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Gaming News on Good e-Reader? Well, normally we never report on consoles or gaming apps, but we can’t help it when we have some juicy news. A confirmed source has informed us about the upcoming plans regarding XBox’s digital download distribution service.
One of the big aspects of the next generation of hardware is that the consoles will have expanded support for digital downloads. One of the ways Microsoft’s XBox team is refining the next generation will be allowing players to run games as the game is downloading. Normally, when you download a game on the existing generation of consoles, or even Steam, you can’t play the game until its fully downloaded. The Xbox 720 will let you play the game, as long as you meet a certain data threshold. If you are downloading a AAA title, and it is around 10 GB of data, and you will be able to start playing the game once you hit a 2GB limit.
This gravitation towards enhanced digital downloads will obviously give a emphasis on phasing out companies like Gamestop. It will also put a spotlight on indie titles that normally don’t get much attention with so many games on DVD right now. One of the major drawbacks will be for people who live in rural areas and have shabby satellite internet connections, or even dial up.
Welcome to another exclusive Good e-Reader Video! Today we take a look at the new Skytex Skypad Alpha 2! This is the second generation device that the company has released and it is fairly stable and robust. It has a faster processor, more RAM and the inclusion of an HDMI connector.
In this video we go over the full specs of the new tablet and show you everything that comes in the box. Finally we power it on for the first time and show you all of the programs and software that is bundled with it, check it out!
Welcome to another Edition of the Good e-Reader Radio Show! Today we talk about all of the latest news in the e-reader and tablet arena! There is some breaking news with Amazon trying to buyout Research in Motion and VIZ signing up with Barnes and Noble for Manga/Anime!
Lots has happened this year and we give you a taste of our end of the year introspective. During the year 27 million e-readers were sold vs 2010 when only 13 million were purchased. We also go into the daily news and what you can look forward to seeing next year at CES.
We pose the question, what do you want for Christmas? I am really keen on the new Sony HMZ-T1! CNET has a deadly review on it, and i want one SO BAD!
Finally, we are recording the show on our new Mackie 820i 8 channel mixing board and the Heli PR-40 microphone. Let us know how it sounds on your end if you care to comment below.
Welcome to another Good e-Reader Exclusive Video Tutorial! Today we are going to show you the entire process of borrowing ebooks from the library and transferring them to your Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet.
In order to borrow books from the library using Overdrive there are a few requirements before you can get started. First of all you need to make sure your local library branch is participating in the Overdrive digital lending program. If they are, you simply need a library card number and a four digit PIN code to borrow ebooks. If you do not have a library card simply visit your local branch and confirm they are lending books out digitally and make sure to bring in ID and a recent BILL with your name and address on it.
The other main requirement is to make sure you have Adobe Digital Editions on your computer. This is a free download and the program is mainly used to transfer books borrowed in EPUB format or purchased from other bookstores. Once you download the program you merely need to authorize your computer and when your Nook is plugged into your PC/MAC/LAPTOP with the Micro USB cable you can register the Tablet on your computer.
The first thing you want to do to borrow books from the library is visit their digital page. The library should provide this for you but ours was http://library2go.lib.overdrive.com/. The next step is selecting the state that you live in and then your specific branch location. Then you will be prompted to enter your full library card number and your four digit PIN code.
Once you are all logged in, it is time to start browsing for ebooks. I suggest starting with the ‘Advanced Search’ button next to the search bar. This gives you the ability to refine your search and browse for ISBN, Author, Title and many more. The best method to employ is to select ‘Format’ and select ‘Adobe EPUB’ and then check mark the box that says ‘Search by Books Available.’ This will insure that all of the results you find will be books you can borrow fairly easy. If you want to search by author or title you can do this too. If a book is available at the library but has been loaned out, you can place a digital hold on it. When this book is returned by the person you can reserve your place in line by doing this.
Once you have searched and found a book that appeals to you, it is time to add it to your ’2GO Cart.’ You can think of this as your digital shopping cart. You can checkout one book at a time or many, it depends on the library limits that is imposed on you. Simply select the book in Adobe EPUB and then select ‘Checkout.’ This will give you a direct download link and the period in which your loan is valid. Download this book to your PC and your ready for the next step.
You might notice when you download the book to your computer that it is not in EPUB format but ACSM. This is an Overdrive format that is digitally encrypted but don’t worry about it. What you want to do is find the book on your PC that you downloaded and right click on it. Select the open ‘Open With’ and then choose Adobe Digital Editions. This will open the program up with the book and you will see the cover art and loan period displayed. The final step is to left click on the book and drop it into the folder that says “My Nook.”
