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Old 05-07-2009, 06:10 PM   #286
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sorry if this is a dumb question, but can you just download the kindle app and purchase books from amazon WITHOUT owning a Kindle?
I went out and bought myself a used 1stGen iPod Touch that had been jailbroken to 2.2.1 and then downloaded Kindle for iPhone and it works just FINE!!!

However, I haven't gotten around to extracting the purchased Kindle ebooks to my PC - but I have downloaded the app that allows one to do so.

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Old 05-07-2009, 08:08 PM   #287
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Derek, when you do get around to doing that, would you please be kind enough to post what format the books you extracted were in when you extracted them? I have a theory going here...

Thanks,
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Old 05-08-2009, 03:45 AM   #288
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Derek, when you do get around to doing that, would you please be kind enough to post what format the books you extracted were in when you extracted them? I have a theory going here...

Thanks,
Okay,

I installed and ran iPhone Backup Extractor. It's super easy to use! I found that all THREE ebooks purchased were given the .prc file extension. And, when I checked two of them, I found they were in typical .mobi/.prc format and did NOT need decryption. However, the third one was MUCH larger - 3.7MB and it did not come with any image files, just a rather short text novel - and upon checking it out with Hextreme, I found a TOPAZ file (first four bytes were 'T', 'P', 'Z' and zero(hex value 30). As I don't know of any way to extract a .tpz file, I'm stuck reading it on my iPod Touch.

Let me say here and now that reading a .tpz ebook on the iPod Touch (8GB model) is an experience of TOTAL SUCKDOM!!! The damn thing takes three-four seconds to 'decrypt' each and every single PAGE!!! (BTW, the novel with this problem is "The American Zone" which ran to about 350 pages in HC, but it used a fairly 'large' typeface and could probable have fit into 200 pages if it had gone to a more 'typical' font.)

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Old 05-08-2009, 04:13 AM   #289
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Old 05-21-2009, 06:32 AM   #290
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So can you tell in advance if a book is Topaz, or it is just a lottery?

The Gardner Dozois Year's Best Science Fiction 25th edition is apparently a Kindle book now. I don't have an iPhone etc., but I might know someone that does.

If this backup extractor program runs on windows with no jailbreaking needed, then that would be an option?

A 4MB novel is stupid, certainly.
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:39 AM   #291
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The sample usually tells the tale, but not always. If it turns out to be Topaz you can always return it within a day or two.
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:46 AM   #292
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Not if you use iPhone Backup Extractor, a Mac only program.
There is a Windows version. Google is your friend.
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Old 06-14-2009, 09:30 AM   #293
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Even easier, look at post #276 where I posted a link to the Windows version.
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:34 AM   #294
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I wrote the review on Treo Today. I can confirm you don't need a Kindle. Here are a couple of things that I didn't mention :
1. You don't need to be in the US, just have a US iTunes account.
2. You don't need to have a US Amazon account.
Dear Morituri,
Tx for your contributions in this issue.
I just read your blogpost at http://www.treotoday.net/2009/03/05/...-books-iphone/ , and as far as I can work out, step 1. doesn't work for me:

"1. Download the Kindle iPhone app from the Apple App Store. It’s free."

When I go to Apple iStore it says Kindle not available in Dutch iStore. Is there another site from which to download?

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Old 06-29-2009, 12:33 PM   #295
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If I recall, I just opened the US iTunes store and created an account there. When I had to fund it, I found a virtual credit card card company, paid them for a thirty-day VISA card, complete with address in the States, and used that to fund the account. Now if I have to fund it, i just buy a gift card off eBay.
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Old 07-03-2009, 04:12 AM   #296
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Just open US iTunes account WITHOUT a credit card. Go to iTunes, select a free app to download and when it comes to selecting a payment option for your new account select "None."
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If I recall, I just opened the US iTunes store and created an account there. When I had to fund it, I found a virtual credit card card company, paid them for a thirty-day VISA card, complete with address in the States, and used that to fund the account. Now if I have to fund it, i just buy a gift card off eBay.
Which virtual credit card was accepted by the US iTunes store? Why not get a virtual Visa card that is valid for a longer period of time? Or get a new one after 30 days? Is it expensive?

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Just open US iTunes account WITHOUT a credit card. Go to iTunes, select a free app to download and when it comes to selecting a payment option for your new account select "None."
Maybe you are using an old version of iTunes? There are a number of payment options, namely various credit cards and PayPal. "None" is not one of them.
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Old 10-20-2009, 10:44 PM   #299
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Even easier, look at post #276 where I posted a link to the Windows version.
Yeah, because good ole Jon was asking for it instead of simply googling for it himself. The iPhone Backup Extractor I used was created by an entirely different developer Jon, an OSX developer. There is no windows "version" of HIS program. Why such a wise*** so much of the time?

Now I come back months later to see yet another cheap shot from you, based totally on ignorance (see post #282 Jon, where I call attention to the Windows variant) and wise up will ya. I do feel for you man. Hope your mom is doing well.

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You cannot create an iTunes Store account without a credit card or valid payment.
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2731

You CAN create an iTunes App Store account without a credit card or valid payment.
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2534
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