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Subject: bookstores for ereaders
Date Posted: 5/21/2010 1:39 PM ET
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I am thinking about getting an ereader. Sony is the choice so far for what I think fits my needs.  I know that with the Kindle I can easily find books at Amazon, which is, honestly,  the only reason I had for considering it; yet at the same time has me irritated with Amazon forcing me to buy books only from them. 

So, for those of you who have ereaders, where can I find ebooks at?  I have checked out some places, the Sony store and another one, don't remember the name, but from what I gathered the selection is limited in the paranormal and, mainly (at Sony) the prices weren't much different from the paper books. 

I am asking here due to the fact that I am wondering where is the best location to find ebooks in the paranormal selection.

Janette

Date Posted: 5/21/2010 3:38 PM ET
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Folks mention eBooks in the bargain book thread.  Such as free books and sales.  

Paranormal bargain thread

My Library is part of a library eBook and eAudio book central group called NetLibrary.  Check to see if your library is in one.  You get the books for a limited time.  Ours is set up to decode after 3 weeks unless I renew.

I've also see one site mentioned often,  All Romance eBooks  They often have a free selection.  And sales.

Ronda (RONDA) - ,
Date Posted: 5/21/2010 7:15 PM ET
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you can buy books for the kindle from other stores (the mobi format). kindle also now reads pdfs, but I have never tried any.  I don't think the other stores can directly wirelessly deliver them, but I think they can email them to your amazon account then you can wirelessly download them for a 10 or 15 cents.  You should be able to load them from your computer for no extra charge.

you will not be able to use e-books bought on amazon with other readers. but you can use them on other devices, like your pc or iphone.

http://www.inkmesh.com/

this website consolidates prices from several ebook sellers so you can put in an author or book and see which stores have it.  I dont think it includes all e-book sellers, but it can give you an idea of some that are out there.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/index.php

This site give lots of info on different readers and different formats.

I have a kindle cause I really wanted the wireless delivery and it was before the nook.  I like amazon anyway so I am pleased with the kindle, but depending on what is important to you one of the other readers may be more to your liking.

Date Posted: 5/21/2010 8:45 PM ET
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I have a sony and I love it. I can buy books from almost anywhere and read them on there. It supports pdf, and word docs also. Most sites have pdf file books that you can buy.

Date Posted: 5/23/2010 10:34 AM ET
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Can you download books from Microsoft Reader onto a Sony?  I was just thinking of buying a small notebook.  Then I could download anything from my computer.

Of course I just realised that they could only be read where there is internet access.  I live in a small town and there is no internet where I work!!



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Dory -
Date Posted: 5/24/2010 8:51 AM ET
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Borders has a new ereader coming out in June called the Kobo. I don't know much about it, but I'm sure you can find some preliminary info on their page. Just a thought :) I have a Kindle DX and while I really like it a lot, I have become discouraged with some of the publishers and prices being jacked up lately.

Date Posted: 6/19/2010 9:55 AM ET
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If you are willing to check out self-published authors, take a look at Smashwords.  Lots of free short stories and occassionally a free novella or novel.  You will find a few established authors there as well.  I have found some fantastic bargains there....don't know if I will like the books I've found but for free or really low price it's worth giving them a shot! :) 

Date Posted: 6/19/2010 10:14 PM ET
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Fictionwise has some great books.  You can get them in multiple formats, and I've never had a problem loading them to my Sony.

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Subject: re: notebook vs. reader
Date Posted: 6/29/2010 4:25 PM ET
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Norma,

This might be too late to be of any help to you if you've already purchased but I thought long and hard about what to buy when I found my ebooks totally over 1,500.  I wanted color, I wanted portability, I wanted long battery life, I wanted a format that wouldn't become obsolete, and I wanted lots of books in that format.  I didn't need to bookmark or annotate.  I wanted inexpensive.  What I got was a netbook, the new smaller laptops with screen sizes from 10-12".  I paid $299 (it's now about $250) for it.  It has 10 hours battery life when reading, it is about the size of a hard back book, less than 3 lbs. in weight.  Besides reading all my .pdf files, it also has WiFi so I can hook-up to the internet when I want, full color in all my books, AND it can function as a computer (1 G memory, 165 GB hard drive, 3 USB ports, no external drive, and Windows 7).  By sticking to the .pdf or txt or html formats I will always be able to read my books even if the company has gone out of business.  The netbook is easily fixed if something goes wrong, no shipping it back to the manufacturer like some of the readers.  Since I copied all my ebooks onto the netbook I can read them anyplace I want (except in or near water!) and no internet is needed to do so.

As to where to buy, Fictionwise used to be my #1 choice for variety and their club (which no longer exists) to get a good discount.  If you're interested I can also give you the names of other sites I've used and liked and will use again.

Date Posted: 7/3/2010 6:33 PM ET
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Yes!  Keep your e-reader away from water!  I recently dropped my nook in the pool (yes, I cried!) and believe it or not, they're replacing it since I have the extended, 2 yr warranty!  I really didn't expect them to but am soooo glad they did!