4 Responses to “How Safe Is Your Romance Collection from Retailer Raids?”

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  1. Robyn Larson

    I have backed up all my books onto a external hard drive. I learned the hard way a long time ago, when I was buying books from Elloras Cave. My hard drive crashed and all on it was lost. Luckily Elloras actually resent all the books that were still there and I down loaded them again. I had about 800 books at that time. So now I back up back and back that up.

    • Yours sounds like a sensible plan, Robyn.

      I have redundancies at least two layers deep, and having two computers (desktop + laptop) that share the same files gives me peace of mind.

      But it’s frightening how many people rely just on their ebook reader and that reader’s retailer to keep all their books for them.

      I know of at least one ebook retailer — Fictionwise — who has already gone out of business and told everyone they’re SOL on their books if they were only keeping them on the on-line shelf space. I lost all my books that were DRM protected, there, because a technicality wouldn’t let me download them.

      There’s lots of people I know who keep their entire book collection on their Kindle or Kobo and don’t think about retailer crashes or their device dying….

      Cheers,

      Tracy

  2. Melanie

    How do I back up books bought through Amazon and are on my Kindle?

    • Hi Melanie:

      Once you’ve synchronized your Kindle with your main computer, search for the directory called “My Kindle Content”. That’s where your books are stored on your hard drive. Back that directory up to a secondary location, either using Windows Explorer, or Calibre, or whatever backup/synchronization program you prefer.

      Cheers,

      Tracy