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Old 11-30-2008, 12:32 PM   #1
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New to Sony Reader - Best Approach

Hi all,

My Sony Reader is still on it's way, but I've been reading up in preparation.

Can someone confirm that the approach I've taken is optimal, based on a one-off experiment :-

1. Joined Fictionwise, bought some Micropay credits, and bought one of the range of Star Trek books, which will be my main reading material for awhile, as I've read the whole series in paper format until 2 years ago, and need to catchup with the last 2 years releases

2. Available in E-Reader, Mobipocket, Microsoft, or Adobe. Chose Mobipocket as the most widely supported format, for the future

3. Downloaded some well hidden obscure scripts, and with slippery ease of a Python, had the book freed from it's chains

4. Imported into Calibre, edited the Metadata, browsed for the Cover, and converted to LRF, used all settings as default.

5. Viewed fine in Calibre, so hoping this will be easy to transfer to my Reader when it arrives.

It all seemed very straightforward, so question is, is Mobipocket the best format based on the formats mentioned above, and is there anything I'm missing, as regards the simple process above for when I start with the actual reader device in earnest.

Thanks in advance for any advice, here
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Old 11-30-2008, 12:58 PM   #2
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and is there anything I'm missing, as regards the simple process above for when I start with the actual reader device in earnest.

Thanks in advance for any advice, here
Nope... you are right on track.

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It all seemed very straightforward, so question is, is Mobipocket the best format based on the formats mentioned above
Honestly, I prefer Microsoft LIT. This is of course a matter of personal preference. It can also be liberated, by way of ConvertLIT. Calibre accepts it as an input format too.
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Microsoft LIT is better IMO. It can also be liberated, by way of ConvertLIT. Calibre accepts it as an input format too.
What makes it "better"? Also, it is not possible to d/l protected lit files on a Mac.

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What makes it "better"? Also, it is not possible to d/l protected lit files on a Mac.
The moment I posted that message, I asked that myself. So I edited the post accordingly. It seems you were a moment faster.
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Old 11-30-2008, 06:47 PM   #6
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Lit files support html 4+css (only html 3.2 for mobi), so a well made lit file has more advanced typographical features that create a better looking ebook. Some (more if you ocnert to epub) of these features are preseverd by a calibre conversion. Of courrse, most lit files are not well made so YMMV
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:32 PM   #7
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What makes it "better"? Also, it is not possible to d/l protected lit files on a Mac.

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Using Parallels 4.0, it's incredibly easy to run IE on the Mac. My wife frequently launches an IE shortcut on the dock and has no idea that she's actually running Windows in a VM.
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:25 PM   #8
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Using Parallels 4.0, it's incredibly easy to run IE on the Mac. My wife frequently launches an IE shortcut on the dock and has no idea that she's actually running Windows in a VM.
Sure... it's "easy" but it isn't free. I personally have Fusion. But, Fusion or Parallels plus Windows (legally) is about a $300 prospect. Not really worth it to just download some ebooks. I would just say d/l mobi books and use mobidedrm which runs fine on Mac.

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Old 12-06-2008, 12:40 AM   #9
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I'm also a newbie - to all ereaders -- and I have a Sony 505 on its way. Tech issues generally sound foreign to me, so please excuse me if my questions sound stupid. I was fully prepared to use sites like fictionwise to buy my books for use on the Sony so I didn't have to rely only on the Sony store for new releases; I thought I'd follow instructions from boards such as this and convert either mobipocket or microsoft reader files into something readable for the 505. But does such conversion necessarily strips the DRM protection of the ebook that I buy? If so, the DMCA prohibits it, right? Is there a way to convert one format into another without stripping the DRM?
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Hi Scotch

It depends on the country and the laws applied in it.

General speaking, the answers are:

1 - if the original is DRM protected, yes;
2 - yes;
3 - no [if the base situation is the one pointed in (1)].
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:35 PM   #11
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If you are in the USA, LIT is way better then Mobipocket for one simple reason. It is 100% legal to strip the DRM frm LIT as stated under the DMCA. The exception allows this because DRM for LIT prevents the read aloud feature from working. Stripping the DRM is the only way to get it to work.
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:42 PM   #12
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Thanks for the replies. This is a tough one for me. On the one hand, I try to be law abiding. On the other hand, it is frustrating that I own some DRM'd ebooks on MS Reader and Mobipocket, which I bought to experiment with the ebook concept even though I only read them on my laptop, and I can't read them on my new Sony reader. I've been thinking about this for days and I found myself reading threads late into last night to see how one goes about converting the Reader and Mobi files. [Sigh.]
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