MobileRead Forums
  • Paperwhite next generation & Collections
  • Font/Letter Size doesn't change
  • send-to-pocketbook white-list
  • MobileRead Week in Review: 07/19 - 07/26
  • Agency Pricing Seems to be alive and well in Australia
  • General question about Kobo - Not hardware specific
  • How do non-native books "look and feel" on Kobo/Kindle?
  • Another Guardian article
  • K5 Please Help With Kindle PW2 Collections (jailbreak? downgrad? Kindlian? CM plugin?)
  • book covers disappeared
  • NPR Looks at Self-Publishing
  • What is metadata_pre_restore.db ?
  • cybook odyssey Error communicating with device
  • Kobo Desktop 3.9.0
  • Why People Aren't Buying iPads Anymore


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    Paperwhite next generation & Collections

    Hi, I've got the Paperwhite Next Gen and whenever I move a book into a Collection it stays on the home page as well. if I move it into another collection it shows in 3 places! My old Kindle (with a keyboard) had a facility to move into one collection and delete from another but the Paperwhite doesn't have this? Really annoying and the Cloud is no good for non-Amazon books. How can I sort my Collections more efficiently? At the moment my 200 odd books are showing everywhere!!! Please help!!

     
    Font/Letter Size doesn't change

    Hey guys,

    I experienced an unexpected problem. After adding a new epub file, i wasn't able to change the font size...

    The text is styled with this:
    .style0{ font-family:TimesNewRoman;font-style:;font-weight:; font-size:10.729065px; }

    That should be enough to be readable.

    In my Kobo Aura text settings, I can change the font-family, the font-size, the line spacing and the border.

    But if I de/increase the font-size, the line spacing de/increases!
    If I de/increase the line spacing, the line spacing de/increases normally.

    Has anyone of you experienced this?

     
    send-to-pocketbook white-list

    hello,

    wo finde ich die white-list für die Funktion send-to-pocketbook und wie kann ich eine 2. Absender-email hinzufügen?
    --english-------
    where can I find the white-list for send-to-pocketbook and how to add an email address as 2nd sender?
    Nothing to find in any documentation ...

    Danke/Thanks
    Christoph

     
    MobileRead Week in Review: 07/19 - 07/26

    If you've been a bit too busy to keep up, here are a few of our favorite stories from the past week.

    E-Book General - NewsE-Book General - Reading Recommendations

     
    Agency Pricing Seems to be alive and well in Australia

    Australia's ACCC seems to be far kinder to the large publishers than its US counterparts. Apparently this wonderful organisation has so far refused to pursue complaints in this area.

    Consider the new releases section on the following sites:

    https://books.jbhifi.com.au/

    http://ebooks.bigw.com.au/

    These are two Australian retail stores which operate in other areas but have opened ebook stores. They are noted for their competiveness and reasonable pricing, including frequent discounting. Prices on the front page for the new releases from these stores start at $14.99 and go up to $31.60. A random sample checked on Amazon Australia showed identical prices. If I am correct, Australians who do not circumvent geo-blocking will face these identical prices across all available retailers.

    In other areas, notably software, Australian authorities have been critical of geographical restrictions. A Parliamentary enquiry foreshadowed the possiblity of legislation, amongst other things (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-2...rosoft/4850484). In 2011 a spokesman for the then Attorney General indicated that circumventing geographical restrictions in Australia was not per se illegal (http://www.netflixaustralianow.com.a...a-a-vpn-legal/). Choice, a local consumer organisation, offers Australians instructions on how to circumvent geographical restrictions http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and...geoblocks.aspx

    I would also comment that, for people so inclined, I would be surprised if there were many of those new releases not available as pirate versions, and probably with much less inconvenience than circumventing the geo-blocking.

    I also wondered about titles published in Australia, but looked at only one, a fairly heavily promoted piece of crime fiction by Candice Fox. I would love to be able to say that I have read it and recommend it, but cannot do either, as I am not prepared to be ripped-off to this extent. I checked further and discovered that this book has not so far been released in the United States, and is not expected to be released there until some time in late January 2015, at least in ebook form. Amazon UK shows only a Paperback with a Kindle icon on the right and a "tell the publisher" caption. So far, it seems the publisher has not been listening. I imagine that there are other Australian published books where a similar "strategy" is being followed by the Publisher. One can only speculate at the reason or reasons for this approach, though I will refrain from doing so here other than to express my doubts that there is any benefit to either the potential readers or the author.

    I hope that this serves to remind readers in the US and other countries what they can expect from a return to agency pricing. Amazon is not perfect, but is imho far better than the effective oligopoly that has dominated publishing for so long. Amazon may in the future become the evil monopolist some charge it even now is. However, there are some hopeful signs that it will not. And if it does, it can be dealt with then. And would we really be any worse off anyway?

