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12 responses to “Adventures of a novice* Nook owner”

  1. teh moz

    Calibre and mobileread are the two essentials IMO. I’ve had a Sony e-ink reader for years and the weeks of battery life is excellent, especially compared to my phablet. Books I get from Tor etc, it’s worth looking around. My suggestion is only buy DRM free epub to avoid hassles (especially the ‘publisher deleted the book off my device’ sort).

    One way round the geography is to buy a visa gift card from the USA, use a VPN to fake being in the USA when you use the card to activate the account. But its a pain and the risk is that if you get caught they will block your device. Yo will probably get better advice about that on the Mobileread forums. I have never used the Sony store with my device, and it doesn’t have 3g or WiFi so I’m not worried.

  2. Zebee

    I bought my Kindle last year from of all places Big W!

    I routinely crack the DRM via calibre not to share or to use elsewhere but so I have a backup.

    I buy from Amazon or load from my PC via USB. The Kindle also suffers from the rights restriction problem, I’ve more than once wanted to buy a book and couldn’t. Although once I tried to buy from iTunes to read on the iPad and couldn’t because it wasn’t available to me, but Amazon sold it to me OK, so no idea what’s happening there!

    Much as I find the Amazon ecosystem troubling, the Kindle does what all computer gear should: allows me to get on with it without getting in the way.

    I do wish the organisation of books on the Kindle was better though. Collections are a very clunky way of managing a lot of books.

  3. teh moz

    Zebee, I find keeping only a few books on the device and managing the collection in calibre works better. I have a few thousand books and only about 100 on the liseuse at a time. There’s a mod that let me delete books once I’ve read them that I find quite handy, and I suspect more modern devices do that out of the box. Although the nook is LCD I think, so dealing with menus and big lists should be easier

  4. Bri

    I have a Kindle Fire and I love it. Too much so by looking at my credit card statement…

  5. Pebblerocker

    My local library hires out the Kobo pre-loaded with out-of-copyright books, so I took one home for a week to try. Then I saved up and got my own, a Kobo Touch more modern than the library’s push-button clunker, but still with a black-and-white e-ink screen rather than a full-colour fancy job that plays games and everything.

    My research suggested that the Kobo would be the best option for usability and range of supported formats. So far I’ve never tried actually buying a book on it, only downloaded free ones from the Kobo store (Bronte and Conan Doyle will keep me going for a while, plus there are new books which the authors are offering for free at times) but I think it will be possible to get them to accept my money. I’ve also used Calibre to load it with DRM-free ebooks from family’s collections and epub-format fanfic packaged with the AO3’s handy tool.

    My only issue is that sometimes the page-turning is slow to respond and I can’t tell the difference between the touch screen not noticing my finger and the processor being slow to deliver the next page: sometimes I sit waiting for the page to turn when it hasn’t received the instruction at all, and sometimes I touch it again and again and when the processor catches up it moves me on several pages at once.

  6. Chris

    Mindy – it’s doubtful that a VPN will fix your problems if you don’t fix the CC address issue first. Are you able to create another B&N account with a fake US address but with no credit card details? Then try to use the gift card. At that point you might discover that you need to use a VPN so it also appears that you are coming from the US.

    Zebee – you can change your address for amazon to a US one which gives you access a bigger collection of books. However they are getting a bit smarter about detecting whether you are really in the US or not (you probably need to use a VPN).

    Much as I find the Amazon ecosystem troubling, the Kindle does what all computer gear should: allows me to get on with it without getting in the way.

    I totally agree. I used to buy e-books from other stores, download them to a PC, then upload them up to a generic e-reader. But its so much easier with a kindle (or the kindle app on an iPad which I mostly use).

  7. Mindy

    Thanks Chris I will have to try that.

    Welcome to HaT commenters who haven’t commented before, nice to see you.

  8. Pebblerocker

    Thanks Mindy, I’ve been enjoying reading here for a long time.

  9. Megpie71

    I have a very cheap no-name brand e-reader (it’s so bland it doesn’t even have wireless capability) which I currently use mainly to read ebooks from either Project Gutenberg or AO3 (An Archive Of Our Own – a fan-run multi-fandom fanfiction archive). I use Calibre as my management tool of choice, mostly because I’d heard other ebook users sing its praises. For what I need it to do (manage my ebook library, and handle the whole process of copying new files from the computer to the e-reader) it does it very easily.

    Due to various monetary issues (namely, being broke for most of the past few years) I’ve not really looked into buying that many commercial ebooks. However, I’ve had a bit of a dekko around Booktopia locally, and I think if I ever need to be buying commercial ebooks, they’re who I’ll go through, mainly because I just cannot be bothered with the amount of faffing around one would have to do in order to purchase ebooks from the UK or US.

  10. Chris

    Megpie71 – the two man reasons for buying ebooks from the US are range of titles available (some simply aren’t available as ebooks in Australia) and price as you avoid the “Australia tax” (and that’s not the GST). 50% price differences or more are common. That’s generally worth a bit of faffing around :-)

  11. Mary

    You can buy quite a lot of Kindle books from Amazon US as an openly Australian user without the address/credit card/VPN type faffing, just not all of them. (This was a major factor in my joining the Kindle ecosystem.)

    Generally, books that have a separate Australian publishing/distribution deal are less likely to have sold Amazon rights to distribute to Australian users, but many books exist where Amazon US does have the right to sell to Australians. Unfortunately the type of books that have separate Australian distribution deals are precisely those that are of especial interest to the Australian market, so it is rather perverse: as an openly Australian user, you can buy a lot of books from Amazon that aren’t aimed at the Australian market and not as many of those that are.

    Luckily, my tastes run to US-authored (or at least, not very often Australian-authored) non-fiction reading, so it’s pretty rare for me to discover that the book I want for my Kindle is not sold to Australians.

  12. Chris

    Generally, books that have a separate Australian publishing/distribution deal are less likely to have sold Amazon rights to distribute to Australian users, but many books exist where Amazon US does have the right to sell to Australians.

    Rather annoyingly its not even consistent within a single author’s range of books. I’ve encountered cases where early books in a series weren’t available to Australians or more commonly the most recent titles aren’t. I suspect the publishers do the latter deliberately to boost hardcover sales to Australians who are desperate. It’s what finally pushed me over the edge to using a US address.

    The range of really cheap amateur sci fi books on Amazon is amazing though and they all seem to have worldwide availability. Quality is rather variable though and sadly it appears the rating system is being corrupted by people paying for good reviews.

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