Support for Kindle DX - or any other ereaders

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David Cuff | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Jan 27 2010 1:01 PM

I have purchased the Kindle DX as reading my library (about 1000 books) in Logos on a VGA monitor for more than 45 minutes is very difficult and over the years has had a very adverse effect upon my vision.

I was hoping some of my huge investment in books ($$$) could be read on my Kindle (which has a very easy to read screen). 

 

Is there any ideas or thoughts going this way?

I would even pay a service fee to port them over (say $2.00 per book) so I could accualy read them. 

So many of the books tossed in to the packages were written to be read not searched.....I would love to read them but afraid I will go blind before taking advantage of them.

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Kevin A. Purcell | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 27 2010 1:11 PM

As another kindle user, I wish.

At this point there is no supported way to do it. It is possible that the mobile web version might work on the Kindle web browser in the future but not now. You can do a work around by copy/paste to create your own book for kindle. There is a debate if that is legal. What you probably wish you had done was wait 60 days for the new Apple iPad to come out. It will support the free iphone app version of Logos 4.

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Tim Lord | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 27 2010 4:37 PM

In the mean time, I would strongly advise you to consider upgrading your monitor from the old VGA standard to one of the newer high resolution LCD flat panel monitors.  There is just no comparison between the old VGA CRT monitors and the new LCD monitors.  The contrast and screen resolution is far superior, which helps reduce eyesight strain.  Prices have dropped considerably, too.  It will require upgrading to a new digital video card, but those are not very expensive these days.  Another aspect is the "refresh rate" of the video card.  Lower refresh rates add to eye strain.  Get a card with a high refresh rate at high resolution - the higher the refresh rate and the higher the screen resolution of both the video card and the monitor, the better your eyesight will hold up.  Screen size makes a difference, consider at least a 21 inch LCD monitor for less eye strain.  Many of us have two LCD monitors side-by-side for increased productvity, too (the new digital video cards easily support dual monitor configurations, just be sure to specify that kind of digital video card).  I made these changes myself about a year and a half ago and will never go back to anything less, it was well worth it for me.

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David Cuff | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 27 2010 4:50 PM

Thanks Tim,

I do have a HP w2207h with an upgraded video card.   I read very slow and become distracted with all the bells and wistles with my computer.  I purchased the Kindle so I could sit down away from screen glare, email, and other stuff and focus on the material I am reading with a desire to be able to accually read the volumes I have purchased in Logos.  

I am hoping someone else has accomplished this and has some insight...

 

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David Cuff | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 27 2010 4:51 PM

Thanks for the reply Kevin...

Hey BTW what process do you use to put your books into your Kindle?  I just got the DX and looking for the cleanest/fastest way.  Any thoughts?

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Tim Lord | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 27 2010 5:00 PM

David, I think you should take a look at the new Apple iPad.  Reports in the news media tell us that the screen is clear and bright, and it certainly has the uncluttered look you desire.  I heard that the weight is only 1 1/2 pounds, too.  Maybe it will be a "Kindle killer".  I did hear that Apple is selling ebooks for it.  And there have been a number of very happy Logos forum readers excited about that fact that it is compatible with their Logos ebooks.

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David Cuff | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 27 2010 5:06 PM

Too late....Kindle comes Thursday...

And from what I read the kindle has a much easier screen to read with their eink technology.

Plus...everyone is talking about what is going to be on the shelf in 2 months....for all we know i could be a let down....

I have a laptop...I need something I can read for hours and not go blind....I alread have poor vision from using the computer for about 25 years.....

Thanks for the thought though

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John Kaess | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 27 2010 6:08 PM

1. It's not too late, you have 30 days to return the kindle.

2.  Tech people who own kindles and had their hands on the new iPad at the demonstration today say that the iPad is sharper and easier to read, as well as brighter.

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Dan Sheppard | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 27 2010 6:19 PM

DavidCuff:

I have a laptop...I need something I can read for hours and not go blind....I alread have poor vision from using the computer for about 25 years.....

Thanks for the thought though

 

A couple of thoughts occur...

First, what are you doing, to read Logos books on your laptop?  Do you use F11??

Second, IF YOU CAN GET your book into a pdf, they can be emailed from your laptop to your Kindle and you pay Amazon 45c per transaction (book).

If you cannot get them into pdf, the best way is to copy and paste, copy and paste, into a Word document, which can also be sent to your Kindle.  The instructions that come with the Kindle (online) tell you how to do this.

 

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Russ White | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 27 2010 6:21 PM

The iPad is on the AT&T network--any news on how much the monthly data plan is going to cost for it? The iPad looks large, too, IMHO--it's essentially a very thin laptop. The Kindle is much smaller (maybe not the DX, but the standard Kindle). Since I already carry a laptop when I travel, and a wacom pad, a ton of cables, a protable hard drive, etc., I don't see how I can pull the iPad into it.

Looks like it would be great if you don't already carry a laptop.

