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Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Indiana627, Jul 31, 2010.
Reviewer loves the screen. Not much else, tho.
According to this report, the Potter e-series will be compatible with just about any e-reader except the Kindle. I guess this is because Amazon doesn't want to see books available in MOBI format for which they're not receivin a 30% cut? Doesn't seem to be an issue for B&N, tho they don't have a "proprietary" format. They support ePub and PDF, if I'm not mistaken.
If they're truly DRM-free, I wonder if you could purchase them from pottermore.com and convert them to MOBI using a program like Calibre? :scratchin I guess we'll have to wait and see. Perhaps by the time they're available, pottermore and Amazon will have come to some sort of agreement.
Kindle DOES support MOBI format if it doesn't have DRM. I should know, I have several MOBI & PRC files on mine and read them with no problem.
Based on that Gizmodo piece, sounds like those pottermore.com files are either going to be ePub or PDF. I wonder why pottermore can't just make them available in DRM-free MOBI to begin with, along with ePub? Amazon gonna sue? :scratchin
I get MOBI stuff from Baen all the time for my Kindle. PDF will work as well. I thought the original announcement on the Potter books said they were going to be platform agnostic.
You'd think so, right? I don't know where Gizmodo is getting their info. I was unable to tell from the pottermore.com site or the Rowling video.
More info. Amazon might still be in play.
Amazon has turned on the service to borrow Kindle books from your local library. Link
Interesting they inserted their storefront into the process as an intermediary, instead of just letting Overdrive or Adobe Digital Editions update the Kindle directly, like the Nook. It makes the process pretty straighforward for the consumer, IMO, as well as allows Amazon to gather usage statistics and create a preferences profile for that customer. I guess it's a win-win.
I suppose it was needed to enable wireless delivery to the Kindle. May have to sign up for a library card at some point to try it out.
Because of economic reasons, Santa Clara County libraries may charge you $80/year to have a library card - all dependent on where you live. For me to get FREE library books on my Kindle, it'll cost $80.
That's the equivalent of about 8-10 or more ebooks purchased from Amazon.
For some, that is NOT a good deal. For me, not too bad as I am a voracious reader. I got my Kindle for Christmas last year and have read at least 40 books so far. I'm trying to average at least a book a week.
Maybe my local library (no fee) will get into overdrive and get Overdrive lending...
County libraries are "free" here, but it's small perk, considering the exorbitant property taxes we pay here in NY.
I just noticed my local library's web site is touting something called "Overdrive Advantage". It's explained as:
No charge in my county, Fort Bend, but you are required to physically go to the library to complete the application.
Same here. Could be a standard library requirement.
There is no charge for a library card here, but I am paying $115 this year in property taxes to my library district. I have read several library books on my Nook Color and it is a nice service.
Based on the number of news reports I'm seeing on this, the casual observer might think library e-books are an Amazon "exclusive", instead of them being last to the party! :lol:
I didn't have a huge amount of interest in doing this but I thought I'd check and sure enough my local library offers it. I did a search for titles with available copies though and they were pretty darned thin, guess I'll stick with purchasing mine from the Kindle store.
That's because Amazon controls everything, actually just everything that Google doesn't already control, didn't you know that???
Went to my Los Gatos library site last night. I was looking through the compatible devices and such. No Kindle listed.
Then I went back to the main page. The bar on the left of the page was longer than the main contents. I scrolled down to the bottome and there was an ad type box on the left below th emain content:
"Coming soon! Overdrive for Kindle"
...and there was much rejoicing.:dance01::jumpingja:joy::goodjob:
Saw someplace yesterday that Overdrive was pushing out updates for Kindle support over the next few days. Amazon's announcement might have been a little premature.