How do you get on with your Kindle?

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  1. Bailey58

    Bailey58 Funster Life Member

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    I like the kindle and find it invaluable when away in the motorhome or off on a flight but, being at home and having just read a rather large Bernard Cornwell that's been sitting in the bookcase for a year, got me yearning for proper books again.

    When I'm halfway through a story and begin wondering who's who and what happened 20 years ago I can always flip back and find the answers again with a book, not so easy with a kindle (Jo Nesbo in particular). :Sad:

    I suppose it would help if I bothered reading Kindle's info about bookmarks and things but generally I go flying off with the page back button and forward again to my last page but it's far from satisfactory. How do other Kindle funsters cope or do they take in everything they read without having to refer back?
     
  2. WillH

    WillH Funster

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    After using a Kindle for 18 months I now find reading paperbacks a bit 'fiddly'. I could not do without the Kindle, only downside is not being able to pass books on to a good home as easily. I use bookmarks etc and find the most useful feature, apart from portability of course, is the instant look up dictionary.

    Rgds
    Bill
     
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  3. JJ

    JJ Funster

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    I adore my Kindle.

    Yes there are differences but they don't worry me.

    I find touching a button to turn a page easier than turning a page.

    I am sure you can do a search for a word or name somehow.

    I particularly like the built in dictionary. Click a word and there is its meaning instantly.

    Can read in bed without arm ache.

    KINDLE ROOLS OK?

    JJ
     
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  4. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Kindle.. ?

    Can't think of a reason to buy one..

    I prefer books you can keep on a shelf, write notes on the pages, dedicate to someone or write in the fly leaf where and when you bought .. Books are for keeping, treasuring and perhaps handing on the family or friends.

    OK for throw-away trashy dime novels ... so I guess it has it's uses..
     
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  5. wivvy's dad

    wivvy's dad Read Only Funster

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    A trifle unfair.

    It all depends on your perception of trashy dime novels, but you won't find any on mine........................:Wink:
    Plus I don't need an RV to carry around my book collection.

    Have you owned/used a Kindle?
    If not, surely you cannot comment with any authority on one.
     
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  6. sue1959

    sue1959 Read Only Funster

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    I agree Jim. Nothing like turning the first page in a new book and the satisfaction of seeing how far into it you've got.
    I should think kindles are like computer monitors and give you a headache after a while.
     
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    Loujess Read Only Funster

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    Oh very scathing Jim.:BigGrin:
    Ivy
     
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    wivvy's dad Read Only Funster

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    Luddite
     
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  9. Loujess

    Loujess Read Only Funster

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    On Sandy's he has Aesop's Fables and Homer's Iliad among others. Apart from the fact that he won't read these, some people would. :BigGrin:

    Ivy
     
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    I love my kindle. Much prefer it to a book.

    But I can see that if you love the feel of an actual book then there cannot be a substitute.

    I bought the Pacific last night for 99p as a result of a recommendation on here.Then bought another for £4.99 written by one of the soldiers featured in the book .

    My wife bought me The Pacific 10 DVD series for Xmas and I watched it over a few nights last week. Excellent I thought.
     
  11. GJH

    GJH Funster Life Member

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    I've had my Kindle for just over a year now and Jill has had her Samsung for slightly longer. We both would not be without the.

    Apart from the convenience when going away in the van I've found that I've read a far wider number of authors simply because they are available via Amazon, Smashwords &c when shops have a much more restricted choice.
     
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    I have one and wouldn't be without it now, particularly for the reasons JJ gives.

    HOWEVER, I also agree with much of what Jim says. I love books, the feel of them, the smell, I like writing margin notes and all the other stuff.

    The answer - simples - I have both.

    :thumb:
     
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    Why can we not continue to enjoy all forms of the written media....tree books, local and national newspapers, magazines etc., etc? The Kindle is just another (very) convenient tool enjoyed by millions of users world wide and I have read nowhere that book books are under threat or are destined to disappear from bookshelves...commercial or personal ones. So, to those who already own one do not fret about Luddite attitudes and to those who judge without knowledge..... try one first, for there is more to it than just an e-reader.
    My wife has an arthritic problem which makes holding a tree book difficult....with a Kindle the world of books is hers again and she would not be without it now.


    Regards, Bryan.
     
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  14. JJ

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    For "Houseys" maybe Jim...

    I am a vanner... a few hundred books would fill all my storage space... where would I put my Fray Bentos Pies...

    You can write notes, dedicate the Kindle to someone and record on it where and when you bought the book if you so choose...

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    and had it delivered into your hands in seconds without you leaving your chair...

    JJ :Cool:

    and if you own a Kindle you are not banned from those glorious second hand book shops where you can browse happily for hours...
     
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    just my opinion. but then, I don't need to eat dog to know I don't want to.

    I understand the benefits for travelling , space and payload saving, plus the benefit of being able to download abroad..

    It's a bit like smart phones, I have one but it's a waste of time, I don't use it or see a use for most of it's features... again, great for travelling or if you like to pose and have the latest gadget ...

    Seems to me people buy gadgets then look for a use for them and try to justify the cost ... rather than heaving a need for it. Cart before horse.

    Each to their own.. and if it keeps Amazons coffers full .. can't be a bad thing.
     
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    I agree on the iphone front. I have one but dont really need it.

    I get it through work so it doesnt cost me anything but I wouldnt personally pay for one.

    The ipad though is a different matter.
     
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    Well I love mine and as someone else said now read a much greater variety of authors because of the ease of access would'nt be without it. Still read the occasional books but certainly won't be buying anymore its Kindle all the way from now on.:thumb::thumb:
    Oh and definatly don't have to have or be seen with the latest gadget.:Rofl1:
     
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    I don't need a computer... lived happily without one for decades... but if I didn't have one now, I wouldn't be able to study and learn from your pearls of wisdom Jim, would I?

    Is that "Bull before the Bulls***t?" I wonder... :Rofl1:

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    It's Paper 1 : Digital 0 here I'm afraid.

    I found this ages ago when suppliers moved from paper catalogues to CDs and then to www. Trying to choose from similar parts on different pages, easy peasy with a paper catalogue a pain in the bum with digital.
     
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