Once the ebook you just borrowed from the library is on your Nook Tablet it is time to start reading! By default the book does not appear on your main library shelf. In order to find it you have to click on ‘Library’ and then ‘My Documents’ and then ‘Adobe Digital Editions.’ In this folder are all of the books you have either borrowed from the library or purchased from other stores. This might be a weird place to keep going for your books, but keep in mind you can add the book to your main shelf from here or make a collection. I prefer to have a collection devoted to library books for quick access.
The video below documents the entire procedure in borrowing books from the library in visual form. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please let us know.
Welcome to another Good e-Reader Video Tutorial! Today we are going to teach you how to use the Overdrive online system to browse and download books to your Amazon Kindle Touch e-Reader.
The first thing you need to do is make sure you belong to a library participating in the Overdrive digital lending program. If your local branch does you simply need a library card number and a 4 digit pin code.
In order to get started you need to plug your Amazon Kindle Touch into your PC via the Micro USB cable that came with the device. Next you want to visit the Overdrive website at http://library2go.lib.overdrive.com/ and login to the system. You must select the state that you live in and then another drop-down menu will present you with the different branches, one you selected this you can enter your library card and PIN code.
Next you want to browse the system for books that are in the Amazon Kindle format. You can place holds on books that are not available and have a waiting list and look for books they have available. The best way to look for books that are available is click on ‘Advanced’ next to the search bar. This will pull up a new menu that will give you a number of options such as ISBN, Author, Title and others. I recommend if you want to borrow books right now to click on ‘Format’ and select Kindle and then check-mark the box on the bottom that says ‘Only Show Titles Available.’
Once you do this you will be presented with a number of pages showing you books that your local library as in stock. Select the book you want to borrow in the Kindle format and click on ‘Add 2Go Cart.’ This will place the book in your checkout cart, if you only want to borrow this one book you can click on ‘Checkout’ on the bottom of the pace and establish your loan period. Finally after you borrowed the book it is time to transfer it to your specific device and you will be re-directed from Overdrive to Amazon. Once you are on the Amazon page and logged in you will have a another menu on the left hand side that will prompt you to send the book to your specific Amazon Kindle you registered. Keep in mind, if you do not have a physical e-reader you can deliver the book to the official Kindle app for IOS, Android, Blackberry, webOS etc.
The video below outlines the entire process of borrowing books! If you have any questions or concerns please let us know by commenting below.
The Kindle Touch uses Amazons own proprietary formats such as AZW, PRC, MOBI, KF8, and so on. The main format we are going to work with is MOBI, which is the main format you will find if you are downloading books from websites or using conversion software.
The first program we teach you how to use is Calibre. This is a free open source ebook management program that allows you a greater flexibility in editing ebooks. We show you how to import books into the program and edit them in your main library. In many cases you might download EPUB books from the internet and we show you how to convert these books to a Kindle Ready format. Then, we show you how to change the title and author names in case books you downloaded may be misspelled or have the wrong cover art, or no cover art at all. Lastly, we show you how to copy the books to your Amazon Kindle Touch.
Next, we show you the main directory structure of your Kindle via Windows Explorer. Sometimes directory structures can be a daunting experience for new users, so we show you the essential ones you want to be concerned about. Not only do we show you how to copy books, but also how to do music too.
This is a great tutorial video for people who have little to no experience copying books to their e-reader and want to learn how to do it. This can also be applicable to users interested in using Calibre for the first time.
Welcome to another jaw dropping edition of the Good e-Reader Radio Show featuring your host Markus! Today we talk to you about the fallout of Black Friday and Cyber Monday in e-Reader Land, and the winners and losers. Many people have been commenting on our Youtube Videos and sending us emails about the best e-reader for the holidays. We give you all of our honest takes on what you should buy in the six inch, nine inch, and tablet class. If you live in Australia, we cover some of the news that has happened in the last day or two in regards to Google Books and Dymocks. Finally, we lead in the show today with the latest from Leonard Cohen!
If you want to win a free e-reader, which I know you do, enter our free contest for the Bebook Club S.
Welcome to another Good e-Reader Video Tutorial! Today we show you how to load ebooks on your Bebook Club S e-Reader. This is the latest device the company is offered and just came out last month. The programs we teach you how to use is Adobe Digital Editions, Calibre and Windows Explorer.
The Bebook Club S does not have any internet connectivity so you will have to rely on this tutorial to show you how to copy over books you have purchased from stores that sell their books in EPUB format. Lucklily this is fairly common as major stores such as Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords and other sites offer all of their books in this particular format.
