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Okay, I broke down and bought a Kindle.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Valka D'Ur, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. Valka D'Ur

    Valka D'Ur Hosting Iron Pen in A&E Retired Moderator

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    Now that I have it (just arrived half an hour ago), what do I do with it? Aside from the ebooks that I'm obligated to read & review from my Library Thing Early Reviewers activities, are there any Really Good Books I should consider that are not easily available in physical form? Keep in mind that I have an eclectic taste in reading materials, but prefer science fiction and historical fiction, love astronomy and classical history, my favorite Canadian author is Margaret Atwood, and I've been collecting books for over 35 years.

    It's not often I make threads here at all, let alone ask for advice or recommendations, so please don't post unless you're genuinely trying to be helpful.

    Thank you in advance. :)
     
  2. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    I'm not sure what you mean by "easily available". If you are primarily reading fiction, do you purchase every book you read and keep it afterwards? If not, then many if not most paperbacks could probably be replaced with the kindle. Anything you don't want to purchase and your library has a hard time coming up with could be used that way. Many magazines are now available for readers as well.
     
  3. Valka D'Ur

    Valka D'Ur Hosting Iron Pen in A&E Retired Moderator

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    Yes, I keep the books I buy, and it's rare that I've ever borrowed a library book that I didn't want for my own collection. What I am wondering about are those books that wouldn't necessarily be found in any local bookstore (new books, not second-hand) because they're rare or older. An example would be an old SF series by Hugh Walters about a group of four astronauts who go on missions to the various planets. I read the series (most of it) back in junior high, but have so far only managed to track down a copy of one of them - and it was expensive!

    There are other things I read that I wouldn't expect to find available on any e-reading device - fanfic. But I've found lots of references to short stories or essays by various authors that have been released for Kindle. It's more of the unusual things I'm hunting for, rather than the current stuff I could buy at the local store.
     
  4. FriendlyFire

    FriendlyFire Codex WMDicanious

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    cheap 2nd hand books > Kindle
     
  5. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    For those older books and short stories you are having trouble locating, I think you may have to search online or get advice on where to look for them. :dunno: Some of these may be available, but the finding of them could be a bit of work.
     
  6. AlpsStranger

    AlpsStranger Jump jump on the tiger!

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    You made a smart move. I'm not a "gadget guy" really. My computer is a gaming desktop and my phone is not very smart, but the old style e-ink Kindle is one of my favorite inanimate objects.

    It's like a low-tech high-tech device, and that's where it gets its charm. It's not hooked up to my social media RSS twitfeed blah blah blah *shakes fist.* I just put e-books on it and read, just like a normal book. Imagine that, technology that isn't unbelievably irritating. :p
     
  7. Kaitzilla

    Kaitzilla Lord Croissant

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    Go to amazon.com, Books section, advanced search, sort by price low to high, start downloading free books! :D

    Or just click on this link.
    http://www.amazon.com/Totally-Free-kindle-Books/lm/R27UG52OAM3TFX

    Then head on over to the Baen free library and download each free book.
    http://www.baen.com/library/books.asp

    Finally, if you must, start buying the 99 cent books by the desperate self-published authors that have good ratings. Hard to regret later even if you choose badly.


    If you want to burn your entire $5.99 tax refund, Wool seems pretty popular book on kindle. 4400 good reviews
    http://www.amazon.com/Wool-Omnibus-Edition-Silo-ebook/dp/B0071XO8RA/ref=kinw_dp_ke


    Also, be sure to take advantage of the free samples before you buy a book!

    The preview is priceless as far as telling if you will enjoy the writing style. It will typically give you the first 10 pages of the book or more.
     
  8. Kaitzilla

    Kaitzilla Lord Croissant

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    Also, you are now free to read books with embarrassing covers!

    Harry Potter, My Pet Goat, Anita Blake, Mein Kampf, whatever

    No one will have any idea what you are reading.
     
