How-to: Buy and Read an Ebook from Booku Pt 2

This is a two-part post. To read part one, please click here.

 

Reading Using Overdrive

Booku ebooks are compatible with any reader that’s can read Adobe Digital Editions DRM. That means you can use it with a Sony eReader, a Kobo eReader or any other (and cheaper) brand that is compatible with Adobe’s DRM (most e-readers are compatible with this, with the exception of the walled-garden Kindle). For a refresher on DRM (Digital Rights Management software) click here. The Overdrive app on Apple’s iOS devices means you can also read them on the go (read: on the toilet) from a device that can fit in your pocket.

The Overdrive app is a pretty barebones affair at the moment. As far as I could see there was no dictionary, search or annotation functions, but we can expect the reader to improve over time. There is a bookmarking function, and you can use the table of contents to flip through chapters. Overdrive is also the supplier for most library ebook selections, so once you’re all set up it’s worth getting in touch with your local library to see if they offer any ebooks for loan (which will be absolutely free). Overdrive also supplies digital audiobooks, so I’m hoping for a homegrown competitor to Audible as soon as possible.

 

Giveaway

To celebrate the move of Smell of Books to this shiny new location, I’m giving away $100 worth of Booku Bucks credit in the new store. To enter the draw, just leave a comment below or send me a direct message on Twitter. Tell me something you’d like to read about at the new Smell of Books location – questions, criticisms and commentary are all welcome. Alternatively, if you run a blog or other website, link to the Smell of Books and I’ll also put you in the running. I’ll draw the winner from one of these sources (randomly, not based on some kind of qualitative analysis, so don’t be shy!), and will announce it in the next week or so.

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Joel Naoum

Joel Naoum is a Sydney-based book editor, publisher, blogger and writer. He is passionate about the possibilities of social media and digital publishing opens up for authors, publishers, booksellers and the whole book industry.

112 thoughts on “How-to: Buy and Read an Ebook from Booku Pt 2”

  1. You may not know the answer to this because the pricing probably has a lot to do with wholesale prices from the publishers but the thing I am most curious about is the pricing for the titles in the Booku store (and Australian eBook stores in general). While I accept that Amazon has undoubtedly set unrealistically low expectations for eBook pricing I do think some of the pricing here is…well…bizarre. The new-ish Kate Morton book DISTANT HOURS is discounted (!) to $35.99 which is equivalent to the hardback price. That’s insane and simply invites piracy. Or failure of the format. Almost all the new releases I looked at are the same (over-inflated) prices as their print counterparts. We’ve been told for years that the reason our print books are so expensive is due to the tyranny of distance (small print runs, high shipping costs etc etc etc) but this argument cannot possibly apply in the same way to local eBooks. Backlist titles seem to be far more reasonably priced (and less than their equivalent print books) so it all seems very fishy to me.

    Sorry to ramble.

    1. No need to apologise, Bernadette. The pricing issue is very complicated, and probably deserves its own post, but I’ll try and explain it here as succinctly as I can. First of all, I’m not directly affiliated with Booku except for the fact that they host the blog – so I can’t comment on the specific pricing here. However, what you should be aware of is that pricing for ALL books in Australia (irrespective of whether they are print or digital) is reflective of the fact that sales targets for those books are limited by our population. The overheads of publication, quite aside from the material printing costs, are much higher per unit than they are in the US or the UK. In fact, only a very small part of the cost of a book is the printing and distribution.

      You may argue that the prices are still unrealistic – and I don’t know anything about that particular Kate Morton title – but the reality is that books are priced based on how much the publisher thinks they can sell. As ebooks are still only 1% of the market here in Australia the sales in digital format are not offsetting the overhead costs at all at the moment – even with a discount because they are not being printed, warehoused or trucked around.

      Nonetheless, publishers are slowly getting on board with the idea that they can sell more ebooks at a lower price than they ever could have of paper books. But that realisation (and the reality of that situation) is coming slowly. Until that happens, ebook retailers who are not Apple and Amazon (and cannot sell their books at a loss) must sell the titles at a price they can afford.

      So to put it another way: hang in there, the situation is changing – and this year will likely be the year it changes dramatically!

