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Old 05-14-2010, 07:13 PM   #1
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Amazon.com Books in our Sony Reader?

Hi!

I've just received my Sony PRS-900 and I was looking for some good ebooks to fill it.

The problem is that even though I've checked the list of online ebook shops in that same forum, none of those stores seem to be selling the books I want.

My question is: How hard/viable is it to download an ebook in amazon.com for a Kindle device and read it in my PRS-900¿

Thanks for your help!
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Old 05-14-2010, 07:29 PM   #2
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You have to de-drm it and convert it to epub. It's now hard, I've been doing it for a while, but it does take some effort and knowledge of what you are doing.
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Old 05-14-2010, 07:32 PM   #3
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i have the 900 too. I have also found many book are not available as Epub that are older books.
Check the following places for books
1. Sony's books web site
2. Under Sony books, click on Google books on the screen on the right hand side.
3. Booksonboard.com is a good place to download books that will work with your E Reader.

There are conversion things you would have to do at Amazon that are a pain. I would suggest sticking to the 3 options I gave.
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Old 05-15-2010, 08:42 AM   #4
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i have the 900 too. I have also found many book are not available as Epub that are older books.
Check the following places for books
1. Sony's books web site
2. Under Sony books, click on Google books on the screen on the right hand side.
3. Booksonboard.com is a good place to download books that will work with your E Reader.

There are conversion things you would have to do at Amazon that are a pain. I would suggest sticking to the 3 options I gave.
And what can I do if I can't find the book in any of those options either?
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And what can I do if I can't find the book in any of those options either?
If you don't mind, what book(s) are you looking for? Is it newer or older?
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Old 05-15-2010, 11:11 AM   #6
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And what can I do if I can't find the book in any of those options either?
Without knowing the book you want it's hard to say. You can try Kobo, they sell a lot of their books in ePub (Adept DRM) which will work on the Sony.
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Following this site might give you some more information what it takes to get things from Amazon. Of course once something no longer has DRM it's easy to have Calibre or some other program convert it to epub.

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Old 05-19-2010, 05:26 PM   #8
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If you don't mind, what book(s) are you looking for? Is it newer or older?
Hi!

Sorry for the delay. I'm looking for various books. Some of those are:
  • "Confessions of a public speaker" by Scott Berkun
  • "Making things happen" by Scott Berkun
  • "Bringing nothing to the party" by Paul Carr
  • "Man's search for meaning" by Viktor E. Frankl
  • "Rapt" by Winifred Gallagher
  • "Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing "Hoax" by Philip C. Plait
  • "Don't you have time to think?" by Richard P. Feynman
  • "The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture" by John Batelle
  • "How I became stupid" by Marting Page
  • "The Thermodynamics of Pizza" by Harold J. Morowitz


and many more, but I obviously have pasted enough : )
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Following this site might give you some more information what it takes to get things from Amazon. Of course once something no longer has DRM it's easy to have Calibre or some other program convert it to epub.
Thanks! I'm gonna give it a try : )
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  • "Confessions of a public speaker" by Scott Berkun
  • "Making things happen" by Scott Berkun
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596802004/
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596517717/

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  • "Bringing nothing to the party" by Paul Carr
This is free on Manybooks...
http://manybooks.net/titles/carrpoth...g_nothing.html

Books on Board also has it for sale...
http://www.booksonboard.com/index.ph...ok&BOOK=627778


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  • "Man's search for meaning" by Viktor E. Frankl
It appears only Amazon and B&N have this.


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  • "Rapt" by Winifred Gallagher
  • "How I became stupid" by Marting Page
  • "The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture" by John Batelle
http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/win...00000000128419
http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/mar...00000000216496
http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/joh...00000000228684

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  • "Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing "Hoax" by Philip C. Plait
http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyT...47142207X.html

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  • "Don't you have time to think?" by Richard P. Feynman
  • "The Thermodynamics of Pizza" by Harold J. Morowitz
I don't see these listed for the Kindle


The first two are O'reilly books and I'm pretty sure the Kindle versions don't have DRM so those could be purchased and converted easily, since O'Reilly themselves charge so much. Someone else can probably confirm that though.


A few of these also may not be showing up only temporarily in some of the independent stores (Fictionwise, Books On Board, Diesel, etc.) due to the Agency 5 pricing setup still being worked out.


Some of these sources might need Geographic Restriction workarounds to buy from. Some were available in more than the store I listed.


http://inkmesh.com/ is a good place to search a bunch of stores at once.

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* May use the provided link to download the file up to 6 times onto different computers. This link is accessible in the My Account section of this web site or from the original e-mail.
* Must download it within 14 days of purchase
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"May not move the file to a different computer" is a real nice one. So, you download it within the 14-day window to your one-and-only computer, 15 days from now said computer craps out ... and you've just lost your book. Or books. Or library.

Friends don't let friends buy DRM'd ebooks.
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Old 05-21-2010, 09:54 AM   #12
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http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596802004/
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596517717/


This is free on Manybooks...
http://manybooks.net/titles/carrpoth...g_nothing.html

Books on Board also has it for sale...
http://www.booksonboard.com/index.ph...ok&BOOK=627778



It appears only Amazon and B&N have this.



http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/win...00000000128419
http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/mar...00000000216496
http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/joh...00000000228684


http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyT...47142207X.html


I don't see these listed for the Kindle


The first two are O'reilly books and I'm pretty sure the Kindle versions don't have DRM so those could be purchased and converted easily, since O'Reilly themselves charge so much. Someone else can probably confirm that though.


A few of these also may not be showing up only temporarily in some of the independent stores (Fictionwise, Books On Board, Diesel, etc.) due to the Agency 5 pricing setup still being worked out.


Some of these sources might need Geographic Restriction workarounds to buy from. Some were available in more than the store I listed.


http://inkmesh.com/ is a good place to search a bunch of stores at once.
Wow! thanks a lot for your digging.

I'm sure that inkmesh is gonna help me find most of the books I need from now on.
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