Calibre is the first program we show you how to use and is a free download and has support for almost all the major e-readers and tablets on the market. It allows you tremendous flexibility in crafting your ebook experience. You can convert books from one format to another or simply change the title and author name. We give you an overview of what the program is all about and how to make simple edits to your book and then transfer it to your Club S.
Adobe Digital Editions is a program primarily used for transferring to your device books you have purchased from other bookstores. You also have the ability to copy over books you have borrowed from the library. Really, if your book has DRM you want to use this program to copy to over to your Nook Tablet. We show you how to register the program and import it into Digital Editions. Finally we show you how to copy it over to your tablet and then your good to go.
Finally we show you how to use Windows Explorer and navigate the directory structure of your e-reader. There are many directories on the device and can be confusing for new users, we point out the essential ones you need to know about. As well, if you want to make collections or otherwise refine your device, we show you how to do that too.
In this exclusive Good e-Reader Video Tutorial we teach you how to load ebooks onto your new Nook Tablet! There are three programs we teach you how to use, depending on the type of book you are loading. They are all free and include Calibre, Adobe Digital Editions and Windows Explorer.
Calibre is a free download and has support for almost all the major e-readers and tablets on the market. It allows you tremendous flexibility in crafting your ebook experience. You can convert books from one format to another or simply change the title and author name. We give you an overview of what the program is all about and how to make simple edits to your book and then transfer it to your Nook Tablet.
Adobe Digital Editions is a program primarily used for transferring to your device books you have purchased from other bookstores. You also have the ability to copy over books you have borrowed from the library.
Really, if your book has DRM you want to use this program to copy to over to your Nook Tablet. We show you how to register the program and import it into Digital Editions. Finally we show you how to copy it over to your tablet and then your good to go.
Lastly, we show you how to navigate the directory structure of your Nook Tablet. This is effective because we show you the right places to put your wallpapers, music, videos, newspapers and more. We also point out where the books physically go that you copied over with Adobe Digital Editions and Calibre.
Welcome to another edition of the Good e-Reader Radio Show! We cover e-readers, digital publishing, tablets, ebooks and a whole lot more! In today’s show we talk about our hands on impressions of the new Amazon Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet and Bebook Club S e-Readers.
The Kindle Fire and Nook Tablets are very unique devices and we reviewed them extensively today! I won’t cover old ground but suffice to say they bring different options to the table and both are valid depending on what you will do with them. Find out the key hardware and software differences on the show.
We are doing a live ebook signing today with Best Selling Author H.P. Mallory! She will be joining us tonight at 9pm EST for a live ebook autographing! The folks from Autography the developers of this unique system will be joining us as well! The autograph is free and you can even ask the authors and staff of Good e-Reader questions! This is a system that merges live video chat with textbased chat. Don’t have a webcam? You can still ask your questions and have them answered in real time. We are proud to be the only major website bringing you new programs like this and we hope everyone will show their support and at least drop by and say HI!
Finally we wrap it up and share some Playbook news and other industry stuff. Fun edition of the show with songs and more!
Welcome to another Good e-Reader Unboxing Video! Today we open up the new Bebook Club S e-reader! This is the followup to the Bebook Neo and other readers that the company has produced over the last few years.
This device is a 6 inch e-Ink Pearl display with a resolution of 600×800 pixels. It is not a touchscreen device, so you will have to use the built in D-Pad and various keys to access the menus. It is critically important that you power up the unit for 3-6 hours before even turning it on. Otherwise, as displayed in our unboxing video, it will freeze during the boot-up sequence. You then have to leave it powered on until the battery completely drains or remove the battery from the back of the unit. The Bebook forums are populated by users having these errors and the company has assured us they are working on a firmware update.
There are three major programs we demonstrate in this video tutorial that are the most popular ones people use. Step by step, we show you how to use Calibre, Adobe Digital Editions, and Windows Explorer. Along the way we share all of little things you want to keep in mind when copying over ebooks.
Welcome to another edition of the Good e-Reader Radio Show! Today we talk about the effect piracy has on publishers and authors. Many people are feeling the crunch of dwindling revenue because of the rampant growth of ebook piracy over the last few years. Today I talk about how piracy is attributed to specific age groups and what demographic of people are downloading more content from file sharing websites.
One of our feature stores is EPUB 3, HTML5, and Kindle Format 8! These are new ebook formats that are soon to become industry standards. They allow publishers and authors to add rich media and interactive content in their books. This will allow for a experience that is next generation and not the simple text you grew up with.
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