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I have an iPad, and am probably going to pick up a dedicated eReader just for reading. Those of you that have them already, I'd love for you to weigh in on which eReader you use for the LL ePub store. I'm thinking probably one of the major brands like a Kindle or Nook. How easy is it to put on OTHER files, like from Lybrary.com for instance?

Thanks for any help you can offer.
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The ebooks from L&L come as PDFs, so picking up a dedicated eReader will not offer up an advantage over the iPad. It will all depend on how well your device reads PDFs. I have a Kindle Fire and recently purchased The Card Magic of Nick Trost and Award Winning Magic of John Cornelius from L&L and it does a decent job of reading both books.

The quality of the Nick Trost book wasn't the best, it looks as if it was manually scanned and then converted into a PDF, the John Cornelius book was much better, like the PDF was made from the electronic version. Both of these books also did not have a table of contents embedded into the PDF, some PDF readers don't support this (my Kindle Fire does not), but it is nice to have when you view the book on a computer or other device that supports it.

Most files from lybrary are PDF as well but it will vary on how the author wanted to publish the content so you'll just have to check on a case by case basis. Some products will have DRM associated with it and Chris Wasshuber suggests using free software like Adobe Digital Editions to view them. I don't know if you will be able to view these on portable products as I tend to stay away from DRM stuff when possible, but it is up to the author/publisher on how to distribute their work.

Copying over the PDF files to the device is also very simple, just like copying any other file. I also purchased Ask Robert Giobbi (DRM free PDF) from Lybrary and it looks great on my Kindle Fire. To be fair it also has the advantage of being written from the start with the intent that it would be distributed as a PDF.

I'm just now starting to get into ebooks more so I'm still coming to grips with the different nuances but hopefully that answers some of your questions.
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I use iBooks for all my PDFs (including over 60 magic books at the moment)...it's free, it works well, and it let's you organize your collection in a logical and attractive way. The only real reason to use anything else is if you want to be able to annotate.

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At Lybrary.com almost none of our magic ebooks have DRM. Only some that were published through mainstream publishers like the Persi Diaconis ebook come with DRM. DRM becomes an issue when you buy other ebooks from our non-fiction and fiction categories.

So for your magic reading you can use any device that can display PDF. As Craig I do recommend an iPad. I am sure Android tablets are good, too. iPad has the advantage of a large screen, very smooth interactivity, video playback, and overall great mobile device. However, I don't like iBooks that much. I think GoodReader is the best PDF viewer on the iPad today. But it depends on the particulars of your needs. Once you have an iPad you will quickly find out for yourself which of many PDF apps is the best for you.
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I got a kindle for just reading my mentalism books and it's great, I get lots off Lybrary and they all work fine. Pictures even look good

I use Calibre software to make sure the authors are correct and then upload it directly to the kindle from that software, it's really simple

never had a problem with scaling etc, I often make the screen one darker but that's just personal preference

I wholeheartedly recommend the kindle for PDF use, some people don't seem to like it but I don't understand why - perhaps the text is a little small for some

I also have an iPad 2 but it just doesn't click with me and reading on it, I don't like having the pdfs in iTunes (to put on iBooks) and managing them there, the screen is very fluid to the point where pages move around,

the kindle fits in my inside jacket pocket and is invisible really, it's half the size of the ipad and feels like a feather in comparison (to the lightest iPad I might add...), I got the small one after reading about the touch screens and thinking why would I need to touch something that I want to just read on, it would only make it dirty

I read using the kindle everyday and I only read pdfs on it, haven't bought anything from the amazon store, very happy!

I have the 2G one and there are 139 books on it including the Jinx (which is a little hard to read at times due to screen size and scanning an old document)

I take the PDF, put it in calibre, make sure the author and name are to my liking, click send to device (with it plugged in) and read
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On Jul 31, 2012, Robert P. wrote:
The ebooks from L&L come as PDFs, so picking up a dedicated eReader will not offer up an advantage over the iPad. It will all depend on how well your device reads PDFs. I have a Kindle Fire and recently purchased The Card Magic of Nick Trost and Award Winning Magic of John Cornelius from L&L and it does a decent job of reading both books.

The quality of the Nick Trost book wasn't the best, it looks as if it was manually scanned and then converted into a PDF, the John Cornelius book was much better, like the PDF was made from the electronic version.

I'm curious about the PDF for "The Card Magic of Nick Trost". I've seen a PDF of that - does the L&L version look anything like this?

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That's exactly the kind of thing I was hoping to avoid. As you say, that looks like a manual scan, and isn't even straight, clean, or tidy.

A truly digital version would be much better. But perhaps that is what L&L offers? Or is their version of "The Card Magic of Nick Trost" a more "ugly" PDF like the one pictured above?
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Hi EndersGame,

I have both a printed copy of the book and in pdf form from L&L.

It does not look like the above picture. All the pages are individual.

I would have to say the pages were scanned, based on how the type looks. The scans are clean and straight. In general, the pdf looks better printed, than it does on screen.

Hope that helps.
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I use my iPad and it works great.
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I have most of the L&L ePub sites offerings and they all work perfectly in the native iBooks app on my iPhone and iPad mini. I also have another great PDF app I got with a bundle from the iTunes store called "PDF Expert" by "Readdle" (they have a bunch of good apps). As for my Galaxy Note 10.1, I use an app called "ezPDF Reader Pro" by Unidocs ($3.99) for android.

I have tried many and most work but these were the best in my opinion. I have used them for a few years now. Although, some will work as PDF's loaded directly or converted with "Calibre" to my Kindle Paperwhite, they look and work way better on the apps I mentioned.
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EBookDroid is my favorite PDF reader on Android.

It's free, so give it a try. It has an option to detect and split pages like EndersGame posted above.

It's also an excellent comics (CBR, CBZ) reader.
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