I have received a load of ebooks (boring work related stuff), formats are different, mainly pdf and epub.
Can I use these on a Kindle or do they only use their own format?
I don't have any kind of reader (except for my phone apps which I don't like reading on) and am thinking of getting one but I don't want to be stuck with one that I can only read books in a certain format downloaded from a certain place (I live in China and I'm not even sure of the availability of Amazon books). I know the Kindle is popular but is it the best?
Cheers for any input.
Dougs 95,483 posts
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You can use a prog called Calibre to convert to mobi, which the Kindle reads....
Can I add books to the reader through a usb like with an mp3 player etc?
pauleyc 4,548 posts
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Yes, Calibre supports a variety of transfer methods, for instance through USB to a reader's internal memory or SD card (if available). However, as far as I know it won't convert PDFs to mobi/epub formats. edit: FWIW, have a look at the FAQ. PDF conversion is listed as possible yet apparently the results aren't always acceptable; I know they didn't really work for my ancient PocketBook 360. Then again, my wife's Sony PRS-T1 managed to display PDFs properly.
The Kindle readers are technically quite good (the Paperwhite has a supposedly very good illumination built in), same as the Sony Reader family though for obvious reasons Amazon's selection of books is unrivaled.
Edited by pauleyc at 13:10:48 16-04-2014
Edited by pauleyc at 13:11:56 16-04-2014
Good info, cheers!
RyanDS 13,326 posts
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My Sony Reader has been playing up a bit lately, so decided to buy a new e-reader, and decided on the Kindle Paperwhite.
£110 everywhere, but when food shopping yesterday I saw that in Tescos they are currently on sale for £100. Took it to the till, picked up a case at the same tim. Turned out you get £10 off a case when you buy a Kindle, and the case was only £2.50 (for a nice leather one) so the guy gave me an extra tenner off the kindle instead.
So £92.50 for a Kindle plus case, bargain.
TLR version - If you want a Kindle get to Tescos, by far the cheapest I have seen anywhere.
Kill_Crazy 2,552 posts
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Good to know as my kindle has got quite a few cracks in it now and keep thinking of getting a new one. I'll get my mate to buy it as he gets staff discount too
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