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Topic # 138134 21-Dec-2013 11:09 Send private message

Can Kindles read the format used by then NZ Public Libraries?

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  Reply # 955761 21-Dec-2013 11:33 Send private message

whats tbe format used by the public libraries?

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Reply # 955763 21-Dec-2013 11:37 Send private message

when I looked into it a while back none did. I dont think they will for some time if at all.  They use an epub format.  The Kobo can read it and if you have a Kindle Fire you can sideload overdrive on it then you can use library books. 
 There may be other options now but none I know of yet.




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  Reply # 955764 21-Dec-2013 11:37 Send private message

Quick look at a couple of NZ libraries sites show they mostly use EPub format

Kindle doesn't support that so you need to use a program like Calibre to convert

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  Reply # 955948 21-Dec-2013 19:06 Send private message

Calibre is an ugly beast of an application, but converts formats well. Plugins are available. DRM.
I created an account for the Auckland library ebook system and was sorely disappointed with the number of titles available.

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  Reply # 965990 13-Jan-2014 11:02 Send private message

nathan: Quick look at a couple of NZ libraries sites show they mostly use EPub format

Kindle doesn't support that so you need to use a program like Calibre to convert


This annoys me.

In order to read library books on my Kindle (ebook reader) I need to use Calibre to convert the files from .epub to .mobi

Doing this strips the DRM from the file and will never expire.

At this point, you are essentially a pirate as you have copied the ebook into a format that you can keep forever.

I want to legitimately borrow ebooks from the Library and read on my device of choice without resorting to 'piracy'.

My only solution is to give up and read the .epubs on my phone :(





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  Reply # 965995 13-Jan-2014 11:04 Send private message

bongojona:
nathan: Quick look at a couple of NZ libraries sites show they mostly use EPub format

Kindle doesn't support that so you need to use a program like Calibre to convert


This annoys me.

In order to read library books on my Kindle (ebook reader) I need to use Calibre to convert the files from .epub to .mobi

Doing this strips the DRM from the file and will never expire.

At this point, you are essentially a pirate as you have copied the ebook into a format that you can keep forever.

I want to legitimately borrow ebooks from the Library and read on my device of choice without resorting to 'piracy'.

My only solution is to give up and read the .epubs on my phone :(



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  Reply # 982609 9-Feb-2014 11:45 Send private message

networkn: Can Kindles read the format used by then NZ Public Libraries?


Don't be silly, why would libraries have books available in the most widely used format in the e book world...!!








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Reply # 993218 24-Feb-2014 11:58 Send private message

As mentioned above, email jeff@amazon. 

It's the publishers that put restrictions on what libraries can and cannot loan, and it's especially difficult with eBooks. (For example they may allow some titles in a series, but not others.)

Kindle devices are strictly for Amazon sales and US libraries.

Also as mentioned Calibre is the way around it- albeit not entirely legally.

I use it to get around the opposite problem- read my Amazon purchases on my Kobo Glo 

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