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Calibre is for Readers!

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Calibre is a Free App that every eBook owner should have. As a reader, I get great mileage out of Calibre. Kobo, Nook, iBooks, all use ePub format, but Kindle does not. If you own a Kindle, you might buy a book on a great sale from Kobo or Barnes & Noble, but Kindle will not open it. Likewise, if you own a Nook reader or a Kobo, you are limited to buying books from them because they will not open a Kindle book.         There is a solution to this problem, as you will see. A book I wanted was on 50% sale at the Kobo site. No problem. I signed into Kobo and bought the book. The book was saved to the Kobo library for my account. I went into my Kobo Library, selected the new book, and clicked on export. The book was downloaded  to my download directory on my desktop. I signed off Kobo. I navigated to my download directory. I clicked on the book. My FREE Adobe Digital Editions app on my desktop opened it. It now appeared in the Adobe Digital Editions library dir

Is Your Kindle Reader Full?

A friend recently complained that her Kindle reader was full of books, and she was having to store them in her computer. I was surprised she did not realize that her Kindle need never be full, no matter how many books she buys. Normally, your book is stored both in the reader (once the book is downloaded) and in the Amazon files (cloud). Removing the book from the device does not erase it from the cloud. It's still your book and there for you to read again at any time. Removing a book from your Kindle device is easy. I have an old Kindle Fire HDX, but other Kindle readers follow a similar procedure. A book that is currently being read, shows up in the Kindle Carousel. When I’m done reading a book, I long-press on the book's cover showing on the Carousel. A check mark pops over the cover, and a panel shows at the top of the screen. The panel gives you options to “cancel, add, or remove.” I click on “Remove.” The next options that appear are “From Carousel” and “from De

Have You Used OverDrive Yet?

Are you an avid reader? Do you find yourself spending too much on your reading habit? A subscription service such as Kindle Unlimited or Scribd may be the thing for you. Back in 2013, the future looked bright for these services. Since then, Oyster went out of business and Scribd just trimmed down their service to a limited number of reads per month.  While Amazon is still offering unlimited reads, it limits you to mostly self-published books. The main top traditional publishers opted not to make their books available on Kindle Unlimited. My daughter and I often discuss our favorite authors during our long distance calls. Recently, I recommended she read the long-running series by J.R. Ward, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. There are over a dozen books in the series, and Amazon lists the fourteen-pack title at $117 for the ebooks. My daughter quickly called me back to say that she was spending way to much on books, and she couldn't do that. I whipped out my Kindle Fire and opened

Audiobooks: Are They For You?

One of the reasons most readers will not try audiobooks is that it seems a lot of trouble to set up. Those who take the trouble, quickly fall in love with them.  The main company offering audiobooks is Audible, and through them, Amazon. To download the book, even if it is FREE, you need to have an audible account . When you navigate to audible.com , you are met with the “First Month FREE, but $14.95 after first month” advert. Anyone who wants to redeem a free code and test the audiobook waters, is forced to open an account. Most people are leery of opening new accounts. Many have had experiences where companies make it very difficult to close memberships. Some keep charging for months after the membership is closed, and you have to jump over hoops to get your money back. Audible is owned by Amazon, and they are very good with customer relations. You will have no problem closing your account. You might love the perks that come with the $14.95 monthly fee and decide to k

Just Released!

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Zeecé Lugo's latest novel is finally here! It is her first sojourn into the paranormal romance genre. If you love vampire romances, you'll love Angel's Guardian .    The following blurb appears at the book's Amazon page. The vampire Maxim makes his home in New York City. Self-exiled from the vampire nation, he spends his days in quiet solitude and his nights prowling the heights and hunting evil, his prey of choice. On a cold, November night, he chances upon a gang rape in a desolate back alley. He leaps at the chance to feed on predators of the worst kind, his favorite prey. But the situation takes a turn he never expected, and soon he finds himself wishing he'd made a different choice on that fateful night. Angelica has been on the run for years. Kidnapped by a sex-trafficking ring at the age of fourteen, she escaped only to be relentlessly pursued by her enemies ever since. Tonight, they found her. As she lies dying on a cold, dark alley, her only