Can I avoid handing any more money to Amazon

(27 Posts)
maillotjaune Tue 11-Dec-12 13:25:07

I was given a Kindle last Christmas - I love it BUT had been trying then to avoid buying so much from Amazon having read the earlier news stories about tax etc.

Anyway, I am not very tech savvy but is it possible to get e books from other suppliers to read on Kindle?

I am happy to physically transfer from laptop via USB if necessary but not sure how to start.

Chanatan Tue 11-Dec-12 13:26:59
hedwig2001 Tue 11-Dec-12 13:28:40

You can use Calibre software to covert e-books to the right format. However, you can only do this for books without rights protection. Great for free books but if you want any new books you will need Amazon.

NatashaBee Tue 11-Dec-12 13:36:05

The gutenberg library has lots of classics.

www.gutenberg.org/

maillotjaune Tue 11-Dec-12 16:38:39

Yes, that's what I thought might be the problem - I have been reading some free classics but most of of the books I read are newer so might need to go back to paper books.

Thanks everyone.

JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 14-Dec-12 23:26:36

I'm looking at getting a kobo. Some of our local libraries are now offering ebook loans and I think the kobo mini is £49.

hugoagogo Tue 01-Jan-13 21:00:14

Ditch the kindle; and get a kobo/nook then you can borrow from your local library. (from their website)

Calibre is an option, but it is akin to illegally downloading films or music unless you stick to the classics.

Kindle also have the library now where you can borrow books for free.

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 01-Jan-13 21:05:14

you could buy a gotab from www.hive.co.UK and buy books from there.
commission goes to your nearest independent bookshop.
gotab is about £60

hugoagogo Tue 01-Jan-13 21:13:32

Interesting nicklebabe, I haven't heard of that one.

AnyaKnowIt Tue 01-Jan-13 21:15:17

Just having a look on that hive website

Can you get the kindle app on the gotab?

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 01-Jan-13 21:16:49

any - you can.
but i found that out "by accident" when trying out the gotab shown by a rep.
very useful if you have a kindle and you want to switch. smile

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 01-Jan-13 21:17:29

anya , even...

AnyaKnowIt Tue 01-Jan-13 21:19:45

Ooh, might go for a gotab instead of a kindle then. Is it easy to do?

hugoagogo Tue 01-Jan-13 21:21:08

I see it's not an actual ereader, is it as easy on the eyes as they are?

<sorry to grill you, but I seem to be the resident ereader expert at the library and need to keep up to date.>

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 01-Jan-13 21:21:40

when i was playing around, i downloaded it from Google play stores. i have to admit i didn't check it all worked, but it seemed to download properly.

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 01-Jan-13 21:24:07

plus they're selling them on amazon so i would conclude it's okay.

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 01-Jan-13 21:31:05

huge. no it's more like a tablet but it didn't have the screen glare once you were in the book.
i think the tft thing is better.

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 01-Jan-13 21:33:47

[[ http://www.phonesreview.co.uk/2012/11/13/gotab-7-inch-android-ics-tablet-review-budget-brilliance/ i found this review for the 7"]]

HarkTheHattifattnerSing Tue 01-Jan-13 21:46:16

look on ebay....

AnyaKnowIt Tue 01-Jan-13 22:11:23

Thanks for that link nickelbaby I'm swaying more towards the gotab now

hugoagogo Wed 02-Jan-13 20:33:46

I wonder what the battery life is like on those things?

Especially as they are capable of so much more, you would be tempted to mumsnet check your emails and use up the charge.

nickelbabylyinginamanger Thu 03-Jan-13 13:00:06

it says you can read for 4 hours om a single charge.

that doesn't seem like much to me.

maybe i read it wrong?

hugoagogo Thu 03-Jan-13 17:21:24

4 hrs does not sound great.

I like the hive website though, I've never heard of it before. thanks

nickelbabylyinginamanger Fri 04-Jan-13 12:33:30

that's why i wondered if i'd read it wrong, or if they'd put the wrong number down.
or if i'd remembered it wrong.

nickelbabylyinginamanger Fri 04-Jan-13 12:41:06

here

it looks like it depends on what you're using it for.
i think that 4 hours must mean if you're using it as a tablet - on the internet, downloading, etc.
when you're just reading it should last a lot longer.

somewhere i looked at a review said that if you've got it connected to the WiFi/internet, then the battery runs down really quickly.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 04-Jan-13 12:49:59

Ooh, I like that hive website - it's a great idea

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