View Full Version : Where can a Canadian get e-books for e-ink?


Tinah
05-25-2011, 02:59 AM
My pocket book is on its way and I'll likely have it in my hands by tomorrow night. yay! :thumbsup:
My worry with the Entourage Edge Store having closed...where can I purchase or get books for the e-ink side?
I'm in Canada and Google books which Entourage is recommending, is not available in Canada. Neither is Amazon Market. It really sucks that neither Amazon nor Google recognizes Canadians as legit consumers.:(
Anyway, I'll be anxious to get some books downloaded, but where does a Canadian go to find...?:blink:

ivanjt
05-25-2011, 07:28 AM
You could start by looking on this site http://www.mobileread.com/forums/ebooks.php?forumid=128 or Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page or again if you are into SF then http://www.baen.com/library/
the Baen free library.

Also look up Calibre http://calibre.kovidgoyal.net/ to help you to manage your e-books.

borisb
05-25-2011, 09:08 AM
www.kobobooks.com is my primary source. If I can't find something there, then http://ebookstore.sony.com/ works very well, too.

jbcohen
05-25-2011, 09:38 AM
You are looking at the problem wrong. Look at the the edge that you bought and look at the formats that the reader can read, I beleive that it can read PDF and epub. If that is so all you need to do is look for an electronic book store that will sell you books in thsoe formats. With one warning many of the major stores use DRM to force people that have their brand of reader to buy there books from them, so your best bet is to look for electronic books stores that sell in multi-format or non-DRM books. With this type of book as long as your edge can read that format you can read the book.

sarah11918
05-25-2011, 11:36 AM
I use kobobooks.com as well. My husband recently downloaded the "Kindle for Mac" application for his laptop and he can download books on the computer, then use Calibre to organize, remove the DRM and they can be transfered to his kobo (or to my edge, if we wanted).

jbcohen, it's not entirely correct to say Tinah is looking at the problem wrong. Due to copyright and distribution agreements, there are many commercial sources that are, strictly speaking, not available to Canadians simply because of our geographical location. I know it sounds crazy, but there are ebooks available on Amazon, Borders and even the old Entourage bookstore itself that "can not be purchased in your area."

You're correct to say she should focus on the format, as those will all technically open on the edge, but when it comes to actually purchasing books (she asked about getting and purchasing), we ARE limited in our choices unless we employ a little digital sleight of hand.

Filark
05-25-2011, 03:18 PM
Don't forget library books! I know those are not "purchases", but if you have or can get a library card for a library that offers ebooks you will be able to read those on your PE too! :)

There's good info in the MobileRead Wiki (very top of page) about libraries (and ebookstores) if your local library doesn't lend ebooks.

The fine points of how to get books into your PE and into the Library of your PE are discussed in The Welcome Basket, courtesy of Borisb, on the enTourage forum as well as in many posts there. You will find the videos and User Guide on your new PE helpful as well. And if you're stuck -- well, you've already found who/how to ask!! :rofl:

Enjoy!! :thumbsup:

Tinah
05-25-2011, 06:10 PM
Thanks everyone for answereing so quickly! looks like I'll try Kobobooks. I just got my PE and it's charging. Will then register it and then try and get familiar with it. A little strange for me as I've never used a tablet nor e-reader before.
On average how long does it take to charge the battery? ...I can hardly wait! lol

Thanks Filark! will check that option out as well. I do have a library card but haven't actually gone to the library in ages!

And thank you Boris for your welcome basket posts on the Entourage Forum...am reading them now. (This newbie here has a LOT to learn :)

Tinah
05-26-2011, 12:16 AM
I've been looking but cannot find the answer.
I'm now trying to familiarize myself with the PE :)and got the Kobo download. I had the book...a little teeny number at the very top left of my Tablet and when I touched it and swiped down it was there and I could tap it and it opened up to read. Now I don't know what I did with it or where it went. I think I messed it up when I tried putting it in the library (I don't know how really).:smack:

After I download a book, how do I put it in the library? will I be able to open it on the Reader side?:blink:

Filark
05-26-2011, 01:31 AM
Ah, Tinah! :) The joys of new ownership. I remember them well. ;) Only took me 2 months or so to find my way around. And I have another ereader, which helped. :p

Let's see . . . . Did you buy the book? If so, tap Reader, then tap Open from Storage (I think). If you have to look for it, look in the Downloads folder. It should look like a blue book and (hopefully) show the title. Once you find it you can tap it and the book will open on the e-ink side. Once you have it there you can add it to your library or just read it, whichever. :)

If you downloaded the Kobo reader for Android software and your book is in that I don't know where it will be. There might be a folder just for Kobo books in your Storage section, and you might not be able to get it onto the e-ink side. If this is the case I or someone else can help you more. I go through my PC and either Calibre or Adobe Digital Editions to get my books. :)

Enjoy!!! :D

Tinah
05-26-2011, 03:47 AM
Thanks Filark.
I have found the files, but for some reason they are all a whole bunch of html files, about 20 of them. I can read those on the Tablet side, but since it doesn't scroll or play them in order reading it this way would be bothersome.
I've just downloaded Calibre.
When I download a book into Calibre, I'm guessing it'll be easier to add a book into my library.

Filark
05-26-2011, 05:26 AM
Unless the book is DRM-free, you won't be able to download straight to Calibre. If you download a book with Adobe DRM you will need Adobe Digital Editions, which you can get from Adobe.com, on your computer. You should be able to see the book in ADE and transfer it to your PE from there.

You can check the list of books and bookstores Calibre now includes for free book downloads, or get some from MobileRead to try. When you hook up your PE to your computer Calibre will recognize it (once you "mount" the PE) and you can then use the "send to device" feature. ADE is similar and should show your PE when it is mounted.

Good luck! Have fun! I'll check in tomorrow in case you have questions. :)

P.S. Be sure to use the same account name and password for ADE that you used for your eDGe Adobe registration. ;)

Last_of_the_PEs
05-27-2011, 01:58 AM
In Canada, shouldn't it be eh-ink?

sarah11918
05-28-2011, 01:48 PM
In Canada, shouldn't it be eh-ink?

I love a good eh joke. Approved!