    And finally, imho Agency Pricing generates very powerful competition for BPH's, in the form of piracy. And some of these pirates may be motivated not by profit but by idealism, and offer their product for free. So please, BPH, remove the flag holders walking in front of that new-fangled automobile, take off the brakes and embrace the new opportunities you have been given. If you don't, you can be sure others will. Amazon already is, and look at the results so far.

     
    General question about Kobo - Not hardware specific

    Hey guys,

    I've got a general question about Kobo; has nothing to do with their various readers.

    I did a search on their website and couldn't find the answer I was looking for, so I did contact them directly but am still waiting on their answer.
    In the meantime, I thought I'd ask you guys in case somebody here could
    shed some light on the situation.

    My mother has a Kobo account as well, and on her account she has a gift card that I bought for her. Her Kobo met with an untimely demise and she's not sure if she's going to get another Kobo. She's leaning more towards a Kindle this time around.

    Is it possible to transfer her gift card (remaining) amount to my account?

     
    How do non-native books "look and feel" on Kobo/Kindle?

    Hey all,

    Have been looking at picking up an e-reader once newer models are announced, but I am curious about how the different readers (in particular a Kobo or Kindle unit) handle books obtained through non-native services.

    I started with ebooks on an iPad and ended up choosing the Kobo app over the Kindle app, and purchased 5 or 6 books there due to my preference in the interface. No longer have the iPad, so I suppose I can't try this out.

    What I'm specifically interested in is if I continue with Kobo, and I want to occasionally purchase a Kindle book, once I get that Kindle book on the e-reader, will it "look and feel" just like a book I purchased from the Kobo store?

    Vice versa, if I decided to go with Kindle, and wanted to move my existing Kobo books onto the unit, would they look and feel as if they had come from the Kindle store?

    Are there any issues with working with such books on either unit I should be aware of?

    Leaning towards the Kobo because I'm in Canada and already have access to a few books as mentioned, but I do see a bunch of books I want on the Kindle store that are not on Kobo, or have a proper cover instead of one that looks like it's public domain, but either way, am hoping that these books would be more or less indistinguishable from the books that one would normally purchase through the respective stores.

    Looking forward to seeing some new model announcements so I can get reading again :)

    Thanks in advance!

     
    Another Guardian article

    'Writers unite in campaign against 'thuggish' Amazon'

    http://www.theguardian.com/technolog...te?CMP=ema_632

    The article notes that some author's are supporting Amazon

     
    K5 Please Help With Kindle PW2 Collections (jailbreak? downgrad? Kindlian? CM plugin?)

    After having had a Touch for a long time, yesterday I finally got a PW2.

    I have so many books on them I finally decided that I really want to create collections.

    * I updated my Kindle to the latest 5.4.5 firmware

    * Managing collections manually from Kindle is retarded. I don't have the time to organize 400 books. Besides it's constantly coming up with a requester about not having synced to the cloud if I tick one single book.

    * The most feasible solution seems Calibre + CM plugin, BUT now they say I need a jailbroken kindle..problem only I have FW 5.4.5 and the instructions on jailbreaking on latest FW are not clear.

    * CM plugin developer for calibre basically says that the plugin is "pointless" on latest firmware which makes me question the entire sense of downgrading, jailbreaking and installing it in the first place.

    * There is an ominous piece of software out there "Kindlian" but I am afraid to try it since I don't know whether it would brick my Kindle.

    *** All I want/need is a way to organize PW2 collections from my PC, preferably from within calibre and I am just STUMPED and utterly amazed there is no clear and easy solution out there.

    * If there is a solution that involves downgrading and jailbreaking I need safe instructions and especially also how I could possibly unbrick in case I would brick it. (The "tip"/procedure in the K5 JB thread about downgrading K5 5.4.5 to 5.4.3 is not entirely clear to me. neither are the unbricking instructions I found somewhere)

    *** Should I just wait until all tools/hacks are updated so they work with the latest FW?

    * Downgrading to 5.4.3 and KEEPING the old FW is not an option. I noticed that the latest FW is considerably faster so I would really want to keep the new FW if possible and not run on the old one.

    TY!

     
    book covers disappeared

    Hi - I updated to the latest version of calibre and now the book covers in the detail column are all blank - any ideas how to get them back? I like seeing them.

     
    NPR Looks at Self-Publishing

    Interesting report on self-publishing on NPR, with observations by Hugh Howey and others. The transcript covers most of it, but there's a link to their audio player to hear the full report.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/...ntent=20140725


    Nothing really startled me, but I found it interesting.

     
    What is metadata_pre_restore.db ?

