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Feel free to post links to your journal where you've spelled out your questions in detail (or just make a new post here; it's totally fine to make a long post about "thinking about ebook readers; what's the pros & cons of these two?")

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I was wondering what folks would recommend as a solution for reading tabletop RPG and other PDFs? I used to do this on a Kindle DX, but sometimes the graphics-heavy ones would cause it go slow, and then my DX broke, and I don't think they make new ones anymore so I don't trust them? I have a Kindle Paperwhite, but the screen size is a no-go because they typically make some full-sized (8.5"x11" or thereabouts). And ideally I'd like to be able to just load them from my desktop using a USB cable. I have an older iPad, but it doesn't have the USB thing and it's no good to me because my husband and daughter steal it to play games. XD Help?
I've posted an article on the tangle of Amazon ebook formats to my Mad File Format Science blog. Corrections or other comments are welcome either there or here.
Copying and pasting from [personal profile] arduinna

"I somehow missed that this was happening a few months back, so maybe other people did, too.

My Kindle for PC updated itself silently to version 1.19, which is compatible with Amazon's latest formatting. This is great for being able to use the new formatting! This is not so great if you use Calibre to manage your library. Calibre can't read or even recognize the new format, so can't import your books.

If you use Calibre, the easiest thing to do is to uninstall Kindle 1.19 and reinstall the older version, 1.17, and make sure that the "automatically update" box is unchecked.

The Mobileread forum has a thread on how to do this, including direct links to safe downloads of v 1.17 on Amazon. It also has instructions for other methods, if you don't want to downgrade your Kindle for PC/Mac."
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The Big Gay Fiction Giveaway is back! May 22-29, around 80 authors are giving away free books, short stories, chapters, and box sets.

It's run by Instafreebie, which means you give them an email address, they sign you up for a newsletter, and you get a DRM-free epub, mobi, or (sometimes) pdf sent to you. It's pretty painless except for all the newsletters you'll then belong to.
Akashic Books is doing an ebook advent calendar this year, giving way one free ebook every business day until Christmas Eve. The books come in DRM-free mobi or epub, and you don't have to sign in or up for anything, just download them right from the page.
Looking to discover great new voices in MM fiction? Then the Big Gay Fiction Giveaway is for you! A selection of the finest gay and bisexual historical fiction, literary fiction, new adult fiction, science fiction and fantasy, as well as traditional and paranormal romance, all free for a limited time. Enjoy full novels, short stories, and chapters.

Runs November 20-27.

Go to the site, click on the book you're interested in, and then that'll take you to another page that tells you if it's a full novel, short story, or preview. Then it takes an email address and Instafreebie sends you the file in DRM-free epub, mobi, or pdf. It does probably sign you up for all sorts of newsletters, but, hey, on the other hand, free books.
Ripetide Publishing is offering four LGBTQ books for free this week, so that anyone, no matter their financial means, can read these stories of love and hope:

Roller Girl by Vanessa North (f/f contemporary with a trans lead)
Lead Me Not by Ann Gallagher (inspirational m/m) [um, I think that means Christian]
Pickup Men by LC Chase (m/m cowboys)
When to Hold Them by GB Gordon (contemporary m/m)

Offer good until November 16, 2016; available in DRM-free epub, mobi or pdf. Requires an email. The file(s) will be sent to you.

If you wanna reblog on Tumblr.
Tor's starting an ebook of the month club, and if you sign up for their newsletter before August 7th, you can download Jo Walton's The Just City for free in epub or mobi, DRM-free.*

*Offer available only to those in the US and Canada.

Nine free novels and novellas! All you need is an email address, and you can get a DRM-free epub, mobi, or pdf sent to you.

Sweet Disorder, by Rose Lerner
Talk Sweetly to Me, by Courtney Milan
Rise of a Queen, by Chanta Rand
Be Not Afraid, by Alyssa Cole
The Hidden Blade, by Sherry Thomas
The Lawyer's Luck, by Piper Huguley
How to Catch a Wild Viscount, by Tessa Dare
Star Dust, by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner

If you don't know where to start, I can recommend Lerner and Milan. They're two of my favorite romance writers.
Heads up, m/m fans. Jordan Castillo Price is, for a limited time, giving away the first book in her Mnevermind series, The Persistence of Memory, for free!

It's available at Smashwords, which is my favorite place for ebooks because they're always DRM-free and come in a variety of formats, but also Kobo, Amazon, and iTunes.
I've noticed that odd things are happening with the prices on Amazon with regards to ebooks.

I thought hey! I should finally read the Vorkosigan Saga! So I went on Amazon, searched for Bujold and scrolled down the list of books.
Shards of Honor $6.99
6.99! not bad! I should buy that! I click the link and
Shards of Honor $8.74
8.74. That's more. Actually that's quite a lot more. :(

I do some more poking around. And it's everywhere. All english language ebooks for all authors. 25% price increase between initially listed price and what it actually costs.

Worth noting at this point is that I'm in Sweden. And since there is no such thing as amazon.se I'm buying from amazon.com and see all the prices in USD. Which I've been doing for years without issues (except for the occasional 'this title is not available in your country' which makes me sad).

I've been trying to google about this issue and all I could find was that, yes, ebooks costs different in different countries. Which I knew. But I did not find anything about Amazon being this blatant about showing me a cheaper price which I am not actually allowed to buy books for!

