Do you have an e reader?

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Do you have an e reader?
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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 9:17am

Do you have an e-reader? What kind, where do you get your books?

Have you seen the news about the price 'gouging' that the government is going after 5 publishers?

If you don't have an e-reader have you 'thought' about one?

I have a Kindle. I LOVE it. I got mine for Christmas 2010 and have read more books than I had in decades! I fet most of my books free from Amazon. We now have e-books available from our local library too. Oh, did I say I LOVE my Kindle??? :smileyembarrassed:

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 9:43am

DH has a Kobo, that I read sometimes.

Cthulu Crochet

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Wed, 04-18-2012 - 9:22am

Many of the publishers are using the agency pricing so THEY set the prices not the sellers on e books as well. That is why the doj has gone after them. Amazon makes most of their money on the content that they sell not the Kindles. The new Kindle Fire, that came out this past winter, was reportedly sold at a loss. Compared to prices of other tablets, I believe it. lol

Many of the books I read on my Kindle are free. And thankfully now we have library loans. The number of books available in ebook form from the library is still 'limited'. There are 5 big publishers that control overdrive from buying their books. I think those publishers are living in the past... I do not believe that dead tree books will go away, nor that brick and mortar libraries will either because many who do read electronic books also read dtbs.

Oh, one of the best books I read this

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Wed, 04-18-2012 - 10:48am
You're right. I was reading an article last week about how the four major publishers got themselves in some serious hot water with the DOJ for setting prices like that. They were cutting Apple in (for whatever reason) at 30% and set the prices for new ebooks pretty high. I think two publishers settled, and two (maybe one now) were going to fight it. Here's one of the articles: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/253583/doj_files_ebook_pricefixing_lawsuit_against_apple_publishers.html

That said, I do have an ereader. It's a Sony. I get my books from the library, the Sony store, or from Amazon. Google has a good selection of free titles, too.
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Wed, 04-18-2012 - 11:12am

Here is info on the publishers who are not doing library e-books...

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Wed, 04-18-2012 - 1:00pm

I have a Kindle; it was my Mother's Day present last year and I absolutely love it! I get most of my books from Amazon and our public library. Yes, I've been reading about the publishers accused of price gouging; it makes no sense to me why a e-book should cost almost as much as a printed book. I've hear some people speculate it was because publishers were afraid that people with e-readers would share the books with others that may normally buy their own copy... well, heck, don't we do that with printed books anyway? LOL

I do know that because of my Kindle and free ebooks, I'm not only reading more, but I'm reading authors and genres I probably never would have considered buying. Not only has it expanded my reading world, but I've found a few indie authors that I've enjoyed their writing enough to purchase their other books.

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Wed, 04-18-2012 - 1:33pm

Hi Lucy! I agree! I have said many time that they will never convince me that it costs as much for an e-book as for a real book. There is no paper, ink, printing, storage, shipment etc. Even with all other things considered, those alone should 'cut' cost. I have heard they like to spread the cost around... Let's say, I come clean your 4 room house and then go next door to your neighbors 20 room house, should I charge you both $50? After all I want to spread the cost around...

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Wed, 04-18-2012 - 11:36pm

No e-reader here but thinking about buying myself one as a gift.

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Thu, 04-19-2012 - 8:17am

I don't have one either Karen but I am thinking about getting myself one for my b-day. I wonder how the are on the eyes as far as eye strain. Does anyone notice a difference with the e-reader and paper books?

Karla
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Thu, 04-19-2012 - 10:43am

Karla if you want to avoid eye strain, make sure you get an e ink reader. Kindle is an e ink reader. However if you get a Kindle Fire, or Nook tablet, they are not and are back lit like computers. I got my husband a Fire for Christmas, he wanted it, to surf the web. I can't read on it. My Kindle Keyboard, has e ink, you can change the size of the fonts at will. And most books you can turn on text to talk and it will read to you. These were all important to me. Awhile back I did increase the font size on one book, because I could. hehe.

What my Kindle's page looks like, is similiar to a paperback page with black ink.

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Mon, 04-23-2012 - 8:27pm
I have a Kindle and a Kindle fire. Love reading on both. The Kindle is better if you are going to be reading for a long period of time or outside. So easy and definately easier to travel with.

                                          

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