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Old 10-02-2010, 09:41 PM   #1
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How long did it take before you bought your first ebook

I have had my 350 for 3 days now and have not bought an ebook yet, there seem to be so many free ebooks i want to read that it will be a long time before i actually have to spend any money.
Is there anyone here who has had an ereader for any length of time that has never bought a ebook and just downloaded copyright free/library ebooks?
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Old 10-02-2010, 10:31 PM   #2
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Old 10-02-2010, 11:56 PM   #3
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Took me a couple weeks - there was an Australian book I had wanted to buy as a print book, but was kind of expensive, so I'd been putting it off ... surfing around on the off chance it might be available as an e-book, not only was it, but cheaper(!), so I nabbed it.

I've since bought a couple of others, which my library didn't have and were cheaper to download than buy a print copy. There are a couple of other e-books I have my eye on to buy, but I got my reader for free library books.
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Old 10-02-2010, 11:57 PM   #4
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Old 10-03-2010, 02:33 AM   #5
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If I remember correctly, I bought my first book a few days after I got my device (a franklin ebookman). Just to test things out.
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:21 AM   #6
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:14 AM   #7
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I too bought before my device arrived, but that was partly luck - I found an ARC of new book by one of my favourite authors on Baen.
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:28 AM   #8
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:33 AM   #9
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I bought the gen3 on 21 october 2008. And have an order confirmation e-mail from mobipocket the same day.
I didn't remembered the first e-books i bought where eragon though.
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:38 AM   #10
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Old 10-03-2010, 06:18 AM   #11
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Old 10-03-2010, 06:37 AM   #12
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:44 AM   #13
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:19 AM   #14
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I have had my 350 for 3 days now and have not bought an ebook yet, there seem to be so many free ebooks i want to read that it will be a long time before i actually have to spend any money.
Is there anyone here who has had an ereader for any length of time that has never bought a ebook and just downloaded copyright free/library ebooks?
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Well, let's see. I'd had the Compaq Aero 1550 for about a year, and (trying to remember) it was probably either Amazon in their first ebook incarnation or Fictionwise, so that would have been 2002 or 2003, maybe.

I only bought one from Amazon, in .lit format. The Fictionwise stuff was multiformat and I used Mobipocket to read it. The 1550 had a lovely sunlight-readable backlit-or-not B&W LCD display, so I read them in the SkyChair in the back yard.

Good times.

(Edit: I stand corrected. According to my FW bookshelf, it could have been a little earlier than that. My first-purchased short story was released on FW in 2000, and I recall buying it shortly after release, so it could have been 2001. I have some old AlexLit short stories that date earlier, but those were for reading on a computer.)

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