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Old 10-30-2012, 08:36 PM   #1
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Looking for replacement for kindle.

And as much I kinda want the new fire HD, I dont want to give them any more money because Im disgusted with Amazon's customer service as my kindle broke after a yr and change with no provocation or damage and they offered me nothing in return. They were also incredibly rude about it. The thing is, I loved the thing. I'm spoiled with the text-to-speech because I run a household so Im bouncing in and out of the car all day. I might even forgive them and opt back in but I HATE the heavily skinned amazon carousel OS. Its ridiculous. I've also decided I want a full fledged tablet and there is lots to love about the nexus 7. Does anyone know if they found a way to sideload books I already have in calibre (I had a million in my queue before my kindle bit the dust) into google books or another reader app that does text to speech? i heard the kindle app for android doesnt support that.
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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You can use the calibre companion app (paid but so worth it) by connecting a tablet either as a wireless device, which uses the new wireless device driver connectivity, or to the content server. The wireless device driver works as you'd expect any other device to work, just without wires. The content server connection lets you browse from your tablet and initiate transfers from there. Essentially, you would probably do the former for large numbers of books and the latter if you want to grab a few or a specific book from calibre.

From that point, in the Calibre Companion app, you select the book you want to read and it will ask you what app to use. You can set a default at that time if you want, and from then on it will always open that file type with the app you selected.

There are a few that do text to speech. Moon+ Pro does, and Cool Reader also. There are probably others but I haven't used them. Both of the ones I mentioned support epub and (non-DRM) mobi files, among other formats.

You can find more info on Calibre Companion in the Calibre > Devices forum.
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:21 AM   #3
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hmmm is there a Calibre app for the IPad? I might have to look into this...
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You could also just use the Calibre server itself to add books wirelessly (for free) to a reader app like Aldiko (free version, android), Mantano (free version, android) or Moon Reader (android), MegaReader (iOS), Apabi (iOS) and Stanza (free, iOS) which although unsupported still works with iOS 6. The content server works within your home network.

I believe you can connect to the server outside your home network with Calibre Companion however I am unsure as I've never tried it.
How to for Calibre server + tablet here:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...calibre+tablet

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