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Old 03-06-2009, 10:44 AM   #1
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How to tell if an eBook is Topaz before purchase?

How can I tell if an eBook sold via Amazon is in Topaz format or AZW format? Topaz are 100% useless to me and I don't want to be stuck with them. Thanks!
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Old 03-06-2009, 10:46 AM   #2
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Someone said that the Topaz books don't list a file size. That seems to be true, and it's worked for me so far.
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Old 03-06-2009, 10:55 AM   #3
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Someone said that the Topaz books don't list a file size. That seems to be true, and it's worked for me so far.
Seems to be true from what I've found so far.

Also if you download the sample and it has a .azw1 or .tpz extension, that's a Topaz file.


More on Topaz here...
http://www.latenightcode.com/devblog...ations-part-i/
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Old 03-06-2009, 10:56 AM   #4
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How can I tell if an eBook sold via Amazon is in Topaz format or AZW format? Topaz are 100% useless to me and I don't want to be stuck with them. Thanks!
When you download a sample, there will be a 1 or 2 next to the .azw file.

Also, page numbers instead of file size.
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:01 AM   #5
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A good example

"Glory Road" by Robert Heinlein. Lists 320 pages, and definitely a topaz format. Tor publishing. Lists no file size
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:05 AM   #6
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Thank you all! I'll now be able to grab the sample of Glory Road and see if Kindle for iPod works with Topaz. I hope not.
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Topaz eBooks do display on the iPod's Kindle app.
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Old 03-06-2009, 03:24 PM   #8
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Thank you all! I'll now be able to grab the sample of Glory Road and see if Kindle for iPod works with Topaz. I hope not.
Can you get samples on the iPod? I didn't know that was possible. I didn't think you could access the Amazon store via the software and you have to go through safari to buy a book, add it to your media library then d/l it to the Kindle app?

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Old 03-06-2009, 04:27 PM   #9
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what exactly is topaz?
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Old 03-06-2009, 04:30 PM   #10
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what exactly is topaz?
Topaz is the Kindle DRM that has yet to be broken. That's why no one wants to buy a book encumbered with it.

The other DRM on Kindle ebooks is Mobipocket DRM. That has long since been broken.
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Topaz is the Kindle DRM that has yet to be broken. That's why no one wants to buy a book encumbered with it.
Yes, but it is not just the DRM. Topaz book are some PDF like format that is "really slow" on the Kindle. The further you get into the book the longer it takes to turn each page. Also, the layout is actually BAD characters dropped under the line and cut off.

I am glad the only Topaz book I have was a freebee. I won't buy one.

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Topaz also seems to allow for embedded fonts.
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Actually, topaz isn't *quite* as slow on the Kindle 2. Yes, it's slow to open a book -- specially to open it in the middle, if you've already been reading it. Yes, it's slow to come out of sleep mode, if the book is open underneath.

*BUT* page turning as you read is quite snappy. I think they are pre-loading the next screenful. If you are actually reading the book (i.e. taking a little time on each page) the next page is almost immediately there. If you are paging through to find where you were, that's still slower. But the pre-loading is at least an improvement!
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Yes, but it is not just the DRM. Topaz book are some PDF like format that is "really slow" on the Kindle. The further you get into the book the longer it takes to turn each page. Also, the layout is actually BAD characters dropped under the line and cut off.
Yes, same here. Being unable to strip the DRM is not the only reason I avoid the Topaz books like the plague. Mind you, it's a sufficient reason for me -- I don't buy anything (books, music, video) with DRM I can't remove.
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Someone said that the Topaz books don't list a file size. That seems to be true, and it's worked for me so far.
Good tip. thanks for that
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