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3 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 8/25/10 - 11:42:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
Do you own one?
Do you want one?
Which do you like the best/least?
-What is that opinion based on?
Is there anything you'd like to add/ask?

To answer my own questions...

I don't own one.
I think I want one. I love books. I love gadgets. This seems like it should be perfect for me.
BUT!
I also love used book stores and buying books for a quarter at yard sales, thrift stores and other such places of discarded treasure.
I'm leaning towards a Nook. For one, how fun is it to say Nook-eReader. Plus, it reads epub files (like library books) and has wi-fi (3g too? I forget)
I was REALLY interested in a Kindle, great price for the basic (no 3g) but no epub capability kinda makes it less fun for me.
I'd also considered the Sony Touch...but I always seem to have terrible luck with Sony electronics.
3 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 8/26/10 - 12:27:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
I like the haptic appeal of actual books too much, methinks

but if I had one, I wouldn't own a single legally acquired book
3 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 8/26/10 - 1:18:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
I would have no idea how to get an illegally downloaded book...
I have this awesome image of monks in candlelit crypt somewhere, diligently typing away, making digital copies of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".

I think it had something to do with your use of "methinks"?

Anyway. I love books too. I have like 2000. I can't imagine I'd ever stop buying hard copies of books.
3 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 8/26/10 - 2:01:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
The project Gutenberg is available for iPad and Kindle.

All the books are free
3 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 8/26/10 - 1:37:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
I love, love. love my Kindle but I've had some problems with it. The first one had a black dot in the middle of the screen and I googled the problem and found it was a common one. I called Amazon, and they replaced the Kindle, with a newer version, within 2 days for free. Now, I'm having a problem with the power source staying plugged in and they're sending me a new plug in free of charge. The problems are frustrating, and I never thought I'd forgo real paper, but if I can keep my Kindle working, I'm keeping it forever.
3 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 8/26/10 - 7:40:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
I have a kindle but I hardly ever use it.
3 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 8/27/10 - 4:54:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 8/26/10 - 2:01:30 AM Abzurd wrote:
The project Gutenberg is available for iPad and Kindle. All the books are free

Gutenberg is also available on android phones. I have an app (laputa) that's an eReader. But my phone has a little screen and it makes me feel like I'm reading a paragraph a page.
The biggest "problem" with Gutenberg is that it's only older books that have had their copyrights expire.

I think I came off talking too much about the money aspect. I don't mind paying...but I really would like to be ABLE to borrow from the library. It's a great resource, no matter the medium. Print, audio, digital.

I did find that using Calibre you **CAN** get epub files on a Kindle.

Kindle may have just taken the lead for me.

Nightgoddess, is it a Kindle1, 2 or DX?
3 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 8/27/10 - 5:57:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
Kindle 2.
3 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 8/28/10 - 5:06:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
WOnderland, Gutenberg are books that copyrights expired and/ or tranlations right too.

There are a lot of books from other cultures.

That's what makes it interesting to me.
3 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 8/29/10 - 1:05:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
I haven't explored the depths of Gutenberg. Just reading some stuff I'd never gotten around to before, like Jules Verne and L. Frank Baum.

I just like reading more contemporary stuff, too.

So, nightgoddess, Can I be nosey? When you have used it, did you find it easy to use? Was it as comfortable to hold as say a paperback book? Did you ever use it for non-book purposes, like email or otherwise browsing the internet? Tell me more!

Nwlyfree if you'd answer those questions too that'd be pretty nice of you!
3 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 8/29/10 - 1:16:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
Oh, about my Kindle? I love everything about it. I feel bad because I've always loved printed material but the Kindle is easy to hold, I read faster, which I don't always like but it's just easier to go to the next page or the previous page. I love that I can highlight just about any word and immediately get Webster's meaning of the word and how to pronounce it. Ya, I like it...but I've had problems with it too. I'm on my 3rd Kindle and my 2nd power supply...but when you experience a problem, you call Amazon and they overnight you a new book or whatever. I really could go on about it. I love it all!
3 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 9/1/10 - 3:32:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
i looove my netbook for reading.
i just rotate the screen with alt+ctrl+arrows and hold it like a regular book. perfect with microsoft reader (you can convert anything into .lit with calibre)
this site is great for fantasy ebooks
or just go to 4shared.com and type in the book you want.. they have the popular ones.
3 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 9/9/10 - 8:28:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
3 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 10/4/10 - 2:25:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
I just downloaded kindle for the PC..and amazon has some great books available free...

but because it's backlit it makes my eyes hurt to read for too long...so I'm thinking seriously of a kindle..
3 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 10/4/10 - 7:24:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
I would like one, but until the price of ebooks comes down to $2-3 per, I'm not getting one.
3 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 10/4/10 - 11:54:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
I can't wait til we can browse eBooks by language.

Meanwhile, I don't use them much.
3 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 10/8/10 - 11:09:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
Don't have, do not want.

Call me old fashioned, but I like the smell of books. And turning pages. And I hate reading on screens.
3 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 10/12/10 - 10:11:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
While i have always been partial to books I am about to cave in for a kindle.
3 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 10/13/10 - 1:40:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
I actually read much more having my Kindle. I think part of it is that I never have to leave the house to get a book.
3 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 10/24/10 - 1:16:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ok so I got a new phone this week, a HTC Wildfire and found a kindle app to download for free and you can get free books too
3 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 10/24/10 - 4:10:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
I got a Kindle Wi-Fi for my birthday on Thursday. I love it. I also got the leather case which I think is essential, reading without one seem just a little too odd.

I'm hugely impressed by the screen, out of the box I thought it was paper with instructions on it, silly bastard!

Love the speed of the downloads, most books I've bought are ready to go in less than 10 seconds. The amount of options you have to customise the view is impressive too, I was showing a lady at work who's now going to get one for her friend who's not able to see very well.

Great selection of books available too. Makes me wonder why I didn't get one sooner.
3 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 11/26/10 - 3:05:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
I've been intrigued by these, but I rarely go anywhere without my laptop. What's the advantage over a laptop if you assume you're going to have to carry the laptop around regardless?

Also, what's the deal with book ownership? Is it just as f*cked up as "owning" electronic music? Can I share with anyone I want? Use on multiple devices? Or if the kindle gets lost/stolen/irreparable damaged is my entire collection up in smoke too?
3 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 11/26/10 - 9:56:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
I read 90% of my books on the iPod touch these days, with the Kindle app installed. I don't feel the need for a bigger screen or e-ink.

I only keep a few physical books these days. Why stick with them when I can carry my entire library in my pocket?
3 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 11/27/10 - 5:08:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 11/26/10 - 3:05:17 AM catchall wrote:
What's the advantage over a laptop if you assume you're going to have to carry the laptop around regardless? Also, what's the deal with book ownership? Is it just as f*cked up as "owning" electronic music? Can I share with anyone I want? Use on multiple devices? Or if the kindle gets lost/stolen/irreparable damaged is my entire collection up in smoke too?


Laptop - no backlight, so it's easier on the eyes (or at least, easier on my eyes). The downside of this is that you have to provide light if you want to read in the dark - just like with a paper book.

Multiple devices - yes - I've got the books on both my PC and on my Kindle.

Share - I'm not sure.

Lost - not an issue - Amazon 'archives' your purchases, so you could get a new Kindle and re-download what you've already bought.
3 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 11/27/10 - 5:10:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 8/26/10 - 2:01:30 AM Abzurd wrote:
The project Gutenberg is available for iPad and Kindle. All the books are free


I'm new to Kindle, and have only downloaded from the Amazon site.

How do you download from the Gutenberg site?

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