  9. AlpsStranger

    AlpsStranger Jump jump on the tiger!

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    Mein Kampf

    Rage

    Darwin's Black Box

    The Protocols of the Meetings of the Learned Elders of Zion

    Any crazy ass thing you want :mischief:
     
  10. Kaitzilla

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    Wait, obscure books? Good thing you got Kindle! That's where all the self publishers are. Hmmm

    My favorite historical fiction is an old book about Marco Polo.
    The Journeyer by Gary Jennings. Very fat book! Almost $9 on kindle.
    http://www.amazon.com/Journeyer-Gary-Jennings/dp/0765323494

    That takes a long time to read. Also, a lot of weird sexual practices 700-800 years ago, so certainly an adult book.


    Let's see, sci fi...

    You could always buy a tome that you were always reluctant to buy because it wouldn't fit on a bookshelf, like Pandora's Star. But you want niche/rare right?

    The Forever War is $5 on kindle and like >$10 at the bookstore because they won't make it in regular paperback form. I bought another book by the author instead, Forever Peace, and hated it.

    The Uplift Saga Book #2 and #3 are 25 years old and pretty outrageous.
    Artificially advanced dolphins flying spaceships :mischief:
    Or artificially advanced chimps and oversized xenophobic militant chickens in the next one :lol:


    Can't really say I loved any sci-fi book except maybe Foreigner. The series is up to book 14 now. Only the first 3 really matter though. Aliens loosely based off of feudal Japan. The author seems to have a thing for damaged male lead characters.
    http://www.amazon.com/Foreigner-Ann...UTF8&qid=1366164738&sr=1-1&keywords=foreigner
     
  11. RobAnybody

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    OMG you SIT ON YOUR COUCH & BROWSE TEH INTERWEBS! Have you not realized that you don't need a computer anymore to surf the net? It's literally couch potato heaven. If you're only using it to read books, you have not tapped 90% of the potential, seriously.

    Anything you used to do at your computer, you can now do almost anywhere. It's a brave new world.
     
  12. AlpsStranger

    AlpsStranger Jump jump on the tiger!

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    I do not type with my thumbs.

    Ever.

    I will be dead and in the ground before I do.

    EDIT: Okay, exaggeration, and I know touch screen devices are better than old fashioned thumb typing :p

    EDIT2: What can I say? I never fell out of love with the desktop. It's grand and powerful when you're at it, and it is completely absent when you aren't at it. Bliss.
     
  13. Leifmk

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    This was the main reason why I got a Kindle last year -- 30+ years of reading and hoarding books was beginning to cause problems with lack of shelf and storage space. Now, almost all of my new purchases are ebooks. I'm still going to hoard them, apparently, but at least they're not taking up physical space in my house.

    Someone has already recommended Wool so I can just second that, it's rad. The other big recommendation I'll make is to take a look at Project Gutenberg. Thousands upon thousands of free ebook versions of public-domain works; convenient as hell if you're into classics.
     
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    Since she's talking about reading books, I assume she got an e-ink kindle, which is awful for web browsing.
     
  15. AlpsStranger

    AlpsStranger Jump jump on the tiger!

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    Yes, it really is. Fortunately, it's great for reading.
     
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    Ever read Brendan Dubois's Resurrection Day? It's a surprisingly good alt-history/sci-fi sort of thing where things get kind of nuclear-firey during the Cuban missile crisis. Book takes place some decades after that as America is stuck trying to rebuild itself under a military government, Kennedy and the rest of the civilian government having died when the bombs fell. NY and DC are still empty irradiated wastelands, and the story is a journalist uncovering mysterious goings on. Really, really good book IMO.
     
  17. mechaerik

    mechaerik Tuturuu!

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    I second this, there's a lot of great stuff there.
     
  18. Valka D'Ur

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    Ooh, thank you! :) I'd have to see what differences there are between amazon.ca and amazon.com, though. It's like when I do my monthly Early Reviewers requests on Library Thing... some titles just are not available to Canadians.

