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Old 07-17-2008, 11:42 AM   #1
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I bought a pBook yesterday... shhhh

I started reading a new book yesterday and realized it was the 2nd in a series of 3. The first one is not available *anywhere* as an ebook (except on BitTorrent, which I didn't use). The 3rd book will be released in October.

I bought a used paperback of the 1st book on eBay for $1.04 (just under $5 with overpriced media mail shipping).

I try to avoid reading series books where the ebook version is incomplete but I wasn't paying attention.
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:08 PM   #2
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It's all right. There are many books that you have to read on paper. And still, even for fictions, if you are interested in things other than the content, you'd better go with a pbook. Sometimes I just enjoy the typography and packaging of the books.
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:20 PM   #3
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I dunno, I think you need to discuss this mental hiccup with the presiding shrink, Pshryk. Get some help with this paper seperation anxiety.
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:36 PM   #4
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... I bought a used paperback ...
I'm going to call the ePolice!

Actually my b-day just past. I received a borders gift card so I can buy Sony eBooks. My family knows I read enjoy my reader.

Ironically I've been wanting a Book that only available in hard back. Chances are I'll be using the card to get that book.

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Old 07-17-2008, 12:42 PM   #5
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I started reading a new book yesterday and realized it was the 2nd in a series of 3. The first one is not available *anywhere* as an ebook (except on BitTorrent, which I didn't use). The 3rd book will be released in October.

I bought a used paperback of the 1st book on eBay for $1.04 (just under $5 with overpriced media mail shipping).

I try to avoid reading series books where the ebook version is incomplete but I wasn't paying attention.
I am finding that alot of series are incomplete in ebook.

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I dunno, I think you need to discuss this mental hiccup with the presiding shrink, Pshryk. Get some help with this paper seperation anxiety.
He is probably to busy getting over his last hostage P575 experiment.

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I'm going to call the ePolice!

Actually my b-day just past. I received a borders gift card so I can buy Sony eBooks. My family knows I read enjoy my reader.

Ironically I've been wanting a Book that only available in hard back. Chances are I'll be using the card to get that book.

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I did not know you could use Border card on the sony site.

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Old 07-17-2008, 01:22 PM   #6
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I started reading a new book yesterday and realized it was the 2nd in a series of 3. The first one is not available *anywhere* as an ebook (except on BitTorrent, which I didn't use). The 3rd book will be released in October.

I bought a used paperback of the 1st book on eBay for $1.04 (just under $5 with overpriced media mail shipping).

I try to avoid reading series books where the ebook version is incomplete but I wasn't paying attention.
And what might that series be?.
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:42 PM   #7
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I love (ed) buying used books on Amazon....shipping is never more than $3.99, but usually the book is less than half that. I've even paid 1 cent for a book, then had the pay the $3.99 shipping. But I really really wanted that one....a great place for hard to find books. And what was the series?
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:53 PM   #8
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Don't feel bad, you aren't the first. I had to know how the story ended. I bought Space Barbarians, used, off of Amazon. It was fairly inexpensive but when I opened the shipping envelope I had to laugh seeing a 30+ year old paper back with a price of 50 cents printed on the cover. Things certainly have changed.
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:59 PM   #9
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Don't feel bad, you aren't the first. I had to know how the story ended. I bought Space Barbarians, used, off of Amazon. It was fairly inexpensive but when I opened the shipping envelope I had to laugh seeing a 30+ year old paper back with a price of 50 cents printed on the cover. Things certainly have changed.
For years I didn't even know that "Space Barbarians" existed and as usual the first in the series was the best.
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Old 07-17-2008, 02:24 PM   #10
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Nothing wrong with buying paper. I buy first edition hard covers from a couple of authors that I read regularly.
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Old 07-17-2008, 02:32 PM   #11
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And what might that series be?.

MaryJanice Davidson's Fred (Fredrica) Bimm the Mermaid series. So far there are only 2 of 3 books out. It's fun fast read.
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Old 07-17-2008, 02:55 PM   #12
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I did not know you could use Border card on the sony site.

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I've never done it, I've only read about it here and on the Sony FAQ site. Here is the link.
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Funny thing. I've only ever bought 1 book from the Sony Bookstore.

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Old 07-17-2008, 03:23 PM   #13
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:47 PM   #14
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I may be beating a dead armadillo (sorry RickyM!) but this is a problem with ebooks-the first of a series often seems to be missing.

An example is "Cimarron Rose" by James Lee Burke. While not his first book it is the first featuring his character Billy Bob Holland. Burke's books are some of my favorites and I reread them when I want superb writing and a gripping plot. Hopefully publishers will work their way back to the start of their series.

It's understandable that publishers concentrate on new books since that is what sells but it is encouraging that some publishers are going back in their catalog. New readers may "come in" to a series and author by reading a recent release and then want to read the earlier books too.

Others have posted the suggestion that Amazon track those titles that Kindle owners search for in the Kindle Store and fail to find, or provide a check box on a title's page in the regular Amazon Store that we could check requesting "Kindleization". Sounds like a great idea to me-Amazon has a lot more clout that an individual writing to a publisher.
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I started reading a new book yesterday and realized it was the 2nd in a series of 3. The first one is not available *anywhere* as an ebook (except on BitTorrent, which I didn't use). The 3rd book will be released in October.

I bought a used paperback of the 1st book on eBay for $1.04 (just under $5 with overpriced media mail shipping).

I try to avoid reading series books where the ebook version is incomplete but I wasn't paying attention.
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I dunno, I think you need to discuss this mental hiccup with the presiding shrink, Pshryk. Get some help with this paper seperation anxiety.
Get over it.

$250, please. You can pay the laddy at the door.
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