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PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,620 points)
I understand that I can not install iBooks and iOS4 onto my iPod Touch.

I have however installed Ebook Reader .app.

The question is how do I transfer ePub books that I have created onto the iPod Touch.

There seems no obvious way.

Do I require other software? Other formats? Other connection methods?

Peter

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  • 1. Re: Transferring ePubs onto iPod Touch Gen 1 running iOS 3.1.3
    lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (142,085 points)
    By reading the description her:
    http://itunes.apple.com/app/classics/id294773236?mt=8
    it appears that you can only use it with "books" purchased through the app. Have you searched the app store for a plain ePub reader?
  • 2. Re: Transferring ePubs onto iPod Touch Gen 1 running iOS 3.1.3
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,620 points)
    Sorry I don't understand the link to the proprietary Reader. The reviewers at the foot of the link are complaining of lack of updates and the failure to deliver on additional books.

    I have eBook Reader, Reader Lite, QuickReader Lite, Reader Classics and Quick Reader.

    The question still is +how to get the ePubs onto the iPod Touch+ to read them.

    Apple hardly discusses the subject and has made the process totally obscure.
  • 3. Re: Transferring ePubs onto iPod Touch Gen 1 running iOS 3.1.3
    lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (142,085 points)
    Have you tried the BookShelf reader? It is $4.99 and says you can imprt your own books in various formats including no-DRM ePub.
  • 4. Re: Transferring ePubs onto iPod Touch Gen 1 running iOS 3.1.3
    BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (13,110 points)
    Try Stanza as your ebook reader, and either the Stanza desktop app or Calibre desktop app to transfer your ebooks to your iPod touch.

    Both the Stanza and Calibre desktop apps have the ability to transfer ebooks to Stanza on an iPod Touch via WiFi.

    Stanza can also download ebooks from the web. If you use a URL of the form staza://address.of.web.server/webserver/path/to/your/ebook.epub
  • 5. Re: Transferring ePubs onto iPod Touch Gen 1 running iOS 3.1.3
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,620 points)
    Thanks I have DLed Stanza and will give it a bash.

    Calibre seems to get nowhere for me. I try to link to ebooks of various descriptions and convert them and it just goes on forever and I eventually have to force quit it.

    I shall be seriously looking at Android devices if this is the future of Apple's products. Sad.
  • 6. Re: Transferring ePubs onto iPod Touch Gen 1 running iOS 3.1.3
    BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (13,110 points)
    Thanks I have DLed Stanza and will give it a bash.

    I've been reading ebook via Stanza on my iPod Touch since I got it 2 years ago (about 130 ebooks). Before that I read my ebooks on a Palm based PDA (about 380 ebooks). I prefer the iPod Touch over the Palm, but I prefer either over a paoper book these days.
    Calibre seems to get nowhere for me. I try to link to ebooks of various descriptions and convert them and it just goes on forever and I eventually have to force quit it.

    I don't know what format you are trying to convert. epub, ereader, MobiPocket (without DRM) are all directly readable by Stanza. I have no needed to convert those ebooks, I just used Calibre Connect/Share to transfer ebooks from Calibre to my iPod Touch Stanza app.

    Stanza can also directly download ebooks from several ebook vendors.

    As I mentioned before, if you have a URL to an support ebook format, you can change http:// to stanza:// and the iPod Touch will download the book into Stanza.

    And you can use iTunes -> iPod Touch -> Apps -> File Sharing -> Stanza by draging and dropping the ebook into the File Sharing section.

    If Calibre is having trouble converting a book in some other format, try the Stanza desktop app. It might behave differently.
    I shall be seriously looking at Android devices if this is the future of Apple's products. Sad.

    If Android rocks your boat, go for it. I use an iPod Touch because I do not want the cell phone carrier smart phone contract, and when I started using my iPod Touch there was no Android, and PDA devices were no longer a priority for Palm, and Sony got out of the market after they released the Sony CLIE TH55 (a great Palm based PDA), and I was not interested in a Windows Mobile based PDA such as the Digital/Compaq/HP iPaq.
  • 7. Re: Transferring ePubs onto iPod Touch Gen 1 running iOS 3.1.3
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,620 points)
    I'm happy enough to read ePubs on my iPod Touch but am struck by just how hard Apple has made it to get material from anywhere else than its iTunes Store.

    I really have no idea how Android tackles the same issues, but will endeavour to find out. I presume the way Android is unfolding, if there is a market, Android is likely to fill it.

    Apple wants to totally own its users and despite my being an avid supporter for 26 years I am getting the impression I may be being evicted from the flock.

