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    I use Overdrive on my TF300 it works perfectly just select download from your library and the book appears in Overdrive.



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    Thanks TC
    Here are some links for those interested in this...

    OverDrive - Global distributor of digital eBooks, audiobooks, music & video for library, school & retail

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...d.mediaconsole

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    How does one open a Kindle book on the TF700? I have installed the app but cannot find an ICON for this app. The only way I have been able to open the Kindle app is to go to the play store and hit OPEN from the OPEN/UNINSTALL menu. Perhaps this got messed up when I installed Kindle, but for the life of me I cannot figure out how to give an installed app a icon if there isn't already one there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeachAssault View Post
    How does one open a Kindle book on the TF700? I have installed the app but cannot find an ICON for this app. The only way I have been able to open the Kindle app is to go to the play store and hit OPEN from the OPEN/UNINSTALL menu. Perhaps this got messed up when I installed Kindle, but for the life of me I cannot figure out how to give an installed app a icon if there isn't already one there.
    Welcome to the forum

    The Kindle app comes pre-loaded on all the TF series, I believe. You firstly need to ensure that the app is up to date by looking for it in the Play Store to see if there are updates for the App. Then, in your app drawer (six horizontally organised squares, top right corner of your home screen), you will find the app listed towards the start of your app collection, listed as Amazon Kindle. (Not just Kindle)

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    Thank you Janner. I knew it was a noob question, but none-the-less I needed to know. Having become accustomed to using the icons on the desktops, I needed to be reminded about the 'app drawer'. Problem solved - books d/l'd. Happy camper here
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    Just want to add that mantano reader is the fastest pdf reader i have come across after testing nearly 20 different pdf readers with pdf magazines 70-180megs in size.
    Its free and allows for adding tags to multiple magazines at once.
    Tested all on my asus infinity.
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    library accessing a shared network folder location?

    Thanks for this thread,

    Do any of these readers (im usually only reading PDF atm) allow you to link to a shared drive on the network?

    Ideally, Im hoping that if I download all PDFs to a shared folder location, then my wife can open the ' libary app' and be able to select the magazine she wants to read and it will then store it locally on her tablet/phone (keeping the last 10 mags that she has selected) allowing her to read offline.

    I like the idea of tagging and perhaps a way to easily identify unread issues.

    Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GLO View Post
    Thanks for this thread,

    Do any of these readers (im usually only reading PDF atm) allow you to link to a shared drive on the network?

    Ideally, Im hoping that if I download all PDFs to a shared folder location, then my wife can open the ' libary app' and be able to select the magazine she wants to read and it will then store it locally on her tablet/phone (keeping the last 10 mags that she has selected) allowing her to read offline.

    I like the idea of tagging and perhaps a way to easily identify unread issues.

    Any thoughts?
    I'm not sure about that - but one option that springs to mind is to use ES File Explorer to access your NAS or shared files. When you click on the PDF you wish to read, it will cache that file to your TF as a read only file & then either allow you to select which app opens it or use the default PDF reader if you have set a reader as a default.

    If you wish to copy 10 PDFs to your TF I think you will need to copy those files from your NAS or shared area to the TF for "offline" reading.

    Hope that helps

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    Calibre Companion, a $2.99 app from https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...eandroid&hl=en will work on your transformer to give you access to your ebooks stored in your Calibre Library on your computer. It does this by accessing Calibre's content server. Check this one out- it is one of the VERY FEW apps I paid for.

    EDIT: BTW I keep ~ 26,000 'books' and can send any of them to my tab if I wish. I do prefer reading most things on one of my E-INK Kindles however. PDFs are another matter they do not work the way I'd like there. So far for PDFs I use Mac OS's Preview, though I've no doubt there are better available somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOneTopCat View Post
    I use Overdrive on my TF300 it works perfectly just select download from your library and the book appears in Overdrive.



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    Thanks TC
    Here are some links for those interested in this...

    OverDrive - Global distributor of digital eBooks, audiobooks, music & video for library, school & retail

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...d.mediaconsole

    Janner43
    Update, my library changed much of its ebook collection to use Axis 360; pretty good but not great. I've found Aldiko works well with library books, especially since a "catalog" link to your library can be created and further simplifies library checkout. Although I think Aldiko is great, if you have a large library like I do (6,000+ books with many more tags); you cannot search for a tag in Aldiko and the wiget that put's the book you are reading on the desktop does not allow you to search for the book and select it plus it doesn't even order the books by recent read when setting up the wiget -- scrolling through 6K plus books sucks.

    I'm beginning to use mantano reader which looks pretty much to be better than any of them (I've also used Kindle and Nook and have tried a number of other readers.

    Just thought I'd pass my experience with these along to those who might be interested. Thanks Jenner for mentioning the mantano reader.
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    Hi:

    This works great foe me. Look to the Cool Reader/FB Reader Colordict sections:

    Ebooks

    I enjoy reading books on the tablet and restrict my choices to four different formats: Epub, mobi, txt and pdf. I keep some of my ebooks in my _Data\ Ebook folder , organized into subfolders such as fiction, history, literature, horror, etc. Remember the universe is 16 or 32 GB.

    I go to my shortcut to _Data on my homescreen, go to the Ebook folder, select a book, go to the Open as Screen and choose an app.
    For pdfs, I use the free Adobe reader or EzPdf, a much loved pdf app with many useful features beyond the requirements of reading an ebook pdf:

    Adobe Reader
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...m.adobe.reader

    EZPdf $3.99:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...android.reader

    Jota+ Editor: For text files, I use Jota+ Editor, a text app that will open large files:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...dora.jota.plus

    FB Reader: For mobi files, I use FBReader, an app that will open both mobi and epub files.
    FB Reader:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ary.ui.android

    FB Reader TTS Plugin
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...der.plugin.tts

    Cool Reader: Finally I use Cool Reader for Epub files:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...org.coolreader

    If you want to support the developer, after installing the app above, you can donate a buck here:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...onation.bronze

    Cool Reader supports epub (non-DRM), fb2, doc, txt, rtf, html, chm, tcr, pdb, prc, mobi (non-DRM), pml formats.

