I'm relatively new to the iPad - only Apple device I own. My Calibre
program resides on a desktop and the "library files (my collection of
ebooks (~ 6,000 volumes) reside on a NAS (RAID) For me this was/is the
most straight forward way to do it. YMMV. Just saying that for me, the
native iBooks application works fine and I personally found it
preferable to the Nook or any of the various ereader apps I tried on my
Toshiba Thrive tablet. Again, as all this is subjective opinion, YMMV
That's my situation as well. Books on the iPad are there only until I
finish reading them. Then I delete them. I don't worry about backups
on the iPad as I have have them all stored (and managed by Calibre) on
the NAS at home.
My iPad is one of those fairly rare 128GB models so that's not an issue
for me, but regardless I only "store" current content there or what's
"stockpiled" for my current reading desires. At most there may be
twenty books on the iPad at any one time (10 - 15 MB).
It's strictly, I suppose, a matter of personal preference. I have a
cover for all my devices and like them. They all function pretty much
1. Protects the screen when not in use
2. Allows me to hold the device in two hands as if I was reading a book
in the conventional fashion (as opposed to reading a book with the pages
on the left and the cover folded back upon itself (hard to describe but
take a magazine and fold/hold it so only a single page is viewable at
one time and maybe you'll see what I mean)
3. If I want to read it like a magazine folded over, I can as the cover
will fold back on itself exposing only the screen of the iPad allowing
me to hold it single handed.
4. The case I have also swivels on the back so I can use it to form an
easel and set the iPad in a reading position on my desk or table.
On 1/14/2016 6:50 AM, Unquestionably Confused wrote:
OK. But why "emailing" the document? Isn't that just a roundabout
way of *copying* it? I.e., you are sending it (via a desktop app?)
to a mail server and then *retrieving* it (via an iPad app) just
to get it *onto* the iPad (in an "inbox"). Then, saving that "attachment"
elsewhere (on the iPad). Can't you just "copy" it, directly?
OK. So, the "backup" exists implicitly. The iPad copy is "disposable".
OK. The step I was missing was that you are emailing from your
"backup/archive". It's not like the email was the FIRST time you'd
touched the document (i.e., it had already been moved to your archive
before you ever really *looked* at it)
Understood. I keep a film on my tablet PCs screens but that just protects
against the abuse/scratches from the pen. If someone were to set something
on it (or drop it!), I'd be SoL.
Ahhhh! OK. The cover is there not so much as a skin but for it's
"hinge". Even though you don't have a display on the left side
for the verso pages, you have the mechanical *structure* of having
those pages "in your left hand".
The documents that I read on my tablet PC tend to be large sheets of paper;
the sort you would more easily read "from a stack" (of one sided sheets)
instead of flipping through double sided sheets "stapled together"
(think about how you'd PREFER to read a 15 page "report")
Understood. This is how I envisioned the cover working. It hadn't occurred
to me that it could turn the device into an "open book" form (even though
that book only has rector pages!)
OK. Now I see the "closer manifestation of a paper book". Thanks!
Books shouldn't (implicitly) contain executables. So, the only potential
for an "infection" would be a buggy reader implementation. In much
the same way that *photos* don't (implicitly) contain code and any
exploits are the result of poor "viewer" implementations.
Contrast this with PDF's -- which *do* contain "code" (albeit postscript
and/or adobe script).
The "swiped copy" issue should be one of morality/legality. Would you
want someone stealing *your* work?
Nobody will say, I stole this. They just say, here's a free-be. In the
beginning I googled for "free ebooks" and could see where they wanted to
take me and said, no thanks.
BTW, working in industry, I did have some steal my stuff. They took
documents I created and replaced my name with theirs. I was annoyed but
the company was paying me.
SWMBO used to prepare elaborate financial reports for a hospital, here.
Folks would pass them off as their own. She quickly learned to put
her name on the documents and distribute them to many people (so lots
of "witnesses") and in paper form, only ("white-out"?)
Writing software makes my "product" very easy -- and likely -- to "steal".
Folks don't even bother replacing "my" name with theirs. They just deprive me
of the revenues associated with the sale.
In the late 70's, (arcade) video games were at their hayday. The market
craved new material. Good games were big moneymakers for the "operators"
(the guys who collect the quarters out of the cashboxes).
Many vendors in the orient would literally copy the hardware and
software in a game, make some token changes to the software
so it wasn't an EXPLICIT copy (something along the lines of
"Rac Man" instead of "Pac Man") and then push it out into the market
at a cutrate price. Possible because they had spent *weeks* on
the effort instead of the *years* the original had required!