  2. You may not know the answer to this because the pricing probably has a lot to do with wholesale prices from the publishers but the thing I am most curious about is the pricing for the titles in the Booku store (and Australian eBook stores in general). While I accept that Amazon has undoubtedly set unrealistically low expectations for eBook pricing I do think some of the pricing here is…well…bizarre. The new-ish Kate Morton book DISTANT HOURS is discounted (!) to $35.99 which is equivalent to the hardback price. That’s insane and simply invites piracy. Or failure of the format. Almost all the new releases I looked at are the same (over-inflated) prices as their print counterparts. We’ve been told for years that the reason our print books are so expensive is due to the tyranny of distance (small print runs, high shipping costs etc etc etc) but this argument cannot possibly apply in the same way to local eBooks. Backlist titles seem to be far more reasonably priced (and less than their equivalent print books) so it all seems very fishy to me.

    Sorry to ramble.

    1. No need to apologise, Bernadette. The pricing issue is very complicated, and probably deserves its own post, but I’ll try and explain it here as succinctly as I can. First of all, I’m not directly affiliated with Booku except for the fact that they host the blog – so I can’t comment on the specific pricing here. However, what you should be aware of is that pricing for ALL books in Australia (irrespective of whether they are print or digital) is reflective of the fact that sales targets for those books are limited by our population. The overheads of publication, quite aside from the material printing costs, are much higher per unit than they are in the US or the UK. In fact, only a very small part of the cost of a book is the printing and distribution.

      You may argue that the prices are still unrealistic – and I don’t know anything about that particular Kate Morton title – but the reality is that books are priced based on how much the publisher thinks they can sell. As ebooks are still only 1% of the market here in Australia the sales in digital format are not offsetting the overhead costs at all at the moment – even with a discount because they are not being printed, warehoused or trucked around.

      Nonetheless, publishers are slowly getting on board with the idea that they can sell more ebooks at a lower price than they ever could have of paper books. But that realisation (and the reality of that situation) is coming slowly. Until that happens, ebook retailers who are not Apple and Amazon (and cannot sell their books at a loss) must sell the titles at a price they can afford.

      So to put it another way: hang in there, the situation is changing – and this year will likely be the year it changes dramatically!

  3. Another interesting post, just keep ’em coming in this style & I’ll keep reading. Cheers, Emma

  4. Another interesting post, just keep ’em coming in this style & I’ll keep reading. Cheers, Emma

  5. Being a new e-reader owner, and novice, I was pleased to see your ‘how to’ blog! Thanks for the info!
    I am also curious as to the pricing of e-books, and how some of them are almost as dear as the hard-cover versions.

  6. Being a new e-reader owner, and novice, I was pleased to see your ‘how to’ blog! Thanks for the info!
    I am also curious as to the pricing of e-books, and how some of them are almost as dear as the hard-cover versions.

  7. Thanks so much for your information about downloading books on an eReader. I bought an KOBO eReader yesterday so the information came in very handy.

    The other thing I would love some information about is about downloading Newspapers or Magazines. I noticed this on the eReader but haven’t got around to looking into it. It would be great to be able to download the daily Courier Mail onto my eReader.. would save me a trip to the newsagents everyday:)

    Look forward to reading more information on eReaders!

    1. Hi Jane, as far as I know, automatic downloading of newspapers to the Kobo reader is currently not supported in Australia – though they may decide to support them in the future. Stay tuned, though, as I’m planning a post about using Calibre – a fantastic, open-source piece of software that can load ANY content from the web to your e-reader of choice. Thanks for commenting!

  8. Thanks so much for your information about downloading books on an eReader. I bought an KOBO eReader yesterday so the information came in very handy.

    The other thing I would love some information about is about downloading Newspapers or Magazines. I noticed this on the eReader but haven’t got around to looking into it. It would be great to be able to download the daily Courier Mail onto my eReader.. would save me a trip to the newsagents everyday:)

    Look forward to reading more information on eReaders!

    1. Hi Jane, as far as I know, automatic downloading of newspapers to the Kobo reader is currently not supported in Australia – though they may decide to support them in the future. Stay tuned, though, as I’m planning a post about using Calibre – a fantastic, open-source piece of software that can load ANY content from the web to your e-reader of choice. Thanks for commenting!

