No magic, just a Web-browser tweak and a related service. BookDrop adds a browser bookmark and creates its own subdirectory within Dropbox. Into it you can import ebooks from other regions of your drive. Or you can do the reverse and use Dropbox commands to export to the book-drop subdirectory within /Apps.
BookDrop works with “any .epub, .mobi, .pdf, .azw, .cbr, .cbz, .txt, .rif, .doc, .docx, .htm, .html, .gif, .png, .bmp, .jpg” or .jpeg file.
The quality, once non-Bezos-blessed formats are Kindle-ized, will not be top-notch in all cases.
And you’ll won’t enjoy the typographical control that you do with the Calibre ebook manager so dear to us at TeleRead.
But then again you could always feed BookDrop some files already-tweaked in ePub, with features such as all-text bolding. As an aside, all-text bolding is a handier capability than ever for Calibre. Even Amazon’s top-of-the-line Voyage and the new third-generation Kindle Paperwhite need more contrast between text and background, at least in my opinion, based on screenshots I’ve seen online.
Supported formats for BookDrop include “.epub, .mobi, .pdf, .azw, .cbr, .cbz, .txt, .rtf, .doc, .docx, .htm, .html, .gif, .png, .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg.” As expected, BookDrop can’t convert DRM-tainted files.
Please remember that since the files are emailed, they won’t show up on your Kindle immediately. Also, you’ll need to make sure your WiFi or other connection is on. It’ll might also help to use the “Sync and check for new items” command or the equivalent.
Needless to say, you’ll be the mercy of your Internet connection. I have a 100-Mbps connection, so this wasn’t as much of a factor as it might be for others.
Speaking of speed, I don’t know if there are any limits on the rate at which you can transfer books from Dropbox to your Kindle. But if not, or if the limits aren’t so bad, this might be one way around the annoying restrictions that you may be up against at some major e-mail services, due to their anti-spam precautions.
What’s more, BookDrop could be a useful stopgap while you’re working out the complexities of other transfer methods.
Plus, you can use BookDrop to share files with friends within the limits of copyright laws.
So what do you think, gang? Give BookDrop a try and let me know if you see possibilities here. I do.
The Dream Team: What if Calibre and BookDrop teamed up to make BookDrop an integral part of the former? Perhaps Calibre would focus on the conversion and BookDrop on the transfer. If nothing else, it would be wonderful if BookDrop worked with an existing Dropbox folder that Calibre used. Book by book, you could specify which ones were destined for your Kindle—or select them all.