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Posted by fs (Member # 1181) on April 17, 2009, 13:42:
 
Apparently Amazon will shut off your account if you return too many items, killing your access to the Kindle store and associated services.

And then there's the whole advertising a feature and shutting it off arbitrarily.

I think that's one geek toy I can do without. How bad is it when SONY is the friendly option?
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on April 18, 2009, 07:47:
 
Call me a Luddite, but there's something about holding a book in my hand and turning its pages. I spend enough time in front of a computer that it's a relief to spend time with a printed page. Sure, the convenience of downloading practically any book I want to read without having to drive to my local library is somewhat tempting, but darn it, I LIKE books, so no Kindle for me.
 
Posted by fs (Member # 1181) on April 18, 2009, 11:21:
 
Sure, who doesn't love books? But I also really like the convenience of being able to read Poetics right now, when I decide I want to. Or majorly out of print stuff that the local libraries just don't have. Our university library has ebook copies of some texts, so even if the book is out, I can still access a copy from the university network, which is very cool.

I actually find ebooks super handy for magazines too. I generally buy an issue via fictionwise.com and then put it on my ipod. (And sure, it's nicer to read paper magazines too, if you have the luxury of either living somewhere where your local library or newstand carries them, or not living somewhere where shipping doubles or triples the subscription price.)

And then of course, there's price. If I'm going to pay anywhere from $10-$15 for an imported foreign language mass market paperback, it's not going to be for public domain works.
 
Posted by TMBWITW,PB (Member # 1734) on April 18, 2009, 19:44:
 
In some ways I like the idea of a Kindle, particularly for traveling. I spend 90 minutes on the train every school day plus an additional 30-45 minutes on the bus and my backpack is pretty full so something like that could be nice. However, three weeks ago I was watching a movie on my iPod (nano) while riding the train and when the doors opened at one of the stops someone grabbed it right out of my hands and ran off. The Kindle costs more than a nano so I'd be worried the same thing could happen again. And without using it on the train I'd really have no place I'd prefer to have an ebook over the real thing.
 
Posted by fs (Member # 1181) on April 19, 2009, 04:27:
 
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Originally posted by TMBWITW,PB:
However, three weeks ago I was watching a movie on my iPod (nano) while riding the train and when the doors opened at one of the stops someone grabbed it right out of my hands and ran off.

I'm sorry to hear that, Peebs. Kind of scary too. I'm glad it wasn't worse.
 
Posted by Zwilnik (Member # 615) on April 19, 2009, 05:41:
 
I prefer actual books when portability isn't an issue but for convenience when I'm away from my library and the number of free books, Stanza on my iPhone is great, not to mention a lot smaller and more portable than a Kindle.
 
Posted by fs (Member # 1181) on April 19, 2009, 05:59:
 
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Originally posted by Zwilnik:
I prefer actual books when portability isn't an issue but for convenience when I'm away from my library and the number of free books, Stanza on my iPhone is great, not to mention a lot smaller and more portable than a Kindle.

Oh, you bring up an interesting point, Zwilnik. I wonder if specialized Ebook readers are going to die out before they really take off, at least in the consumer market, due to netbooks and smartphones and internet tablets?

A Kindle would cost about as much as my Eee, and doesn't offer me anything, really. I don't care about access to a bunch of overpriced DRM'd books in the Kindle store and I don't think the e-ink display is really that special.
 


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