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I've got two 9.7" reading devices I'm selling:

First, a first-generation Kindle DX complete with standard Amazon case. Lightly used. $230 + shipping.

Next, a Pocketbook Pro 902. This handles ePub, Adobe DRM, PDF and a host of other formats. This is not the touchscreen version. (That's the 903) $225, US shipping included. Handily, it uses the same connector as the Kindle, so you can use your Kindle charger with it. The 902 retails for $330 in the US.

I'll take cash or Amazon gift cards.

Update: The Pocketbook 902 has been sold. Thanks!

The Book Corner / Random House goes to Agency model as of March 1.
« on: February 28, 2011, 01:34:44 pm »
Say goodbye to cheap new releases from the big 6.

This according to Publishers' Weekly. News hit twitter about an hour ago.

The Book Corner / I gotta admit...
« on: January 10, 2011, 12:12:40 pm »
...I'm cheating.

While I don't have as large a TBR list as most of you, I do want to shrink it quite a bit this year. Being a tad OCD, and heavily procrastinating on my current work project, I figured the easiest way to accomplish this would be to list them all out, figure out their respective sizes, and start with the shortest ones.

I'm sure I won't stick to this, but it was an interesting exercise nonetheless.

Some of the freebies I've snagged over the past year that still hold my interest are very small. Under 500 locations. I'll probably sprinkle those in between other books.

The Book Corner / SF Fans - time to get honest.
« on: September 07, 2010, 07:05:49 pm »
Okay, here's one (of many) list of the top 100 SF books of all time.

What's the first book on this list you haven't read. I don't have to go far: #6: Stranger in a Strange Land.

We can debate the merits of this list later...  :D

The Book Corner / Looking for chapter book recommendations
« on: August 23, 2010, 04:26:57 pm »
My kids (4 and 6) have been fascinated by the Star Walk (I think that's the name) app for the iPad, and have been pulling in all the information they can on stars and planets.

Which leads me to a question: Are there any chapter books for young readers that could be considered science fiction? Or that involve space in any way? Something about the same reading level as the Magic Tree House books.

Thanks for any leads!

Let's Talk Kindle! / One thing I hate about reading on a Kindle...
« on: July 15, 2010, 09:06:50 am » that (in a well-produced book) you know exactly how long the next chapter is.

So, you're reading along before going to bed and you reach the end of a chapter. Oh, but the next one looks short, I'll just read that one. Then there's a cliffhanger, and you can't POSSIBLY stop now.


Off to get more coffee.

Archives / FS: White DX < 2 Months old. $280
« on: July 01, 2010, 03:32:57 pm »
Unit was purchased in mid-May (and yes, I've already tried to talk them into a rebate. They're steadfast on the 30-day policy.)  I have not purchased an extended warranty on it.

This is the Kindle DX International.  It has been upgraded to 2.5.3.

I've also got the Amazon standard case which retails for $50. (

Kindle DXi alone for $280, Kindle DXi + case for $310.

I'll sell the case by itself for $35, but not until I've sold the Kindle.

The Book Corner / Anybody else know what SF series this was?
« on: June 26, 2010, 04:59:13 pm »
Way, way back when I was working at Tower Books (late '80s) I read a short series of science fiction books centered around a racing circuit where the races happened in space. Or, at a minimum, the primary character was a racer in the circuit, even if the books didn't revolve around it.

I know I read at least two books. There may have been more. I can't recall if they were all written by the same author, but I believe they were. These would have been published before 1990.

Anybody have any idea what this may have been? They've popped into my head a few times over the last few weeks, and it's been driving (sic) me crazy.


The Book Corner / Given a choice...
« on: June 09, 2010, 11:08:09 am »
...and assuming I'm open to each type of series equally (which is pretty much the case), which would you recommend:

The Honor Harrington series by David Weber


The Ring of Fire series (1632, 1633, etc.) by Eric Flint?

(and, for those curious and playing at home, nearly all but the most recent in each series is available free in the Baen Free CD series.)

"To shine is better than to reflect"

Not if you're an eReader!

The KBoards Photo Gallery / New Screensaver images
« on: March 03, 2010, 02:40:20 pm »
For those looking forward to the new Alice and Wonderland movie...

Barnes & Noble has a free pack of images designed as screensavers for the Nook.

They work just peachy on the Kindle.

Introductions & Welcomes / Saying Hi from outside (sunny!) Portland, OR
« on: February 21, 2010, 12:39:56 pm »
Got a Kindle for my birthday over a month ago, and have just discovered this board through the wonderful Kindle Chronicles podcast. Hope to make it part of my normal internet routine!

I can be found in lots of other places:

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