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  • FTFA: This drives many independent bookstores-which rely on profits to stay afloat-out of business, taking with them the entire culture of book buying I value

    Businesses rely on profits to stay afloat? You don't say!
  • Arthur Jumbles: FTFA: This drives many independent bookstores-which rely on profits to stay afloat-out of business, taking with them the entire culture of book buying I value

    Businesses rely on profits to stay afloat? You don't say!


    Oh, wow. I was just coming in here to gripe about that sentence.
  • E-ink is what matters.

    Not nook, or Kindle (Nook person myself)

    E-Ink means massive portability and reading on the go.

    I love books, and always will... Will E-Ink Kill books? fark no.

    But it will mean there will be less printed books in the future, rather then doing a run of 100,000. It will be a print run of half that. There will likely always be printed books.

    Now, E-Ink Books need to start coming down in price. 14.99 for a new E-book on release because the hardcover is 16.... fark you, I'll pirate it, or just wait for the paper back price at least.

    Publishers are again. clueless much like music labels, and Movie industry are.
  • Shostie: Arthur Jumbles: FTFA: This drives many independent bookstores-which rely on profits to stay afloat-out of business, taking with them the entire culture of book buying I value

    Businesses rely on profits to stay afloat? You don't say!

    Oh, wow. I was just coming in here to gripe about that sentence.


    The government should step in and provide this profit thingy so they can continue to provide their valuable services.
  • I love my Kindle. I find it easier on my eyes than books, and much more convenient.

    But for the love of Guttenberg, how hard could it be to run a spell checker on Kindle files?
  • mr_a: I love my Kindle. I find it easier on my eyes than books, and much more convenient.

    But for the love of Guttenberg, how hard could it be to run a spell checker on Kindle files?


    A lot of Kindle books are crap. Poorly written, poorly edited, poorly formatted. That's the tragedy of removing the gatekeeper.

    However, if you sample liberally before you buy, you can usually avoid the stinkers. As an author myself , I'll sample any book I see. I just send them to my phone and see what I'm dealing with. I've found some really excellent books for really cheap; you just have to have the patience to discard 80% of what you sample in order to find the gems.
  • Arthur Jumbles: FTFA: This drives many independent bookstores-which rely on profits to stay afloat-out of business, taking with them the entire culture of book buying I value

    Businesses rely on profits to stay afloat? You don't say!


    Unless they're too big to fail, of course.
  • I've read a few books on my iPad, but I really just can't stay focused on them. Maybe it's what I've read, but I find it much easier to sit and plow through 100 pages of a bound book than an e-book.
  • For you E-Reader Folks, if you don't have Calibre on your PC you are doing yourself a great disservice.


    One of the Simple and best things Calibre does for me is to convert just about anything into Epub for my Nook. Texts, Docs, PDFs, etc...
    It can also convert entire Comic book reader files into Epub so I can now read comics and manga on my nook.


    http://calibre-ebook.com/ 

    http://calibre-ebook.com/about
  • kronicfeld: I've read a few books on my iPad, but I really just can't stay focused on them. Maybe it's what I've read, but I find it much easier to sit and plow through 100 pages of a bound book than an e-book.


    Ipad, huh? Well there is your problem friend.

    E-Ink is different from LCD Tech. Its far easier on the eyes. I cant read long bits of texts on my PC, or Phone, but on my nook, not a problem.
  • I still buy hardcovers, but damn do I love my Kindle Fire. It is, as mr_a said, easier to read than a regular book. And I find myself reading books a lot quicker on the Kindle than I did when I was holding a book. I didn't think I was going to like it, so when my parents got me one last year for Christmas, I was hesitant. Now that thing is one of the most important pieces of electronics in my home. My wife also uses it to read, and I'll eventually get her her own (or get myself a new HD).
  • Shostie: Arthur Jumbles: FTFA: This drives many independent bookstores-which rely on profits to stay afloat-out of business, taking with them the entire culture of book buying I value

    Businesses rely on profits to stay afloat? You don't say!

