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Google taking on Amazon with launch of Google Ebooks. Loads of free titles available to download that can be read on laptops, iphone, android, bookreaders etc. From this country just need to sign in to your google email account

The paid for books aren't available in this country yet!!! (hopefully soon though) but if you have a USA IP Address via a VPN you can gain access to it that way for the moment.
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#1
A lot of the free ones are free on Amazon too ... nice to have some competition though :)
#2
cool stuff
banned#3
They've got a book based on Olivia the pig's kids TV show in the psychology section. :D
#4
Because the Kindle doesn't support Adobe Ebook EPUB platform these are not compatible with Amazons device....heat added! :D
1 Like #5
Easy to convert between EPUB & MOBI. Hopefully this will drive the prices of eBook's down on Amazon as well at some point.
#6
P.s. What are the US prices like?

Paid service won't commence 'til mid-2011 in the UK.
#7
boothuk
Easy to convert between EPUB & MOBI. Hopefully this will drive the prices of eBook's down on Amazon as well at some point.


for the not so clever...how so please!?
#8
magicbeans
boothuk
Easy to convert between EPUB & MOBI. Hopefully this will drive the prices of eBook's down on Amazon as well at some point.


for the not so clever...how so please!?


Yeah same, what do you use to convert please?
#9
boothuk
Easy to convert between EPUB & MOBI. Hopefully this will drive the prices of eBook's down on Amazon as well at some point.


Not quite as easy when they are DRM EPUB which these are.
#10
If you're on a Mac, "Calibre" is the package to use. Free and very easy to use. If you're on a PC, well, I'm sorry about that. ;)
#11
what format is the best to get to convert to something else later?
#12
coco2007
If you're on a Mac, "Calibre" is the package to use. Free and very easy to use. If you're on a PC, well, I'm sorry about that. ;)


Whether MAC or PC version of Calibre, neither I believe strip DRM.
#13
cicobuff
coco2007
If you're on a Mac, "Calibre" is the package to use. Free and very easy to use. If you're on a PC, well, I'm sorry about that. ;)


Whether MAC or PC version of Calibre, neither I believe strip DRM.


No, I doubt it, but then that wasn't the question. As for the PC version - yes of course, I should have realised it would be multi-platform. Great package.
#14
android app not available in the uK ATM!
#15
mumbojumbo
cicobuff
coco2007
If you're on a Mac, "Calibre" is the package to use. Free and very easy to use. If you're on a PC, well, I'm sorry about that. ;)


Whether MAC or PC version of Calibre, neither I believe strip DRM.


There are plug-ins for Calibre which do the job nicely. ;)


There lies the answer then to anyone foolish enough to buy a Kindle, if you want to spend the time and trouble converting the universal (other than Kindle) supporting EPUB format to Mobi, then because these are DRM EPUB, use a plugin in Calibre to strip DRM then convert to Mobi.
#16
cicobuff
Because the Kindle doesn't support Adobe Ebook EPUB platform these are not compatible with Amazons device....heat added! :D
I've only looked at a couple, but they both let you download PDF versions, which as far as I'm aware can be read on a Kindle 3.
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ye Gods its a different language!!!
#18
Google are trying to take over the world!
#19
dlam
cicobuff
Because the Kindle doesn't support Adobe Ebook EPUB platform these are not compatible with Amazons device....heat added! :D

I've only looked at a couple, but they both let you download PDF versions, which as far as I'm aware can be read on a Kindle 3.


Have you tried reading with PDF standard text books? You would be much better going through the trouble of converting believe me if you own a Kindle, PDF is not designed for reflowable content like EPUB is, and the Kindle 3 I believe doesn't support PDF reflow.
#20
alexytin
Google are trying to take over the world!


And Amazon aren't? Heck the Kindle is just like the iPod, people use it as a "buzz" term instead of MP3 Player and both are not the best devices in their fields.
#21
Maybe a better link for the free titles http://books.google.com/bkshp?hl=en
#22
Anything you find free on here will be out of copyright works, they will also be free on amazon. With the illegal price fixing the the publishers are doing via the agency deal you won't be seeing a lot of price difference on the paid stuff either.
#23
TBH I don't care, I buy real books cos they are cheaper and get my digital copies 'elsewhere'. I still like a physical book to read, but the kindle is very useful when out and about.
#24
What's a better dedicated e-reader on the market at the moment then. Go on i'll bite.

Apart from the Amazon monopolising and poor cross-format support, the Kindle is head and shoulders in front at the moment. Especially considering the price.

I won't go into how to strip DRM, but just Google it, it is not difficult. Calibre is THE software for both Mac & PC conversion.
#25
boothuk
What's a better dedicated e-reader on the market at the moment then. Go on i'll bite.

Apart from the Amazon monopolising and poor cross-format support, the Kindle is head and shoulders in front at the moment. Especially considering the price.

I won't go into how to strip DRM, but just Google it, it is not difficult. Calibre is THE software for both Mac & PC conversion.


