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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
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 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%
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It doesn't really matter. All that matters are the words
22%
 22%  [ 6 ]
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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:34 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Ann wrote:
Well I got my Kindle on Friday and have been having fun finding out how to use it. I've only downloaded free books so far. I don't think I shall use it much at home but you never know!


I did get my Kindle (of course I did, I was there hand-holding at the on-line ordering thereof, in case it all went wrong) and, as I predicted, it was not set up already for me by Christmas day, nor preloaded with some favourite or tempting reads - as several of my friends were presented with last year. Oh, woe. Well, I knew my OH is not that great at presents nor that great at techie stuff, either. So while he was struggling with cooking the Christmas dinner* I was struggling to make the Kindle work. Still, my kids were impressed, imagining I was a Luddite when it comes to books.

So far I have bought Death Comes to Pemberley at a bargain price and a free sample chapter of Kate Atkinson (sadly, not a single one of the books on my Xmas list materialised!!  Crying or Very sad ) but I have not found any free downloadable books yet - where do I look, please??? The Kindle store is clearly not enouraging me to head straight for the free stuff...

*before anyone says 'wow, he cooks the Christmas dinner', I have to say I do absolutely everything else in the seasonal run-up, so I'm not sure why this particular chore gets so much kudos in Christmastide conversations. But no one was ill this year for the first time in - ever, really, - apart from some sore heads and queasy tummies, all self-induced. So we did very well.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Green Jay - if you go to the Kindle store on Amazon, and look down the column on the left, there is a 'more to explore' section, with a link to 'free ebook collections' - that's a good place to start.  Or in the bestsellers, there is a top 100 free books.  Once you have found them, it's very quick and easy - downloads instantly once you turn your Kindle on.

Or go to Project Gutenberg and see what is downloadable there.


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Evie, I obviously did not explore very far. Got caught up in the '12 days of Christmas' offers which went on endlessly. Still a bit nervous of it, really. Plus lots of people were around and I could not concentrate.


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I got mine, too - complete with a daughter to talk me through the important registration and set-up process. I too bought 'Death Comes to Pemberly' as it was the 99p Daily Deal on Christmas day. I've already finished it, so clearly reading on the Kindle was no problem. I've also bought Barbara Trapido's 'Sex and Stravinsky' and Julian Barnes' 'The Sense of an Ending', and downloaded several freebies - George Eliot, Wilkie Collins and Mrs Gaskell. Fun, fun, fun!!

I'm trying to hold back from 'purchasing' any more free titles at the moment, although I can think of no real reason why I should do this - they will require no storage space in the house, won't get lost and will cost me nothing, but at the moment it just feels wrong. Does anyone else have the same reaction?


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spidernick



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll need to download utorrent, but I get many of my books for the kindle here:

http://btjunkie.org/search?q=kindle+mobi

I will probably get the complete works of Wilkie Collins from Amazon at some stage, as his lesser-known novels are difficult to get hold of, but most books can be obtained at no charge from places like BTJunkie.  The legality of this is a little grey and morally you may feel doing this is wrong, but if not this is an excellent way of getting books for your kindle.  Personally I wouldn't do this with a new author, but have no qualms about downloading a Stieg Larsson novel, for example.

I see that WH Smith is now selling the Kobo, which was previously not available in the UK (it was in Australia and some other countries), but from what I can see the kindle is the best of the lot and I wouldn't be without mine, against all expectations.

Below is a review of some of the more popular eReaders currently on the market:

http://www.ebookreadersreview.co.uk/



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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The legality or otherwise is quite clear, surely? Anything offered for free download by an author still living, or one who died less than 70 years ago is likely to be illegal under UK law, unless express permission has been given by the author (eg with a Creative Commons licence).



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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chris-l wrote:


I'm trying to hold back from 'purchasing' any more free titles at the moment, although I can think of no real reason why I should do this - they will require no storage space in the house, won't get lost and will cost me nothing, but at the moment it just feels wrong. Does anyone else have the same reaction?


No, not quite. I'm just conscious of not downloading stuff I will never get round to reading. I did get Pride  & Prej, though, and nearly got The Moonstone, but I already have this in whatever we call "real" books now (??). I have P & P too, so don't know what all that was about. A rush to the head! I thought it would be nice to browse Austen on train journeys. I also got a G K Chesterton detective which sounds fun. There were quite a few contemporary crimey/thrillers on the Top 100 Freebies that I have never heard of, nor their authors. I suppose they are free in the hope you'll get hooked into a series , and pay for more. I wonder if trying to read a trashy book on Kindle makes it feel even more trashy than trying the first few pages on paper?

I have just read the prologue of Death Comes to Permberley , which precis the plot of P & P, and started the first chapter. Already the Austenish style is becoming degraded. Ah,well.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MikeAlx wrote:
The legality or otherwise is quite clear, surely? Anything offered for free download by an author still living, or one who died less than 70 years ago is likely to be illegal under UK law, unless express permission has been given by the author (eg with a Creative Commons licence).


It's not quite as simple as that, if it's anything like TV programmes, where the person breaking the law is apparently the one who uploads the content, rather than those who then download what has been uploaded.  Whether it's morally acceptable is, of course, an entirely different matter.



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh joy - have only just discovered my Kindle has a web browser...and so I can get the Big Readers board (amongst other things of course!) on my Kindle.  Fab.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

county_lady wrote:
Evie, so has my sister-in-law, at least for travelling abroad.
Hubby did offer to buy me a Kindle but as our home is over stocked with books and we no longer travel very much I couldn't justify the purchase.
I must admit the idea of easy access to the classics is tempting.


The above was on March 8th. 2011 a whole year has passed but now I have not a Kindle but a 7" tablet to which a Kindle app can be added.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/NATPC-M00...dp/B006M07X34/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_t_1

It is a Mothering Sunday gift that arrived early. So far I've set it to English UK. Time GMT. got it connected to our wi-fi and created a gmail account!
I'll have coffee and a break brfore I play on it I want to set up BBC iplayer and forum access.  I am wondering which browser to download and what  about internet security? What do tablets use? My PC has McAfee but I'm sure tablets don't have the capacity for large downloads. I do have a 16gb sandisc to plug in.



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