If you’re one of the millions of Americans who received a new tablet or e-reader for Christmas this year, or are planning to buy one at the after Christmas sales, here’s a little info that may be of help.
Regarding Amazon’s Kindle Fire there have been complaints about how it operates but Amazon has been quick to respond and have released software updates that are available for download. Even with the complaints I’ve heard many good things about it. That Amazon was so quick to respond only says they are serious about being in the game and staying a contender.
The only complaint or issue I’m aware of regarding Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet concerns restrictions placed on the use of on-board memory. The Nook comes with 16GB of RAM memory but only 1GB is permitted to be used for non-Barnes & Noble purchases. That means if you’re planning on storing much music, photos and/or videos you may find it necessary to buy a memory card for the SD slot. You can add up to 32GB of extra RAM. There are no restrictions regarding what you store on that card. After the warranty has expired the tablet can be altered to make use of the original 16GB as you see fit.
There are any number of websites that have done comparison studies of the two tablets. Here is a link to PC World magazine’s comparative review.
After I purchased a Toshiba Thrive tablet I learned the county library had e-books which could be downloaded for free. Like any library book there are limited copies, time limits, and waiting list to deal with. You’ll also need to know your library card number and your PIN number.
Armed with your ID info go to the SOE Library Consortium website and browse or search for those titles, authors or subjects you’re interested in. You are limited to 10 items and once you’ve made your choice you’ll be required to log-in. When asked what library you are with choose SOE Library Consortium from the drop-down list. Then you’ll be asked for your personal ID info.
You will need to have installed on your tablet software for reading Kindle E-Books. This is free from Amazon and is available in versions for smart phones, tablets, iPads, and PCs (desktop & laptops).
As you browse you’ll notice that each item tells how many copies are available and if they are available for immediate download. If not, you’ll need to click the button that places you on the waiting list. Regardless, you’ll be led through a series of pages and just do what each requests. I don’t claim to understand it all (I’ve only done it once so far) but I picked a book that was available in the Kindle format and my example is based on that decision.
The book I picked wasn’t immediately available so I was placed on a waiting list. Several days later I received an email telling me it was available for download and that I had three-days to do so. I clicked on the link in the email and was taken to Amazon’s website where I clicked on a checkout button. When I opened up the Kindle software program on my tablet it automatically went to Amazon’s site and “synced” my tablet with it, found the book I had checked out, and offered me the opportunity to download it.
Once it was downloaded to my tablet I could open the book and begin to read. I am permitted two-weeks to read the book and I believe it can be renewed online. When the allotted time has expired you don’t to take it back, it just automatically disappears.
In addition to current books and music there are untold thousands of books that are in the public domain and available for free. Many of these may be downloaded from Amazon’s Free Collections and read with the Kindle software on your tablet, smart phone or PC. Free and low-cost books are also available from a number of other sources including Google, The Gutenberg Project, Barnes & Noble, and many more.
I’m new to this and only have a few answers. But if you’re even newer and this helps you out, my good deed is done!
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