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Old 03-23-2009, 01:51 PM   #1
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Hello from Texas

Here I am in Houston, where the humidity is so thick that you can wear the air like an article of clothing. Anyway, the fact that I live literally across the street from NASA makes it worthwhile .

It's nice to meet you all. I'm looking forward to getting to know you and getting help for my technology-impaired self. Ask me a question about medicine or biology and you're golden. Ask me one about computers and I'll look at you blankly.
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Hello and welcome to MobileRead. You're fortunate that you live in a community with plenty of PC-savvy folks around. I'm also in Texas, but about an hour north of the DFW airport, practically in Oklahoma.

How long have you had your Sony reader? Do you read on your iPhone? Which application are you using on it? Have you tried the Amazon app for the iPhone?

I own both a Kindle and a Sony reader. Since it has been so easy to get current-release books for the Kindle, I've not bothered to register my Sony at the Sony store. I also read some books (DRM-free SF/F from Baen) on my Blackberry.

We're glad you've joined us at MobileRead. Jump into the various discussions. Download some of the fabulously formatted books in our library. Tell us all about yourself and the books you like to read.

Oh, and before I forget -- I think we're planning a Texas get-together in mid-April somewhere in the DFW area. I need to poke RalphSirEdward and see how the plans are going.
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Old 03-23-2009, 03:05 PM   #4
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Old 03-23-2009, 04:06 PM   #5
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Welcome to MR, DiesOutHere (watch out for fire ants)

As you can already see, there are lots of friendly people here willing to help with information.

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Old 03-27-2009, 09:47 AM   #6
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Ah, the fire ants. They were all over Austin when we lived there. My husband had never seen or heard of them before and the conversation went something like this:

Him: Honey, look at this. The ants are red here.
Me: Yeah, those are fire ants. [goes on with life because ants are no big deal to a Texas girl]
Him [looking horrified]: FIRE ants??!!

I've noticed that what I read reflects what I need in my life right then. For instance, when I start PA school this fall, I will be swamped with learning. So, in my scraps of free time, I will probably go for complete brain candy, like the Harry Potter series. When life is non-stressful, I prefer books that make me think. When I'm dealing with something extremely challenging in my life, I read epic fantasy. I end up saying to myself, "Look, Nancy, if Frodo could drag that stupid ring all the way to Mount Doom, surely you can manage to [get an A on an exam, finish filling out PA school applications, finalize Science Fair projects with kids, etc]". Right now, I'm getting divorced, so I keep reading that stupid Twilight series and Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series. I guess I need to feel loved unconditionally right now.

I purchased my friend's old Sony 505 (blue, of course!) when she upgraded to the 700. The reader, case, and the 124 books on it cost $200. Much cheaper, smaller, convenient, and immediate than the Kindle. Though I still want one of those . I'm not really running any software for it because I have a Mac, so I haven't found a way to make it play nice with my computer.

I also have an iPhone, so I run both Stanza and the Kindle app on it. When I can't tote around the Sony, I'm perfectly happy to entertain myself with those. Oh, but to find a way to integrate everything so I don't have to have multiple copies of books in all different formats! Or if one of them could become the market standard already! Better yet, they could get together and create some kind of hybrid device that combines what I love about both of them.


Thanks for the welcome, everyone. I'm glad to be here!
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Old 03-27-2009, 10:00 AM   #7
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Hi DiesOutHere and let me add my welcome to all the previous ones !

my reading tastes also change depending on what is going on in my life. good luck with your divorce ; please don't hesitate to come and spend some time relaxing in the lounge with us to change your ideas. you might also be interested in the "vent and rant" thread it's very cathartic, and you can complain about whatever is bugging you all you want : that's what it's for.

