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They're are advantages on having a Nook, Kindle, etc. sadly I don't have a Nook or Kindle. If you own one, please tell me the advantages because I might consider getting one.
jbcohen wrote:Unfortuately golden gate is mistaken about publishers loving electronic books, from what i have seen of them they do not like electronic books in the least . In fact there are some publsihers that are attempting to kill electronic books entirely/ I have seen some publishers that will not publish in electronic format and others that seem to be so far behind the technological 8 ball that they have no idea what an electronic book is. There are some types of book publishers that see electronic books as a extra step beyond the publication of a printed book, they have placed the production of the electronic book at the end of the production process such that once they get done publishing the pritned book they then take the book and translate it into epub and mobi format for electronic publishing. Other more technological savy publishers have understood that electronic books do not represent an extra step in the publication process, as others seem to think, rather represetn an intermediate step in the publication process. These publishers will take the book in the middle of the publication process and translate it to epub and mobi format and post it to their corporate web site then continue with the publication of the printed book. For these publishers the electronic book does not represent an extra step in teh publication process simply and earlier step in the publication process. As publishers learn how to create the elctronic books they seem to move the production in the publication process and the price for the electronic book will drop from electornic price = the printed + 20% to a more appropriate formula where the electronic price = printed - 40%.
You may be right ... but I somehow doubt it
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There is a wonderful selection of free books - mainly classics or new authors, short fiction or the first chapters of a known author's upcoming book (to get you hooked so you buy the book...) and an unfortunately large selection of varied levels of porn. All of these are free or very inexpensive (generally $5.00 or less). Popular authors are beginning to write short stories and charge very little for them, I have noticed. Often they are prequals for series under way. Books which are older and have been out in paperback for quite a while may go for around $8.00. Newly published books are rarely much less that one dollar or so below printed book rate (and in a few instances - actually higher...).
When you factor in the facts that the publisher does not have to pay for paper, printing, binding or delivery... it seems to me that ebooks could be expected to be substantially lower than printed books. That what I was trying to say in my earlier post although not very well, apparently.
I have recently discovered the way to search for free books is to select search results to come back based on "lowest to highest price" in whatever catagory you are interested. Many pages of free books generally come up first.
Free books are plagued with a huge number of typos. Many authors are self-publishing so the quality of writing may be far less than what you would prefer though I have found some pretty good books in this way. You can not go by the number of stars left in reviews to select books because if you read a few, it is obvious that authors are adding their own (or generally paying someone...) to review their books. The use of English is frequently so bad it is hard to figure out the intent of the review.
Those are a few of the ins and outs of buying ebooks from my perspective. I'd be interested in knowing if any of you have very different experiences with buying and the prices of ebooks.
Pros of Kindle reading for me:
If im at work reading and my book ends... I have another if not the next in the series right there in one small package
At the gym no more holding the book open on the elliptical or treadmill... just swipe a finger
A lot of cheap or free books to download
If i borrow a book from a friend I dont have to worry about losing it, damaging it or forgetting to return it
If i need a break from reading Ive got all the games I want to play right there
Again, if i need a break and Im at the gym I can put a TV show on and watch it while I work out
The smaller size makes it much more portable in your purse or gym bag as opposed to carrying 5 books with you
I worry about dropping/scratching it
It sucks when the battery dies if you arent near an outlet or dont have your car charger
You have a million books on there but when you look at your bookshelf... they arent there. I love seeing books around.
You can only Lend a book once so if your friend Kit borrowed it... then Angie would like to read it... too bad. Unlike with a real book... we pass those all around the office at work... used to anyway before 90% moved to Kindles
You will miss the feel and smell of real books
All kids want to take over your Kindle to play as soon as they see it
Battery is not changeable I dont believe so when it poops the bed you will have to buy another if you dont have warranty left for that