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Subject: Managing ebooks on a tablet - tips
Date Posted: 7/9/2013 4:40 PM ET
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Anyone, please post your tips if you have them.

I recently learned a great tip right here in the ereaders forum from Cindy R. Ever since, I have been experimenting. This works on my Kindle Fire HD and on the Nook HD+.

If you use Calibre, save a book to a folder outside of Calibre (such as, ebooks for tablet). If you have your settings like mine, it will save with the series name and number as well as the title and author. If you are saving more than one by an author, make a folder for the author and put the files in there (inside the "ebooks for tablet" folder).

Then connect your tablet to your PC, and drag or copy everything in your "ebooks for tablet" folder onto your tablet. Make sure you know where you put them! On the Nook I put them in "My Files/books". On the Kindle Fire they went into a folder called ebooks.

Now before or after doing all that, you need to make sure you have a file manager you can use. I used ES File Explorer for Cupcake (don't ask, I have no idea). At first I tried the other one (the blue one) on the Nook and though I could find the books, they were not in their folders! So once I got the cupcake on there, there were all my folders. Awesome! It's the perfect way to organize your ebooks on a tablet! I assume you could do this using an SD card also. I haven't tried that yet. (I don't plan to read books on the Nook HD+, it is too large for my taste!)(I hope to get a Nook HD 7" and try this out!)

Now you can easily browse through your collections. When you want to read one, you tap and choose what you want to open it with. I have Mantano Essentials on both of the tablets I mentioned, which is $2.99 in the Play Store, and the reason I use it instead of the free one, is that I can put my own fonts in it. 

As Cindy said, this is much easier than trying to organize ebooks in Mantano or any other app. So much so that I'd love to get my hands on the Nook HD 7, which will be smaller and lighter and with a better screen than any of the other tablets in the house. Just waiting for another price drop.

edit-shoot, the Nook HD 7 is not smaller than my daughter's Kindle Fire, it's wider! sigh....I'd like one easier to hold.



Last Edited on: 7/9/13 5:26 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/10/2013 10:06 AM ET
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Glad you liked the tip! If I figure out a new one I'll certainly post here. : )

 

Date Posted: 7/11/2013 10:50 AM ET
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So you're opening the book from the File Manager app?

Date Posted: 7/11/2013 10:58 AM ET
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So you're opening the book from the File Manager app?

Yup.

When you're in the file manager, you click on the book and the system will ask you which (of your loaded) ebook readers you want to open the book in. 

I use epub, so it may vary by file type. And some eReader Apps have it where you can browse your internal files from inside the app and open the books from there. The books don't have to be in the apps directory.

Date Posted: 7/12/2013 9:17 PM ET
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I tested out this process using an SD card in a Nook HD+ and yes it worked wonderfully, once I located it in the file system. Very nice. However, after reading for an hour or so on it, I've decided I still don't like reading on a tablet. Though when I get the Nook HD 7 for my daughter, I will give it another try.

Date Posted: 7/13/2013 11:23 AM ET
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I don't like reading on the iPad Anne but the 7 in tablets are just like readers to me.

Date Posted: 7/13/2013 4:04 PM ET
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Well, I ordered an old eink reader to play with. I'll be able to pop my SD card in it and browse through the folders just like on a tablet. I could do that with the jetbook I had, but I never liked the TFT screen. So maybe I will like this one better. It's a 5" Astak EZ Reader Pocket Pro. For $35, a new toy to play with.

Date Posted: 7/17/2013 10:10 PM ET
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how do you download Kindle books to your PC?  I will admit I've never looked for this but if I could find a way to use my tablet vs. my kindle and have books in folders...I would so do it!  But I have over 600 books on my kindle and I would hate starting over

Date Posted: 7/18/2013 12:08 AM ET
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Okay, I'm an iPad user. That said, I use the Kindle app or covert to ePub using Calibre. The Kindle app lets me send books directly to my iPad. (But I'm not very happy with managing it. 600 books would be too many. Hopefully someone would have a better way.)
Date Posted: 7/18/2013 8:05 AM ET
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Leslie, you would have to use Calibre, with some plugins (google "apprentice alf" for the info) and then in your manage your kindle page on amazon.com, send the books you want to your Kindle for PC, then import them into Calibre with the proper plugins installed, then convert them to epub, in order to use the method described in the first post.

Emily, I don't have an ipad but I have read ipad users raving about the "Marvin app" for reading on the ipad, you should check into it. I don't know what the kindle app on ipad looks like, but I tried it on a Nook HD and promptly uninstalled it.  Hated it! But then I am a big believer in choosing my own font.

Date Posted: 7/18/2013 10:16 PM ET
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I hate reading with the backlight. Really hate it. Good thing I have two eReaders.

I love traveling with the iPad. Just only read on it if I'm desperate.

Date Posted: 8/1/2013 1:16 PM ET
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Ok, just got a Nook Simple Touch, and I can manage files on it the same way I described in the first post, about tablets. Wow! I never knew the NST had that capability. I love it. Still learning it of course, and looks like I can't add custom fonts to it. But I think I'll be keeping it!