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Old February 1 2010, 06:36 AM   #61
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Re: eBook Formats and Readers ?'s

I'd like to see a bunch of these readers in-person. Any ideas where I should look? Would Staples or someplace like that have them?

Barring that, a comparative analysis would be useful.
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Old February 1 2010, 07:56 AM   #62
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You know, I've stated many times that I love my Kindle, but if Amazon keeps this shit up for very long, I'm taking the loss and switching to a Nook or a Sony.

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog...outsiders.html

This is bullshit.

(Short version - in a dispute over ebook pricing, Amazon has stopped selling ALL books from Macmillan, which includes the sci-fi imprint Tor, INCLUDING print books. Not just electronic ones.)
I wouldn't worry too much about Amazon dropping MacMillan. How long do you suppose it will take before MacMillan backs down? Do you honestly think in today's market they can afford to throw away millions of dollars in revenue? Amazon has the upper suite here not MacMillan. Yea...you can look at it as a strong arm tactic but it's what we call here in this country "free enterprise" and Amazon has a business model they are trying to pursue and they have their Kindle customer's best interest in mind. $9.99 is a fair market price and I don't blame Amazon for making the decision. MacMillan will be the big loser here if they don't cave in. Amazon customers will just find other products to buy. And if Amazon sticks to their guns it will benefit ebook readers everywhere not just Kindle readers.

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Old February 1 2010, 08:01 AM   #63
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Lindley wrote: View Post
I'd like to see a bunch of these readers in-person. Any ideas where I should look? Would Staples or someplace like that have them?

Barring that, a comparative analysis would be useful.
Most Barnes and Nobles have at least a display nook that can be played with. Border's carries the Sony ereaders as does Best Buy. You can't lay hands on a Kindle unless you know somebody that has one. There are also a lot of other brands but the B&N nook, Sony and Kindle are the most well known and owned. Each have features worth looking at and compare to decide what features are most important to you.

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Old February 1 2010, 08:03 AM   #64
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Amazon Caves to Macmillan:

http://www.techcrunch.com/2010/01/31...icing-demands/
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Old February 1 2010, 08:05 AM   #65
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Thrawn wrote: View Post
You know, I've stated many times that I love my Kindle, but if Amazon keeps this shit up for very long, I'm taking the loss and switching to a Nook or a Sony.

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog...outsiders.html

This is bullshit.

(Short version - in a dispute over ebook pricing, Amazon has stopped selling ALL books from Macmillan, which includes the sci-fi imprint Tor, INCLUDING print books. Not just electronic ones.)
I wouldn't worry too much about Amazon dropping MacMillan. How long do you suppose it will take before MacMillan backs down? Do you honestly think in today's market they can afford to throw away millions of dollars in revenue? Amazon has the upper suite here not MacMillan. Yea...you can look at it as a strong arm tactic but it's what we call here in this country "free enterprise" and Amazon has a business model they are trying to pursue and they have their Kindle customer's best interest in mind. $9.99 is a fair market price and I don't blame Amazon for making the decision. MacMillan will be the big loser here if they don't cave in. Amazon customers will just find other products to buy. And if Amazon sticks to their guns it will benefit ebook readers everywhere not just Kindle readers.

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You're behind in this. Amazon has already said they are going to "capitulate". I'm not sure what they are waiting for since they already said they are backing down.

We want you to know that ultimately, however, we will have to capitulate and accept Macmillan's terms because Macmillan has a monopoly over their own titles, and we will want to offer them to you even at prices we believe are needlessly high for e-books.
And whether you agree with Amazon or Macmillan, John Scalzi explains why the way Amazon handled the situation has been totally lame.
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Old February 1 2010, 04:04 PM   #66
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Lindley wrote: View Post
I'd like to see a bunch of these readers in-person. Any ideas where I should look? Would Staples or someplace like that have them?

