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Familiar Diversions

I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

Currently reading

Jane Jensen: Gabriel Knight, Adventure Games, Hidden Objects (Influential Video Game Designers)
Jennifer deWinter, Carly A. Kocurek, Anastasia Salter
Invader: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 2
Daniel Thomas May, Audible Studios, C.J. Cherryh
Progress: 774/997 minutes
The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't
Robert I. Sutton
Progress: 6/210 pages
The Listerdale Mystery and Eleven Other Stories
Agatha Christie, Hugh Fraser
Progress: 3/6 minutes
The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality
Julie Sondra Decker
The Mystic Marriage
Heather Rose Jones
Progress: 302/426 pages
Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
Kazuto Tatsuta
Progress: 448/553 pages
The Naked Sun
Isaac Asimov
Progress: 20/187 pages
Fluency
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages

Where am I going wrong?

Those of you who download Amazon e-books and then convert them to another file format: where am I going wrong? I've only done it twice so far, and both times involved more steps than I expected for something I've been told is "easy."

 

First off, "Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited" means DRM-free, yes? If so, both books were DRM-free, which should have been a regular file conversion in Calibre. I've done that before. Unfortunately, it turned out to be more complicated than that.

 

My steps: I couldn't figure out how to download directly from Amazon's "Your Media Library" page, so I downloaded the books to Kindle for PC. I could import them into Calibre, and the file sizes were right, but when I tried to open the books all I got were the cover images and a bit of white space. I can't convert a book I can't even properly load. The only thing that's worked for me is finding an online mobi-to-epub converter, using that, and then loading the resulting file into Calibre. I've never heard of anybody who uses Calibre needing a step like that, so I figure I must be doing something wrong.