  9. i was interested in reading the How To post too. I love to read but have so many books at home that I try not to buy any more, rather use the library. I am in a fairly remote area so this is time consuming and I really do like to have books on hand.
    I have been considering getting an ebook reader but am still in the research stage so any info about them is welcome.
    The cost of books will be an issue for me too unfortunately.

    1. Hi Wendy, thanks for commenting. In your situation, I would definitely recommend getting an e-reader. Check out my reply to Bernadette below in regards to pricing – I hope you find what you’re looking for!

  10. i was interested in reading the How To post too. I love to read but have so many books at home that I try not to buy any more, rather use the library. I am in a fairly remote area so this is time consuming and I really do like to have books on hand.
    I have been considering getting an ebook reader but am still in the research stage so any info about them is welcome.
    The cost of books will be an issue for me too unfortunately.

    1. Hi Wendy, thanks for commenting. In your situation, I would definitely recommend getting an e-reader. Check out my reply to Bernadette below in regards to pricing – I hope you find what you’re looking for!

    1. Not much, to be honest. I haven’t done a proper review of the Kobo reader, as I haven’t had a device to play around with for long enough. But from what I have seen, and what I’ve read, it’s a fairly flimsy, badly designed (software-wise) piece of hardware. I’d recommend the Sony or the Kindle over the Kobo, if you’re looking for a dedicated e-reader. And if you’re after a tablet, the iPad is excellent, though there are a couple of promising Android tablets on the horizon.

    1. Not much, to be honest. I haven’t done a proper review of the Kobo reader, as I haven’t had a device to play around with for long enough. But from what I have seen, and what I’ve read, it’s a fairly flimsy, badly designed (software-wise) piece of hardware. I’d recommend the Sony or the Kindle over the Kobo, if you’re looking for a dedicated e-reader. And if you’re after a tablet, the iPad is excellent, though there are a couple of promising Android tablets on the horizon.

  11. Really appreciate the blog on this topic given that I am about to take the plunge and buying the Sony Ereader. I have been trying to find sites in Australia with books by the authors I collect. Some (actually lots) of my printed books are very well loved and need replacing. So please can someone suggest where I can surce my sci-fi/fantasy Ebooks?

    1. It really depends on what authors you’re after. There are still quite a few authors (especially older backlist titles) that haven’t been digitised at all yet – but it’s getting to the point where almost all new releases are available from most good ebook retailers.

  12. Really appreciate the blog on this topic given that I am about to take the plunge and buying the Sony Ereader. I have been trying to find sites in Australia with books by the authors I collect. Some (actually lots) of my printed books are very well loved and need replacing. So please can someone suggest where I can surce my sci-fi/fantasy Ebooks?

    1. It really depends on what authors you’re after. There are still quite a few authors (especially older backlist titles) that haven’t been digitised at all yet – but it’s getting to the point where almost all new releases are available from most good ebook retailers.

  13. Thanks for the tips – I’m going to try this out on my iPhone so I know how to do it when I get my new iPad ;-). I’m not sure I can convert totally to e-reading due to cost, the existence of many favourite books in hard copy on my bookshelves, the difficulty of taking an e-reader to the beach and then going for a swim etc. But I think it’l be very handy on planes and in airports where my hand luggage is constantly in danger of exceeding weight limits because of all the books. I’m off to have a browse and see what kind of selection is available. I have to say the fact that I can get a lot of books free from the library is a big issue too. Is there any way e-readers will be able to ‘loan’ books, like pay-per-view movies I wonder ?

    1. Hi Melinda – check with your local library to see if they are loaning ebooks. If you set up Overdrive on your iPhone as I’ve suggested (and the iPad is essentially the same story), and your library supports it, you may already be able to loan ebooks for free.

  14. Thanks for the tips – I’m going to try this out on my iPhone so I know how to do it when I get my new iPad ;-). I’m not sure I can convert totally to e-reading due to cost, the existence of many favourite books in hard copy on my bookshelves, the difficulty of taking an e-reader to the beach and then going for a swim etc. But I think it’l be very handy on planes and in airports where my hand luggage is constantly in danger of exceeding weight limits because of all the books. I’m off to have a browse and see what kind of selection is available. I have to say the fact that I can get a lot of books free from the library is a big issue too. Is there any way e-readers will be able to ‘loan’ books, like pay-per-view movies I wonder ?

