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Old 04-14-2009, 09:06 PM   #1
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Getting Started Resources

I've had a lot of friends get Kindles lately and none of them are techies. I'd like to help them get started but most the resources I know about are fairly tech-heavy (talk of DRM, etc.)

Basically, I'd like to know if there are guides for using things like our ebook sources here (including using the kindle guide), feedbooks, etc. Maybe even an introduction to Calibre.
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Old 04-15-2009, 01:53 AM   #2
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I find a lot of them don't even bother to read the Kindle Guide that comes with their Kindle.
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Old 04-15-2009, 01:55 AM   #3
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Here is the link to our Wiki Kindle info

http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Amazon_Kindle_2

Just about anything you'd want to know about it, including links to the downloadable guide.

and here's the link to the Kindle1
http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Amazon_Kindle
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Old 04-15-2009, 03:30 AM   #4
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there are a couple of demo videos of calibre in action and I keep meaning to make a more comprehensize tutorial type video, but keep putting it off
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Old 04-15-2009, 05:40 AM   #5
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there are a couple of demo videos of calibre in action and I keep meaning to make a more comprehensive tutorial type video, but keep putting it off
Pretty please?

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Old 04-15-2009, 06:36 AM   #6
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there are a couple of demo videos of calibre in action and I keep meaning to make a more comprehensize tutorial type video, but keep putting it off
Nooo, spend more time fixing bugs and adding features, please!
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Old 04-15-2009, 04:54 PM   #7
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there are a couple of demo videos of calibre in action and I keep meaning to make a more comprehensize tutorial type video, but keep putting it off
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Pretty please?

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I second that

Pretty please (with whip cream and a cherry on top?)
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Old 04-15-2009, 05:09 PM   #8
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What sort of things would you like to see in such a video?
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Old 04-16-2009, 12:09 AM   #9
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Actually, I have been thinking of doing some Calibre videos... I just haven't got around to it.

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Old 04-16-2009, 12:14 AM   #10
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Actually, I have been thinking of doing some Calibre videos... I just haven't got around to it.

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If you do get around to it, I'll be happy to host them on the calibre website. Another idea I've been playing around with is having some sort of "welcome wizard" for a first time calibre user. This would allow the user to specify the device she wants to use calibre with, which will setup the various device and conversion defaults for her automatically and the wizard could link to a getting started writeup/video.
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Old 04-16-2009, 12:16 AM   #11
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If you do get around to it, I'll be happy to host them on the calibre website.
Sounds good. Actually, the main thing stopping me is getting a decent microphone for my Mac. Anyone have a good reco on a mic that is less than $50?

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Old 04-16-2009, 12:28 AM   #12
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This is the one I used for the current calibre video. Not being an audiophile, I don't know if it is "good", but it works for me

http://www.buy.com/prod/logitech-mic.../10348115.html
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If you do get around to it, I'll be happy to host them on the calibre website. Another idea I've been playing around with is having some sort of "welcome wizard" for a first time calibre user. This would allow the user to specify the device she wants to use calibre with, which will setup the various device and conversion defaults for her automatically and the wizard could link to a getting started writeup/video.
YES, YES, YES!!! There really is a lot of us who are not tech savvy and just become frustrated (and a pain to others when we can't figure it out).

Just reading the various threads that start out with a simple question becomes very confusing as more points are brought up and varying "what ifs" and solutions are suggested as the thread goes on.

A straight forward "wizard" would be perfect for those of us just wanting to get started. Then, once we were familiar with the program, we would be able to more clearly ask for the specific help needed.

in advance for this wonderful idea.
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