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Subject: Ebook Readers?
Date Posted: 1/12/2010 6:45 PM ET
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I was just wondering if anyone around here has gotten an ebook reader? Do you buy / swap less paperback books then you used to? I got and ebook reader and I seem to buy mostly ebooks now. It sucks because then I cant swap them with people like I used to with paperback books, but I find most times the ebook is cheaper. Plus there are so many free ebooks out there. Do you think ebooks will someday be the norm and paperback books will be yesterday? What do you think?

Marissa

Date Posted: 1/14/2010 9:53 PM ET
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I have a Sony Pocket Reader. Love it. I am slowly changing over completely to it, no more "paper" books. I swap less books, but buy more ebooks. I have a bunch of freebie or very cheap ebooks. I do think ereaders will take over someday, but quite some time in the future.

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 2:40 AM ET
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I have a Kindle and I LOVE it. I actually joined PBS after I bought the Kindle. While Amazon has a great selection of books it isn't complete. They are adding more and more every day though and they almost always have popular books and new releases. Though their collections gets shoddier the farther back you go.

I do buy fewer physical books from the store but I still swap tons of books on PBS. I had a bunch that were taking up valuable real estate on my bookcase so I joined this site and shipped them out. What I do is buy ebooks for titles from authors or series that I love and have to read right that minute. I also download freebies and free classics and samples of books I think I might like. When I come across a new author who has a book that I think I'm interested in I will wish list it on PBS and work on my TBR pile until it comes in the mail. If I like the series I finish it up with PBS. If I love the series I stop using my credits and buy the ebooks from Amazon using the PBS link (they get a kickback).

Paper books will be around for quite some time. But digital will eventually surpass it. It's easier to buy, usually cheaper (after the initial cost of the device), and is available 24  / 7 / 365. No more need to run out to the store or wait days for it to come in the mail.

That doesn't mean that paper books will be obsolete. I'm sure that they'll persist for decades. Think about it, music has already gone through the digital transition. Most people that buy music get an mp3 version from iTunes or Amazon. You can still buy CDs from the store, but most music sales are digital.

In the end though digital will be king. We're an instant-gratification society. Digital meets this need faster and more efficiently.



Last Edited on: 1/15/10 2:41 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/15/2010 7:27 AM ET
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Is there a way to share your ebooks with others?

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 8:54 AM ET
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I don't have an e-reader, but I have many e-books!  I plan on getting a small notebook or tablet (this way I can access my e-mail).  I e-mail e-books to friends just like I would any other file.  They have to have some sort of program like Adobe or Microsoft Reader, but those are free to download!

Date Posted: 1/16/2010 1:59 AM ET
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Non-DRMed ebooks can be shared with as many people as you want. DRMed books can not unless you strip the DRM (this is illegal).

Currently the nook has a preliminary lending feature that will let you lend out your copy of an ebook to another nook or someone's computer for 2 weeks. Then it gets deleted from their device and is accessable again on yours. You can only do this once per book, though. Once it's back on your device it's there for good. And not all books have this feature.

Date Posted: 1/16/2010 7:54 PM ET
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That stinks that the Nook only allows you to do it one time per book. I thought about getting the nook because I liked that feature. But now that makes me think again. Plus I already have one reader. Dont really need 2. LOL

Date Posted: 1/16/2010 9:10 PM ET
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hi i've been looking for a good free drm program anyone  have a link and do you have to disable your dep before installing

Date Posted: 1/17/2010 2:04 AM ET
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I have E-Reader on my PC and download books, but I prefer hardback/paperback books. I have a question tho...

Does anyone here buy from Fictionwise.com? I have and I got an email today from them about 100% Micropay Rebates. What are those? Do you have to be a 'member' to get them? There are a lot of books listed under that rebate...

Date Posted: 1/17/2010 12:33 PM ET
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Leslie- I use Fictionwise.com for most of my ebooks. The Micropay Rebates mean that you purchase the ebook with your credit card and then you get whatever % of the rebate back in credit to use to then get another ebook. So it pretty much means you get a free book:) And I don't think you have to be a member. I love Fictionwise, they are always having sales and emailing coupons. They have a sale right now that if you buy 12 or more romance/erotica/dark fantasy/fantasy you get 50% off.  I got 12 ebooks yesterday for $22:)

Date Posted: 1/17/2010 3:05 PM ET
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Oh! I thought that sale meant that if you buy 12 books you get 50% off the next, LMAO!!! OMG! I'm such a dork:) I'm gonna have to get over there ASAP... Wonder how long that sale is. I'm broke 'till the middle of next week! So, the 'rebate' is a buy-one-get-one, basically. Cool! Thanks Angela:)

ETA - What are 'Secure titles'?



Last Edited on: 1/17/10 3:06 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/17/2010 6:55 PM ET
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Secure titles mean that the ebook is encrypted. Which means they can't be copied and you can't go back and re-download it in another format like you can with MultiFormat. Not sure how long the sale last, they're calling it a pre-Valentines Day sale so maybe until then...?

Date Posted: 1/17/2010 7:07 PM ET
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Cool:) Makin' my WL 'till payday. Thanks for all the info Angela!

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Date Posted: 1/18/2010 9:53 AM ET
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Kindle allows you to register 6 devices to your account and most books will allow use on the 6 devices. (I hear some books have a deal where they don't).  So you may share your books with someone if you register their device on your account, but then they could buy (ie use your credit card) on the kindle, so you got to trust them.  Some people will have multiple devices for themself, like a Kindle and Kindle for IPhone.

I have a Kindle and have not used it as much as I thought cause I still have so many paper books to finish with.