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Subject: Forced to buy an ereader (sort of...)
Date Posted: 1/6/2011 9:50 PM ET
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Four years ago I was laid off from the full-time job I'd had for years and years.  At the time this happened, I was given $200.00 in Border's gift cards by my staff.  I felt very lucky, that even if things were tight financially for a while I'd still be able to buy some books.  Well, here it is four years later, I had another job for a while that also resulted in a layoff due to the economy, and for the last 2 years I've been working part-time hours only.  I have not used the Border's gift cards because 1) I have a tendency to be frugal and hold on to things like that for a long time, and 2) with PBS and my great thrift store, I honestly can find enough books without paying full price for them.  Not knowing what my financial future wil be it seemed a good idea to make them last as long as possible.  Plus, I got an unexpected additional $30 card for Christmas.

Well, those of you who saw the recent articles about Border's having financial trouble may be able to imagine my panic when I saw the advice to spend your gift cards while its still possible to do so.  I can't imagine how upset I'd be if they were suddenly worthless.  So........I ordered a Sony ereader.

I didn't think I'd have an ereader for several years yet, since I have all kinds of reasons why I don't need one (love the feel of an actual book, can't afford the ebooks, don't take vacations and don't feel safe taking one on the public transportation trips I do take--this is Chicago, and an ereader is a very "stealable" item.)  But I was sitting here thinking that I'd much rather have an ereader than the "nothing" I'd have if Borders suddenly goes under.  Sure, I could have just ordered a bunch of full-price books with the cards--but honestly, I have such a huge TBR pile that I'm perfectly happy to wait until books are available here.  And if Borders stays around for a long time (which I certainly hope will be the case) I STILL couldn't see myself buying all those full-price books, so I don't think I'll be sorry with this snap decision.

So, I guess I'm joining this forum whether I planned to or not!  I chose the Sony since I'm guessing most of my books will come from the library, and I have no need at all for the WiFi feature, it seemed the best choice.  I've always had a good experience with Sony products too.

Diane

 

Date Posted: 1/6/2011 10:26 PM ET
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What a lovely delayed gift from your former staff!

Pity that Borders is is so much trouble. It has been my favorite chain bookstore. 

Does your local library have ebooks or are you going to get a membership at the Free Library of Philadelphia? If you like classics, there are so many free books out there, it's hard to believe. 

Welcome to the dark side, Diane. :-) 

Date Posted: 1/7/2011 8:06 AM ET
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LOL, thanks Marilyn.  My ilbrary does have ebooks, and I took a quick look at the selection and it's not bad.  I'll have to watch here for free stuff because that and the library will pretty much be the extent of what I get. 

I'm happy with my decision and am getting kind of excited about getting that package now!  (I did also buy 2 paperbacks, the 2 missing entries in my favorite obscure mystery series that have been on my wishlist for a couple of years and are rarely posted.)

Diane

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Date Posted: 1/7/2011 10:21 AM ET
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Diane, The Chicago Public Library has a decent ebook collection - my mom has several books on hold there.  Enjoy your eReader - I bet you end up liking it so much more than you anticipated!

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 4:56 AM ET
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Member of Facebook.....  Sign up for InkMesh!  They anounce tons of FREE eBooks Daily!  Most are for the Sony!!   BTW IF you find you really dont like it you can always sell it!! 

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 4:30 PM ET
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Ditto Barbara. Sony has stepped up the free ebook offerings in recent weeks. Check the Inkmesh site! There have been a lot of them!

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 7:08 PM ET
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I don't do Facebook--do you have to be a Facebook member?

Diane

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 7:29 PM ET
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Diane, I don't know the answer to your question, but here's a link to Inkmesh with the Sony freebies. http://inkmesh.com/free-ebooks/?site=sony

Free Library of Philadelphia -- for $15 a year, access to about 4200 ebooks in a format the Sony should accept. http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=223796

See also http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=223891  and there are a couple of other threads in this forum for freebies/cheapies for the non-Kindle ereaders. 



Last Edited on: 1/10/11 7:32 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 1/10/2011 9:01 PM ET
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Thanks Marilyn!

