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Old 06-14-2018, 03:11 PM   #1
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So I've decided recently to load as many books on my Onyx Monte Carlo 3 as I can fit onto a 265G SD card and I'm happy to say that as of today, I have
15,223 books loaded and accessible. I'll be updating but it's a relief to know we have come far from the days where I struggled to find a book reader that could handle more than 4,000.
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Old 06-14-2018, 06:39 PM   #2
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So I've decided recently to load as many books on my Onyx Monte Carlo 3 as I can fit onto a 265G SD card and I'm happy to say that as of today, I have
15,223 books loaded and accessible. I'll be updating but it's a relief to know we have come far from the days where I struggled to find a book reader that could handle more than 4,000.
What do you do with that many books?
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Old 06-14-2018, 07:41 PM   #3
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What do you do with that many books?
Endless choice. I subscribe to the anti-library philosophy.

“The writer Umberto Eco belongs to that small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful, and nondull. He is the owner of a large personal library (containing thirty thousand books), and separates visitors into two categories: those who react with “Wow! Signore, professore dottore Eco, what a library you have ! How many of these books have you read?” and the others - a very small minority - who get the point that a private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you don’t know as your financial means, mortgage rates and the currently tight real-estate market allows you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menancingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary.” - Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
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Old 06-15-2018, 03:03 AM   #4
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Endless choice. I subscribe to the anti-library philosophy.

“The writer Umberto Eco belongs to that small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful, and nondull. He is the owner of a large personal library (containing thirty thousand books), and separates visitors into two categories: those who react with “Wow! Signore, professore dottore Eco, what a library you have ! How many of these books have you read?” and the others - a very small minority - who get the point that a private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you don’t know as your financial means, mortgage rates and the currently tight real-estate market allows you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menancingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary.” - Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
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Old 06-21-2018, 09:44 AM   #5
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Endless choice. I subscribe to the anti-library philosophy.

“The writer Umberto Eco belongs to that small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful, and nondull. He is the owner of a large personal library (containing thirty thousand books), and separates visitors into two categories: those who react with “Wow! Signore, professore dottore Eco, what a library you have ! How many of these books have you read?” and the others - a very small minority - who get the point that a private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you don’t know as your financial means, mortgage rates and the currently tight real-estate market allows you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menancingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary.” - Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
I think he should be talking about reference and similar books, not unread novels.

IMHO, having a big library of novels and fiction stuff in your reader, if it not for consultancy, is a waste of battery and time. Battery because the files needs to be scanned by the library program, indexed, and so, and time because your reader will be waaaay faster with a lot of less books, not talking the time you will need to find the book you want (even with the search capacity).

Other thing is to have a "reservoir" of books. Currently I have about 60.000 ebooks in Spanish, mostly novels, but they aren't in my ereaders, but in my NAS, indexed by name.

I have, for reference, some complete collections, mostly in PDF facsimile: Complete Scientific American, complete Investigación y Ciencia (SA translation in Spanish), and most of the Pulp era magazines, and other miscellanea. I have them in iCloud Drive, indexed by DEVONthink to make instant search of any thing I need.

But in my readers, I only have what I'm reading and two or three future books.
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I think he should be talking about reference and similar books, not unread novels.
I think you’re a different type of reader entirely.
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“The writer Umberto Eco belongs to that small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful, and nondull. He is the owner of a large personal library (containing thirty thousand books), and separates visitors into two categories: those who react with “Wow! Signore, professore dottore Eco, what a library you have ! How many of these books have you read?” and the others - a very small minority - who get the point that a private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you don’t know as your financial means, mortgage rates and the currently tight real-estate market allows you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menancingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary.” - Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
Lovely That's why I love e-readers so much. I can not only build a huge set, bigger than my house could hold, but also I can travel the world with my antilibrary in my pocket
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Old 06-22-2018, 01:43 AM   #8
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I think he should be talking about reference and similar books, not unread novels.

IMHO, having a big library of novels and fiction stuff in your reader, if it not for consultancy, is a waste of battery and time. Battery because the files needs to be scanned by the library program, indexed, and so, and time because your reader will be waaaay faster with a lot of less books, not talking the time you will need to find the book you want (even with the search capacity).
I quite respectfully disagree. My battery life hasn't suffered at all, since the indexing so far hasn't taken excessively long, plus I can select and read whatever I want until I refresh the library after adding more books.

EDIT: I should add,I usually let it complete it's initial library scan while still connected to my computer.

My reader has no need to be *fast* since I can only read words and turn pages so quickly. Also, my base OS functionality of the reader doesn't seem to suffer slowness based on number of books.

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Other thing is to have a "reservoir" of books. Currently I have about 60.000 ebooks in Spanish, mostly novels, but they aren't in my ereaders, but in my NAS, indexed by name.
You don't want to know how many I have on my NAS. I'm looking forward to reaching 60k ebooks on my reader.


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But in my readers, I only have what I'm reading and two or three future books.
That's cool, enjoy. Myself, I'm interesting in a reader that can handle large amounts of storage and books with a functional interface. So far, I'm happy with Onyx.
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Old 06-22-2018, 10:30 AM   #11
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Did you guys get your big libraries via Project Gutenberg & purchasing ebooks or by scanning books you already own?

I have several hundred physical books I've been meaning to scan so I'd be interested in hearing how you converted yours to electronic. So far I've been cutting out the pages and using a ScanSnap scanner paired with Abbyy Finereader.
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Did you guys get your big libraries via Project Gutenberg & purchasing ebooks or by scanning books you already own?

I have several hundred physical books I've been meaning to scan so I'd be interested in hearing how you converted yours to electronic. So far I've been cutting out the pages and using a ScanSnap scanner paired with Abbyy Finereader.
My company has a safaribooksonline license as well as a few others. PG and purchasing. I'm very interested in putting together something like the stuff found at https://www.diybookscanner.org/
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I've noticed that it's starting to struggle. I find it's best after sideloading to reboot the unit, go back into the library to initiate a scan, and then do a library rebuild to handle any missed books. This goes on to it's conclusion and then tries to scan again. Now at this point, it seems to hang. I may not have been patient enough but I stopped it and when to the process list and killed as many things as I could (not much) and then rebooted and scanned again. Seems to have gotten all this time. I am wondering if it's running out of ram so I'll probably be getting a Kepler Pro soon and hopefully with more ram, I'll have less trouble.

At any rate, I'm still happy with the device, overjoyed actually. It's not quite as adept in handling large libraries but so far, is the best of the devices I've owned.
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I have several hundred physical books I've been meaning to scan so I'd be interested in hearing how you converted yours to electronic. So far I've been cutting out the pages and using a ScanSnap scanner paired with Abbyy Finereader.
Aha! I'm considering the purchase of a scansnap to convert our existing pulp-fiction books - I can't afford the wireless IX500 so thought I may buy a used S1500. Which model are you using to scan your books?

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So I've decided recently to load as many books on my Onyx Monte Carlo 3 as I can fit onto a 265G SD card and I'm happy to say that as of today, I have
15,223 books loaded and accessible. I'll be updating but it's a relief to know we have come far from the days where I struggled to find a book reader that could handle more than 4,000.
I looked at the spec for the Monte Carlo 3 and it says that it supports "up to 32GB SD card".
I'm looking to also have a device that can take certainly over 100GB. Your card is obviously recognised with no issues?
Maybe the problems you subsequently report are that it's got insufficient RAM?
Any comments on the card would be welcome.
BTW you must have a lot of pdfs; on that small screen how do you manage?
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