    1. Hi Melinda – check with your local library to see if they are loaning ebooks. If you set up Overdrive on your iPhone as I’ve suggested (and the iPad is essentially the same story), and your library supports it, you may already be able to loan ebooks for free.

  15. The main author I am chasing is Anne McCaffrey and her Dragonrider series, maybe Piers Anthony as well. My daughter loves the dragonrider books and after 20 years they are falling apart. The idea of getting them as ebooks is very attractive as the bookshelves are reaching bursting point. Once my daughter is finished her studies as a Librarian I am going to get her to catalouge and reshelve everything.

    1. I don’t think Anne McCaffrey or Piers Anthony are available on Booku just yet – however, if you do a Google search for either author you’ll find both authors have ebooks available in several other ebook chains. Good luck!

  16. The main author I am chasing is Anne McCaffrey and her Dragonrider series, maybe Piers Anthony as well. My daughter loves the dragonrider books and after 20 years they are falling apart. The idea of getting them as ebooks is very attractive as the bookshelves are reaching bursting point. Once my daughter is finished her studies as a Librarian I am going to get her to catalouge and reshelve everything.

    1. I don’t think Anne McCaffrey or Piers Anthony are available on Booku just yet – however, if you do a Google search for either author you’ll find both authors have ebooks available in several other ebook chains. Good luck!

  17. No longer do I need to carry a laptop, diary, and book everywhere I go. I’m prepared for anything and my neck and shoulders are appreciating the change in weight.

  18. No longer do I need to carry a laptop, diary, and book everywhere I go. I’m prepared for anything and my neck and shoulders are appreciating the change in weight.

  19. How do you anticipate Apple’s new 30% cut of any sales through their store affect any offers that you launch on the booku site?

    1. I anticipate that Overdrive will not be affected by Apple’s rule. The reason for this is that they are essentially a warehousing / backend service and do not sell books directly themselves. It would be an administrative and legal nightmare for Apple to try to impose the 30% cut on Overdrive – I think they’re likely to put it in the too-hard basket. Stay tuned to the Apple news to see them roll over on the 30% cut of ebooks issue – unless there are major technological breakthroughs in the next couple of months, they simply do not have the capability to display Amazon’s immense database through their in-app purchasing system.

  20. How do you anticipate Apple’s new 30% cut of any sales through their store affect any offers that you launch on the booku site?

    1. I anticipate that Overdrive will not be affected by Apple’s rule. The reason for this is that they are essentially a warehousing / backend service and do not sell books directly themselves. It would be an administrative and legal nightmare for Apple to try to impose the 30% cut on Overdrive – I think they’re likely to put it in the too-hard basket. Stay tuned to the Apple news to see them roll over on the 30% cut of ebooks issue – unless there are major technological breakthroughs in the next couple of months, they simply do not have the capability to display Amazon’s immense database through their in-app purchasing system.

  21. Thanks for this information, I’d like to know why some books are available as ebooks overseas but not in Australia? I’m specifically looking for Sara Donati’s ‘Into the Wilderness’ and I am having trouble locating it as an ebook.

    I love reading and am excited about ebooks, their convenience and portability but I’d rather a dedicated reader than a ‘tablet’

  22. Thanks for this information, I’d like to know why some books are available as ebooks overseas but not in Australia? I’m specifically looking for Sara Donati’s ‘Into the Wilderness’ and I am having trouble locating it as an ebook.

    I love reading and am excited about ebooks, their convenience and portability but I’d rather a dedicated reader than a ‘tablet’

  23. I got an iPad for Christmas and have so far loaded it up with lots of apps, including different e-book readers, about 20 novels, dictionary, thesaurus, and scientific textbooks, including one book I’ve looked for in paper form without success. Total cost of apps and books – about $20 so far (and that mainly for one speed reading app). The secret to free e-books is to read the classics. There are so many books in the public domain and they can be downloaded for free on plenty of sites. Google ‘free ebooks’ and feast. Project Gutenberg is one of the best.

    That said, there’s plenty else I want to read too, and I’m looking forward to ebook libraries taking off. (I guess there won’t ever be a market for secondhand ebooks!)

