Kindle trick

Hey, I’ve been using this method to read a book I have on Kindle on Lingq. Curious if anyone else has been using it or if anyone has come up with an easier way to put books in Kindle.

  1. Open the book in the Kindle app on your computer
  2. Screenshot a page
  3. Upload the screenshot to Google Drive
  4. Open the screenshot file with Google Docs, which automatically converts it to text
  5. Copy-paste the text into Lingq and create a lesson

Previously I had a much more bootleg way of doing this where I took an actual physical book, opened it to a particular page, used my phone to photograph the page, uploaded the photo to Drive, and then opened the photo file with Docs (and then repeated for all the pages I wanted), but the resulting text often had a lot of errors because of how difficult it is to take a really good photo of a page in a book (imagine using one hand to press an open book flat on a table and your other hand to photograph it - you can never hold it down perfectly flat and there’s always going to be little shadows and Docs isn’t great with that). The screenshot method works much better. Still takes a few minutes, but worth it if there’s a book you want to read in Lingq.


use calibre to remove the DRM and then import to Lingq. see for example: Help Converting Book In Calibre - Language Forum @ LingQ


The below trick mentioned by Peter was a game changer for many learners. Take a look at :

Since I had to configure a new Win 10 PC yesterday, I also had to install some software like Calibre, Kindle for PC, etc. So here is the procedure for creating Kindle-DRM-free e-books for a Win 10 system in a bit more detail:

  1. It´s crucial to use the older Kindle version 1.17, not a newer one! Then the conversion process to a DRM-free format should work just fine for many, but perhaps not for all Kindle e-books. Here you can download the Kindle for PC v 1.17 app: Kindle for PC 1.17 Build 44183 Download (Note: Disable the option “Install available updates automatically without asking” under “Tools - Options - General”, otherwise Kindle version 1.17 will be replaced by a newer one!).
  2. Install and open the Kindle app, click on the e-books in your Kindle library that you want to convert and download them to your hard disk (the default path is: C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\Documents\MYKindleContent)
  3. Download both Calibre and the plugin DeDRM (the newest versions should work just fine). Here is the link for DeDRM: Release v7.1.0 - Full release · apprenticeharper/DeDRM_tools · GitHub
  4. Unzip the DeDRM plugin to a folder, for example: “DeDRM_tools_7.1.0”.
  5. Start Calibre and add the plugin via "Preferences"by navigating to the folder “DeDRM_tools_7.1.0” and choosing the zip file “DeDRM_plugin” (
  6. Restart Calibre.
  7. Add a Kindle e-book that you downloaded in step 2 to Calibre. The default mode is to remove the Kindle book’s DRM immediately (in other words, you don’t have to do anything!).
  8. Convert the book with Calibre to an e-book format that LingQ can import, for example PDF (you can find the converted, DRM-free e-book in your Calibre library on your hard disk: How to Find and Change Calibre Library Location).
    Note: This is neither rocket science nor computer science, so any regular user should be able to follow the above procedure.
    Hope that helps & good luck
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For those needing to take physical photos, VFLAT works well. You can have another app do the OCR (Google) if you want to get past the 100 page to text limit per day. It takes time, but in some cases is necessary.

This has worked well for me with some books in Icelandic, Low German and Frisian where getting the ebook is nearly impossible.


Text recognition works out of the box on recent Apple devices:

Copy and pasting some Chinese text from a photo (of a photocopy) worked just fine for me. Accuracy seems to be great as well.


Even with Icelandic which has þ and ð (and áéíóúýæö) OCR is nearly perfect if the image and lighting are good.


Curious if anyone else has been using it or if anyone has come up with an easier way to put books in Kindle.

Much easier to export Kindle books to Calibre and remove the DRM (there are guides on how to do that) and then convert them to whatever format you like using Calibre.

Another way and much easier (but not more efficient) is exporting your Kindle highlights using an app like Readwise. But then you’re of course only limited to how much you can highlight in your book.

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Thanks everyone, I managed to get Calibre working and am reading Kindle PDFs in Lingq now. It’s truly a game-changer!