Looks beautiful. Never had a Kindle as such, but have used eReaders and obtained most of my books from Project Gutenberg; notably John Buchan's novels and MR James' short stories. Would definitely get one of these new Kindles though - should finances permit.
I bought mine a couple years ago too. I think for just reading a text-based book it's superior to a tablet PC or iPad. It's light weight, doesn't get hot, the battery lasts forever and the e-ink screen is wonderful.
Roseann, have you tried a Kindle? It's completely different from reading a computer screen. That's one of it's big advantages (besides that it will hold 1000+ books!); it reads like a book; no headaches.
I love it. I also have an IPad but prefer the kindle. I like the idea that it is for reading only. Mine is an old one and one of these days I'll upgrade to a better screen. It's interesting that 3 years ago my book club all read on books and nowadays only 1 does not have an kindle or IPad.
I just published my first book (my second is on the way in Oct) I went with the apple iPad because I have a background in design, and have used macs for over twenty years. They're a good luck charm for me. Apple has a program called iAuthor and it's an artist/graphic designer's dream come true. My husband was able to manipulate the program and format my book with all my art, type faces, and graphics exactly as I designed it. We're so happy with it. Check it out, just google my name only make sure you spell the whole name correctly!
The Kindle is an incredible machine. I read and have read everyday as long as I can remember. Schools should make having a Kindle mandetory or help students acquire one. I have read more history books and biographies in the past few years than when I was in school. I program cash registers and have over 60 manuals for this purpose on my Kindle. Make a difference this christmas and give a Kindle to your children and grandchildren. If you're rich , donate Kindles to your local schools.............. if you're poor, buy one for yourself....... :) TJ
Still read 2-3 "real" books a week and don't see the advantage or draw to owning a Kindle. Why pay for reading when it's free and my choices at the local library is far larger than anything on the Kindle?
Rich, I think you can upload library books for free on a Kindle. I know you can from a Nook. That's the only reason I'd get one of these, because I can't see paying for books once I've already paid for the device. Then, what do you do with the e-book once it's done? You can't donate it back to the library or sell it at a garage sale, like you can with a physical book. Well, there are so many fans of e-readers, that I'm willing to give it a try. Wish I knew more about it. I'm sure someone will explain.
I wish I loved reading, but I must admit, I'd rather see a movie than read a book. I've always been partial to the visual aspect of life over trying to absorb the meanings of words. Not being one who enjoys reading is my biggest regret but I am who I am. I can force myself to read (and have), even teaching myself how to program in Visual Basic by reading tech books each night before going to sleep, but I can't force myself to like reading.
The activity of reading a book from an electronic device to me equates similarly to those who use a treadmill to run instead of going outside. Both methods get you to the same goal, but one is just a little more basic and less expensive than the other.
I'm glad just because the venue is electronic, it's having such a positive effect on those that like reading already. Keep going and more power to you!!!
My wife has one, and she loves it. I have trouble reading, and find that audio books work much better for me, so I have many, many, many audiobooks. History, Classics, math, science, mystery, espionage (real and fictional) scifi, fantasy, hysterical novels (historical, really.) And some odds and ends.
Plato's "The Republic" strikes me as artistically repressive as possible. All the old children's stores must be burned, and scientificly endorsed stories which build rational thinking should be used exclusively. Some musical keys (modes, actually, similar idea, a harmony tuning for harp or dulcimer) tend to produce common coarse emotions, and such tunes and songs MUST be repressed, and only approved lyrics and modal harmony schemes will be permitted.
The ethic/motivation/psychology of the statesman is naive and idealist, and totalatarian. If this is the great classical work showing the model for designing a government, I'm appalled! Mein Kampf is more coherent, an Machiavelli's the prince is more compassionate.
In contrast, Churchill's history of WWII is outstanding, And the History of the American People is very good at painting a picture of the culture of the times, and the forces which were changing them from generation to generation.
I wish I could read instead of listen more. It's cheaper. Audiobooks tend to run discounted at about 10 bucks each on Audible's largest plan, with the greatest discount of the largest number of book credits. I do find that I enjoy listening to the same books over and over, and the repetition helps be get more nuances out of the books on successive readings.
@Rich: Kindle users can check out e-books at over 11,000 libraries throughout the U.S. — for free. And without ever setting foot in the library.
-- You can read the first chapter (or two or three) of every Kindle book Amazon sells for free. If you like it, one click sends the entire book to your device in about 60 seconds.
-- There are tons of free books, including all the classics. Between all the promos, specials, weekly free books and libraries, you could probably read for the rest of your life and never pay for a book.