  24. I got an iPad for Christmas and have so far loaded it up with lots of apps, including different e-book readers, about 20 novels, dictionary, thesaurus, and scientific textbooks, including one book I’ve looked for in paper form without success. Total cost of apps and books – about $20 so far (and that mainly for one speed reading app). The secret to free e-books is to read the classics. There are so many books in the public domain and they can be downloaded for free on plenty of sites. Google ‘free ebooks’ and feast. Project Gutenberg is one of the best.

    That said, there’s plenty else I want to read too, and I’m looking forward to ebook libraries taking off. (I guess there won’t ever be a market for secondhand ebooks!)

  25. As an avid reader, my bookshelves were overflowing. I started reading ebooks on my palm treo (and now ipod touch) a few years ago and haven’t looked back.
    I’ve been using overseas sites -fictionwise, baen.com (great for scifi and others. The problem is the geographic restrictions and it’s great to see that we are finally able to get access to a wider selection in Australia. The price is still a bit high – kobo.com has a good selection at a reasonable price. The YarraPlenty library also offers ebooks to lend via Overdrive which is good.
    Bring on more sites that offer ebooks is all I can say.

  26. As an avid reader, my bookshelves were overflowing. I started reading ebooks on my palm treo (and now ipod touch) a few years ago and haven’t looked back.
    I’ve been using overseas sites -fictionwise, baen.com (great for scifi and others. The problem is the geographic restrictions and it’s great to see that we are finally able to get access to a wider selection in Australia. The price is still a bit high – kobo.com has a good selection at a reasonable price. The YarraPlenty library also offers ebooks to lend via Overdrive which is good.
    Bring on more sites that offer ebooks is all I can say.

  27. I recently bought a Kobo eReader and am still in the process of getting used to it. I also was under the impression that ebook titles would be much cheaper and that was one of the reasons for my purchase.
    At my local retail bookstores new titles usually become discounted after a few weeks of release and that’s usually when I buy the titles I want. Will the same thing happen with ebooks on BookU? Or will the ebook releases maintain their full online price?
    The way things are at the moment I cannot imagine customers tolerating the higher Australian prices and many will be buying their ebooks through overseas online stores.

  28. I recently bought a Kobo eReader and am still in the process of getting used to it. I also was under the impression that ebook titles would be much cheaper and that was one of the reasons for my purchase.
    At my local retail bookstores new titles usually become discounted after a few weeks of release and that’s usually when I buy the titles I want. Will the same thing happen with ebooks on BookU? Or will the ebook releases maintain their full online price?
    The way things are at the moment I cannot imagine customers tolerating the higher Australian prices and many will be buying their ebooks through overseas online stores.

  29. I think reading newspapers and magazines are a good idea. Like if you have wifi/3G on your ebook reader you could buy a e-newspaper for like a dollar or two. That would be so convienient. I like the idea of ebooks and i will be buying them soon after I’ve recived by Kobo.

  30. I think reading newspapers and magazines are a good idea. Like if you have wifi/3G on your ebook reader you could buy a e-newspaper for like a dollar or two. That would be so convienient. I like the idea of ebooks and i will be buying them soon after I’ve recived by Kobo.

  31. I have a kindle. Am I right when I say that I think that, reading between the lines, Bookoo won’t be something I will be able to use?

    Thanks for the opportunity to comment.

    Trisha

  32. I have a kindle. Am I right when I say that I think that, reading between the lines, Bookoo won’t be something I will be able to use?

    Thanks for the opportunity to comment.

    Trisha

  33. I have had a BeBook for a while now and am loving it, though I am still learning about ebook technology. This was informative. Thanks!

  34. I have had a BeBook for a while now and am loving it, though I am still learning about ebook technology. This was informative. Thanks!

  35. Hi, As someone is is about to purchase an e reader it is lovely to see a how to guide for novices.
    As you know there is so much technology out there and it can all be a bit overwhelming at first, so it is comforting t know help is there when needed. I also love hearing peoples feedback on the different types of e readers. As I am still researching the nest one I will be taking it account everyone’s opinions.

  36. Hi, As someone is is about to purchase an e reader it is lovely to see a how to guide for novices.
    As you know there is so much technology out there and it can all be a bit overwhelming at first, so it is comforting t know help is there when needed. I also love hearing peoples feedback on the different types of e readers. As I am still researching the nest one I will be taking it account everyone’s opinions.

