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Old 09-29-2012, 01:47 AM   #1
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Sony T2 Vs Kindle Fire HD

I am planning to upgrade from my Sony PRS-500 to a faster reader.

I am looking at the Sony T2 or the Kindle Fire HD.

As I use Calibre on my existing PRS-500 with no problems I am somewhat concerned if the Kindle Fire HD has the same capabilities.

Does the Kindle handle collections as well as the Sony ?

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Old 09-29-2012, 01:50 AM   #2
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The Kindle Fire HD is a tablet, whereas the Sony PRS-T2 is an e-reader. Are you aware of this difference?
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Calibre just a few weeks ago got updated to do the Sony T2. Since no one has Fire HD yet & no telling IF it will be distribited for awhile out of the US dont.... Your Guess is as good as anyones as to them working together.
Your not going to Read on the Fire as well as the Sony esp outdoors.
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:52 AM   #4
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Since no one has Fire HD
Many folks have the Fire HD. Automatically creating collections or updating metadata is still is not as easy as Sony devices. The Fire HD uses MTP to connect over USB so you need Linux or Windows 7 to connect to the device via USB.

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I am looking at the Sony T2 or the Kindle Fire HD.

As I use Calibre on my existing PRS-500 with no problems I am somewhat concerned if the Kindle Fire HD has the same capabilities.
If you have Windows XP or a Mac sideloading books onto a Kindle Fire HD isn't straight forward.

I decided a long time ago I wouldn't go with a brand other than Sony until calibre was as well integrated with another device as it is with Sony devices. If you're open to a buying a tablet I would recommend the Nexus 7. Using the Calibre Companion (wireless router required) Android app I have integration with calibre as tight as I do with any of my Sony devices. This is because one of the developers for this app was the major developer of the calibre integration of Sony devices with calibre.

By default you would have the ability to group by Title, Author, Series, Tags, Publisher or any User Category (you can use custom columns here) and within each group be able to sort by Title, Author, Series, Date or Date read. This app can launch your books in your favorite reader app. I use Moon+ Reader and even though my eyes are very sensitive to backlit screens I was able to easily find a setting that allows me to read on the Nexus 7 without eye strain. Read this post for everything Calibre Companion can do.

Good Reading!

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Old 09-29-2012, 02:15 PM   #5
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Hes talking about the New Fire HD.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:13 PM   #6
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Hes talking about the New Fire HD.
I was talking the HD too. Edited my post to prevent confusion.
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I didnt know that it has been released! Then saw another thread where there were gliches getting Fire HD to work with Calibre! Hopefully they will work it out.
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I didnt know that it has been released! Then saw another thread where there were gliches getting Fire HD to work with Calibre! Hopefully they will work it out.
They worked it out if you have Linux or Windows 7 you can connect via MTP (usb). If you have Mac or Windows XP for now you either need to email books to your device or use the content server.
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They worked it out if you have Linux or Windows 7 you can connect via MTP (usb). If you have Mac or Windows XP for now you either need to email books to your device or use the content server.
Fire HD runs a flavor of Android, so I'd assumed Calibre Companion (from Google Play) could run on it. But from your post, I gather my assumption was wrong? Also, that raises another question: are there any e-ink devices which, if jailbroken, Calibre Companion could run on?
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Fire HD runs a flavor of Android, so I'd assumed Calibre Companion (from Google Play) could run on it. But from your post, I gather my assumption was wrong?
It may or may not run on the Fire HD, but currently Calibre Companion is only available from Google Play store. Additionally if the owner of the Fire HD managed to download from Google play to their Fire HD it may not (like other Android devices) be able to launch books directly into the Kindle app since on other Android devices it does not expose itself as a reader for any format. Most likely, as with other devices, the books would have to be directed to the correct directory and opened from within the Kindle App.

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Also, that raises another question: are there any e-ink devices which, if jailbroken, Calibre Companion could run on?
In theory any android v2.3 or higher. I know folks have run it on their rooted Nook Color ereaders. (Ooops I guess Nook Color isn't eInk)

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It may or may not run on the Fire HD, but currently Calibre Companion is only available from Google Play store. Additionally if the owner of the Fire HD managed to download from Google play to their Fire HD it may not (like other Android devices) be able to launch books directly into the Kindle app since on other Android devices it does not expose itself as a reader for any format. Most likely, as with other devices, the books would have to be directed to the correct directory and opened from within the Kindle App.

In theory any android v2.3 or higher. I know folks have run it on their rooted Nook Color ereaders. (Ooops I guess Nook Color isn't eInk)
@DoctorOhh, thanks for the info. (It would be nice to combine the best of both worlds: Calibre Companion and e-ink reading device. If it were possible.)

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Fire HD runs a flavor of Android, so I'd assumed Calibre Companion (from Google Play) could run on it. But from your post, I gather my assumption was wrong?
We intend to release CC on the Amazon market soon. Won't be this week, but could be next week.
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Sorry, but I haven't heard of any.
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Sorry, but I haven't heard of any.
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@intwtl, if you're already heaviliy invested in Amazon books then the Fire could be right for you, but the Nexus 7 runs an open Android platform onto which you can install Kindle Reader and be able to read Amazon books. But the N7's openness also means you can have access to anything on the Google Play store, including Calibre Companion, and you can read books and watch movies etc. that aren't from Amazon. Make no mistake, any Kindle is pure and simple an Amazon consumption device. If you get all your media from Amazon, that's all well and good, but if you want to be open to getting media from other sources you'd be better off with an N7. (The Nook tablets are in the same boat as the Fire tablets; they're "Android" but they're severely locked down, although still more open than the Fires.)

If you're considering a dedicated reader I can add to the Doctor's Sony recommendation with a wholehearted endorsement of Nook Simple Touch, with or without Glowlight. It connects as a disk drive and Calibre handles it flawlessly. And you can get in-store support for any B&N Nook product. I had the non-Glowlight model and passed it on to a family member and got the Glowlight model and love it. As passionate as I am about my N7, the Nook is much lighter and thus easier on the hand/arm over extended periods, and the ergonomics are well designed for reading. If you have a B&N anywhere near you, I'd go check it out before purchasing anything.
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