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Old 11-15-2010, 05:11 PM   #16
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Well, we've been wondering if we actually would give gifts for christmas this year as we never know what we want
Wow, that is very impressive and makes me feel rather materialistic. Well if nothing else you can give the gift of knowledge and buy some lovely quality ebooks
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Old 11-15-2010, 05:24 PM   #18
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:13 AM   #19
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Wow, that is very impressive and makes me feel rather materialistic. Well if nothing else you can give the gift of knowledge and buy some lovely quality ebooks
He never buys books, he usually reads what I read

But I do have this awesome gift in mind...


And we'll have to buy a new (fake) christmas tree (I can't stand the needles on a real one, they'll cause an allergic reaction, and I love decorating the tree, the only thing I like about Christmas...), because the one we have is too small for the livingroom (only about 1,5m high, while the livingroom is almost 3m high...)
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Okay, so while we're on the subject, let me get some advice here. I want to get my mother in law an ebook reader for Christmas. However, she doesn't like to use a computer, so giving her a Sony like mine is probably not the best idea, as I don't want to have to explain calibre and sideloading books, and buying books on the computer and then putting them on a device via USB.
I was thinking then, a Nook (not the color one), so the computer part would be minimized. She can buy books directly from the device, and just have to set up a BN account. Chris says it can't be a Kindle, as the buttons on the bottom would intimidate her.

Does this sound logical? Any other ideas?
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:43 AM   #21
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Okay, so while we're on the subject, let me get some advice here. I want to get my mother in law an ebook reader for Christmas. However, she doesn't like to use a computer, so giving her a Sony like mine is probably not the best idea, as I don't want to have to explain calibre and sideloading books, and buying books on the computer and then putting them on a device via USB.
I was thinking then, a Nook (not the color one), so the computer part would be minimized. She can buy books directly from the device, and just have to set up a BN account. Chris says it can't be a Kindle, as the buttons on the bottom would intimidate her.

Does this sound logical? Any other ideas?
How close does your mother-in-law live?

My mother is fairly computer savvy, she knows how to connect USB devices and drag&drop and things. She even knows how to put music on her (very simple!) Mp3 player.

But she'll still call me when she has problems with her reader. And it's handy if you know how it works yourself, so, if she does run into problems, you'll be able to help her. If she lives close by, that's not much of a problem, however, if she lives further away, it could be...
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I was thinking then, a Nook (not the color one), so the computer part would be minimized. She can buy books directly from the device, and just have to set up a BN account. Chris says it can't be a Kindle, as the buttons on the bottom would intimidate her.

Does this sound logical? Any other ideas?
You might look at the wifi Kobo (the new one). I have the old one, so I'm not sure of details... In the States, I think it connects to Borders directly, so you don't sideload unless you want library books (or more variety). It is generally considered a basic reader, and a lot of people seem to like it that way. It has some problems for some people, but an update has been supplied, and more are planned. In Canada, at least, the support from Kobo and Indigo has been excellent. And we have a forum here, of course.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:26 AM   #23
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Okay, so while we're on the subject, let me get some advice here. I want to get my mother in law an ebook reader for Christmas. However, she doesn't like to use a computer, so giving her a Sony like mine is probably not the best idea, as I don't want to have to explain calibre and sideloading books, and buying books on the computer and then putting them on a device via USB.
I was thinking then, a Nook (not the color one), so the computer part would be minimized. She can buy books directly from the device, and just have to set up a BN account. Chris says it can't be a Kindle, as the buttons on the bottom would intimidate her.

Does this sound logical? Any other ideas?
the buttons may not be as daunting as he thinks. when she realizes that they don't make dramatic changes to the function of the device, she might do well with them. I would take advantage of the generous return policy and take it for a spin.

if I give anything it will be a goat, cow, chicken or something along those lines from this place or the equivalent. I am so over the crass commercialism of the holidays
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:31 AM   #24
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if I give anything it will be a goat, cow, chicken or something along those lines from this place or the equivalent. I am so over the crass commercialism of the holidays
Some of us in my handspinning guild often give those kinds of gifts from Heifer International. (I think that's the name of it?) One of my favorite gifts ever was a hive of honeybees!
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How close does your mother-in-law live?

My mother is fairly computer savvy, she knows how to connect USB devices and drag&drop and things. She even knows how to put music on her (very simple!) Mp3 player.

But she'll still call me when she has problems with her reader. And it's handy if you know how it works yourself, so, if she does run into problems, you'll be able to help her. If she lives close by, that's not much of a problem, however, if she lives further away, it could be...
Yeah, she's not close enough for that to work. They live closer in to an urban area, which is somewhere I don't drive to on my own, and Chris does best with his family when they only see each other a couple or three times a year.

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You might look at the wifi Kobo (the new one). I have the old one, so I'm not sure of details... In the States, I think it connects to Borders directly, so you don't sideload unless you want library books (or more variety). It is generally considered a basic reader, and a lot of people seem to like it that way. It has some problems for some people, but an update has been supplied, and more are planned. In Canada, at least, the support from Kobo and Indigo has been excellent. And we have a forum here, of course.
That's really good idea...will go to Borders in DeKalb and kill two birds with one stone. (I need to talk to their manager.. I have an acquaintance who works there who is supposed to be selling Kobos...and knows NOTHING about them. )

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the buttons may not be as daunting as he thinks. when she realizes that they don't make dramatic changes to the function of the device, she might do well with them. I would take advantage of the generous return policy and take it for a spin.

if I give anything it will be a goat, cow, chicken or something along those lines from this place or the equivalent. I am so over the crass commercialism of the holidays
As great as Heifer International is, and as much as I agree with your assessment of the crass commercialism of the holidays, that type of gift is not something they'd appreciate. Good point about the generous return policy on the Kindle, but if she did decide to return it, it would mean another trip over there to train her on whatever the replacement might be.
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