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Subject: My daughter wants a Kindle, any advice?
Date Posted: 11/18/2008 8:14 AM ET
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Has anyone used it....like it.....hated it?  It goes against everything I believe in, but..........

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 9:37 AM ET
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Just curious, why does it go against what you believe in?

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 10:03 AM ET
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If you were asking me that question, Ashley, I would say because there is nothing better than sitting down with an actual book. Turning the pages, smelling the paper and ink, and being unplugged from the electronic world for awhile. Of course Monica may have a completely different reason! :)

Jessica

 

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 11:44 AM ET
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I have seen one and gotten to use  it a bit-friend has one. She loves it. I really want one. I agree I prefer a hard copy book BUT the Kindle is much easier for transport-cuts down on the clutter trememndously. the only issue is the books are just as expensive and unlike swapping hard books, i dont think you can swap kindle stories.  The screen unlike the sony looks just likea  book page-no glare. The sonny has a bit more of a computer screen look but not as bad.

 

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 1:34 PM ET
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I don't like the idea of not turning a page when you read a book, but if she wants one, what are you going to do? Jesseca is right, get unplugged.

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 1:52 PM ET
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I prefer books too but I like ebooks, and also I review them. I would love an ebook reader, not a kindle though...too expensive

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 4:05 PM ET
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I like me ebookwise ereader. I am very selective about what I buy for it though.  On their web site they are having a "sale" on best sellers for $9.95. That's not a sale, to me! I mostly use mine for erotica that I can cheaper in ebook format than in print. The kindle looks cool, but I would hate to run up a ton of bills using it, I think it would be just too easy!

 

Anne

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 4:29 PM ET
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That is another downside...The dang books are so expensive. I mean if you think about it from a production perspective I can justify $10 for a regular papaerback novel due to printing cost and author's portion...But with an ebook there is no printing, so it just seems like you are getting robbed!

Jessica

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 4:40 PM ET
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How old is your daughter? And who will be paying for the books?

I don't have an e-Book reader but would love to get one. I'd probably look more closely at the Sony Reader (sonystyle.com, portable electronics).

The Sony Reader (505 model - I'd like mine in Sangria Red, please) is $50 less than the kindle and it can read a lot of different file formats, including Adobe.pdf files. That means that you can get books from the World Library (subscription is $8/yr, all books are available as PDF files, cost per book - FREE), eBooks.com, and just about anyone else who offers e-Books.

Sony offers 100 free eBook Classics with the Reader, but don't get too excited. I looked over the list and these are all public domain books that you can get from the World Library w/o a subscription. Years ago, a non-profit group started Project Gutenberg (Google it!), transcribing hundreds of thousands of public domain books to electronic file format. Public domain books include just about anything published more than 78 years ago (the duration of a copyright). Soooo, all Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Charles Dickens, etc. is available for FREE. Free is good.

One of the key differences is that you download books to your PC and transfer them to your reader via USB cable, and archive books on your computer (which can also be used to read books).

It's my understanding that with the Kindle, you are establishing a relationship with A'zon. They communicate with the Kindle via WiFi, downloading books and e-mail (the K can read Word docs if you e-mail them to the K). When you exceed the capacity of the K's storage, your archived books are stored at A'zon. Retrieving them means downloading from A'zon again.

In another thread, PBS user jemedwards (Jeanette E.) mentioned that she has a Sony Reader. You might look her up in the directory and PM her for info about the Sony.

One note about e-Books in general... While they are easily transferred, those you purchase are not legally transferrable to anyone. You can't buy/sell e-books like you can the paper counterparts. In fact, some e-Book vendors require a key code to download/unlock the book and it won't work on a 2nd computer.

Happy hunting!

Colleen

 

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 5:17 PM ET
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Research the heck out of it. Sometimes you can't get the book you want, its now downloadable...if thats even a word. LOL   And depending on who is paying for the "books" it may end up costing more money, just because you can sit there and download....hey I want that and that one and maybe this one too. And the free stories are not current ones. Like someone said above they are older classics. Good luck!

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 5:56 PM ET
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Just curious, why does it go against what you believe in?

Yes Ashley -- it is exactly what Jessica said......there is nothing better than sitting down with an actual book.  I love the smell and just the simple feeling of turning the page.  I'm not technical at all.  While I appreciate the computer, I enjoy walking away from it, too.  My kids are on here 24/7 and if they're not im'ing someone, they're texting.  I'm happy my 13 year old loves to read, but I don't want her to miss out on the true love of books and not just  the stories.  But I guess times change and this is the wave of the future.

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 6:03 PM ET
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Lots of books are cheaper in ebook form, you just have to find the right site.

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 7:24 PM ET
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I've seen one and, while it does look cool, I think it's way overpriced.  I just like the feel of a book in my hands.

I suppose if you travel a lot it'd be worth it so you don't have to lug books all over the place.  You could have virtually endless possiblities of reading material rather than narrowing it down to a few books you can carry with you.

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 10:07 PM ET
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I just gotta put in my two cents. :-)

I broke down and bought a Kindle at the end of August. I love it. I would not trade it for anything - any number of books, any Sony or any other ereader. I like how the screen looks, that I can change the font. I can download books from many sites, no just Amazon. I buy a lot from Ellora's cave and I much prefer to pay $5.99 for at $24.99 book. The books that Amazon doesn't carry, I click that I would like to read it on my Kindle (just so that they know) but then I go to the publisher's page and look it up. My Book Store and More is a good place to buy books. I've also bought from Mobipocket.com and many others. I will not buy from Fictionwise because of the hassle I had with not being able to download a couple of their books because of the encription of them. I had to go around and around with them to return the money I paid.

