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The Book Corner / Re: Will print books ever go obsolete?
« on: March 22, 2012, 09:47:45 AM »
Bought a scroll lately? How about a handwritten and illustrated illuminated volume?

Of course paper books will become obsolete. They will be collectors items.

I'm no expert either but Mark Twain, Studs Terkel, Louis Lamour, and Lawrence Block come to mind. Elmore Leonard went to college on the G.I. Bill and graduated but it sure wasn't ivy league. John Steinbeck went to Stanford but left without a degree. I don't believe Hemingway went to college.

The Book Corner / Re: Have You Ever. . .
« on: March 22, 2012, 09:33:04 AM »
. . .read a book so awful that you wondered if finishing it would lower your IQ?  :o I read one this past week and wondered if I was alone.

Since so many of the books I read now are inexpensive, I'm much less compulsive about finishing a book. Two weeks ago I was convinced by an author to give his book a try and it cost more than my usual and I stuck with it to 58%. Then, tossed.

The Book Corner / Re: What do you do?
« on: March 22, 2012, 09:29:50 AM »
What do you do when you don't feel like reading?  Do you switch books to see if it was just a slow book?  Do you put down your reading and do something else?

I'm just curious cause I am just to bored to read. Would love to here what others do during times like these.

I have come to the conclusion that the only people who get bored are boring people. Their own company drives them up the wall. If I'm not reading I can bake bread, go take photographs, edit photos I've taken, watch a movie, visit with friends, go to a museum or a gallery, visit the botanical garden, and do about 27,427 other activities. And, not that it matters, but I don't own a television so watching reality television isn't even on that list. There were times in my life when go for a bicycle ride and go fishing were on the list, too, but not now.

I have one acquaintance who if you went through the entire list of activities you would get a, "I don't wanna do that." Another acquaintance can't imagine doing anything that can't be done in a bar. As a last resort, you can go on a forum and hope someone takes pity and entertains you.

I rarely think of anything made by Apple. I don't think a product so spiffy it would overcome the stigma of Apple is possible.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: The touch or the normal?
« on: March 22, 2012, 09:19:18 AM »
Obviously, the Kindle Touch is not "abnormal". The users of the Kindle Touch are clearly abnormal but that doesn't reflect on the device in any way.

When they were first available I ordered a Touch. After a few hours of thought I cancelled the Touch and ordered the basic Kindle. I have absolutely no regrets. I like my basic Kindle.

I also have no earthly use for 3G. I had it with my DX and much prefer WiFi. Of course, all I do with my Kindle is read books.

And, what kind of mashochistic geek would want to take a lot of notes with any Kindle?

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: How many books are too many?
« on: March 12, 2012, 06:26:50 AM »
One more book than I have on my TBR list is definitely too many. Of course, my list of TBR books is challenging the speed of increase of the national debt.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Naming
« on: March 12, 2012, 06:24:57 AM »
What are your kindle names? What do you plan to name your new kindles when they are available? How do you decide what to name your kindles? Any cute story on how your kindle got named what it did?

Well, I have two. K3 and K4. I mean, really, who names inanimate things.  I've never named my car, my bed, my toilet, my camera, my computer--will it's got my name by default, not my doing--or my shoes. My shoes don't have names if you can believe it.

I did name my children, my cats, my dogs, one horse, and I helped my kids name a snake, a gerbil, a rat, and a falcon.

See a pattern? If it's alive, it gets a name. My refrigerator doesn't have a name.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: How many books are too many?
« on: March 06, 2012, 06:58:02 AM »
Maybe only certain books index. I read 95% fiction and have never noticed my Kindle indexing. I have over 400 books on one Kindle and have seen no change in performance.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Damage Anyone?
« on: March 03, 2012, 07:48:20 PM »
I've dropped both my Kindles with no damage but I am an internationally recognized klutz. I am pretty careful and haven't twisted, stepped on, sat on, soaked in water, or set fire to either of my Kindles. But, then I read about people on this very forum who go to sleep with a Kindle in pristine condition sitting on the nightstand and wake up with the screen broken, the case mangled, and Amazon not willing to replace it for the fifty time. I guess strange things happen.

The Book Corner / Re: What is a fair price for an ebook?
« on: February 27, 2012, 01:56:21 PM »
A price for which the seller is willing to sell the book and for which a buyer is willing to buy the book. The last thing I want is some government functionary, who doesn't read, setting prices for books.

