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Old 09-20-2013, 01:39 PM   #211
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Every time I buy a book at Amazon, it gets downloaded whether I want to read it now or not. The freebees mostly have taken over my library, so I am in the occasional process (an hour or two here, an hour or two there) of making sure that the freebee is DRM free in Calibre and deleted from both my cloud and my Kindle until I am ready to read it. My library is too large to have all at the same time and I do prefer to have entire series loaded at once so that I can not only read each book, but go back to other books to read notes from prior ones.

My Mom's clutter free Kindle is my goal. She has about 125 books on hers, 100% of which are sorted into 8 folders (5 different series, 3 different genres). She is a person who reads a single book from start to finish before moving on to another. She is also not a re-reader. Even her paperbacks go out the door as soon as she is finished.
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Old 09-21-2013, 05:32 PM   #212
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I am fickle and change my mind about what I want to read at the last minute. Then if I don't like the book, I quit it and choose something else. I have no idea ahead of time what I'll want to read next.
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:06 PM   #213
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Being a rereader I see no point in removing a book I want to keep from the reader. Why artificially create the necessity to load it on again when I want to reread as long as there's sufficient space to keep it where it is.

I've had my share of file juggling back and forth when I had no better way: on my 386er PC with its 40 meg HDD; external storage capacities were provided via a box containing maximal two score of floppies - most of them 5½”.
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:41 PM   #214
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While some people might not want to keep all their books on their devices themselves is there anyone with a profound objection to the device having the capability to do so for those who do prefer it?
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:00 PM   #215
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While some people might not want to keep all their books on their devices themselves is there anyone with a profound objection to the device having the capability to do so for those who do prefer it?
"Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should."
-- Dr. Ian Malcolm

(I just watched Jurassic Park again. It seemed to fit....)
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:17 PM   #216
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While some people might not want to keep all their books on their devices themselves is there anyone with a profound objection to the device having the capability to do so for those who do prefer it?
None whatsoever.

My only objection was with either side (dos or don'ts) thinking their preference was some sort of norm from which all others were deviating.

Neither preference holds any more inherent "rightness" after all.
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:18 PM   #217
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While some people might not want to keep all their books on their devices themselves is there anyone with a profound objection to the device having the capability to do so for those who do prefer it?
It depends. If support for navigating a lot of books lead to more expensive devices, or to less frequent firmware updates, or some other disadvantage then of course that is an objection for people that do not need to be able to handle thousands of books on the device.
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:31 PM   #218
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It depends. If support for navigating a lot of books lead to more expensive devices, or to less frequent firmware updates, or some other disadvantage then of course that is an objection for people that do not need to be able to handle thousands of books on the device.
I can't see that it would add greatly to the cost of a device. Memory is cheap and basic folder file management is in common use and would not need much programming time to develop. I simply can't see anything that would significantly increase the cost. And if it did I would not object to balancing it by doing without items that really do add to the cost like 3G/Wi-Fi and lighted screens.
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:38 PM   #219
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It depends. If support for navigating a lot of books lead to more expensive devices, or to less frequent firmware updates, or some other disadvantage then of course that is an objection for people that do not need to be able to handle thousands of books on the device.
I've changed my mind about having only a handful of books on the device, since I've discovered the Calibre catalog. I never paid it much attention before, but it has a very nice layout.

You can browse the catalog by author, series, title, etcetera; enough to choose a book at least. After I've decided, I punch the last name of the author and a keyword of the title into the Kindle's search, and the book pops up.

I don't need any navigation on the Kindle itself anymore.

Since a few days I have all of my unread books on the Kindle, together with the catalog.
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:38 PM   #220
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Neither preference holds any more inherent "rightness" after all.
I might argue an inherent rightness in understanding and respecting the differing opinions, and an inherent wrongness in not being able to imagine how anyone could find value in the other way.

I'm not sure if that was clear, but the upshot is: I'm pretty sure I'm right.
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:45 PM   #221
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but the upshot is: I'm pretty sure I'm right.
I concede.
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:09 PM   #222
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:49 AM   #223
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When I get into reading a series than I will store the complete series on my Kobo.
When not reading a series I keep maybe a dozen books on my reader and the rest stored on Calibre.
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:48 AM   #224
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I like the idea of keeping as much of my library on a device as possible as I like to have a large variety of books to choose from when I'm choosing what to read next. Also sometimes if I'm reading a series I may need to refer back to a previous book in the series to remind myself of an event, fact character etc.
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