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Old 03-25-2013, 10:59 AM   #16
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Buy a used Sony reader or a new T2, I recommend the Sony PRS950.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:10 PM   #17
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Though Amazon does not support AZW3/KF8 e-mailing.
They do. It was added recently.
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:32 PM   #18
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They do. It was added recently.
See, sleep late and you'll miss a few things! Good to know...thanks.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:35 AM   #19
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Though Amazon does not support AZW3/KF8 e-mailing. Also, if you don't like the embedded font you're stuck with it. Have to admit, I haven't missed dropped caps....I guess I'm in it for the words and not Author's desire for the 'full' experience!

Shaded tables and better formatted tables are important to me. I read some non-fiction stuff, such as diet books, books on aquarium care, model rockets and other books that make use of tables.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:59 AM   #20
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Conversion with Calibre between epub and mobi is no problem at all. The formats are very similar so you don't loose quality.
Ugh,,, There is much wrong with this statement, I don't even know where to begin. Only epubs with the barest of formatting would convert cleanly. (earlier, this wasn't a problem, since most books were designed that way with Kindle and earlier prc/mobipocket readers in mind.)

Hmm, lets see, we already mentioned drop caps, shaded tables, fonts (which are optional to the reader on Kindle's, btw.) How about text indent defined as a % being rendered properly instead of half way across the page, any variance of right margin being either lost, or rendered as nested blockquotes (which is worse depends on the book, I suppose.) No right margin variance at all. Those are just the things that would trip up and require hand editing on 50% of the books I tried converting back whe I still bothered creating KF6 mobis.

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Old 03-26-2013, 11:52 AM   #21
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Since a lot of people seem to be saying "why would you buy a Paperwhite if you want ePub support???", I just want to clarify. This concerns lending ebooks from my local library, since I want to support them and they use ePub predominantly. It doesn't concern any large amount of books.

Concerning the topic of this thread, I have started using Calibre and the conversions work splendidly from ePub to azw3. I find it a bit strange that people keep referring to ePub to mobi conversions - why would I use mobi on a Paperwhite?

Thanks to everyone that have replied, I believe Calibre will work wonderfully for all my conversion needs in the future.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:09 PM   #22
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They do. It was added recently.
But can you still get "Last Page Read Sync" between iOS and Paperwhite if you email KF8/AZW3?
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:11 PM   #23
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I don't know - perhaps best to simply try it and see?
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:21 PM   #24
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Since we are talking about a epub to azw3 conversion, I have a question regarding the opposite conversion:

Is there a way I can find out whether a book offered on Amazon is AZW3 or mobi? I would like to extract the epubish-content of the book (it it's AZW3) and zip it to epub without converting with calibre
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:19 PM   #25
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:45 PM   #26
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I find it a bit strange that people keep referring to ePub to mobi conversions - why would I use mobi on a Paperwhite?
One reason is to be able to use JBPatch for its hyphenation patch which only works on mobi/azw... (There is a new plug-in for Calibre that will insert soft hyphenations, though I have not yet investigated it thoroughly)
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:10 PM   #28
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This was my first thought as well. Why try to make a device do something it wasn't natively designed to do when there are so many good ePub readers available?
Because, IMHO, the Kindle has the best support, the most stable software, the best cases, and the best screen of all readers at this point in time.

IMHO, of course, again. It doesn't have the most features, true, but apart from Custom Fonts there's not too much I'm missing except when I'd really get down to the nitty gritty geeky details.

I have a Kindle, though I *never* buy from Amazon, and my base format is EPUB. As long as Calibre can convert from that to the format of the reader I want, then I don't really care about that format, or the manufacturer; I only care about the device itself.

Had Calibre not existed, with no other way to convert from ePub to Mobi/AZW, I'd not have had a Kindle.
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I *do* buy from Amazon, but I also buy from a lot of other retailers, and when I've got the option I download epub. I own devices that can read epub, mobi and azw3 and calibre makes the process of reading all those formats nearly transparent.
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I too buy lots of books from BooksOnBoard, because their prices are often better than Amazon's.
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