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Re: Techno advice needed.

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Anyway, what's wrong with hard copies ? Remember Fahrenheit 451 ! ! ! Haa! ... so that's why they called it Kindle ...
Very perceptive, Mark, I hadn't thought of that!
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Re: Techno advice needed.

I find the ink refresh image when changing pages on e-readers a distraction that breaks up the narrative flow of the book I'm reading and much prefer to use an ipod Touch which I bought several years ago. It's portable, large capacity and lasts a few days between recharging.

I used to use a Sony e-reader which I found preferable to the Kindle in terms of the ink refresh annoyance, but find the instant flick of the ipod Touch screen infinitely preferable.

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Re: Techno advice needed.

I have the Kindle with the keyboard, but it's technology so I haven't really got used to that. I love it, thogh. They tend to develop hairline cracks by the sreen, as mine has done, and I haven't read it that much. I use mine for checking my books before publication and it's so much better than printing out. and costing the rearth in ink and paper.

Hubby has an Ipad which he reads books on, though I don't think he's actually read any of mine. He says a Kindle is lighter and slightly smaller. But if you have an Ipad, why have a Kindle as well? It's just another thing to pack. He's just shown me and the white background seemed too bright... but he's just shown me you can tone it down or make it sepia. It's quite a bit heavier though. And of course, it's colour.

(Ehem, did I mention my novels, including one which is free today? )
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Re: Techno advice needed.

I have the cheapest kindle without the keyboard and I love it. The only thing I don't like is the difficulty reading in poor light, as previously mentioned.

The slightly grey "paper" and e-ink make for the most comfortable reading experience in decent light. I wouldn't go for a keyboard model, they are bigger and heavier and I browse and buy books on the PC rather that from the device itself so have little use for inputting text.

I don't know anything about the newer models e.g. paper white.

I have an new ipad 4 which is fantastic for everything else but the kindle is better as a sole use reader.
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Re: Techno advice needed.

I honestly like the library

But I am young and revolutionary ya bams
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Re: Techno advice needed.

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I honestly like the library...
Me too. Cheapest way of keeping warm, along with the bus (bus pass)
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Re: Techno advice needed.

For Kindles without a backlight, these are cheap and very effective:

http://www.7dayshop.com/7dayshop-cli...%20light&sl=sl

The covers with a built-in backlight are ridiculously expensive!

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Re: Techno advice needed.

Since I am probably about as far from a newsagent as I suspect you are, Seonnaidh, I bought a Kindle (Touch) primarily as a newspaper reader. It fulfills that task admirably. I have been gifted a Tesco leather case for it, and I have a Maplin clip-on 3xLCD light for those occasions when I need extra illumination.

As a further bonus, I have transferred to it PDF versions of all my E-System user manuals! Although reading PDFs is not as pleasant as reading e-books (and newspapers) which are designed - and laid-out - for screen reading.

Thus, for my original purpose - highly recommended, it has already paid for itself. For the secondary purpose, it's a useful backup, but I wouldn't recommend it for reading PDFs in the field (for which I know of people using iPads).

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Re: Techno advice needed.

Hi Jon
I have just treated myself to a Kindle Fire HD for bringing away on my course. It is a tablet much more than just a reader but has full access to the Kindle store and a beatifully clear (backlit) screen for reading, plus of course I can watch video in HD on it as well. Not sure what it would offer that your Iphone doesn't except for the larger screen though.
A couple of things that have annoyed me though; I still use Win XP and my PC refuses to connect my Kindle to download content to it. Seemingly Amazon are aware but I'm not holding my breath for a fix. No probs with Win7. Also choice of apps are limited to the Kindle store,it will not download from Google Play which has a better selection (Sky Go, Channel 4 etc). Otherwise very pleased with it (sending this reply from it).
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Re: Techno advice needed.

Oh, I forgot to mention it is a little larger than the original Kindles but still fits in the pocket of my Craghoppers even with the case.
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Re: Techno advice needed.

BTW.

For backing up and managing your Kindle library on a computer, 'Calibre' is a brilliant (and free) program:

http://calibre-ebook.com/

It's one of the few programs where I've made a contribution to the developer.

Also, a reminder not to forget the 40,000 free books available on 'Project Gutenberg':

http://www.gutenberg.org/

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Re: Techno advice needed.

Oh dear. What a lot of replies.. May as well add my own.

I have a Kindle with keyboard from a couple of years ago. It's the version with wifi and 3G (or what ever) connection. In the house it connects to our wireless. When we are away it connects to the 3G - so you can always get a new book when you need one.
Val has the newer smaller version with no keyboard, which is a bit of a pain - it isn't a touch screen.
The display is great./ The battery life is great, and I do read 4 times as many books as I used to :-)
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Re: Techno advice needed.

Thanks for all the info gents.
It seems that father Christmas has located one for me via my son and daughter-in-law.
I am picking up on hints that it's a mini ipad. I'll have to wait and see.
Thanks again for all your input. It is very much appreciated.
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