  37. I was really happy to see Boomerang had developed an ebook site, and thanks for the info on downloading Joel – definitely going to come in handy!
    I’d never replace my paperback purchases with ebook ones totally, but they’re great as a substitute. For those who haven’t purchased an ebook reader, I’d recommend the Sony. I’ve had one for a while and think that the extra features it has compared to the Kobo are definitely worth it. A lot of people have issues with the fact that the Sony doesn’t have wifi, but I find it easier to download on a computer rather than a small black-and-white screen. And really, how hard is it to plug a cord in once in a while?

  38. I was really happy to see Boomerang had developed an ebook site, and thanks for the info on downloading Joel – definitely going to come in handy!
    I’d never replace my paperback purchases with ebook ones totally, but they’re great as a substitute. For those who haven’t purchased an ebook reader, I’d recommend the Sony. I’ve had one for a while and think that the extra features it has compared to the Kobo are definitely worth it. A lot of people have issues with the fact that the Sony doesn’t have wifi, but I find it easier to download on a computer rather than a small black-and-white screen. And really, how hard is it to plug a cord in once in a while?

  39. Am so excited about ereaders. Saw a show in Oprah about 2 years ago about the Kindle and have been trying to read my hard copies down. They have improved so much. Waiting for my ezreader to arrive this week. Love the new ereader site as well.

  40. Am so excited about ereaders. Saw a show in Oprah about 2 years ago about the Kindle and have been trying to read my hard copies down. They have improved so much. Waiting for my ezreader to arrive this week. Love the new ereader site as well.

  41. I am also expecting my ezreader and am very excited and can’t wait to start ordering my ebooks. Thank you for all of the above information as I can see that we are all asking the same questions eg. the pricing of paperback books against ebooks. Do you anticipate that the price of ebooks will come down as more people purchase ebooks?I would love to win your prize so I could add some ebooks to my new ebook/ereader.

    1. Hi Susan, I anticipate prices of ebooks to come crashing down in the next 12 months as more people start reading and publishers and retailers start competing on price. All good news for those of us who like e-reading!

  42. I am also expecting my ezreader and am very excited and can’t wait to start ordering my ebooks. Thank you for all of the above information as I can see that we are all asking the same questions eg. the pricing of paperback books against ebooks. Do you anticipate that the price of ebooks will come down as more people purchase ebooks?I would love to win your prize so I could add some ebooks to my new ebook/ereader.

    1. Hi Susan, I anticipate prices of ebooks to come crashing down in the next 12 months as more people start reading and publishers and retailers start competing on price. All good news for those of us who like e-reading!

  43. Thanks for the post. I am a very tactile person who loves to hold a book in his hands, so I have been a little reluctant to get into ebooks. After seeing how easy it is though, I will give it a go and see how it feels.

  44. Thanks for the post. I am a very tactile person who loves to hold a book in his hands, so I have been a little reluctant to get into ebooks. After seeing how easy it is though, I will give it a go and see how it feels.

  45. Sorry to be a bit of a ludite… i am not completely sold on the idea of reading this online / electronic type of book… but willing to give it a go…. if you were travelling I presume one could download the ebook and pop the ipad in the luggage and off you go…. is there a time limit for having the book or is it like purchasing & having a book book?? …. something about the crisp feel of paper and curling up in a corner with a coffee is missing a bit for me… … can we organise and ecoffee 2 πŸ™‚

    1. An e-coffee would be lovely … Though I’m not sure if it would have quite the same appeal! If you download an ebook from Booku (and most other sites like it), then the book is yours to keep for as long as you want it. The practice of lending ebooks through libraries or to other readers is only just starting to take off – and is still a while away for most Aussie readers. Stick with it, though, it’s all coming!

  46. Sorry to be a bit of a ludite… i am not completely sold on the idea of reading this online / electronic type of book… but willing to give it a go…. if you were travelling I presume one could download the ebook and pop the ipad in the luggage and off you go…. is there a time limit for having the book or is it like purchasing & having a book book?? …. something about the crisp feel of paper and curling up in a corner with a coffee is missing a bit for me… … can we organise and ecoffee 2 πŸ™‚

    1. An e-coffee would be lovely … Though I’m not sure if it would have quite the same appeal! If you download an ebook from Booku (and most other sites like it), then the book is yours to keep for as long as you want it. The practice of lending ebooks through libraries or to other readers is only just starting to take off – and is still a while away for most Aussie readers. Stick with it, though, it’s all coming!

