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Monday, November 22, 2010

Questions from an eReader noob!

Hello My lovelies!

I am turning to you today because.. hold your breath… I won a Kindle!!!! *Happy Dance*

It was offered by the lovely Kersten Hamilton for her Tyger Tyger Tour organized by Teen Book Scene.

I don’t know which model I won yet.. but I need your help because.. I have no idea how a kindle works!

How do I buy books, how they transfer on the kindle? How can I read my NetGalley books on it? I’m form Canada, does it makes a difference? You get the picture? I’m a complete noob when it comes to ereaders.

Would you guys mind helping me? *Smiles hopefully*

Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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  1. Congrats on the win. I'm not help though, since I'm not getting my Kindle until Christmas.

  2. I actually just ordered a Nook, so I'm probably not the best help either haha I do know that on Netgalley it gives you a Kindle download option, so my guess is you use that?

    The Nook needs files transferred from Adobe Digital Reader to the device...if that makes sense haha :)

    Congrats on your win!

  3. The one thing I understand is that when ordering books from within Canada, from Amazon, you actually end up paying a transfer fee thing. BUT you can order books from other sites without paying that fee. You just have to get the correct format!

  4. Ohh congratulations:) I'm from NZ and have had my kindle for oh 3 months. Love it.

    Biggest thing you will get frustrated with will be the geo restricted books. Other than that is very easy.
    Not sure about Net Galley books as am not familar with those.

    I have the WiFi version and don't miss not having 3G access. Also a bonus as far as I'm concerned is that with the WiFi you can email books to your Kindle email address and they will be converted and delivered to your Kindle for free ;)

    A good place to go is www.mobilereads.com Very informative.

  5. Unfortunately, you're probably going to have some issues because you're from Canada. Not all Kindle books are available for us to buy (even though we can buy the paper versions, no problem).

    With NetGalley, you need to make sure to download the Kindle version if there is one. I think the Kindle might handle PDFs, too. If it's in EPUB format, though, you're out of luck. The Kindle doesn't do EPUBs.

    There will probably be instructions with your Kindle (at least, I hope there will be). If it's anything like my e-reader (Kobo), there will be an e-book help file already on the device.

  6. I think everyone covered it, so I'll just say... OH, I'm so *jealous!*

    Congrats on your new toy. Hope you have lots of fun with it!

  7. Oh right forgot. Suggest you download a copy of Calibre (heaps of info on that mobilereads forum)

    With this you can convert almost anything to mobi format. :)

    Only problem would be if your ebooks have DRM. But apparently there are instructions for stripping the DRM if you want.

    Must admit I've found Calibre very easy to use.

    There are also a couple of apps in mobilereads that help with the organising of your ebooks on the kindle into collections.

    Drop me an email if you want more help emmad@xtra.co.nz

  8. Thanks ladies!
    Emma I will email youif I have any problems once I get my kindle. Thank you so much!

  9. Don't worry, of all the readers out there, the Kindle is probably the easiest to use. It's very intuitive, and Amazon customer support is wonderful. You can ask them absolutely anything and they are responsive and fast.

    As for formats, Amazon's native format with DRM is .azw. If you are buying from anywhere else (Smashwords, Samhain, etc., or any of the free book sites), what you want is either .prc, or .mobi format. You can also get .pdfs - the trick with them is to convert them to .mobi yourself using Caliber, or to email them to Amazon for conversion - this is a free process and it takes about 5 minutes. You email them the .pdf file and they send it back to you converted. You then load it onto your K using the USB cable. The Kindle does read pdfs without converting, but the text is tiny and you can't adjust the font to make it easier to read, so most people convert them instead.

    One last thing, there's a great forum called Kindleboards.com with lots of friendly people who are always happy to answer if you've got a technical question. If you post, you'll usually get an answer within an hour - assuming you can't find another post on the subject in the archives.

    Enjoy your Kindle!

  10. Congrats Tynga on your win.

    I have a kobo and I just noticed that on netgalley there is a button for Kindle when you pick a book that you want to review.

    Its really easy to download onto the ereaders. I have downloaded several books through them and contest wins and they worked with the exception of a few that I couldn't get downloaded.

    Have fun with your new toy

  11. Congrats on your win!!

    I have the original Kindle and I'm still in love with it since day one!

    It's super easy to use. I'm not sure on the Canada restrictions and such but I'm sure you'll receive info on that when you order online.

    With NetGalley, in your profile there's a "Kindle email address" section that you can either put your Kindle wireless delivery email (wireless download fees apply) or your Free Conversion email (Amazon will email you a link to download the book to your PC and you'll manually transfer to your Kindle, it's easy and free, it's what I do).

    Feel free to email me any time if you have questions. I don't buy my books anywhere else than from Amazon so I can't really answer any questions about buying ebooks elsewhere.

    (thecozyreader @gmail.com)

  12. Oh! And you should totally follow Books on the Knob. They post any free eBooks on Amazon or other ereader sites. :)

    Occasionally there's something worth while to download but mostly their self help books, erotica, and that sort of thing.

  13. Wow! Congratulations! You are very lucky indeed!

    Sorry, I don't have a Kindle, so I know almost nothing about how to use it.

    Check out my giveaway here:
    Win A Signed Copy of Afterlight by Elle Jasper

  14. Congrats!!! If you need help, feel free to email me :)