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Subject: Cell Phones you can read eBooks on! Information Please!
Date Posted: 1/14/2011 1:25 AM ET
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Since I had my dissapointment with Nook...I really dont want a eReader per sa.   My son thought I should Up Grade my cell to read what few books I interested in!  I have No Clue what phone brands do what tho LOL  My Cell service is TMobile & once you folks give me ideas on what I should buy I trek to the nearest TMobile place to get 1 LOL   

So whose used the Kindle for Phone downloads & How did it work out for you???  Nook?  Sony?  Etc??  What KIND of Phone? Etc??

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Date Posted: 1/14/2011 6:38 AM ET
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I currently have a Blackberry.  I have several ereader programs on them:

  1. Kindle App
  2. BN/Nook App
  3. Mobipocket
  4. eReader

I haven't read a lot on the Kindle app yet but I've used the other three consistently.  A good thing about the BN/Nook app is that it's synchronized to continue where you left off no matter what device you're reading it on.  The Kindle app states that it also does the same thing - "saves and synchronizes your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across your devices".

For instance, I can start reading my book on my Nook.  Then if I don't have my Nook I can open the book on my phone and it will be at the page I left off while reading on my Nook.  Finally, if I then go to my computer to finish the book it will once again open on the page I last read. 

I like reading on my phone as a last resort if I don't have my Nook or a paperback.  It's great always having access to a book but it is a small screen so you have to turn the page often.  Also I get serious motion sickness so on buses or in cars, where I can use a Nook or paperbook, no way can I read on my phone.

If the phone is going to be primarily your ereader you may want to look for a smartphone that has a large screen such as the "My Touch" which I see T-Mobile carries.  You can set the size of the font in any ereader preferences but the more screen you have to see pages then the less you have to "turn the page" as you read.

Finally, I have the other apps because I download books from other ebook sellers, mostly Fictionwise.  I use Mobipocket to read those books and the eReader app, I use to read books that I download from ereader.com.  I put the books on my Nook but I also keep them on my phone in case I want to read it.  Those books won't sychronize between the Nook and the phone because they aren't Nookbooks but if I remember the Chapter or page that I read last on my Nook then I can use "go to page" and input the page number that I want to go to.

Hope this helps!


Date Posted: 1/14/2011 8:13 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/14/2011 9:18 AM ET
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when you set up the sync between the smartphone and the work email, it syncs ALL content, not just email

That's interesting Nancy cuz I would think that you should be able to go into your preferences and choose what to sync between your work and smartphone email!  But if you're not given the opportunity then yeah, that would be bad.

You cannot use the Overdrive library system with a smartphone at this time.

Oh yeah, I luv Overdrive and the  good news is just a little while ago they made OverDrive Media Console available for iPhone and Android!  I was so happy to hear that!  It's also available for Windows and Blackberry devices.

Date Posted: 1/14/2011 9:31 AM ET
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I use the Nook and Kindle apps on my phone on a regular basis.  SO much easier than having to bring a book with me everywhere I go.

I have a Droid X smartphone.  As long as you go with a Blackberry, or Android phone, you should be good to go with the book apps.  Ask about them at the store just to make sure though.


If you look up the Kindle app on Amazon, it will tell you which phones it works with.  The same with the Nook app on Barnes & Nobles website.

Date Posted: 1/14/2011 1:28 PM ET
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I have AT&T version of the Droid.  I love the phone and have the Nook downloaded on it.  I already own a Kindle so I chose the nook for the phone.

I don't know much about T Mobile (other than no service in my area for some reason) but the phone apps are great.  

Date Posted: 1/14/2011 3:16 PM ET
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I have the Kindle app on my iPhone. Seriously, ever since I started reading on the phone I rarely use my Kindle anymore. I live in NYC and travel all over the city all day for work. It is so easy to read a few pages while waiting for the bus or train or even walking down the street, and then just stick it in my pocket.

Date Posted: 1/25/2011 2:00 PM ET
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I also have a Droid X. I have apps for the Kindle, Nook, and the BN ereader. It had an app called Aldiko already added to it that I load my Calibre books to. I hardly use my Sony ereader anymore. The Droid has all the bells and whistles of all the other ereaders. It's color, touch screen, downloads Kindle books with a touch, is back lit, has included dictionary, multiple options for font, brightness etc. I absolutely love it! Since I always have my phone with me, I always have a book to read :)

Date Posted: 1/29/2011 7:15 PM ET
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I have an "Incredible" phone. I use an app called Laputa to read books on. I havent used any other device/app yet (my free Nook is on its way) so I cant compare it to anything else, but I really like the app. I just think it's kinda funny that the apps name is "the whore" in spanish.

Date Posted: 1/29/2011 10:45 PM ET
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Oh, I get it. La Puta..that's pretty funny! What kind of books can you read on it? Epub? Sony? Nook?

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 3:58 PM ET
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I have a Droid X and it has both the Kindle and Nook apps on it.  In fact I just finished rereading Outlander which I had gotten for free a few months ago when it was offered free for Kindle in celebration of the 20th anniversary of its publication.  The only downside to reading on your phone is that with the smaller screen you are swiping the pages faster than if you were using a larger device such as a Nook, Kindle or Ipad.

Other things I like about my Droid are:  Angry Birds, being able to do my email, Facebook, Google etc., Angry Birds, the ability to talk into the phone and have it create a text message from my speech, Angry Birds, the notepad feature.   Did I mention I like Angry Birds?

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 9:11 PM ET
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Kathy, there is about 5 or so places in the app to download the books. They have quite a few formats it can read.


Date Posted: 2/11/2011 3:57 PM ET
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I have an HTC Desire that is powered by Android.  I have the Kindle ap and the Kobo app.  They both work fine.  I downloaded the Kindle ap from Amazon.com for free.  I picked some free ebooks and they just loaded to my phone. 

Date Posted: 2/12/2011 5:14 AM ET
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i have a Palm Pixi, and the only site i've seen offering an eReader for it is Kobo.  though i tried and i can't read on it for very long anyway - it makes my eyes go wonky.  it doesn't download the books though (and i don't know if that's the way the Kindle & such work for a phone), so i couldn't do any reading if i was somewhere without good service (like sitting in the theater waiting for the movie to start when reading in the semi-dark might have worked).

but it works just fine for Angry Birds.  ;)