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  1. ScorpDX

    ScorpDX Well-Known Member

    I've been using the Kindle for Android app quite a bit and thought about buying the actual full size Kindle.

    Anyone got one? I had a few questions and thought I'd make a post here. I'm too lazy to go find a Kindle forum just for one post!

    1. Do the books sync that I've already bought on the Kindle for Android app?

    2. What internet connection type does the Kindle require to download books?

    3. Can I load 3rd party e-books on it and read them? Certain filetype required?

  2. ekyle

    ekyle Well-Known Member

    1. Yes
    2. The 3G Kindle connects over AT&T's 3G (no plans or anything required). Wi-Fi connects over... well. WiFi.
    3. 3rd party e-books can be iffy because of DRM and such. Calibre is a nifty app that is available on Windows and Linux (not sure about Mac) that will backup, convert, transfer books to and from the Kindle for you
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  3. ScorpDX

    ScorpDX Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the information!
  4. Ninja Monkey

    Ninja Monkey Well-Known Member

    I had a Kindle 2 that my wife started using all the time so I bought the new Kindle WiFi for myself. The Kindle 2 has 3G but I hardly ever used it so I saved the money when I bought the new Kindle. Buy one and enjoy!

    PS - Calibre does indeed work on a Mac.
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  5. TozyJay

    TozyJay Well-Known Member

    I don't go anywhere without my Kindle!

    If you're into the classics, Amazon has a surprising selection of free books available.
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  6. ArthurIhde

    ArthurIhde Well-Known Member

    i have never used kindle [​IMG]
  7. ekyle

    ekyle Well-Known Member

    Thanks for clearing that up :)
  8. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42 Moderator

    Calibre is indeed awesome. Converting files will give mixed results. Pure text files, like ebooks, will convert pretty much seamlessly, but more complex things like .pdfs won't look so good after conversion.

    The kindle can read .pdfs though, so you're better off not converting them.

    Overall, I am extremely impressed with my Kindle. It looks like it's eBooks for me from now on :)
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  9. ScorpDX

    ScorpDX Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the replies. Ordering one next payday!
  10. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Well-Known Member

    Personally, when I get an ebook reader, I plan on going with a Sony unit. Not tied down to one store and able to read all major ebook files no problem. There arre so many free ebook libraries out there, why tie yourself to Amazon?
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  11. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42 Moderator

    I believe calibre can convert most file formats (like ePub/pdf/etc) to kindle compatible ones :)
  12. ekyle

    ekyle Well-Known Member

    certainly can. and it's cross-platform too :)
  13. mixerdlb

    mixerdlb Member

    My wife and I share a Nook eBook reader (Barnes & Noble) and have purchased numerous books for it. I also had books that I purchased from another online site. The Nook For Android app claimed that it would sync to the furthest page read on both devices, but what I found was that it would only sync books purchased from Barnes and Noble. I called Amazon and asked if their books had the same restrictions and was told they did not. I ordered a Kindle, installed the Kindle for Andoid app and converted my Nook books (epub) to Kindle format (azw/mobi). Guess what? None of the books will sync in either direction. I now have to write down the location number of the page I stopped at and enter it in the other device to get it to sync. I think I'll return it and just read on my Droid.
  14. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42 Moderator

    Don't return it just yet!

    I had an eBook on my phone that was on location 47 or something. I hit 'menu', 'more' and then 'Sync' and it offered to take me to the furthest page read on any of my devices (7000, in this case).

    I know I've seen the same option on the kindle it's self too :)

    (Obviously, make sure you have an internet connection when you're reading, otherwise it won't be able to tell the Amazon servers where you left off).

    EDIT: I should add, I don't see this working with any of your converted books. But then that's to be expected.
  15. dmodert66

    dmodert66 Well-Known Member

    My uncle bought a kindle a few weeks ago and loves it. I played around with it and am for sure buying my mom one for Christmas. I may just buy 2 and give myself a Christmas present as well.

    BTW, "Before the end of the year", Kindle will allow book loaning (14 days per book only). They are taking away one of the big draws of the Nook...
  16. Flaspeneer

    Flaspeneer Well-Known Member

    The two things I do for a living have to do with reading/writing music and massive amounts of text. By the time I'm off work, I can barely focus on anything -- let alone an LCD.

    Enter the Kindle. I now use it to do reader reports on people's manuscripts (sending the pdfs or word docs to myself to convert through Amazon or Calibre [sic]), and my eyestrain has lessened a bit.

    The Kindle's a great reminder not to stare continuously at back-lit screens. The resolution's also quite pleasant.
  17. ScorpDX

    ScorpDX Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the replies again!

    I went to order one from amazon and noticed on an ad that their also available in-store at Best Buy. Going to stop by there and pick one up this weekend.
  18. Flaspeneer

    Flaspeneer Well-Known Member

    Don't buy it at Best Buy -- Amazon's return policy is far, far better. I know people who went through four Kindle 3s at launch and returned them all without any issues. You won't save anything on shipping because it's free.

    The reason to go to Best Buy is to try one out to see if you love it. That was how I learned I needed an eReader -- by trying out a Nook at my local BB.

    I check out new laptops while I'm there as well but never buy them because BB is known to swap out parts.

    Smartphones at BB are another matter.
  19. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42 Moderator

    Yeah, I had to return my first kindle and they send you the replacement straight away (i.e. before you send the old one back), which I thought was pretty impressive. I had the new one two days after speaking to them.
  20. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Well-Known Member

    I'm sure it can, but if I get a Sony reader, I won't have to convert anything as far as I can tell. It's a little more expensive, but I like the Sony readers looks a little better, don't see the need for the full physical qwerty on a reader, not going to be doing much typing, just reading.
  21. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter Administrator Moderator

    Couldn't get over the clunky weird feeling UI on the nook, that touch screen thingy at the bottom is horrid imo.
    I am also leaning towards the sony... full touch screen version, expandable memory, handles lots of different formats... haven't actually seen a kindle in store before so never played with one to compare
  22. ScorpDX

    ScorpDX Well-Known Member

    I got it today. Went ahead and ordered it from Amazon. So far I'm happy with it.

    Thanks for all the replies!
  23. Nellie2010

    Nellie2010 New Member

    I have a Kindle and just got my Droid. Set up the Kindle app on it and read a few pages of a book Im reading. When I went online with my Kindle, it immediately knew I had read some of the book on another device and asked me if I wanted to sync. This is a very cool, but kind of scary, feature.
    It follows you!
  24. ekyle

    ekyle Well-Known Member

    It just syncs with the Amazon servers. No tin foil hay necessary ;)
  25. DaedalusxX

    DaedalusxX Well-Known Member

    I just downloaded the Amazon Kindle app today. Downloaded 2 free books (Art of War and The Count of Monte Cristo) and purchased another (The Geography of Time). This app is amazing. I am seriously considering buying a Kindle because I love how it works on my phone and I would love to have one separate from my phone....

    Hmm, I may ask for it as a birthday gift...which is coming up in a month (ish)...

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