    Oh, wow. I was just coming in here to gripe about that sentence.


    Guys, he was countering the assumption that Amazon doesn't rely on profits when it sells books at a loss, which gives it an unfair advantage in the book selling game.
  • The fact that I no longer have to waste time flipping pages with my Kindle has meant that my reading speed is dramatically quicker.
  • kronicfeld: I've read a few books on my iPad, but I really just can't stay focused on them. Maybe it's what I've read, but I find it much easier to sit and plow through 100 pages of a bound book than an e-book.


    Same here. I bought a 7-inch tablet thinking I'd read a lot more books. Meh. Here I am surfing Fark with it. I'd much rather read a paperback.
  • See, I can't throw support behind a device that will allow someone to delete books I paid for on a whim.

    No one will be deleting my paperback copy of a novel because some bullshiat terms of service changed or a licensing agreement ran out.
  • Raharu: Publishers are again. clueless much like music labels, and Movie industry are.


    Not all publishers. Many small publishers have a handle on this.

    / Owns a publishing company.

    // All our ebooks are $4.99
  • I honestly prefer the Kindle App on my iPad to my actual Kindle.
  • Screw the "independent book stores!" Everyone forgets that they did the same damn thing to us...

    SIgned,

    A former independent cuneiform store owner.
  • alkhemy: Raharu: Publishers are again. clueless much like music labels, and Movie industry are.

    Not all publishers. Many small publishers have a handle on this.

    / Owns a publishing company.

    // All our ebooks are $4.99


    Links please! I love affordable Ebooks!


    Baen is another company that knows how this ebook think should work, they also have affordable prices
  • I still prefer my media in the form of stone tablets, so I'm a part of the problem.
  • Disclosure: I manage a used book store that's perpetually on the verge of going out of business.

    Amazon is not why bookstores go out of business. Mismanagement of bookstores and the idiocy of the US publishing industry are among the top reasons that bookstores go out of business. Amazon is terrible in many, many, many ways, as anyone bright who shops with them frequently will notice, but that's beside the point. And they stay in business because they're very convenient and have few real competitors.

    Ebooks are also not why bookstores go out of business. That said, current e-readers are terrible -- their design is driven by marketing crap, not technology or usability, and consumers will continue to get stuck with crap readers if they never hold out for something better. In fact, the trend that seems likely is that tablet computers will eat the reader market whole, and a few years from now you'll be slightly embarrassed to admit that you shelled out actual money for a Nook or Kindle.

    I never liked Steve Jobs, but if he were still alive very few people would be buying a Nook or Kindle. Or paying as much as $5 for a typical ebook. I'm just saying.
  • I love my Kindle 2. It's invaluable on trips. I also love that it isn't an LCD screen, I can read in direct sunlight, and I don't have screen flicker to worry about either. I just wish the PDF support was better.
  • RandomAxe: Disclosure: I manage a used book store that's perpetually on the verge of going out of business.

    Amazon is not why bookstores go out of business. Mismanagement of bookstores and the idiocy of the US publishing industry are among the top reasons that bookstores go out of business. Amazon is terrible in many, many, many ways, as anyone bright who shops with them frequently will notice, but that's beside the point. And they stay in business because they're very convenient and have few real competitors.

    Ebooks are also not why bookstores go out of business. That said, current e-readers are terrible -- their design is driven by marketing crap, not technology or usability, and consumers will continue to get stuck with crap readers if they never hold out for something better. In fact, the trend that seems likely is that tablet computers will eat the reader market whole, and a few years from now you'll be slightly embarrassed to admit that you shelled out actual money for a Nook or Kindle.

    I never liked Steve Jobs, but if he were still alive very few people would be buying a Nook or Kindle. Or paying as much as $5 for a typical ebook. I'm just saying.


    I disagree, I have no interest in a tablet, I have a laptop with a real keyboard and that I can hook a real mouse into. I also don't want to read long things on anything that's backlit, it sucks.
  • I disagree, I have no interest in a tablet

    I also have no interest in a tablet, but I still think the tablet market will swallow up the reader market.
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