I had no idea this existed, but if you have old ereaders sitting around gathering dust, Amazon runs an electronics trade-in program.

Search results for Kindle.

Search results for Nook.

There were also results for Sony and Cybook.

Apparently the way it works is that Amazon acts as the middleman between yourself and a third party, and you receive an Amazon.com gift card as payment. Check out the FAQ for more information.

I thought I'd pass it on as some people are bound to have old ebook readers sitting around, and older electronics are hard to sell. Given the flexibility of the Amazon.com gift cards, it's certainly possible to use it on things like digital music if one doesn't prefer to buy ebooks from Amazon.

edit - As noted in the comments at [community profile] unclutter, markets like Craigslist are likely to yield higher amounts of money, should one sell directly to another buyer. Amazon definitely does not have the top dollar value for one's trade-ins. :)
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([personal profile] zvi May. 21st, 2012 10:24 pm)
I recently bought a kindle fire. I wanted to sideload AO3 fics to it. I saved a .mobi file and moved it into the /mnt/sdcard/Books directory, but it doesn't appear in the library. I tried opening it with two different file explorers, but neither of them could find a file handler. Any suggestions?

Eta: What I want to do is download via the web and open in the kindle app w/o ever using usb, emailing it, or calibre. What has so far happened is that I download from AO3 to the Download folder and move the file to either the Books or the Documents folder, and the Kindle app fails to recognize anything's been added to the device. If I try to open with File Expert, it won't recognize .mobi as a file it can handle. I have to go through a two step process of telling it to open the file as an Amazon book.
I'm looking for recommendations for one of those Kindle slip-covers/cover-thingies. I'm leaning towards purchasing one, since I don't want to damage the screen of my Kindle while I transport it, but I'd love to hear some feedback or suggestions or reviews from other Kindle owners before I plunk down cash.

I'm not looking for one of those Kindle covers that has a light in it. I'm really looking more for something I can shove into a purse or backpack and not worry about the Kindle being damaged. For it to look nice would be a great bonus. I'd prefer to buy something that's made in the USA (or at least not China) or handmade, but I'm open to general suggestions.

Has anyone had any good experiences with these things? Bad experiences? Suggested companies? Companies to stay away from? Must-see Etsy stores?

edit - I have a Kindle version 3. :)

First of all, please forgive me if I'm asking something stupid (or something that has been asked before), but I'm new around, and I'll admit I haven't had the opportunity to look around the community much.

That being said, I've a question, and I am hoping perhaps someone could enlighten me. :)

The Kindle manual says that the battery should last about a month (with wireless off, which, in my case, it always is). I've been using it somewhere between 6 and 8 hours per day, and it needed recharging around every 10-12 days. Is that normal? I've only used it this much for about a month, and before (and since), the battery life has been within range (or whatever Amazon.com calls "range"), but still, am curious...

My logic dictates that the it isn't the TIME itself that matters, but page-turns. Still, is that anywhere in "normal" range for a Kindle 3?

And something else, also related to the battery-life: after you upload a ton of books on it, does it DO anything that eats up insane amounts of battery-life? Like, I don't know, indexing or anything similar? After I put books on it it kind of froze and worked rather sluggishly and then the battery (which has been about half-full) just depleted itself FAST. The consumption rate looks normal now, but then it was just... weird.

Thank you for your time, and, again, I do hope I haven't broken any community rules or something. :)
I don't know if this is just an unverified rumour, or if there's fact behind it, but the folks at ereader.com have posted that Amazon will soon support the ePub format.  As a new Kindle owner  I'm pretty excited by this. I'm hoping this will make it easier to get even more books on the Amazon store, and it should make it easier for me to buy books from other retailers without having to run it through Calibre first. And obviously this will be great for everyone else as it'll open the market up further for competition (you know what book you want: do you buy it from B&N, Amazon, Kobo, etc?).

I wonder if this is how they were planning to add library support?

I really hope this is true as I think it would simplify the whole industry. We'd have a lot less "what books will my device support" if epub truly becomes the industry standard.

My introduction to this group! )
Back before AO3 went live with their ebook feature, I was a tester. I only had my computer for reading ebooks and now that I have an ereader, I'm discovering issues that I didn't have with ARE. So, I've reoffered my services to them as they are in need of testers. If you want to join me, the link to sign up to be a volunteer is here.
I found a site with nice screensavers for Kindle. The problem is, how do I get them on my Kindle? Can you point me to any nifty sites that help me to jailbreak the screensaver folder? Had no luck with google so far...
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([personal profile] quivo Dec. 31st, 2010 03:52 pm)

Apparently, you can loan some Kindle books now:

From an Amazon Help page:
Eligible Kindle books can be loaned once for a period of 14 days. The borrower does not need to own a Kindle -- Kindle books can also be read using our free Kindle reading applications for PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android devices. Not all books are lendable -- it is up to the publisher or rights holder to determine which titles are eligible for lending. The lender will not be able to read the book during the loan period.

And there are directions on that page for doing this. Anyone feel like testing this feature and giving us a trip report?

Edit: Okay, I found a couple books that had the "Loan This Book" button, and it looks like anything that can be loaned will use the Nook model. I.e. lend it once for 14 days, and that's it. This included a book that I know that the author published on his own through Amazon, which makes me think that the feature is more or less an item they're putting in so that Barnes and Noble can't say they're the only ones that do it.

I do wonder if self-publishers will eventually be able to make it so their book can be loaned more than once, but I also doubt that Amazon has made provisions for that straight off.

Just wanted to share a tip for anyone who happens to still be using a Kindle 1.

Last week the wireless delivery system on my 1st gen started acting wonky. When I called tech support, I found out, through the course of conversation, that Kindle techs have been given authorization to offer 1st-gen owners $75 credit towards the purchase of a new model. You don't even have to send back your 1st gen-- they send you an address where you can recycle it, but if you want to, you can keep it too!

With holiday sales now in swing, $75 is nothing to sneeze at. I don't know how long they're going to be doing this offer. But if you can, find a reason to call tech support and while they're troubleshooting, ask them about this. Remember, you don't have to send your 1st gen back to them, so you can just TELL them something's not working and they should be able to declare it "malfunctioning" and give you the deal. I got the offer from a tech after being escalated past the first customer service rep who answered the phone, so you may need to get to that 2nd tier of support.

I was happy enough with my 1st gen, but now that I have the K3... omg. It's amazing.
Seems like Amazon has dropped the price of Kindle 2 to $189 to undercut the Nook.

The ebook reader wars begins.....
Can any I read a Kindle Edition on something besides a Kindle? I can't seem to find an answer saying one way or the other.

Here's a link to a Princeton study on use of the Kindle in a university class setting. It has the advantages and disadvantages you'd expect. The materials used were provided by the instructor, and there's no DRM issues. Students were able to move the materials onto a PC if they wanted to. Not being able to do that to back up ebook purchases is my biggest objection to the current ebook sales. We get to keep our paper copies; why can't we insure that we can keep our digital copies? Anyway, this study has interesting results

Perhaps someone can clarify this for me?

1. If I buy a Kindle, can I read ebooks from any other source, or am I bound to Amazon?

2. If I buy an ebook from Amazon, can I read it on any ebook reader, or am I bound to a Kindle?


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