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Old 03-10-2012, 02:39 PM   #1261
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A great tool for converting ebooks to whatever format your reader uses (mobi, epub, etc) is Calibre.

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It's very easy. You can also maintain a copy of all your books on Claibre so they never become lost.
I also use Calibre and like it a lot. But I use it to manage books that do not have digital rights encryption. If you purchase an ebook from Amazon, B&N, Google or whatever I assume you are stuck with the format you purchase because of the digital rights management, correct? As I mentioned above, decryption is a whole different (and controversial) topic.
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I also use Calibre and like it a lot. But I use it to manage books that do not have digital rights encryption. If you purchase an ebook from Amazon, B&N, Google or whatever I assume you are stuck with the format you purchase because of the digital rights management, correct? As I mentioned above, decryption is a whole different (and controversial) topic.
No, it's easy to convert from one to the other. I have a Kindle, but still occasionally get books in epub. You can convert to mobi using Calibre. It does not break the DRM (unless you install the available plugin). So, you are not stuck with the format and you are not doing anything illegal.
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Thanks Don and Molly. I just got a Kindle Fire today and so am excited to see what I can do with it. I'm starting to see what all the fuss was about.
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I love my Kindle. My daughter had gotten one of the first generation Kindles and I thought it was silly at the time. Who would want to read on one of those as opposed to holding a book?? Then I got a 3 month contract in Texas (I live in KY) so I borrowed hers. I fell in love. All those books available right at my fingertips! I didn't have to lug a bunch of books in my suitcase. I asked for a Kindle for my birthday. I now have over 600 books on it - all them free. I have classics, history, biography, historical romance, "how to", cookbooks, fantasy, science fiction, you name it. Whatever I am in the mood to read, there it is. And if I'm unexpectedly stuck somewhere, I just open my Kindle app on my iphone and pick up where I left off at home. These ereaders are great in my opinion.
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No, it's easy to convert from one to the other. I have a Kindle, but still occasionally get books in epub. You can convert to mobi using Calibre. It does not break the DRM (unless you install the available plugin). So, you are not stuck with the format and you are not doing anything illegal.
That is good to know. I haven't bought any eBooks yet but it is good to know you are not completely locked in to a platform when you do.
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Just finished The Orphan Master's Son. Really enjoyed this innovative different novel. The story takes place in North Korea. Sometimes funny, shocking, it is an adventure, love story and just overall really good read.

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William Boyd is one of my favorite authors and I enjoyed this one: Amazon.com: Armadillo: A Novel (9780375702167): William Boyd: Books

The writing is excellent and the character development is always well done by Boyd. A solid 4 stars, maybe even up to 4.5 stars.

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Lorimer Black may suffer from a serious sleep disorder and an obsession with the labyrinths of the British class system, but Armadillo's peculiar protagonist is the star insurance adjuster of London's Fortress Sure PLC, unaffectionately known as the Fort. At the very start of William Boyd's noir-ish seventh novel, however, things take a decided swerve for the worse. On a bleak January morning one of his cases has apparently chosen to kill himself rather than talk: "Mr. Dupree was simultaneously the first dead person he had encountered in his life, his first suicide and his first hanged man and Lorimer found this congruence of firsts deceptively troubling."
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Am working my way through the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly. He really is a standout in the crime/police thriller/mystery category. Very enjoyable-next up is Trunk Music, which is book 4.
Others in the series are Black Echo, Black Ice, Concrete Blonde, and The Last Coyote.
Still inhaling these awesome books! I'm up to number 10 in the series. These are great books if you like mysteries and cop thrillers. DH is a few behind me, and he's really enjoying them, too!
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Still inhaling these awesome books! I'm up to number 10 in the series. These are great books if you like mysteries and cop thrillers. DH is a few behind me, and he's really enjoying them, too!
I have read all of Michael Connelly's books and love them. The last one "The Drop" was not one of his best . It was still good just not his usual greatness .
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Last week I read "Beautiful Boy " by David Sheff . It is the heartbreaking story of his son's addiction. A few parts were slow but the rest was a great read .
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Colin Dexter is an excellent English crime writer (discussed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Dexter).

He is well know for his creation of the Inspector Morse series which was also televised and some of the dramas appeared on the PBS Mystery series. I just finished The Dead of Jericho (reviews here: Amazon.com: Dead of Jericho (Inspector Morse Mysteries) (9780804114868): Colin Dexter: Books) Which is a 5 star book in my opinion.

Morse is one of my favorite characters of all times. He gives his partner Lewis a bad time but they work very well together and share a fond devotion of the English sort (I guess).

DW and I are also going through the many Inspector Morris DVD's (from Netflix) that star John Thaw as Inspector Morris and Kevin Whately as Sergeant Lewis.
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Arcadia, by Lauren Groff is a must read. Very hard to describe the plot. It is a lyrical look at life through the eyes of a boy growing up in a commune in upstate New York in the 70s. We see the community develop and decline. We see the boy grow older and deal with the loss of dreams, life and death. Very compelling.
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I just finished "London Bridges " by Patterson . It was definetely one of his better books .
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I purchased Isabel Allende's "Island Beneath the Sea" at an airport bookstore a couple of weeks ago and would recommend it as a real page turner. It is historical fiction and tells the story of a woman born into slavery in Haiti in the 19th century and ends in her flight to New Orleans.
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I am reading The Hunger Games. I work with a lot of younger people who have been urging me too read it. It's interesting, but I can see that the way it's written, the author was angling to follow in the path of the Twilight series, with movies, etc. it seems to be written with that in mind, and so is not at all subtle. Like I said, it's interesting and different, but not my type of book.
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I am reading The Hunger Games. I work with a lot of younger people who have been urging me too read it. It's interesting, but I can see that the way it's written, the author was angling to follow in the path of the Twilight series, with movies, etc. it seems to be written with that in mind, and so is not at all subtle. Like I said, it's interesting and different, but not my type of book.
I think you're being unfair (and incorrect) in this accusation.

The first Hunger Games was published in 08. The first Twilight movie came out in 08. I'm sure she had written most way before the movie.

The author doesn't have the best literary skills, but it's a solid story, and I think accusing someone of doing it just to be commercial is a harsh accusation (in my mind).

I could be wrong though,
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I may be wrong, too. It just seems that way to me. Sometimes, other books seem that way, too, when I'm reading them. For example, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was like that to me. Good story, eccentric characters and sensational plot lines, which would play well in a movie, etc, Maybe, I'm being too cynical.
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I may be wrong, too. It just seems that way to me. Sometimes, other books seem that way, too, when I'm reading them. For example, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was like that to me. Good story, eccentric characters and sensational plot lines, which would play well in a movie, etc, Maybe, I'm being too cynical.
I don't know about the specific titles, but in this day and age it might be appropriate to be a bit cynical. When people talk about the "Potter franchise" I shutter. My guess is with the pricing flexibility in ebooks, we will see a lot more tie in deals.

I prefer to see a book stand on it's own for some years before it becomes commoditized -- if it ever does. Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series could easily be made into a hit TV or movie series. I'm glad she has stuck to a more literary approach.
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Just finished a novel by SE Hinton, called Hawkes Harbor. I'd read her earlier work, the teen fiction stories That was then, this is now and the Outsiders. This is an interesting adult fiction read. I recommend it, if only for the surprising plot developments and character changes that occur.
Also in the midst of Dan Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow. A remarkable, but dense read that will make you question pretty much every decision you make!
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I just finished " The distant land of my Father " by bo caldwell . This was a can not put down book about life in Shanghai and her father's adventures . Highly recommended !
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