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Topic # 225964 13-Dec-2017 10:51
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Hi

 

 

Thinking of getting a Kindle as a gift for an enthusiastic reader of eBooks.

 

The current option is a dying and spluttering iPad. However the iPad can download Auckland Library eBooks pretty easily.

 

 

I think a dedicated eReader might be a treat but I'd like to make sure it can also download Library books OK.

 

 

Can anyone with experience provide some advice on how well that works?

 

 

Thanks much

 

Craig

 


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  Reply # 1918924 13-Dec-2017 10:55
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Might want to look at a kobe instead

 

https://www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/Pages/overdrive-ebook-02ereader-03kindle.aspx 

 

OverDrive and Kindle eReaders

 

Unfortunately most Kindle eReaders are not compatible with our eBook websites because they do not use the industry standard formats for eBooks (EPUB or PDF). Only Amazon Fire tablets are compatible.

 

Incompatible Kindle devices:

 

  •  

    Kindle

     

  •  

    Kindle DX

     

  •  

    Kindle Keyboard

     

  •  

    Kindle Paperwhite

     

  •  

    Kindle Touch

     

  •  

    Kindle Voyage

     

  •  

    Kindle Oasis

     

Compatible Kindle devices:

 

  •  

    Kindle Fire

     

  •  

    Kindle Fire HD

     

  •  

    Kindle Fire HDX

     


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  Reply # 1918929 13-Dec-2017 10:59
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Yup, go for a Kobo if you want to load library books.


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  Reply # 1918961 13-Dec-2017 11:16
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I use a Kobo for this and it works very well - a slightly complicated process to go through to set it up, but doable.  The newest Kobos look really nice and are water resistant.

 

Getting Amazon/Kindle material onto the Kobo is very easy with Calibre




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  Reply # 1918991 13-Dec-2017 12:33
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Thanks all, very helpful.

 

 

Cheers

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  Reply # 1918995 13-Dec-2017 12:38
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Have a read of this article.  Basically each kindle has an email address that you can send through a file amazon will convert it if its a supported type.   I've sent the odd PDF to my kindle through that method I did try epub after using calibre once but don't really remember the results as I only purchase ebooks from the amazon store now.

 

I will admit the Kobo is likely easier with the library just wanted to point out there is other ways if for other reasons they might prefer a kindle.


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  Reply # 1919007 13-Dec-2017 12:46
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I've tried EPUBs via Kindle email system, and they get rejected for me. So off to Calibre I go....

 

 





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  Reply # 1919010 13-Dec-2017 12:48
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I'm looking at new eReader to replace my wife's. Looking at Kobo as she's not tied into the Amazon ecosystem and would like to access Auckland Library books (Her current Sony eReader can't access them). I see that the top of the line AuroOne has overdrive built in so less hassle with Library books. Has anyone used one, is it worth the price premium over the less expensive model that can still access library books however through a PC?


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  Reply # 1919037 13-Dec-2017 13:31
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Senecio:

I'm looking at new eReader to replace my wife's. Looking at Kobo as she's not tied into the Amazon ecosystem and would like to access Auckland Library books (Her current Sony eReader can't access them). I see that the top of the line AuroOne has overdrive built in so less hassle with Library books. Has anyone used one, is it worth the price premium osver the less expensive model that can still access library books however through a PC?



Not wanting to stop you spending money on a good cause but is your problem this?

From an Overdrive help page

"When possible, we recommend using Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) to transfer titles to an eReader.

However, there are a few models of Sony Reader (like the Reader Wi-Fi) that are not compatible with ADE. In these cases, instead of ADE, you can use Sony's Reader for PC/Mac software to transfer eBooks from your computer to your Reader."

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  Reply # 1919044 13-Dec-2017 14:02
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Once you have set up ADE on your PC (this process takes about 15 minutes), the actual business of borrowing books is very simple

 

I guess if you don't have a PC, then having Overdrive built in would be a big plus


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  Reply # 1919050 13-Dec-2017 14:15
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blackjack17:

 

Might want to look at a kobe instead

 

https://www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/Pages/overdrive-ebook-02ereader-03kindle.aspx 

 

OverDrive and Kindle eReaders

 

Unfortunately most Kindle eReaders are not compatible with our eBook websites because they do not use the industry standard formats for eBooks (EPUB or PDF). Only Amazon Fire tablets are compatible.

 

Incompatible Kindle devices:

 

  •  

    Kindle

     

  •  

    Kindle DX

     

  •  

    Kindle Keyboard

     

  •  

    Kindle Paperwhite

     

  •  

    Kindle Touch

     

  •  

    Kindle Voyage

     

  •  

    Kindle Oasis

     

Compatible Kindle devices:

 

  •  

    Kindle Fire

     

  •  

    Kindle Fire HD

     

  •  

    Kindle Fire HDX

     

 

This is one of the most frustrating things about owning a Kindle eReader.

 

Whilst they are by far the dominant species in the eReader world, they  have a very closed ecosystem, as they are designed to consume only (or at the very least, mostly) Amazon content.

 

Great for that, but hopeless for anything else. By the same token, others use formats that allow the library books to be read, but have limited libraries themselves as Amazon hold the largest share of rights to books.

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1919064 13-Dec-2017 14:39
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I convert everything to mobi using Calibre on my PC, then it's easy to get onto the Kindle. I use Send to Kindle tool.





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  Reply # 1919112 13-Dec-2017 15:21
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I have switched to Kobo as from early this year havent been able to convert Kindle books to calibre. Googling all comes up with not possible yet. With the old mobi or AZW I could but now they have switched to KFX format I cant so I only buy Kobo books now so Kobo is the one I recommend





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  Reply # 1919131 13-Dec-2017 15:42
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Have you tried since October? Looks like some progress has been made.

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=291290

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  Reply # 1919254 13-Dec-2017 19:26
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A problem with Kobo is the narrower selection of books available to purchase compared to Kindle. Of course, one can purchase Kindle books and convert them using Calibre. But this also deletes the otherwise easy purchasing and automatic downloading of native titles.

Personally, I reckon be most influenced by the source of books: if a majority will be library rentals, but a Kobo; a Kindle if intending to purchase most titles.

My son has a Kobo, and the use of ADE to transfer tittles is enough to put him off using it regularly. I love the idea of having Oversrive built in, but I imagine their top model doesn’t come cheap...

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  Reply # 1919259 13-Dec-2017 19:31
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jonathan18: A problem with Kobo is the narrower selection of books available to purchase compared to Kindle. Of course, one can purchase Kindle books and convert them using Calibre. But this also deletes the otherwise easy purchasing and automatic downloading of native titles.

Personally, I reckon be most influenced by the source of books: if a majority will be library rentals, but a Kobo; a Kindle if intending to purchase most titles.

My son has a Kobo, and the use of ADE to transfer tittles is enough to put him off using it regularly. I love the idea of having Oversrive built in, but I imagine their top model doesn’t come cheap...

 

My Kobo I buy the book from web and when I open Kobo it is there, just select download and it is downloaded on kobo quickly, no ADE to worry about. Only need ADE if you are going to convert it. Can even buy from Kobo itself.  Couldnt be easier. Kobo Glo is mine





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