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Subject: Ebook readers and Ellora's Cave
Date Posted: 7/31/2008 3:40 PM ET
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I'm going back and forth with whether to buy an ebook reader or not. I know I have brought this up before in a different way but what I'm specifically asking is if there is anyone here that downloads books and stories from Ellora's Cave to put on an e-reader. If you do, what format do you download in and what kind of reader do you have?

I love books too much to give them up but I would love to be able to download some of the hot stories there and read them on an e-reader rather than my computer.

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 4:59 PM ET
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I bought the ebookwise reader for that purpose. ebookwise.com but you have to download in pdf and then convert it to the format for the ebookwise reader. so that is a little bit of a hassle. not to mention I picked up my reader last night, first time in a month or more, and I was getting some kind of error, wouldn't open the book I am in the middle of (a free book from tor.com) plus if you mess up (as I did) and download it in some other form, you have to read it on the computer anyway....so I am still stuck in the middle of Beast of Awakening, as a result.

I like the looks of the Amazon kindle, except it doesn't have a back light so no reading in the dark. Sony might be better for that, you could go to the forums at Mobileread to get some great info. Good luck,

Anne

 

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 5:34 PM ET
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Oh thanks Anne. I have been trying to do research on them and file types but haven't seen much. I'll check it out.

Actually I did find out on the Kindle that the lack of back light was on purpose since they wanted to get it as close to reading an actual book as they could. The Sony reader doesn't have it either but that is what booklights are for. :)

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 6:36 PM ET
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I was leaning towards the sony 550? think that was the model..can't remmber now what the difference was  between the 500 and 550 but it was something 'big' like maybe the sd card or something? I backed off at the time but that was mainly because they were out of stock; ot herwise I'd have one now...then Igot into the audio book downloads and just ordered another mp3 player.. a larger one but the price was good but still 'high'. cant' remmber howmuch teh sony was but thinking it waas around 300 bucks whenI was checking into them. I'm just not sure how I'd like one...the good pts I've decided are 'privacy, lot of books on one size book unit, price of the books. the bad is that I like a paper copy of the book! dn the p rice of teh unit itself...and I'm too overwhelmed doing all the 'research' then trying to find the best deal on the ones I like. i'd like the option of a backlight so I wouldnt' need a booklight or to use a regular light but oh well. wouldn't think it'd be that hard for sony to have a button to push for a light.

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 6:39 PM ET
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I've been looking at them on Ebay and they are around $300 for the Sony 505.

I do like the idea of downloading audio books to my mp3. I can run it through my radio in my car and that just might be the ticket! Hmmm maybe I'll get an mp3 player just for books. Thanks Susanna! Great idea! lol  Now I just need to win the lottery to pay for all of these gadgets!

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 7:16 PM ET
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I like the back light feature so I can read in the car, in bed, anywhere and not have to have a light on. It seems the extra book light thing would be a hassle, I don't know. The one I got from ebookwise was the best price also. I still drool over the kindle though :) Maybe someday when I'm rich!

 

Anne

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 10:18 PM ET
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yeah, winning the lottery would be great except I never play it! I wish ellora's cave and others would do audiobooks! handsfree LOL! :-) *blush* but the ebooks are nice but I hate reading them off my computer...

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 11:35 PM ET
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LOL! Susanna! Now why would you want to have your hands free? Too funny!

 

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 12:45 PM ET
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I have an ebookwise and download the format in html. It's easy to convert to the reader with their librarian.

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 2:22 PM ET
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Thanks Melissa! I have seen them on Ebay and noticed the price but was bothered by the fact they couldn't read a PDF file. I guess it solves the problem of an HTML download and conversion. Hmm might have to think about that one again so Ellora's is about my own reason for getting a reader.

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 2:28 PM ET
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I have the Sony, and it takes the LRF format, as well as pdf and Word documents.  The pdf will shrink the entire page to the size of the reader though, so you need fairly large print for it (available at Fictionwise).  You can load audio files to the Sony as well.

