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Old 02-22-2011, 10:28 PM   #1
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Downloading library books to PRS-950

Can I directly download epub books from my local local library's web site to the PRS-950? Or does the 950 only support downloads from the Sony's Reader Store?
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:51 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, no. You can only download directly from the Sony Reader Store. You will have to transfer library books to your 950 via USB cable using either Sony Reader Library or Adobe Digital Editions software. I use Reader Library.
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:35 PM   #3
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You can download epub files from the library into Sony Reader on your PC and can then transfer them to the PRS-950 via USB and Calibre as well as USB and Reader software. However if you get an Adobe PDF file from the library, you must transfer it to the PRS-950 via the USB through your PC's Reader software. This has something to do with authorizing the PRS-950 to Adobe. I've also found the PDFs cannot be loaded directly to the memory chips in either slot on the PRS-950. I have had to load the PDF to both the 950's main memory and to the memory chip and then delete the copy on the 950's main memory. If you load a PDF to the memory chip without loading it onto the main memory first, it gets a DRM error and connot be read.
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:28 PM   #4
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Does anyone know if Sony has any plans to update the 950 firmware to support file downloads?
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:41 PM   #5
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Does anyone know if Sony has any plans to update the 950 firmware to support file downloads?
It's unlikely. Sony does not have a history of introducing firmware updates unless it is something significant. They typically roll improvements into the next model series. I'm also not sure that they agree that downloads from other sites is an important feature.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:03 PM   #6
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Does anyone know if Sony has any plans to update the 950 firmware to support file downloads?
I would say there is NO chance of this. All of the companies that put out ereaders want you to BUY the books from their store first and foremost. Yes they allow library books and other estore store books but the SONY store comes first in the Sony world.
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You can download epub files from the library into Sony Reader on your PC and can then transfer them to the PRS-950 via USB and Calibre as well as USB and Reader software. However if you get an Adobe PDF file from the library, you must transfer it to the PRS-950 via the USB through your PC's Reader software. This has something to do with authorizing the PRS-950 to Adobe. I've also found the PDFs cannot be loaded directly to the memory chips in either slot on the PRS-950. I have had to load the PDF to both the 950's main memory and to the memory chip and then delete the copy on the 950's main memory. If you load a PDF to the memory chip without loading it onto the main memory first, it gets a DRM error and connot be read.
Would there be any reason to use ADE over the Sony Reader software? Which do you find easier to use?

If I downloaded a library PDF to my PC could I then transfer it to the 950 using Windows Explorer?
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:33 AM   #8
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I keep trying to download my books from my reader library on my laptop, onto my reader; it keeps processing but nothing happens. Can you tell me how to correct this and get my books onto my reader? The Sony techs haven't been able to help me after a number of calls and frustrating talks with them.
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Old 03-01-2011, 01:39 PM   #9
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I keep trying to download my books from my reader library on my laptop, onto my reader; it keeps processing but nothing happens. Can you tell me how to correct this and get my books onto my reader? The Sony techs haven't been able to help me after a number of calls and frustrating talks with them.
Please describe the problem in more detail and someone might be able to help you. What kind of laptop (PC or Mac)? What software (Sony Reader or Calibre or ?)? Is your USB cable good (Can it be used to communicate with any other device)? Is the USB port on the PC good (do you use it for anything else)? Is the USB port on the PRS-950 good (can you see anything on the reader with the Sony Reader software or Calibre or ?)?
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I keep trying to download my books from my reader library on my laptop, onto my reader; it keeps processing but nothing happens.
L, You probably have a bad book in the mix which is hanging up the transfer.

Click on Status in the left column to check the transmission process.

Transfer one book at a time until you figure out which one is bad.
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