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Meh.  Ever since I've lost my Kindle (read it got stolen by some sleazeball on the bus) I've not been reading as fast or as much and I've simply not got the energy to do much of anything reading/literary wise and I know I have some stuff to get done including a blog tour post to get done in the next couple of days.

My Author Read & Reviews have fallen to the wayside and I've fallen behind on my dates for them to be posted because I don't have my kindle, I can't make notes that I need on them when I'm out of the house because I am ONLY using Kindle for PC for my digital books and I'm losing my damned mind because staring at the computer screen for extended periods of time is not doing happy things for my eyes/head/mood after working all day and dealing with the stupidity that is the human race (I work fast food).  

I have more than half a dozen books to read and by the time I get home from work, usually after being out of the house for more than 14 hrs, walking 2 miles at 415 am, taking 2 buses in and then standing on my feet for 6-7 hours, and then taking 3 buses home and god forbid I miss a bus because that adds an hour and a half to my travel time due to my last bus only running every 90 minutes - I have absolutely NO energy do anything, and usually just end up puttering around until having to help FloridaSNMom with dinner and dishes, mindlessly watch something on TV and fall into bed - and if I'm lucky I may have read about 100 words of something.

Though I do tend to read while I'm on the bus, but that is merely for me to stay awake and not miss my bus stops and ultimately end up screwing myself on my way home.  Beyond that, carrying many more books than I really want.  Currently I have three that I am carrying with me and I'm in the middle of reading.  2 of them are books that I am reading to get a feel of the authors to create some interview questions for them and I'm really liking one of the books, the other I'm kinda on the fence on.

The books are:

1. Falling Immortality by Robert Downs and the main character is a wise cracking ex-cop turned P.I. in Virginia.  He's a smart-ass womanizer and has a line for everything and if he could he'd have a woman for everyday of the week.  But he's currently investigating a 2 year old murder and things are not going as smoothly as Casey would like.

2. Voluspa by Sam D. & Ray East, this book, is the one that I'm kinda on the fence about and I can't really get into it at the moment.  It is a fantasy type book and kinda weird in its starting off, but if I can trudge through the beginnings maybe it will get better.

Those are the two trade paperbacks that I'd gotten from the authors to try and formulate interview questions for.  I'm also reading the second omnibus in the Cheysuli series by Jennifer Roberson and stalled in that at the moment in favor of reading Falling Immortality.

I'd set a goal of 200 books for the year and I've only read about 155, I'd have reached my goal if I'd not been stupid and let my kindle get stolen.  Seriously not a happy bibliophile at this point in time.  Not cool.  It also doesn't help that holding too many books tends to flare my neuropathy and have me ending up in my brace and on pain killers and not able to focus on anything.  Kindle was so much lighter and not likely to flare my neuropathy and make me want to cry.  

So, I'm going to continue to mourn the loss of my Kindle until I ultimately get the finances to replace my precious shadow.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    “ go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

    by Caedy on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 04:30:40 PM PDT

  •  You do know there are Calibre plugins (1+ / 0-)
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    to convert your Kindle books to whatever format you want, right?  It's not exactly plug and play but it is easier than ripping a DVD or Blu-Ray.

    There is no saving throw against stupid.

    by Throw The Bums Out on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 04:46:24 PM PDT

    •  That only works if (3+ / 0-)

      I have another device to use them on and I don't.  I don't particularly like audio books because they are harder to me to focus on.  I usually only do audio books when I'm driving and as I do not have a car at the moment Audio books aren't really my thing at the moment.  

      I've got Kindle for PC and don't mind reading on that, it is just I very rarely have the energy, and it isn't text-to-speech enabled and at the moment, due to battery issues is not portable so I can't read while I'm doing the dishes any more like I would when I had my Kindle.

      “ go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

      by Caedy on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 04:50:17 PM PDT

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  •  Sorry about your Kindle (2+ / 0-)
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    heartobama, Louisiana 1976

    If you are thinking about another e-reader, you might take a look at the basic Nook.  It is lighter than the Kindle which is essential for me.  I got the one with the backlight which is also a big plus.  Now I have both, but I prefer the Nook for its greater portability and its on-screen keyboard.  I get lost less frequently, too.

