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Old 03-06-2009, 06:52 PM   #16
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Yes, but it is not just the DRM. Topaz book are some PDF like format that is "really slow" on the Kindle. The further you get into the book the longer it takes to turn each page. Also, the layout is actually BAD characters dropped under the line and cut off.

I am glad the only Topaz book I have was a freebee. I won't buy one.

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It's not a scanned format. It's a reflowable text format with an embedded font. I've seen some that were usable, and others that were illegible.
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Old 03-06-2009, 06:58 PM   #17
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Can you get samples on the iPod? I didn't know that was possible. I didn't think you could access the Amazon store via the software and you have to go through safari to buy a book, add it to your media library then d/l it to the Kindle app?

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You can get samples sent to your iPod's Kindle app. If you were doing it all via the iPod, then you would have to use safari to got o Amazon. I've just been using my computer to get some samples and some of the free eBooks. When you buy an eBook for the iPod, it gets sent to the iPod next time the iPod has a wifi connection and you open the Kindle app. If you already have the app open and purchase an eBook, you have to close it and reopen it. My guess is that when you open the app and have wifi, it talks to Amazon to get any waiting content sent to it.
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Old 03-06-2009, 06:59 PM   #18
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The sample of Glory Road That I had a look at looked almost like a standard resolution fax. It was better, but not by much.
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Old 03-06-2009, 07:08 PM   #19
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Another bad feature of topaz-formatted books, more a concern with Kindle 2 than Kindle 1, is how large the downloads are. The freebie I got was more than 10 times the size of a normally formatted book.

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Old 03-06-2009, 08:44 PM   #20
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I'll look for the file size before buying books, but if I ever get a Topaz book by mistake I'm returning it. I strip all the DRM from my books just in case I ever purchase another reader that isn't made by Amazon. Legal? I doubt it, but I don't care.
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Old 03-06-2009, 10:20 PM   #21
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You can get samples sent to your iPod's Kindle app.
Thanks Jon.

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Old 03-07-2009, 11:07 AM   #22
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Can you get samples on the iPod? I didn't know that was possible. I didn't think you could access the Amazon store via the software and you have to go through safari to buy a book, add it to your media library then d/l it to the Kindle app?

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Yes you can go on the website and click the send sample to button, although I dont see where it shows file size vs pages

Edit: nevermind
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Old 03-07-2009, 12:46 PM   #23
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So what is it when it has no page count and no size in KB's? :-)

http://www.amazon.com/First-Men-Moon...6447718&sr=1-3
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Old 03-07-2009, 12:48 PM   #24
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So what is it when it has no page count and no size in KB's? :-)

http://www.amazon.com/First-Men-Moon...6447718&sr=1-3
This appears to be public domain book... so it should be DRM free .azw.

That fact that it has no sample seems to bear this out. Books without samples are usually DRM free.

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Old 03-07-2009, 12:50 PM   #25
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So what is it when it has no page count and no size in KB's? :-)

http://www.amazon.com/First-Men-Moon...6447718&sr=1-3
Since it was free, I downloaded it. It is a DRM-free .azw PD file that opens with MobiPocket Reader.
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Since it was free, I downloaded it. It is a DRM-free .azw PD file that opens with MobiPocket Reader.
This book is also in our library.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20712

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Old 03-07-2009, 12:58 PM   #27
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Since it was free, I downloaded it. It is a DRM-free .azw PD file that opens with MobiPocket Reader.
Are you sure it's actually a .azw as opposed to a .mobi or .prc file just renamed?
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Are you sure it's actually a .azw as opposed to a .mobi or .prc file just renamed?
There really the same thing. So I'm not sure I follow your question.

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Are you sure it's actually a .azw as opposed to a .mobi or .prc file just renamed?
I just checked in Explorer. It downloaded with a .azw.prc extension. The download window in FF3 only showed a .azw extension.
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There really the same thing. So I'm not sure I follow your question.

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I thought AZW, while "essentially" being a MOBI format, had it's own funky headers.
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