My Sony PRS-350 is becoming increasingly flakey so I'm looking around for a new eBook reader and I'd love to hear any recommendations.

My main requirements are:

  1. ePub format support (I have a lot of ePubs)
  2. Plays nicely with Calibre (I read a lot of fanfic on my ereader and use Calibre to manage conversion)
  3. Decent zooming of PDFs.

    This is something of a specialist requirement, I find not all PDFs worked well in the Sony reader when I just enlarged the font size (diagrams and equations in particular didn't like it), but the Sony eReader's actual zooming function was really horrible and you kept having to switch in and out of it to turn pages, so I'd love something that would let me read scientific papers on the device with a bit more ease.

    EDIT: I know I'm never going to get Adobe Reader style functionality on an e-Ink device. I never expected to be reading PDFs on it, but it's become something I find useful. So anything that improves the PDF experience over that on the PRS-350 is good and anything that makes it harder is bad.
  4. At least 12 hours battery life (which most ereaders have, but not all tablets if you want to recommend one of them).

I probably want something a little larger than the PRS-350. I loved the portability of it, but I was magnifying everything up at least one font size, and that's a problem that will only get worse and the lack of screen real-estate also contributed to the problems I was having with the PDFs.

If I can access Analog Science Fiction and Fact from the UK on it (which I've not been able to do since Barnes & Noble bought out Fictionwise) then that would be an added bonus.

Playing nicely with Adobe Digital Editions on a Mac (which the Sony doesn't) would also be a plus since I have a book I purchased for $1 in ADE and I'd sort of like to read it some day, even though I only paid a dollar for it.

Beyond that I'm open to suggestions. I've managed quite happily without a wireless connection but I'm prepared to be convinced I would benefit from one.
I've been using the Marvin iPod Touch reader software for a week and I'm squeeing so hard my dog is hiding (see icon).

My summary over at [community profile] iapps comm. Righ now it's iOS-only.

tl;dr Best Reader Software ever.
Tags: has a lot of free and very cheap books on nearly on any subject you can think of. also has loads of free and cheap books.

They change all the time. these are websites to keep an eye on.
I'm looking for a new reader and since I'm a sucker for new and shiny my eyes glomed onto glowy e-readers. Not having seen any in real life, I figured I'd ask for your opinion. Any of you tried kindle paperwhite or kobo glo? maybe something else? What's your experience?
eta NEVERMIND OMG I finally solved it!!!!!!

I am still unable to resolve an issue I'm having with my Kobo Glo.
To recap, a friend bought me an eBook. It will open on my computer, but not on the Kobo, due to DRM issues. ("not currently authorized with your Adobe ID".) Signing in on the device seems to be a sticking point... how do I do this?
The answer is, there is a tiny gear icon in digital editions next to the Kobo icon. I clicked that, the clicked "Authorize device" and it finally worked! *puts hair back in head*

Things I've tried (with friend's help):
Getting a brand-new Adobe ID with a brand-new email address.
Doing the factory reset on the device (I may try this again)... of particular alarm was that the first adobe ID claimed it was invaled: it could only be used on one computer, even though the website claims otherwise!
Uninstalling and reinstalling Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) and Kobo desktop software

It's not that this particular book is so important to me. It's that I worry about buying more books, and if I'm going to keep running into this issue; although it does bug me that my friend's money is wasted on a book I can't read! I use my Kobo mostly for free things like fanfic and maybe I will keep it that way.

After much research, I have come to the conclusion that (1) the only commonly available ereader without out of the box English <-> $language dictionaries is the Kindle, and it's not possible to install additional dictionaries, and (2) my best bet for a number of reasons is probably going to be an Android tablet.

Does anyone know whether there are ereader apps for Android that allow installation of offline English <-> $language dictionaries (I'm interested in Russian, Hungarian, and Swedish particularly, but also French), and whether there are good offline dictionaries available, ones that don't require you to be able to turn the word into its root form (especially important for Hungarian) and which work within the ereader program without having to leave the book?

I've done some looking around and at one point installed Moon+ Reader on my phone and then failed to figure out how to use any of the supposedly available offline dictionaries, but I haven't really been able to find a clear answer and trying to figure out how to do anything ebook-related on my phone (NOT my preferred reading device) makes me cranky.

It looks like Moon+ Reader and ABBYY Lingvo Dictionaries might be exactly what I'm looking for, but I can't tell without buying them, so I thought I'd ask if anyone else has successfully used this combo. The ABBYY reviews look like they are expensive if you want to buy the more "advanced" dictionaries and the software may be pretty glitchy.

This is driving me up the wall--it seems like such an incredibly obvious and useful function of ereaders, I'd think everyone would have this kind of feature.
Apparently today Random House and Penguin have merged... they will now be called "Penguin Random House".

The Kobo Mini is on sale until July 18, for $40+shipping.
  • 5" touchscreen (smaller than most ereaders)
  • 1GB user-available storage
  • Available in black or white
  • 8 font styles with 24 font sizes
  • Pearl E-Ink screen (long battery life, B&W only)
  • Various cloud and internet features that I know nothing about
Technical specs

I've ordered one. I'll post a review when it shows up. This may be the ereader I've been waiting for. (Well, except for touchscreen, which I don't like, but for $40 I'm certainly willing to give it a try.)

ETA: Kobo apparently has problems with double-billing; I checked my purchase, which had an authorization error at first, and sure enough, I've been billed twice. I've sent an email to try to get it fixed; if that doesn't work, I can contact my bank to contest the charges. Just a warning for people whose money is tight--if you get an auth error, DO NOT attempt to repeat the purchase right away.

