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Techie help please

Camino(s) past & future
(Le Puy- St Jean Pied a Port (September 2018 )

St. Jean Pied a Port - Finisterre 2008
#1
Help, fellow pilgrims. I start in less than 2 weeks and things are coming together- but. I just broke down and got a 'smart phone' ( NOT an iphone) but I'm not too smart. I know folks read books on their phones, and I have a huge collection of book docs which I have been putting on a kindle (converting with calibre) to read while travelling. Works great, but not bringing kindle as the phone is lighter. But when I send the docs to the phone it won't open them, says I need a program to convert them. Any help for this old Luddite out there?
 

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SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 1999
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#3
Have you downloaded the free Kindle app to your phone? Do so, sign in and all your books/docs in your Kindle account should automatically sync.

Buen Camino, SY

PS @Doogman - You were faster ;-)
 

amancio

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte, Primit, Salvador, Portug, Aragon, Ingles, VdlP, Leban-Vadin, Fisterra, Invierno
#4
I would bring my Kindle
 
Camino(s) past & future
(Le Puy- St Jean Pied a Port (September 2018 )

St. Jean Pied a Port - Finisterre 2008
#5
Have you downloaded the Kindle app onto your phone? I am not very technically proficient, but when I did this, my Kindle library was immediately available on my phone through the app.
I have the kindle app but it only brings in books from amazon/kindle. All the documents/files of books given me by a friend, which I can convert via calibre and then send to the kindle, don't seem to be in the right format for the phone. I think they are in MOBI because that's what the kindle wants. But the phone doesn't seem to. I need at least a book or two to read evenings on the trail...
 

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Iriebabel

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
? route TBD for April (2019)
#6
I have the kindle app but it only brings in books from amazon/kindle. All the documents/files of books given me by a friend, which I can convert via calibre and then send to the kindle, don't seem to be in the right format for the phone. I think they are in MOBI because that's what the kindle wants. But the phone doesn't seem to. I need at least a book or two to read evenings on the trail...
It is not the phone. Maybe on a regular kindle it would work but may not work in kindle’s mobile app.The newer smart phones work on app so you may need to find another app which can read those types of files in addition to the kindle app. Not to get technical but the file extension determines which app/software can read it a particular file. Try to google it....i found this https://m.wikihow.com/Get-Calibre-for-Android
 
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Camino(s) past & future
(Le Puy- St Jean Pied a Port (September 2018 )

St. Jean Pied a Port - Finisterre 2008
#7
It is not the phone. Maybe on a regular kindle it would work but may not work in kindle’s mobile app.The newer smart phones work on app so you may need to find another app which can read those types of files in addition to the kindle app. Not to get technical but the file extension determines which app/software can read it a particular file
How do I find out which app/software I need?
 

Iriebabel

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
? route TBD for April (2019)
#8
How do I find out which app/software I need?
I did a quick search for you and added it to my last message. Search in google play store for compatible apps. also consider using audible by amazon. they also have a free app you will get 1 free credit per month good for a free book with your paid subscription. I used audible app on my camino...no problems (No commercial interest in my recommendation)
 
Camino(s) past & future
(Le Puy- St Jean Pied a Port (September 2018 )

St. Jean Pied a Port - Finisterre 2008
#9
I did a quick search for you and added it to my last message. Search in google play store for compatible apps. also consider using audible by amazon. they also have a free app you will get 1 free credit per month good for a free book with your paid subscription. I used audible app on my camino...no problems (No commercial interest in my recommendation)
you are wonderful. I'm still trying...
 

Iriebabel

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
? route TBD for April (2019)
#10

wayfarer

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP-Santiago-Finistera-Muxia. April/May 2012
Sarria-Santiago Sept. 2013
SJPP - Almost Orrison April 2014
#11
Download an app called "eBook reader" and make sure you get the version that handles mobi.
 

Purky

The Dutch guy
Camino(s) past & future
Breathe properly.
Stay curious.
And walk a camino.
#12
As far as I know Calibre is able to convert to PDF as well. Your smartphone should be able to handle PDF's...
 

martin1ws

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Somport to Finisterre Jul-Aug 2018
#13
There are solutions in this thread for your problem (reading mobi files additionally to your kindle ebooks on your phone).
But... I am not sure if you really need it on your camino. I have read only a few pages of 'The Great Westward Walk'.... and I really like the book and I am on day 35 of my camino.
 

Iriebabel

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
? route TBD for April (2019)
#14
I listened to an audio book every night before going to sleep...believe it or not it helped to calm my mind. Knocked me out so fast I was backtracking every night. Lol
 
Camino(s) past & future
(Le Puy- St Jean Pied a Port (September 2018 )

St. Jean Pied a Port - Finisterre 2008
#15
So far (thank you very much everybody!) I've been unable to get it done. But I did have a couple of official Amazon books which are on the phone and I downloaded a couple from Gutenberg, so it should be all right. And yes, Martin, reading won't bee too high on my priorities- but firstly, I am a bookworm! and also very shy and introverted so evening socialising isn't too much my thing. I do speak French but not terrifically, so a retreat into a few pages might be nice.

Thanks you all, bon chemin and take a look at this wall hanging I saw whilst walking to (Otepää ) a holy lake in Estonia. Books! books on da wall.jpg
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
#16
I just wrote of my frustration with tech maps on another thread -tech adds a level of complication to everything before it works.;)
But to be fair, I haven't had a problem with the Kindle app - files that I get from Amazon on my laptop sync automatically. And shareware pdf files work fine on my phone, too - with the Acrobat app. So if you have that, pdf files are totally accessible.
 

Iriebabel

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
? route TBD for April (2019)
#17
So far (thank you very much everybody!) I've been unable to get it done. But I did have a couple of official Amazon books which are on the phone and I downloaded a couple from Gutenberg, so it should be all right. And yes, Martin, reading won't bee too high on my priorities- but firstly, I am a bookworm! and also very shy and introverted so evening socialising isn't too much my thing. I do speak French but not terrifically, so a retreat into a few pages might be nice.

Thanks you all, bon chemin and take a look at this wall hanging I saw whilst walking to (Otepää ) a holy lake in Estonia. Books! View attachment 45495
Do you have a techie teenager in your life or close by? They are extremely resourceful. Maybe someone can take a look for you.
Even the shyest people on the camino break out of their shell a little..its the spirit of the camino you can’t help but be seduced a little by the commaraderie.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances, Roncesvalles to SdC 2010
C. Frances, SJPDP to Sdc 2012
C.Frances,SJPDP to Finisterre 2014
C.Portuguese, Lisbon to SdC(hopscotch) Sept. 2015
C. Frances SJPDP to Muxia 2017
#18
Try Kindle Importer from Google Playstore, does Mobi maybe others.
 

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