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Old 09-09-2009, 10:34 PM   #1
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Hi from Australia

Hi Guys,
I just found this forum, in my travels through the Internets.
I am getting further and further into the eBook world... sometime drowning in the various formatting and devices...

Secretly wishing from a world standard on file formats and which all readers must adhere to.

Looking forward to trolling through all these posts while slowly expanding my brian until it explodes.


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Old 09-09-2009, 10:41 PM   #2
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Hello Marcus and welcome to MobileRead.

There are tons of free books here available for download here, beautifully formatted by our own members. Look up and click on the "Ebooks" tab. You don't even need a device to read them. Just your computer.

We've lots of other members from Australia here.....don't hesitate to ask questions, and enjoy. But.....watch out for the "other" Marc.
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Welcome to MobileRead, Marcus!

We're all hoping for that one miracle format!

Happy Reading!
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Old 09-10-2009, 12:42 AM   #4
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Hi I'm also an Aussie & new to both this site & Sony e-reader. Getting very frustrated that I can't buy books as one has to have an American address. I emailed them to find out if there was some place I could get books only to be directed to the free book sites!!!!Boo-Hoo
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Old 09-10-2009, 12:50 AM   #5
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Yes I have also come across that in my investigations....

There are alot of publishers over here who are still a little tentative about branching into the eBook market. Because it is an internet minefield, to try and source websites which will handle customers from outside the US...

I can imagine there is a great deal of people banging their heads against the wall...

I know I was... when all I heard about was Kindle, Kindle, Kindle... when I went to buy one so I could test various devices... They don't sell outside of the US....

It's a vicious circle... which hopefully .ePub will sort out... But from what I've read it will all come down to how the DRM is handled...

BTW - thanks for kind intros Kaz and Desertgrandma...

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Old 09-10-2009, 01:34 AM   #6
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Hi Marcus Welcome!

Yup, I get the frustration. It's possible to find ebooks, but often difficult to find something specific. Although - a lot of Aussie libraries seem to be getting on board with ebooks via Overdrive... so you might find that a particular ebook's available from your library and nowhere else

Welcome to snowy too!
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I know I was... when all I heard about was Kindle, Kindle, Kindle... when I went to buy one so I could test various devices... They don't sell outside of the US....



BTW - thanks for kind intros Kaz and Desertgrandma...

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It is still possible to get a Kindle and books from Amazon and other places......I believe Nohmi is from Australia, and has done it, as well as other people outside the US. The trick, as I understand, is in using gift cards instead of a US based bank account.

Would just depend on how much you want the device and access to Amazon.
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Old 09-10-2009, 02:59 AM   #8
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Yeah...ebay and all the hoopla that entails... gift cards what a hassle... Amazon in my mind is probably the biggest known supplier of books etc online...

It simply floored me when I could get the Kindle device after that's all I was hearing about, I naturally assumed it could be easily obtained here in Australia...

How naive was I...(that's a rhetorical question)
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We've lots of other members from Australia here.....don't hesitate to ask questions, and enjoy. But.....watch out for the "other" Marc.
She's a lovely old dear, our desertgrandma (DGMa) is, but I swear the poor old dear likes her shandy a tad too much. Sweet thing.

RUN AWAY!

G'day Marcus. I'm perfectly harmless, as regular beatings from DGma with her walking frame can attest. I'm even a generous little sausage, being MobileRead's official "I'll put it on my tab" barman. Can I get you a drink?

Cheers,
Marc [choking back evil laugh]
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:44 AM   #10
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Welcome to MR, Marcus!

I should warn you that if you're going to accept Marc's offer of a drink, you might want to be sitting down...
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Old 09-10-2009, 11:06 AM   #11
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Welcome! There are workarounds just about everything which doesn't allow Aussies to buy ebooks from various retailers ... it's just hunting down the particulars for various websites and then implementing them that's a pain in the rear end. Or -- a challenge! (Which is how I chose to look at it, for sanity's sake...)
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:07 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the warm welcomes peoples...

Marc -- I'll accept that drink...although being a Queenslander, hey, bro, yeah...


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haha...Thanks mate... do you and Kazbates know each other?

I know a couple of people from Virginia...they work at the Pepsi Plant...
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Thanks for all the warm welcomes peoples...

Marc -- I'll accept that drink...although being a Queenslander, hey, bro, yeah...
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Hey, mate, stop talking so fast!

Cheers,
Marc (who is actually, like most in Noosa, a "refugee" from the south, Sydney in my case)
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