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Old 12-29-2009, 04:54 PM   #1
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Question Need help with Sony Reader- beginner user!!

Hi there. I have ZERO technical skills, but am an avid reader, so my hubby bought me a Sony Reader Touch for Christmas. I went to the Sony Reader store and downloaded a book...but I read online that there are places that I can go for free downloads?!
Can you suggest the best/easiest site(s) for me?
Please remember I'm one that needs step-by-step instructions as I have no computer skills and thanks!
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:01 PM   #2
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Welcome to MobileRead, tjbigwoo! Are you looking for any particular type or genre of books? There are free books on this site, just look for the "E-books" menu at the top of the page.

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Old 12-29-2009, 05:05 PM   #3
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There are many free ebooks here in the Mobileread forums; http://www.mobileread.com/forums/ebooks.php?forumid=126 is the LRF-format (Sony) area, and http://www.mobileread.com/forums/ebooks.php?forumid=130 is for ePubs (which Sony now prefers).

The Mobileread wiki has lists of free ebook sites: http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Free_eBooks

Some of the largest are:
http://www.munseys.com
http://www.feedbooks.com
http://www.manybooks.net

Baen Books has a free library of science fiction ebooks at http://www.baen.com/library/

Sci-fi author & copyfight activist Cory Doctorow releases all of his books as free ebooks at http://craphound.com/

http://www.teleread.org/free-ebooks/ is Teleread's list of free ebook resources.

http://www.smashwords.com is a self-published ebook store, but it has a lot of free and "pay what you like" books.
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:25 PM   #4
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You can go to http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page, search for the book you need or parse through the list of top 100 downloads, and download the epub file (listed at the bottom of the page).
To transfer the file to the reader, connect the reader to the computer, and copy the file to the reader memory.
An easier way would be to install calibre (http://calibre-ebook.com/), start calibre and connect the reader. calibre will detect the reader. you can add books to the reader from calibre easily.
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:20 AM   #5
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With the Sony, Tjbigwoo, Slashank has a good point. Go for Calibre Library -- even I can use it, and I'm a real technodunce. Simply convert at the touch of a key anything you download to ePub format for your Sony. If you're looking for a few new ebooks to experiment with, visit my indie publishing site (www.bewrite.net) and take your pick. Let me know of any titles that catch your eye (ntmarrATbewrite.net [use the @ sign, of course]) and I'd be happy to send them to you free to get you going. Happy reading. You have a lovely reader there. Best. Neil
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:18 AM   #6
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Wonderful and it appears you got everything installed and it works! A number of new users are having significant issues.

Welcome to MR, the best little ebook lover site in the land!

Also more and more public libraries are lending books so be sure and check out that possibility in your area. the MR Library page: http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Library_software

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Old 12-30-2009, 09:48 AM   #7
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And treat yourself to a swish cover, TJ. You and your reader deserve it. Neil
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:24 AM   #8
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:27 PM   #9
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hola soy de mexico y me da mucho gusto que existan foros como estos y personas que brinden ayuda a personas como yo que no tiene ni idea con respecto a mi lector acabo de comprar un lector sony reader prs-505 como no se ingles se me esta complicando el manual ya que viene en ingles ustedes sabran de casualidad donde puedo encontrarlo ya traducido por que no se puede traducir le agradezco mucho su ayuda.
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:21 PM   #11
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hola soy de mexico y me da mucho gusto que existan foros como estos y personas que brinden ayuda a personas como yo que no tiene ni idea con respecto a mi lector acabo de comprar un lector sony reader prs-505 como no se ingles se me esta complicando el manual ya que viene en ingles ustedes sabran de casualidad donde puedo encontrarlo ya traducido por que no se puede traducir le agradezco mucho su ayuda.
mi nombre es mina saludos a todos
Felicitaciones por su nuevo Sony 505

Hay un sitio (en espanol) que tiene information .

por surquizu (miembro de este foro)..

http://prs-505.webcindario.com/manuales.htm de http://prs-505.webcindario.com/

Buena suerte .
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:22 PM   #13
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Ok, so I'm an idiot

I downloaded Caliber- how do I search for a book? I type a name (Stephen King)in the search line and hit enter and get ZERO results. What am I doing wrong or how do I search for books through Caliber?!!?
I told you I'm terrible at this stuff! Ugh!
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Welcome to MR! I can't remember how you search for books in Calibre (and it's not on my work PC) - have you tried just searching for King?

Usually I just sort the book list by author if I want to find a specific author though!
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I downloaded Caliber- how do I search for a book? I type a name (Stephen King)in the search line and hit enter and get ZERO results. What am I doing wrong or how do I search for books through Caliber?!!?
I told you I'm terrible at this stuff! Ugh!
May be some confusion here. The Search in Calibre is only to search for books in it's own library. It does not search the internet or stores to buy/find books if that is what you are trying to do.
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