    That is now reserved strictly for those who can satisfactorily demonstrate to Apple just how much they want to be shorn.
  • 8. Re: Transferring ePubs onto iPod Touch Gen 1 running iOS 3.1.3
    BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (13,110 points)
    I'm happy enough to read ePubs on my iPod Touch but am struck by just how hard Apple has made it to get material from anywhere else than its iTunes Store.

    If you are looking for a general purpose file system interface (neither via mounting shares, nor treating the iPod Touch storage as a USB drive), then yes, Apple does not provide that.

    They do provide a way via iTunes -> iPod Touch -> Apps -> File Sharing (if the app tells the iOS that it wants to use the service).

    Apps are free to use WiFi to get data into and out of their space.

    Apps may register a protocol type (like stanza did with stanza://) that will allow transferring files via Safari. A similar service can be done via email.

    There are some 3rd party apps that will transfer data for your, such as Dropbox (not sure if it works with Stanza, but it does for a lot of other apps).

    As far as I'm concerned, the iPod Touch is a lot more flexible than when I was reading ebooks on my Palm based devices. There I had to pay for Missing Sync to get anything into and out of my PDA for reading. At least I have multiple options with my iPod Touch and all of them are free.

    But my experiences are not yours, so perhaps selling your iPod Touch and getting an Android deivce will be more satisfying for you.
  • 9. Re: Transferring ePubs onto iPod Touch Gen 1 running iOS 3.1.3
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,620 points)
    I'm trying my darndest to make the iPod Touch work. I'm hampered by it being a 1st gen model which doesn't let me upgrade past iOS 3.1.1.

    I've got DropBox (on a recommendation for another matter) and will see if I can get my email or a website to work for me. I have my own website so might structure that to hold material in a secure area.

    I've also got Stanza which is now free, so that makes it easier to experiment with.

    I also have some source sites for ePubs to experiment with.

    Now all I need is the time to exhaust all the possibilities.

    Thanks for your help.

    I'm not jumping at Android devices. For a start there aren't any yet I'd consider worth having, but I will keep an eye on them. Apple is making me nervous.

    Peter
  • 10. Re: Transferring ePubs onto iPod Touch Gen 1 running iOS 3.1.3
    BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (13,110 points)
    I also have some source sites for ePubs to experiment with.

    If you like Science Fiction/Fantasy, check out <http://www.baen.com/library> for 100+ free ebooks that can be downloaded in epub format and read on your iPod Touch. This is where I got hooked on ebooks.
  • 11. Re: Transferring ePubs onto iPod Touch Gen 1 running iOS 3.1.3
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,620 points)
    Funny you mention that. It all started with my hunting down James Blish's +Cities in Flight+ series, which I haven't seen since I was a kid.

    It has also got me rereading Isaac Asimov, Douglas Adams, Poul Anderson and Philp K Dick.
  • 12. Re: Transferring ePubs onto iPod Touch Gen 1 running iOS 3.1.3
    BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (13,110 points)
    In 7th grade, Heinlein's "Red Planet" both got me started novels as well as reading Sci-Fi. I've been reading several Sci-Fi books a month since then (more or less). Along the way I read "Cities in Flight" (and reread it a few times). But it has been years (a lot of years) since my last reading of "Cities in Flight".

    My first ebook was "On Basilisk Station", by David Weber (4-Aug-2001), and that started me down the road to preferring ebooks over printed books (500+ ebooks so far).
  • 13. Re: Transferring ePubs onto iPod Touch Gen 1 running iOS 3.1.3
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,620 points)
    My Sci-Fi reading started very early when I was around 7 or 8 after having devoured the entire contents of my library's Myths and Legends section. I even remember my first shot at reading +The Lord of the Rings+ from the Adult books display and thinking this is all pretend and phony, not like the real myths I'd already read.

    Having run out of the children's section I shifted to Science Fiction in the Adult section and went through the entire collection of Gollanz books which were helpfully bright yellow, that made them easy to spot on the shelves. I'd run out of those mid High School and drifted away from Science Fiction for a long time. Helped by the ridiculous sword waving "I've got super powers" fantasy a lot of it devolved into.

    I'm getting back into the classic Sci-Fi again though and finding reading on the iPod Touch surprisingly comfortable.

    It certainly is fantastically convenient if you ignore the difficulty of getting the books onto the device and the need to keep it recharged.
  • 14. Re: Transferring ePubs onto iPod Touch Gen 1 running iOS 3.1.3
    Dynome Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've gotten as far as trying to get the books onto my Touch. "File sharing" does NOT show up beneath the apps window.

    Running iTunes 10.x on windows pc, iOS 3.1.3 on an older-model Touch, with Bluefire Reader and Stanza on it. Works great with my iPhone 4, but can't figure out why file sharing isn't showing up when I connect my touch.

    Any ideas? Thanks.
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