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Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 30th May '10 1:31 AM


Anyone else here have an e-book? I got one (a week early) for my birthday, and this is great! I can download a ton of older books from between two dollars and absolutely free. My only quibble is that I haven't found a cheap way to buy newer books, as in being able to buy used copies to reduce costs as I can with paper books. Also a little dissapointed that not ALL of the titles I want are available in this format, but all that aside the positives are worth it.

Good nights of reading ahead of me!!

Anyone know of ways to get modern titles a bit cheaper? How about suggestions for using them, good versions of the ebook to buy (mine is good but seems to be missing some desirable features) or a good choice of software downloads for transferring books to my ebook?

BTW Smoke, if you read this, the book you were talking about "The Jungle" was only around two dollars.......

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Sun, 30th May '10 7:19 AM

One word, libraries! Our local library for example, subscribes to a service online, and you can take books out for one/two or three weeks. Free. Just like a real library book! They offer several different databases that are growing every day. These aren't totally integrated into the catalog.... Your local libraries' homepage site map is a good place to start....look for download books or online books! And good luck.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 30th May '10 8:57 AM

Annie, that is a great suggestion. I've had the Nook for several months and love it. I recently got the iPad and have downloaded the Barnes and Noble eReader software as well as iBooks. I'm a little familiar with the Kindle. I know that all these platforms offer free books, and I think I read on an eReader blog how you can find low cost eBooks. Hadn't thought of the library. I think your public library probably connects into college library systems and you can find a wealth of books there. (You can also download the eReading s/w on your PC/laptop or smartphone.)

I understand from a prolific author I know that authors still make their profit from eBooks that's not much different than from a paper book (this is an important point for me, or I would not buy eBooks.) Almost half the sale price (from paper to "e") comes from the production, handling, storage space, inventory, etc. of the physical book. With eBooks the publisher/vendor does need server space, but it can't compare to the cost of the paper book.

On the other hand, for the reader of paper books, you can't beat the tactile feel and experience of reading a paper book.

Jeremy, I'd recommend that you hunt for eReader or eBook blogs to find out where some of the other bargains are. Happy reading!

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Sun, 30th May '10 9:35 AM

Libraries are just now getting really into ebooks, and you have to be a bit patient. In our case, our local library association is the one who is getting the ebook, just as it shares books...we can get a book from any of the regional libraries without charge.
If you can connect to a university, the interlibrary load gets even better!
Hubby got his ebook reader because he reads giant history tomes and gets carpal tunnel from holding them! They are also nice because you can change the printsize to big or bigger. I envied him on a recent vacation -- I took three books, finished one and hated the other two, and had to go to a bookstore. Meanwhile, he had about 150 books to chose from! He's still mostly reading classics that were loaded on his when he bought it...yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 30th May '10 2:00 PM

Annie, I don't quite understand how checking out ebooks from a library would work. Is there a due date? How do you return them to the library? I hadn't thought about that option before.......

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 30th May '10 2:08 PM

Thanks for the advice Pepper, I'll check out the blogs on the issue....I did eventually figure out how to use Barnes and Noble, and they did have a number of free books for older titles. I like reading old books so it was helpful. Hadn't even heard of ibooks yet.

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Sun, 30th May '10 3:42 PM

They are always thinking department: on some of the ebooks from the library, you install special software on your computer before downloading. The book will then stop working in 21 days (or 14 or 7 if you prefer to return it earlier). The software "returns" it to the library for others. Here's what it says on my library's page:
"At the end of the loan period, titles will expire and be automatically 'returned' to the library. At this time, you can delete the expired file(s) from your computer."
Neat, huh?

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