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Subject: Digital Books
Date Posted: 7/2/2010 10:09 PM ET
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For those of you who download digital books without a specifc reader (Kindle, Nook, Sony), what format do you prefer and where do you store your files?  Do you like this media?

I'm a big fan of Lora Leigh's Breed series but never read the early books, which are pretty hard to find. Not to mention expensive with the paperbacks runnig $13-$14.  But the digital version is only half that, so I decided to spring for the first 3 in the series from Ellora's Cave.  Formats include PDF, Microsoft Reader, Mobipocket, Rocket Book, and HTML.  For the first one I chose HTML and read it on my Netbook (mini laptop). I was worried it would be clunky, but it was actually quite comfortable with me either sitting in a living room chair or lying on the couch with it propped against my thighs.  Having the backlit screen rather than paper and relying on a table lamp was nice also.

The file is saved on a USB drive right now so I can read on any of my computers, but I'm not sure where I'll put the copy for final storage. I guess I'll create a folder somewhere just for digital books.

I really enjoyed reading it this way, but I doubt I'll buy very many. I read a huge volume of books, so it would be expensive.  And I don't like the fact that I can't pass the book onto anyone else or even share it.  The licensing on these is really restrictive.  I understand not allowing copies and trying to control distribution, but I normally hand off my books to someone else when done.  And - of course - no trading them here on PBS!

I'm debating whether to try PDF or stick with HTML for the next one.

I'd love to hear what some of you think.

Date Posted: 7/3/2010 2:12 AM ET
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If I download something to read on a break at work, I usually get a pdf.  That way I can store it on a flash drive and view on any computer without worrying about compatibility issues.

You can download the (free) Calibre software to store your books and chage formats also.

Date Posted: 7/4/2010 12:30 AM ET
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I tried the PDF version last night on the 2nd Breed book. An Adobe licensing screen came up when I started the book. You have to agree to their terms and conditions before you can get to the actual book.  I'm sure this is just a glitch, but on my Netbook, the screen wasn't tall enough to display the agreement page and the acceptance button was off the bottom of the screen. There was a right scroll bar to run through the terms but  no way to scroll the whole Adobe window.  Very frustrating. There was no way for me to click the button to move forward.  So I guess I'll go back to HTML versions if I plan to read it on a small screen.

Date Posted: 7/26/2010 9:06 PM ET
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Adobe is a free program so you just need to agree to the terms and you should be able to open it.  If you have other problems you could uninstall adobe and go to there website to download it again. 

Date Posted: 7/30/2010 9:24 PM ET
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I actually like the look of mobipocket books, and the mobipocket reader is free.

Date Posted: 7/31/2010 12:36 AM ET
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Adobe is a free program so you just need to agree to the terms and you should be able to open it.  If you have other problems you could uninstall adobe and go to there website to download it again.

In this case, downloading again won't help. The issue is that the initial page where you must accept their terms and conditions isn't scaled for a Netbook/Mini.It runs off the edge screen and there's no way move it or to tab to access the buttons to "accept".

Actually, I did end up connecting the Mini to a larger external monitor to get around this. But I just wonder if the acceptance page isn't scalable if I'd run into other aspects of Adobe that might cause issues as well. So - for me at least - it's safer to buy another format. HTML works well.



Last Edited on: 7/31/10 12:37 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
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Subject: 2 pdf formats
Date Posted: 8/12/2010 3:59 PM ET
Member Since: 2/14/2007
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Jo,

You may already know this but there are 2 pdf formats.  The version that uses Adobe Digital Editions is a secure format.  The one that opens in Adobe Reader is an unsecured version.  I personally refuse to buy any secure format for that very reason, I get very cranky when my pc starts telling me "no you can't do that"! LOL.  As to Lora Leigh's ebooks, if you buy them from Ellora's Cave/Jasmine Jade they come in an unsecured pdf version.  I know because I've purchased all her older books from them.

I've bought books from lots of epublishers and ebookstores and been able to find almost all of the books I wanted in there non-secured pdf version.  If you want more information about some of the bookstores I've found worthwhile just PM me.

One place you might want to take a look at is MobileRead Forums.   They have forums about ereaders, eformats, ebookstore and lots more.  Registration is free and you don't have to participate, you can just :"lurk", that's what I've been doing.



Last Edited on: 8/12/10 4:13 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 8/16/2010 12:18 AM ET
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Thanks - good info!

Date Posted: 8/19/2010 4:09 PM ET
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Jo, the problem you had is pretty common in Netbooks. My son kept having the same problem. For  him it was a specific website he couldn't use, and we found a direct link that someone had posted on the internet to access the site with different size boxes.  I also came across this which may help you if you have this problem with other programs/websites in the future.

http://superuser.com/questions/85362/looking-for-an-application-that-scrolls-or-pans-netbook-screens-running-windows

Date Posted: 8/19/2010 9:53 PM ET
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I agree with Anne when she said "I actually like the look of mobipocket books, and the mobipocket reader is free.". I have a Kindle First Edition and they read great on them.

Kat Lady