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Subject: Kindlers, kindle-ites, kin...
Date Posted: 2/9/2010 6:32 PM ET
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I received along awaited Kindle for my birthday, and today ordered

The Apothecarys
 

The Apothecary's Daughter
$0.00

I checked right away and it did get delivered, for ZERO DOLLARS! A WL book free!  Debbie

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 7:29 PM ET
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Cool, Deb! Enjoy it.

I'm waiting for my kids to grow up, to be completely independent. I envision I'll have money again when that happens. Don't nobody burst my bubble by telling me it ain't so.

Then I'll buy a Kindle or whatever the latest, greatest ebook reader is.

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 7:35 PM ET
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Ahh...congratulations!  I love my Kindle, and finding good freebies is the best.  Enjoy!

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 7:50 PM ET
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Hmmm. Waiting on my kids to grow up, to be completely independent. ...

Rest assured, Genie, it does happen. The variable, of course, is in defining your terms of 'grown up' and 'completely' and 'independent'  !!! :P

When my daughter turned 21, she assured me she was now an A-dult - right up to the point that she wanted the two of us to go on a Shopping Spree. When I reminded her of her new status, she said, "Oh no, Mom; I'm in transition." Now, as a 26 year old in grad school, she is still 'in transition.'

And my boys (ages 39 & 37) are very fond of what they call the "Family Deal" anytime something needs to be sold or bought to free up a little cash ... 

;)

Kelly

Date Posted: 2/10/2010 12:23 PM ET
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I'm soooo tempted to buy a Kindle or Nook (especially because I travel so much!).  I just have so many books in the TBR pile that I find it hard to justify right now!!

Date Posted: 2/10/2010 1:18 PM ET
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We're going on "vacation" (college shopping) at the end of the month, and I am so looking forward to just bringing the Kindle along instead of taking up suitcase space with all the books I want to read. I still have a huge TBR pile, but there's a time for Kindle and a time for a book! Especially a free WL book, in whatever format. I love free, plus I am no longer at the back of the WL line!  Debbie

Date Posted: 2/10/2010 4:02 PM ET
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The variable, of course, is in defining your terms of 'grown up' and 'completely' and 'independent'  !!!

That's what I was afraid of. Mine are 22 and 19, and in college, so I've got a bit of a wait. The older one is on his second degree.

If there's anyone left in the forum whose still planning their families, think really, really hard about how many you'll have in college at one time. I thought the only issue was diapers. LOL!

Gotta love life!

Date Posted: 2/10/2010 7:59 PM ET
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I second all of the above collegiate lingerer stories---I've a 23 year old whose education is 'on hold' he says and a 20 year old threatening grad school.....launching them is a superhuman effort it seems. Diapers were nuthin'!

I am interested in knowing if folks like the Kindle experience or not--the idea is neat--carry lots of books that are cheaper than their print versions around in a little space---but I am one of those folks who likes the reading experience as well as the content. When I crack open a new title, there is such satisfaction in that; also in the curling up with it with a cup of tea on a rainy day--I can't quite picture curling up with my little Kindle tablet. I love the smell of a book, the touch of the page--seeing how far I've read by where my bookmark is and watching it progress----these all seem to me to be gone with a Kindle book.

What say those of you who have one?

Date Posted: 2/10/2010 8:18 PM ET
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seeing how far I've read by where my bookmark is and watching it progress----these all seem to me to be gone with a Kindle book.

I don't know about the Kindle. But I use eReader for ebooks on my PC. You can definitely see your progression. You can have multiple bookmarks, too. I also like the ability to search for certain words. You know you read something, and you just can't find it when you flip back through the pages.

I like holding a book, too. But I think there are certain strengths and weaknesses to both technologies.

Date Posted: 2/11/2010 9:25 AM ET
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I love my Kindle, and once I open it to start reading...it's no different than curling up with a book.  I have a leather cover for mine, so it's like holding a book.  I don't miss paper pages.  I love being able to change the font size as needed.  I love having access to a dictionary with the push of a button.  I read Elizabeth George's "A Great Deliverance" not too long ago, and decided to look up the words I didn't know. That woman has quite the vocabulary!  I decided to buy her books for my Kindle, just for ease.  ;) 

There are ways to judge how far along you are in the book.  But I do miss "eyeballing" how many pages I have left.  But, for me, that's not enough to give up my Kindle!! 

I don't enjoy reading on my computer at all.  That's not "curling up" by any stretch of the imagination.  But the Kindle is different..

Date Posted: 2/12/2010 3:39 PM ET
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I'm not interested in an e-reader at this point, but when I start needing bi-focals, I probably will be, for the ability to increase font size and read without glasses.

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 10:33 PM ET
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I just got a Nook for my Birthday.  I am so excited....



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Date Posted: 2/15/2010 10:44 PM ET
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Happy Birthday!!

