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Old 11-15-2012, 02:40 PM   #46
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the progress indicator is not visible while reading on my PEz (Adobe). I have to bring up a menu to see anything available , other than the book.
I guess that's kind of nice and immersive in a way. I can see a real schism of preference there.
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:06 PM   #47
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I've read huge books that were far too short and short stories that were far too long. I prefer books that are just the right length for the story they have tell -- word/page count be damned.

I only get intimidated by book count. At this stage of the game, I'm not picking up Book One of any series that already has double-digit installments published.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:24 PM   #48
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I only get intimidated by book count. At this stage of the game, I'm not picking up Book One of any series that already has double-digit installments published.
Amen.
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I think many people are intimidated by long books. What if I don't like it? I'll have wasted all that reading time! My brain will be full. I can't possibly read something else at the same time.

You see? Not a big deal. If big books intimidate you, my suggestion is to just hack at it 100 pages at a time. Then read a quickie. Then go back. Honestly, if you don't like a book by the time you've reached midway, your best off to skip to the end, and then quit.
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I think many people are intimidated by long books. What if I don't like it? I'll have wasted all that reading time! My brain will be full. I can't possibly read something else at the same time.

You see? Not a big deal. If big books intimidate you, my suggestion is to just hack at it 100 pages at a time. Then read a quickie. Then go back. Honestly, if you don't like a book by the time you've reached midway, your best off to skip to the end, and then quit.

<<At this stage of the game, I'm not picking up Book One of any series that already has double-digit installments published.>>

Actually, DO start such series. They have obviously garnered a happy group of readers. Most series pall after 8 or 9 books, so plan on the first 6 so that you can enjoy the best writing and then move on to another series or author. I'm a sci fi/fantasy fan and read a lot of series through, but the last series that I read that was still REALLY strong throughout was John Jakes (Kent family) and that was in the 80s under general fiction.
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Actually, DO start such series. They have obviously garnered a happy group of readers. Most series pall after 8 or 9 books, so plan on the first 6 so that you can enjoy the best writing and then move on to another series or author. I'm a sci fi/fantasy fan and read a lot of series through, but the last series that I read that was still REALLY strong throughout was John Jakes (Kent family) and that was in the 80s under general fiction.
Can't do it. I'm an SFF fan myself, but I absolutely despise the series-first, franchise mentality that has a death-grip on the genre(s).
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