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Subject: PBS or eBook?
Date Posted: 1/30/2011 4:09 PM ET
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I'm new to PBS and new to Kindle - very happy with both, so far. I haven't figured what to try to get from PBS, though. How do you decide which books to get in a swap and which to get on your eReader?
Date Posted: 1/30/2011 5:02 PM ET
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Since I'm not new to PBS but I'm new to Kindle, I have a rather full Wish List. Anything I'm expected to get on PBS in the next few months I'll let come in, but they are on hold until I actually want them. So i'm #1 for a lot of books right now. If the books are slow moving on PBS and the price is right for an e-book, I'll download it. I just downloaded a book yesterday for $9.99 that I have been waiting in the #1 position for for months now. The line is NOT moving. Maybe it's offered in some of the game, but I only do one of the games so I can have the rest of my credits on hand for Wish List or impulse orders. Either way, I wasn't getting the book anytime soon and I didn't want to pay $16.99 to get it in hardcover on Amazon, so I went with the e-book. Now I can stop obsessing over it, and hope I'll read it sometime soon!

Date Posted: 1/30/2011 6:07 PM ET
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You can post your HB & PB books here ....  then sell the crs....getting eGift cards for Amazon. So you can buy eBooks!  AND still help the site by going to Amazon by clicking on the a at the top of the page!   And get books NOT in eFormat here at PBS!  Win Win!!

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 2:34 PM ET
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Mine is split by genres. I buy/read erotica in e-format because a lot of them are more readily available that way from sites like Ellora's Cave, etc.

Everything else for the most part comes in paper.

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 7:04 PM ET
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If available in both formats, I look at which is cheapest.


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Date Posted: 1/31/2011 8:25 PM ET
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Mostly I go for which is less expensive.  Unless I REALLY want it on ebook, like if I'm going on a trip or something.

Date Posted: 2/1/2011 10:26 AM ET
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I've only purchased a few books for my E-Reader. The biggest factor for me is whether or not it's something I want on my permanent shelf.  For things I only read once, I normally go hardcopy, so I can trade it here.  For things I know I'll read multiple times (what I'd call a keeper), I purchase for me E-Reader, so I'll always have it available to me. 

Date Posted: 2/1/2011 5:06 PM ET
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I'm new to ereaders as well.  Since I'm not someone who rereads fiction, I don't think I will be buying many fiction books.  I'll see what's available for free for the Nook and then use my wishlist here for others. 

But, I may be more inclined to get non-fiction for my Nook.  Money is an issue, so I can't see myself buying a whole lot.

I agree with Jennifer.  I'm not going to spend $10 or whatever on an ebook that I don't want to keep on my permanent shelf.

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 3:28 AM ET
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i'm new to ereading, though i've been downloading freebies (and mostly not reading them) for about a year.

so far, i've only purchased inexpensive books.  in particular, titles from the publisher Samhain are always printed as trade paperbacks (~$15), and usually about $4.40 for Kindle.  since those titles don't move often on the WL, i'm happy to pay a few bucks rather than wait months  - especially in the cases where the ebook comes out significantly earlier than the paperback - even though i probably won't reread them.

as far as my keeper books go, i'm waffling a *lot*.  if i already have all the books here as paperbacks (or hardbacks in a few cases), do i want to get the next one as an ebook, or to match my existing collection?  easy decision if it's something i loan out (like the couple of series i always have to loan to mom when i finish the new one), not so easy in other cases.  with coupon or discount, for the keepers i'm not willing to wait on so far the book has been cheaper than the ebook and i've just gone with that.  at least from now on if an author switches to HB in the middle of a series i'll have another option than switching or waiting for the paperback.

not too long ago i did sell my first credits for an amazon GC and then did a little shopping.  :)

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 11:06 AM ET
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I have a NookColor and I'm transitioning to all ebook. I have a lot of sources for ebooks - including my public library - so I can borrow a ton of ebooks for free.  I love the concept of PBS, but I still end up paying 2-3 bucks a book anyways with the shipping so if I can borrow the ebook from my library or find it on sale, its better for me.

I didn't know you could sell your PBS credits...interesting. 

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 2:08 PM ET
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Ever since I got my kindle, I tend to use my PBS credits to get books for my kids.

Date Posted: 2/4/2011 5:22 PM ET
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I actually bought my Kindle mainly to use in college. The fact that most of the required reading is offered for free or cheap on Amazon made it appealing to me.

Not to say that I don't love actually reading on my Kindle. If I have time and the interest, I generally read some of the freebies Amazon posts.

In general, however, I prefer to use PBS. There is just something about holding a physical book that is so precious. Especially since I like long books--sometimes its hard to tell how long a book is when its on a Kindle.

I am also very paranoid of my Kindle getting stolen in public places. So, if I know I am going to get to read a lot while I'm out, I tend to take something I received on PBS.

Date Posted: 2/7/2011 1:49 PM ET
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I am using both.  If I get an ebook that I already have in print, I'll post the book here and read it on my Nook.  But if it is going to be a keeper, I may read it in ebook format and save the print book on my shelf.  Seeing it on the shelf reminds me that I still have to read it.  I have some series in both ebook and print.  It keeps me reading in both formats because sometimes it does feel good with a book in hand.  Sometimes the age of technology can make you forget how it used to be in the "good ol' days."

Date Posted: 2/7/2011 4:41 PM ET
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I am using both.  Many books that I read (the older ones) are not in ebook format.  Also some are keepers and may order in both in e and print format.  Ones that I didn't want to get rid of "in case" I wanted to read them again, I can no let go of and fill with more keepers.  If I ever feel the urge to read again, I can get it on the ereader.  I really didn't think I would likea  ereader, but I am finding that it gives me alternative.