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Newest J.D. Robb, Treachery in Death = purchased and downloaded.

Newest Kim Harrison, Pale Demon = also purchased and downloaded. 

Dragon Age II demo = downloading as I type.


Plus, I am sipping my coffee and still in my pajamas.  How I love thee, technology!

ETA: although, DA2 is taking forever to download!  *sigh*
rhienelleth: (Captain Jack - araestel)
 So, those of us who have Kindles might have noticed over the past couple of months, many new titles by favorite authors haven't been available to buy for download.  This is because Amazon and Penguin have been unable to agree on a contract, even though every other ebook retailer (B&N, Sony, et al) apparently has an agreement about ebooks with Penguin, many of them apparently for the same prices Amazon offers.  I don't know all the whys of this, or who won't agree to what.  I just know:

1. Jim Butcher, Nora Roberts, J. R. Ward, Ilona Andrews, Charlaine Harris, and Rachel Caine are ALL Penguin authors. :(

2. People should really stop e-mailing authors complaining and/or asking about this.  They have no control whatsoever over Penguin and Amazon's disagreement.  I've seen countless author blog entries or website announcements apologizing for something the author can't control, and therefore really shouldn't have to apologize for.

3.  That said, I get why people are upset. It is really, REALLY frustrating as a reader, and not just for the obvious convenience of purchasing and instantly downloading new titles being temporarily lost.  Amazon's kindle format is a proprietary version of mobipocket.  Kindles are also compatible with non-amazon mobi files, but these, even sold by other retailers, are ALSO not being made available to purchase or download, and that pisses me off.  If Amazon and Penguin can't agree, fine, but don't punish readers by taking away every legal avenue they have to purchase content from non-amazon retailers.  That is just petty and really, really stupid in my opinion.  Alienating part of your customer base is not good business sense.

4. I don't know if TPTB assume people will just buy the print book, I don't know if they're hoping for that or not.  I do know that a LOT of Kindle owners are refusing to do that, which is really sad.  It isn't the author's fault this is happening, after all.  I myself am...not buying the print books, or most of them.  A few notable exceptions are for series' I already own all the print books for.  Jim Butcher's newest, for example.  But the biggest reason I bought the kindle was to avoid adding to the ridiculous clutter that is my bookshelves.  I've been telling myself all this time, for two months, that I will just wait and buy the Kindle versions when Amazon and Penguin settle, and these titles become available.  But it's been really, really frustrating.  

But, in my search for other mobi versions to buy, I noticed something strange.  Each time, I could add the book to my cart, but when I went to purchase, I got an error stating something like "this title is not available for purchase in the US".  Hmm.  Not available in the US...interesting!  So, since ebooks don't go anywhere physically, I tried changing my location in "manage your Kindle" to...Canada!  Suddenly, I can download all the ebooks I've been missing, thank goodness, as it's just in time for Ilona Andrews newest to come out on Tuesday, Magic Bleeds!  The one downside - I'm paying the Canadian price, which is slightly higher than the US, I assume because the dollar right now is not very strong.  But it's not much difference, and I still get to buy all the books in my preferred format, as legally as I can given the circumstances.  (I'm sure saying I'm in Canada when I'm not is a, er, shady area.)

So, for all of you with Kindles, you might want to change the address under "manage your Kindle" to that of a Canadian or other overseas friend willing to temporarily loan you theirs.  Or, failing that, find the address of a Canada based bookstore to use.  

e-readers

Oct. 21st, 2009 11:33 am
rhienelleth: (masterharper)
Because I know it's going to come up at some point and time, let me just weigh in on the new B&N Nook device, as a Kindle user and lover.

It looks good. It looks like B&N put some serious thought into it, not just as a device, but also as competition for the Kindle. It's the same basic size and shape, but instead of the Kindle's keypad, it has a cool looking color touch screen - with a black and white e-ink screen above it, so you aren't sacrificing your eyes for a cool factor. The only other cool thing it has over the Kindle, you can apparently "lend" books to friends for 14 days. Two caveats:

~ initial reports on this feature suggested you'd only be able to "lend" books to people you'd willingly share your credit card info with. Um, no thanks. Can't find reference to it in the new literature, so maybe they got rid of that requirement?