  47. I’d like to see, Some info for free, On which ereader is the best to buy for a girl on the go, And reviews from those who are in the know.

    1. Hi Judi, I’ll try and do a comparative guide to ebook readers in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

  48. I’d like to see, Some info for free, On which ereader is the best to buy for a girl on the go, And reviews from those who are in the know.

    1. Hi Judi, I’ll try and do a comparative guide to ebook readers in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

  49. thanks, I’d love to get tips about how to organise books on the readers and using the readers. I love using them but sometimes they can be a bit clunky compared to a real book.

  50. thanks, I’d love to get tips about how to organise books on the readers and using the readers. I love using them but sometimes they can be a bit clunky compared to a real book.

  51. I can’t wait to get my hands on an iPad! I was originally a bit reluctant to try an e-reader because I love the whole experience and feel of reading a paper book, but now I’m a convert, especially since iPads and the like are available, not just single-function e-readers. I’ll be watching your blog with interest : )

  52. I can’t wait to get my hands on an iPad! I was originally a bit reluctant to try an e-reader because I love the whole experience and feel of reading a paper book, but now I’m a convert, especially since iPads and the like are available, not just single-function e-readers. I’ll be watching your blog with interest : )

  53. I saw someone reading an ebook on my last plane flight and it looked great. I’ve been resistant in the past because there’s just something about lying down to read with a book in your hand (the Smell of Books is an apt phrase), but watching the lady on the plane read her ebook has made me reconsider. They certainly take up less space πŸ™‚

    1. I think planes have become the de facto home of the e-reader. Everyone seems to have them on planes these days – despite the fact that you can’t read them during take-off or landing.

  54. I saw someone reading an ebook on my last plane flight and it looked great. I’ve been resistant in the past because there’s just something about lying down to read with a book in your hand (the Smell of Books is an apt phrase), but watching the lady on the plane read her ebook has made me reconsider. They certainly take up less space πŸ™‚

    1. I think planes have become the de facto home of the e-reader. Everyone seems to have them on planes these days – despite the fact that you can’t read them during take-off or landing.

  55. I always wonder if the cost of a physical book and an ebook is exactly the same, which format would people spend money on. For me, even though I absolutely love the convenient of ebook (I use both iphone and ipad), but if the cost of a physical book is exactly the same as an ebook, I would always go for a physical book, just so I have a physical copy, and I can always lend it out to friends and family.

  56. I always wonder if the cost of a physical book and an ebook is exactly the same, which format would people spend money on. For me, even though I absolutely love the convenient of ebook (I use both iphone and ipad), but if the cost of a physical book is exactly the same as an ebook, I would always go for a physical book, just so I have a physical copy, and I can always lend it out to friends and family.

  57. I join with Susan Schmidt in her comments. I am also a novice in the ebook field and am hungry for any information on ebook sources and particularly what owners think of their e readers. I am still confused as to which is the best platform for me to purchase. I appreciate the information provided by all here.

    1. Hi Julia, I’ll try to do a comparative guide to the various ebook platforms in the next couple of weeks – stay tuned!

  58. I join with Susan Schmidt in her comments. I am also a novice in the ebook field and am hungry for any information on ebook sources and particularly what owners think of their e readers. I am still confused as to which is the best platform for me to purchase. I appreciate the information provided by all here.

    1. Hi Julia, I’ll try to do a comparative guide to the various ebook platforms in the next couple of weeks – stay tuned!

  59. I have finished reading my first eBook. Instead of buying an eReader, I decided to read the book on my Andriod smartphone. I have a one-click widget to turn the screen brightness down, so I find it as easy to read as eInk.
    Using my phone means I’m not limited to any particular format, so I can shop around for the best price, and easily download the free app reader for that format. Doing this stops companies like Amazon dominating the market by forcing you to buy a Kindle, which only reads the Kindle file format, hence forcing you to buy from them.
    I find the books I’m looking for are around $10-$15, which I consider to be a reasonable price. Plus they can be downloaded immediately, with no wait time for shipping.
    I hope everyone embraces eBooks. The more they’re being bought, the more the prices will come down. And the better their price, the less tempting piracy is. If only TV and film producers would realise this!

