Recovering Ebook Central download annotations

As described in Downloaded Ebook Central ebooks lose their highlighting annotations when the ebook expires.  Proquest (the supplier of Ebook Central) advise that this is a result of the software apps used to read the downloaded ebook and that they can only support ebook use online, through the Ebook Central platform.   A student has now suggested a way of recovering the annotations on desktop and laptop computers.

Disclaimer – We have been unable to test the method because we have no annotated, expired downloads available, we cannot guarantee it will work for everyone, we cannot accept responsibility for any problems that might occur as a result, and we cannot see how you would work on a mobile device where file locations for saved/cached files are notoriously difficult to access.

The method described was:

  1. Re-download the same ebook again (this requires a copy to be available to download);
  2. You will now have two copies of the book in your ‘My Digital Editions’ folder on your computer (e.g. C:\Users\YourName\Google Drive\My Documents\My Digital Editions); typically the re-downloaded file has a “-1” at the end of the filename;
  3. Locate the annotations folder (e.g. C:\Users\YourName\Google Drive\My Documents\My Digital Editions\Annotations), make a copy of the previous ebook annotations file and rename the copy to match the naming structure of your new downloaded.  In most cases, this will involve adding  “-1” to the end of the filename.

This reportedly should make all your previous annotations available in the newly downloaded version.

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  1. […] Update 14.12.16 – A student has suggested a method of retrieving annotations from previous copies of ebooks downloaded from Ebook Central onto a laptop or desktop computer, which is described here. […]

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