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  •  Congratulations! (2+ / 0-)
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    SensibleShoes, wasatch

    I just hope you didn't ruin Sasha's Christmas surprise.  Just kidding.  If it was, she'll give it to one of her friends.  

    For several years running, my wife and I bought each other books that we were sure the other one would like, only to discover that we had bought the same book for ourselves a week or so earlier.  (Yeah, we've got enough books in our house that a new one isn't exactly obvious.)

    I always swore that I'd never get an e-reader, because I liked the feel of a real book in my hands.  But I finally broke down and got a Kindle, because it was imperative that one book had to go out of the house whenever another one came in, and it was too painful to decide which one had to go.  And now, I can do things like, after seeing "Twelve Years a Slave," spend $0.99 and get the book, plus a several other memoirs by former slaves, and it doesn't take up any more of the rapidly disappearing room in our living space.

    Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

    by leevank on Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 11:16:26 AM PST

    •  Thanks! I love the free 19th century ebooks (3+ / 0-)
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      wasatch, PinHole, where4art

      but the kindle made me realize how much time I spend flipping back and forth between pages... which is pretty hard to do on a kindle.

      -9.0, -8.3 "Remember, a writer writes. Always." --Throw Momma from the Train

      by SensibleShoes on Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 11:22:52 AM PST

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      •  Yeah, it's not perfect for sure, but for me, ... (2+ / 0-)
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        SensibleShoes, wasatch

        it's a necessity.  I'm really curious about whether things will work out that authors will eventually do better self-publishing ebooks than they do by working through the big publishing houses now.  There's no question but that the publishing houses do add value, but whether it's in proportion to what they take in terms of percentage of the sales price seems to be a very open question to me.

        Somehow, it seems to me that as a society, we should be able to work out the intellectual property equivalent of farmers markets, where musicians and authors could find a way to get more of what they produce directly to consumers through electronic media, and be able to get more of the sales price for themselves, rather than the middlemen.

        Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

        by leevank on Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 11:33:21 AM PST

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      •  I find that there are some places (2+ / 0-)
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        where4art, SensibleShoes

        for e-book reading and some for paper-book reading.

        There are times when I appreciate having a reader that is self-lit and can be held in one hand...

        And there are times when I appreciate that there is more than one paragraph on a page and a drip or two of water wouldn't be catastrophic. :-)

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 06:33:46 PM PST

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