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I wonder if I de-registered it and re-registered it (after all, what would happen if I moved back to the UK permanently?) it would work? I'll look into it nearer to the time. Finally started the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo last night - it starts slowly, but I'm hoping for great things to happen soon!
You can download books on an Ipad, but I just wouldn't. I am a bit of a flicker, and I would not like being unable to flick back the pages to reread something, and usually you can gauge it by looking to see how far you need to go.I also like to see how far along I am in a book by looking at my bookmark.And I like to 'feel' the pages of a book.I know I am weird.....
Apparently you need to have a bank card with a UK registered address to download books from .co.uk. People on the kindle forum were talking about it.x
At least Noreen agrees with me. I like to dip in and out of books and flick back if I've lost the thread etc. I also like to give books as gifts. And James you can get new books in libraries and they are not grubby--although I did once find a nylon stocking that someone had used as a bookmark. Also if you don't go overdue it is mainly a free service. Pauline
"although I did once find a nylon stocking that someone had used as a bookmark."That is marvellous!!!! :)Dont get me wrong, I love the feel of books too, although, I got a leather case for the kindle and it sort of feels about the same weight and size as an average paperback now which is good.I view my kindle as an addition to, not a replacement for books.XX
I'm 100% certain that it will be in addition to rather than a replacement for "real" books. Where I do see a huge advantage is when travelling as even paperbacks can add quite a weight. I love the idea that I can have loads of titles at my fingertips without having the carry that extra weight. Even just to know that it will fit nicely into my handbag without adding much extra weight (or bulk) is grand, would be much more likely to shove in the Kindle rather than carry a bulky book with me when out and about so that if I'm forced to wait for something, reading material readily to hand.
I live in Greece, so use the USA site. If I were to travel to the UK, I think I'd have to re-register to a UK location in order to get the cheaper UK downloads.Kindle is great for reading in bed.I've had a free version on my PC for ages (with UK priced books) but since getting the wi-fi sent from America, my PC version has also become USA linked.
I guess I'm going to have to play games with my bank cards then - I have a UK account as well as an Irish one - but tbh, it's not that important - just a matter of saving a few $ on a book!I've got the illuminated leather case too (mine's red!) - and it does feel like a book. I don't see my Kindle as a total replacement for books, just mostly as a replacement for the trashier side of my reading habit. I still want big, illustrated cookery books, posh coffee table books and so on - I just don't want to keep shelling out for a lump of paper that I read in one or two days, and which then sits in the house taking up space because it seems immoral to throw a book away!It may sound a bit 'out there' but I see my Kindle as a sort of companion - it can be with me on every trip I make, every waiting room I sit in, always there to alleviate boredom. If I finish a book mid-trip I simply download a new one, if I'm in bed at night and the book runs out before sleep comes - well, I have a whole library at my fingertips :) Even if I'm totally broke - there's a wealth of free books available!If you read the discussion section on the Amazon Kindle page - there are a lot of self-published authors publicising their work - which is usually very very cheap. It's a bit like the Kindle is doing to book publishing what the web did to magazine/newspaper publishing - now everyone gets to have a voice, it's not just the chosen few who get through all the rejection slips from publishing houses. I've read a couple of books after finding out about them through the discussions - both have been well worth the effort.I'm frothing about my Kindle again, aren't I? Oh dear... will shut up before I bore you all to death!
I was actually playing about with a friend's at the weekend and it was really easy to read - they have a cute little clip-on light for low light timesbut she gave me about 10 paperbacks to read, and already have a stack at home - including James's fave Woman in White which i got in the bookshop the other week (was on the bargain shelf!) because he raves about it so much!!
Doesn't it hurt your eyes?
Hi James, are they like DVD's in as much as they are different zones? Just wondered, I know we can't play DVD's from America on our DVD here in France, think they are zones 1 and 2 if I remember rightly.
"Doesn't it hurt your eyes?"No it doesnt, Knorr. Its not backlit, its much more like normal paper than a screen.x
"Hi James, are they like DVD's in as much as they are different zones? Just wondered, I know we can't play DVD's from America on our DVD here in France, think they are zones 1 and 2 if I remember rightly."Sort of but not really, if that makes any sense!The one out now is the Kindle 3. Previously versions (1 and 2 obviously!) were only available from the amazon american site but they would ship them anywhere.As it takes off, amazon will be adding it to other sites. So, the first one is the UK site. If you live in the UK, you must buy yours from the UK website, and download your books from the UK website. If you live anywhere else, you must order from the US webiste, and order your books from there too.DVDs are in regios 1-6. As you say, the US is region 1, UK and Europe 2, Australasia 4 etc. To begin with, if you bought a disc from the wrong region it would not play when you get it home, but as consumers hated this, many players are now multi region, mine are, so I often get american discs as so much cheaper. Players are not physically made to be set to a region either, its set in the software when its decided where this current batch is going to be shipped to. So it is easy to get the code via google to over ride this. Normally by pressing three or four buttons on the remote in a certain sequence will display a screen for you to change the region. Choose "0" and your player will then play any disc you put into it.x
Sorry - haven't a clue what a Kindle does - presumably you read with it - why just not read a book?Can't imagine curling up with a good "Kindle", but deifnitely like curling up with a good book.TCsM
The advantage of a Kindle over a book is that it can store several thousand books in a space smaller than an average paperback. Books are (on the whole) cheaper to buy in Kindle format, you can buy them straight from the Kindle itself, you can download lots of books for no charge at all.If you read as much as I do, you find your house gradually turning into an old book repository. A Kindle saves trees!
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