Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > Miscellaneous > Introduce Yourself

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-26-2010, 06:55 AM   #1
1Bookworm
Enthusiast
1Bookworm doesn't litter1Bookworm doesn't litter
 
1Bookworm's Avatar
 
Posts: 33
Karma: 100
Join Date: Jun 2010
Device: blackberry, laptop, Kindle3
Newbie with questions

Hi Everyone,

I love reading (approx 3 to 4 books on the weekends) and was fascinated to find this forum - I just spent 4 hrs reading everyone's comments!

I haven't brought a device yet but am debating between Astak EZ Pocket Pro (Hanlin5) or Kindle 2 (now that its on sale).

I have a lot of documents (pdf, doc) and ebooks (html, rtf, lit) on my laptop and am wondering which one to get. Any suggestions?

Do I have to convert these documents before transferring them? If yes, how difficult is that to do? Do I have to have special software?

Also with either one of them, do I need to buy a special cable to transfer files between the device and my laptop or is it provided with the device?

Can I just put my ebooks / documents on a USB key and take that with me when travelling and plug it into device or do I have to buy something else?

Sorry for all these questions but any help you can give me would be appreciated.


Thank you
Berny
1Bookworm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2010, 07:57 AM   #2
Javed
Grand Sorcerer
Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Javed's Avatar
 
Posts: 10,271
Karma: 1126878541
Join Date: Oct 2009
Device: Astak Pocket PRO, iPod Touch, PRS-650
Hello Berny and welcome to MobileRead.

The Pocket Pro will handle a lot more different formats than the Kindle 2, and should be able to read all the file types you mentioned. Have a look at these links below and you will see more about each reader, including the different formats they will work with.

Pocket Pro

Kindle 2

I have a Pocket Pro myself and have not used the Kindle 2 before. So realize I do not know everything about the Kindle 2.

You shouldn't usually need to do conversions. Quite often some formats are more personally preferable than others to the person reading and will display in a more suitable way. In this case the program called Calibre (which is free) is an excellent way to do this. Calibre is quite easy to use after doing a couple of books. Calibre also has a forum here at MobileRead, which is also helpful if need be.

The Pocket Pro comes with a cord for charging and can take up to a 64Gb SD card to expand the memory. The Kindle 2 has no expansion memory but an internal 2Gb memory (1.4Gb available for user).

Astak

Kindle 2

There are forums for both the Pocket Pro and Kindle 2 here at MobileRead. It is probably best to ask more specific questions about each reader in each of the respective forums (as you will get more members that have the readers you are particularly interested in).

Of course there are other readers besides the two you have mentioned. There is also a Which One Should I Buy forum. Take your time and investigate which one is right for you. Best wishes finding your new reader.

Javed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2010, 08:02 AM   #3
MickeyC
Grand Sorcerer
MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.MickeyC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
MickeyC's Avatar
 
Posts: 14,665
Karma: 7118468
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Northern Virginia, USA
Device: Sony PRS-505, iPhone 5, Sony T1, iPad 3
Hi Berny and welcome to MobileRead. Good advice from Javed.
MickeyC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2010, 06:44 PM   #4
happy_terd
Banned
happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.happy_terd ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 13,048
Karma: 10105011
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Finally made it to Walmart.
Device: PRS 420
Hello and welcome to MR!!!
happy_terd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2010, 03:13 AM   #5
neilmarr
neilmarr
neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.neilmarr ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
neilmarr's Avatar
 
Posts: 7,227
Karma: 6000059
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Monaco-Menton, France
Device: sony
Good to have your company, Berny. Best wishes and good luck with your choice of reader. Neil
neilmarr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2010, 07:18 AM   #6
1Bookworm
Enthusiast
1Bookworm doesn't litter1Bookworm doesn't litter
 
1Bookworm's Avatar
 
Posts: 33
Karma: 100
Join Date: Jun 2010
Device: blackberry, laptop, Kindle3
Thank you Javed for your advice and the links (I'm not tech savvy so I really appreciate the links).

Everyone thank you for your warm welcome. This is a great forum where everyone is so helpful, warm and friendly.
1Bookworm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2010, 08:00 AM   #7
Javed
Grand Sorcerer
Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Javed's Avatar
 
Posts: 10,271
Karma: 1126878541
Join Date: Oct 2009
Device: Astak Pocket PRO, iPod Touch, PRS-650
Your welcome, Berny. Hope they are of help for you.
Javed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2010, 08:56 AM   #8
WT Sharpe
Grand Muckity-Muck
WT Sharpe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WT Sharpe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WT Sharpe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WT Sharpe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WT Sharpe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WT Sharpe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WT Sharpe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WT Sharpe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WT Sharpe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WT Sharpe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.WT Sharpe ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
WT Sharpe's Avatar
 
Posts: 33,176
Karma: 99641656
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Chesapeake, VA, USA
Device: Kindle Paperwhite, iPad Air, iPod Nano, & a PC running Windows 9.
Hello, 1Bookworm, and welcome to MR!

