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"Send to Kindle" equivalent for Sony Reader?

Postby nugob » Sun Jun 10, 2012, 9:45 pm   [Post 1]

Hi,

I'm new here so I hope this is the right place for my question. I don't have an eReader yet, but I'm keen to get one soon. After going through tons of reviews I'm pretty sure that in terms of features/performance/user interface I prefer the Sony Reader PRS-T1 over the Kindle Touch, which are the two choices I narrowed it down to. The PRS-T1 seems to be more responsive, overall quicker, has the stylus and a notepad app (but no "read aloud" function which I can live with), and it supports ePub.

So I almost made my decision in favour of the PRS-T1, but ... I tested the Kindle app on the iPad and I found there are some really useful services available for the Kindle and I couldn't find a good Sony Reader alternative. These are

  • the "Send to Kindle" desktop app which adds a context menu, so I can right-click any file that makes sense for a reader (PDF, word doc, etc.) and send it to the Kindle (doc files and others get converted into the Kindle format). A minute later it's on the device.
  • send/forward emails to the my Kindle email address to send a file directly and via wireless to the device
  • other services that use the Kindle email address (e.g. using Instapaper or Sendtoreader web services)

These services all seem really useful. Is there anything similar or any workaround for the Sony Reader? Yes, there's Calibre, which is great for book collections, but I especially like that the services mentioned above are all wireless, so instead of printing an email attachment or any file on my desktop I simply send it to the eReader device, even on the go via email.

Any alternatives for the Sony Reader?

Cheers!
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Re: "Send to Kindle" equivalent for Sony Reader?

Postby eyespy » Mon Jun 11, 2012, 12:02 am   [Post 2]

Off the top of my head, I can't think of a utility that sends documents directly to a Sony Reader. I use one of the cloud storage sites, Dropbox. You can install the Dropbox app to your computer, and set your Sony Reader's web browser with a bookmark to your Dropbox URL.

After I drag a document onto my Dropbox icon on my computer desktop, I can go to my Dropbox bookmark on the Sony Reader and tap to download. It's not quite as convenient as the Kindle setup, but it's fast and easy.
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Re: "Send to Kindle" equivalent for Sony Reader?

Postby nugob » Mon Jun 11, 2012, 12:36 am   [Post 3]

Thanks for that. Yes, that would be a useful workaround. As you said, not quite as convenient as for the Kindle but not too bad. It would be interesting to see if in the long run Sony comes up with a solution that competes with the Kindle system in this respect.

It's still not a clear-cut decision for me. For me it's the convenient ways to send files to the Kindle vs. Sony with better PDF support and stylus.

I like the idea to be able to scribble notes in books, because I also do this with printed books. In practice, is this a useful feature at all? Do people use that a lot? I probably need to get my hands on a Sony Reader and try it first.

Anyway, thanks again for your reply.

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Postby eyespy » Mon Jun 11, 2012, 10:26 am   [Post 4]

I make little margin notes all the time. It's one of my favorite features. I don't even use the stylus, just my fingernail.
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"Send to Kindle" equivalent for Sony Reader?

Postby nugob » Fri Jun 15, 2012, 6:22 am   [Post 5]

Thanks for that. I just ordered a Sony PRS-T1. Looking forward to it.

Another note regarding convenient (wireless) ways to get/access content on your reader. I set up the Calibre server (in the preferences), did a bit of port forwarding, and now I have the content of Calibre available anywhere on the net (as long as my home computer is running). I also used dyndns to keep a permanent domain name for my home computer.

If you've never done port forwarding (especially behind a double router) it may take a while to find the right settings, but it's worth it eventually. I can't post links here, but for anyone interested simply google "how to access your ebook collection anywhere in the world" and "port forwarding" and you have a good starting point.
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"Send to Kindle" equivalent for Sony Reader?

Postby veronique » Sat Jun 23, 2012, 7:32 pm   [Post 6]

nugob wrote:Thanks for that. I just ordered a Sony PRS-T1. Looking forward to it.

Another note regarding convenient (wireless) ways to get/access content on your reader. I set up the Calibre server (in the preferences), did a bit of port forwarding, and now I have the content of Calibre available anywhere on the net (as long as my home computer is running). I also used dyndns to keep a permanent domain name for my home computer.

If you've never done port forwarding (especially behind a double router) it may take a while to find the right settings, but it's worth it eventually. I can't post links here, but for anyone interested simply google "how to access your ebook collection anywhere in the world" and "port forwarding" and you have a good starting point.


I do the same thing. I love port forwarding. I was in Vegas a month ago and was able to let my cousin browse through a huge collection of my library.

By the way, you will be able to post links after a few posts. It's just a precaution from spammers that signed on to bombard us with links of viagra, cheap clothes, shoes, and of course porno sites. They get no satisfactions since they can't post links. :grin:
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"Send to Kindle" equivalent for Sony Reader?

Postby muxa » Thu Dec 20, 2012, 1:34 am   [Post 7]

Hi Anatol,

I was looking to do the same with my Reader, and could not find anything.
So i've created a web app for that!
It's called Web Reader. It integrates with Readability, so the infrastructure for sending articles from your browser is already there.
To use it just open reader.webgear.co.nz on your Reader, login to your Readability account and enjoy reading your articles offline!
Registration with Readability is free - plus you get cool add-ons for different browsers (that allow you to Read Later a page, which effectively sends the article to you reading list, which is then accessible from Web Reader).
For more info have a look at webgear.co.nz/products/webreader.aspx

I hope you find it useful!

P.S. This message board does not allow me to put the links in, so i've made the urls shorter and bold
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Postby Dance » Tue Oct 14, 2014, 11:04 am   [Post 8]

Hi! Thank you for app. I tried you app on sony reader dpt-s1 13.3". it works but it small size format, you app is for 6" display. Can you do for sony reader dpt-s1 13.3"?
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