    Nook customer service isn't as sharp as Amazon's, but then whose is?  

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 04:50:19 PM PDT

    •  I don't like the Nook. (3+ / 0-)

      I've compared prices and I'm much more satisfied with the Kindle, and I've even considered dropping down a type of Kindle to the Kindle Touch (though it means that I lose the 3G access and am stuck reverting to hotspots for net access).

      The Nook while a decent e-reader, I'm still really addicted to the Kindle.  Trust me, I've considered it and I got such a fantastic response when my Kindle got stolen from Amazon, they deactivated it on the phone with me and made sure that I knew that I would be the only one that could reregister the device.

      At the moment the case is stalled due to lack of leads, but the case isn't closed yet which is still positive I guess, but I'm not holding my breath really.  I'll end up replacing it eventually.

      “ go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

      by Caedy on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 04:54:26 PM PDT

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    •  Also, (4+ / 0-)

      If I get a Nook, I no longer have access to the Kindle Cloud that has over a thousand books in it that I share between FloridaSNMom and FloridaSNDad my roommates and I would lose those including really, really good books that I'd gotten for free.  

      Books are also a bit more expensive for the Nook than they are for the Kindle.  I have better chances of finding a book that I want for the Kindle than I do for the Nook.   I've done my research, but thank you for the suggestion.

      “ go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

      by Caedy on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 04:56:14 PM PDT

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  •  I got a kindle for a huge discount from Amazon.... (5+ / 0-)

    I got the non-advertising version for basically 50% off.  the Ad-supported ones were practically free -- like $20 or something.  

    I had to sign up for audible for one year.  For $14 a month, I get one free audiobook download per month.  

    I know the audible membership pretty much subsidizes the cost of the [almost] "free" Kindle, but for me it worked well.  I drive 7 hours a week, so I have plenty of time for the audiobook.  

    Maybe not an option for you, but thought I'd mention it.  

  •  We love our kindle here. (2+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, Louisiana 1976

    Got the newer one with the black and white display (whatever that e-ink display is, it is very nice), no ads, and w/3G, also the cool case with the light that runs off the kindle. The only minor complaint is that I would love more memory. (Yes, I am a bit of a hoarder:)

    Have you contacted Amazon to see if they can disable your stolen reader? If they could, at least you'd know it was just a paperweight for some unscrupulous individual.

    Sorry for your loss, I saved for a year to buy ours. Tight budget and all.

    I couldn't justify getting the colour unit, as we don't want the cost of subscribing to the Amazon store. Although sometimes I wonder if a back lit display would be a nice option. The battery life (with wi-fi and 3G turned off) is phenomenal. Besides, we are both readers here at casa Busy, it gets a lot of use and goes everywhere.

    Right now I am reading Hitch hikers Guide (softcover version, ha!) to the Universe, which some how escaped my must read list all these years.

    •  Yeah... (3+ / 0-)

      I called them and got the serial number which is in the different databases that are connected to pawn brokers so if the lowlife tries to pawn it, so it is deactivated and has been since it got stolen and it is also deregistered.  

      I got mine with my taxes one year, and the battery life is EPIC on the 3rd Gen and it was like my shadow.  To the point that one of my coworkers had asked me when I was reading a hard copy of "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green, if I still read actual books.  I laughed and said yes, but I also had the kindle to read.

      “ go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

      by Caedy on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 06:19:38 PM PDT

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  •  Well, just use your iPad! - Mittens Romney (3+ / 0-)

    I love eReaders, I think they're a great invention that re-invigorate interest in reading to the young (who love anything that's on a gadget), and of course for people like me who love to carry our library around. I own an original Nook and love it for its ease and simplicity, but I also read with my iPad when I need the self lighting.