    ColorDict: Both Cool Reader and FB Reader can use Colordict to look up English definitions, synonyms, antonyms as well as many foreign language dictionaries such as Chinese, Czech, German, Japanese and Spanish. and Chinese.

    Download Colordict and open the app:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...bile.colordict

    Open Colordict and wait for it to index its contents.

    Installing Colordict Add-on Dictionaries

    You csn find the following dictionaries by either going to the following urls or by searching for ColorDict on your tablet or phone in the Play Store App. The add-on dictionaries all have the same icon, three blocks against a black background, blue stacked on red and green. You'll download each add-on dictionary, install it and then open it/ It will then copy its contents to ColorDict and then open a prompt to uninstall itself. Keep track of what you install by taking notes because as soon as you install a dictionary, it will uninstall itself, leaving no trace. At the least, install the four English add-on dictionaries and then any extra foreign language ones you might use.

    English Thesaurus Dictionary
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...lish.thesaurus

    English Dictionary Wordnet
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...glish.wordnet3

    English Spelling DictData
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ictdata.cmuaes

    English Irregular Forms Dict
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...lish.irregular

    Foreign Language Dictionaries

    English Chinese Dictionary 辞典
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...inese.stardict

    English <-> Czech Dictionary
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....Czech.slovnik

    German English Dictionary
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...erman.freedict

    Japanese English Dictionary
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ictdata.jmdict

    Spanish English Dictionary
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...spanish.i2ee2i


    Configuring Cool Reader

    The following warning appears upon updating or installing Cool Reader:
    Warning: To support fullscreen mode and dimming of softkeys on Android 3 and 4, target Android version has been changed to Android 4. In this mode legacy menu soft button is not available anymore. Without reader toolbar in reading mode you can open menu by tapping at center of screen. Long tap at center of screen shows settings dialog.. Turn on toolbar in reading mode now? (You can always change this option in Settings/Page/Toolbar) Translation: Access the toolbar and settings in an open book by a short tap for the toolbar or a long tap for settings in the center of the screen.

    Open Cool Reader and then a book or the manual.
    *Press the settings icon, crossed hammer and wrench, by a long press in the center of the screen.

    *Press the Font Menu, AA, change the Hyphenation dictionary from Russian to English US.

    *Press the Folded-Page icon, set View mode to pages, set Orientation to sensor, set Landscape pages from one page to two pages, change Background texture to Paper and change Page Animation from Slide (2 Pages) to Paperbook.

    *Press the Pointing Finger Icon then check Text Selection with double tap.

    *Press the far-right single page icon, set Screen backlight timeout to Use system default.

    *Press the far-right single page icon, first change Screen Backlit Timeout to Use System Default, then press dictionary and choose Colordict.

    *Hit the far-left back arrow which will return to either the manual or the ebook you chose. Double tapping on a word will highlight it and below you'll see a toolbar. Pressing the double screen will copy the text to the clipboard, pressing the a/z icon will bring up Colordict, hitting star will add a bookmark, hitting the envelope will prompt you to open an email app, hitting the magnifying glass icon will bring you to search and hitting x will close the toolbar. Hitting the back arrow in Colordict will return you to your reading selection.

    *Hitting the far-right radial down arrow opens up an additional menu with many additional choices such as Day/Night, Go to Page, Search, Autoscroll, Read Aloud, etc.

    You might not be surprised to see this kind of two page formatting, with page turning animation on an epub book but try it on a text document or a Palm book. Go back to the Menu icon, (four horizontal lines), then More, options include Night Mode, Read aloud, Autoscroll and show manual. The devs update frequently, keeping the cool in Cool Reader. You can download it for free but I recommend the $1 Bronze donation to support innovative apps.

    FB Reader:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ary.ui.android

    Both Cool Reader and FBReader will open epub books, FBReader in a larger single-page format and Cool Reader in a double paginated format. Some epub illustrated books and ones with photos might open better with Cool Reader, while others might be better formatted with FBReader. This could change back-and-forth as updated versions appear. You should be able to open most ebooks using either Cool Reader or FBReader.

    Configuring FB Reader:
    *Open FB Reader. Hit the Menu Icon, three squares stacked vertically, go to settings.

    *Go to Color & wallpaper: set Background to Solid Color, set background color to white and Regular text to black.

    *Go to Page Turning, Animation and choose Curl Animation.

    *Go to Dictionary and make sure ColorDict 3 is selected for Dictionary and translator. Set Long tapping action to Long tapping selects single word, release opens dictionary.

    Using ColorDict in Cool Reader

    Double-tap a word you wish to look up. This action will highlight the word and bring up a tool bar with six icons: the double-window icon copies the word to the clipboard, the a>z icon brings up the dictionaries, the star icon makes a bookmark, the envelope with a plus sign brings up email or social media, the magnifying glass will search the current book for the selected word and the X, closes the menu. For the most part, just remember to double-tap the word and then press the a>z icon to bring up the dictionary.

    Using ColorDict in FB Reader

    *Long pressing any word will select the text. A toolbar will appear below. The double page icon will copy the selected text to the clipboard, the double arrow opens a menu of apps for further actions, the circular arrows will bring up ColorDict, the ribbon icon creates a bookmark while the X closes the toolbar.

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