~ reports now say "not all books will be available for lending" - makes you wonder if the publishers get to pick and choose whether or not to allow their books to be lent out.

The Nook also sports the ability to download books directly from B&N, however, articles I have read intimate that initially, this feature will only be available in the store, although they expect it to open up to any "hot spot" soon. (Um, ok.)

By contrast, Kindle can now be used to d/l books anywhere in the world, if you have the International version.

I do think the Nook looks cool, and has some excellent features. It's a solid entry into the e-reader world. I think it's the most direct competition Kindle has had, actually, and that's a good thing. More competition = Amazon stepping it up with future versions of the Kindle.
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So, as I said a few months ago when I sold my husband's K1 and upgraded him to a Kindle 2, I have another K1 up for grabs. My friend who bought hers within weeks of me getting mine is taking the upgrade plunge.

Here's the goods:

I have a used Kindle 1 for sale in excellent condition, with a chocolate brown M-edge genuine leather cover. All original accessories included (except the original cover, I think, but it might still be in the box) and will be shipped in the original box.

Some titles on the Kindle are:
The new Janet Evanovich, Finger Lickin' Fifteen, and Plum Spooky
The Psy/changeling series by Nalini Singh
Linda Howard: Burn, and Death Angel
Naomi Novik: His Majesty's Dragon
The new Nora Roberts, Vision in White
And many others.

These will remain on the Kindle so long as you don't delete them. Once deleted, however, you cannot get them back.

Asking $200 in the form of an amazon e-gift certificate, shipping included in the price.

I've also posted this on a kindle foum, the same one where my last K1 sold within the day. I remember someone on my f-list was interested when the last one sold, so i'm posting this here as well.
rhienelleth: (blue sword)
So.  I was recently given an Amazon gift card, in an amount that would allow me to upgrade and splurge on a Kindle 2, provided I first sell my Kindle 1.  I'm offering it on a couple of e-reader forums, and expect it to go quickly.  But it occurred to me I'd love it to go to someone I 'know' who wants one, so I'm posting the info here in case any of you may be interested.  I'm selling it to the first interested party who wants it, whichever venue:
 
Kindle 1 + extras

I am selling my first generation Kindle 1. I've had it since August, and taken exemplary care of it. I absolutely love it, but have finally caved after seeing the husband's Kindle 2 in action. It comes with:

original charger, cord to the computer, and case, plus-
an extra battery
flower themed cover from strangedog covers,
as well as over 100 books already loaded. (They will remain on the Kindle after I de-register it and you register it, so long as you don't manually delete them. If you delete them, they are gone forever, however.)  Sort of like borrowing books from me, but you don't have to pay the postage to mail them back.

More info )
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Ebook news!

May. 6th, 2009 10:58 am
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Amazon announces the new Kindle DX large screen, especially suited for e-textbooks and the like. I'll stick with my Kindle, but if I were still in college, you betcha.

In other interesting e-reader news, Apple and Verizon are developing something that could be touted as Apple's "ebook reader". (And they also may have an iPhone deal sooner than we thought.) However, I am unimpressed. No e-ink screen? Sorry, I'll stick with my Kindle, thanks. As for watching video, isn't that what an iPod Touch is for?

I love all the people who download books to their iphones. I'm sorry if some of you do that and this offends you, but I laugh. Seriously. Clearly, these people have never tried an electronic ink screen for any definitive length of time. I can read more and for longer on my Kindle than I can real books. An iphone? That small LCD screen? My poor eyes are strained enough on the computer all day at work.

I love my iPod and my Macbook to pieces. But as far as I'm concerned, Kindle still has the market cornered on ebook readers, with their screen, and the free wireless downloading of books anytime, anywhere.

!!!

Sep. 12th, 2008 03:06 pm
rhienelleth: (masterharper)
Dune is FINALLY available as an e-book - well, for Kindle, anyway. I have looked everywhere for an ebook version since getting Kindle, and sure, they have other books in the series, but not THE book that started it all.

