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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    Can a library ebook in Kindle format be loaded on to a tablet by first downloading to a computer and then by USB to the tablet? There are specific advantages to loading lending library ebooks only by USB on my Kindle and never turning on the WiFi feature of the Kindle. The Kindle never receives a Wifi signal from Amazon that the loan has expired.
    Well, I'm going by memory here, as my Android tablet is in for repair for a few weeks (supposedly mine was not repairable and the specific model was back ordered, but I'm assured one is on its way now ).

    My library allows me to check out ebooks in a few different formats, including the Amazon one. I select the "as Kindle" at check out and then I'm informed whether it can be loaded via WiFi or if it has to be side loaded via USB. I've never done the side load thing, but if the book was a hot title and I could not extend the loan, I'd kill the WiFi on the tablet to keep it from "calling home" to Amazon until I could finish the book.

    I don't know if side loading will circumvent the DRM time limit or not. I think so long as you don't sync/refresh, you should be okay.

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    My local libraries use the OverDrive Media Console. I think it's an Adobe product. It's available for Android or iOS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    Can a library ebook in Kindle format be loaded on to a tablet by first downloading to a computer and then by USB to the tablet? There are specific advantages to loading lending library ebooks only by USB on my Kindle and never turning on the WiFi feature of the Kindle. The Kindle never receives a Wifi signal from Amazon that the loan has expired.
    Just so we're clear, we are talking about the Amazon lending library not public libraries. What ILTB is referring to, Amazon lets you borrow one book per month (I think), and you have to electronically return it to borrow another. I guess from the above, that if it gets overdue and you're connected, Amazon disables reading it.

    For this question specifically, I haven't tried transferring Amazon lending library e-books off of a Kindle. Assuming you can get it to a thumb drive, and have a file services app on the tablet, you could transfer the file to appropriate directory. You might have to root the Nexus 7 first - I did that as as soon as I got it, so I don't want to leave out a possible step. If Amazon is disabling overdue books there may also be some kind of code or scrambling preventing us from transferring it. Like I said, I haven't looked into it.

    Non-lending library books, I don't see a problem. You could have them whispernet delivered to the Nexus without using the Kindle, so you would still never have to connect the Kindle to wifi.

    So in short it may be possible but may be more hassle than it's worth. Having a Kindle also, I just read a "borrowed" book on the Kindle. On the bright side, after you register the Nexus 7 with Amazon, you can have purchased e-books delivered exactly as if it were a Kindle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    If you're in the market for a surface the surface 2 is such a huge step up from the original surface rt it's worth the extra money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikebuddha View Post
    If you're in the market for a surface the surface 2 is such a huge step up from the original surface rt it's worth the extra money.
    the specs seem pretty darn good for a tablet to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    Just so we're clear, we are talking about the Amazon lending library not public libraries. What ILTB is referring to, Amazon lets you borrow one book per month (I think), and you have to electronically return it to borrow another. I guess from the above, that if it gets overdue and you're connected, Amazon disables reading it.
    Wrong, the one free Kindle book a month for members of Amazon Prime has no expiration as long as the borrower remains a member of Amazon Prime. Only one book a month can be borrowed and only if the previous borrowed book is returned.

    I am talking about borrowing as many Kindle books as permitted by a public library, downloading them to a Kindle and then turning the Wifi off. None of the books will expire until the Wifi is turned back on. When books are returned early through the desktop/Overdrive software or when the normal loan period expires the book title will be cleared from my library account and the title will be available to other library patrons. If I wish to borrow any additional titles from the library for reading at some later date I can use the desktop/Overdrive system and download through Amazon to my desktop for USB transfer to the Kindle. Again all books on the Kindle will remain readable without expiration until if/when I turn the wifi back on.

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    ILTB You should probably stick with what you've got then. You question is more about specific applications and has some intellectual property ramifications so I can't advise you regarding that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    ILTB You should probably stick with what you've got then. You question is more about specific applications and has some intellectual property ramifications so I can't advise you regarding that.
    OK, thanks for your advice.

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    Thanks to all that gave feedback on the Nexus, I just pulled the trigger on the current generation 7, 32 GB version, with the 1.5 Snapdragon processor. It seems like it will suit my needs pretty well, and it was about the same price as I paid for my iPhone 4 which is 3+ years old, so if the Nexus lasts as long, I will be happy. Seems like the tablet will fill the gap between phone and pc pretty well.
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    When I first got my Nexus as a gift, I wasn't too sure exactly how I would use it. I thought maybe an e-reader and day-planner. Now I use it for all kinds of things. The best thing I did was get the dongle to plug in a thumb drive. I keep music, movies and business stuff on individual thumb drives so I can switch from the tablet, phone, car, computer and TV.

    One of the great things about the Nexus is the instant updates. When Android has it, you do to. Unlike other platforms, it improves with age. It will be a long time before you have to buy something new to get a marked upgrade.

    I just got a Chromecast dongle but won't be able to play with it for a while. The guy was demonstrating the Chromecast on a Nexus and it was pretty amazing what he could do with that thing.

    BTW I have the 1st generation 10 and like it for the screen size.
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    I am typing this from my new nexus 7 seems really nice so far. it seems every bit as fast as my desktop PC, that's 3 years old. I've got a few of my favorite apps on it already I can see it being really useful device.
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    A couple of free apps for Android that don't need an internet connection to run:

    Osmand offline mapping. The free version allows 8 different state maps. Or pay ($7, I think) and get all the maps. It does point to point navigation with voice prompts, or just let it follow you as you drive.

    Skeye Astronomy maps. Just hold it up to the sky and it orients itself to show stars and planets in that direction. It's pretty amazing.

    Or select a star, planet, or constellation and it will point you in the right direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rm -rf View Post
    A couple of free apps for Android that don't need an internet connection to run:

    Osmand offline mapping. The free version allows 8 different state maps. Or pay ($7, I think) and get all the maps. It does point to point navigation with voice prompts, or just let it follow you as you drive.

    Skeye Astronomy maps. Just hold it up to the sky and it orients itself to show stars and planets in that direction. It's pretty amazing.

    Or select a star, planet, or constellation and it will point you in the right direction.
    I tried Osmand today, I like that one a lot it works well with the GPS function built into the nexus, even without a WiFi connection. I haven't tried the astronomy one yet.
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