I just couldn't imagine not turning the pages and whenever I've looked to see if it would be cheaper, I've alwaays found it's cheaper to buy the actual book rather than the kindle version
I'm with you on the turning pages, it's very weird at first and unsatisying though that feeling does go.Originally Posted by Wendy, post: 277963
However in terms of price, certainly on amazon, kindle books tend to be much better value than print. Not *100%* of the time no, but very often you see the kindle version for 2.79 and the print for 4.99. Then of course there are thousands of free kindle books which introduce you to a series or whatever and there are some *excellent* free ones out there.
Donna feels the same way about turning pages Wendy. However, she has found lots of free books and loves her Kindle Fire.Originally Posted by Wendy, post: 277963
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What I've noticed is that originally the free books were just old copyright free ones.
Now though, a lot of authors are putting their first book of a new series out for free so that people read them with no risk and then if they like them, they'll buy the rest of the series.
That's working out really well for me and I've discovered a load of new authors who I wouldnt have known about otherwise.
In theory I like the idea of electronic books as they are much more ecologically friendly. However, I do wonder about the economic impact of that, too.
I love books. I love the shelves full of books. I love returning to a book where I've tabbed it and refreshing my memory (obviously for reference type books). I love the smell of books...the feel of them. Not so sure about the alternatives.
I've read a few ebooks on my old iPhone, and it was handy when I was traveling so much. Now, I don't have to travel that much so I like the book in hand.
Not saying I wouldn't like a Kindle type gadget, but not sure how much I'd really like it.
Can you share Kindle books? I mean, right now when I finish with a fiction book I usually pass it on to someone, or loan it to someone. How do you do that with an ebook?
That's interesting Keith. I guess the new digital books are requiring authors to adopt a slightly different business model in order to remain competitive. Lord knows the publishers don't seem to be doing it. I've also seen a number of authors who have gone to a self-publishing model. I guess between the US Justice Department suit against Apple and the publishers versus the Amazon model, maybe something interesting will shake out. Perhaps if enough authors decide to go the self-publishing route, the old school paper publishers will start to wake up.Originally Posted by Keith, post: 278024
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One of the big questions Tink. Kindle books can be loaned to someone else for a period of 14 days if the publisher allows it. That's the big "if". Apple eBooks on the other hand have no such capability. Unless they happen to be the free ones like many of the classics. In that case, anyone can get their own copy. No need to loan it.Originally Posted by Tink, post: 278036
This has been one of the big drawbacks to electronic books for me also.
If I've got a book, why can't I give it to my wife or a friend when I'm done reading it?
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I have found few on amazon that I can lend. I would even be okay with the ability to loan it out once or maybe twice max. Just something.
I know I've mentioned my kindle more than once, but I truly love my kindle. I love the immediate satisfaction of getting a book and the portability. Plus, while I love the smell of books, I've really been trying to de-clutter my stuff. That being said, I like real reference books. Unless, it's a novel, I don't want it on the kindle. For example, table books, cookbooks and textbooks are not helpful on the kindle.