Despite a very strong dislike for some of the later books, Dune remains one of my favorite books of all time. I'm pretty cynical about a lot of books and their supposed layers of meaning and depth - the college English track pretty much burnt me on a lot of that. Not that books aren't layered and deep, but come on, how many times can a person read Heart of Darkness?? (blech!)

Dune, however, is one of those books that impresses the hell out of me every time I read it. It's literary genius, and I don't care who wants to argue the point. That's my opinion, and I'm sticking to it! Anytime someone talks about "genre" books as somehow lesser, it pisses me off - duh, i'm a genre writer. All of my favorite books are genre books. But I often tell them to read Dune - which is taught in several college literary courses throughout the country, snap! (I have no idea if I just used that properly, but it felt right at the time.)

Anyway. Dune. On my Kindle. Available to me to read, whenever the hell I get the urge to crack it open. Reason #47 to love my Kindle. :)
rhienelleth: (Default)
New "kindle killer" e-reader on the horizon, but I confess I am skeptical. How is an 8 1/2 x 11 plastic sheet easy to carry around and pack and stuff? Sure, it has a bigger screen, but is it electronic ink? Nope. Can you slip it into your purse? Not so much. It has wi-fi, but is that service free, in the same way as Amazon's whispernet? We don't know.

I'm not being defensive of Kindle, I am just skeptical that this new model is any "better". It's different, and I'm sure people who love to use their e-reader to read the morning paper will love having a larger screen, a touch screen. But me? I use Kindle to read books, to take my library with me everywhere, to read friend's manuscripts and my own in electronic format easily and conveniently. The ability to read office docs without conversion is, I grant, pretty damn cool. But I can convert a Word doc in about thirty seconds all by myself with Mobicreator, so I don't pine about this feature for Kindle much.

Kindle killer? I don't think so yet. And I wonder what Amazon's Kindle 2.0 will end up looking like sometime in 2009.
rhienelleth: (Default)
I just figured out how to add a table of contents to a document in Word.

Why is this important? I now have a copy of Nemesis on my Kindle, complete with a hyperlinked table of contents for easy, instant looking up of any chapter I want. I have a feeling this will prove extraordinarily useful while writing Consort. Questions like how did I describe Sebastian when he was first introduced, can much more easily be answered. (I'm not talking just eye and hair color - those, I have in notes for every single character.)

*is pleased*

ETA: Also, it's really, really hard not to reply to all the wonderful comments you guys are leaving in the love meme! Seriously, you guys are awesome. <3 <3 <3

More kindle

Aug. 6th, 2008 09:24 am
rhienelleth: (Default)
Yesterday was release day for Sherrilyn Kenyon's much anticipated Acheron.

Can I just say how fantastically exciting it was, sitting at work at 8:00am and d/ling the book instantly to my Kindle? No frantic drive to the bookstore and back on my break, taking twenty minutes when technically I only get ten, just so I could start reading it on my lunch. No, no. Just select, buy (for $9.99 instead of the usual hardcover price, no less) and there it is thirty seconds later.

The only downside? No flipping to the end to finally find out who Ash's heroine is and see if I was right! Of course, I don't like flipping to the end of any book, so this way it keeps me from temptation. But dude, I cannot read fast enough to find out the answer to that question!

*anticipates the next JD Robb book* Oooooh, to be instantly able to get started on the next Eve and Roarke book! This is definitely one of the perks to Kindle. :-)

Oh, and one GJP picture today. A pendant with kyanite. Though I think this might be the last pendant for awhile, or until one of them sells. Right now when you look at my shop, the top three items are all blue pendants...I'm afraid if I add anymore, people might think blue is the only color of stone I use!Pics )

Already listed in the shop, obviously.
rhienelleth: (baltar/six - blessedbeast)
My Kindle arrived at lunch time today, and I have been playing with it ever since:




There are a LOT of readers and writers on my f-list, so let me start this by saying, I have a lot of reasons for getting a kindle. I was very against the idea when it first came out, being very much a part of the "look, feel, smell" of real books crowd, plus the added bonus of "I buy a book, and it goes on my bookshelf forever". But the simple, sad fact is, that unless I win the lottery some time soon, my small house can only hold so many actual books. In the past few years, my bookshelves have gone from neat, alphabetized, and orderly, to a towering mess of books stacked three deep with no good way of finding any damn thing. I hate not being able to find a book when I want it, and we simply have no space to add more bookshelves. Yet every month, I buy more books to read, and it seems I want to keep most of them.

