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Sue G

Where to buy a kindle

Been thinking about buying a kindle. I really miss reading as these days visitors keep forgetting to bring me over books.

Where is the best place to buy Amazon? had a look on Uk and in France. Better deal in France.

Or should i be looking else where on line.

Also are they easy to use, downloading etc, i not to smart when it comes to the pc.
Thanks for any advice

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sam from worthing

Where to buy Kindle?

well i know this is probably of no use to you, but i got mine in Tesco (as your in overseas land) - I traded in clubcard vouchers and got the more expensive one (think 139.00, with the 3g wi fi stuff - no idea really what it all means) James is your man for kindle queries really.

I wouldn't be without my "Ken" the kindle for love nor money - i read so much more than i had in the past.

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sam from worthing

Kindles

and to answer your other question.

It is dead easy to use and operate. I have done it - and honestly i am a total techno phobe. Its really very straight forward.

battery lasts for ages and ages, esp if you keep the wifi turned off while your just reading.

I would recommend getting a cover for it though even if you intend to keep it at home by your bedside it keeps it nice and dust free and scratch free - if your thinking of bunging it in your handbag or a suitcase etc - i got mine from amazon, but its not a proper authentic kindle cover - mine was a "knock-off" lol if you know what i mean, think it was 15.00, can't remember now.

And if you have any problems or queries the kindle forum on amazon is amazing good - so many people willing to give you free advice and point you in the right direction.

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Sue G

Kindles

Thanks Sam,

I am really terrible on the pc, so if it is easy, should be ok for me.

Amazon UK have one for 89.00 pounds and France have the same for 99.00 euros not sure about the postage never checked that. It would work out cheaper to get a french one.

Will also have a look for the covers i think i saw some on ebay.

Just need the hubby to order it off amazon so i don't make a mistake doing that.

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Queen of Puds

kindles

Yes - fab gadget. V easy to use once set up, & the kindle helpdesk people were brilliant when I had probs getting mine to connect to wi-fi & talked me through connecting via cable with a huge deal of patience. (Found out that my wireless router was set an an unusual speed - ? - but I got our computer fellow to sort that).
Loads of free books available on Amazon too (some rubbish) & most classics are free anyway but it holds so many you can dip in & out & there are often offers where books are just 20p for well known authors etc. Mine has MP3 functionality (music while you read) & internet browser - these were experimental when I bought mine, so no idea if they all have this now.

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Billie

Buying a Kindle from outside UK

Hello. If you live abroad (France?) I don't think you can buy your kindle from Amazon UK. I live in Italy and last year (before the advent of Amazon Italy) I had to purchase mine from Amazon USA. The reason is something to do with the copyright laws.

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jon

ebook readers

I've toyed with getting a reader as a present for my parents.

I am not a believer in proprietary formats and I'm only willing to consider products that directly support the open EPUB standard so the Kindle is out for me.

Has anyone here had any good experiences with any makes/models that do support EPUB?

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SonyaK

ebook readers

Jon
I had the same feelings about the Kindle, and being in Australia I would be attached to the Amazon USA site, not the UK site. Anyone outside USA has to use their site unless they are in UK - or Italy now, I just read!!

I bought a Sony Reader PRS-T1 which came out last year. I'm very happy with it, although downloading books isn't quite as simple as it is on the Kindle. But the Sony software is improving and I haven't had any major problems!

Choice Magazine (Aust. equivalent of Which in UK) rates the Sony as the best e-reader available, but the Kindles come a very close second.
I also bought a cover for the Sony - flaps open like a book and makes it very comfortable to hold. Check them out on the Sony website. And no, I don't have shares in the company.

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jon

ebook readers

Thanks Sonya. The PRS-1 looks like a candidate for me.

One thing I'd forgotten in my previous post is that the device must be compatible with Linux.

Sony don't do a Linux version of their software but I've done some searching and:

It looks as if the USB link works as a standard USB storage device which is fine and other Linux users report it as working.

Update firmware/software looks as if it should be workable using a stand alone installation (onto SD drive) but if that doesn't work, I do have a rarely used copy of Vista on my dual boot laptop and as I would be doing this operation for my parents, I'd be OK with that.

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SonyaK

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Compatibility with Linux wasn't something I'd ever considered:) but I'm glad it looks as if it will work!

I was going to say that if your parents aren't very technically minded then a Kindle might be better - easier to download books straight to the Kindle. But if you're going to handle it all then that's OK and it sounds as if you know far more about computers and software than I do!! I use a Mac and find it works with my Sony quite well.

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jon

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I'm far from expert in any area of computing but I am reasonably computer literate. My parents are OK as users with the software they use but that's as far as it goes.

I do the bit like installing software on the PCs and other maintenance and we aim for a system that they can "just use" in between.

Overall, it works out well (especially after I changed them from Windows 2000 to OpenSuse Linux a few years ago) and I get very few "call outs"
:-)

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jon

ebook readers

I'd meant to include. I think the PRS-1 will fit in fine with our way of working.

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jon

ebook readers

I also looked up a Kobo model but think I prefer the look of the Sony's interface. Also, much of their manual seemed to be about getting books from their store. As it uses EPUB, it obviously can read books from a large number of sources but still getting the sort of "lock in" feeling that I find off putting.

I've ordered the new Sony model, the PRS-2.

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JAMES

Sue - Re Kindle.

Sue,

As someone said above, as you live in France, you cannot buy a Kindle from the UK site, nor books. You must purchase they from Amazon France.

Amazon.co.uk will not ship Kindle overseas, nor sell you books. Its for copyright law.

If your country has a amazon kindle store, they you are tied to that store, so, as far as I know, germany, italy, spain, france and UK have to buy kindles from their own nations store. Any country that does not have an amazon kindle store is supplied by amazon america.

As far as I'm concerned, the Kindle is by far the best ereader, it trounces over the temperamental, badly built and slow running Sony models.

Whilst you will be tied to Amazon France for Amazon purchases, there are loads of websites that you can also buy Kindle compatible books from, you are not totally tied to Amazon for book purchases. Many publishers offer these books on their own sites, but Amazon does have a great range so I rarely seen the need to stray elsewhere. Amazon usually have the best price too.

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JAMES

Sue - Re Kindle.

I must add, the 89 quid one is discontinued, replaced by a new model next week for just 69 quid..........

:)

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