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Re:E-Books 2011/08/23 03:36:10 (permalink)
Bob says I am way behind in technology. He wants to buy a kindle for me , as I read so much. I guess I am scared of moving on...
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Re:E-Books 2011/08/23 09:49:35 (permalink)
If you get the 6" Kindle Wifi for $114 you'll have all you need for reading books. At that price I think it is well worth it.
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Re:E-Books 2011/08/26 12:26:20 (permalink)
The Espresso Book Machine is an interesting hard-copy response to e-book. It allows a book store to down load the text of book & print a paper back version (w. cover art) in the store.
 
http://www.ondemandbooks.com/ebm_video.php 
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Re:E-Books 2011/08/26 12:35:03 (permalink)
I've a hard enough time reading a 13" monitor without cranking up the screen magnification and the reason I favor my 20" desktop monitor rather then casually use my laptop. I'm going through new reading glasses almost yearly before they become my next pair of mid vision glasses. I don't think a little 6" Kindle or reader is going to cut it. I'm a little tired of reading things anymore without having to use scroll bars.
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Re:E-Books 2011/08/26 13:21:52 (permalink)
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Bob says I am way behind in technology. He wants to buy a kindle for me , as I read so much. I guess I am scared of moving on...


I have been holding a book in my hand since I was 4. Even though I work in the technology field, I am a "late adopter". My wife convinced me to get a Kindle before vacation last year. Her rationale: Even if vacation was the only time I used it, it would allow us to NOT pack my usual 18-inch cube of books that I read while we're gone.
 
I love it. I took to it immediately. It's a really easy transition. Books tend to be cheaper on the Kindle, and you can even download stuff in the public domain for free and samples of books you want to try.
 
I highly recommend it.
 
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Re:E-Books 2011/08/26 13:41:38 (permalink)
I am an avid public library user. What will all of this do to libraries? I like being able to read new or old books for free.
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Re:E-Books 2011/08/26 14:47:28 (permalink)
Libraries have already adapted to that issue. You can check out electronic books and even borrow the reader...at least around here.
 
I don't discount the bulk issue. I'm awash in bookcases full of books that I'm probably going to do what I did 12 years ago, pack many of them all up and haul them off to a donation center. Something I end up doing ever decade or so. I don't have a problem with the concept or technophobic, just having problems with some of the long term details of things that I would want to keep for reference like cookbooks. The price of paper to electronic medium difference isn't convincing as I've noted above. 
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Re:E-Books 2011/08/26 15:42:20 (permalink)
Libraries have adapted, but this is the start of the serious death knell for the brick and mortar library and everyone who works there and/or uses it for purposes other than checking out books. It doesn't require a building with staff for someone to "check out" an e-book.
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Re:E-Books 2011/08/26 15:56:52 (permalink)
Because of budget cutbacks our local library is only open two days a weeks as it is.
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Re:E-Books 2011/08/26 16:38:21 (permalink)
Exactly. And e-books are NOT going to help.
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Re:E-Books 2011/08/26 17:29:59 (permalink)
As an avid reader - I average a book every two days - I will always read paper printed books. I go to my local used book store and get 11 books (w/the corners clipped) for $2. I usually get 22 books for $4. You just can't beat this. I read alot of historical novels, mysteries and bios. I have a NOOK but I find reading stories on it are very distracting. Either I hit the wrong page back/forward or a wrong button.
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Re:E-Books 2011/08/26 18:13:35 (permalink)
I just "checked out" a Stephen King novel to read via Adobe digital editions on my laptop. So far I'm not liking the experience very much but I will give it a fair try. Our local library system does not offer ebooks but I found out there are some library systems in Florida that offer you a free ecard if you are a state resident.
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Re:E-Books 2011/08/26 19:54:00 (permalink)
Trying to read e-books off a laptop is not a very good evaluation. That's difficult reading. E-readers like the Kindle are better. Their smallest at 6" is like reading a paperback book and you don't scroll, you flip pages. My preference is the iPad. I think it is good enough now but the next version is rumored that it will have retina display like the iPhone 4. That means you will be reading unpixilated text since the pixels per inch will equal or exceed any printed copy.
 
With e-books you have the ability to change text size and font types to what you feel is easiest to read for you.
 
Complain and knock them all you want, but it is the future and ain't going away. I imagine around 1500 there were a lot of peeved monks when the Gutenberg printing press and movable type came on.
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Re:E-Books 2011/08/26 22:14:24 (permalink)
Actually the Adobe Digital software isn't bad on the laptop. You have the choice of a single or double page, font sizes, and you don't scroll but can tap a key to advance the page.
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Re:E-Books 2011/08/27 10:47:24 (permalink)
As a reading environment, a laptop is generally much heavier, you can't utilize a variety of reading positions (like reclining and lying down) and the screens generally are not as optimized for reading as e-ink or even backlit tablets. That's what I meant for not a very good evaluation. I also find touch gestures of tapping the screen more intuitive than keyboards.
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Re:E-Books 2011/08/27 14:43:18 (permalink)
I have been a avid reader since age of five.  My husband was going to get me a Kindle for my birthday, but my daughter turned me on to my Kindle ap on my cellphone.  I immediately started reading with no problems.  I get maybe 2-3 paragraphs per page, but I can go quickly from page to page.  So far I download books from Amazon.  My daughter also has an Amazon account.  Many of the ebooks can be loaned to another Kindle user-2 week loan.  My daughter & I loan books back & forth.  I now have 3 books going.  I love the convenience, I read everywhere-in the car(I can read at night when traveling), anywhere I have to wait(car repair, dr's appointment).  The best thing is that I can read in bed without any lights.  As a side note, recently I took my 4 year old grandaughter to visit my mother & she got teary eyed when bedtime came around.  Nothing would help until I showed her Mamma Mia videos on my cellphone.  She fell asleep each nit to ABBA!
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Re:E-Books 2011/08/27 23:30:39 (permalink)
Another example of the convenience today.  I was supposed to drive back to Columbus from Chicago so I didn't have a book for the car.  However, as I was not feeling well, my wife drove.  I get really bored as a passenger, so I picked up her Droid phone, opened the Kindle app, bought the first Game of Thrones book and was reading it within 2 minutes.  The 6 hours went by quick and I can see I'll be getting the next 4 books soon.  I just have to decide if I will get the real ones or the electronic ones.  
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