Anyone trying the eBook reader thing?

Discussion in 'Books' started by Ian Lozada, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. Rorysm

    Rorysm New Member

    Aug 12, 2008
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  2. Barbara

    Barbara Where is Rickon? Oh, there he is.

    Apr 29, 2000
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    Did you have a particular team in mind when you wrote it?
     
  3. Rorysm

    Rorysm New Member

    Aug 12, 2008
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    Imagine if someone just inherited Chivas USA and realized it would be a lot cheaper to run a team in the Midwest than in LA.
     
  4. Flyer Fan

    Flyer Fan Member+

    Apr 18, 1999
    Columbus, OH
    I've been looking into e-readers recently, and the fact that the Kindle is not compatible with that system was enough for me to cross it off my list.

    I went to my local Barnes & Noble the other day to play around with their Nook and Nookcolor. Looking at B&N's web site, it seems like the old-school Nook would satisfy my needs. However, the iPad-light Nookcolor seems like it has some advantages: color, magazines, a web browser, etc. The fact that its battery life is only eight hours and that it's more of a computer screen are potential drawbacks to me (so far). Does anyone have any experience with the Nookcolor?
     
  5. Rorysm

    Rorysm New Member

    Aug 12, 2008
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    The most common complaint about the Nook color is that it is back-lit, most people who work with computers during the day don't want to stare at another backlit screen at night. I also know that their "library" of books to buy is significantly smaller than Amazon's (although I hear the gap is closing), especially when it comes to free books and indie authors (which might not be your thing anyway).

    As for the Kindle not working with your library, yeah, that is a bit of a drawback. Fortunately the kindle has a borrow and lend program where you can "borrow" books from other users for three weeks (and the lender cannot access the book during this time but it magically reappears after the three weeks). While this was intended to be a small thing among fiends, it has become a popular deal on the bigger boards where you can find nearly any book you want. Here's one popular board
     
  6. ButlerBob

    ButlerBob Moderator
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    Nov 13, 2001
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    I got a Kindle for Christmas and have really enjoyed it. I haven't really bought that many books for it yet. I've down loaded a bunch of the free books. I rediscovered and working my way through the John Carter Warlord of Mars series that I had read way back when I was in high school. I've also purchease some books that aren't on Amazon and haven't had any problems loading them on my Kindle. Although I understand for some publishers you would need to convert them to a version that can be used on the Kindle. But overall it was another great gift from my wife.
     
  7. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    John Carter, Warload of Mars. Now that made my ears (eyes) pick up. Haven't heard about him for a while. I read him after I'd read all the Tarzan series when I was in school in England.
    Didn't realize that one day I'd be living near Tarzana, California. The town used to be Edgar Rice Burroughs estate. paid for by the likes of us.
    See what you started...:)
    I was just seeing what people thought of e/type/books

    I still have an early edition of "Tarzan of the Apes" on my bookcase. What would Kindle look like next to it/
     
  8. monster

    monster Member

    Oct 19, 1999
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    I got a Kindle and love it. I also love physical books. To me, it's like movies these days. I'll watch some in the theater, some on TV. Depends on a lot of factors. I already have found a handful of cheap books via Kindle I may have never found in bookstores and may have not been inclined to buy in physical form without the deep discount they are giving for Kindle owners.
     
  9. Dawdler

    Dawdler Member+

    Apr 2, 2005
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    I have a kindle and a nook color and I love them both for different reasons. The kindle is for just reading and some outdoor reading the nook color is for PDF's and comics and has a handy little web browser for quick internet access. I didn't think I would get hooked on e-readers but I have and I've downloaded a bunch of free ebooks, publishers and authors are always offering their books for free for a limited time, so I'm always looking for deals a good site for free ebooks is Smashwords

    I would also recommend downloading Calibre its an e-book management software, think of it as an itunes for books, it allows you to manage your books and even convert files into epub (open) and mobi (kindle) format.

    happy reading
     
  10. Street_Soccer

    Street_Soccer New Member

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    Ebooks are just a great way to get books and be able to store them in a small place. While I still prefer reading hard copies the convenience of ebooks are hard to ignore.
     