    I've been buying cheap second-hand books for decades. Unfortunately, they're not that cheap anymore, and there are a lot fewer second-hand bookstores around these days. I've been mostly lucky with amazon.ca and eBay, but sometimes get burned (or at least the sellers try). Just the other day I received a Carl Sagan book that had been advertised as "Very Good Condition" - and it's got fundamentalist scribblings in atrocious handwriting all the way through! Some idiot decided to have an argument with Carl Sagan - a very DEAD Carl Sagan (the book was published posthumously) - in ink... :gripe: Naturally, that book is going back for a refund.

    Another reason: I recently moved. It took OVER SIX DOZEN banker's boxes to pack my books - and that's not anywhere close to the entirety of all the books I own. I've got a few more dozens' worth of boxes of them in storage. Mind you, some of those are inherited from my grandmother and dad; I won't be keeping 99.9% of them, since they're murder mysteries and westerns.

    I've been hunting some books for over 30 years, so what's another few months or a couple of years? :p

    My philosophy of "gadgets" is that it's got to last a good long while and can't be something that I can't figure out fairly easily if I happen to lose the instructions. That's what I tell the guys at the electronics/computer department wherever I might be thinking of making a purchase - don't expect to see me back every 2 weeks for the latest gizmo that goes with/replaces this thing (whatever we're talking about at the time) since I expect things to last awhile - at least until the warranty runs out!

    Heh, I got used to hiding some of my reading a long time ago.

    True story: My grandmother approved of Tarzan books, so when she saw Nomads of Gor, she bought it for me. She had no idea what the difference was between John Norman and Edgar Rice Burroughs; she just went by the cover illustrations (the editions I had of Tarzan were very similar to the early American editions of the Norman novels). So when my grandfather got hold of it and read it, he was horrified that his teenage granddaughter had such a book! :eek: Well, I hadn't even read the thing at the time, but when I finally did, my grandmother didn't want me to read it on the front porch - she was hysterical about "What would the NEIGHBORS think???!" :run:

    Marco Polo is interesting, certainly. :)


    That's by Joe Haldeman, right? I've already got it in paperback. I hadn't heard of Forever Peace, though.

    I haven't read those - I'm more into the Union-Alliance novels, and I absolutely loved the sequel to Cyteen (Regenesis).

    Unfortunately, I cannot sit on my couch and browse anything - I don't own a couch! Seriously, I gave up having a couch in favor of more bookshelves. :D

    I don't type with my thumbs either, unless you count using the space bar.

    Have you ever had them vanish (like the infamous incident when Amazon took back a book that people had purchased, whether the customer wanted it gone or not)? I must admit, it makes me nervous to think that my only copy of something could vanish or be inaccessible if the battery goes dead/electricity goes off.

    Ah, I'd forgotten about Project Gutenberg! :) I remember a few years back, when I was hunting for an unabridged edition of The Count of Monte Cristo... the only one available was in French! I do read French, but not well enough to get all the nuances that a more fluent reader would catch. I was fortunate that one of the local second-hand booksellers managed to find me a copy.

    I used to read a lot of post-apocalyptic stuff, but had to cut way back - it was seriously depressing. I'm currently watching Revolution on TV - one of the most ridiculous SF-wannabe series I've ever seen, about what happens 15 years after the electricity suddenly doesn't work anymore (there's a thread about it in the Arts & Entertainment forum). But if this is decently literate - in that the author doesn't assume the audience doesn't know its science or have some sensible ideas of what a post-apocalyptic society would be like, I'll give it a try.
     
  19. mechaerik

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    I believe that it was an edition of 1984, and whoever had put it up for sale didn't own the rights to it.

    Any recommendations on that front?
     
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    Never happened to me; I believe there's only been a couple of incidents where Amazon have screwed up that kind of stuff, they've just been very publicized incidents.

    Also there are pretty simple ways to make proper backup copies. Google will provide you with the methods.
     

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