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Old 11-25-2007, 12:41 PM   #16
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HarryT, I'm a rank beginner with all this stuff. Can you tell me more about the Mobi Desktop Reader? Is it a downloadable program? Where can I find it? Is it easy to use? And that's what I could use to convert Word files into a Kindle-friendly format? Could I badger you with any more questions?
Try www.mobipocket.com. Under the Software tab, you can download a free reader and creator. Both are easy to use under Windows XP.

The reader will read either purchased DRM .prc files (with your computer's PID) or unDRMed .PRC files.

The creator will accept either .doc MS Word files or HTML and creat a .PRC unDRMed file that should be readable on the Kindle. (Note: I don't have a Kindle but do this for my Palm T/X routinely.)

BTW, didn't mean to steal Harry's thunder. Just had some info to share.
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Old 11-25-2007, 02:05 PM   #17
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check out NAEB http://naebllc.com/ it is a "version" of cybook and it might be a little cheaper for you if you live in Canada or USA
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Old 11-25-2007, 06:12 PM   #18
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on a related note, any suggestions for pdf converters that work for Macs? So far everything I can find about mobipocket or pdf995 is Windows only. I have many pdf's that are scanned chapters of books my professors assign for class reading, and would like to test out converting them to .prc or .doc for uploading on my Kindle (which has not yet arrived, so I can't do the email to myself thing yet)
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Old 11-25-2007, 07:59 PM   #19
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Try www.mobipocket.com. Under the Software tab, you can download a free reader and creator. Both are easy to use under Windows XP.
The reader will read either purchased DRM .prc files (with your computer's PID) or unDRMed .PRC files.
The creator will accept either .doc MS Word files or HTML and creat a .PRC unDRMed file that should be readable on the Kindle. (Note: I don't have a Kindle but do this for my Palm T/X routinely.)
BTW, didn't mean to steal Harry's thunder. Just had some info to share.
Thanks, slayda! I may PM you with a few more specific questions (for example, the whole DRM .prc PID is like Greek to me! DRM I get, the others are new to me!

Would I need both the reader and the creator? Or if I'm just using it to format Word or text (or HTML, I suppose) files, I would only need the creator?
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Old 11-25-2007, 08:23 PM   #20
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D'oh...

Amazon's phone help informs me that my bank for my credit card must have a US address... they told me of a couple ways to work around it, which was nice of them, but they all sound like too much effort.

Cybook here I come....
Speaking of the Gen3, is Bookeen working on the sometimes faulty page turn button?
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Old 11-25-2007, 08:25 PM   #21
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HarryT, I'm a rank beginner with all this stuff. Can you tell me more about the Mobi Desktop Reader? Is it a downloadable program? Where can I find it? Is it easy to use? And that's what I could use to convert Word files into a Kindle-friendly format? Could I badger you with any more questions?
You can also use Book Designer to create Mobi format files from your DOC files.
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Old 11-25-2007, 08:36 PM   #22
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Thanks, slayda! I may PM you with a few more specific questions (for example, the whole DRM .prc PID is like Greek to me! DRM I get, the others are new to me!

Would I need both the reader and the creator? Or if I'm just using it to format Word or text (or HTML, I suppose) files, I would only need the creator?
You need both. The reader to proofread what you create with the creator. The reader is also useful to do quick and dirty conversions and PDF conversions. They are both free downloads.

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Old 11-25-2007, 10:56 PM   #23
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You need both. The reader to proofread what you create with the creator. The reader is also useful to do quick and dirty conversions and PDF conversions. They are both free downloads.
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Thanks, Dale!

JSWolf, I'll look at the Book Designer, too. Thanks for the tip!
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Old 11-25-2007, 10:57 PM   #24
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I'd be curious if anyone has downloaded an .azw file to their PC (instead of directly to their Kindle), changed the extension to .mobi and was able to open it using Mobipocket. Or found another way to open an .azw on their PC.
Yes, I have verified that this works. I haven't received my Kindle yet, but since it is on order I was able to email a PDF to my @free.kindle.com address. The file they sent back to me had a .azw extension, but after renaming it to .prc, the mobipocket reader on my PC was able to read it just fine.
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Old 12-23-2007, 02:40 AM   #25
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I just (today! Yay!) got my new Cybook in the mail, having decided that it suits my needs a bit more (and praying the button won't be faulty)...

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Old 12-23-2007, 01:58 PM   #26
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If you can't get the amazon service, I would recommend that you skip the kindle. You will probably be happier with the PRS-505 if you just need a stand-alone reader. Without the service, you will be missing out on so many features, that it will surely just make you sad. Plus why pay the extra $100.
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Old 12-23-2007, 02:12 PM   #27
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If you can't get the amazon service, I would recommend that you skip the kindle. You will probably be happier with the PRS-505 if you just need a stand-alone reader. Without the service, you will be missing out on so many features, that it will surely just make you sad. Plus why pay the extra $100.
Some of the features they will miss out on are:

left justification
searchable ebooks
dictionary lookup
searchable ebooks
Content Management (being able to delete ebooks on the device w\o a PC)
searchable ebooks
being able to list your ebooks by title, then jump to a page after typing the first few letters of a title


Oh, wait. You can still do these things if you don't have whispernet. My bad.
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Old 12-23-2007, 07:48 PM   #28
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Some of the features they will miss out on are:

left justification
searchable ebooks
dictionary lookup
searchable ebooks
Content Management (being able to delete ebooks on the device w\o a PC)
searchable ebooks
being able to list your ebooks by title, then jump to a page after typing the first few letters of a title


Oh, wait. You can still do these things if you don't have whispernet. My bad.
I agree--these are awesome features. Lots of people seem to think that the wireless function is the only thing that separates it from the Sony. I would say that the Kindle and the Cybook Gen3 beat Sony Reader hands-down.

Don't get me wrong though, I still love my Sony, it's just that there are better choices out there now...
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Old 12-24-2007, 02:19 PM   #29
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Some of the features they will miss out on are:

left justification
searchable ebooks
dictionary lookup
searchable ebooks
Content Management (being able to delete ebooks on the device w\o a PC)
searchable ebooks
being able to list your ebooks by title, then jump to a page after typing the first few letters of a title


Oh, wait. You can still do these things if you don't have whispernet. My bad.
Are those features really worth $100 though? Maybe not. There's nothing listed there that couldn't be supported with a simple software upgrade (should be coming in 2008 I expect if Sony still wants to compete) for the Sony. And you end up with a reader in a sleeker, nicer form factor made of higher quality materials with a longer battery life.
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I would like it if Sony would support things like search with a software upgrade yet they haven't done it so far and their product has been out a long time now. They've been promising periodicals for ages now. This is one of the reasons they would be my third choice of device behind the Kindle and Cybook despite the lower price and more attractive design. Still, I'd like to see them start adding features and keep competing. I think the competition is good for all of us.
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