We ended up developing elaborate schemes of *detecting* counterfeiting
(can't prevent it). Seize a cargo container full of counterfeit product
and the folks who ponied up the cash for them get annoyed, real quick!
This is legitimate. You can sign up to get a daily email of free or 99
cent ebooks. Some are first time authors, others are better established
authors that Amazon has discounted for whatever reason. Many are worth
exactly what you paid for them but I've hit several authors that I
enjoy. Often the author will have several follow-on books that may be
$2.99 or $3.99, with the first one free.
That's one thing I enjoy about eBooks. In a way it can be like a vanity
press. On the other hand a fledgling author can get his work out,
develop a following and hone his craft rather than waiting to win the
publishing house lottery while filling his mailbox with rejection slips.
Tablet PC is too big for a reader. My wife has a Kobo, Nook, Kindle.
While she likes them all, her favorite is the Kindle Fire with 8" screen.
You books are saved in a library and are available to be read on most
any device. The present book she is reading can be synced with her
phone in seconds and she can continue reading where she left off.
That depends on what you are reading. I'd be hard-pressed to read some
of my technical documents on an 8" screen. I'd either be forced to
put on reading glasses to try to read all the "tiny print" in some
of the tables and illustrations; or, have to pan back and forth to read
individual items -- then figure out which row/column I happened to
have been in, at the time.
Being able to see an 8.5x11 sheet of paper *as* an 8.5x11 sheet of paper
is a huge win.
If you're only reading novels (no page formatting/layout information
preserved in the document), you can afford a smaller screen -- as long
as the imagery remains crisp at the scale you prefer reading.
When I played with my friend's nook, it seemed that I was constantly
"flipping pages" (I read very fast) while that's rarely the case with
the larger (more content) pages on my tablet PC (or, if reading
PDF's on a PC -- where I can see an entire page on the screen
without having to scroll down to the bottom of the first column, then
*up* to the top of the next, etc.)
Is the "library" *off* the device? And *not* requiring a connection
to some cloud service? (We don't use cell phones) E.g., I can
slap a PC card, SD card, thumb drive, etc. into my tablet PC to gain
access to other parts of my document collection (if I don't want to
use the network connection -- wired or wireless). So, the tablet PC
doesn't need to have a huge disk to access the ~2TB of documents
that I maintain...
I have a Kindle Paperwhite with their cover. I had a Kindle keyboard
earlier. I really like the Paperwhite with it's built in back light.
I also like the sync feature since there are times I read on my
Microsoft Surface and on my Android phone.
This is the one that I have:
"cover"? That's just to protect the device? (I see violet/blue/yellow
covers about halfway down that page)
What value was there to having alphanumeric entry on the device?
Is this mainly for searching for titles, passages, etc.?
Yes, I think that's essential. I was laid up for a while and
found the tablet PC to be a very effective way for me to keep working
without having to sit up, etc. As bedrooms aren't known for having
good reading/work light, the tablet made up for it. The pen
also made it easy for me to make notations without having to
arrange for a writing surface *in* the bed. The handwriting
recognition was surprisingly good (cut down on the need for the
She won't be using anything else to read -- no phones and she
despises doing anything "recreational" sitting at a computer.
The page size seems about the same as that of a paperback
("pocketbook"). If you adjust the font size to what you would
encounter on a paperback print page, how readable is it?
I.e., do you have to enlarge the text (font) to gain readability
(resulting in less text on the "page")?
Yes, but I seldom use it. You can make notes also but I seldom do that
ever with paper books. The Paperwhite has a virtual keyboard. One thing
the PW doesn't have afaik is the text to speech or audio books but I
never used that feature anyway.
How do you find a specific title? Or, are there only a small number of
titles on the device at any given time (e.g., dozens instead of thousands)?
I can't see SWMBO using that sort of feature. She's reading for
entertainment, not "research". The books that she "studies" are
all dead tree implementations so she can put post-it notes in
the pages, etc.
I use PDF's for my archive because I can put lots of stuff in
that container alongside the "document": illustrations, sounds,
animations, source/object code, etc.
And, I can augment documents -- include notes about errors I've found
or clarifications of the existing material, etc. (having a pen interface
lets me include sketches in those notes!)
Yeah, I don't deal well with audio books. I don't "digest" material as
well when it is read to me. And, I think random access is more tedious;
if I want to skip back a paragraph (or whatever) to doublecheck how
something mentioned there fits with something I'm reading *here*, it's
easier to just glance up and hunt for the information visually.
I think the same sort of thing applies to dead tree documents; you have
a visual memory of where it was on the page, verso/recto, etc. and can
flip through hunting for it based on those remembered criteria.
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