Even before I thought I'd ever have an ereader I had heard so many good things about Calibre, so I downloaded it already.  Whether or not I'll learn to use it remains to be seen!  From what I'm reading, it seems that Calibre can convert anything except DRM files, correct?  And free ebooks would not be DRM?

The Calibre news function sounds like something I would love, I hope I can figure it out!

Diane

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 10:59 PM ET
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Here is a link for Inkmesh's free books for those not on Facebook:

Free ebooks

Date Posted: 1/11/2011 7:51 AM ET
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Thank you Elizabeth!  And thank you also for mentioning Calibre's news function in another thread, this is something I've been looking for.  I played around with it a little last night and was able to download some stuff to read on my computer--I'm very happy!

Diane

Date Posted: 1/11/2011 7:00 PM ET
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IT'S HERE!  Arrived today, it's charging right now.  Am I officially over to the dark side yet, or do I have to use it for a while and then wonder how I ever did without it first?  smiley

Diane

Date Posted: 1/11/2011 7:33 PM ET
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:::Darth Vader voice::: The minute you laid hands on it, you became one of us. There is no turning back now. 

Welcome! :-) 

Date Posted: 1/11/2011 11:56 PM ET
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hahahahahahahahahahahaha   Very Funny Marilynwink

Date Posted: 1/12/2011 9:30 AM ET
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LOL--okay, but it may take a little while for me to actually GET to the dark side!  There will be a lot of time spent figuring everything out.  I did manage to download a Gutenberg book, then get it to the ereader with Calibre.  I tried downloading a library book with no success, but at this point it seems like it's because the book didn't download to my computer in EPUB format, even though that's the format I chose--I'll have to look at that again later.

Actually, what I think I'll be using the most, and makes this reader worthwhile, is the news!  I'm able to download news and magazine content from various sources with Calibre and then get that onto the reader, so I can sit comfortably on my couch and read everything--that alone makes me very happy.  As for the rest, I'll work on figuring it out as I have time.

When I ordered it, they were temporarily out of stock on the black and silver colors and only had red.  I didn't like the idea of red since I'm not fond of really bright colors, but I was very pleased with it--it's not fire engine red, it's more subdued and very attractive.  It's a little smaller than I thought it would be, but I guess I'll get used to that.  I saw someone on the train with an ereader in a hard case that was huge--about the size of a 8x10 sheet of paper, and very awkward looking.  I wouldn't like that at all.

It even came with a little cloth case so I won't have to spend any more money.  So, I'm pleased so far!

Diane

Date Posted: 1/12/2011 11:28 AM ET
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Enjoy your new e-reader.  As soon as I lid hands on mine I was in love (lust?).  My family laughingly calls it my new boyfriend as I haul it around everywhere with me!

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Date Posted: 1/12/2011 11:48 AM ET
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You may need to have Adobe Digital Editions on your computer to correctly download the library books, if I recall correctly.  The 'dowload' button only has a file that points to the epub file you can put on your device - you need to have the computer program Adobe Digital Editions to transfer the book to it.  I don't have the same e-reader you have, but I'm pretty sure that is how it works.

Date Posted: 1/12/2011 6:42 PM ET
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Here are instructions I wrote for Kobo, but it is the same with library books.  Hope this helps:

When you click the download button in Kobo, it will save a file called URLLink.acsm to your computer.  That file contains your license info and a link to the actual book, and this file must be opened in Adobe Digital Editions to download the actual book.  So the first step is to figure out where this file is actually downloaded to.  I use Firefox, so I go to Tools>Downloads then I open the *.acsm files containing folder.  I then right-click on the *acsm file and select Open With.....>Adobe Digital Editions.  Once you do that, the ebook will be downloaded to the Adobe Digital Editions library directory, and you can connect your Nook and transfer the file to it.

Here are some links that might be helpful:

How to read Adobe PDF and Adobe ePub books


Loading ePub books into the Nook

Date Posted: 1/13/2011 7:17 PM ET
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That big one was probably an iPad - I agree, much too big to be a good ereader, though very tempting in many respects.

I confess, I am selfishly hoping B&N buys Borders and changes all their stores, so I will have B&N stores in my area! Nook owners get an hour of free reading in-store, and I can read a LOT in an hour. ;-)