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Old 03-04-2009, 10:32 AM   #31
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I used to like to go into Sydney and visit 6 bookshops. Now I stay awake till 3 am or later every Tuesday morning waiting for the new ebooks to come up on Fictionwise. That doesn't make me sound pathetic does it? :-)

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On the other hand, I'll soon be flying down to Sydney to stay for a couple of days partly to visit those six bookshops (Kinokuniya and Galaxy being the favourites). Does that make me sound pathetic?

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Old 03-04-2009, 02:03 PM   #32
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Has having a ereader changed your reading habits?
Most definitely! Not much of a reader until I bought a Treo. When our PC crashes I had to switch to iPhone since none of the Palm devices support Vista. I read whenever I get a chance. When I'm home my iphone stays with me from room to room, in case I have a few minutes to read. Hubby thinks I'm nuts but I think he's just jealous .
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Old 03-04-2009, 10:19 PM   #33
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I have been wondering about this very topic in my own situation. Just been reading the Kindle for a month or so now. But I read a very wide range of books, an interest will "kindel" and I head off; I am at the library, buying used from Amazon, etc. etc.

Now, I wonder, will the Kindle change my habits; will I tend to read only that which is available for it? I don't know.

Although my wife hates the clutter, I also "like" books, and have many around. And in that I use the library and buy used books a lot, even with shipping, ebooks will tend to run more than what I have been spending. Especially if I want to put one on the bookshelf as well.

Anyway---I guess my prime unknown is if the eBook concept will totally change my mode of reading, or merely complement it??

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On the other hand, I'll soon be flying down to Sydney to stay for a couple of days partly to visit those six bookshops (Kinokuniya and Galaxy being the favourites). Does that make me sound pathetic?

Cheers,
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I still visit them. Oh yes, I still visit them but not as often.
Congratulations on being able to really spell Kinothingy as I call it. How do you pronounce it?

Did you know Angus and Robertson is no more in Pitt St? There is still Dymocks, Borders, Galaxy, Abbeys and Kinothingy.

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I still visit them. Oh yes, I still visit them but not as often.
Congratulations on being able to really spell Kinothingy as I call it. How do you pronounce it?
Every time I try pronounce it I end up with about seven too many syllables (onji?). Correspondingly, my success at spelling it correctly can only be put down to Google.

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Did you know Angus and Robertson is no more in Pitt St? There is still Dymocks, Borders, Galaxy, Abbeys and Kinothingy.
I did not know that. A&R seem to have been suffering a long, drawn out, death. That Pitt St. store, once a favourite, gradually end up having the "bargain basement" feel of so many A&Rs in all the Westfield Shopping Centres. I like Borders, no matter where; I tolerate Dymocks because of their range/size; Abbeys always feels pleasantly like a little jump to the left ("and then a step to the ri-i-i-i-i-ight..."); Kinothingy (which is what I'll now call it ) is amazingly thorough, huge, and their filing system just incredibly precise; Galaxy...well, Galaxy is a Sydney SF-lovers dream.

Okay, stop it, Laine. You're getting me over-excited.

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I read both books and ebooks. I think I prefer the ebooks a little more for comfortable reading. For example, mass market paperbacks tend to let the text go too far into the interior margin so I have to bend the book open more and basically wear it out just to read it.

As for changing my reading habits, ebooks have gotten me to read many more classics.
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Every time I try pronounce it I end up with about seven too many syllables (onji?). Correspondingly, my success at spelling it correctly can only be put down to Google.



I did not know that. A&R seem to have been suffering a long, drawn out, death. That Pitt St. store, once a favourite, gradually end up having the "bargain basement" feel of so many A&Rs in all the Westfield Shopping Centres. I like Borders, no matter where; I tolerate Dymocks because of their range/size; Abbeys always feels pleasantly like a little jump to the left ("and then a step to the ri-i-i-i-i-ight..."); Kinothingy (which is what I'll now call it ) is amazingly thorough, huge, and their filing system just incredibly precise; Galaxy...well, Galaxy is a Sydney SF-lovers dream.

Okay, stop it, Laine. You're getting me over-excited.

Cheers,
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Kinothing is the short version. My full name for it is Kinothingywhatchamacallit.

If you like Galaxy you should go to the meet up in Melbourne. Minotaur in Melbourne is BIGGER than Galaxy!
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On the other hand, I'll soon be flying down to Sydney to stay for a couple of days partly to visit those six bookshops (Kinokuniya and Galaxy being the favourites). Does that make me sound pathetic?

Cheers,
Marc
Good heavens no. I regularly plan trips based on the quality of the bookshops in the places I visit. One of my favourite places to visit is a little town called "Alnwick" (pronounced "Anick") on the Scottish borders, which has what they claim is the largest 2nd hand bookshop in the UK, filling (and overflowing) what used to be the town's railway station. A wonderful place!
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Good heavens no. I regularly plan trips based on the quality of the bookshops in the places I visit.
Same here. When I was a young pup and lived up in Rhode Island I was in some group, I can't remember what it was, maybe BCS. Anyway we all made a trip up to Boston to this book store (the MIT one maybe, can't remember) that had an SF/Fantasy section bigger than most book stores of the day. (This was back in the 80s before the massive B&N and Borders stores of today.)

It was a fun trip. Alas I didn't have alot of cash or I would have needed a truck to take my purchases home.

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Just got my Kindle, but it will be pretty much eBooks only from here out.

I hated buying books as I seldom re-read any so they just end up getting lugged home and stored in my parents attic or donated etc. So I much prefer just to read an ebook and not have to worry about having a physical book sitting around when I'm done reading it.

And I'm sure I'll read more now as I often avoided buying books for that and was often too lazy to bother with the library (though not for the past couple of years since I live 2 blocks from one).
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