For my own personal requirements I am buying a Nook (E-ink not color), memory upgradeable, and better file format support and only marginally more expensive, has a navigational colour touch screen at the bottom, is android based, and recent firmware upgrades have made it a delight to use.

Apart from the lack of wi-fi in the Sony's new touch readers, I would say that if you don't want wi-fi that those are far in front, PDF reflowable and better file format support, as well as being better built and having touch screens is great for students with annotation.

Lack of memory upgrading and file support is my major bug bear with the Kindle 3, there again it all depends what you want out of a E-Reader, to state Kindle is head and shoulders above the rest is ridiculous, other than on price, it lacks in features, but comparing E-Readers is a bit of an apples and oranges, different ones offer differing features, besides lacking in Wi-Fi support I would say primarily as an E-Ink based E-Reader for the most support and text features new Sony PRS-650 is head and shoulders above the rest with a fantastic touch screen..I wouldn't personally buy one though because it doesn't suit my needs and is out of my spendable budget on an E-Reader.
#26
cicobuff
dlam
cicobuff
Because the Kindle doesn't support Adobe Ebook EPUB platform these are not compatible with Amazons device....heat added! :D

I've only looked at a couple, but they both let you download PDF versions, which as far as I'm aware can be read on a Kindle 3.


Have you tried reading with PDF standard text books? You would be much better going through the trouble of converting believe me if you own a Kindle, PDF is not designed for reflowable content like EPUB is, and the Kindle 3 I believe doesn't support PDF reflow.


pdf is a nightmare to read on Kindle 3 - no matter which way around you orientate the screen. However, you can open up the pdf file in Adobe reader and choose save as text file ... works fine on a Kindle then :)
#27
I prefer audio books myself

anything that doesn't support PDF is a joke - 99% ebooks are PDF!
#28
cicobuff
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Apart from the lack of wi-fi in the Sony's new touch readers, I would say that if you don't want wi-fi that those are far in front, PDF reflowable and better file format support, as well as being better built and having touch screens is great for students with annotation.

Ok but can you really compare them sony's are much more expensive, aren't they
#29
pozmu
cicobuff
[Apart from the lack of wi-fi in the Sony's new touch readers, I would say that if you don't want wi-fi that those are far in front, PDF reflowable and better file format support, as well as being better built and having touch screens is great for students with annotation.
Ok but can you really compare them sony's are much more expensive, aren't they

Did you happen to read all I put?, I did mention they are more expensive, as said it is like comparing apples and oranges with e-readers, but as a true e-reader without wi-fi..literally for text reading and annotation the Sony wins hands down regardless of cost, which was in answer to the question asked.

If, however, you want to compare cost and features, besides the Kindle 3 having a higher contrast screen the Nook for $10 more offers a capacitive color touch screen for navigation, better file support and memory capacity upgrades, which personally for me is the more attractive option for that price and why I have ruled out the Kindle.
#30
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#31
cicobuff
boothuk
What's a better dedicated e-reader on the market at the moment then. Go on i'll bite. Apart from the Amazon monopolising and poor cross-format support, the Kindle is head and shoulders in front at the moment. Especially considering the price. I won't go into how to strip DRM, but just Google it, it is not difficult. Calibre is THE software for both Mac & PC conversion.
For my own personal requirements I am buying a Nook (E-ink not color), memory upgradeable, and better file format support and only marginally more expensive, has a navigational colour touch screen at the bottom, is android based, and recent firmware upgrades have made it a delight to use.Apart from the lack of wi-fi in the Sony's new touch readers, I would say that if you don't want wi-fi that those are far in front, PDF reflowable and better file format support, as well as being better built and having touch screens is great for students with annotation.Lack of memory upgrading and file support is my major bug bear with the Kindle 3, there again it all depends what you want out of a E-Reader, to state Kindle is head and shoulders above the rest is ridiculous, other than on price, it lacks in features, but comparing E-Readers is a bit of an apples and oranges, different ones offer differing features, besides lacking in Wi-Fi support I would say primarily as an E-Ink based E-Reader for the most support and text features new Sony PRS-650 is head and shoulders above the rest with a fantastic touch screen..I wouldn't personally buy one though because it doesn't suit my needs and is out of my spendable budget on an E-Reader.

My personal experience is the Kindle is a great ebook reader, and an incredible device. I can also read PDF files fine on it.

If you want to slam it, its the user interface with collections which is its biggest downfall which I find awfull. But there are ways round this with software, but you shouldnt have to be technical, I would only go for another device for this reason the user interface.
#32
PlayPennies
Thanks for this great deal! It has been featured over on the HUKD blog Playpennies!http://www.playpennies.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/thanks_playpennies.png


You should really highlight Project Gutenberg, which has epub, kindle, html, text etc.

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

Googles offering is more interesting for what it might mean for the price of ebooks in the future.
#33
good
#34
alexytin
Google are trying to take over the world!
though facebook are battling hard to take over google, and the world too, and they are winning the war, in my opinion. its only a matter of time before facebook open an ebook store too, they have their fingers in nearly all the other internet pies lol

Edited By: drfassbinder on Dec 26, 2010 03:48

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