-- Your highlights, bookmarks and notes are one click away, neatly stored with each book.
-- You can store (and take with you) over 1000 books. If you break or lose your Kindle, all of them are backed up on your Amazon account.
-- You can adjust the font size, leading and line length to suit you.
-- You can upload mp3 songs into it and play them while you're reading. Or not reading. I don't do that :-)
-- The darn thing lays flat and stays open. You can work it with one hand (either one). It's really light compared to a book.
...and on and on! I took to it immediately. I liked the experience so much that instead of reading the real books I had waiting after it arrived, I downloaded them onto my Kindle. The reading experience is genuinely that much better.
There's only one thing I miss, and that's the quick fanning of pages and random stops to get a sense of the book. But that's a small thing in light of the enormous advantages.
My wife had a kindle, and now a kindle fire. I'm thinking of maybe one of the new ones, or maybe a nexus 7. The nexus should be able to run the kindle android app so I could read all the books, though probably not watch the videos on amazon prime. Should work with netflix, though, so I'm fairly set there anyway.
Thanks for the info. I had to spend some time a few months ago to try and get a reader for my Mom, who has low vision, and none were good enough to help her.
Most of the books available as "E-books" and are free are older publications, which I don't read. I read or consume 2-3 books a week, depending on the author, like Robert B. Parker's style of writting, I can read in 2 nights. I just finished Ken Bruen's "Headstone" and he takes me a day longer. Next is James Lee Burke's new book and that will take a few days too. Next will be Louise Penny and her Inspector Gamache series, "A Trick of Light". So I do read a lot and the issue that I hear from the library, is that they don't have enough copies of "E" books and there is a long waiting list for the popular authors. All tied to budget constraints.
So for me, it doesn't seem to be the right gizmo, for right now. I'm sure there will be one in my future, because I have many friends that have the Kindle, Nook or Apple readers and they all enjoy them, but they also are buying all new books too, which I wouldn't do.
I have one of the first versions of Kindle. Bought one soon as my books could be read on them. Have watched all the upgraded versions appear and now more appear faster than people can keep up. I want a new one, too, because the original screens were so small.
Well I would like to have an iPad with the Kindle Reader but my husband didn't swallow the argument that as a book reviewer I needed one for my part-time job. Read about the new Kindle Fire, out yesterday, maybe I'll have a look at that, too.
I have the most basic kindle, love it. My library has books online that I can check out which also works great. I think I would like the light for reading in bed or when the power goes out around here every time tornadoes are whizzing around.....
I thought of some reasons why I like it: it is fabulous for traveling. Does not add weight to your purse or carry on, you can take with you as many books as you want. Very light weight for those who like to read in bed also.
Dan, I have read almost all of Cormac McCarthy except for one or two of the oldest ones. He is very dark, and getting darker. The Road was a little hard to read for me....
Ann, while I have multiple books from the authors I mentioned, I only have "No Country For Old Men" from Cormac McCarthy. And I only have that one because the movie was so good. The book blows me away, and I have multiple bookmarks that I return to again and again, so it *feels* like I have more Cormac than I do.
Now I have expectations! So much so that I haven't tried another CM book because I weirdly think "It can't possibly get any better than that." I don't do that with other authors, but this guy...! If you have a recommendation for my next Cormac McCarthy book, I'm all ears.
"The Road" should be next and then watch the DVD. If you like dark, then try Ken Bruen and his character Jack Taylor, a retired detective, with issues! Start back a few books, if you like growing with the character.
James Lee Burke has an American version of Jack Taylor in Detective Dave Robicheaux, who has his own demons, just outside New Orleans.
A tad lighter, would be the character, Joe Pike in the Robert Crais novels.
And of course, one of my all time favorites is Jack Reacher, in the novels by Lee Child. The movie is coming out now, this Fall and unfortunately, Jack Reacher Ex-Army Military Police Officer, is going to be played by Tom Cruise! Somebody like the Rock, would have been much better.
Robert B. Parker sets the standard for writing,for me, mostly dialogue and Spenser and Jesse Stone, great characters and both a bit, or more than a bit sarcastic and brainy. Robert B. also wrote the book and was made into a movie, Appaloos, with Ed Haris and Vigo Mortenson, great writing and character developement.
I have liked all the books by Cormac that I have read No Counrty for Old Men, The Crossing, All The Pretty Horses, Cities of the Plain which are the Border Trilogy, Suttree, and Blood Meridian. The Road was by far the darkest.
