View Full Version : Where do you get content for Astak EZReader?


tomsem
10-02-2009, 01:01 PM
I'm considering getting a Pocket Pro, but would like to know more about where to purchase content for it (when what I want to read is not available for free or in non DRM form). What are the top stores for this, and how does the selection compare with Amazon or Sony's?

griffonwing
10-02-2009, 01:04 PM
From my knowledge, the only place you cannot get books is through Sony and Amazon.
By the end of the year, though, Sony will have changed their books over to ePub format, so you can then buy through the Sony Store. Amazon has yet to catch on.

JSWolf
10-02-2009, 01:06 PM
Shortcovers, Feedbooks, BooksOnBoard just to name a few that do sell or have free ePub.

wallcraft
10-02-2009, 01:15 PM
Many new titles only come with DRM (encryption). For these ebooks you need to buy Adobe PDF or Adobe ePub. Adobe PDF ebooks are sometimes just called Adobe Digital Editions, after the Adobe app that reads both PDF and ePub. You use Desktop ADE to download the ebooks (and read them on your PC/Mac if you want) and mobile ADE built into the Pocket Pro to read them there.

Books on Board is probably still the best single US source for Adobe ePub ebooks, which work better than Adobe PDF on a Pocket Pro. Note that the entire Sony store is converting to Adobe ePub by the end of the year, and at that point you will be able to buy from them and read on a Pocket Pro.

Astak says they will later on add eReader DRM support to the Pocket Pro, but it isn't a done deal yet (so I would not rely on this). If eReader is added, then many other stores become potential sources for ebooks. The Barnes & Noble ebook store sells only eReader (they own the format), and they try to compete on price with Amazon.

SDRebel
10-02-2009, 02:29 PM
echapterone sells many books sligtly cheaper than others....
did you get the list of ebook stores that astak ships with the pocket pro?

6charlong
10-02-2009, 05:02 PM
I'd add Fictionwise (http://www.fictionwise.com/) which sells ePub books listed under the title "Multiformat" ONLY. As of this writing Fictionwise's secure ebooks cannot be read on the PPro but their Multiformat books have no DRM and can be downloaded in ePub.

Toeknee
10-02-2009, 06:01 PM
Also, check your local library as many of them will lend out ebooks. My local library has thousands of books in epub or pdf. Typically, the epub expires after a fixed loan period and then the file no longer works and someone else gets to borrow it. Downloading and deleting sure beats going down to the library, especially in the winter as it typically hits -40 (celsius or farenheit) every year where I live.

Xerxes
10-02-2009, 06:38 PM
What format normally works better the DRM PDF or DRM EPUB?

Robertb
10-02-2009, 07:29 PM
I'm considering getting a Pocket Pro, but would like to know more about where to purchase content for it (when what I want to read is not available for free or in non DRM form). What are the top stores for this, and how does the selection compare with Amazon or Sony's?

Dear Tomsem:

Griffonwing is right. The question should be: "Where can I NOT buy content for my Pocket PRO?". This is because it has Adobe Digital Editions for epub and pdf DRM books and twenty other formats for non-DRM. You have endless choices!!

You can go to our Astak website: www.theEZreader.com and under "support" you will find links to millions of free eBooks to start. Try a few FREE eBooks first and then you can builld your library with the latest titles. For DRM books try "Books On Board" and "Powell's Books". Yes, Fictionwise does sell MultiFormat books that will easily work!!

Thank you for considering purchasing a Pocket PRO!! Welcome to an ever-growing crowd!!

HarryT
10-03-2009, 08:04 AM
What format normally works better the DRM PDF or DRM EPUB?

ePub.

kennyc
10-03-2009, 08:25 AM
What format normally works better the DRM PDF or DRM EPUB?

As has been bashed thoroughly elsewhere in a thread of the same name - PDF is not an ebook format. :eek:

EPub.....definitely the way to go IMHO that emerging standard and the vast number of free classics as well as the ability to check out epubs from my local library is what push me over the fence into the ebook world.

Xerxes
10-03-2009, 08:36 AM
Yeah, I was reading the FAQ on HarperCollins and went with the epub. Still wondering how footnote/endnotes work if at all.

The manual is missing stuff. O_O

kennyc
10-03-2009, 08:48 AM
Yeah, I was reading the FAQ on HarperCollins and went with the epub. Still wondering how footnote/endnotes work if at all.

The manual is missing stuff. O_O

Oh, yeah, the manual is very skimpy. That why Dale is looking at adding stuff to the wiki page for this device.

I only just this morning figured out that you can use the bottom "page" forward and back buttons to select items (links) from a table of contents and then use the "okay" (the big right-hand part of the main select button) to jump to that page/link and then you can use the "back" button (the left-hand part of the main select button) to return. ..... at least that appears to be how it works. ;)

Xerxes
10-03-2009, 04:43 PM
Oh, yeah, the manual is very skimpy. That why Dale is looking at adding stuff to the wiki page for this device.

I only just this morning figured out that you can use the bottom "page" forward and back buttons to select items (links) from a table of contents and then use the "okay" (the big right-hand part of the main select button) to jump to that page/link and then you can use the "back" button (the left-hand part of the main select button) to return. ..... at least that appears to be how it works. ;)

That just skips me ahead a page or more. O_o

Edit: Hold down the 7 key and then use the page back and page forward buttons.
Now we are cook with... what's less than fire. Hot rocks or something. We're still moving forward though. The links in this html file aren't working though. Bummer.

oncdoc
10-05-2009, 01:52 PM
wow i went to a couple of the ebook sites. Compared to kindle prices for ebooks are a lot. Any other alternative? fictionwise seems the cheapest BUT i can only download multiformat books right?

wallcraft
10-05-2009, 02:57 PM
Any other alternative? The Sony store tries to compete, to some extent, with Amazon. It isn't currently available for the Pocket Pro, but it is switching to Adobe ePub by the end of the year. I assume they will then be selling to everyone.

FictionWise and B&N (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ebooks/index.asp) (which now owns FictionWise) want to sell you DRM-ridden eReader ebooks. This format isn't typically as pretty as ePub (A Comparison of format limitations based on The Hobbit (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=45297)), but there are tools available to strip its DRM. Once DRM-free, Calibre can convert it to ePub (say). The B&N ebook store is more like the Kindle store, in providing direct discounts with no frills. FictionWise can be competitive if you buy a lot of ebooks and take advantage of their club and their frequent deals.

I have a Kindle 1, and I buy about half my ebooks from Amazon (because of price or availability) and about half from FictionWise (any time they are price competitive).

Note that in the US, there is no definitive case law but stripping DRM from ebooks you bought for your own personal use is probably legal. What is illegal is writing the DRM-stripping programs and that is why these are not as user friendly as they could be (improving them is illegal too). The Pocket Pro might later on be able to handle DRM-ridden eReader ebooks via a firmware upgrade. I always strip DRM immediately so that I am sure I have a usable copy of my ebooks no matter what reading device I buy later on, so on-device DRM capability isn't such a big deal to me.

griffonwing
10-05-2009, 04:02 PM
Isn't that a hum-dinger of an issue. Stripping the DRM from your personal copies is legal, but the writing/creation of these DRM-stripping programs are illegal.

Smoking pot is legal, but growing it is illegal.
Building a house is legal, but the creation of nails and tools are illegal.
Creating a first-person-shooter PC came is legal, but creating the mapping programs are illegal.

Amazing.

Xerxes
10-05-2009, 07:46 PM
I just got some books from http://www.harpercollinsebooks.com and everything seems to be in order for the best price around. These were Neil Gaiman books so their may be some bias on there end to sale cheaper.