KDEASY: free, sophisticated management for your Kindle
Update: I can not recommend the use of this software at this time. I asked an apparent representative about the purported ability to copy a book from one Kindle to another and read it. If the book is protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management), as most books in the Kindle store are, that should not work. Stripping the DRM would generally be illegal under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 1998 in the USA, as I understand it. The response I got was,
“As per your question, “If KDEasy is used to transfer a book from one Kindle to another, how is it able to be read on the other Kindle?”
I don’t think it’s a good idea to discuss a lot about this, however, you can have a try. 🙂
We create this program to make Kindle easier to use, that’s our goal.”
Not wanting to talk about something which is possibly a crime makes me too uneasy about the product to suggest you use it.
One of the issues people have had with Kindles since the beginning is managing the content.
Some people keep thousands of books on one device. That’s not my style: I tend to keep about ten (maybe twenty) Kindle store books on a device…I keep the rest in the Cloud. That’s not going to work for everybody. Part of it depends on how accessible wi-fi is to you. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and even when I’m away from home, wi-fi is often there for me.
Even in my case, though, the interface provided by Amazon for a Kindle is nothing to Periscope home about. 😉
A lot of people use
a free program to manage e-books. I’ve tried it, and it works, but it still isn’t really Kindle focused.
I had recently flipped an article mentioning
and I was approached by the company (I wasn’t given any compensation or anything from them, just a suggestion I look at it and an offer to answer questions).
They call KDEASY a “toolkit”, and that’s a good description.
It’s a free program you download to your computer (PC or Mac). Then, you connect your Kindle to your computer and you can use the software. Oh, they list the supported models this way:
“Kindle 3(Keyboard), Kindle 4(5-way controller), Kindle Touch, Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite (2). With firmware version under and not include 5.4.5”
I haven’t used it as much as I’d like yet, but I wanted to go ahead and give you information about it now. I may write about it again in the future.
The download was easy. I did need to make sure I had a device with a USB port and a compatible operating system. 🙂 That shouldn’t be a problem for most people.
It did want to update the operating system on my
That went quite smoothly, but honestly, it made me a bit uncomfortable. Will what it did interfere with updates from Amazon in the future? I honestly don’t know that yet. If it did, I’d reset the Paperwhite to factory defaults…it doesn’t take me long to restore it. I don’t believe I have violated the Terms of Service at this point…my guess is that it didn’t modify Amazon’s software, but added new things.
Note that you have to have the Kindle plugged into the computer when you launch KDEASY for it to work.
It asked to back up my books, which I allowed it to do (to my computer). Even if you have thousands of books, that’s not going to be a ton of memory on most computers…unless you have a lot of graphically intense items (picture books, graphic novels, magazines).
The program looks nice…the graphics are good, it’s easy to read.
There are five main functions:
- Free Books
In this first post, I’ll just look at the library function. What do the others do (which I plan to cover in later posts)?
- Collections lets you create Collections (essentially, book organizations tools, like folders) on the computer rather than on your Kindle…and then they will appear on the Kindle
- Cleaner not only “cleans up your device”, but downloads metadata (author, title) from major sources on the web
- Transfer is to transfer books between the Kindle and a computer, and from there to another Kindle. I haven’t yet tested their claim that “The transferred Kindle books can be read on any Kindle perfectly.” I’m also a bit concerned about the legality of that, at least in the USA. I’m not going to try that part of it until I do some more research
- Free Books: that’s a source for you to download free books from them to your device
Information on the library screen
- Available storage
- Books in kindle
- Serial Number
- Kindle Email Address
- “Jailbreaked” (yes or no)
- Wifi Address
- MAC Address
- Firmware Version
It’s quite nice to easily have that information available. It includes a picture of the device model.
On the library page it shows me the books, with covers.
If you double-click on a book, you can edit the metadata.
That’s something people really want to do!
It lets you change the way the author is listed, for example. Some publishers (who may be just authors) accidentally listed the name of the author backwards, so the Kindle then displays it in an alphabetical sort by first name instead of by last name…even though most books get it right.
A common thing for titles is that the publishers enter it in a way that a title sorts by the word “The” or “A” at the beginning of the title…you can fix that in the metadata.
You could also change the title of the book…hm, I suppose that might be a way to help “hide” certain titles when someone is glancing at your device.
You can additionally edit the publisher, the ISBN, the language, and the “Publish Date”. The last one might be useful, since the publication date is often when it appeared in the Kindle store, not when it was first published. So, a 19th Century title may look like it came out in the 21st Century.
I made a point of it saying “Publish Date” above, because I think it’s worth noting that the language is sometimes a bit off…perhaps written by someone for whom English was not the first language, or perhaps its just a non-American usage I don’t know.
You can also add a description.
I haven’t found the book description on the Kindle itself. My metadata changes were visible.
Here is what I would say at this point:
The concept is very good, and may make many of you love your Kindle more.
I’ve had some problems with the execution. I created a Collection on the computer. It appeared on my Kindle properly (showing the three books which I had added to it), but the Collection within KDEASY showed there were three books in it.
I’ve had trouble scrolling in the program on the computer…seeing my Collections in the sidebar navigation is difficult. I move the scrollbar, tried arrow up and down, page up and page down, and couldn’t get the one I wanted to display (typically, the Collections don’t move at all…sometimes it jumps to the bottom). In fact, looking at it now through Display Preferences, I’m not seeing that KDEASY Collection within KDEASY at all…and interestingly, while I was writing this article, it also disappeared from my Kindle.
My Kindle also appears to be running more slowly, and it froze at one point to where I had to restart it. Let me emphasize that I do not know if that’s because of this software: it could be a coincidence. It has only been happening since I started to use KDEASY, though.
Let me bottom line this for you for now. It’s not for the average user, who isn’t an early adopter willing to deal with technical imperfections.
If you are the adventurous sort, you may find this really interesting.
My guess at this point is that they’ll get things smoothed out, and that people will find it an attractive management option.
What do you think? If you do play around with it, please feel free to share your impressions with me and my readers by commenting on this post.