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Old Dec 07, 2012, 08:26 AM
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OK the guy at Bestbuy just told my mother inlaw that the IPad can't download books from the library. Now is it that it can't read them or just that it can't directly download them? I saw a video where a guy downloaded the books on his computer and then transferred them in with ITunes. Seems straightforward enough though maybe a little hassle.

I've also downloaded Kindle on my IPad 2 but I don't have any books. Seems I can download Kindle books directly either. Is that so?

Also the guy at Bestbuy said the IPad would treat these files like a virus and not allow them to open. Is that true?

Thanks guys!
Mr Wiz - if you have an Amazon account, then using the Kindle reader app go to the Kindle store and download some of the free books.

(Many of the classics are free, and many of the new books are - as authors tend to offer the first one for free in order to get you hooked).

Have fun!
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 09:01 AM
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Mr Wiz - if you have an Amazon account, then using the Kindle reader app go to the Kindle store and download some of the free books.

(Many of the classics are free, and many of the new books are - as authors tend to offer the first one for free in order to get you hooked).

Have fun!
And, as I am finding out with that, there seem to be no requirements for authors whatsoever; even that they use correct words.

The free books, imho, are frequently worth what you pay for them. While storylines may seem interesting, in many cases, the silly homophone spellings used show a lack in primary education. Couple this with poor story flow, and you get what I see in my Kindle; multiple free books that are part of interesting series, where I don't pay even the $0.99 for the second book.
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 09:06 AM
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OK the guy at Bestbuy just told my mother inlaw that the IPad can't download books from the library. Now is it that it can't read them or just that it can't directly download them? I saw a video where a guy downloaded the books on his computer and then transferred them in with ITunes. Seems straightforward enough though maybe a little hassle.

I've also downloaded Kindle on my IPad 2 but I don't have any books. Seems I can download Kindle books directly either. Is that so?

Also the guy at Bestbuy said the IPad would treat these files like a virus and not allow them to open. Is that true?

Thanks guys!
As I posted above, one simpler way to get your epubs (library) books to iBooks is to use your computer to access the library, then move them to Dropbox. Install Dropbox on the ipad, open them there into iBooks..

You could also install the nook app on the iPad, it can also read ePub files. There are other non branded ebook reader apps, I use iBooks myself. It will also read PDFs.
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 09:07 AM
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And, as I am finding out with that, there seem to be no requirements for authors whatsoever; even that they use correct words.

The free books, imho, are frequently worth what you pay for them. While storylines may seem interesting, in many cases, the silly homophone spellings used show a lack in primary education. Couple this with poor story flow, and you get what I see in my Kindle; multiple free books that are part of interesting series, where I don't pay even the $0.99 for the second book.
I've seen that, and also seen some pretty promising (initial) stuff, wrightme.

(I've even taken to edit the books and to correct the spelling, just to stop it irritating me OK, so I'm a bit of an anorak... ).

But hey, you didn't pay a lot for them, and everyone has to start somewhere...
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 09:08 AM
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I've seen that, and also seen some pretty promising (initial) stuff, wrightme.

(I've even taken to edit the books and to correct the spelling, just to stop it irritating me OK, so I'm a bit of an anorak... ).

But hey, you didn't pay a lot for them, and everyone has to start somewhere...
I too have seen very promising stuff for free, and those, I sometimes follow through. I seem to have a 'glass ceiling' at about $2.99, and trilogy limit also. Above that cost and number in a series, it better be VERY good.

A recent one that seems on the cusp, was 'Dark Earth' by Jason Halstead. I also read 'Void Hawk' by him, and I chose to not follow the series at $3.99 each. It came close to being there though. If you tend to any sci-fi / fantasy genre, give him a try. He seems to exhibit a unique and creative ability to present a subject in ways that aren't simply copies of standard fare.
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 09:34 AM
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You guys have been a bunch of help.

Thanks so much, everyone.
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 09:54 AM
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I too have seen very promising stuff for free, and those, I sometimes follow through. I seem to have a 'glass ceiling' at about $2.99, and trilogy limit also. Above that cost and number in a series, it better be VERY good.

A recent one that seems on the cusp, was 'Dark Earth' by Jason Halstead. I also read 'Void Hawk' by him, and I chose to not follow the series at $3.99 each. It came close to being there though. If you tend to any sci-fi / fantasy genre, give him a try. He seems to exhibit a unique and creative ability to present a subject in ways that aren't simply copies of standard fare.
I've read all of the VoidHawk series.

Basically a good read, apart from the inability of the author to bother to get his darned books proof-read!

Spelling mistakes, wrong words ('her' instead of 'him' etc), gobbledegook sentences in every one of the books. (I've commented such on my reviews, and others have also said the same).

Basically, promising - but he needs to become more professional on his output!

I haven't tried the 'Dark Earth' Series, and am not inclined if it hasn't been proofed.

Try the 'Loadstone' series by Mark Whiteway! They are good cheapies!

If you want a Mega-read of quality Sci-Fi, then Peter F Hamilton is your man (but the big books are 1400 pages! I've read all 10 of his ).

If you want a smaller sample read the Greg Mandel series 'Mindstar Rising' etc.

Treat yourself!
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 10:09 AM
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NA, thanks for the suggestions, I will check them out.
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 10:36 AM
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We talked with a librarian about checking out books on the Kindle Fire HD. She said that many formats wouldn't work, but that most books were also available as PDF, which our reader can view.

They also said that many e-book publishing firms wouldn't even sell to libraries, so the e-catalog will be a small fraction of what's available in dead-tree format.
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 10:38 AM
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I just called the local district library and they support Kindle, Nook and iPad.
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 10:57 AM
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 11:39 AM
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OK, so I'm a bit of an anorak... ).
Well now, I just learnt a new use of that word-- in Americanish, it's thought of as a hooded furry jacket.


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(I've commented such on my reviews, and others have also said the same)
Oh dang, you're also a literary critic?



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Old Dec 07, 2012, 11:48 AM
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Well now, I just learnt a new use of that word-- in Americanish, it's thought of as a hooded furry jacket.


Oh dang, you're also a literary critic?



--Bill
You are indeed correct, Bill!

Used here to represent 'Geeks with glasses' who would wear such things everywhere = a Geek!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anorak_%28slang%29
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 04:43 PM
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Ah yes, and to the season should we be wary of geeks bearing gifts?

Sorry. I had to. I was compelled.

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Old Dec 07, 2012, 04:46 PM
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Ah yes, and to the season should we be wary of geeks bearing gifts?

Sorry. I had to. I was compelled.

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Bill, lean forward... *Slap*...

Sorry. I had to. I was compelled.

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