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Old 03-12-2009, 03:52 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I just placed an order for a PRS-505 (silver), and needless to say I am excited! I've started to read number of threads in this forum already, and the amount of information regarding conversions, hacks/modifications and content is amazing. Great forum/community!

I would like to ask the guru what kind of preparations (e.g., programs to load, websites to visit for content, etc) I should start thinking about before it is delivered (Tuesday).

I must confess that I've slowed down on my readings due to heavy work schedule, and I am hoping that the SONY reader will kindle my love for reading again

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:06 AM   #2
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Congratulations!

If you're ok with copyright-free books (Gutenberg etc.) you can go to http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=126 and download what you like. You even don't need any software installed. Just plugin the reader to your PC and copy the files.
Have fun!
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:02 AM   #3
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Hi ozan

Congratulations, you are going to love your new toy.

Advices:
1 - this you have already begin to do - these forums have everything you need to know, so keep on reading and experimenting;
2 - get Calibre - check all the details at Calibre’s forum space.
3 - That’s all!

Good reading,
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:19 AM   #4
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Congrats! Where did you get it?

You can preload the ebook software before you get your device by going to ebookstore.sony.com, and clicking one of the download links. Just be sure to register your device when you get it
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:36 AM   #5
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What country do you reside?

If you live in the U.S. check your local library to see if they have ebooks available for check-out. You can borrow an ebook for either 14 or 21 days then it automatically returns itself upon expiration. All that is need is a library card and Adobe Digital Editions software (ADE).
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:05 AM   #6
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I hope your wait is shorter than mine. I ordered my Reader on Feb. 22 and I'm still waiting. One of those Murphy Law "anything that can go wrong will go wrong" debacles. I guess it will be that more exciting when it eventually finds its way home...

I haven't downloaded the Calibre software yet, but I have been accumulating free ebooks. I also updated my library account to include access to ebooks and eaudiobooks.

You can also decide on a name for your Reader. Mine's name is Scooter. I just wish I knew where he was in this big old world of ours.

Enjoy!
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Old 03-12-2009, 01:09 PM   #7
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Hi ozan and welcome to MobileRead. I've had a 505 for over a year now and really like it. Be sure and let us know when you get yours and how you like it
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Old 03-12-2009, 04:00 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the replies. I feel welcomed already

I ordered mine from Staples (out of all places). I've had a hefty rewards check from them and was looking for something to use it. When I realized that they started to sell the PRS-505, it took 5 seconds to order it. It will be here on Tuesday.

I am located in Los Angeles, CA. I'll definitely check the libraries around me, as well as UCLA resources, to see if I can barrow e-books.

I already created an account with SonyConnect and authorized both my desktop and laptop computers. As soon as I receive my reader, I'll register it and start downloading books through their "100 classics" offer.

I will install Calibre today and start exploring it.

The forum is filled with information and there is so much to read

Thanks again for the replies and welcomes!
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Old 03-12-2009, 04:12 PM   #9
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What country do you reside?

If you live in the U.S. check your local library to see if they have ebooks available for check-out. You can borrow an ebook for either 14 or 21 days then it automatically returns itself upon expiration. All that is need is a library card and Adobe Digital Editions software (ADE).
Also, with ADE library books.. they can be returned early.
Then you can check out even more books!
(the libraries usually have a set number of books you can
have checked out at a time)
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Old 03-12-2009, 04:15 PM   #10
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Ozan,

check out the wiki library link:
http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/EBook_Lending_Libraries

Enjoy your new reader!
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Old 03-12-2009, 04:36 PM   #11
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Definitely get signed up to access the LA County library system. I'm not sure if L.A. city has a separate library system like we do in San Diego, but I would sign up there, too. I plan on getting a LA Country library card next time I visit my dad. Then I'll get a SF library and San Jose library card next time I visit my sister. The more, the merrier. The selection at the San Diego library is a little disappointing and the SD County library has eaudiobooks but no ebooks.

Since you paid good money for your reader, I would take advantage of the library system for some free books. Free is my favorite price!

Enjoy!
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Old 03-12-2009, 05:22 PM   #12
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sdmama--

I agree with your philosophy about the more library cards the merrier! I have a Sacramento library card, a San Jose library card, and a New York Public Library Card (that I had to pay a non-resident fee of $100 for). I'm looking for a reason to go to Southern CA to get some other cards

I do think the NY card is well worth $100 for--they have a huge selection of both e-books and audio books.

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Old 03-12-2009, 07:54 PM   #13
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My reader totally sparked my love for reading again. It is so much more convenient than packing around a hardback or even a paperback. I love mine and I know that you will love yours.
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Definitely get signed up to access the LA County library system. I'm not sure if L.A. city has a separate library system like we do in San Diego, but I would sign up there, too. I plan on getting a LA Country library card next time I visit my dad. Then I'll get a SF library and San Jose library card next time I visit my sister. The more, the merrier. The selection at the San Diego library is a little disappointing and the SD County library has eaudiobooks but no ebooks.

Since you paid good money for your reader, I would take advantage of the library system for some free books. Free is my favorite price!

Enjoy!
Tell me about it! I haven't seen anything I'm interested in at the SDPL.
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:03 PM   #15
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Thanks again everyone! Great information while I wait for my reader.
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