The Book Corner / Re: Altar of Bones - Whodunnit?
« on: February 24, 2012, 11:38:23 PM »
If Dan Brown ever expects to sell another book to me he would have to hide his identity.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: what kindle is a best buy?
« on: February 24, 2012, 11:32:44 PM »
The Fire is a nice toy. I'm reading about a lot of problems and confusion with the touch. I'm quite happy with mt Kindle Basic, and my older, now the back-up, my Kindle Keyboard.

Personally, I have no need for 3G.

If you buy from Amazon you have 30 days to return it. Buy the one you "think" you'll like and give it a try. Or, buy the cheapest and work you way to others if it doesn't meet your needs or your expectations.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Smell of books?
« on: February 24, 2012, 05:13:19 AM »
If I walk into a bookstore selling new books there isn't much of a smell. A used bookstore definitely has a smell. Back when liberaries were places housing old books, they had a smell, too.

The Book Corner / Re: Poll: Ad-sponsored ebooks
« on: February 22, 2012, 12:17:07 AM »
How about ads in books like "placement" ads in movies. You know, the star in a movie is always using an Apple computer. "Carl put on his raincoat bought at GAP for $249.95 and walked into the driving rain." "Paul stared at his MacBook Air and marvelled once again at it's lightness." Or, how about ads in the credits for ebooks. "This ebook was written on a Dell Inspriron using Microsoft Word."

I can't come close to deplreting the battery in one day's reading so I check the battery in the evening and if it can use a charge I plug it in when I go to bed. When I wake up during the night and the light if gree, I unplug it. So, I don't really get concerned. Sure, I leave the wireless off except when I'm actually using it but that's about it.

Have you tried the Kindle DX for your gigantic hands?

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Do You Pre-Order?
« on: February 10, 2012, 05:01:14 AM »
Only if it's offered at a special price. It's not like they're going to run out of ebooks so I don't need to "reserve" one.

The Book Corner / Re: Would you read a book about aliens?
« on: February 06, 2012, 06:57:17 AM »
Having lived through an alien invasion--beings from California--I would not want to read about another one. It's too terrible to consider. Creatures from Berkley or Los Angeles. Aaargh!

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Do you let your kids take a Kindle to school?
« on: February 06, 2012, 06:54:19 AM »
I once lent my old kindle to my friends child, it came back in such a state, i refuse to let anyone else borrow my kindle now, regardless of age!

Really? I lend my out fairly often. When it comes back I reset to factory, wipe it down with a clean cloth, and I'm good to go.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Why do you have more than one Kindle?
« on: February 05, 2012, 04:34:40 PM »
My KindleDX was a mistake. I gave it to my sister and got the Kindle3 Keyboard. It works fine but the right-hand page advance button is getting a little funky. I bought the Kindle Basic. Now, I read on both the Kindle3 and the Kindle Basic. I like both.

A friend of mine had his Kindle stolen and I was happy to loan him my Kindle3 until he could get to the states and buy a new Kindle. My K3 is nice to have as a back-up and a loaner.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Do you use a screen protector?
« on: February 05, 2012, 04:32:22 PM »
I use a glass protector for the LCD on my camera but it swingers against my shirt every day. My Kindle is in a nice case and riding in my pack. I can't see a need for a screen protector.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Help scarlet pick a second kindle....
« on: January 26, 2012, 05:11:52 AM »
It depends. If you actually read, don't get the Fire. If you're responsible enough to load your Kindle with books before you leave home then by all means get the Kindle Basic. If you might have to download load books because you didn't load your Kindle before you left home, you might want 3G which means the Kindle Keyboard.

Me? I have the Kindle Basic with 415 books waiting to be read. That could not only last me for any trip I can imagine but would cover me if I were taken hostage by terrorists for a year.

Whatever you get, don't forget your charging device. I live in a tourist destination and have loaned charging devices to three tourists.

I was asked my "goal" in my reading and I said, "At my age, my goal is to finish this book before I die." So, I start another book was quickly as possible.

The Book Corner / Re: is it really necessary? Graphic sex in books
« on: January 25, 2012, 04:37:28 AM »
In my preferred genre, a sex scene that describes size or dampness or firmness or whether or not it's pulsating isn't appropriate. I find excessive descriptions of violence disgusting and have quite reading a few books because of it.

I think some authors are exposing their own problems. And, I suppose some readers don't have enough experience with either sex or violence to have much of an imagination.

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