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Imagesheryl
Feb 18, 2011 3:38 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Okay, several of us have one of the newer (well, I guess they've been out for a few years, but you know what I mean!) e-readers - Nooks, Kindles and even one silly creature who reads off of her iTouch. Some of us even read off of our computers and skip the whole decision mess.

What about you - have you got one? Are you happy with your choice of eReader? Tell us all about it, or ask us, if you're shopping.
Imagedaylily
Feb 23, 2011 4:43 AM CST
I have an iPad. I use Bluefire Reader on the iPad, along with Adobe Digital Editions on my Mac. I download books from the library. Well, actually several libraries.

My only complaint about the actual iPad for reading is that it is heavy. Also, given the price, I wonder how much of the iPads total life reading on it is using.

As far as Adobe DE or Bluefire, no complaints.

Now, as far as getting books from the library... I am not very happy with that. Very few books are available to check out without being on a waiting list. I am on the list for several books that have over 50 people ahead of me.

My Mac died last Friday. I have a new one ordered, it should be here next week. Sure enough I got an email - using the iPad - that my turn has finally come for South of Broad. I have two days to download it, or it goes on to the next person. I can't download directly to the iPad, so months and months of waiting down the
drain.

So, not being able to download from library sites to the iPad is a problem for me right now.
Imagesheryl
Feb 23, 2011 9:22 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Wow, how frustrating.... seems like there should be a way to get around it. How come you don't download directly to your iPad?
Imagedaylily
Feb 23, 2011 11:31 AM CST
For some reason, when downloading from the library, it just does not work. Even if it did, the file that I download is just like a link file... When you open it with Adobe DE you get the "real" file, which ADE makes into a PDF or EPub file. Then that file goes onto the iPad.

I think if I was purchasing a book with iBooks, my Kindle app, or Google books, it would download directly to the iPad.
Imagesheryl
Feb 23, 2011 4:51 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Yeah, I think so ... I can't see where the iPad would be different from, say, a Power book. Not that I'm questioning your experience at all, it just don't make no sense.... Confused
BookerC1
Feb 24, 2011 12:06 PM CST
Name: Angie
Mackinaw, IL
Daylily, I had the same experience with borrowing books from the library on my Nook. If I purchase a book, or download a free e-book, I can do it directly from my Nook. If I borrow one from the library, I can't. I have to download it onto my computer, and then transfer it to my Nook.

So far, I've enjoyed everything about my Nook EXCEPT for borrowing from a library. For some reason, I run into difficulties every single time. I have to download to my computer, then transfer to my Nook. Most of the time, i get a pop-up asking for the name and credit card number of the person who purchased the book, and I am unable to open it. The first time it happened, I discovered that there is a list of FAQ's on the Alliance Library System website, but if you want to ask a question that isn't addressed on the FAQ's, your only option is to contact your local library. I did that, and they said they have never had any experience with e-readers, have no idea how they work, and don't even have any record on their computer that I have two e-books checked out on my library card through the Alliance Library system. I contacted Barnes and Noble, and a very helpful customer service rep. talked me through deleting Adobe Digital Editions (and all of the free e-books I had downloaded via Adobe DE) from my Nook, then re-installing all of it, and linking my Nook to my Adobe account (which I had already done.) Sure enough, I was able to open and read the library book after that.

The next time I checked out a book, though, I was right back to where I started: unable to download directly to my Nook, and unable to open it after I transferred from the computer to the Nook. Same pop-up wanting the name and credit card #. I repeated the steps I'd followed last time, deleting Adobe DE and all my free e-books (and losing my bookmarks in them in the process), and reinstalling it, but this time to no avail. I never was able to read that e-book on my Nook, only on my computer.

I also learned that there is no way to return a book early, if you finish it before the 2 week loan period. I'd been on the waiting list for an e-book for over a month, and my turn came up while I still had my limit of 2 e-books checked out. I was finished with the first one, but couldn't return it early, and I never was able to access the second one my Nook, so I couldn't check out the one I'd been waiting forever for. It went on to the next person on the waiting list, and I had to go back and re-join the waiting list at the end again. Sigh.

So. . .no problems at all purchasing books from B&N, no problem downloading or reading the free classics through Adobe DE. I just can't check out library books on it, which was one of the features that made me choose the Nook over the Kindle. I didn't want to be forced to buy recent books in order to read them, but that's exactly where I ended up.

Imagedaylily
Feb 24, 2011 3:14 PM CST
I figured out that you can return books thru ADE on your computer.