  11. Val1

    Val1 Member+

    Mar 12, 2004
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    Same here, I haven't found a book yet that cost more on the nook, for me, than on paper.
    I have a nook color. One big plus is that it offers you the chance to buy audio books, and while 95% of the available choices seems to be children's books, I hope it would grow. I don't get 8 hours of battery life, but then I never get advertised battery life in anything, and that the nook color functions as a tablet PC as well, which is why I got it. I love newspapers, but Sudoko on a good tablet beats the heck out of a paper.

    Biggest difference for me, if I was choosing solely for the reading of books, is that the basic kindle has a button to turn pages, while the nook is touch screen. I've read extensively on the kindle, and I really prefer a simple old fashioned button...
     
  12. Naughtius Maximus

    Jul 10, 2001
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    I think that's a very important difference. For reading books the kindle, (or something very similar), is best but for browsing a tablet is preferable.

    I had a kindle which I've just given to my daughter and am buying another one, (the low-cost one as it happens, because I almost never used the keyboard), but will probably look at the kindle fire or similar when it comes out.
     
  13. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    Wondering how the e/noondle will work with 'my' reading nook. :)

    [​IMG]

    Leaning towards Kindle right now, prolly for my next trip. We carried far too many books last time away.
     
  14. Naughtius Maximus

    Jul 10, 2001
    Shropshire
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    Nice set-up there :)

    If you take trips and enjoy reading then some sort of device is almost a requirement as it saves you an enormous amount of fumbling around trying to find a particular book in a case and then finding the right page if, like me, the little marker has fallen out... AGAIN! Essentially it remembers where you've got to in any book.

    My reading experience with the kindle 3 was good and the new one is slightly smaller, having no dedicated keyboard, but has a viewing screen which I believe is the same size. It's also cheaper.

    It might be worth checking one out in a store first though if you can.
     
  15. usscouse

    usscouse BigSoccer Supporter

    May 3, 2002
    Orygun coast
    Thanks. That's sortta where I'm aiming. A nice couple came and sat by the pool at the place in Cabo (name dropping here and rubbing in the sun :)) each with the new version. They were loving them, He gave me a demo and let me handle his. (He was reading Patterson's latest!) I was impressed of how easy the screen was to read considering how bright it was even under the umbrella.

    Then I bent to pick up my wet book and find my place again...:D
     
  16. Samuel5

    Samuel5 New Member

    May 27, 2012
    I read on my cellphone. you can find some pretty good free e-readers out there
     
  17. bungadiri

    bungadiri Super Moderator
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    Jan 25, 2002
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    I've got a kindle app that came as part of the enormous amount of bloatware pre-loaded on my Droid. Haven't tried it yet and suppose I will have to eventually. Anybody have postive or negative experiences with this?
     
  18. Bonnie Lass

    Bonnie Lass Super Moderator
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    Oct 20, 2000
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    I have the Kindle app on my iPod touch, and have had it on there for over a year now.

    Honestly, for me, I can only read maybe 40-50 pages before my eyes start to hurt. It's not so much the backlit part for me as it is the narrow width of the screen, even using a smaller typeface. I've read 4 or 5 complete books on it so far. Thankfully, most are short stories or books you don't mind putting down after a short time.

    Even though I'm not quite the reader I was a few years ago, I'll probably suck it up and get a basic Kindle reader later this year just so I can last longer than 50 pages.
     
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  19. ryanryanryanryan

    ryanryanryanryan New Member

    Jun 21, 2012
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    [​IMG] Kindle is the only thing i use. Best thing around.
     
  20. Val1

    Val1 Member+

    Mar 12, 2004
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    Welcome to BS ryan4! Even if you are Man Utd supporter....

    Esp impressed that your first post was in the books forum...
     

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