Also, I've been trying to remember earlier books I've bought and I think I've mostly been paying the same amount for ebooks as everyone else just going on internet comments and so on. Not this 25% more for every book all the time. I'm pretty sure I would have noticed that earlier considering I usually look around before I buy a book.

Anyone have any idea what's going on?
Hey everyone, I was wondering if any of you have hacked a Kobo Glo?

I am a little frustrated that the browser that comes with the Kobo is so slow - I mean, better than none! But right now what I do is browse for fics on the computer or phone, and then start the Kobo Glo browser, whose homepage I have set for http://archiveofourown.org/works/, then I enter the number of the fic I want, hit the download, et voilà. Ten years ago I would've dreamed of a setup this wonderful, but right now, it mostly means I don't bother switching from my phone to the e-reader unless the fic is well above 30k, which obviously is bad both from an eye-health point of view and from an energy consumption point of view.

So, android hacking a Kobo, yay/nay? Does it make the browsing faster? Does it have any benefits at all? Or is there another browser out there that's better than what comes with the Glo? Any tips or tricks would be appreciated.

ETA: to clarify - I'm not looking for instructions on how to hack the device, I'm sure I can find them (though if you have a rec, by all means tell me). I'm more interested in finding out if it's worth it to hack the Kobo if 99.9% of the time I use it I'm reading AO3 epubs.

ETA2: I just updated my Kobo to the newest firmware and it's now significantly faster during scrolling, so that solved that problem. If you've not updated the firmware in a while, I highly recommend it.
What are my options for reading PDFs on a mobile device if they're formatted for something like 8.5"x11" or thereabouts pages? (I read a lot of indie RPGs.) My Kindle DX died and since it's been years, I thought I'd look into other options? I do have an iPad so if that's the best option I'll go with it (app recs appreciated), but (a) the battery life seems kind of short and (b) I have to fight over it with my other family members. :)
For those of us with Kobos, I've put together a guide on how to increase the storage space on 'em. It's mostly geared towards the Kobo Mini, but I'm told it's basically the same with all of them.

Tahdah! Link goes to my blog.

My method uses 100% free software: any cost comes from getting a new SD card. My total cost was £15, which included a new micro SD, a set of tiny screwdrivers and a micro SD converter.
Hi guys,

I've been unable to receive by e-mail any .mobi files (like AO3 ones) I've sent to my old Kindle (2nd generation, non-tactile one) since yesterday. I can read them fine if I transfer them via USB.
Support told me .mobi wasn't a format supported by email sending and conversion, which I know is not true since this is in the user guide and the error mails I get tells me the personal document service supports mobi books. Also I've been doing it for three years.

Edit: now they're telling me it can sometimes fail with this format and that it's not 'officially' supported... Never mind that it's always worked for me.

Edit2: seeing as I've able to send .mobi files from other websites this might be a weird AO3 issue.

Have you had or are you having this problem too? (and to clarify I'm not looking for alternative solutions)

Edit3: AO3 issue due to some changes Amazon made.
Thought others here might find this new article to be of interest.

"Some 54% of Americans currently read ebooks, according to the new poll, conducted in March 2014 among 2,234 U.S. adults. This result conflicts with a recent study from Pew, which found in January 2014 that 28% of Americans read an ebook in the last year.

The Harris Poll also found that those who read ebooks more read more books on average than other Americans. About a third of those who read ebooks exclusively or more than print read more than 20 books a year, while about a fifth of those who read more in print read more than 20 books a year.

Ebook readers also purchase more books, about double what other readers buy."
I just heard the sad news that one of my favourite ebook stores, Wizard's Tower Books, is closing down at the end of this month :( It has an excellent selection of LGBT/feminist scifi and fantasy, and very reasonable prises, so I recommend having a look around there while you still can.
https://www.humblebundle.com/
Humble bundles is doing another ebook sale: I'll just copy paste from the site

Seven sweet literary works. Humble eBook Bundle 3 features six novel works of prose from respected authors. Name your price for Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black, Jumper by Steven Gould, The Happiest Days of Our Lives by Wil Wheaton, and Zombies Versus Unicorns - An Anthology edited by Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier. Pay more than the average and you'll also receive Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and Mogworld by Yahtzee Croshaw!

As a special exclusive, pay $15 or more and you'll also get Homeland by Cory Doctorow (narrated by Wil Wheaton) in audiobook format!

Pay what you want. Separately, this anthology of literary greatness would typically cost you more than $75, but we're letting you set the price!

Compatible with computers and mobile devices. These books are available in multiple formats including PDF, MOBI, and ePub, so they work great on your computer, eBook readers, and a wide array of mobile devices! Full viewing instructions can be found here. Please note that this is the digital debut for some of these great titles, and if you're having any viewing or usability issues, please let us know through our email form!

Support charities and authors. You choose where your money goes: between the authors and/or the following charities, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Emergency Medical Fund and World Reader. If you like this promotion, a tip to Humble Bundle would be greatly appreciated!
This is cross posted.

http://www.blank.org/addict/orig.addict.html

While working for the Topeka Capital Journal, Jon Michael Bell wrote a book on Fred Phelps. The paper prevented him from publishing, claiming the $8 an hour they paid him made it their property. Court documents are public property and cannot be bought and sold. So in a grand act of defiance, he's directing everyone to the court documents.

Here is the entire manuscript as it was submitted to the court, in court document format.

The author wants everyone to give away 10 copies free and donate to charity if possible. He gives a list of some his favorites.


THIS IS EXREMELY TRIGGERING AND CONTAINS huge amounts of PROFANITY.
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