Click on it in ADE, then go to options.. For me, I think it was command click, and a list comes up with the option to return the book.

I hope as more and more people use readers for library books, the process becomes easier.
BookerC1
Feb 27, 2011 10:48 PM CST
Name: Angie
Mackinaw, IL
So you can do it through your computer, but not through your e-reader? Hmmm. I can't remember if I tried it using ADE on the computer or not. Next time. . .

I know there are a lot of kinks to work out with newer technology. It's just annoying when the kinks are only there for the FREE book options. LOL Then again, I might be a little irate if I could read free books, but not access the ones I actually paid for.

Angie

Imagesheryl
Feb 28, 2011 9:26 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Yeah, but then you could feel perfectly justified in complaining... Hilarious!
Imagedahlianut
Mar 3, 2011 5:15 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
Hi All. We just ordered Sony readers for travelling. Does anyone have a Sony reader and if so how do you like it? How are they for glare. Thanks muchly.
Imagesheryl
Mar 3, 2011 5:38 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Hi D-nut!

My DH, Teddy, had one, but it was a couple of years ago so it probably is different now. Will it let you use various outlets - like Barnes and Noble and Amazon? I get really annoyed with the proprietary software carp, which is why I won't get a Kindle. I assume it's the same with the Nook.
Imagedaylily
Mar 3, 2011 5:39 PM CST
Dahlia, the librarian who has been helping me originally told me that Sony readers work best for downloading from the library.

Speaking of that librarian, she sent me this email yesterday...

"Also, are you aware that there is now a NEW Overdrive Media app for the iPad that will allow you to download the ebook DIRECTLY on to the iPad?  It works really well and much better than the old way."

I already had the new version on the iPad, but had not tried it. I did start it up and I see where you can go to a library website and look for books. When I was doing this, I did not have my library card handy, so did not actually try downloading to the iPad yet.
Imagedahlianut
Mar 3, 2011 5:49 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
Thanks Sheryl. I know nothing about it. It was a sales promotion thing at my tru luv's work so he ordered them.

Daylily that is SO good to know. I'm particularly interested in nursery rhymes and fairy tales at the moment and there I find is more at the library than at the book stores. Also I was checking out an estore and when I opened up a book from my 'nursery rhyme' search, it was erotica EEEK! *Blush* Guess I better learn how to ebook shop better Sticking tongue out
lakesidecallas
Mar 4, 2011 12:47 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
I subscribe to a comic strip about libraries, and today's had to do with ebooks (well, sort of).
I thought it was kind of cute and hope no ebook readers get offended!

http://www.unshelved.com/2011-3-4?utm_source=Overdue+Media&utm_campaign=f30fe21be0-UA-127250-5&utm_medium=email
Imagedahlianut
Mar 4, 2011 1:19 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
Rolling on the floor laughing @ 'Don't you want to read the message thread below!?! And get into an argument with STRANGERS?!' Rolling on the floor laughing

It reminds me of when I was a seedling and my parents took me to see the movie 'Swiss Family Robinson' and there was less kidlings than in the book. I was horrified and cried til my eyes swoll shut cuz I thought one of them had died. I like Matilda's reaction better. YOU GO GIRL!
Imagesheryl
Mar 4, 2011 4:40 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Oy- Sounds too much like my on-line life - sometimes.....

That was very cute, Susan. I think that makes you a true library-geek; I never even knew there was a comic strip about libraries... Hurray!
Imagekniphofia
Mar 13, 2011 10:38 PM CST
Name: Sue Taylor
Northumberland, UK
I have a Kindle and love it. The instant gratification of downloading a book you can start reading immediately is wonderful!

I spend too much time reading off a computer screen as it is so I really appreciate the non-glare of the Kindle e-ink.
Imagesheryl
Mar 14, 2011 6:43 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
My iTouch has crashed (grrrr.....) so I had the pleasure of using Teddy's iPad last week - it is, indeed, great to use. Nice big screen.
Imagekqcrna
Mar 15, 2011 2:40 PM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh
I'm reading a free Kindle book "Wild Sight". It took a while to get into it. I could do without the romance part. Set in Ireland, it's different from my usual reading, but I like it now.

Karen
Imagedahlianut
Apr 3, 2011 1:56 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
O bother I can't figure out how to download directly to the Sony Reader but when I drag the book from the puter library to my reader library it goes in lickety-split so I guess that's what I'll do.

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