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Thoughts on the Kindle

I've had a Kindle of some sort since 2010. My original Kindle Keyboard resides with electorprince now, Steve uses the Kindle Fire he got me in 2011, and I'm on a Kindle Paperwhite because I realized that A. my original Fire was really heavy and B. all I used it for was reading anyway.

I gave my Aluratek E-Libre Pro to the family next door because Julie (the mom) had been admiring it so and I know she's homeschooling Carrie, her daughter. I can afford ereaders, and being homesteaders, they can't. I missed it, so I got the next iteration, which is the E-Libre Air.

These come with 100 public domain books, so this is where I read "Dracula" recently, and I intend to read other books already on it when I get home. There are a number of classics that I'm ashamed to say I haven't read.

What's funny though, is that while I am reading voraciously, when I read on an e-reader I don't feel exactly as if I've read a book. It's the same experience, but at the end I still kind of wish I had that volume on my shelf. This is craziness; I like the fact that I'm not killing a tree, but there is something about having the tactile pages....

Bookbub.com is being my best friend and worst enemy simultaneously. Free books are becoming rare, but 99 cent books are the norm. I read two books by horror writer Scott Nicholson because of it, and he's someone whose books I will continue to buy. Same with Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series. First tastes are free or cheap at Bookbub.

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garpu
Aug. 11th, 2014 12:36 pm (UTC)
I'll have to check those two out.

Working my way through "Ancillary Justice" here. It's pretty good. (A friend recommended it since it was nominated for a Hugo this year. Easily better than the other big nomination, the WoT series.)
kwokj
Aug. 12th, 2014 12:18 am (UTC)
I read all of Sherlock on the Kobo app on my ipad mini. I started out with freebies, and then paid two or three bucks for the complete works to read the rest.

I've started using my public library's ebook offerings. They use an app called Overdrive for browsing titles, borrowing and reading.

I still prefer handling actual books though, unless it's too fat and heavy to comfortably carry around. I started with Sherlock because it was easy reading a short story here and there between library loans (I don't buy very many books,) and then I started using the library's e-loans for an obscure work by my favourite author that wasn't avaible in a print copy.
kishiriadgr
Aug. 12th, 2014 12:56 am (UTC)
Pima County Libraries have an ebook lending program too, and I'm going to be making use of it. the only problem is that a lot of the books I want to read aren't there. Aargh.
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