since you say you're using a mac, i recommend you take a look at calibre ; it's a free library management and conversion tool (and rss aggregator) developped by one of our brilliant members, Kovid Goyal. it works on a mac ! and for the sony, i recommend getting epub books. it's the new industry standard format and hopefully in the near future it will finally topple the tower of e-babel made of all the incompatible formats. it will also work on your iphone using stanza, so you might already be using it. if in the future you do get a kindle, drm-free epub books can be trivially converted to mobipocket format using calibre (or the desktop mobi app, but that doesn't work on a mac, alas), which you can read on the kindle.

take a look around, download some of our wonderful free ebooks, don't hesitate to ask questions. enjoy the site and your new sony !
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Ah, the fire ants. They were all over Austin when we lived there. My husband had never seen or heard of them before and the conversation went something like this:

Him: Honey, look at this. The ants are red here.
Me: Yeah, those are fire ants. [goes on with life because ants are no big deal to a Texas girl]
Him [looking horrified]: FIRE ants??!!


Welcome and enjoy your BLUE reader!
I have a red one (since early Feb) and it's my best friend!
It's the greatest thing since chocolate...
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Old 03-27-2009, 10:14 PM   #9
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Please send me all your medical and biology questions! I love to answer questions and feel smart! I teach the MCAT and GRE for Kaplan and tutor math and chemistry to middle- and high-school students. Teaching and tutoring are all about answering questions!
I have Calibre on my computer (it's how I ended up at these forums). I'm slowly learning how to use it. Epub has thrown me so far. For example, Catherine Wilson has posted free books of hers on this forum. I downloaded the epub format, but I have no idea which file in the folder is the one I want. I finally went with the mobi format and put that on Stanza for now.
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Old 03-27-2009, 10:22 PM   #10
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thanks ! good to know.
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I have Calibre on my computer (it's how I ended up at these forums). I'm slowly learning how to use it. Epub has thrown me so far. For example, Catherine Wilson has posted free books of hers on this forum. I downloaded the epub format, but I have no idea which file in the folder is the one I want.
wow, calibre even before you found mobileread ! clearly you're a natural. hmm... it sounds like maybe you unzipped the file ? (epub is actually just a wrapper, like a zip archive, with several files inside it : the xhtml for the text, css for the style rules, ncx...) normally an epub should just have an .epub file type and there should only be one file. if you got what looked like a zip archive, and opened it, the zip was probably the epub file itself, possibly renamed (if you change the extension from epub to zip, it behaves exactly like a zip archive). take a look in our free ebook library here, in the epub format section : there you can see a few examples. you just download the file (there should only be one), and slide it directly onto your sony, or else load it into calibre first and use that to send it over. no unzipping / opening necessary, and all the files stay together. let us know if you get stuck.

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Old 03-27-2009, 10:27 PM   #11
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Hi DiesOutHere and let me add my welcome to all the previous ones !

my reading tastes also change depending on what is going on in my life. good luck with your divorce ; please don't hesitate to come and spend some time relaxing in the lounge with us to change your ideas. you might also be interested in the "vent and rant" thread it's very cathartic, and you can complain about whatever is bugging you all you want : that's what it's for.

since you say you're using a mac, i recommend you take a look at calibre ; it's a free library management and conversion tool (and rss aggregator) developped by one of our brilliant members, Kovid Goyal. it works on a mac ! and for the sony, i recommend getting epub books. it's the new industry standard format and hopefully in the near future it will finally topple the tower of e-babel made of all the incompatible formats. it will also work on your iphone using stanza, so you might already be using it. if in the future you do get a kindle, drm-free epub books can be trivially converted to mobipocket format using calibre (or the desktop mobi app, but that doesn't work on a mac, alas), which you can read on the kindle.

take a look around, download some of our wonderful free ebooks, don't hesitate to ask questions. enjoy the site and your new sony !
Hmph!

Welcome to the madness, DiesOutHere. Great place and good, if somewhat fickle friends.
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Old 03-27-2009, 10:28 PM   #12
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Welcome to the madness, DiesOutHere. Great place and good, if somewhat fickle friends.
don't worry pshwynkie, i'll still save all my "psycho" questions for you.
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