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Old 03-13-2010, 10:43 PM   #1
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Arrow Daily Reader with Ubuntu?

Hello all!

I am considering purchasing the Sony Reader Daily Edition.
I went to Best Buy today, because they had one on display. It really looked good and I'm leaning toward getting it. however.....

I use the latest version of Ubuntu. Will I be able to transfer my existing epub's and pdf's to the new Sony reader? The sales rep there didn't know if it would or not.

I currently have a Kindle 2 and Ubuntu recognizes it fine. Will the Sony do the same?
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:03 AM   #2
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Yes you should be able to use epub and pdf's on the Sony.
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:40 AM   #3
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I probably should have been a little more clear.

I use Ubuntu linux on my desktop, which is where all my ebooks are stored. If I plug the Sony Reader Daily Edition into my desktop, will it recognize the ereader?

Right now, I plug in my Kindle and transfer files directly using just folders. Can I do this with the Sony, too?
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You can install Calibre to transfer your eBooks if you want to use collections.
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:47 AM   #5
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Ubuntu should recognize the Sony. You should be able to drap and drop the epub/pdf files directly or use Calibre to manage your ebook library.
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Ok, thanks!
Drag and drop is what I was wondering about.

I use calibre to organize my collection, too.

Thanks for the advice all!
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Yes, the reader comes right up in Ubuntu and drag and drop works fine.
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Yes, the reader comes right up in Ubuntu and drag and drop works fine.
You sure?

I had a little Internet chat with Sony support today and they seemed to dodge the question. never would tell me yes or no.
Kept saying only for pc or mac...
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It should work fine with drag & drop or with Calibre. I doubt that DRM'ed ePub files will work however.
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thanks for all the answers!

I guess that leads to my next question. Does Sony let one download the ebook like Kindle users can? Seems the only way to do that is by installing the software they have?
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I guess that leads to my next question. Does Sony let one download the ebook like Kindle users can? Seems the only way to do that is by installing the software they have?
You are correct... the only way to buy from the Sony eBook store is to use the software... to many peoples consternation. Which is why I would say many Sony owners here don't buy from Sony, but from BooksOnBoard.com and fictionwise.com and others.

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Old 03-15-2010, 07:53 PM   #12
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ugg... why does this have to be so crazy! lol..
Ok, one last question.. say I want to buy this ebook... ok, I do want to buy it..
http://www.booksonboard.com/index.ph...54034&v=buynow

It looks like all of those have drm. Does that mean if I buy the book from booksonboard, I wouldn't be able to read it on my Sony device?
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ugg... why does this have to be so crazy! lol..
Ok, one last question.. say I want to buy this ebook... ok, I do want to buy it..
http://www.booksonboard.com/index.ph...54034&v=buynow

It looks like all of those have drm. Does that mean if I buy the book from booksonboard, I wouldn't be able to read it on my Sony device?
Not at all, you can read it on the Sony. Buy the Adobe Digital Edition version and your Sony can read that. You do need either the Sony software or the ADE software installed in order to d/l'it though. That's just the way the Adobe Digital Editions DRM works.

When you d/l the "file" you are actually downloading a token in a .ascm file.. ADE will use that info to connect to the store... send your Adobe ID to it, the store encrypts the ebook for your Adobe ID and then the book will be d/l'ed.

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Not at all, you can read it on the Sony. Buy the Adobe Digital Edition version and your Sony can read that. You do need either the Sony software or the ADE software installed in order to d/l'it though. That's just the way the Adobe Digital Editions DRM works.

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Yeah, but that's just my issue. Those software packages will not run on my linux computer.

However, that said, I can run Windows through VirtualBox on Ubuntu, but ehh.. that's such a pain! That's always my method of last resort, though.

Oh well. Thanks to everybody that helped me. I wasn't expecting so much response. This forum rocks.
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Yeah, but that's just my issue. Those software packages will not run on my linux computer.
Ah... that does pose a problem. Perhaps you can get ADE running in Wine...

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