eBook Formats and Readers ?'s

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by ConRefit79, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. ST-One

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    Those classics are available for free nearly all over the net.
    Personally, I'd use the versions you can get at mobileread.com, since these are edited by people who love ereading.
     
  2. JWolf

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    The K3 is using the new Pearl screen. So yes, it will be faster then the nook. My 650 also uses the same Peal screen and it is faster then the 600. When the nook first came out, screen changes were very slow. The 1.5 firmware made page turns what they should be for the Vizplex screen.
     
  3. ConRefit79

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    I know. I didn't mean to imply Nook's don't have free books. I simply wanted to point out for new people to this thread, that eReaders have a vast selection of free literature to choose from.
     
  4. Lee

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    I second this. I've read a lot of classics from mobileread on my Kindle. Those folks do great work.
     
  5. aaon80

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    Indeed. Classics like the Sherlock Holmes canon should not be missed, and their free availability on most e-readers makes them irresistable.
     
  6. Destructor

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    Just spent a very unproductive few hours trying to find 'Resistance' as a DRM-free eBook at a site that sells in Australia. Is anyone aware of such a site?
     
  7. Thrawn

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    As far as I know, Trek books aren't available DRM-free anywhere.
     
  8. JWolf

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    Very true. Star Trek eBooks are only sold with DRM.
     
  9. JD

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    Does anyone know if there is a specific reason why the Doctor Who and Torchwood ebooks are available for the Kindle but not the Nook? They are the series I've come across that are on Kindle but not Nook. And as a huge DW fan it really pisses me off.
     
  10. JWolf

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    Give Borders a try. They do have a bunch of Dr. Who and Torchwood eBooks. Also, Kobo as well.
     
  11. JD

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    Can Borders ebooks be read on a Nook?
     
  12. Ktrek

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    Yes and so can Sony books but you have to "authorize" them with ADE (Adobe Digital Editions) and sideload to your library on the nook. If you have a nook color you could softroot the device and install the Kindle reader on it and have the best of both worlds! :drool:

    Kevin
     
  13. JD

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    Cool. It still seems weird that Barnes & Noble doesn't have them though.
     
  14. Ktrek

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    I should tell you to be sure and select epub. If you do a search for Doctor Who on Borders website you will get everything in the ebook category but on the left it lets you select epub titles only.

    I imagine B&N will eventually get the Dr. Who titles in ebook editions. Their library is growing every day. If they don't it's probably something to do with the publisher. I looked at their website and found the same was true for paperback editions. So it's not just an ebook issue. I noticed on Amazon that the books come from BBC Digital Services and that may have something to do with it. And Amazon only has ebooks of the latest series. None of the older titles.

    Kevin
     
  15. ATimson

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    Later this year they're going to start rereleasing some of the older books - pretty much all of Lance Parkin's BBC Books titles, from what I understand - as ebooks.
     
  16. Destructor

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    Ah! That explains my troubles :)

    Well, in the end, I just got 'Resistance' using my Kindle app for iPhone. I realized that, while I disapprove of DRM, the primary reason I do so is that I feel like I don't really own my books, and that as soon as that DRM goes out of fashion (as they invariably do), the books I've purchased under that DRM regime will all be lost. However then I realized that I don't really hold on to my Trek books anyway- they usually join a giant pile of books that eventually ends up with the Salvation Army. So since I'm not really interesting in 're-reading' my Trek fiction, it's not as bad to purchase it with DRM and then just let it go once I'm finished.

    As it was the buying process was really painless and I am now enjoying Resistance on the kindle app.
     
  17. jennyjohnson

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    You can covert any document file into pdf format with the help of applications. But in same way you can do it very easily in the Microsoft word document file. Just save that file into pdf format or ebook format as per your requirements.
     
  18. Smitty

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    Very true, or simply remove the DRM. While the act of removing the DRM is not legal I know many who will remove the DRM once they legally purchase the ebook simply to avoid the issues and concerns previously mentioned. DRM exists to foil the illegal copying and DISTRIBUTION of the book to non-paying readers. It exists ultimately to protect the publisher/author's right to income from the book. I am completely cool with that.
     
  19. JWolf

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    Why in heck would you want to create PDF? PDF is a fixed format and if you change devices, the PDF you've created may be unsuitable. Plus it isn't a nice format for reading eBooks when we have ePub that works well.
     
  20. JWolf

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    The act of stripping DRM from eBooks is neither legal nor illegal. There is no ruling as to that. So for now, it's a gray area. Please do not make it sound so black & white when it's a strong gray color.
     

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