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Postby OMGBEES » Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:02 am

Having maintained tablet PCs for work, I will not buy one for quite some time.
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Postby pablo banquo » Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:55 am

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Bag of Ass wrote:I like books.

Awesome, me too.

I have a great idea, let's start a book club!


I went with my girlfriend one day to help her look after her neighbour with dementia. Seems her husband ran a bookstore after he retired but all the leftover books ended up in one room of her house when it closed. I opened the door while chasing a mouse. It disappeared beneath one of the piles.

The piles themselves were chest height to me, completely inaccessible, probably thousands of books in there. One in particular, sitting on a bookshelf at arms length, with a split cover, intrigued me. On opening it, I discovered that the book was very old, it was about some town in England. The text was legible, instead of 's' they used 'f'. Finding the Roman numerals near the front told me that it was printed in the late 1700s (I can't remember the exact year).

I considered taking it, I couldn't bring myself to steal from the old lady. She wouldn't miss it. In the few hours we were there she turned around and asked us who Rush Limbaugh was about 8 times. So the 200+ year old book is still sitting there on the shelf, waiting for the mice to chew it to pieces.


I don't think I could get a kindle, despite my love of easy access to media.
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Postby hobokenbob » Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:38 pm

given the drop in price, I got myself a Kindle 2, not the DX. my first purchase is "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman.

Also DL'd a bunch of free public domain stuff.

It's so cool
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Postby hobokenbob » Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:27 pm

curse my early adoption of technology

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/10/ ... al-kindle/

not that I plan on going on any international trips in the near future, but that's a big improvement to one of Kindle's bigger weaknesses.
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Postby Tweeg » Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:27 pm

I heard sony makes something like Kindle only its better, IE people like amazon can't go in and delete your books.

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Postby hobokenbob » Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:43 pm

The situation with the book deleting is alot more innocuous as it sounds.

People were abusing the self publishing tools to put up other people's work for free or cheaper than the legally published work. When Amazon corrected this piracy, the result was that people who bought or downloaded the pirated books got it deleted from their library, which they admit should not have happened, and said wouldn't happen again.
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Postby OMGBEES » Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:47 pm

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Postby Too-Much-Coffee Mistress » Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:42 am

I had always figured there had to be a logical reason for the deletions, I just think it's fatally hilarious that they stepped in and deleted 1984, of all things.
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Postby Kauser » Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:26 am

Would you call it Orwellian?
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Postby OMGBEES » Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:59 am

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Postby Too-Much-Coffee Mistress » Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:20 am

Kauser wrote:Would you call it Orwellian?


I would not, sir. I would call it Kubrickian.
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Postby OMGBEES » Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:30 am

That's who I was trying to think of!

Man, why can't I ever remember Stanley Kubrick's name?
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Postby Bag of Ass » Thu Nov 25, 2010 5:23 am

My wife and I got a Kindle as a gift. I think it is the wireless + 3G one so I can be anywhere and download a book. So far I've just been loading it with a bunch of free novels from amazon. I'm pretty impressed with the one-click purchasing. I haven't actually, you know, used it to read yet though.

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Postby hobokenbob » Thu Nov 25, 2010 12:29 pm

once you get in the habit, that thing never leaves your side. only right now I'm reading "The Death Machine" as an actual book - it's so heavy and i keep losing my place :(
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Postby dogmeat » Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:52 pm

I really don't see the appeal of the Kindle or the equivalent Sony effort.
As a gadget I see they're a good thing, but you can't beat an actual book.

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Postby Too-Much-Coffee Mistress » Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:40 pm

dogmeat wrote:I really don't see the appeal of the Kindle or the equivalent Sony effort.
As a gadget I see they're a good thing, but you can't beat an actual book.


Yes, that. The kindle makes me want to go learn book binding.
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Postby hobokenbob » Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:24 pm

My list of pros and cons so far:
Cons
    DRM if you're a zealot about that kind of thing,
    Visually very close to real paper but not perfect, and sacrifices backlighting.
    Lacks tactile sensation of turning pages (but the protective leather binder opens and feelslike a book's cover)
    Lacks olfactory sensation of that new book-glue smell, or alternatively dusty old tome smell. (but I bet some entrepreneurial spirit will soon come out with a fix to that)
    Lacks the social benefit of borrowing books.
    Fucking critical battery if I don't remember to charge it after 3-4 days (8-9 if web connection is off)
Pros
    Web Capable (limited, wikipedia, news, and "texty" sights).
    Able to store a steamer trunk worth of reading material
    lighter than average paperback, and small enough to be portable
    Never loses its place (I stop and start alot, reading on the train)
    Can look up definitions to words on the fly (really very useful, and did not expect it to be so)
    user can add notes, highlight passages without defacing an actual book.
    reads pdfs (I've used mine for game manuals on steam games)
    I hear Nook lets you borrow between Nook users, and Amazon is supposed to be allowing it soon? Somewhat makes up for DRM/Borrowing
    Minesweeper! (Up,Alt,M)
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Postby Funk » Sun Nov 28, 2010 2:49 am

Wanted to get the Kindle 2 in the black friday sale. I clicked buy the second it went on sale and didn't get one :-\
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