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In which I become a hypocrit — 19 Comments

  1. I have to admit I love my kindle. I receive an e-mail every day from bookbub which recommends cheap (often free) books in the genres you request. Almost as cheap as the library! Should you wish I will e mail you the info.

  2. I read you and write this on a Kindle fire.

    Advantage – It can hold lots of books in a small space and you can read in the dark.

    You can get onto the interwebs. It plays music if you use headphones/earplugs.

    Disadvantages – It has its quirks. You don't own the books you download from Amazon. It is poor for reading in sunlight – the e-paper Kindle is better for that. But then you lose the other advantages.

    Gutenberg is good, and Gutenberg Canada and Gutenberg Australia are useful because of different copyright expiry laws.

    And then there are the other sources.

    If her indoors takes a liking for it, you might have to buy another.

    Good luck. 

    • I'm not worried about the bells and whistles as my phone takes care of them.  The reason I took the plunge was the easy availability of new reading material.  I no longer should have to rely on a sporadic library service or long postal delays. 

  3. I've had one Kindle or another since 2009 when I went for surgery. Carrying several large books from up near the Canadian border down to the VA medical campus in Boston, MA just wasn't in the cards at the time (or any other time for that matter). Love the things and I'm an avid reader who loves the feel of a book in my hands–always have been.

    I've downloaded plenty of out-of-copyright books from Gutenberg (have to manually load them into the device) plus the whole Discworld series from Amazon plus others over a period of time. Nice thing is once you buy a Kindle version of a book from Amazon (always cheaper than the printed version) a copy is kept "in the cloud". You can download it again without charge if something untoward happens to your Kindle.

    I keep a copy of every book from Gutenberg as well as from Amazon on my PC for when I need to finally replace my current Kindle. I always download the book to my PC first and then manually load (“side load”) it to the Kindle.

    • I started reading my first "book" last night.  It takes a lot of getting used to.  It doesn't smell right either.  But at east I don't have to search for bookmarks any more…

      • You'll get used to it quickly enough. You can also choose which font is the best for you as well as the font size. And the smell wears off after a while though it will never smell like a real book, more's the pity. It will most likely end up smelling like the last thing you ate and got all over your fingers.

  4. I'm a total Kindle convert – If I went away for a holiday some years back, two thirds of my baggage would have been books, now I slip the Kindle into my pocket. I still keep some reference books to thumb through, but novels are now all kindled (is that a word?)

  5. I am on my 3rd kindle. The first 2 were true kindles and could only be used for reading books. although the second one could kind of look at the web. The last one was a Kindle Fire which is really a tablet that also is an eReader. There are many source of free book including Amazon. I also buy a lot of $0.99 or maybe $1.99 books. Rarely do I pay more than that.

  6. Have a look at Calibre, a free e-book manager that converts most formats to one you can load onto your new book.

    As mentioned, The Gutenberg Project is an excellent free resource for e-books. Many classics plus some old titles that you would rarely find. 

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