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Old 09-08-2012, 07:01 PM   #1
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readers I can email documents to besides Kindle?

My 2-year-old kindle's screen broke a few weeks back. Since I bought the Kindle, I've found that the ability to email books to it is a must have for me. I may get one of the new Kindles to replace the old one, but I am open to other ereader options, if they have a comparable system that lets me easily load files through the internet.

So, do any of the others have something similar?
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:07 PM   #2
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None of them can do it except the Kindle. The exception being if you root a Sony or Nook and use Dropbox or Sugarsync. The you can put files on your device wirelessly.
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Yes, something along those lines had occurred to me, but I am not interested in rooting something as basic as an e-ink ereader. It sounds like no company besides Amazon has set up something of this sort, for whatever reason. Being able to set up Calibre to email me the newspaper every day is a must-have for me. Now, if a competitor had a Dropbox-like service built-in, that might work, but it sounds like they don't.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:04 PM   #4
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No, I don't think any competitor has that sort of service built in. I also use Calibre to email news and blogs to my Kindle daily. I would hate to give that up! My K3/3G is on a secondary account, where I have mostly personal docs and where I get my news delivered. My new paperwhite is on my Prime account, for now. Can't wait to see how it works with my large archive! But not sure that the AP news blog I get from Amazon will work on the PW. When I checked the other day, it didn't seem to. So I'll keep getting that send to my K3.

Another really nice thing about using Amazon, is the Send to Kindle feature on my computer. If I just want to send a document to my archive, I can do that/ Then when I am ready for it, I can d/l it to my Kindle from anywhere over the wifi or the 3G.
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:46 PM   #5
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I've got the Sony PRS-T1, unrooted and I use Dropbox for my books. I open the browser to the Dropbox page, the browser does keep me logged in. I choose which book I want to download, click on the tiny epub link on the book and it automatically downloads it to my reader. I have my reader set to store downloads internally.
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Good to know, curly! I had my T1 rooted, but I recently un-rooted it. I had tried using dropbox to load files initially, but found I MUCH prefer to load my Sony via Calibre. That way the reader "sees" it correctly, plus my series data appears the way I want it to. And since a T1 can hold thousands of files without slowing down or crashing, I have no need to get anything wirelessly.

But for when I am lazy, it's easiest to send a document wirelessly to my Kindle. Can't wait for the paperwhite!
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So the T1 has a web browser and that's how you get to the file? So, it means you don't have to physically connect the device, but you still have to actively use it to download the file (with the Kindle I just turn on the wireless and the file downloads automatically).

Still, this is good info to know -- I'll have to research the T1 a bit.
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With the T1 you can download library books directly to your reader through the browser. I use Calibre to add books to it by pointing the browser to the Calibre server's URL. No need to connect if you have wifi.
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I looked into the Sony T2 (the recently released followup to the T1). It sounds pretty good, but I'm having a tough time figuring out why I would choose it over a Kindle.

That said, you basically answered my question, which is that there is a decent system for getting books straight to a Sony T2. Now, if only it had a lit screen!

Of course, if the "Paperwhite" screen turns out to be crap, perhaps I'll wish I had bought a Sony.
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wouldn't any reader supporting a browser do? With my Pocketbook 903 I can either connect to the Calibre server and donwload the books I want, or access dropbox with the internet browser and download the books I want (from the Calibre library which is in sink with Dropbox), or email me a dropbox link to the book I need.
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wouldn't any reader supporting a browser do? With my Pocketbook 903 I can either connect to the Calibre server and donwload the books I want, or access dropbox with the internet browser and download the books I want (from the Calibre library which is in sink with Dropbox), or email me a dropbox link to the book I need.
With the Kindle, it really is as simple as attaching the book to an email, hitting send, and then turning on your reader--the book is delivered directly to your Kindle. Not only is it delivered directly to the specific Kindle that you send it to, it also goes into your archives on Amazon's servers so that you can pull it down onto any other device that is attached to your account. It's one of the nicest features of the Kindle, IMO.

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With the Kindle, it really is as simple as attaching the book to an email, hitting send, and then turning on your reader--the book is delivered directly to your Kindle. Not only is it delivered directly to the specific Kindle that you send it to, it also goes into your archives on Amazon's servers so that you can pull it down onto any other device that is attached to your account. It's one of the nicest features of the Kindle, IMO.

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thanks, I did not know that - however with Dropbox you don't even have to email anything, in the sense that a book on your computer would be automatically loaded "on the cloud", and then you can simply download it with your browser. But it won't work the other way around, i.e. a book downloaded on your device won't be uploaded automatically to the cloud.

It could be that Kobo and Sony synchronise books between the device and your Kobo or SOny library, but I am not sure. I wouldn't be surprised though if Kindle is the most efficinet at syncing. Kobo does not seem to be able to sync sideloaded books, though I could be wrong.
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