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Re: Do you have a Kindle? Would you recommend buying one?
« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2012, 10:33:48 AM »
The problem, I think, with Kindles is that you cant look at the edge of the book and see how far you've got left.

You can't flick through to see where you're at, or flick back to check something earlier.

You cant flex the book back and left the pages run across your finger and feel the breeze.

You cant stuff your favorite piece of scrap paper in to mark where you're at.

You don't get as much satisfaction reading a big book (Fat books and skinny books are all the same thickness on a Kindle)

They don't smell the same, especially as an old dusty book.

And you can't smack spiders with a Kindle (not as effectively).


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Re: Do you have a Kindle? Would you recommend buying one?
« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2012, 12:56:33 PM »
I have a kindle on my phone. I can see both sides really. I love the fact that I can get the book I want with the push of a button. However I miss seeing the books lined up on my shelf, although you can see them on your shelf on your phone ;D.

I also feel like I am aiding to book shops going out of business, but I do like that I can read anywhere without having to lug heavy books around.
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« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2012, 01:09:28 PM »
And you can't smack spiders with a Kindle (not as effectively).

You could print a kindle look-alike design on a suitably sized inch thick lump of Sorbothane and keep that for whacking spiders.  Just don't get them mixed up.

But why whack a poor innocent spider?  They eat flies, which are far more unpleasant.

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« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2012, 04:40:46 PM »
I am quite into technology, so can see the benefits of a Kindle and am likely to but one sometime - when travelling, the benefits of having a couple of books at least on one device will be very useful.

But nothing beats the smells of books both old and new. Walking into a Waterstone's or Borders and just inhaling (not too much as they do arrest people over here!). New books have a clean, inviting 'come and read me' smell.

Likewise, going into an old library and inhaling the smell of the well-thumbed classics. It's a smell of time, of stories past.

Perhaps there needs to be a 'smello-Kindle' to satisfy old farts like me?

So, likely to buy one sometime but hopefully will still buy 'books' for the smell, feel, and overall tactile 'enjoyment' of them.

Anyway, that's enough poetic prose for a Monday morning.   :)

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« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2012, 10:50:02 AM »
I love my books, and I love my kindle. ;D

The only problem I have with my kindle is that when I finish a book in a set, I must buy the next one to continue reading...

I also buy the same books when they come out as paperbacks, so my kindle is costing me more money :D
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« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2012, 06:33:10 PM »
Thank you for posting this question. I haven't bought one yet, and have been researching on if its a good Idea to buy one or not. According to everyone's opnion's, I think I'm going to buy the $79.00 generation one kindle to try out. I don't need touch or wifi cause I have my laptop, zune, and xbox360 for that.

                                       

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« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2012, 11:43:29 AM »

I treated myself to the local library yesterday.  And if I want elaborate cornices, marble staircases, stain-glass windows
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I came home and went through the pile of books checked out FOR FREE.  Movies, too.

I had curled up with Jack a few months back in bed, all snuggly and warm.  I devoured Jack London stories.

And then there was O.Henry

And I don't swing that way but I had a thing going on with Edith [Wharton]. 

And nearly every morning I'm on my knees reaching for the book which almost always falls between the bed and wall.
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Re: Do you have a Kindle? Would you recommend buying one?
« Reply #22 on: February 09, 2012, 10:52:59 AM »
Thinking about getting one to be used as a simple e book reader. Do they make a version without the ads?
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Re: Do you have a Kindle? Would you recommend buying one?
« Reply #23 on: February 09, 2012, 11:08:46 AM »
I have an original Kindle and a new Kindle Fire. They are quite different beasts. The original in very good for book reading. The cell-phone system downloads and near-instantaneous and the samples allow you to 'browse' the shelves without buying. The screen is readable in bright sun.

The Fire has been a disappointment in many ways. The display and touch-screen are fine, but Amazon has limited the Android apps that can run on it. So, for example, you cannot run Google Earth just because Amazon doesn't allow it. And you no longer have the 3G cell phone system - you must connect via a wireless link now. If you are in a place where no wi-fi exists, you have only the content that is already on the device. Also, there is no slot for an external card to add memory.

It is sort of halfway between a real tablet PC and a book reader. Good for magazines, with the combination of text and images. But I would wait until the next version and see if they fix these serious problems.
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« Reply #24 on: February 09, 2012, 11:20:28 AM »
Do they still make the older type and are they "ad free?" I've looked at them and it seems there is only one "keyboard" model and that one contains ads  :(
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Re: Do you have a Kindle? Would you recommend buying one?
« Reply #25 on: February 09, 2012, 11:58:03 AM »
I love traditional books,
I love my ipad
and I love my kindle.

All for different reasons.

I love the feel of a traditional book in your hands, the smell, the feel of the paper...

I love my ipad as it's great for all sorts of apps and activities, but it's not an ideal platform to read your kindle books on imo.

The kindle I didn't want to like, I wanted very much to hate it, but my hubby bought it as a present and once I had filled it with loads of free books and started reading, I had to reluctantly admit that it is really, really great.

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Re: Do you have a Kindle? Would you recommend buying one?
« Reply #26 on: February 09, 2012, 12:22:00 PM »
Do they still make the older type and are they "ad free?" I've looked at them and it seems there is only one "keyboard" model and that one contains ads  :(

Not sure where you have the idea the Kindle has ads...  ???

My kindle is the one with the keyboard, 3G and WiFi, and i have not seen any ads on it.  ;D
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« Reply #27 on: February 09, 2012, 12:39:47 PM »
Me either. ???

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« Reply #28 on: February 09, 2012, 01:24:17 PM »
The Kindles with ads are only available in the USA, as far as I know.
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Re: Do you have a Kindle? Would you recommend buying one?
« Reply #29 on: February 09, 2012, 01:36:51 PM »
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The Kindles with ads are only available in the USA, as far as I know.

That might explain it. I have read several sites and have heard references to the ads....hence the question. Here is one example. Look at the far right column and the notes under the price: http://www.komando.com/ereader/index-2.asp
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