confused by ebooks
November 6, 2010 8:08 AM Subscribe
bunch of questions/confirmations about getting a reading device., mainly about formats and what is possible on the different devices. Despite reading a number of articles about the different devices, i still can't figure it out.
posted by alkupe to Shopping (6 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in school and am principally interested in getting an electronic reader so that i can stop buying and lugging around huge textbooks.
is it generally true that to get an a reading device, you are limited to whatever you can buy from that device's "home" store (ie amazon for kindle) plus whatever you can "find" in pdf format?
Are any of the readers best with pdfs? I guess the standard thing to do is use some software to convert to the native format for that reader?
I guess my real question is where do pdfs of many books on torrent come from? Why/how is it that I can illegally download pdfs of books but can't buy them anywhere in this format? Where do they come from?
Also, nyu (my school) sells "ebooks"(whatever that means) through a company called myscribe, which as far as I can tell will not help me read anything on a device, only on my pc.
Given all this, if i assume pdfs are going to be my format of choice, any advice on which reader? I guess it mainly comes down to kindle vs nook vs maybe the sony one?
Any advice appreciated.