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View Poll Results: What library software to you use on your iPad
I use iBooks 22 57.89%
I use the Kindle App 16 42.11%
I use another ebook App 17 44.74%
I don't use any of the above 1 2.63%
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Old 09-01-2011, 06:32 PM   #1
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What library software do you use?

Full disclosure: One of my hobbies is to prepare ebooks by hand, mostly for the MobileRead Library but also on occasion for others. And I recently bought an iPad to try to ensure that ebooks I prepare work well on an iPad.

Given that there are different library softwares I'd like to know which are the most widely used - that is, which ones I should work on first to make sure that the ebooks I prepare work for most people.

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Old 09-01-2011, 06:43 PM   #2
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I'm not sure if you can even sideload your own books to the iOS Kindle app. I use either Stanza or Kobo on iOS.
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You can side load mobis to the kindle app (though I suspect OP is building ePubs).

I usually read on either Kindle or Bluefire.
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:07 PM   #4
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You can side load mobis to the kindle app (though I suspect OP is building ePubs).

I usually read on either Kindle or Bluefire.
Yes, I start with ePubs and then make a mobi version with calibre. But I'm currently having a lot of problems making the ePub versions - which work perfectly well on my Sony - work as expected on the iPad/iBooks.

The very enthusiastic salesperson where I got the iPad told me that she doesn't use iBooks; she loads all her ebooks with the Kindle App and then converts. But I didn't know enough to ask how she did it.
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The very enthusiastic salesperson where I got the iPad told me that she doesn't use iBooks; she loads all her ebooks with the Kindle App and then converts. But I didn't know enough to ask how she did it.
She does not know what she is talking about then. You cannot side load an ePub into the Kindle app and the Kindle app sure as hell does not convert anything

I purchase all my books from Amazon so I use the Kindle app... the books I side load I use Calibre to send them to iTunes to read them in iBooks.

There are other reader apps out there but the combo of Calibre and iTunes/iBooks is too convinient to pass up
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Old 09-03-2011, 04:17 AM   #6
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She does not know what she is talking about then. You cannot side load an ePub into the Kindle app and the Kindle app sure as hell does not convert anything

I purchase all my books from Amazon so I use the Kindle app... the books I side load I use Calibre to send them to iTunes to read them in iBooks.
Sorry, I should have been more clear; if I understood her properly she downloads her books through the Kindle app, then uses calibre to convert them.

I seem to remember that she uses uBooks to read them.
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Sorry, I should have been more clear; if I understood her properly she downloads her books through the Kindle app, then uses calibre to convert them.

I seem to remember that she uses uBooks to read them.
It seems counterproductive. Download using the Kindle app, removing the DRM, then converting to ePub (I assume), and then sideloading them into uBooks...

I would really be interested to know how she gets them from her iPad to the computer since I don't believe that to be possible
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For me, it would be Bluefire and Overdrive. Bluefire because I like the formatting, how each page appears, and the page flipping animation. Overdrive because I can borrow library ebooks and read them using it.
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Stanza+Calibre= unbeatable. What will I do when Stanza is dead?
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Perhaps iBooks lol
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I rarely use iBooks. I'm generally more comfortable using one of my EBRs for reading books, in part because they are more portable, in part because I find myself getting distracted when I'm reading books on my iPad.

If I do read a book on my iPad, it's more likely to be in the Kindle App simply because that's available to me wirelessly across the iPad, my iPhone, & my K3. So I'm reading a single book across the three devices.

But here's a nuance - I don't use my Kindle to read free books. I use my Sony, so I get my free books in epub format.

So IF I were to be reading a book on the iPad that I obtained from Mobileread, I'd be using iBooks.
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Thanks, Harmon.

I think your response shows how polls don't show all the nuances. I'd never have thought of all the possibilities you mention
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I read ePubs in Stanza but must take another look at the alternatives sometime in case it stops working with some IOS update or other...
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I read ePubs in Stanza but must take another look at the alternatives sometime in case it stops working with some IOS update or other...
If that happens, I just won't update the firmware on my device. The only reason I'm still using an iPhone is because of Stanza. I've already found a nice alternative on Android (Mantano Reader) so if iOS 5 screws up Stanza, I'll be looking at the Nexus Prime to replace my iPhone. That said, I find the Kobo iOS app to be pretty decent.

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