    1. I think so too, Kathryn! I only wish more readers realised that the publishing industry really is not making the same mistakes as the music or TV/film industries. Although they’re moving slowly, they are moving!

  60. I have finished reading my first eBook. Instead of buying an eReader, I decided to read the book on my Andriod smartphone. I have a one-click widget to turn the screen brightness down, so I find it as easy to read as eInk.
    Using my phone means I’m not limited to any particular format, so I can shop around for the best price, and easily download the free app reader for that format. Doing this stops companies like Amazon dominating the market by forcing you to buy a Kindle, which only reads the Kindle file format, hence forcing you to buy from them.
    I find the books I’m looking for are around $10-$15, which I consider to be a reasonable price. Plus they can be downloaded immediately, with no wait time for shipping.
    I hope everyone embraces eBooks. The more they’re being bought, the more the prices will come down. And the better their price, the less tempting piracy is. If only TV and film producers would realise this!

    1. I think so too, Kathryn! I only wish more readers realised that the publishing industry really is not making the same mistakes as the music or TV/film industries. Although they’re moving slowly, they are moving!

  61. hi. i bought my husband an eco-reader and it’s been fantastic – i think i’ll need to get my own. my question is though, how can i download books from my adobe digital reader library to a memory card? due to work i’ll be changing computers a lot and with ADR you can only move them to 6 computers and i would like to be able to keep the ebooks i’ve purchased. thanks

    1. I’m not sure if there is a way to load books with Adobe DRM onto a memory card. Or rather, you can do it, but in order to read the book you’d still need to authorise the Digital Editions on each computer in order to read it (and, as you say, you can only authorise six computers). However, you should be able to authorise and de-authorise computers after you’re done in order to retain those six activations if you move computer a lot. In Digital Editions, you do this by hitting Control+Shift+D (on a Mac it’s Command+Shift+D). Good luck!

  62. hi. i bought my husband an eco-reader and it’s been fantastic – i think i’ll need to get my own. my question is though, how can i download books from my adobe digital reader library to a memory card? due to work i’ll be changing computers a lot and with ADR you can only move them to 6 computers and i would like to be able to keep the ebooks i’ve purchased. thanks

    1. I’m not sure if there is a way to load books with Adobe DRM onto a memory card. Or rather, you can do it, but in order to read the book you’d still need to authorise the Digital Editions on each computer in order to read it (and, as you say, you can only authorise six computers). However, you should be able to authorise and de-authorise computers after you’re done in order to retain those six activations if you move computer a lot. In Digital Editions, you do this by hitting Control+Shift+D (on a Mac it’s Command+Shift+D). Good luck!

  63. Thanks for the advice on pricing Joel. I’m still not convinced that I’ll be able to buy all the eBooks I want locally but I have purchased my first Booku book at a price I was happy to pay ($14). New releases will still be something I either wait until they’re no longer new or source overseas but backlist titles seem to be more reasonably priced in the local market.

  64. Thanks for the advice on pricing Joel. I’m still not convinced that I’ll be able to buy all the eBooks I want locally but I have purchased my first Booku book at a price I was happy to pay ($14). New releases will still be something I either wait until they’re no longer new or source overseas but backlist titles seem to be more reasonably priced in the local market.

  65. I love my Kobo – and never thought I would like anything that wasn’t stitched and glued! I have had the same thoughts on the pricing as mentioned above: the silver lining is that it has pushed me to find lesser known books at cheaper prices to load up on before travelling – and I haven’t regretted any of the books I’ve bought in the process! FYI there is even a ‘Kobo for Dummies’ for $3.95 that is handy to have – and I promise I’m not affiliated!

  66. I love my Kobo – and never thought I would like anything that wasn’t stitched and glued! I have had the same thoughts on the pricing as mentioned above: the silver lining is that it has pushed me to find lesser known books at cheaper prices to load up on before travelling – and I haven’t regretted any of the books I’ve bought in the process! FYI there is even a ‘Kobo for Dummies’ for $3.95 that is handy to have – and I promise I’m not affiliated!

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