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Re: Free Books April 2009--Post Info About Free Books
« Reply #25 on: April 02, 2009, 05:43:46 am »
I am new to all of this. Just wondering, do I still have to convert mobi by sending it to Amazon first? I have done that with pdf formatted books. What is the differance? Does one format have an advantage over another?

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You cannot convert Mobi by sending it to Amazon.
Regular Mobi can be read directly by the K2. You just move the file to your documents file on the K2 from your PC while you have them attached by the USB cable.
Protected Mobi can only be read by the Mobi reader that you have registered at the Mobi site.  The software reader.
Just like the method that Amazon uses with Kindle formatted books.
I hope that answers your question.

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    Re: Free Books April 2009--Post Info About Free Books
    « Reply #26 on: April 02, 2009, 07:37:42 am »
    You cannot convert Mobi by sending it to Amazon.
    Regular Mobi can be read directly by the K2. You just move the file to your documents file on the K2 from your PC while you have them attached by the USB cable.
    Protected Mobi can only be read by the Mobi reader that you have registered at the Mobi site.  The software reader.
    Just like the method that Amazon uses with Kindle formatted books.
    I hope that answers your question.


    That is not entirely true.  You can send mobi files to Amazon to have them put on your Kindle through the Whispernet.  I often do that because I'll check this thread at work and not at home where my USB cord is.  Of course you can also do it directly, but sending to kindle.com also does the trick.

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    Re: Free Books April 2009--Post Info About Free Books
    « Reply #27 on: April 02, 2009, 07:47:36 am »
    OK then if a book is available in mobi and pdf which should I choose to download?

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    Re: Free Books April 2009--Post Info About Free Books
    « Reply #28 on: April 02, 2009, 08:05:25 am »
    OK then if a book is available in mobi and pdf which should I choose to download?

    MOBI. PRC is a good second choice. Both of these formats are read directly by the Kindle and only require being copied to it (if you do it by email, the file name changes and I think they set the Personal Doc flag for you). Both have a better chance of a decent cover, correct metadata and good formatting (even here, it depends on who made the book).

    With PDF, a conversion process must be called and formatting is often off (few are reflowable PDF's, but those convert best) or pictures/tables can lose detail or formatting. Covers can disappear, the title gets set to the filename and the author becomes your email address (there are a few exceptions, but this is the general process).

    TXT can be read directly as well, but can look a bit better if sent thru the converter, as that can sometimes fix the line breaks and properly reflow the text (but not always).

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    Re: Free Books April 2009--Post Info About Free Books
    « Reply #29 on: April 02, 2009, 12:27:13 pm »

    <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4TG5xVwIBQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4TG5xVwIBQ</a>

    Free For April


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    Re: Free Books April 2009--Post Info About Free Books
    « Reply #30 on: April 02, 2009, 02:13:27 pm »

    Free book at http://www.gwellstaylor.com/books/whengraveyardsyawn/free_book/free_ebook.html

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    When Graveyards Yawn by G. Wells Taylor
    The Apocalypse Trilogy - Book 1

    MURDER IS STILL MURDER IN GREASETOWN - Even if life has become a little complicated. Fifty years ago, at the end of the last Millennium we expected something bad to happen, but we never expected the Change. People stopped aging, the dead rose from their graves, it started raining and its been raining ever since.Things looked so bad that everyone thought it was the end of the world, but a guys still got to make a living doesnt he?

    A dead lawyer enters the office of Wildclown Investigations and hires the detective to find his killer. Wildclown and his dead sidekick Elmo soon find themselves entangled in a battle for control of a secret that offers either hope or doom for humanity. WHEN GRAVEYARDS YAWN takes the reader to a unique setting that mixes gothic horror with the two-fisted pragmatism of a hard-boiled detective novel.
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    I haven't read this so I'm not recommending it.  Just ran across it so thought I'd pass it along.  It's available for download in several different formats, including prc and Kindle azw.
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    Re: Free Books April 2009--Post Info About Free Books
    « Reply #31 on: April 02, 2009, 03:26:33 pm »
    Here are some free books from Amazon: Free Kindle Books

    Most are available until next month.

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    Re: Free Books April 2009--Post Info About Free Books
    « Reply #32 on: April 05, 2009, 01:04:55 pm »
    There were a number of posts about MOBI vs PRC and K1 vs K2, if you're following that subject, they have been moved here:
    https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,6437.0.html

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    Re: Free Books April 2009--Post Info About Free Books
    « Reply #33 on: April 06, 2009, 06:22:15 am »

    Got a notice this morning that this book is being offered for free.
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    Re: Free Books April 2009--Post Info About Free Books
    « Reply #34 on: April 06, 2009, 01:05:17 pm »
    New Amazon book: Put Your Dream to the Test

    « Last Edit: April 06, 2009, 01:07:45 pm by Lizzarddance »
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    Re: Free Books April 2009--Post Info About Free Books
    « Reply #35 on: April 06, 2009, 07:57:06 pm »
    Here is an EXCELLENT book :)  I already read it  but downloaded it anyway.  This is a great series  :)  I got this on the Kindle Nation email :)


    http://www.jakonrath.com/WhiskeySourFree.pdf

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    Re: Free Books April 2009--Post Info About Free Books
    « Reply #36 on: April 06, 2009, 08:01:57 pm »
    I can't remember if this link was ever posted before but I figured that I'd add it anyway....

    Online Freebies

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    Re: Free Books April 2009--Post Info About Free Books
    « Reply #37 on: April 06, 2009, 10:44:18 pm »
    Found this on the Amazon board:

    Quote from: Genaro
    "When a skull is discovered, a mystery is unfolded that begins to terrorize the town. Now, in a twist of events it is up to a detective, a father and child to stop the horror before more victims are captured."