:-)

Russ

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Dan Sheppard | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 27 2010 6:37 PM

RussWhite:

The iPad is on the AT&T network--any news on how much the monthly data plan is going to cost for it? The iPad looks large, too, IMHO--it's essentially a very thin laptop. The Kindle is much smaller (maybe not the DX, but the standard Kindle). Since I already carry a laptop when I travel, and a wacom pad, a ton of cables, a protable hard drive, etc., I don't see how I can pull the iPad into it.

Looks like it would be great if you don't already carry a laptop.

:-)

Russ

 

Word has it Russ, that the data plan is I believe, $14.99 monthly.

The iPad screen is about 10 inches.  Unless I am mistaken, my Kindle was touted as having 6-inch screen.

The thing about iPad and netbooks, is that they are SO CLOSE to a laptop, that there becomes this gray, shaded line, over which one can cross in deciding between laptop and iPad/netbooks.

If I bought a new laptop, I could get my WHOLE Logos4 app on it (I do now), get wifi service, get 4Gb of memory, 500Gb of storage, AND the lightning fast hard-drive-on-a-circuit-board.

Compared to a laptop, it seems like your payment of $499 is $200 for the parts, $299 for the Apple name.

 

I have the $250 Kindle, by the way.

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John Kaess | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 27 2010 6:47 PM

The data plan is ONLY needed if you buy the 3G version.  The wi-fi version does not need the data plan and you can do almost everything with the wi-fi version that you can with the 3G except maybe turn by turn map stuff. You certainly do not need the 3g for book reading or even buying books, surfing the web, or email.

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Jacob Hantla | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 27 2010 7:07 PM

I would love the iPad, but honestly I have a first generation kindle, and reading is certainly a whole lot easier on the eyes on the kindle than a computer/iphone/iPad screen. So if we're comparing for simple reading, no question about it, Kindle's better. But with a logos app...I'm making the jump once it makes budgetary sense.

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Charlene | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 28 2010 2:11 AM

I too keep hoping for Logos in Kindle. It's just easier to read on, than on my laptop or desktop. I have found that I have started reading much more, due to the ease of holding it. Please Logos!

Charlene

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Russ White | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 28 2010 4:35 AM

How often do you have real access to wifi, though? Hmmm... Most of the time, I don't. The question then becomes--could I put it on my existing AT&T account?

As for reading being easier on the Kindle--I agree. I find reading easier on the matte white backround screen. Most folks prefer to watch movies and other entertainment on a shiny backlit screen, which is why the iPad went that direction. It's an entertainment device first, reading second--the Kindle is a reading device first, with no entertainment. No doubt the iPad will overtake the Kindle and eventually kill it, because people today want entertainment, not information.

Eventually, readers (like me) will be in second class state, I think... Just a matter of time.

Russ

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Jacob Hantla | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 28 2010 9:24 AM

Charlene:

I too keep hoping for Logos in Kindle. It's just easier to read on, than on my laptop or desktop. I have found that I have started reading much more, due to the ease of holding it. Please Logos!

With apple opening up Kindle to 3rd party apps, there may be hope. I hope that if it is appropriate Logos jumps on it.

Jacob Hantla
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Rob Kuefner | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 28 2010 3:07 PM

Jacob, 

I think you mean amazon opening up kindle to 3rd party apps. There is another thread on kindle which I added my post to, but thought I'd add my two cents here as well. I'd love to see Logos develop a kindle app which would allow us to read our Logos Library. I know that the Ipad is supposed to be revolutionary, but honestly, I have an ipod classic, which holds all my music and video and I'm content with that. I have a laptop so when I want to do serious study, sermon prep & note taking in Logos I can. But when I want to read ebooks, or my Logos library, I too believe the Kindle, or nook or some other ereader that uses eink is a better solution. I know I haven't see the screen of Ipad yet, but I know it's oled, and I think it will cause eye strain over extended periods of time. I've set and read my new kindle for hours, with no problems. Battery life is amazing, and all I want to do is read. So here's my appeal again --- please Bob and Logos team, consider a Kindle app, now that you can develop one. I don't know what the development process is like, but I'd love to have access to my Logos Library for reading on a kindle. Thanks!

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Terry Poperszky | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 28 2010 3:30 PM

RussWhite:
Eventually, readers (like me) will be in second class state, I think... Just a matter of time.

 

There is always Paper Russ, there is always paper.

 

 

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 28 2010 4:16 PM

I find it interesting that the iPad was just announced yesterday and will not be in production for 2 months, but so many people know that some other device will be easier to read. Clairvoyance?

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John Kaess | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 28 2010 4:26 PM

Leo LaPorte, a very highly regarded tech journalist and podcaster and an avid Kindle user was at the iPad event and was one of those allowed to use one of the iPads they had on hand for journalists, and he said the iPad was sharper, clearer and easier to read than the Kindle.  Granted, he only used it for a few minutes, not hours, but he did get to use it hands on, and since he does almost all his reading on the Kindle, he at least can express a valid opinion.

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