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What do you think about the concept of an e-book?
I'm against it. Books should stay in book form
14%
 14%  [ 4 ]
I think it's a good idea, but it's not one that I'll be taking up
59%
 59%  [ 16 ]
It's a great idea! Finally, technology has caught up with books! More people are going to start reading! The future is here!
3%
 3%  [ 1 ]
It doesn't really matter. All that matters are the words
22%
 22%  [ 6 ]
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:04 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

After starting to come around to the idea of a kindle this has sort of put me off again!

http://boingboing.net/2012/10/22/kindle-user-claims-amazon-dele.html

Any view or comments on this? I understand its probably a very rare situation, its just the fact they are able to do it at all.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The idea that books downloaded onto a Kindle are really "loaned" to that individual alone doesn't sit well with me. The idea that books can be passed on or shared is part of what makes reading enjoyable.

I like the fact that I tend to have 3 or so books lent to friends or relatives at any one time. The difficult thing is remembering who and what you have lent!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not being able to pass books on to people I know would enjoy them is the major drawback of the Kindle for me. On the other hand it does have its upside: no one can inflict on me some dreadful piece of rubbish that I 'really must read'! Just occasionally, over the years, I have discovered a real gem when someone has insisted on lending me a book, but the overall experience has been pretty grim.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like I am in the minority.  I've had a book lent to me on Kindle, it was "Catching Fire" so it was a recent book. No glitches.  But most of my friends do not read, so me lending them something is futile.

The feature I do like about the Kindle is that I can borrow Library Books.  I still read physical books from the library, but if I can get a 500 page book on my Kindle, I'll opt for it. Less weight to carry every day.

I have both a Kindle Fire and a Nook, and I still go to the library to borrow. I'm pretty sick!!   Embarassed



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

busy91 wrote:

I have both a Kindle Fire and a Nook, and I still go to the library to borrow. I'm pretty sick!!   Embarassed


In that case most of us here are sick too, terminal cases I would say.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

busy91 wrote:
The feature I do like about the Kindle is that I can borrow Library Books.  I still read physical books from the library, but if I can get a 500 page book on my Kindle, I'll opt for it. Less weight to carry every day.



Oooh, how do you do that?! (followed by dimwit face, couldn't find an emoticon bad enough )

I shouldn't really ask, as I am currently reading about 5 'real' books at the same time, including a library book and one borrowed from a friend,  and still have Bleak House awaiting continuation on the Kindle.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Green Jay wrote:

Oooh, how do you do that?! (followed by dimwit face, couldn't find an emoticon bad enough )

I shouldn't really ask, as I am currently reading about 5 'real' books at the same time, including a library book and one borrowed from a friend,  and still have Bleak House awaiting continuation on the Kindle.



I think your library has to be set up for it. Not all libraries offer this service.  I'm not sure if they even do it in your neck of the woods or not.  You may want to go to your local library and ask them if they are set up to do this.



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will look into this, Liz. Thanks. I can look up their catalogue and reserve and renew on online, but I know that's not anything like the same thing.  I wonder how they suck it back out of your Kindle after you've read it?? (searching for ultra-dimwit emoticon - none bad enough ... the opposite of a light bulb, perhaps)


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Greenjay

As Liz says, some library services are set up for it and some are not.  A member of my reading group has a friend in another part of the country who can do this; our own library service does not provide it.




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