    I don't think we're living in the age of information - I think it's the age of entertainment, with music, books, video and games at our immediate touch whenever we want. Which for a lazy old slug like me, is pretty cool.

    Romney 2012 - Kiss my (___)@(___), Amercia!!

    by Fordmandalay on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 07:06:48 PM PDT

  •  Never had a Kindle, so, sorry for your loss (0+ / 0-)

    but I read things that are called books.  You can hold them in one hand.  They don't need to be recharged b/c they are not battery-operated.

    And I can read them in very low light (using a flashlight or hurricane lantern).

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 07:46:30 PM PDT

    •  Caedy reads books.. but, (2+ / 0-)
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      Youffraita, BusyinCA

      she has a problem holding them for very long due to peripheral neuropathy in both wrists/hands. The kindle is lighter and she doesn't have to hold it open. Also, she has her whole library with her while she spends 3-6 hours on the bus each day, instead of carrying around 2 novels so she doesn't run out of reading material. We have a lot of books, but they just don't work as well for Caedy, or many of us any longer.

      And I can read my Kindle in very low light, lower light than a paperback actually, because I can bump the font up larger to make it more legible in low light :).

      Books are great, and we have foot lockers and boxes full of them, but sometimes the Kindle is better.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 08:11:07 PM PDT

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  •  I'm not going to buy an e-reader (0+ / 0-)

    until all the printing presses of the world have gone silent, because I just love the visceral experience of printed books too much: The unique smell and texture of the paper, the tension of the binding, the rustle of the turned page, the sense of embodiment of the magic within.  I only read e-books on my computer if I don't care enough about them to want physical copies.  And when I've re-read books I already have in print in an e-book form, the experience is never fully satisfying.

    Smell most of all is important.  Smell makes a thing real.  You can see a photograph of a place, but you're not there until you smell it.  To smell a book is to be instantly transported into the world of it - at least if you've already read it.  But even for the first time, it's a part of the experience.

    Which isn't to say I don't appreciate the utility of e-readers - I just don't find them adequate vessels for the magic they contain when reading literature.  Non-fiction or technical stuff, absolutely.  But not imaginative work.

    Republicans hate you more than they love their children.

    by Troubadour on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 12:20:52 AM PDT

    •  See, I LOVE (1+ / 0-)
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      the visceral experience of printed books as well, however peripheral neuropathy tends to make that experience limited.  It sucks royally, and I can only hold the book for so long because I am afraid to end up in my brace, because it just isn't the wrist that is in pain when the neuropathy flares it is the entire length of the arm because I still don't know where the nerve damage is that is causing the flare.

      As FloridaSNMom said in an earlier comment, we have boxes up on boxes and I even have an entire footlocker full of books that I've collected over the years.  I've at least 3 complete series in paperback plus extra books by different authors and I adore them, but logically they do not work well for me very much any more because of the neuropathy.  

      Also, I tend to spend 3-6 hours total on a bus to and from work and carrying 2+ novels is tedious simply because I don't want to run out of something to read while on the bus.  

      “ go to a dance with a guy who has all the personality of a serial killer mixed with a sponge.” ― J.A. Beard

      by Caedy on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 02:03:11 AM PDT

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    •  Another benefit to a Kindle in our house (0+ / 0-)

      is that we have two people (an adult and a child) with vision issues. With the Kindle we can pop up the font so that it can be seen, we can also put (most) books on text to speech so they can hear the book. Not all books come out in an audio format. It used to be really frustrating to me that I couldn't share some of my favorite books with FloridaSNDad, because my lungs wouldn't hold up to reading it to him and it wasn't out in audio. He can't read paper books, he is legally blind and has trouble with tracking.
      When I got my Kindle we started spending an hour or two every night reading together. I would put it on text to speech so he could hear it, and I would read the screen (because I have an issue with following audio). It added a whole new layer of intimacy to our relationship, and we could discuss the book in detail later on. Now that his mother bought him a Kindle for Christmas we don't always read together that way any longer, but we still share books and discuss them in a way that we could not always do before.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 06:33:38 AM PDT

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