Ann, I will seriously look at those, I feel I should have more Cormac.
Rich, thanks for the suggestions. I am not familiar with some of those and will give them a try. I'm resisting "The Road." I read the synopsis and reviews and I want to get excited about it, but post-apocalyptic world stories have never interested me. Although it *is* a Pulitzer Prize winner. Hmmmm.
Follet's "Pillars of the Earth" & "World Without End", Smith's "River God", Archer's "Kane and Abel" & "As the Crow Flies" hit all the right notes with me. "Water for Elephants", "True Grit" and "Lonesome Dove" are all winners. I've read a couple of the Jack Reacher novels. They're light but very entertaining, and I will get more of those. But I like Grisham, too. Not everything has to be epic!
I don't have one yet, but if I did, I guarantee that I would read more full-length books than I do now. There's lots I'd like to get around to reading, and this little gem probably would get me started faster.
I love my Kindle, especially as books are so expensive here, and as Ann said, traveling is a lot lighter! :) Not sure if anyone has mentioned it, but another good thing is you can read them in the sun.
If you liked Lonesome Dove, which I read all of his stuff, Larry McMurty, then you'll like Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker. Grisham has had his good and mediocre books, I liked his Litigators, and hope to see more like this. Michael Connelly has some great mystery stuff, but his "Lincoln Lawyer" was made into a movie last year with Matthew McConaughey, which you may have seen.
And again, Ken Bruen is one hell of a writer, right up there with Cormac!
I guess we need to start a book thread like we did for movies awhile back, that was great fun! I have read a lot that have been mentioned except for Jack Reacher and Ken Bruen, I am going to have to try them.
I am visually impaired and had not been able to read since 2005..I tried large print but trying to find my focus every time I turned a page was painful and frustrating..It was very sad for me...I got a kindle two years ago and it has not only enabled me to read again using large font, I don't jam my eye nerves when I turn pages.. I just finished Tom Wolfe's new book Back to Blood and I am half through 7Days in the Art world by Sarah Thorton... I also use a wide screen TV for my monitor which has been great as well..RJ
Lar! Great to see you. Everything's good. Sales are up, work is plentiful, I'm playing out three times a week (drums) and there are new business opportunities on the horizon. I LOVE the new abstracts you have going.
Dan, I am considering a Kindle to house my photography books when I hit the road exploring. These books offer places to see, maps, etc., which I see now see the device as an excellent substitute for paperbacks. Understanding I will have to repurchase everything again, though.
Any idea what the battery life is on one of these?
Jeffrey, the battery life on my two-year old model is 3-4 weeks. Charging takes about 90 minutes. The new models are advertising 8 weeks between charges. If you remember to turn off the wireless, battery life is longer.
Up to 8 weeks - that's fantastic. I did check the Amazon store today, but they will not ship the latest models until 21 Dec. Gives me time to do some homework, though. I thought Walmart was carrying them, but I seem to recall them pulling the plug on their relationship with Amazon.
I, too, do enjoy flipping the pages of a book but, as long as bookmarks can be created that is not an issue.
I bought the Google Nexus 7 and downloaded "Nook"...the app from Barnes and Noble...Through that I have access to all of the books I may never read.! I can do the same with Amazon, if I choose. This tablet is perfect for those of you who have google+ or Facebook etc. I felt with this tablet, I would have more variety!
I (or rather my preschooler and toddler) have a Kindle Fire. Honestly, I've never read a book on it because the kids claimed it immediately. There are a ton of little learning apps and games for them (free or inexpensive) and the touch-screen controls make it so accessible for young kids (a lot easier to master than a mouse!) It has been a lifesaver on long car trips and airplane rides. The parental controls are finally improved enough that my kids can't make purchases accidentally (you can set it so a password is required). We're getting a second one for the kids for Christmas so they can both play at the same time (and maybe I can borrow one from time to time...)
@ Mike Savad; interesting article, but not the first time I've heard of it. It happened in the US some years back over a disagreement with a publisher, so Amazon deleted the e-book for all those who had it. One person who had it was studying at a university and had a myriad of notes attached that he was going to use for a major assignment.
The outcome was about the same, if I recall correctly, but when the university student got his copy back, all the detailed notes he made had been permanently deleted. I believe he sued Amazon and they settled out-of-court.
Just a question about readers. Is using the app on for example nexus 7 (nook app) equivalent to using it on the kindle fire...or is there a distinct advantage of using a tablet specifically made for reading... and are all of the apps equivalent.. Are some apps that are better than others for e reading.,,,