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Old 12-31-2010, 11:05 PM   #1
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Did you just get a new reader? Disappointed in Library waitlists?

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Old 01-01-2011, 12:04 AM   #2
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I've had my jetBook Lite for a year now, and thanks to the books that came with it and the MR library, I haven't bought an eBook yet!
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:34 AM   #3
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The MR library rocks!!!

I was here for a month before I took a look at it. I figured there wouldn't be anything there I wanted to read. I couldn't have been more wrong! Great reads, beautifully formatted, error free, and organized by genre! I highly recommend it.
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:49 AM   #4
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If anyone is wondering where to start, I'd like to recommend the "Sherlock Holmes Omnibus"

A complete collection of the Sherlock Holmes volumes, do you realize how heave and large the paper book is?

For mobi/prc Users

For epub

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Old 01-01-2011, 03:48 AM   #5
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First make sure the book is in public domain of your country of residence.
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:24 AM   #6
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First make sure the book is in public domain of your country of residence.
Or visit a country where it is, and download it there.
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:09 AM   #7
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I agree, the formatting and quality of the books here at MobileRead is awesome.
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Old 01-01-2011, 11:20 AM   #8
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First make sure the book is in public domain of your country of residence.

Since the warning is highlighted before every link, I felt no need to add that.
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Old 01-01-2011, 04:39 PM   #9
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I've had my Kindle for only a month, but I have been disappointed that so many ebooks are very distracting to read because of poor formatting. Even some of the well-known publishers don't seem to care about quality.

I haven't downloaded any books from the MobileRead library yet, but I am looking forward to reading the well-formatted ebooks there!
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Old 01-01-2011, 04:49 PM   #10
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I'm probably just going to save up and buy a Kindle device rather than waiting for my local library to loan one out to me. They have some e-readers (including some kindles) there but each loan is for about 28 days and I'm # 10 of 10 so with my luck the loaner unit won't be available til Sept. or Oct. never mind what books they have as ebooks through the library.
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Old 01-01-2011, 06:25 PM   #11
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I've had my Kindle for only a month, but I have been disappointed that so many ebooks are very distracting to read because of poor formatting. Even some of the well-known publishers don't seem to care about quality.

I haven't downloaded any books from the MobileRead library yet, but I am looking forward to reading the well-formatted ebooks there!
Are these book you've bought from Amazon, or freebies, or pdfs?

If you buy a book from Amazon, and the formatting is terrible, you can return it using the 'contact us' feature, explaining the problem. They will refund your money and if they feel it necessary, remove the book until its formatted properly.

The freebies are notorious for errors, and pdfs are just screwy.
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Old 01-01-2011, 11:45 PM   #12
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Are these book you've bought from Amazon, or freebies, or pdfs?

If you buy a book from Amazon, and the formatting is terrible, you can return it using the 'contact us' feature, explaining the problem. They will refund your money and if they feel it necessary, remove the book until its formatted properly.

The freebies are notorious for errors, and pdfs are just screwy.
Thanks, desertgrandma. Yes, the major formatting problems have been with the freebies. Some of those are from established publishers, while others are not. It's a shame because it doesn't take much effort to create an ebook so that chapters begin on a new page, for example. And I appreciate it when you can use the Kindle 5-way controller to skip between chapters/sections, which many publishers don't enable.

I'll continue to read ebooks and try not to grumble too much. I'm probably too picky anyway. I do enjoy my Kindle!
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None of my libraries offer anything except NetLibrary for e-books, so actually reading a decent ebook that way is an impossibility. I'd love to live in an area that offers actual e-book downloads instead of tech manuals and audio books.
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Old 01-02-2011, 02:17 AM   #14
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MV64, do you live in the US? If so, for $15.00 you can sign up with the Philadelphia Free Library.
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