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French J

Sharing e books

We have 2 kindles and a sony reader. Chose the sony for daughter as she reads in french and much more available in french on sony. We can chose who wants what with the 2 kindles and just need to go to the amazon site to add or delete to each kindle. Very quick and easy. Having used both I find it easier to get books on the kindle and the big benefit is not having to get to a pc to buy a new book if stuck somewhere (I have a 2nd generation with 3g and there is no extra cost to download).

Love it for novels, and it therefore allows more space at home for fun books such as cookery books. Although if anyone has a suggestion for a basic cookery book for the kindle it would be useful to have for the hols when I can't remember basic recipes such as pancakes

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French J

Reading in the bath

We have a waterproof cover for using kindle on beach etc looks like a map holder walkers use.

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Country Girl at Heart

Kindle

I have to say that I was deeply sceptical when I heard about these: I love the feel of a book in my hand and was a bit concerned about reading screen print.....but after DarkGinger and James waxing lyrical about them perhaps I will have to change my mind. I do tend to slow to jump on the band wagon of any technology - I only got my ipod recently but I love it now. Was so useful on holiday.
CG@H

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Darkginger

Multiple Kindles

My husband and I each have a Kindle, which is linked to the same Amazon account. Either of us can order and we both have access to all books bought. The one thing we never do though is synchronise! If we did, it would set all our bookmarks to the same place, so when we opened a book, one of us would be at the point where the other one left off reading.

The Kindle cover with built in light is also about £50, but worth it, I think. Like the Sony, you can upload your own documents to it too, for a small charge.

There are a lot of recipe books available in Kindle format - but be careful, because if they aren't formatted with hotlinks and a table of contents (this is down to the individual publisher), you'll have trouble. Amazon allows a free download of the first chapter of every book, so check them out before buying.

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JAMES

Kindle.

I was Delia on my Kindle... :)

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Liz from Cumbria

Santa came early but....

Les did get me a kindle, it arrived yesterday and a replacement is already on it's way! Good job he said I had to check it out before Christmas, all seemed well and suddenly half the screen (the top half) went blank. We are both very impressed with Amazon's customer service though, we got in touch and were told immediately that a new one would be sent and they sent return labels and a link to DHL for pickup. These things do happen but we're both pleased that we checked it out - would have been awful if he'd hidden for me for Christmas day (mind you, since I took the parcel that would have been difficult.) Looking forward to my replacement - oh and I can have something else for Christmas too!!

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JAMES

Kindle.

What a shame Liz!

To be honest, I've always been impressed with Amazons customer service. However, yes, its a good job you checked it out!!!!!

New one will be with you soon, and the least Les can do its get you some more books for it for Christmas and some stocking fillers!

Do you like the feel of it though? Did you get a cover, I suppose not if Les ordered it for you.

I went for the green one at £29.99. Bit steep but it is leather and really well made. I'd not go for the £50 version with a light, as I really do not need a light for it. I'd not consider reading whilst my partner was trying to sleep, although Marc would have been ok with the bedside light on anyway.

I just chuck mine in my bag with keys, coins etc, so its good to have something to protect it. Other manufacturers have them from £7 but I would def get a case of some sort if I were you.

Personally, Im very happy with my green "official" one, but anything that does the job is cool. I don't want it in my bag with my door keys scraping across the screen do I !!!

I assume your replacement will only be a few days? Amazon have been good in that even when the wait time was 4-5 weeks due to demand, they kept some back to replace faulty units instead of just putting you into the Q again!!!!! Simple I know, but I've never seen a mail order co do that before.

Keep us informed, I assume Les has said you can use it when it arrives......

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Liz from Cumbria

It has the potential to be totally loved!

Yes, James, I can use it when the replacement comes and he did get me a cover with it - a black leather one. I've told him that this is my main gift and everything else will be stocking stuffers as I can't think of anything else I desparately want. Who'd have ever thought that you'd get to be blase about Christmas gifts when we were young?

Now to find Les something that he will love too.

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SonyaK

Kindle Question

I was just reading "Choice" magazine's comparison of e-readers, done in May. The Sony touch screen came out top of the list.
The Kindle in the review was the Kindle 2 (I guess the '3' came out later) but they said it won't support the EPUB format, which is used for thousands of classics which can be downloaded for free.
Has anyone found this to be a problem? (Not if you just want modern books, I guess)

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SonyaK

Kindle - e-Books

"EPUB (short for electronic publication) is a free and open e-book standard by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). Files have the extension .epub."

Lemain
I don't think EPUB is run by the volunteers at Gutenberg.
Also Choice was looking at the touch-screen Sony reader, not the pocket edition.

"It makes me wonder whether the Choice reviewer had a clue about what he or she was saying."

Choice doesn't just have one reviewer looking at things - they have a panel of people and a test lab. They had a group of people assessing the e-book readers for ease of use and readability - not just one clueless person!!!

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Liz from Cumbria

Very Happily Reading...

Replacement arrived yesterday and the faulty one was picked up. This one's working perfectly and I'm very impressed. It feels (with the cover) like I'm holding a paperback but it's lighter and it's great in bed!! I don't think I'd try reading it in the bath though.

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Pan-tastic

kindles

Damnation - I am pretty much echoing Country Girl at Heart - I am very untech but I read loads and can really see the appeal of a book ipod - hmmmm, and Christmas just around the corner.....

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JAMES

Anyone got a kindle yet.

You know you wanna, Pan.....

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sandra

Kindle

Should never have read this thread -found myself ordering one last night !

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JAMES

kindle

Hope you are pleased with it, Sandra!

I adore mine. As discussed, its not a replacement for books, I love nice editions of books, but its a good addition.

I'll still buy books of things that I want to keep, but this is a great way of reading the paperbacks that you normally dispose of in one way or the other after reading.

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