    A brand new library was created by entering in a bunch of books. I ran Check Library, and see only one error:

    Invalid authors - metadata_pre_restore.db

    I never manually backed up or restored - what is this file that it's complaining about? Should I get rid of it?

     
    cybook odyssey Error communicating with device

    Restoring to factory settings didn't help... reformating to fat32 did not help either. I'm using the same usb port and cable which I have used successfully before.

    calibre, version 1.46.0
    ERROR: Error: Error communicating with device

    Failed to access files in the main memory of your device. You should contact the device manufacturer for support. Common fixes are: try a different USB cable/USB port on your computer. If you device has a "Reset to factory defaults" type of setting somewhere, use it. Underlying error: [Errno 13] Permission denied: 'G:\\driveinfo.calibre'

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "site-packages\calibre\gui2\device.py", line 86, in run
    File "site-packages\calibre\gui2\device.py", line 461, in _get_device_information
    File "site-packages\calibre\devices\usbms\driver.py", line 109, in get_device_information
    IOError: Failed to access files in the main memory of your device. You should contact the device manufacturer for support. Common fixes are: try a different USB cable/USB port on your computer. If you device has a "Reset to factory defaults" type of setting somewhere, use it. Underlying error: [Errno 13] Permission denied: 'G:\\driveinfo.calibre'

    calibre Debug log
    calibre 1.46 [64bit] isfrozen: True is64bit: True
    Windows-8-6.2.9200 Windows ('64bit', 'WindowsPE')
    ('Windows', '8', '6.2.9200')
    Python 2.7.5
    Windows: ('8', '6.2.9200', '', 'Multiprocessor Free')
    Starting up...
    Job: 1 Get device information started
    DeviceJob: 1 Get device information done, calling callback
    Failed to access files in the main memory of your device. You should contact the device manufacturer for support. Common fixes are: try a different USB cable/USB port on your computer. If you device has a "Reset to factory defaults" type of setting somewhere, use it. Underlying error: [Errno 13] Permission denied: 'G:\\driveinfo.calibre'

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "site-packages\calibre\gui2\device.py", line 86, in run
    File "site-packages\calibre\gui2\device.py", line 461, in _get_device_information
    File "site-packages\calibre\devices\usbms\driver.py", line 109, in get_device_information
    IOError: Failed to access files in the main memory of your device. You should contact the device manufacturer for support. Common fixes are: try a different USB cable/USB port on your computer. If you device has a "Reset to factory defaults" type of setting somewhere, use it. Underlying error: [Errno 13] Permission denied: 'G:\\driveinfo.calibre'

    DeviceJob: 1 Get device information callback returned
    Job: 1 Get device information finished
    Failed to access files in the main memory of your device. You should contact the device manufacturer for support. Common fixes are: try a different USB cable/USB port on your computer. If you device has a "Reset to factory defaults" type of setting somewhere, use it. Underlying error: [Errno 13] Permission denied: 'G:\\driveinfo.calibre'

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "site-packages\calibre\gui2\device.py", line 86, in run
    File "site-packages\calibre\gui2\device.py", line 461, in _get_device_information
    File "site-packages\calibre\devices\usbms\driver.py", line 109, in get_device_information
    IOError: Failed to access files in the main memory of your device. You should contact the device manufacturer for support. Common fixes are: try a different USB cable/USB port on your computer. If you device has a "Reset to factory defaults" type of setting somewhere, use it. Underlying error: [Errno 13] Permission denied: 'G:\\driveinfo.calibre'

    Started up in 17.28 seconds with 304 books

    Any help is appreciated.

     
    Kobo Desktop 3.9.0

    I now have Desktop 3.9 and I can't access Kobo on it to sign in. The message I get is:

    'Network Error
    Oops, something happened to your internet connection. Please check your connection and try again.'

    Well as you can see by my starting this thread and writing this post, there is nothing wrong with my internet connection! :eek:

    Also, I decided to try and overcome this wobbly by just downloading the Desktop anew from the Kobo site, and I get the same message.

    Anyone else experiencing this? :chinscratch:

     
    Why People Aren't Buying iPads Anymore

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...ml?cps=gravity

    I saw this article on Huffington Post. When I saw the headline, I thought it would discuss the rise of phablet devices as the reason for decline in iPad sales but instead the article mostly blames cheap Android tablets as the reason for the decline. There's also a mention of people keeping their iPads for a long time instead of upgrading. Honestly, I think reason two is more likely than reason one. The iPad market is likely saturated at this point. The people who buy cheap Android tablets were likely never in the market for an iPad to begin and thus, probably aren't affecting iPad sales nearly as much as people deciding to keep their older model iPads. What do you all think?

     

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