They must have close to 50 books. Or more. You will have to wade thru the opportunity to get firebombed with spam email, but the fact that I (shudder) actually signed up for their newsletter to get to the index may protect you. Or not you might have to shovel your own way to get books to learn how to knit and sew and make benches all by your self.

Books on making bracelets, gloves, hats, cookbooks, carpentry, jewelry, leather, and a gazillion links.
The process of getting Files that Last up and selling on KDP was a straightforward and quick one. It gave me some experience with preparing a book with tricky formatting, and some notes on this might be useful to others.

I prefer supporting Smashwords to Amazon; Amazon takes a closed-platform approach and encourages DRM in books. Still, lots of people buy through Amazon and I'm not cutting my nose off to spite my face.

Amazon, unlike Smashwords, lets you preview your converted book before publishing it. This is a wonderful thing, and I went through several rounds of formatting. The first time, I uploaded a Word file and discovered some annoying problems, especially with XML formatting. All the monospaced text had been turned into a proportional font, and everything was right-justified. This meant that if a line of code wrapped, it was stretched out with wide spaces to the right margin.

I figured out that the better plan was to save the book as HTML and tweak the CSS. (A basic understanding of HTML and CSS should be part of any self-published e-book author's skill set.) OpenOffice saves a file with lots of CSS markup, without which the effort would have been impossible.

A few changes to the styles produced much better results. Where there was a font declaration of 'font-family: "Courier-new", monospace', I removed the Courier-new reference. It seems to confuse KDP's conversion software. For all styles that applied to computer code, I added 'text-align:left'. For a really big block of computer code, I used <PRE>.

If I'd started with KDP, I would have done a lot more fiddling with the styles, but I might want to update both the Smashwords and KDP editions in the future, so I didn't want the two versions diverging too much.

In setting the foreign-currency prices, I could have opted for automatic conversion from the dollar prices, but this would have led to prices with odd numbers of cents. I figured they'd look more attractive to the buyer if they were all x.99, so I adjusted most of them even if it meant charging a few cents less.

Amazon got back to me the same day with the news that my book was accepted for online sales.
For a while now, Smashwords has been saying on its Channel Manager page: "Smashwords and Amazon are working to complete technical integration." This has delayed the appearance of my book on Amazon. Today I got an email from a moderately well-known writer with strong social media connections, who said she'd like to buy my book and possibly recommend it, but its not being on Amazon is an obstacle. I explained how she can get the book for Kindle from Smashwords, but I'm sure a lot of her readers would rather deal with a direct Amazon purchase. It isn't necessarily better, but it's familiar.

Does anyone know anything more about this situation and when it's likely to be resolved?
Dare we hope other publishers will willingly stop DRM'ing their ebooks?

Tor Books says cutting DRM hasn't hurt sales.
Right now there are some Andre Norton books as free Kindle books at Amazon.

Linky Link

I've got a book ready to upload to Smashwords, and because its formatting is complicated, I've created an EPUB file with Calibre to upload in addition to the Word file. When I upload the EPUB, I get a warning:

File 'META-INF/calibre_bookmarks.txt' in EPUB not listed in manifest!
Your .epub file is missing one or more elements in its manifest. A complete manifest is required for distribution to Apple. Here's how Wikipedia ( defines "Manifest":"The manifest element lists all the files contained in the package. Each file is represented by an item element, and has the attributes id, href, media-type. All XHTML (content documents), stylesheets, images or other media, embedded fonts, and the NCX file should be listed here."

I've unzipped the EPUB file, and there's an XML file called content.opf which contains a "manifest" element. It looks as if I should add something there for calibre_bookmarks.txt, but the elements are interrelated, and it's not obvious just what I should do. calibre_bookmarks.txt just contains a regular expression, and maybe it isn't needed. Just deleting it from the Zip file would be easy. Has anyone dealt with this issue before? If I get a quick response, that could help me to decide. If not, I'll try deleting that file from the ZIP and uploading again to see what happens. My announced publication date is Thursday. I did the first upload today because I figured there would be glitches like this. Thanks for any help.

It's Read an E-Book Week March 3-9. Some authors are giving away free or discounted ebooks (mostly free), and several publishers also have deals.

The site also has links to news articles about ebooks, ebook meta, and promo banners.

Now's a great time to post links to free/bargain ebooks you know about, or promo-discounts, or just recs for ebooks you think more people should be reading.
Dotdotdot is a "digital reading app." The site says it allows you to read e-books and web texts in one reader. I'm curious about how this would work and was wondering if anyone has tried it yet?

It is my understanding that the Kindle has a built-in app/feature where you can click on a word in a language (e.g. French) and a translation in, say, English will pop up. This sounds awesome. However, I have a Nook Color, and my googlefu is failing me as to whether there is a similar feature/available app that doesn't require rooting and installing the Kindle app.

Does anyone know of something like this?
I've been asked to donate a copy of my upcoming e-book to a charity auction. I have strong trust in the auction and the person who asked me, but I'm looking into the best way to do it before saying yes. Does anyone have experience with this, with Smashwords or in general?

One thought is that there might be some equivalent to a musician's download card, though I haven't seen such a thing.
From [ profile] jennirl: do you read ebooks? i have a few quick questions for you. →
i keep fiddling with the questions, but as January is already half over (?!) it is time to go ahead and send this out. reposting/demanding all your friends also take the survey is not only appreciated, but encouraged!
Survey over here is short and anonymous, and on finishing, you get the links to the roundups of the data from her last surveys. (I expect they're available elsewhere, but I didn't think to keep the tabs open to link later.)

This is one of the better-designed ebook surveys I've seen; it allows multiple answers and doesn't divide the ebook world into "Kindle" and "everything else." My only complaint is with the source-of-ebooks question; none of the stated options are DRM-free stores, although there is an "other" with a text box attached.


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