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Initial post: Nov 5, 2012 4:00:26 AM PST
I was given some money for a new Kindle. I don't have too much, so I purchase the $69 Kindle Touch. Here is my question. I have an older ereader that uses the B&N's Nook format and would like to convert these over to the Kindle format. Thankfully, I do have a number of free books, so I should be able to find their Kindle equivalent.

Aside from Amazon, where can I go for free classic literature, christian literature and other such books? What are some good library sites?

What about audio books? Some time ago, I had brought books from Audible.com. Would I have access to these on my new Kindle Touch?

What other things should I keep in mind? What about these "local ads" that is mentioned in the description of this model? Please note, I am not interested in the tablet; even if I had the money. I simply want to read my Bible and other books in a good readable font size.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 4:12:25 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
the $69 Kindle isn't the Kindle Touch, it's the Basic Kindle and has no speakers so you won't be able to use your audible books on it

gutenberg.org is good for free books

and this site lists lots of free and legal sites: http://www.techsupportalert.com/free-books-kindle

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 4:27:10 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
Nicholas, the cheapest model of Kindle that supports audio books is now Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers at $139 - it seems that cheaper model without 3G is currently not available.

Perhaps the most economic short term solution is Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers (Graphite) for reading, and continuing to listen to audio books on whatever you are using now.

You will not be able to convert your B&N books into format used by Kindle, because they are DRM-protected, and DRM (Digital Rights Management) schemes used by B&N and Amazon are incompatible. Only Kindle Fire line of readers allows for installation of Nook reader app, so you can use books from both "ecosystems".

I believe there are publishers of Christian literature who sell or otherwise distribute some titles in Kindle-friendly format directly, but you will have to search.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 5:37:45 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2012 5:39:11 AM PST
Nicholas, there are a great number of bibles available in Kindle editions but only a few that really stand out in terms of the formating and navagation for Kindle. Your choice will be partially determined by which translation you're used to and prefer to read. I've always preferred the NIV, but my preferred Kindle editions are those of the ESV Bible from Crossway.

They're available with or without cross-references. A study bible edition is also available. All three are excellent but the maps and charts in the study bible display much better on a a Fire or other tablet than they do on any of the e-ink readers. Here are the links to all three:

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (without Cross-References)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (with Cross-References)
ESV Study Bible

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 9:23:40 AM PST
Hi James,

I know what you're talking about. My preferred is the New American Standard Bible. Sadly, I am not too crazy about the Nook version of this translation. I am familiar with the ESV and will take a look at the Kindle version.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 9:32:51 AM PST
Hi Dragi,

Ok, I will have to say goodbye to the 3 audiobooks; as if I haven't already done so. Just thought I could get back to them.

[quote]Perhaps the most economic short term solution is Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers (Graphite) for reading, and continuing to listen to audio books on whatever you are using now.[/quote]

That's true. I've actually forgotten that I could just listen on my PC.

I was under the impression that I could; however, I guess not. It will just serve as an excuse to keep my Pandigital Novel that I got, a couple of years ago. I got it for Christmas. At least, I can download the Nook app on to my PC. (Using Windows 7).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 9:52:29 AM PST
I just went to that link. Wow! Talk about a treasure trove! Just one question. A number of these books use PDF. Can the Kindle, I'm getting, read these books? I do have the Adobe Reader used for reading these books on my PC.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012 12:55:18 PM PST
B. Marks says:
The Kindle can read PDF files as long as they aren't too big. It's kind of a small screen to really be good at PDF and it's probably not something you'll do for pleasure. But it's do-able and not really a problem.

Barry

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 5:38:13 AM PST
Although the Basic will read PDF's, they don't display very well and you usually have to zoom in on them enough to read them. The zoom feature on the Basic is a bit awkward to use. Charts and graphs are even worse. That's why I said that the study bible displays much better on a tablet.

Most of the free ebooks on Project Gutenberg and other websites are available in Kindle format or are DRM-free so you can convert them yourself to Kindle mobi format. However, if you have a lot of PDF books, the Basic isn't a good choice.
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