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reddevil79



Joined: 19 Jul 2004
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Location: Up in them Mixteca Mountains

PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the UK, local libraries are now stocking ebooks and you can download them from their sites. They then disappear from your ereader after a month or so.

Of course with the internet, there are a multitude of sites where you can download books without paying. The ebook market is still new, and quite often the electronic version of the book is more expensive than the physical one, absolute madness. Thereís no distribution or production costs, so itís an absolute scandal that they do this; itís the MP3 saga all over againÖ

What I read most of however are articles that I copy and paste from newspapers and magazines, create a word document, then just copy them over to the ereader. Reading current affairs stuff was something I really missed when I was away, and thereís only so much you can read on computer screen.
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BocaNY



Joined: 24 Mar 2009
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:46 am    Post subject: Re: Studying Reply with quote

Jbhughes wrote:
I'm currently considering buying an ereader to get back into reading and also to avoid having to have coursebooks/research shipped over from the UK.

People have mentioned studying a language, what about distance learning for university courses?

I'm looking at this budget model: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176445



Jbhughes, I am also starting a distance learning program soon. I looked into e textbooks and found that they only work on laptops and tablets. Sucks I know cuz I was hoping to get it on an ereader for easier reading.


Am still in the market for an ereader and I can get one free with my reward points. I have 2 options the Kobo & Aluratek Libre. Does anyone know anything about which of these is better.
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Qaaolchoura



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mimi_intheworld wrote:
Qaaolchoura wrote:

I'd still recommend against getting a Kindle. There's nothing it can do that other, comparably priced, e-readers can't and it comes with a number of anti-features designed to lock in Amazon's marketshare.

~Q

Q, that is honestly my concern about buying a kindle. I'm leaning toward a nook, mainly because I can get one for about $100 (because I work for the evil corporate empire, of course). But I am concerned about its usability overseas and would REALLY like to hear an international review of the device.

It works fine overseas, if we're talking about WiFi. Not sure why it wouldn't. Can't myself speak for the 3G model, but I've heard that doesn't work outside North America.

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~Q
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randm



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone here from the UK borrow ebooks from the library when abroad?

I'm about to buy an ereader, had decided on kindle but can't use that with my library (Kent). So maybe will get a Sony. However noticed on the library website that ebooks are only available to local residents and have to go into library with proof of address. But wondering if your location is checked when downloading a book?

Thanks.
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Mr_Monkey



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Qaaolchoura wrote:
mimi_intheworld wrote:
Qaaolchoura wrote:

I'd still recommend against getting a Kindle. There's nothing it can do that other, comparably priced, e-readers can't and it comes with a number of anti-features designed to lock in Amazon's marketshare.

~Q

Q, that is honestly my concern about buying a kindle. I'm leaning toward a nook, mainly because I can get one for about $100 (because I work for the evil corporate empire, of course). But I am concerned about its usability overseas and would REALLY like to hear an international review of the device.

It works fine overseas, if we're talking about WiFi. Not sure why it wouldn't. Can't myself speak for the 3G model, but I've heard that doesn't work outside North America.

Regards,
~Q
My Kindle 3G (UK) works just fine in Japan. You can use the 3G connection to check emails and the like, but the Kindle isn't designed as a web device, so it can be pretty painful for anything but the most basic tasks.

If you're concerned about lock-in, you can either jailbreak the Kindle or use an application like Calibre to manage it. It really is excellent, except with PDFs. Nevertheless, being difficult to convert is one of the primary functions of PDF, so it's not a problem restricted to the Kindle.

Randm, an IP address check is pretty much standard when it comes to accessing ebooks through some kind of lending system. However, it's actually trivially easy to evade IP-location checks with a VPN service. You could even do it using a friend's computer in the UK for free, but that's probably beyond what you or any friend would be prepared to do - too many hoops to jump through.
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reddevil79



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been taking out ebooks from Surrey and London libraries without any problem here in Mexico, though I do have a VPN just in case. I have a Sony ereader.
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