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#21 ckn

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 09:15 AM

There is also the Kindle Fire, just launched. Kind of a halfway house between an e-reader/media player and a tablet.

I'm not sure about that. It's not an e-reader of the traditional Kindle range that has the electronic ink technology, it's a proper LCD screen and has all the drawbacks that other tablet devices have for reading, essentially a jack of all trades and second best to the iPad, it's only competitive point is its price.

I've always preferred specialist devices, such as the Kindle e-reader thingy, to things that do lots of things well but nothing exceptionally. I can take my Kindle on holiday with me, read it in direct sunlight and the battery charge will do me a month if I push it, try that with any LCD tablet and you'll be disappointed.

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#22 Griff9of13

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 09:17 AM

I really wouldn't recommend one for text books. The e-ink technology isn't very good for displaying figures. There is/was a larger version called the Kindle DX especially for displaying textbooks but I'm not sure it took off.

Thanks for the advice.

Looks like I am stuck with lugging half a stone of books around with me on my travels up and down the country. :(
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#23 Hornetto

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 12:37 PM

I've always wondered what format the KIndle's instruction booklet comes in??

(went and had a root around)

Ah - it's a book...

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#24 Severus

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 03:24 PM

I've always wondered what format the KIndle's instruction booklet comes in??

(went and had a root around)

Ah - it's a book...

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That's odd. Both mine (second gen) and the missus' (third gen) didn't come with any instructions apart from how to sync it with your Amazon account. Everything else was on an e-book.
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#25 hindle xiii

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 04:05 PM

I've lost my wife to a Kindle. Some days she does remember me and the children but mostly her and 'Kindy' spend a lot of time together.

Suits me, I can watch the RWC undisturbed :biggrin:

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#26 Bleep1673

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 08:36 PM

I got a Kindle for my birthday this year, I think it's excellent, currently reading The Sugar Barons, about the Slave trade in the West Indies and which families got rich over it.
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#27 Maximus Decimus

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 09:16 PM

I bought myself a kindle and absolutely love it. I got one because I was one of the people who didn't like the idea of the MP3 players replacing physical CD's. In much the same way I had forgotten all about 'the touch of a real book' within about 5 minutes.

They're not perfect, for instance flicking back and forth through the book isn't as easy. Plus it doesn't give you page numbers but a percentage, I'd prefer the page numbers. However, I read largely lying down and being able to do this one handed is a heck of a lot easier. Then there is the samples which I love and has led me to buying books that I wouldn't have bought and not getting books that I would have.

Saves a heck of a lot of space when going on holiday too.

#28 Bedford Roughyed

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 09:27 PM

So the general conclusion is that people think they are good? Might be tempted.
With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

#29 Padge

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 11:31 PM

I bought myself a kindle and absolutely love it. I got one because I was one of the people who didn't like the idea of the MP3 players replacing physical CD's. In much the same way I had forgotten all about 'the touch of a real book' within about 5 minutes.

They're not perfect, for instance flicking back and forth through the book isn't as easy. Plus it doesn't give you page numbers but a percentage, I'd prefer the page numbers. However, I read largely lying down and being able to do this one handed is a heck of a lot easier. Then there is the samples which I love and has led me to buying books that I wouldn't have bought and not getting books that I would have.

Saves a heck of a lot of space when going on holiday too.

Aren't the new versions including page numbers?

I have one and ihave just used it on holiday in Greece, an amazing piece of technology, paper books have had it, its only time.

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#30 shrek

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 07:01 AM

I've always preferred specialist devices, such as the Kindle e-reader thingy, to things that do lots of things well but nothing exceptionally. I can take my Kindle on holiday with me, read it in direct sunlight and the battery charge will do me a month if I push it, try that with any LCD tablet and you'll be disappointed.


Your right and I think more of us will move that way, Amazon have played a blinder in my opinion in embracing other platforms with there reader, such as the iPad, laptops, android etc. So plenty are building up sizable libaries on non-specialist devices and I'd say a good number of those will soon be tempted by a Kindle for many of the reasons you outline and the hardware cost is modest compared to the platform there using for the free reader.

#31 Amber Avenger

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 08:02 AM

I am very tempted by the new £89 version. I was one of those who was dead against it - and then in typical style actually used one and realised I was being a moaning git. Good to see the UK version being ad-free (apparently). Is it going to be a while before we get the touch version - heard something that it didn't fit in with our "privacy laws" - anyone more in the know on this one?
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#32 hindle xiii

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 08:21 AM

I read largely lying down and being able to do this one handed is a heck of a lot easier.

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#33 Red Willow

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 07:34 PM

I have a kindle and just bought Husband one for his birhday. They don't replace all books but are a great device for holidays and travelling. I have tried books I wouldn't have if I had to buy the paperversion.

#34 Just Browny

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 09:20 PM

There are a couple of books I haven't bought recently because of the weight - and also a slender, light reader would be easier for me with regards to cycling luggage.

So it is tempting, especially at £89.



Oh FFS get yourself down to the gym.

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#35 gingerjon

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 09:26 PM

Oh FFS get yourself down to the gym.


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#36 ShotgunGold

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 12:46 AM

What percentage of books are actually available as an e-book though?

Particularly in regards to non-fiction and textbooks??

Do all books published in 2011 have an e version?

#37 hindle xiii

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 08:53 AM

I'll get one when Where's Wally is on it.

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#38 Bleep1673

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 06:16 PM

I'll get one when Where's Wally is on it.

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 01:00 PM

Oh FFS get yourself down to the gym.



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#40 Futtocks

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 09:10 AM

Resurrecting this old thread, I bought a Kindle Fire HD yesterday. Very pleased with it, and have loaded about fifty interesting and entertaining titles at a cost of £0.00, plus the complete H.Rider Haggard for just £1.97 - gotta like them numbers!


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