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  1. skipscud

    skipscud Thread Starter

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    I bought a Kindle Fire HD. My library uses Library On the Go. Some of the books I wish to read are in Adobe PDF format.
    In simple English please tell me how I can get the book from my library to my kindle. I have been running from site to site for 2 months now and nothing makes sense. Please no technobabble or geekspeak.
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  2. md2lgyk

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    Have you checked the manual/instructions that came with the Kindle? The information you seek should be there somewhere. If not, there's probably a phone number for their customer service. You might even try talking to the place where you bought the thing. I know absolutely nothing about e-readers so that's all the advice I can give you.
     
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    kindle fire does not support the pdf version of the ebooks from your library
    http://www.overdrive.com/resources/drc/

    nobody can help you do what the device won't do or your library won't allow you to do
     
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    Your kindle account at Amazon includes instructions on how to email the PDF file and get the converted file sent automatically to your kindle. There are two methods you will find at Amazon, one at least is free.
     
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    After much research, I have come to the conclusion that Amazon.com is using proprietary software to prevent loading .acsm files into Kindle Books. No amount of research has been able to uncover a way to convert .ascm files into a format usable on Kindle Fire HD. I offer a warning to all prospective buyers of ereaders. Do not trust the sellers assurance that you ereader will download PDF files natively. Peruse all forums talking about how and what they are able to do. I was poorly prepared and ill advised, even though I kept asking about loading PDF books from Library On The Go to my Kindle Fire HD. If I had known then what I know now, I would have stayed with my older version of Kindle .:mad::mad::mad:
     
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    Did you visit this link? It does say that the Kindle Fire has an adobe pdf reader built in. Amazon is the official site - they should be right.
     
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    ACSM are not PDF files. You shouldn't have any problems loading PDF files onto your Kindle. I don't know about ACSM files.
     
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    please read the amazon link carefully and then look at the library link that I gave earlier

    standard pdf files are NOT the same as pdf files used for ebooks. the ebook version of pdf from the library has a specialised DRM embedded to prevent it being used or opened on unauthorised devices.

    Kindle fire does NOT natively open or read ebook style PDFs

    The library can only issue Ebooks in certain formats that the ebook publisher allows.
    Kindles are primarily intended as a proprietary device to lock you into Amazon ebooks, so Amazon make money out of you.
    Yes a Kindle fire will read the majority of standard PDFs

    This is the nightmare that the majority of users of ebook readers find, There is no single default ebook format & each reader attempts to lock you into its proprietary format, to get the most amount of money from you, by buying the ebooks from them.
    Yes, there are free ebooks on the net, but they frequently make you jump through hoops to be able to use them on several devices

    The only reason Kindle & several other readers are so cheap, compared to a typical tablet with the same computing power, is the fact that they are heavily subsidized by the company who know that they will get more money in the long run by selling you their proprietary version of ebook format and locking you to that version & discouraging you from using their competitors.

    If you look carefully at most libraries that offer ebooks, they rarely have books in all formats. the majority are locked into certain formats so they can only be used on certain devices. That is all to do with money & licencing. Each time an ebook is issued from the library, they have to pay a copyright fee to the publisher, in exactly the same way as every physical book issued has a restriction on the number of times it can be issued under the licence terms. Many public libraries won't/can't or are unwilling to use their taxpayers money to have 8 or 10 different ebook versions, with varying copyright fees, so only go for the cheapest or copyrightfree versions that won't work on many devices by intention.
     
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    Excellent explanation, dvk01. Just another version of "sell them a printer cheap, then screw them on the ink cartridges."
     
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    it is that coupled with the Betamax -v- VHS war again and until they decide on a standardised format that all companies accept, we all lose out
     
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    I haven't tried to read DRM'd PDF eBooks on my Android phone, but there may be an app that would work with them on the device like the Google Nexus 7 tablet. The low-end model costs as much as a Kindle but doesn't lock you into Amazon's eco-system.

    Derek is correct that DRM (digital rights management) often mucks up a good system. All ebooks with that type of protection are restricted in some way regardless of the store or device involved.
     
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    I used Amazon's live chat to try and resolve my problem and the Amazon
    Tech basically told me you can't get there from here. I have looked for any possible way to convert Adobe PDF to a format that will download to my Kindle. The tech had me email an Adobe PDF to mu Kindle and it did not load. I posted my reply as a caveat to all future purchasers of ebook readers to make sure they will be able to use their reader for their purposes regardless of what the sellers offer as unwritten promises of performance. Check what formats you must utilize and whether your reader software will support that format. I did not know about formats and spent money to no avail. BEWARE the fine print can be a killer!
     
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    If you were to go to the Kindle store, there is a Adobe Reader that can be installed on it.

    Do a search on Adobe and you will find at least 9 Adobe products, including the reader and I believe it is FREE.

    I also see that there are at least 5 other reader programs for the PDF files.

    You also need to follow the instructions from the library and install the required programs that there use.

    Can you provide a link to the Library in question, as that we may see what they require?
     
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