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November 1st, 2011


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01:35 pm
Since I've run out of paper books to read, I've been using the eMatic and my iPhone to take up the slack. The latter has a dozen or so books loaded, at present, though I'm only reading one, while the former has hundreds, and I'm reading half-a-dozen. Amazing. It's so easy to carry around with me, compared to dragging a library with me. I'm not giving up entirely on paper books (for one thing, I still own many to read), but I can understand why there's such an appeal to electronic book readers, generally.

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From:caitlin
Date:November 1st, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
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I own an older model Sony reader (which I will soon trade in for the current model, to be sure)...

I am also currently on a long trip overseas...

What did I bring with me to read? The paper copy of Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things, and my e-Reader with about 10 books on it. I have already read through 2 books and am working on finishing a few more. It takes up less space and it is definitely not as heavy as bringing 10 paper books with me.

Not to mention that I LIKE the Sony Reader...
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 2nd, 2011 04:31 am (UTC)
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I had a Sony PRS700; it broke three times over the time I used it while I only managed to finish one book on it. I finally threw it away in disgust.
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From:caitlin
Date:November 2nd, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
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the PRS700 is what I currently have.

It's interesting that I've never had any problems with it...

Then again, a lot of things I like and use have given other people nothing but problems too.

*shrug*
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 2nd, 2011 11:05 am (UTC)
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Do you use it primarily at home? Or do you travel much with it? I tried to carry it with me at work, in a jacket pocket, and it would sit in my car's trunk in LA summer weather. It may have melted something, it may have bumped into things as I walked. I don't know. But that, to me, would be normal usage, not excessive. It was too much for mine; getting it repaired cost me over $100 each time, and I could buy an eMatic for that each time with practically enough to take my wife out to dinner on the change.

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From:rince1wind
Date:November 1st, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, me, too.
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 2nd, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)
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It must be frightening to bookstore owners, and megastore executives to realize that they are becoming buggy whip manufacturers.

From:cainle_bean
Date:November 1st, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
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I am concerned about moving to ebook readers. I get headaches with some types of print on screens. Total pain when I have to use someone else's computer. This is a new thing for me, in the last year or so. But since it takes up to half an hour for the headache to start in, and I do not know anyone with readers that I can try, I hate to spend the money then not be able to use it.

Also I tend to break things. Easily. I had to go back to an old style phone due to breaking 4 touchscreens in 1 year.

SO I am not sure its right for me at this time. I do love my books, and I hate the fact so many authors are doing things on eformat only. I cannot even sit at my personal computer long enough to read a book.
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 2nd, 2011 04:34 am (UTC)
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IMHO, don't buy a Sony, no matter what. The one I had (a PRS700 - they've withdrawn the style after only a few hundred thousand sent out) broke repeatedly with simply normal use.

The Kindle, though, has a very readable screen, as does an iPad. But you'll have to mke up your own mind on that.

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From:caitlin
Date:November 2nd, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
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the PRS700 was their first touch screen and while it did have problems, I liked it. I still do, but with tech having moved forward, I'm considering replacing it with a new model.

I won't buy a Kindle because of their DRM thing, and I don't want to pay for an iPad.

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From:mycroftca
Date:November 2nd, 2011 11:01 am (UTC)
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I wanted to like it; it kept breaking with just normal use. I didn't ever drop the damn thing. I agree with you about the Kindle, BTW.

From:cainle_bean
Date:November 3rd, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
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I have been thinking about the Kindle, but I have not taken the time to play with it much yet. Thanks for the info!
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From:mycroftca
Date:November 4th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
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You bet!
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From:caitlin
Date:November 2nd, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
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I think part of the reason some authors are eformat only is because they can't get published anywhere else.

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From:mycroftca
Date:November 2nd, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
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That may be true with a number of authors, nowadays, who thirty years ago would have been considered mid-range authors. I have a friend who works as an author, with ten or twelve books to his credit, who can't get anything going with publishers recently, who is going to put his next book online for direct sales. Think of it this way, he'll get 100% of the profits, instead of 18%, after paying his agent...

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