I've never used an Astak product, so I'm not qualified to comment on it, but before you buy any reader, you may want to consider other questions as well, particularly as to how you intend to use the device. If all you want is a reader for reading practically all of them will do the job and the only concerns will be screen size and perhaps glare. As Javed mentioned, calibre is free and works well to convert practically all non-DRMed files out there, and has the additional benefit of having been authored by one of our own MobileRead members who is all too happy to answer any questions you may have concerning his creation in the calibre forums. If you are looking to do more with your reader than just read, the options begin to narrow down. I'm an annotation and underlining fanatic, so a reader with the ability to copy passages and upload them for insertion into a word processor is very important to me. Of the three readers I own, I've found the Kindle does that job the best, with the PRS-600 being a not-too-distant second. Taking notes on the Nook is a pain, and to date there's no still way to transfer those notes to a PC or Mac. On the other hand, the Sony's touch screen is sweet, and makes page-turning a breeze. In addition, although is is the smallest of my readers, it has the largest actual screen size because Sony obviously doesn't believe in wasting real estate. Take your time deciding, and may you be happy with whichever one you choose.

And, oh yes, the Kindle and Nook both come with their own USB cords and adapters so you can charge them from either your computer or wall outlet. The Sony comes with a USB cord, but I had to purchase a wall charger separately.

Last edited by WT Sharpe; 06-27-2010 at 09:32 AM.
WT Sharpe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2010, 09:13 AM   #9
Javed
Grand Sorcerer
Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Javed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Javed's Avatar
 
Posts: 10,271
Karma: 1126878541
Join Date: Oct 2009
Device: Astak Pocket PRO, iPod Touch, PRS-650
Excellent advice by Tom for you Berny! He mentions annotation, if you were after this feature then the Pocket Pro can't do this like those he mentions. Thanks for your help here, Tom!
Javed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2010, 12:33 AM   #10
ImogenRose
PORTAL
ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.ImogenRose ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
ImogenRose's Avatar
 
Posts: 6,999
Karma: 2884640
Join Date: Apr 2010
Device: Kindle 1, Kindle 3 (3G), iPhone
Hi and welcome to MR!

Imogen
ImogenRose is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2010, 08:46 AM   #11
Lady Blue
the snarky blue one
Lady Blue ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lady Blue ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lady Blue ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lady Blue ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lady Blue ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lady Blue ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lady Blue ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lady Blue ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lady Blue ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lady Blue ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Lady Blue ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Lady Blue's Avatar
 
Posts: 6,002
Karma: 3877825
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: deep in the heart
Device: PRS500, 505 & 600, PRST1 & T2, Kindle PW, Moto Razr, Galaxy Tab 2-10"
Hello Berny, and Click image for larger version

Name:	fishywel.jpg
Views:	75
Size:	25.6 KB
ID:	54206 to the forum.
Lady Blue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2010, 06:54 PM   #12
1Bookworm
Enthusiast
1Bookworm doesn't litter1Bookworm doesn't litter
 
1Bookworm's Avatar
 
Posts: 33
Karma: 100
Join Date: Jun 2010
Device: blackberry, laptop, Kindle3
Thank you everybody and I like Tom's advice to take my time before I buy - although its tempting to just buy anything because i really want an ereader!
I only need it for reading as I travel a lot. I have a blackberry from work and I think I read somewhere that I can use it as an e-reader too so I might just use it for the time being - hopefully that will curb my impulse to just buy one!


I can't get the bb to work so I'm hoping one of my friends in our IT dept can figure it out.

I'll let you know

Thanks again for warm welcome.

take care & stay safe
1Bookworm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2010, 12:54 PM   #13
GeoffC
Chocolate Grasshopper ...
GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.GeoffC ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
GeoffC's Avatar
 
Posts: 27,005
Karma: 17073286
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Scotland
Device: Cybook Gen3 , Pocketbook 302 (Black) , Nexus 10: wife has PW
Hello and welcome to mobileread
GeoffC is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
astak ez reader, help needed, kindle, which device

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
More newbie questions :help: dacattt Astak EZReader 10 09-28-2010 08:01 PM
Questions of a newbie Voyager-Reader Which one should I buy? 15 09-25-2010 03:36 PM
Newbie Questions wayner Calibre 3 11-25-2009 01:21 PM
Newbie with a few questions... tabbycat Sony Reader 6 03-28-2009 03:07 PM
questions from a newbie bugsbunny14 Sony Reader 4 09-13-2006 06:41 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:03 AM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.