May 4th, 2008, 03:04 PM
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The Sony Reader is $300. If you consider how much many people pay for PDA's, fancy cellphones and MP3 players, paying $300 for a small piece of technology you may use every day isn't unrealistic.

As for paying nearly full price for books, I do that anyway. I hit sales when I can but I like new books too. I read so much my local library can't keep up with me and I remember stories for years so rereading books only works so frequently.

As I said before, it's something that's wonderful for some people and nearly useless for others. I'd hate to see someone who could really use a digital reader not even look into them because it doesn't work well for everyone. The arguments people make against digital readers is very similar to arguments made against other technology when it's first getting started. Are cellphones that have internet capabilities for everyone? No. However that doesnt mean they're not a lifesaver for the group they're geared to.
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May 4th, 2008, 03:20 PM
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My brother-in-law spent the past week-end with us and brought along his Sony Reader. He loves it, DH sort of liked it, I hated it.

To like it, IMO you have to be a linear reader, reading page by page or at least knowing where in the book you'd like to read. I am a page flipper, even in novels (after I've read them from end to end the first time), I like flipping from one part to another randomly. Plus, it's nice to still have SOME items in the house that don't need batteries or cables!

Also, it depends on where/how you read. A book doesn't really mind if you spill a bit of wine on it, a Reader does. If you've been reading too long and your dog gets lonesome, a book will shrug off being swatted by a furry paw--it won't be left with permanent scratch mark scars. If you're reading a novel in the bath and you drop the book in the tub, well, you can dry it out and read it later, even if the pages do get a little wrinkly. Sony Readers and Kindles are much less forgiving.
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May 5th, 2008, 01:11 AM
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LOL, Brenda. Absolutely right.

I think I'll borrow one before I think further of buying
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May 5th, 2008, 01:39 AM
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Are you a published writer? Do you have any idea how difficult it is to make a living as an author, and how recent trends in publishing (while fascinating, for sure) have eroded writers' abilities, which weren't great to begin with, to make a decent wage?

i agree with spygirl. everyone's an author. even an idiot like me has been published and almost everyone i work with has (even on the non-academia side). it's really not very difficult at all. i think there are people who are far too hung up on 'being a writer'. they take themselves far too seriously.

i cannot imagine going around expecting my friends and colleagues to buy my stuff at full price as some kind of favour or donation to me. that's pretty is this whole 'being a writer' persona that some people like to build up for themselves.
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May 5th, 2008, 01:06 PM
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Nora Ephron has a funny bit in this month's FORTUNE on falling in love with the idea of a Kindle.
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May 5th, 2008, 04:05 PM
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I have loaded large, very long books into my SONY Reader that I couldn't consider taing along on a trip. In fact a woman across the aisle on my flight was reading a big, heavy book and I was reading the same one on my small, easy to pack SONY Reader. It is so wonderful to be able to take all of those books along now.
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>>>i cannot imagine going around expecting my friends and colleagues to buy my stuff at full price as some kind of favour or donation to me. that's pretty is this whole 'being a writer' persona that some people like to build up for themselves.<<<

I have always given my books to friends, family and ex-colleagues. Perhaps I've been too generous in that regard...but I would have it no other way. My publishers have always been most fair to me by giving me a personal cache at cost for that purpose/

But my average research time (3 years)and travel money (four interviewing trips into Romania for the aforementioned historical novel)have all been labors of love.
To recoup expenses I lectured at 81 venues with my most recent historical novel, for a healthy but fair fee.

"Persona" ?? Tell that to the vanity writers...not to people
who have had their works published (wih a great degree of difficulty) by legitimate publishers, as I have.

I'm 79 and have been writing professionally for a good part of my life, even though I held various teaching and business positions until I went full time into the research and writing that I love to do. Is that so bad, walkin? (by the way, I enjoy your humor in fencing with CW...I was just in London and would have enjoyed meeting with you two, but I was pressed for time)

Stu T.
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May 30th, 2008, 10:14 AM
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We both read constantly at home--it's unusual if I don't have 3 books going at once. But we gave up carrying books on trips years ago--we never had time to read while travelling.
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May 30th, 2008, 10:23 AM
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My housemate and I are both avid readers. She loves her new Kindle. I am not tempted. (I read lots of out-of-print books)

Do any Kindle-users know if you can download via Whispernet from France? I know you need a US shipping address and bank account to buy a Kindle, but the FAQ isn't clear about downloading once you own one. It uses Sprint for wireless access.

Thanks --
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May 30th, 2008, 02:11 PM
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You cannot download via Whispernet outside the U.S. ( maybe Canada...but I'm not sure.)

For the record, I'm crazy about my Kindle.

I'm particularly happy about being able to sample a book before purchasing it. I have, on more than one occassion, dragged what I thought were new books to Europe only to find that I had already read them. It's especially annoying when it's one you've chosen to read on the plane.

Unfortunately there are few travel books/guides
available. That would really save space in a suitcase!!

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May 31st, 2008, 03:38 PM
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Thanks for the information. We'll be sure to download before we leave the U.S.

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