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April 15, 2011 at 06:08:06
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Amazon is releasing a partially ad-supported Kindle. Discuss here if you think this will work, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
April 15, 2011 at 07:36:53
They have to pay for the 3G.

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#2
April 15, 2011 at 08:37:02
Whats a kindle?

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#3
April 15, 2011 at 16:31:15
Kindle is something you stick under a pile of wood and set a match to.

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#4
April 16, 2011 at 05:20:09
I own a Kindle and I wouldn't buy one with ads on it. In fact, if they start putting ads on mine, I'll give to someone else and go back to reading normal books.

If I want freaking ads, I'll go watch TV.

Whats a kindle?

Google is your friend.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#5
April 16, 2011 at 11:26:03
Reminds me of the netzero and free i days. What do you get for free if you get these ads???? I guess it doesn't really matter me owning a kindle is like fred flinstone owning an ink pen. I am afraid I am just not into gadgets. To me (just my opinion so don't scream) they are worthless. Awful steep price when I have a library two blocks away and can read all the books I want for free.

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#6
April 16, 2011 at 11:29:05
Someone asked the other day if I could fix a kindle, she didn't elaborate on what was wrong. I told her no unless you count throwing ut away as fixing it.

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#7
April 17, 2011 at 06:06:34
lol likely

My wife's a bit of a technofile so when a new gadget comes out, she wants it. You know the golden rule of marriage I'm sure (if momma's happy...............) so she had her Kindle for at least a year before I got one.

We're both hard core readaholics and presently have a collection of about 300 books. This is about 1/10th of what we both had (combined) when we got together. The books we have left our our absolute favorites and most are hard covers. Simply put, we ran out of room to store books and got tired of lugging around ones we didn't care for as much as our absolute fav's.

Yes I know, we could borrow from the library for free. However, there are a couple of considerations there.

- We live in a very small town and most of the books I want, I'd have to order in and wait for them to arrive (btdt) as our library here in town is not very big

- I've also lived in places where there was no libary and the closest one was over a 100 miles away.

- The books we own/owned are books we like so much we read them more than once. The libary would be ok for books I didn't like enough to read twice, but if I (and the wife) really like a book, it'll get read frequently. Heck, I've read Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit probably 20 times since I first discovered them when I was about 9 (everybody in my family is a readaholic so I got introduced to LotR at a young age and fell immediately in love with the story). Heck, I've owned probably 4 or 5 different copies each of LotR and the Hobbit. Paperbacks fall apart, I've lent them out never to have them returned, set them down in a park or wherever and got up and walked away and forgot them. Most anything I really like, I've owned multiple copies and I've always quickly discovered all the best 2nd hand bookstores in the area of every place I've ever lived (quite a few).

- Books retain value. A hard cover in good shape is actually worth quite a bit of money to a used book store and a complete collection of any author's works in hard cover is worth a lot.

I finally bought a Kindle about a year ago and I'm VERY glad I did. They travel a whole lot better than a hard cover or even a paperback. They take less room, weigh less and are easier to hold (LotR in a single book is a rather large, cumbersome volume). The're really not very expensive at $139.00

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002Y27P3M...

A quick search of the Kindle site for "free kindle books" yielded 4,666 results. Look through them, you'll see some of them are actually quite good books. As time goes by, more older books become free and the rest can be very inexpensive.

Kindle books are fairly cheap. I bought LotR and The Hobbit for under $10.00 for the Kindle. Check any used book store, those two in paperback in good condition are more than that.

The particular Kindle I own can hold 3,000 books and everything we purchase stays "ours" on the Kindle site and we can always download them later if we don't want to keep them on the actual device. Also, you can plug it in to your computer and copy all your books off the device onto your PC as backup.

Yes, they're not for everybody but I find I like them very much. They're small, light and easy to hold. The "electronic ink" technology on them makes them easy to read in full daylight (try reading an ipad in the sunshine.........it's an LCD screen..........need I say more). They take up a lot less space in your carry-on on planes and even in the car when travelling long distances (we both do, frequently).

Anyhow, sorry for going on so long.........lol............just thought I'd share my experience with the Kindle and tell you why I like it so much.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#8
April 17, 2011 at 10:22:35
For you it works for me no matter what or how much I read I can't get past the cost nearly $150 for a reader no books. I've never wanted to read anything so much that I would be willing to spend that. I think maybe given recent financial times have sort of turned me into a depression throw back. What would be spent on that an one book would feed a family of four in my house for a month. After being out of work for longer than ever before I guess I am a true penny pinching fool now.

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#9
April 18, 2011 at 15:08:04
I hear that! I've been pretty darn poor a couple times myself (like missing meals for a few days in a row sleeping in my car poor) in the past so I totally understand.


If both the wife and I weren't working, we wouldn't own Kindles I can promise you that.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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