That being said, the number of "special" books I would actually cry over if lost in a house fire is much, much smaller. I could have manageable book shelves with them, even adding more every year. I am not giving up my beloved paper books, but I see the Kindle as a way to save me (and my husband, who graciously puts up with my book buying habit) from being buried under stacks of books. I read a book, on average, in two to three days. I'm reading all the time, unless I'm writing. This is far from my only reason for buying a Kindle, but being unhappy about the state of my books is the main reason. There will always be hard copy books I will buy. Just not all of them.

(That, and how cool will it be to read my own books on this thing? Hee!)

Okay, enough of that.

First impressions

~ First, it truly is the approximate size of a mass market paperback (as you can see in the above picture). It's about an inch wider and half an inch longer, but makes up for that by being slimmer and lighter.

~ It is impossible to describe the screen. You just have to see it for yourself, as pictures do not translate the look of electronic ink/paper well. You look at that pic above, and think "monochrome...yuck". But the reality is this: the technology for producing, particularly at a reasonable price, full color E-Ink screens is just not there yet. And also, the black on gray here is shockingly easy on the eyes. Guys, I am on a computer practically 24/7. I sit at one for work 40 hours a week, I write, edit, check LJ and e-mail at home...I can actually feel a difference when reading on the Kindle, the E-Ink is really that remarkable. I have seen people complain about it being black on gray instead of black on white. Have you picked up a paperback lately? Do so now, flip it open. What color is the paper? Yes, gray. Black on gray. I have no real evidence to support this, but - I actually wonder if the black on gray is easier on the eyes that the more stark black on white would be? An interesting question.

~ I have read the first two chapters of the newest Mary Janice Davidson hardcover (for the Kindle friendly price of $9.99), and I can already tell I will be in love with this product. I d/led it in under 30 seconds on my lunch hour, and started reading. I didn't have to drive to the store, or pay the hefty $23.95 HC price. And when I'm done with it, I can move on to one of the other new books I d/led. This is unspeakably convenient. You should seriously see the stack of books that is ALWAYS on my nightstand. I love the idea of having all of those books in one handy, slim package.

~ Yes, the page fwd buttons are in the worst possible location. But I've already figured out how to hold it to read without accidentally hitting them, and I've only had the thing a matter of hours.

~ I've also already sent a couple of books I owned as html files to amazon for conversion. They came out just fine, which opens up the possibility for buying ebooks not yet available on the Kindle (though amazon is adding more titles every day.)

I haven't yet tried taking notes or browsing, but so far, I am very pleased with it, and believe it will function very well in the capacity for which it was purchased. I see people bitching all over the place about "if only it were $100 cheaper" and I shake my head. That $359 is the last money you'll have to spend. There are tons of sources for free ebooks - the classics, anyway. And I won't be spending anymore on Kindle books than I already was on actual books. You don't have to pay a fee to download, or a fee for the always connected wireless. As far as techie gadgets go, I think $359 is pretty reasonable. Other, comparably priced e-readers, or even more expensive ones, don't do everything the Kindle does. And ironically, the same people who think the price is too rich for their blood probably own an Xbox, or a Playstation, or an iPod, or a Tivo...techie gadgets aren't cheap, and if you love to read, I think the kindle is worth it. (As an aside, you can bet that if I worked in the publishing field - ie editor or agent, reading tons of manuscripts - I'd have one and use it every single day.) And I can't tell you how nice it is that I will no longer have to pack three or four heavy books to get me through when I travel. :)

I'll write a more in depth review as I use more features, but for now, I'm extremely happy with my new gadget. :D

Kindle!

