Just ordered a Kindle.

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  1. ShiftZZ

    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

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    A Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 3G Works Globally, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology.

    Have I made the right choice?

    Any suggestions re 'free' books I should download?
     
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    Right choice, Dave.
    Loads of free (legit) downloads available, even from Amazon.
    Books out of copyright tend to be free on there.
    I've spent 76pence on a book since Xmas.
    Sundance recommended obooko (legit free downloads, free to register).
    Good site.
    Wouldnt be without mine, brill bit of kit.
     
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    MrJinks Read Only Funster

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    I bought one a couple of weeks ago. Too busy to read any books yet but seems a good bit of kit. 3G & wifi works OK and have downloaded a dozen free books off Amazon to start with.

    If you don't already have an Amazon account, it is worth opening one as you can download any books with just "one click". They have hundreds of free books and thousands at less than a pounds.
     
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    Its a great bit of kit, there are free books everywhere, but even on Amazon there are thousands free or for 99cents.

    And it just occurred to me as I type that Funster kindlers could make good use of the Loan Feature that allows book owners to loan to other kindle owners (infact you don't really need a kindle) and set up a book loan club.

    Someone asks for a book and if you have a copy you lend it to them, I think the maximum loan period is 2 weeks. A quick search shows me others are taking advantage of this too:thumb:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/feb/16/new-sites-kindle-lendle
     
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    I resisted until last January before buying the Kindle but wouldn't be without it now. Great bit of kit, especially for use in the van - much less bulky/heavy than conventional books. Not just Kindle though, Jill likes her Samsung E65 just as much.

    Diesel and Smashwords are a couple of other sites where free and cheap books can be downloaded. For classics, Project Gutenberg probably has the biggest range.

    With non-Amazon sites you often find that the book is not in a Kindle format but (unless it is rights protected) the file can be converted using Calibre (free software).
     
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    What took you so long ?

    Wrong choice if you fancy a more versatile device, then you should look at the Asus EEE Tab.
     
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    I think the kindle lacks marketing, as far as I was concerned until I seen people posting on here about it having 3g it was an electronic book reader, and I have the Kindle app on my Android.

    So what else does it do??

    Think I'll go have a browse :)
     
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    I think its the free 3G that swung it,,,, Can be of use when abroad,,, We have mifi, repeatit, so now we have option no3....

    As always
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Nothing well.

    It has a browser but without proper cursor control or touch screen it's a total pain in the bum to use.

    It has MP3 playback, again poorly implemented.

    But as a book reader, unbeatable.
     
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    Absolutely right. And one feature which it has over any Android tablet (as I know you'll agree, Brian) is that it can be read in sunlight.
     
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    The biggest problem with the Kindle is its tooooooooooooo damm easy to download books :Sad: I go on Amazon, see a book I fancy and press buy without even thinking about it. Its costing me a fortune. Spent all of £3.96 in their book sale yesterday. :Eek!: 4 books at 99p each. :BigGrin:

    Ian
     
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    im thick :Rofl1::Rofl1: can you use it for skype as its got wifi and 3 g :Rofl1:
     
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    Well done Hilda. We will chat at Roger's make a list of any questions.
    never tried skype on it. :Smile:
     
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    Who needs Skype on a Kindle when it's free on the cell phone? :Smile:
     
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    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

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    Cell Phone....

    Have the Yanks invaded?
     
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    No.
     
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    Blame my cousin in South Africa who did much of (Racal) Vodafone's development work. He always calls them cell phones so I got into the habit :BigGrin:
     
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    The internet side of things is a clunky and slow for anything apart from buying books but you dont really neeed to do that.

    I heard a rumour that you can buy buy 4000 books burnt onto dvd on ebay.
    Including all the latest stuff.

    So yes you did buy the right thing.......brilliant.

    You just need the books now.

    Try using a free programme called calibre on your computer very clever library and file converter prog with demos on youtube.

    barry
     
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    Kindle is a brilliant book reader. The browser is clunky and slow but works, which means you can get free e-mail pretty much anywhere in the world. Wonder when Amazon will stop it!

    A very friendly man in a motorhome gave me approx 3000 electronic books, on a site at El Rocio, earlier in the year, so I am very slowly working through these!
     
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    Don't buy it... PM me first...

    JJ :Cool:

    PS. The Kindle is not really for surfing the net... bit slow for that... but in an emergency I was able to purchase channel tunnel tickets using the Kindle... took some doing but I did it!
     
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