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Old 03-03-2011, 12:55 AM   #1
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Additional Memory?

I wonder how many reader owners have found the need to to have additional memory modules for their reade?. I have noticed that epub files are really pretty small, so that I would have many books loaded in my reader memory before needing to install an SD or memory stick card. Plus, I would think that we could always store extra books off the reader - on the computer for instance.

Just another newbie question. How much memory do I need to install?
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Old 03-03-2011, 02:23 AM   #2
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I have just over 600 books on my reader and have only used 1/3 of the internal memory. I can't say that I won't ever use a card, but I don't see the need at this time.

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Old 03-03-2011, 03:39 AM   #3
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Unless you carry entire libraries (like say 16k from guttenberg project) or are into manga/comics, internal memory will be more than enough.
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Old 03-03-2011, 04:29 AM   #4
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I can see cards/stick would be handy for collections on specific subjects, saving searching etc..
And can you use someone else's card in your reader ? That would be good.

And, although I don't have enough content yet to notice, does a lot of books = slow ereader ?
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:22 AM   #5
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A card is useful for audio files.
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:08 PM   #6
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I have a collection of several thousand ebooks ( 10 GB+) and I keep them only on memory card. And I use two cards - one card for science fiction, the other for the rest. My main memory is empty.

When I copy books over I find it easier just to use an SD card reader to copy them, instead of plugging the ereader in via usb.

To manage the files I use folders (with PRS+)
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:09 PM   #7
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I like the idea of using memory cards for collections but I haven't needed to go beyond the built-in memory myself. My e-book library is kept on a desktop hard drive and no more than 20 or 30 e-books are kept on my e-reader at a time. I tend to read and delete down to 10 or less before "reloading" my PRS-650.
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Old 03-03-2011, 01:06 PM   #8
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I like having a backup card just in case I'm on vacation and for whatever reason I have to do a hard reset, which deletes all content on my reader. If you have a card backup, you can just pop your card in and pick up where you left off. I shudder at the thought of being bookless on vacation!
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Old 03-03-2011, 02:08 PM   #9
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Oh wow, I hadn't thought of that! I do own some cards. Before my next trip I'll make sure to put my books on them, to carry as a backup! Because you are right, I would hate to be bookless on vacation.
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:09 PM   #10
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SD Cards are cheap these days, especially if you can find a 1 or 2 gig card. In my case, I upgraded my digital camera to an 8 gig card which I bought on sale for US $15, took the 4 gig card out of the camera, saved the images on it, then reformatted it and stuck in my PRS-650. Since I did that I have been loading all books to the SD card, with zero issues or problems using Calibre.

No real solid reason for doing this except for a feeling that the less that is in the main memory the faster the reader will go. And honestly I have no idea if this is a valid and provable argument. But I am very happy with the way that everything works.

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Old 03-04-2011, 02:58 AM   #11
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Although, using a memory will drain the battery faster.
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:16 AM   #12
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Having talked meself into realising this would be a good idea (!) , how do I transfer some/all onto a card please ?
( Not the world's foremost tech, incidentally - You'd never know, would you........)

And, incidentally, can a stick be used? It would presumably go in the cable feed slot ?

Card's probably easier........
As if I knew.....
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carpetmojo - I don't know that you can transfer files inside the reader but what is pretty easy to do is load files from Calibre straight into the card. When the reader is attached to the computer, recent versions of Calibre then show an icon to upload to the reader. Immediately to the right of that is a small vertical rectangle. Right click on that and it allows you to load the highlighted book to the main memory, the memory stick or the SD card. So you just load to the card. The reader processes it quickly and then you are all set.
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:02 PM   #14
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Thanks KNI - have a bash at that over the weekend.
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Old 03-05-2011, 12:46 AM   #15
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I use my SD card for quickly putting PDFs onto my ereader rather than plugging it in.
That's mostly for recipes, driving directions, flight info, etc. It's quite handy for recipes, I must say!

It's just easier to save those off onto the SD card on my computer and then just stick it into my 650. I find that it works best that I make sure that there are no headers or footers saved in the PDFs if I'm using the "print to PDF" option... otherwise things might not display very well.
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