How many gigabytes do books use if no pics ?

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  1. mart

    mart Hardy Maple

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    I recently had to switch from dial up to wifi which is a good thing,,no waiting for sites to load. No time now to make a sandwich while waiting. Or eat lunch. I thought I might load a book or two to an older Kindle for hubby to read but I am not sure how many gigabytes that would use. I only have 4 which is enough for what I do but I do not want to go over. So far I have only used 1.13 in about 3 weeks. Does anyone know what a normal book would use ?
     
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    First of all, congratulations on getting a broadband connection! :like:

    OK, now I myself have never used Kindle, so don't have any hands on experience with it... However, as a general rule, books which are text only (without pictures), usually are about 5% the size of regular books. But it's not so easy to categorize everything this way either. As some books have more pictures, and some have less... And it also depends a lot on the format of the digital file too, like if it is a PDF, or EPUB, (neither of which Kindle can read, I think)...

    So this actually is a very tricky question to answer accurately, (specially for someone like me who hasn't used Kindle)... But you can go to this page (or other like it) and see happens to the size after conversion to the AZW3 format for Kindle.

    http://ebook.online-convert.com/convert-to-azw3

    Here is another page worth visiting:
    http://www.zamzar.com/convert/pdf-to-mobi/
     
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    Thanks for the links. I will see if I can figure it out. This is an old kindle so still trying to learn it. But it seems simple enough to use just for a reader.
     
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    4GB's is a lot of storage in terms of text/books, my E-reader has 2GB's and came with 100 books already loaded on it, one is the Bible and one is War & Peace and other classics plus I have loaded many books I DL from the internet so this should give you some idea books are in KB's not GB's.
     
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    Thank you so much . I was used to unlimited with my dial up so having a hard time getting used to Wifi . My husband likes westerns, historical, anything military related. Do you know a good site for those without all the ads,sign ups, ect?
     
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    I think I earlier misread gigabyte as megabyte... Ever since the last major upgrade of this place, my eyes are still not adjusting to the black text on white background, (it's just too bright for me)... :smt093 Anyway, 4 gigabytes is enough for just about anything you want to load into it, text only that is (practically speaking)... But about a 100 or more ebooks will still fit in, even if they have pictures! Seriously, 4 gigabytes for ebooks is a lot!

    As for a good place where ebooks are given away for free - I think this will work for you! :)
    https://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
    https://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Category:Bookshelf
    https://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Category:Wars_Bookshelf

    I am actually having great fun reading this book from from these guys:
    https://www.gutenberg.org/files/25731/25731-h/25731-h.htm

    There use to be another place online, about a decade ago, called the Librarium I think - They had some of the best collection of old technical books (from 1800 to 1950s). Ranging from Blacksmithing on The Farm (1911), to A Thousand and One Formulas (1920). Technical books of today actually hide more then they explain, I mean that they only give an overview, they do not go into the exact details (specially when it comes to giving the exact formulas). However old technical books (if they can be found) are actually a delight to read!

    But unfortunately the Librarium was shut down due to lack of funds... :(
     
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    1 gig will hold lots and lots of print books what takes storage is video. our book is over 180,000 words and 1 gig would hold 50 of them. But since ya asked here is our book you can down load 10% free sample and see how much memory it takes for free.
    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/566680
     
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    Thanks everyone.! I have been in the garden so haven`t had time to load anything yet. But we are supposed to get ( yep,, you guessed it ) more rain tomorrow so might look around then. Appreciate all the info.
     
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    Thank you so much ! Maybe I can get caught up and see if I can get this thing to work. For some reason it is not accepting my wifi code. But I have another reader somewhere. Just need to remember where I put it !!
     
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    We really like smashwords they have tons of free books as well and for authors like us they are great distributors.
    Our book is not free cause we trying to make a living from it. When we roll out the second edition in preparation to the new one we amy offer it free and If we do I will let everyone know.
     

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