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09 September 2011 @ 03:54 pm
GP post/Kindle love  
When I was in Jr High I estimated that I was reading about 600 books a year. Then my reading slowed to a comparative trickle as eyesight, migraines, and arthritis made reading more difficult. I was a die-hard lover of books over ereaders but when I got a Kindle suddenly I was able to read like a teenager again. I found I love reading more than I love the form it used to come in. Try it. E Ink is easy on the eyes. Plus every book is a large print book. Kindle is also lighter to hold than a hardbound book or many paperbacks so my arthritic hands are better able to cope.

I am grateful that I can read like I used to once again.
litlebananalitlebanana on September 9th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
I'll get one when the kids are old enough to not destroy it.

Aren't the ebooks expensive though?
Long way around the sun: L--Manamanavisualsyntax on September 9th, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
There are freebies available online too.
litlebananalitlebanana on September 10th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, but I'm sure they're of similar quality to freebie MP3s.
Tapatitapati on September 10th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
Prices vary. Amazon was keeping ebooks that had only hardbound equivalents at 9.99 or under, and when a book was out in paperback they generally cost about the same as the paperback. If you often buy from Amazon, keep in mind that there is no shipping and you get your book instantly.

Now there is a lawsuit alleging that Apple and various publishers were price-fixing. I had noticed that Amazon was putting notices on some Kindle books that the publisher had set the price. I noticed that immediately after the lawsuit some prices dropped! I had just purchased a Jim Butcher book where the Kindle price was set a little bit higher than the hardbound price. I checked back after the lawsuit and they raised the hardbound two bucks and dropped the price of the Kindle version by the same amount. Interesting. :)

Self published ebooks are much cheaper because the writer gets a much larger cut of the sale. Some of these are crap, of course, which you can easily tell from their blurb or free sample. Some of them are just fine. There are blogs springing up that review self published ebooks. I've found some through there (although we don't tend to read the same things so YMMV). There is some chick lit available though.

Kindles are reasonably sturdy and you can get nice cushioned covers for them. I don't feel like they are any more vulnerable than a book. I've always been a stickler for keeping books in good shape and my books survived my children. When my grandchildren come I put my Kindle out of reach.
litlebananalitlebanana on September 10th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
I get free shipping from Amazon, so if Amazon has a used copy that ships through them, I can sometimes get the book for $3. If not, there's usually a copy that costs $4 including shipping. Whereas it looks like the books on Kindle are more like $10. And obviously books are free from the library.

I do worry a lot about damage. I like knowing that if my book gets covered in baby vomit or falls out of the diaper bag, I haven't lost something that costs more than a few dollars.
Tapatitapati on September 10th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
Self published ebooks are .99 to 2.99 most of the time. Some of them are good.

It may be that Kindle will mean more to you in terms of your needs when you get older and have the kinds of issues I mentioned.

If your mom has any reading issues now (does she prefer large print for ease but has trouble finding it?) she might like a Kindle.
Long way around the sun: L--Lollipopvisualsyntax on September 9th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
We use the Kindle app on our iPhone which is great. If we had a book, we'd leave it places or forget about it, but now it's like "hey I got 10 minutes, let's read a few pages".
Tapatitapati on September 10th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
Yeah it's really handy that way.