain text files

Like David, I have no desire whatsoever to read on my pc. Unfortunately, it is an either/or situation with Kindle. Either you read books on the computer, in which case you can use the latest Kindle for Pc which has screen reader features, or you use Codex, which requires the older Kindle for PC version which does not. I choose the latter. I convert Kindle books into .txt or .epub effortlessly, and read them on my braille device or on and iPhone using Voice Dream Reader. Getting this process set up is a little tricky, but once that small hurdle is overcome, Kindle is wonderful.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of David
Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:21 AM
Subject: Re: kindle books conversion to plain text files

Hello. Codex continues to work but in order to use it you must use an earlier version of the Kindle for PC software which will not work at all with screen readers. This is a tradeoff I am willing to make as I have no desire to be tethered to my computer in order to read a book and prefer to use my iPhone. However, for several reasons I acknowledge that this is not an ideal situation for some people and that being able to use a Windows computer to read Kindle content may be preferable and even necessary.

On 4/7/2020 5:40 PM, Sue J. Ward wrote:
Hello. I noticed a post in reading kindle books using jaws don't know
if it has been posted to the web training on demand yet, think it is
going to be covered this Thursday April 9. I was wondering if you
download books from the kindle store and you want to convert them so
you can read in notepad what does everyone use since back in 2016
codex worked really well on my machine it does not work anymore, and
since we are in the year 2020 what other programs can you use to
convert the books from the kindle format to a plain text file? Thanks
for any help.

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