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No computer - how do you get ebooks?
#1  Lparsons21 01-14-2020, 02:41 PM
Excuse the title as I couldn’t figure out what to call this. Currently I have no computer and no real need for one. What I do have is a slew of tablets of various kinds.

Currently I get my ebooks for free or purchase via a web browser on my ipad and save them to my Google Drive, then use Google’s app on my e-ink device. Works well, but it just seems there should be a way to do it all on my e-ink device. But if there is, I haven’t figured it out.

Tried with a browser on the e-ink device, that really sucks! Almost unusable on many sites, including Baen Books. Is there any browser that works better on e-ink?

A little guidance would be very welcome.


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#2  JSWolf 01-14-2020, 03:45 PM
Sorry, but web browsing on an eInk Reader is going to be a poor experience. Best to set it all up using a tablet. However, you could get a Windows tablet that would help you tremendously with your eBooks. I have a Surface Pro 2 tablet that's runs a full Windows 10 and I can run 64-bit Calibre on it.
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#3  Lparsons21 01-14-2020, 03:55 PM
Thanks for the feedback. I’ve got a Surface Pro 4 but don’t really want or need Calibre. It would be overkill as most of my reading is either with Kindle Unlimited or scribd.
Thanks for the suggestion.


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#4  fjtorres 01-14-2020, 04:15 PM
Quote Lparsons21
Thanks for the feedback. I’ve got a Surface Pro 4 but don’t really want or need Calibre. It would be overkill as most of my reading is either with Kindle Unlimited or scribd.
Thanks for the suggestion.


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Two possibilities:

1- Surface tablets are computers and they have USB ports. So you can connect the ereader to it and transfer the file as from any other PC.

2- Assuming you have a Kindle reader to go with Kindle Unlimited, the ereader can directly access KU. You just need WiFi.

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Use your Amazon account to borrow up to 10 eligible Kindle Unlimited titles at a time. Kindle Unlimited titles display a badge in the Kindle Store for easy identification. Access borrowed titles from your Amazon device or Kindle reading app, even while traveling.

If you haven't tried Kindle Unlimited before, you can sign up for a free trial. At the end of your free trial, you're automatically upgraded to a monthly paid subscription plan.

To use Kindle Unlimited, you must have an Amazon account with a current, valid payment method and you must have 1-Click enabled. To sign up, manage or cancel your subscription, go to Kindle Unlimited.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201550630

Either way you should be good to go.
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#5  Lparsons21 01-14-2020, 04:33 PM
Quote fjtorres
Two possibilities:

1- Surface tablets are computers and they have USB ports. So you can connect the ereader to it and transfer the file as from any other PC.

2- Assuming you have a Kindle reader to go with Kindle Unlimited, the ereader can directly access KU. You just need WiFi.
Thanks. For whatever reason I hadn’t really thought about the Surface. Probably because I don’t use it much any more. I’ll have to see if it is even still charged up!

As to KU, wasn’t really thinking about it in my question. More directed for those few books I either buy or get free from various sources that are DRM free.



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#6  John F 01-14-2020, 04:55 PM
Maybe this is just as complicated, or can't get done...

Since they are DRM free, download them on the iPad, email them to yourself, on your eink device, use the email client to open the attached ebook.

I'm assuming your eink e-reader is a eink tablet since you mention using the Google app?
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#7  Lparsons21 01-14-2020, 05:14 PM
Yes, I use a Nova Pro for some of my reading and I like their native ereader app.

Mailing it would be doable as I have done that in the past with my Kindle app/reader, but not less onerous that saving to Google Drive and then getting them from there I think.

It seems that getting the books directly from the Nova Pro won’t work well at all since it is so hard to use a browser effectively on it.


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#8  ilovejedd 01-14-2020, 05:58 PM
I have an iPad running iPadOS 13 (and Lightning USB3 Camera adapter). Was pretty giddy that I could now copy ebooks via USB to the Kobo and Kindle using the Files app.

Afaik, this has been an option on Android for a long time (USB OTG).
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#9  JSWolf 01-14-2020, 06:08 PM
Quote Lparsons21
Thanks for the feedback. I’ve got a Surface Pro 4 but don’t really want or need Calibre. It would be overkill as most of my reading is either with Kindle Unlimited or scribd.
Thanks for the suggestion.
Given that you have a Surface Pro 4, you have a computer and you can do anything you need to on your SP4. Problem solved.
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#10  tomsem 01-14-2020, 06:40 PM
If you download the book to your iPad, you can copy it to your Kindle using Lightning to USB adapter (‘camera connection kit’) & the USB cable you use to charge Kindle with. When you plug the kindle in, it should go into USB mode and it will show up in Files app and you can copy stuff to Kindle’s /documents folder. Then just unplug the cable.

I have copied update .bin files over that way as well from my iPad and iPhone.

The other way (with Kindle app on iOS) is to Share the ebook to Kindle. Type Title and Author, check the box to store in cloud, and then you can download it to Kindle over WiFi after it shows up there.
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