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Old 04-14-2011, 05:49 PM   #15
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I have a wifi Kindle, and I think it's great. It costs about 1/7 what an iPad does, and it can go for months without recharging. I've had mine since Christmas, and have recharged it three times. I read with it daily, usually for an hour or so per session. Try doing that with an iPad. Just turn off the wifi (it drains the battery faster when it's on). I have about 1200 books on it now, and at current rate of reading, it will take me at least 3 years to read what I have. I downloaded all the books while at home, and used our wifi here to load it.
You don't have to use the Amazon account to download ebooks, I have them sent as attachments to an email account, and download them from there. Amazon will charge you a nominal amount for using their servers to download, but it is not needed.
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I went from a kindle to a nook so that I could borrow books from the library and save a bunch of money! Take a look at the nook before you buy.

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One nice part about ebooks is that many classics (pre-1923) are available for free online. Amazon carries many of them and has links to other locations that carry them as well.

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I have downloaded books from Gutenburg in mobi and read them on Kindle for PC. Can epub files be converted to mobi?

Amazon lists Gutenburg as well as other e-book collections that are free on the internet. I have also downloaded free classics from Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=amb_link...d_i=1286228011

Where do you download library e-books from? epub books?

I really like reading the first chapter of books and being able to download immediately.
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We have all our music on a 4th gen iPod and play it through our trailer's radio. We replaced the original radio with a $120 same Sony but newer version to add front input jack.

All our movies (collection slowly built up from Wal-Mart's and Circuit City's $5 bin and from gifts from family) and episodes are in CD wallets, played in our 17" Toshiba television with built-in dvd player, sound piped through the Sony's front input jack. Just doesn't seem worth the bother to rip movies and we like having the movies' cover info we keep stored with the dvd in the wallet pocket.

Our 16gb wifi iPad is great for browsing, reading, navigation, and is tops for email. Our iPod Touch, iPad, and Macbook calendar and address book all stay automatically synched all the time -- make a correction in any and it hits the others.

We have a couple of dozen books on the iPad and they work well enough. Both Kindle and eBooks work well on the iPad. The iPad definitely doesn't match a Kindle for usability including weight, screen view, and battery life but we are sort of deviced out without adding a Kindle and the iPad is adequate for books we want to download. Latest book is the Bible, in KJV and ASV both. Free app for the iPad and it works really well. Even red letter edition!

The Macbook is the best for writing, reading, and many on- and off-line tasks. Our Dell laptop burned us badly last year and is starting to get flaky again this year so we're glad we have the Mac and aren't putting Windows on the Mac to try and keep it clean.

XM radio pipes also pipes in through the Sony front input jack, especially important during NCAA March Madness -- our television probably won't have the games but XM has most major conferences for basketball and football. Oh yeah, and nice music and NPR programs too.

We use a Windows laptop for Quicken (Apple version of Quicken really sucks) and several ham radio applications that aren't available for Macbook.

We use a Verizon USB modem (760 but switching in next week or so to the 4G version) in our Cradlepoint CTR-500 mobile router. Just works so nicely. We can leave the router in the Airstream on towing days and pick up the wifi in the truck as we head down the road. Stronger signal if we plug the router into 12vdc in the truck and put it up in the back window on travel days. Rest of the time our Airstream is a mobile wifi hotspot with support for any express card or usb modem device. Signal strength is adjustable and wifi security is robust.

The iPad isn't a replacement for a laptop, in our experience so far. Some sites don't work with the iPad, including ones with Adobe Flash applications. The iPad is great but we find most comfort having it with the Mac lurking nearby somewhere when we're mobile.

Paperback books can't be beat -- we keep 6-12 of them on hand and swap for ones we haven't read when we stop in campgrounds or laundromats. Paperbacks don't weigh much, we find great titles sometimes, and they're easy to carry. And they cost us the same as our books so far downloaded to the iPad -- all free.

Would love to shed the Windows laptop but without running Windows on our Mac we'll have to keep some kind of Windows machine for the foreseeable. So, two laptops, an iPad, a Touch, an old iPod. And, of course, they all use different wall-warts (at least all the Apple stuff uses the same cords).
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A great open source freeware program for managing eBooks of all formats is Calibre. You can convert formats, assign cover art, manage syncing, and lots of other things. You can also use it as a reader on your computer. It's also multi platform, OS X, Windows, and FauX. (What I call Linux—it's not really Unix, it's faux Unix, but that's another forum entirely )