If you do get a reader that's backlit, you need to be careful about battery usage, since the light will really use up a lot of power.  A clip on light probably works better on an e-reader than on a regular book though, since you're always looking at the same single page area on the e-reader, and the Sony is slim enough to clip a light to, and more rigid than a paperback.  I can't say whether that would work on the Kindle, but I think it's thicker than the Sony. 

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 3:38 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/1/2008 3:49 PM ET
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Marilyn! I have another friend that has a Kindle as well and she loves it. Have you ordered though Ellora's? I was reading that link last night and it sounded like I would have to e-mail the file to the Kindle e-mail and Kindle would have to convert it (for a fee? if I recall from the Kindle video at Amazon) and send it back to the kindle reader. I was just wondering if there was a fee and if so, how much?

Sony has software that will convert it through a PC doesn't it?

Thanks everyone! I'm gathering so much info! :D

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 6:47 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/1/2008 7:18 PM ET
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I got the ebookwise reader which is the cheapest reader out there -- about $170 if you want to store about 200 books. Less if you want smaller memory.

 

It's over a pound -- about 18oz and I think its too heavy if i read for a long time. Its back lit and reads books in txt, html, and rtf so its easy to get ebooks in its format. That's the best part of the reader

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 12:44 PM ET
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Well I was all set to buy a Kindle. I thought..Why not!! I deserve it even though it was a lot of money. Then I find out that Montana, the wonderful state where I live, is one of 3 states that don't have Sprint which is what Kindle uses for their towers for communications with the readers. Hmph!! I wasn't paying an extra $90 for something I couldn't use so I bought the Sony PRS-505. It was on sale locally so I just took the plunge. I have a few of my Ellora stories that I loaded through the software in PDF format and it works pretty slick! I can even blow up the font really big with the push if a button. I use the medium setting though because my eyes aren't that bad, yet. lol

I'm excited to read my first e-book on a reader. I just have to finish my paperback first. ;)

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 3:36 PM ET
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Enjoy your Sony reader Collette!   You can switch your page orientation to landscape (sideways) to increase font size if you want to try that too.  Fictionwise has a good selection of books, including erotica, in both the Sony and Kindle formats. 

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 4:15 PM ET
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so what price did you find the sony for?

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 4:31 PM ET
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Vanns.com, which is in Missoula but anyone can order from them online, had it for $269.99. Even on Ebay they still wanted more than that so I got it. It still wasn't cheap but the screen is great and the software was easy. I like the size of it too. It has a 6" screen like the Kindle. You can also download audio books to it and listen to them through the headphone jacks. I thought that was a bonus.

I checked out Fictionwise too. That is a pretty cool site. Did you become a member? I see there is a savings but wasn't sure if I would make it pay for the membership.



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Date Posted: 8/8/2008 4:37 PM ET
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I didn't become a paid member at Fictionwise.  I do buy quite a bit there, but probably not enough to justify the membership.  They'll give you rebates with the free account, that you can spend on thier site.  I just got an email that they're doing 100% micropay rebates on some of Stephanie Meyer's books, but I haven't checked it out for myself yet.



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Date Posted: 8/8/2008 5:06 PM ET
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Oh ok. That is good to know. I like incentives and rebates. I just don't like to pay for them too. lol

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 6:32 PM ET
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thanks! that's a good price!

Date Posted: 8/9/2008 4:47 PM ET
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I have a Kindle and have ordered from Ellora's Cave.  You just buy the .prc version and no conversion necessary.

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 10:09 AM ET
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I'm loving my reader but boy is it addicting to buy stories for it. I just started my first book on it but have already acquired 18 books for it. lol

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 5:39 PM ET
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so are you still liking it?? I was *this* close to buying one today but the Sony store ticked me off..had to drive all the way to the stupid Galleria and by the time I walked all over the 1st floor and found the place I was basically ignored while all these little kids ran wild...then decided I'd get the patterson model since it had a cover included and some of his downloads..another lady decided the same and the guy brought out the silver one (same as in the patterson one) then went back and said they were out...then he disappeared again and I walked out. for 300 bucks, well, I expect a little service! now i'm debating the ebookwise and the kindle...I'm thinking the ebookwise might suit  my  needs but go nna check around

oh and the reason I got in gear again is because jory strong's 4th crime tells is out only in ebook and I love that series...

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