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Should I bother buying an e-reader when my ISP is dialup?

by foodfiend / January 7, 2012 5:55 AM PST

I saw an article in a local paper that the large city library is now "lending" books electronically. Since my local library' selection is awful, I'd love to have an e-reader. BUT. We have dialup internet service. I just did a bandwidth test-- 20.4kbps. Molasses.

Would it take forever to download the library books (or any book, for that matter)? Is it just not worth the effort? I do not know much about e-readers, so I will heed your advice...

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Tell a little more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 7, 2012 6:08 AM PST

My old Kindle gets its content wirelessly and not from our home internet so that e-reader is pretty easy to get content for.

I fear you need to discuss more with the library how they get content to what reader (it matters.)

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alas, wireless is but a dream here...
by foodfiend / January 7, 2012 11:38 PM PST
In reply to: Tell a little more.

I was under the impression that I would download the book to my laptop from the library website then transfer it to the e-reader via a usb connection. I didn't realize that the type of reader would come into play. I'll do some more digging around. Thanks.

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Depends on the Type of ebook reader
by Hforman / January 13, 2012 12:49 PM PST

When the Kindle first came out, all of you buying books could be done from either the kindle or your PC. However, the update to the Kindle was by WisperNet. That is, SPRINT 3G service that is paid for by Amazon. Today, when you buy the Kindle, you can get the Wireless version or the 3G version which runs a bit more. The 3G is WhisperNet (you don't need an account with SPRINT). In your case, I'd go with the 3G until you have a wifi connection. If you get a WiFi connection once in awhile, such as over at a Starbucks and you don't mind waiting, you can probably go with the Wireless but it's a piece of mind to have the 3G version anyway.

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For you I recomend a reader from the company Aluratek.
by Kassandral / January 13, 2012 1:08 PM PST

Aluratek has different readers you can research them in their website my favorite is the Libre eBook Reader Pro and get a memory card of 16 or 32 you can read different formats and its also a Mp3 player. You can get it cheaper in other websites so do a price compare. I love it was my second and favorite reader till iPad. It's a $60.00 or less price. But compare book sellers before you deside what to buy because not all readers can synk. Compare book sellers prices and formats. Read user reviews and their are a lot of comparison online research it. Aluratek works like an USB so it doesn't mater your speed or connection.

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