If you'd like to know more about the Kindle, besides reading web pages and blogs, feel free to PM me. I've had quite a few people contact me and I don't mind at all.

One more note, I go the the gym and, I'll tell you, it's much easier to click a button to change a page than it is to turn the page in a book. I'm in the process of getting rid of my print books - I'll have so much room when they're gone. It is true, you can go overboard buying the books but, if you decide what you want, just like you do before you go to do any shopping, you won't overspend. Something I just remembered.. I enjoy that I can download samples of books to see if I really want them. Sometimes I'll do it, knowing I want the book but just so I'll have it and won't forget about it.

 

I'll get off my soapbox now. :-) As you can tell, I'm really happy with my purchase. I got the CHASE Amzaon charge card at the same time and it save me over $50 on the Kindle purchase.

 

Hugs,

Kathleen

Date Posted: 11/18/2008 11:12 PM ET
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Kathleen!

You are making me want one now and I am very pro BOOK. I would like it to read series romance though, beause they do accumulate wickedly quick. I run out of places to put them....

Jessica

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 1:12 AM ET
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KATHLEEN: Thank you. I gladly stand corrected. Of course, the info available on the A'zon site is all pro A'zon. They make it sound like there isn't any other source for books in the universe.

The saddest thought about all of us going digital is that sites like PBS will go the way of the 8-track tape. :-(  And it's a whole lot easier for me to find paperback contraband in my daughter's room than to search through e-reader files...

Colleen

 

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 2:30 AM ET
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I went with the Sony because I mostly purchase from ellora's cave and such as someone said - those are cheaper in ebook form. I ordered ebooks from eharlequin once d uring a sale but the prices aren't good..if they'd make them a dollar or 2 maybe I'd go for it but they're too expensive right now.

depends on her age too..not sure how many books the kindle has if she's a younger reader. but if she's into electronic gadgets and all it would encourage reading I'd think.

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 8:03 AM ET
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It's so funny how the industry has found a way to make back the money they were losing.......I always found it amazing how used book sales and sites like pbs take money from the authors and publishers because such a large chunk of the reading community doesn't buy their books first hand.  But now, with this type of invention, it's virtually impossible for anyone to pass along a book or a magazine.

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 11:40 AM ET
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I've had a Sony Reader for almost two years now.  I love it and wouldn't trade it for anything either.  When I purchase ebooks from the Sony store, they are the same price (if not cheaper) than paperbacks in the store.   They usually give a 15-25% discount of MSRP, which is what normal stores do as well.  Also, they send an email once or twice a month with discounts (I just used a 40% off any one ebook last week!).  I do still buy some "real" books and I trade here as well (obviously) but for me it's not about one or the other.  I can enjoy both ebooks and real books at various times.  I do travel for work, so it makes it much easier to have my reader, plus I don't get stuck in an airport and have to purchase a new book at airport costs.  My reader always has books on it. 

PM me if you'd like any more information...

Nicole

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 12:56 PM ET
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I'm a Kindle addict.

I have downloaded tons of free e-books (classics) like Gone With the Wind, A Room With A View, Anna Karenina, etc from the Gutenberg Project website.

I can see how it would be useful in literature classes in some ways, but recalling my habits as a student, I need to see the actual words on the page and sometimes (gasp) highlight and make notes in the book.  The Kindle allows you to make notations, but IMO, it would be difficult to go to an exact passage for the purpose of writing a paper, etc.

Also, it is a delicate, expensive "toy".  I'm not sure I would trust either of my kids with one, but they are active boys that leave stuff lying around.

I think that she would have to read a lot (I mean use it every day) in order for it to be worth the price. 

I love mine, and I would not live without it now.  I don't know that everyone would feel that it is worth the price unless they used it as much as I do, and LOVED the fact that they can carry up to 200 books in a tiny little package.  I no longer carry books with me, and am able to have a "normal" sized handbag. 

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 1:17 PM ET
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I didn't know Gone with the Wind is free now! woo hoo! that's be a perfect ebook since the paperback is so darned thick!

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 12:45 PM ET
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Another Kindle addict here. I bought mine in September, and it goes everywhere I go! I can be reading at work, and if 911 rings, I don't have to flip my open book upside down to keep my place-when I come back to it, the Kindle is right there on the page I was reading.

I too have dowloaded a lot of free older books, mostly from manybooks.net, and I get Reader's Digest downloaded automatically to my Kindle each month for $1.25, which beats the heck out of the news stand price. 

I still read regular books that aren't available on the Kindle, but I enjoy the freedom of having 30-40 books to choose from sitting right there in my purse when I am out and about!

Edited to add that all of Louisa M. Alcott's books are free at Project Gutenberg too.          :)

 



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Date Posted: 11/22/2008 2:15 PM ET
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A Sony addict here.  Whichever you choose, there are free and cheap ebooks all over the place.   Like everyone else, I like having a stock of books that I can just carry in my purse.   I also like that if I read a book, and decide I want to read the sequel, I can just download it and have it right then, any time of day or night. 

Subject: Sold out?
Date Posted: 11/26/2008 7:34 PM ET
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Apparently the Kindles are backordered past Christmas already, most likely due to a combination of low supply and the Oprah coupon for $50 off the price.

Oh well - I really wanted one for Christmas this year, but it'd be just as good as a New Years gift, I guess. :)

Date Posted: 11/26/2008 9:11 PM ET
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Wow $50 off from Oprah.....no wonder! That'spretty cool.  I am going to my mom's tomorrow but I probably shouldn't take my ereader since I have a bunch of smut on it LOL.

Anne

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