    I just released it as a free E-Book entitled "The Found".

    Hope you all enjoy a little scary tale!

    http://www.chicanochronicles.com/books/thefound.pdf

    Note: The formatting is a bit rough around the edges after you convert it to the Kindle.
    « Last Edit: April 06, 2009, 11:00:46 pm by CS »

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    Re: Free Books April 2009--Post Info About Free Books
    « Reply #38 on: April 07, 2009, 12:20:33 am »
    Here's another one by the same author:

    Free Download: Lockdown - A Barrio Tale
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    After being falsely accused of a sex crime against a minor, Jose (Freedom) Lopez is sent to Sofia Maximum Penitentiary in Dayton, Texas. With no other choice but to survive, he feels hell never see the love of his life again until a suicide attempt by his accuser offers a chance to re-open his case. But when word gets out on the street that he might go free, Freedom recieves a visit that brings chills to his bones. His so called best homie Reyes, revels his lady is pregnant with a warning, Remain behind bars, Reyes orders him, or hell slaughter both his lady and child-to-be!
    Anybody want a peanut?

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    Re: Free Books April 2009--Post Info About Free Books
    « Reply #39 on: April 07, 2009, 12:35:20 am »
    Here's another one by the same author:

    Both of his books sound fantastic. It's a shame that these particular PDF files don't convert well to Kindle. Hopefully he will somehow find this message and make a PRC/Mobi/AZW version available with cleaner formatting. Maybe I'll e-mail him?

    Edit: Just e-mailed him. We'll see what he says. :)
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    « Reply #40 on: April 07, 2009, 05:48:14 pm »
    From Books on the Knob:

    Random House has put Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America, up as a free PDF download on their For High School Teachers web site. In addition to the full text of the book, the free download also includes: a letter and two essays from the author, a Teacher's/Discussion Guide for Funny in Farsi and an excerpt from Firoozeh's latest book Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of a Global Citizen (not yet available for Kinde).

    http://www.randomhouse.com/highschool/this_just_in/free_book_download.html

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    Re: Free Books April 2009--Post Info About Free Books
    « Reply #41 on: April 07, 2009, 08:56:59 pm »
    I'm new here but don't see a mention of the Baen Free library  http://www.baen.com/library/
    lots of free ebooks mostly science fiction to download or you can even have it sent to your kindle via amazon though that will cost you a dime
    I just got Fiddlers Faire by Mercedes Lackey  and a plague of demons BY Kieth Laumer

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    « Reply #42 on: April 07, 2009, 09:26:57 pm »
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    Re: Free Books April 2009--Post Info About Free Books
    « Reply #43 on: April 08, 2009, 09:32:25 am »
    http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/   (crossposted from from "What I'm reading now" thread)   :)
    free PDF for the Ubuntu version of Linux. I have 2 old laptops that weren't running Windows very well anymore. I'm trying to learn about Linux and this PDF was free and pretty nice for beginners. So far I have been impressed with Linux. It will be a great PC young kids for school.


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    « Reply #44 on: April 08, 2009, 01:53:52 pm »
    http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/   (crossposted from from "What I'm reading now" thread)   :)
    free PDF for the Ubuntu version of Linux. I have 2 old laptops that weren't running Windows very well anymore. I'm trying to learn about Linux and this PDF was free and pretty nice for beginners. So far I have been impressed with Linux. It will be a great PC young kids for school.

    For a new user to *nix Ubuntu is a great introduction (a very easy install) and the above book is a great guide.

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    Re: Free Books April 2009--Post Info About Free Books
    « Reply #45 on: April 09, 2009, 05:00:36 pm »
    Sorrry, I was out enjoying the good weather here. There were still some cherry blossoms in bloom. 



    I'll do some pruning, this thread has gotten wayyyyy too fat.  I do think feedback here in the thread is very useful for people trying to decide whether to download a book (even free ones, as the Amazon books stay in your media library forever), but you're right we don't need a lot of duplicative information, and as I told Jeff, discussing tips will get moved to its own thread.

    Please, folks, if you've got a question about HOW to do something on your Kindle, such as download free books, post it as a separate thread either here in the Book Corner, or better yet in Tips, Tricks & Troubleshooting.

    (And Davem2bits, it's Harvey, not Henry.   ;D)

    (and WebHill, your On the Beach comment was too funny I added it to the I Want This Book on Kindle thread)


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    Re: Free Books April 2009--Post Info About Free Books
    « Reply #46 on: April 12, 2009, 01:05:14 pm »
    I'll do some pruning, this thread has gotten wayyyyy too fat.  I do think feedback here in the thread is very useful for people trying to decide whether to download a book (even free ones, as the Amazon books stay in your media library forever), but you're right we don't need a lot of duplicative information, and as I told Jeff, discussing tips will get moved to its own thread.

    This may be related to your pruning, there used to be several more pages in the free books thread and now they are just gone. I understand that could have happened as you removed the threads that didn't apply, but I could have sworn there were legitimate free book references that are simply no longer there. Did something happen to your server?

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    « Reply #47 on: April 12, 2009, 01:18:01 pm »
    I saw in another thread, with the server problems (hopefully) gone now, Harvey has apparently increased the number of posts per page, so the number of pages per thread has decreased. So it may just be an optical illusion. :)
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    « Reply #48 on: April 12, 2009, 01:32:23 pm »
    Steph is right. . . .when the server was being squirrelly, Harvey reduced the number of posts displayed per page.  He's put it back up again so it's fewer pages, but all the posts are there. . . .

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    « Reply #49 on: April 12, 2009, 01:59:16 pm »
    Is it only me (did I set something wrong) or have the avatars gone away?

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