So when KDeasy came across my desk last week, I was quick to dismiss it as simply being a poor man's alternative to calibre. But now that I have used it for a day I can see that it has value. The Windows software is still rough (there's also an OSX app), and the app doesn't do what I need, but KDeasy does have its strengths.
This tool offers a simple interface for managing the ebooks on your Kindle. It doesn't support any other device, it doesn't convert from other formats to the Kindle format, and it doesn't have any of the ancillary features found in calibre (plugins, gathering news posts, automation, etc).
While those might sound like deficiencies, they are also KDeasy's strengths.
KDeasy has a simple interface which is much less complicated than calibre and thus easier to use. It's Kindle-centric and won't let you do anything without a Kindle plugged in to your PC, but once I connected my Kindle Paperwhite I found it easy to use this tool.
It automatically scanned my Kindle, and on the Library screen it showed me all of the ebooks sitting on that Kindle. From this screen I can double click on a title and edit the metadata:
I can also delete books, select ebooks stored on my PC and load them in the Kindle, or change the cover image.
I know that doesn't sound very impressive, but the lack of features results in a simple interface which is easy to use. Calibre's more complex interface is much more confusing, thus leading to a greater chance of errors.
And KDeasy isn't just simple; it's also automatic. One of the other menus is the Cleaner menu.
Here is where you can tell KDeasy to fix the metadata for your ebooks. The Cleaner only works so long as the screen is visible, but it doesn't actually take that long to run through a few dozen ebooks.
There's also a menu for managing collections, but I can't use it because I am running a firmware later than v5.6.
And last but not least there's a Transfer menu. This is where you can copy some or all of the ebooks off of your Kindle and on to your PC, or vice versa, or from one Kindle to another. This includes the X_Ray, annotation, and other sidecar files, making this the equivalent of backing up the ebooks.
The Transfer menu is not fast, and obviously DRM will be an issue when transferring from one Kindle to another, but this is an easy way to back up the contents of your Kindle.
KDeasy is only a couple weeks old. While it's not a bad tool, it's not without its issues.
- There's no option to drag&drop ebooks and load them on to your Kindle. Similarly, pressing the delete key on your KB won't let you delete files.
- When you load an ebook on to your Kindle, KDeasy does not create a backup copy in its own folders; it only cares about the copy you put on the Kindle.
- The Cleaner didn't fix the disappointing cover images; so long as they were present they were ignored.
- The Transfer menu defaults to the User/Name folder, and not a subfolder. You'll want to choose a folder, otherwise all of the files transferred to your PC will make a mess of the clean and neat organization.
And most importantly, KDeasy is Kindle-centric.
Where calibre is an ebook library tool, KDeasy is only interested in managing ebooks as they relate to your Kindle. It has no option for managing the files you transferred off of your Kindle, and it doesn't exactly make it easy to add more ebooks to your Kindle.
That complete disinterest in the ebook files on your PC makes KDeasy only half as useful as it could be. In fact, aside from the ability to see and edit metadata, KDeasy isn't much more useful in its current state than the file manager in Windows.
KDeasy is simpler than the file manager, though, and that could be enough for some users.
I, however, need Epub support and so I will have to pass.
Have you tried the app? What did you think?