Barring that, a comparative analysis would be useful.
Most Barnes and Nobles have at least a display nook that can be played with. Border's carries the Sony ereaders as does Best Buy. You can't lay hands on a Kindle unless you know somebody that has one. There are also a lot of other brands but the B&N nook, Sony and Kindle are the most well known and owned. Each have features worth looking at and compare to decide what features are most important to you.

Kevin
I described my interest in this (fairly ignored) thread:
http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=113214

Basically, I'm looking for a fair-sized screen and easy navigation. Unfortunately that's subjective, so I'd want to spend some time playing around with each before making a decision.

....Need to find someone who has a Kindle....
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Old February 2 2010, 09:49 AM   #67
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Lindley, I think your thread would best be moved here instead of where it is. I did reply in your thread.
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Old February 4 2010, 11:51 PM   #68
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Well, I finally have done it. I've ordered my first ebook reader--the Astak EZ Reader Pocket Pro. I ordered it earlier this morning.

After I get used to how to do things on it, and the novelty of it starts to wear off, my first ebook purchase will probably be Terok Nor: Day of the Vipers, which I'm currently trying to read again for the first time (the first time I tried to read it I gave up somewhere in the middle). A major part of the reason for this is that the font size is too small to read comfortably.

Later, when I'm ready to read them, at least three other print books I own will be purchased as ebooks, for exactly the same reason, if no other: Twist of Faith and Mission Gamma books 1 & 2 (Twilight and This Gray Spirit). I'm hoping my experience reading ebooks is better and faster than reading in print format that I buy more of my currently unread print books as ebooks. The question then will be, what to do with all those unread print books?
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Old February 5 2010, 01:46 AM   #69
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I'm hoping my experience reading ebooks is better and faster than reading in print format that I buy more of my currently unread print books as ebooks. The question then will be, what to do with all those unread print books?
I've found that my reading speed has increased dramatically just because of being able to change the font size. I also seem to be able to concentrate and get involved in the books more on the ereader than I do DTB.

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Old February 15 2010, 01:23 AM   #70
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I'm hoping my experience reading ebooks is better and faster than reading in print format that I buy more of my currently unread print books as ebooks. The question then will be, what to do with all those unread print books?
I've found that my reading speed has increased dramatically just because of being able to change the font size. I also seem to be able to concentrate and get involved in the books more on the ereader than I do DTB.

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Now that my ebook reader has arrived and I've had 2+ days to read on it, all I can say is "Wow!"

When I ordered it, I was only expecting about a 10-20% increase in speed. Instead, it's more like well into the triple-digit percent increase. Yesterday alone, I finished one chapter and read another whole chapter in Terok Nor: Day of the Vipers; and read two whole chapters in Q-in-Law. In print format, it would have taken several days to read one chapter in DotV, and each chapter of QiL would probably have taken about one day by itself.

Yep, I'm an ebook convert, alright!
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Old February 18 2010, 03:22 PM   #71
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Rather than starting a new thread I was wondering if Google will be releasing any Star Trek Books onto the net. Since they are planning (if they aren't stopped) to release a lot of books for free on the net.

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Old February 18 2010, 07:35 PM   #72
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Rather than starting a new thread I was wondering if Google will be releasing any Star Trek Books onto the net. Since they are planning (if they aren't stopped) to release a lot of books for free on the net.

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I doubt it.
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Old February 18 2010, 11:43 PM   #73
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On the other hand, during the unveiling of the iPad, Steve Jobs said that Simon & Schuster books would be available in the iBookstore. I suppose it means the existing ebooks, but one can hope.
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Old February 22 2010, 11:28 AM   #74
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^ But if you buy them from the iBookstore you'll only ever be able to read them on an iPhone/Pad/Pod. It'll be just like buying music from iTunes.
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^ But if you buy them from the iBookstore you'll only ever be able to read them on an iPhone/Pad/Pod. It'll be just like buying music from iTunes.
You mean that DRM-free music that I can play on any device?

More like buying video from iTunes, probably...
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