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Old 10-20-2018, 05:04 PM   #16
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I don't know about the Android eReaders, but Kindles and Kobos definitely can't access SD cards via a USB OTG cable.
I was thinking plugging the Kindle into a smartphone using an OTG cable and the phone would see the Kindle as a mass storage device? I may be way off base with this suggestion.
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I was thinking plugging the Kindle into a smartphone using an OTG cable and the phone would see the Kindle as a mass storage device? I may be way off base with this suggestion.
No, you know more about this than I do. That might work. As a matter of fact, I think I'll test it out with the Fire tablet and one of my eReaders.

EDIT: Tested this from my Fire to various Kindles (Keyboard, Touch, Basic 8th Gen) and even a Sony PRS-650. Worked. My Blackberry Q10 doesn't support OTA, but I'm guessing that any phone that does should be able to do this. I would make sure the device your transferring files to is fully charged, so it doesn't pull down on your phone's (or tablet's) battery. I had Sony T2 that "almost worked" but the battery was nearly dead, so I think it was pulling too much juice from the tablet. On the Fire I've got (I think it's named) ES File Explorer as my file manager (though, I'm guessing any Android file manager would work). ES File Explorer allows you to show hidden files. Meant to mention: Several times I put the OTA cable on the Reader side instead of the phone/tablet side (since it was microUSB to microUSB at the ends). That doesn't work. The OTA cable has to be on the phone/tablet side.

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rcentros: Wow, that's very clever but a bit complex.

Presumably both the OP and her mum have computers. Couldn't the OP load some books onto a thumb drive, put these onto her mother's computer, then transfer them to the kindle, or whatever, using a usb cable? Seems simpler.
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Presumably both the OP and her mum have computers.
I certainly wouldn't make that assumption. No Internet suggests no computer!
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Harry, one of my close friends has a computer but no internet connection. Although she watches masses of tv, she believes the internet wastes time, and she's a technophobe. The only reason for the computer is that she occasionally writes.
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rcentros: Wow, that's very clever but a bit complex.

Presumably both the OP and her mum have computers. Couldn't the OP load some books onto a thumb drive, put these onto her mother's computer, then transfer them to the kindle, or whatever, using a usb cable? Seems simpler.
Yes, if she has a computer thumb drives would definitely be the simpler solution. But for some reason I got the impression that the OP's mom didn't "do" computers. I may be wrong about that, however.
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rcentros: Wow, that's very clever but a bit complex.
I would have never thought of it if John F hadn't mentioned it. I already had an OTA cable for hooking up my Alphasmart Neo to my tablet so thought I would test it for this use as well.
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OPs issue is that it is going to somewhere with no internet- hence need for an SD card or an alternative workaround

some older used kobos - like the aura HD which we still have - have SD card slots
I do this with one of my older relatives who does not have a home computer or WiFi. She and friends hit a local MickieD's a couple of mornings a week for coffee and muffin and then a walk around a nearby park. Her H2O is set with it's home page pointing to my calibre server. I let her know her new books are ready and on her next outing, she connects, logs in and downloads her books. Not the greatest solution but it works for us.

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I would have never thought of it if John F hadn't mentioned it. I already had an OTA cable for hooking up my Alphasmart Neo to my tablet so thought I would test it for this use as well.
And I think I heard it mentioned on MR previously.
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I would have never thought of it if John F hadn't mentioned it. I already had an OTA cable for hooking up my Alphasmart Neo to my tablet so thought I would test it for this use as well.
Oh, that's what an OTA cable is! I have a few of those for my printer and one for each of my two Neos.
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I believe it is OTG, not OTA.
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I believe it is OTG, not OTA.
It is indeed. Short for USB "on the go".
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Oh, that's what an OTA cable is! I have a few of those for my printer and one for each of my two Neos.
Nah, the OTG (sorry about confusing the issue by using "OTA") has some kind of adapter circuit in it (I think). My USB printer cable plugs into the OTG cable for the Alphasmart. Or I can plug a thumb drive into the OTG so I can have extra files on my tablet (not that I've ever used it for that, though I've tested it). Mostly my OTG cable (adapter?) sits in my computer bag doing nothing.

They don't cost much anymore. Here's a link to three for $6 from Amazon. Your device has to be "OTG capable."

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YOX4JU6...540159283&sr=1

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That should help me remember.
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I do this with one of my older relatives who does not have a home computer or WiFi. She and and friends hit a local MickieD's a couple of mornings a week for coffee and muffin and then a walk around a nearby park. Her H2O is set with it's home page pointing to my calibre server. I let her know her new books are ready and on her next outing, she connects, logs in and downloads her books. Not the greatest solution but it works for us.
Sounds like a pretty good solution to me.
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