I have the same issue. I have paid almost the full price for some of my Kindle books and would like the kind of functionality I enjoy with physical books for my money. But I can't even read them downstairs on the PowerPC Mac Mini in the living room because the software doesn't support it. I can only read my books on the Intel Mac upstairs. I can't print pages of my books. I can't even copy and paste quotes from them. I didn't get much for the money I paid, did I, if I can't do any of these things and can't even choose which machine and software I use to view them?
I shan't be buying any more. It's a rip-off. Someone is saving a lot of money not having to pay to produce a physical book for me. Everything seems loaded in their favour.
I can't find any folder anywhere on my Mac called 'My Kindle Content'. Has Amazon hidden the location of these files? I don't like to think I have paid content somewhere on my computer that I cannot look after properly because I don't know where it is. I've tried searching for book titles, the names 'Amazon' and 'Kindle;, and none of these searches produces anything relevant. Is it possible that I don't even get an electronic copy of my books, but that they are stored somewhere on-line now?
@frannbug: There is no mystery, or conspiracy, as to where Kindle files are stored on your Mac. Just look at Documents/My Kindle Content.
I can't even copy and paste quotes from them. I didn't get much for the money I paid, did I, if I can't do any of these things and can't even choose which machine and software I use to view them?
Are you not aware of the notes/highlight feature on the Kindle? Your notes and highlights are stored at https://kindle.amazon.com/
You can easily copy, paste, save as a text file, etc. This is one of the features I appreciate the most as I read a lot of non-fiction books and I am a compulsive note taker/highlighter.
But I can't even read them downstairs on the PowerPC Mac Mini in the living room because the software doesn't support it.
To use current applications, you must keep your hardware reasonably up to date. It is a waste of time, frankly, to debate why ANY application does not support EVERY piece of legacy hardware.
I can't print pages of my books.
Obviously wholesale printing would violate copyright. But if you need to print a few pages for fair use, you can easily make screen shots on your Mac. I've done this, e.g., when I needed to share a passage with a student.
I have paid almost the full price for some of my Kindle books and would like the kind of functionality I enjoy with physical books for my money.
You will never be happy with ebooks if this is your goal as the functionality is very different. Why not just buy paper books?
I can't find any folder anywhere on my Mac called 'My Kindle Content'. Has Amazon hidden the location of these files?
Cmd+Space, or click the magnifying glass at the top right of your screen to bring up Spotlight. Type "My Kindle" and the top hit will be your Kindle folder. Hover to see the full path, click to go there. If ever you're having trouble finding anything on your Mac, use Spotlight. It's brilliant.
Just in case anyone else is as confused about it as was I, I have finally found my Kindle books which are stored on my computer in a folder just called 'eBooks'. I've no idea why they are not in a folder called 'My Kindle' but there you go. If you can't find anything under 'Kindle', try searching for 'eBooks'.
It certainly should not be a hidden file - my advice is to not go down that road.
The odds are you might be looking in your local Library directory:
/Users/YourUserName/Library/Application Support/Kindle/My Kindle Content.
There's also a a system Library off the root directory
/Library/Application Support/Kindle/My Kindle Content
which is where mine is - likely yours as well. There's an easy way to determine where this directory is by using the Terminal and the "locate" command. We know the directory is called "My Kindle Content", so open a terminal window and type verbatim (quotes included):
locate "My Kindle Content"
and your particular location should be revealed.
Everyone says that this should be easy to find, but it's not. On my iMac, I looked in finder under my username directory and there is no folder called library or application support or kindle content. I searched for all those and ebooks using spotlight. No joy. I don't know anything about terminal so I didn't use it. I did finally locate my books and moved them to a place that I can now locate with finder (and I assume spotlight). Here is what I did:
Open the Kindle app.
Click Kindle on the menue bar, then preferences. - This window that popped up told me that my content files were exactly where people have been saying they are supposed to be. The problem is that I still cannot locate this folder.
I clicked the "change" button and created a folder (I put it in documents - you can put it where ever you like) and called it KindleBooks.
The Kindle app moved or copied all the files to the new folder which I can now locate and access with no problems.
I don't know why my computer is different from what seems like 99% of other mac users. Perhaps it is connected to the hard drive recall. Can't imagine why or how, just throwing out an idea.
"Apple has determined that certain Seagate 1TB hard drives used in 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac systems may fail. These systems were sold between October 2009 and July 2011." http://www.apple.com/support/imac-harddrive/
If you use the Mac App Store version it's now located here: ~/Library/Containers/com.amazon.Kindle/Data/Library/Application Support/Kindle/My Kindle Content
This is using Kindle app version 1.10.3 and running 10.8.2
If you access it often drag the "My Kindle Content" folder to the left hand sidebar of finder for easy access.