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 2:43 AM ET
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Thanks Deb.:)

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 7:50 AM ET
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I haven't seen a Nook, but from what I've heard, it's very similar.  I think there are a few folks who have Nooks that post in CMT.  Anyway, let us know what you think!!

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 8:44 AM ET
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Vicky, I work at a Barnes & Noble, we have demos in our store.  It's very cool.  Your nearest store should have demos too!

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 10:59 AM ET
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 I was up until 5:30 this morning getting to know my nook.  I am not the most tech savvy person and learning these gadgets takes me sometime.  My Foster Son is reading the 117 or so instruction documents, and will teach me hands on as that is how I tend to learn these things.  I just learned how to cut and paste on my computer that shows you how tech challenged I am.  I heard someone say that she was just getting over the feeling that if she pushed the wrong buttons she might launch  ICBM's  by mistake.  My feelings exactly.  LOL   

But I do think this will be fun.  Will it replace books for me?    I doubt it seriously.  Parting with $10.00 with little hope of passing the book on in trade or as a must read to a friend or family member might be hard to over come.  So I have to figure out how best to use this tool.  My first thought was to get  all my keepers  that I know I will revisit, I went with every intention of purchasing some Sharon Penman's books.  There are only 4 available  not even full sets,  buy Time and Chance and Devils Brood with out Saints, I don't think so.   So I looked up Elizabeth Chadwick not even her American releases are available!  Humph!  So I think Diana Gabaldon, by now I am desperate to down load a book or two, No Outlander available  but books three and  up are. Thank God for Bernard Cornwell...  Downloaded the first 2 books of the Saxon series.  I have to look over the freebies.  I got 3 "Classics"  But I doubt that I will be all that hot to down load a lot of them. 

But I found it easy to read, it is comfortable in my hand.  I haven't figured how to go from chapter to chapter yet.  Will see how I am at the end of the day.  DH and the girls were so thoughtful and excited to give it to me, I understand my look of suprise was worth the $250.00 price tag though.  So as I get to know my little nook which I will have to name.  I hope to love it.

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 11:44 AM ET
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Ok -- I'm a little ashamed to share this because I should be jumping up and down but instead I'm feeling a bit stupid. You see, just 10 minutes ago, I decided to clear off my dresser (or at least part of it). I had some used gift cards sitting there that I had taken out of my wallet some time ago, including a Barnes and Noble one. I decided to check the B&N card balance, figuring it would be a few dollars at most. So, I called the toll-free number.

Imagine my surprise when the automated voice informed me that the balance was $100!!!

What kind of book-reading idiot doesn't know that she has $100 on a book store gift card??!!??

I have no idea when or where I obtained the card or for how long it's been sitting around. I know it wasn't given to me because who would give it to me?  Nobody I know. (The last thing my husband, who is about the only one who would spend that kind of money on me, would do is encourage me to buy more books!)  So, I'm sure I bought it for someone as a gift (a graduation gift?) and changed my mind -- but I have no recollection. There are few people whom I would give that kind of gift card to. I am clueless!

So, the question is whether I head over to B&N right now -- or hope to find a couple more such gift cards and buy a Nook??

ETA: Ok -- to compound my stupidity, I just checked in my wallet and discovered yet another B&N gift card hidden under an unused flap.  This time the automated voice on the toll-free number gave me a balance of $50. Yes -- I'm sure you all think I must be a moron -- I think so too -- but a happy one!!



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Date Posted: 2/16/2010 1:01 PM ET
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Deb - I had that happen once with a Target gift card - I presented it and my debit card, assuming I had like .90 on it or something, and discovered it was unused with $100!

Enjoy your found money! 

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 6:36 PM ET
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Thank you Mimi -- that makes me feel much better!!

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 6:41 PM ET
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Erika...thanks for the info.  I have a Kindle, so I'm not in the market for an e-reader.  I was just curious about the similarities and differences.  One thing I see from Jerelyn's post: Kindle offers all of Gabaldon, and more of SKP (but not all). 

Deb...I'm jealous!  I wish something like that would happen to me! 

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 7:00 PM ET
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Well, I just checked my wallet and dresser, thinking that this must be some sort of magical gift card day, but no such luck for me. Boo. Hiss.

So, whatcha gonna buy, Deb?

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 12:10 AM ET
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That's a tough one, Valli -- I'm thinking that if I find a few more hidden gift cards, I could buy a Nook! Initially, I was opposed to these electronic readers -- but I have to admit to a certain envy when I see people using them. The problem is that I'm too cheap -- I get most of my books from the library or from used book stores or from here -- I don't want to pay a lot to download books but I sure like the idea of all those freebies -- and I do love gadgets. So, I'm torn....oh, well, here's hoping I have more magical gift card days!!

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 7:02 AM ET
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Dang, I missed Magical Gift Card Day AGAIN!!! I did happen across my Lifeway rewards card and found that I had all 10 punches on it. 

seeing how far I've read by where my bookmark is and watching it progress --  I do this every time I close the book.  I love seeing that bookmark move!