I read eBooks on my iPhone. I have Nook, iBooks, Kindle, and Stanza apps. I have eBooks in all four apps in different formats. Each has strengths and weakness. The ability to use multiple apps for reading is one plus for a iPad or iPhone. However, like Terry pointed out, battery life is much shorter.
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Burn all your movies to digital format buy yourself a playstation 3, add a second harddrive to it or get the one with 160 gig hard drive and you can connect that to your lcd tv via hdmi cable or video cables. Thats it! Your emtire video library in high def, plus you get a game system for your little ankle biters! PLUS... If you are near a wireless network, the game system supports VUDU, Netflix and others streaming to your tv. Thats it!
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A great open source freeware program for managing eBooks of all formats is Calibre. You can convert formats, assign cover art, manage syncing, and lots of other things. You can also use it as a reader on your computer. It's also multi platform, OS X, Windows, and FauX. (What I call Linux—it's not really Unix, it's faux Unix, but that's another forum entirely )

I read eBooks on my iPhone. I have Nook, iBooks, Kindle, and Stanza apps. I have eBooks in all four apps in different formats. Each has strengths and weakness. The ability to use multiple apps for reading is one plus for a iPad or iPhone. However, like Terry pointed out, battery life is much shorter.
Ditto on calibre...Nicki and I both use it for managing all of our media NOT purchased through Amazon on our kindles -- works just like itunes does for your ipod.
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burn all your movies to digital format buy yourself a playstation 3, add a second harddrive to it or get the one with 160 gig hard drive and you can connect that to your lcd tv via hdmi cable or video cables. Thats it! Your emtire video library in high def, plus you get a game system for your little ankle biters! Plus... If you are near a wireless network, the game system supports vudu, netflix and others streaming to your tv. Thats it!
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Just tried the Calibre calibre - About downloaded a classic Jack London the Iron Heel in epub and converted it to mobi. However it does not have a cover picture only a title page, can I give it a cover or picture? I had to drag the file into MyKindle content, is that correct? I didn't read any directions yet but so far that worked.

EDIT: I see it was mentioned that art can be added so I will read the directions when I need to do that. Thanks Vaughn and Shawn.
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We're fulltimers, there are two adults (and 3 kids, more about that later.) We have a Macbook, a Dell laptop, 2 phones,my phone is an EVO which is a mobile hot spot. We sometimes pay extra for the campground internet ($30 a month where we are now) so that we can use the phone as a phone/pandora/email/surfing device if the other one is in online much. We have added bookshelves, books are a necessity, but the ability to check out books from the library with a nook or sony make them very interesting to me, as I CANNOT seem to remember to return real library books...some just get legs and walk away!
Considering adding a cell phone booster so we will always have access to the internet through my phone, as phone service does play a part in your internet connection. I know you didn't ask about internet exactly, but we don't have many movies with us, we watch through Netflix, and catch TV shows on their website or HULU. Internet is a huge factor and part of life on the road...at least it is for us!!
The kids play games on the weekend on either computer, via the EVO connection (which is free by using PDA.net, download app at JUNEFABRICS.com (or junefabric.com...I don't remember if it has an "s" at the end.) I've had friends who bought an android phone just for this free internet connection, they use it at their house, it is the only way they can GET high speed internet where they live. You have to pay the phone/data plan service bill of course.
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Just tried the Calibre calibre - About downloaded a classic Jack London the Iron Heel in epub and converted it to mobi. However it does not have a cover picture only a title page, can I give it a cover or picture? I had to drag the file into MyKindle content, is that correct? I didn't read any directions yet but so far that worked.

EDIT: I see it was mentioned that art can be added so I will read the directions when I need to do that. Thanks Vaughn and Shawn.
You can look up a cover picture online and copy it by right clicking on the image in your web browser. Then in Calibre, right click on the generic icon where you want the cover image and select "Paste Cover" I use the Stanza app on my iPhone for the stuff that I fool with in Calibre, so I then add it using iTunes. I am saving in epub and usually the cover art I've added comes with no problem. The Stanza app also has an excellent cover image search feature, so even after I add one using Calibre, I sometimes find one online on my iPhone that I like even better.

Sorry I can't help with your questions about mobi format, but it would seem like once you attach the cover to the file the metadata, which Calibre updates, should insure that the cover goes with it.

I also guess I should mention that I'm using the Mac version of Calibre. I assume that the Win version is very similar, the guy who told me about Calibre is a Windows die hard.

Keep us posted about what you discover using your Kindle.

BTW, one of the first novels I downloaded was The Sea Wolf. Looks like we're both London fans.

I get a lot of books from Project Gutenberg, and nothing there has any cover art.
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Thanks. I will try that. I love London, Steinbeck and Stevenson, and all their adventure and travel.
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:07 PM   #28
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Carol, I bought a DVD off Fleabay that has something like 15,000 copyright expired ebooks on it. I put that into the DVD drive on my home computer or laptop, connect up the Kindle to a USB port, and copy the books I want to read onto the Kindle. The DVD can stay home, and you can read until your eyes fall out.
I like the Kindle over the Nook, but that's just personal preference. My Sister-in-Law has a Nook, and I have to arm wrestle her to get my Kindle back when we visit...
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