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Initial post: 28 Jan 2012 14:13:18 GMT
Pauline says:
A friend of mine bought a binatone e reader over a year ago, when she heard I had a kindle she brought it around to me and asked me to put some books on for her as it had been in a drawer since she bought it, the problem being, I am a 'technophobe' as much as she is LOL; Question is, can I put books from this site on hers as I do for my kindle?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2012 14:16:07 GMT
bluecat says:
No - books on the Amazon site are only suitable for Kindle.

I don't know anything about the binatone e-reader but is there a manual with it telling you waht types of books it can read?

Posted on 28 Jan 2012 14:18:52 GMT
Hippocratia says:
Hah - Amazon sell the Binatone e-reader. This is what the product description says:

"Product Features
Store 500 - 5000 books depending on the size of book, Built in music player
7000 page turns on just one charge, Soft Protective case & Headphones included
3 text sizes with a a rotation keyfor portrait& landscape reading
Lightweight, Slim, Sleak Design with aluminium finish
realistic text that can be read in sunlight, with 6" screen with e-ink
Technical Details
easy to use. comes with manual and cd"

It does not say anything about what format books it reads, but I suppose that the manual would tell you that....

Posted on 28 Jan 2012 14:21:00 GMT
Pauline says:
Thanks bluecat, she didn't bring that with her but im sure i will be able to download it.(think im going to have to convert her to a kindle)

Posted on 28 Jan 2012 14:22:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2012 14:24:37 GMT
Hippocratia says:
I have just found some info on the formats that the Binatone ereader supports:

Supported formats TXT, EBX, EBM (TBC). Other supported formats include MP3/AAC/MID/AMR and JPG/BMP/GIF/TIF/PNG.

Edit: This is what one customer posted regarding this product:

"This ereader is not worth buying. It uses books in a txt format, which nobody sells. Instead, you have to download ebooks in other formats and use a converter programme to change to txt format. This process loses a lot of basic formatting, punctuation marks etc. Biggest problem is that when downloads of newer books are copyright protected, by DRM (digital rights management), it is not legally possible to convert them. The only plus side was that Argos refunded our money without any question."

Posted on 28 Jan 2012 14:31:30 GMT
Pauline says:
hahaha, I did warn you i was a technaphobe, the first part of your post hippocratia might as well have been written in chinese, I did read some reviews on this product and they all said very similar things to this. I think I might tell her to take it back to the shop she bought it from, only problem is its been laying in a drawer so long they may not refund her!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2012 14:36:52 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2012 14:37:36 GMT
Hippocratia says:
I have no idea what half of my post meant either - I just quoted it from a website! However I do get the impression that it is a lot more difficult to use than a Kindle and a lot less satisfying. I hope she manages to get her money back.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2012 14:57:26 GMT
bluecat says:
She'll be unlikely to get her money back, though, if she's had it for over a year. The trouble is, buying books for it may be throwing good money after bad - perhaps better to cut her losses and buy a kindle instead?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2012 15:03:10 GMT
Hippocratia says:
I missed the part about it being over a year old. In that case I certainly would not buy any books for it, but would see if any freebie books can be read on it at all - just to get some use out of it. Otherwise, a Kindle is a much better product.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2012 15:08:37 GMT
Maria says:
That sounds a good idea.

Posted on 28 Jan 2012 15:28:51 GMT
I'd sell it on ebay and put the money towards a kindle as it seemes to be a bit of a pain to have to convert everything.

I use calibre from time to time to convert the odd book but the very thought of having to use it as a matter of course would be the clincher for me.

Kindle = simple, no frills, does what it says on the tin. xx

Posted on 28 Jan 2012 15:39:14 GMT
Lawrence says:
I have had one of these for over a year now and bought a Kindle a few months back. I must agree with what is said on here although to me it is not a hard reader to use any books that I have got {only from free sites though} I have used a converter to be able to use it. As stated punctuation is not good but I was happy enough to use it until I invested in the Kindle. The only good thing I could say for it was that the one I got does take micro sd cards so {as a back up for holidays when I read 10 plus hours a day} I can use it for short stories if my Kindle battery runs out.
Supported formats TXT, EBX, EBM (TBC). Other supported formats include MP3/AAC/MID/AMR and JPG/BMP/GIF/TIF/PNG.

Explain... TXT ect formats for text
MP3 ect " " music
JPG ect " " photo's

Posted on 29 Jan 2012 05:24:04 GMT
ChrisJ says:
@Bluecat: I suspect that Project Guthenberg will have TXT format books available, as well as the .MOBI ones for the Kindle. SO you should be able to get many of the classics onto the reader...

Posted on 29 Jan 2012 09:26:25 GMT
Hippocratia says:
Project Gutenberg does have txt format books available, and so does Smashwords. Although they are supposed to be downloadable files, it does seem that you have to copy and paste the text document, so there is still a fair amount of work to do compared to just downloading a kindle-friendly format. The relevant websites are:

www.gutenberg.org

www.smashwords.com

Posted on 1 Feb 2012 00:24:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Feb 2012 00:27:41 GMT
Stew says:
The ereader can read most formats and you can watch videos on it, its much better than a kindle

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Feb 2012 07:23:17 GMT
Oracle says:
Most formats??? That's excluding of course Kindle, EPUB or PDF...

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Feb 2012 08:41:55 GMT
Damaskcat says:
Why would you want to watch videos on an e-reader?

Posted on 1 Feb 2012 08:45:13 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 1 Feb 2012 08:58:32 GMT
Damaskcat says:
But if you have an e-reader which is capable of showing videos then you don't have e-ink which to my mind defeats the object of having a dedicated e-reader. If I'm reading books I'm reading books - if I wanted to view videos I'd switch on the computer or the TV.

Posted on 1 Feb 2012 09:06:15 GMT
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Posted on 23 Feb 2012 16:58:49 GMT
Hi i just read all your post as i too got bought this ereader and have had it over a year and not used it but it was due to the fact that i like books better lol but i'm going to give it ago. Anyway it tells you in the manual that you can buy books from: Waterstones, Project Gutenburg, The Burgomeister's Books and MemoWare. I think its a good thing that you can watch videos and listen to music on it for example if you're on holiday you cant turn your computer or TV on. So I will try it and let everyone know how it its.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2012 19:03:45 GMT
A. Stewart says:
i have the binatone ereader as well and i downloaded my books from whsmith

Posted on 27 Feb 2012 18:41:19 GMT
well have used my ereader and it works fine reads like a dream. downloads from waterstones and guessing whsmiths dont require a converter as long as they are in the right format.

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