How many books can be held in a 32gb iPad?

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    I was curious does anyone know approximately how many books can be held in a 32gb iPad?

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    Let's see,

    The largest book in my collection is 21.8MB. I'll round it down to 20 and use it as the average. That should make this a gross under estimate. That won't matter much.

    Only about 29GB is available for apps and files after iOS gets done.

    That would be 29 / .020 = 1450 books.

    Unless your proposed collection is composed of art or other photo intensive books this should be a very conservative estimate. The rough median (looking at the middle of the list) sized book in my collection is under 3 MB. That would be well over 9000 books.
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    Perfect. Thank you so much. Way more space for books than I need but wanted to find out. Thanks again.

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    No problem. I'm a big fan of ebooks. My place is too small to support my book habit otherwise.
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    The great thing about electronic publications is that you do not need to keep your entire library on your iPad! With Amazon, for instance, all of your purchases are kept in your archive at Amazon. The only thing you actually need to have on your iPad at any given time is/are the book(s) you are reading at the moment.

    When you are done with a book, you can delete it off your iPad to free up space, but should you ever want to read it again, all you have to do is download it from your archive. There is no charge for this and you can do it as many times as you like.

    For other "stuff", you can also use cloud storage on a place like DropBox. As long as you have Internet access, you have access to your reading material.

    Clear as mud, eh?
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    What is 'dropbox' and 'the cloud'? Sorry for the newbie question.

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    Dropbox is place where you can store files. In the "olden days" of computers, you would keep your files (music, books, documents, etc.) on your computer. This was fine as long as you were actually sitting at your computer. But what if you travel or are in business where you need to have access to your files no matter where you are and no matter what computer you were using? These services like DropBox (there are several, but this is one of the more popular ones) allow you to store your "stuff" on their computer and when you need access to it, all you need is to be able to get on the Internet. In other words, your "stuff" is stored somewhere else besides on your PC.

    I know it sounds confusing, but there are more details on their website -- https://www.dropbox.com/. The basic service is free, but if you need a lot of space, there is a charge for this.

    Clear as mud, eh?
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    I like DropBox for other things, but as far as I know none of the book apps have direct support for it, or any other cloud service. Well, other than Amazon's archive and and Barnes and Noble's similar service. So, no third party cloud services would be more accurate.

    PDF files are a different matter, of course. GoodReader and a slew of other file management apps will read PDF books and can access DropBox and/or other webDAV services. Though, PDF is my least favorite book format, I do have a few.

    Other than the cloud, you can store you books in iTunes up to the limit of your computer's hard drive. You don't have to sync them all to the iPad. Unfortunately once you stop syncing all books it becomes cumbersome for a large library. You have to individually select the books to sync.
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    Thank you for the explanations...I haven't downloaded a bunch yet, but want to be prepared in case I do...LOL
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    I don't know how old you are but for me that would represent more than I'd be able to read for the rest of my life...;)
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    LOL. Not that old (well not that young either ;-) but just checking to make sure I have enough space.

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    I'm 40 and I've easily read that many books. I've read 2 to 3 books a week for years.
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    So thekarens...how do you use the iPad for reading? What suggestions do you have...I'm a book a week type of guy...Thus, the cost of the Kindle downloads are getting pretty steep...LOL
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    Well, for me, cost is a non-issue because I live just across the road from a library, and they allow up to 20 books to be checked out simultaneously. (I don't thiink I've ever reached that high.) :D
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    OK, I CAN read, but I am feeling a little intimidated because it takes me a month to read a book. I'm not an idiot or anything, but finding the time to sit down for more than 15 minutes seems to be my problem. My hat is off to all you folks that read this much, it is something to be admired!
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    The whole problem as I see it with cloud or non local storage, is this - no Internet connection no files. That's the biggest reason I don't use the cloud and don't like iBooks (which doesn't allow local transfer of book files off my iPad/iPod) for important files on my computer and the reason I use a USB hard drive. If some clown destroys a piece of hardware relating to your Internet connection, accidental or otherwise and you're offline for days or weeks you're skewered.

    iBooks which comes with iPods and the iPad can display PDF files, I have quite a few stored on my machine.
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    There is an app called the OverDrive Media Console. This is the system that most public libraries use to check out electronic publications. Although the OverDrive system has been around for quite some time, it has only been in the last few weeks that they have developed an app for Apple mobile devices.

    Here is more information from their website -- OverDrive - Reading eBooks on Your iPad? Check Out Your Local Library.

    The system allows you to check out books directly to your iPad. Depending on the book, you can check them out for 7, 14 or 21 days. Of course the app is free, but you need to have patron privileges at your library in order to use it.
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    This is exactly what I do. I can't afford to buy all that I read. The majority of my books are from the library. The rest (ones I can't get at the library) I get on my Nook or Nook app.
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    Try reading in bed then....:p
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    Or maybe it's a matter of finding something that you enjoy reading about.

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