Jul. 8th, 2008 07:56 pm
rhienelleth: (deathsparkly - nosprinkles)
I have talked my husband into letting me try the Kindle, via promising to go through and do a major cull of my bookshelves.  Therefore, it is ordered and should reach me by Thursday. :D

I am extremely excited!
rhienelleth: (Default)
Because I am obsessive like that...

Currently available titles that would be "musts" on Rhien's Kindle:

Anne McCaffrey's entire Pern bibliography, but most notably The Dragonriders of Pern and The Harper Hall Trilogy

(Why in the hell do they have Dune Messiah available for kindle, but not the original Dune? Also, no Harry Potter as yet. FAIL, Amazon!)

J.D. Robb's ...in Death series

Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books.

Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books.

Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series.

Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden books.

Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series.

Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series.

Anything and everything by Neil Gaiman.

So many, many more.

Also, there are free places to d/l Kindle compatible Jane Austen, Alexander Dumas, Shakespeare and other "classic" must-haves. Free is good.

Apparently Coinstar offers amazon gift certificates in place of actual $$ - this may necessitate rounding up of all the copious loose change in my house. I don't know how long the siren lure of the Kindle can be denied. Blast and dang that this has hit halfway smack in between my birthday and Christmas, or you can bet I'd be hitting up family and friends for Amazon gift cards.
rhienelleth: (Default)
Over the past month or so, my want for an Amazon Kindle has gone from a tiny kernel of interest to obsessively powerful longing.  While I don't think I could ever completely give up my bookshelves of favorites, I have to admit that the Kindle offers several features of interest that have me this close to biting the bullet and ordering one.

~ The idea of having, in one slim package, a bevy of books to read at any one time is fabulously exciting.  As is the idea of clearing off some space on my bookshelves, which are stacked three deep with books I'd like to keep for possible reading again, while only perhaps 20% of these are truly books I'd feel compelled to replace if, say, there was a house fire.  A kindle would allow me to reduce the towers of books to neat shelves of favorites.

~ Whispernet, free high speed internet connectivity anytime, anywhere.  Sure, the browser is awkward and the keyboard more like a cell phone's, but I could check e-mail and read my f-list in any hotel or airport without having to pay that #$%^@*% $10 fee using my laptop requires.  Also, instant research if I need to look up something right now, from an authorial perspective.  Also, the electronic paper display and ability to adjust font size are vastly appealing as someone who spends most hours of any given day reading. 

~ an included oxford dictionary for immediately looking up any unfamiliar words I might run across in the course of reading.

~ the ability to import my own documents for reading, and the added bonus of taking notes and highlighting text for editing purposes.  On a screen meant for reading and not my laptop.  *savors*  Also, the possibilities for reading friend's manuscripts are quite tantalizing.

~ I have already looked up some favorite titles.  I still reread The Dragonriders of Pern, for example, nearly every summer.  I have yet to read them again this year, and I could d/l them to a Kindle for around $8 - that includes all three books, by the by.  To have them at my fingertips.  Whenever, wherever, always.   *sees multi-jeweled eyes and metallic dragonhide glittering in the sun*  Harry Potter has yet to be made available via Kindle, unfortunately, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time. 

~ Classics, such as Jane Austen, are available for cheap - less than $2 apiece, usually. 

~ Instant gratification.  For $10, I can d/l the newest LKH or Diana Gabaldon instantly.  No need to drive to the bookstore.  Although.  Some of these bestsellers I would have to own.  I cannot imagine not having every Outlander book on my shelves.

~ the price has fallen from $399 to $359.  Perhaps this doesn't seem significant, but $360 sounds a lot better than $400 for reasons that are probably largely psychological. 

I'm sure my worshiping of my iPod has something to do with my need for one of these devices for books.  I haven't looked back since I purchased my first fabulous little white god of music, and the idea of having something similar for all my favorite books is extremely seductive.

ETA: I can see amazon gift certificates being very high on my wishlist in the future.  Both for actually purchasing the Kindle, and for purchasing new content.  I currently have a $25 gift card I received for B&N last X-mas, which I still haven't used.  We don't have a B&N in my town, we have Borders.  I never, ever shop there, and right now I look at that $25 and think "If only you were for Amazon, the Kindle would only cost me $334.  *sigh*

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