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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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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.

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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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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.

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

:blink: Where's the Chairman when you need him!

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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.

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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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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?

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

Surely you know Where you are....?

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Oh FFS get yourself down to the gym.

:mellow:

It is man-bags at twenty paces! :ohmy:

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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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I got bought a Kindle Paperwhite for my birthday to replace my old second generation one. Superb little gadget. The backlight is excellent for reading in the dark and you do not require a reading light and the battery lasts for ages. Just two charges since I got it in April.

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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!

 

I got one recently, as a replacement for the original Kindle which had a bit of an accident. (OK, I lost it). Mostly very impressed with it both as an e-reader and a tablet. Downsides: doesn't do Internet on 3G/EDGE etc. like the old Kindle did. Wi-fi only. Other downside: doesn't allow books to be organised into collections or series, or indeed anything. I have a lot of books, and I'd really like to group them somehow, to make searching easier. 

 

EDIT: Oh, and apps can only be downloaded easily from the Amazon appstore, which is a bit limited. You can get apps on from elsewhere, but it's a bit of a faff.

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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 (and lost a lot of it too) over it.

Now I'm reading The Norman Conquest by Marc Morris

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