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Old 03-05-2010, 11:32 PM   #1
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Did anyone else love their ebook reader at first but start going back to paper?

I've had my Kindle 1 since August 2008 and really threw myself into and really do like it. I have something like 600 ebooks right now and haven't bought a single dead tree book since (though I did receive one at Christmas).

But...

I'm hitting a little bit of a bump with regards to ebooks. Frustration with formats and DRM and format shifting (for future) and archiving...and so on and so on. It is so much simpler to just buy a book and put it on the shelf.

Then their is pricing and the recent Amazon/Macmillan struggle. Well, pricing in general. I was surfing Amazon today and for many of the books I'm interested in right now they are part of Amazon's 4-3 promotion. So they end up cheaper in DTB format. Example: 4 DTB's in the 4-3 promotion at $7.99 each = $31.96, but one of them would be free so the price would actually be $23.97. The same 4 books for Kindle at (usually) $6.39 each = $25.56. Ok, it's not much of a difference, but still...

I do love being able to carry multiple books with me in my purse via the Kindle; I like being able to download samples; I like some of the freebie books; but given some of my frustrations, when my K1 dies, I'm not sure what I'm going to do.

Anyone else in the same mindset or have these thoughts on occasion? Any suggestions to snap out of it...or not?
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:38 PM   #2
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I still read paper books for school, and they kind of annoy me. I've been spoiled by being able to carry my reader in my purse for a few months now. Having to bring along a big heavy book irritates me.
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:43 PM   #4
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:56 PM   #5
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> Did anyone else love their ebook reader at first but start going back to paper?

No.

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Old 03-05-2010, 11:58 PM   #6
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> Did anyone else love their ebook reader at first but start going back to paper?

No.

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What he said.
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Old 03-06-2010, 12:16 AM   #7
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> Did anyone else love their ebook reader at first but start going back to paper?

No.

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Ditto. I haven't bought a paper book in 2-3 years (other than kids' books).
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Old 03-06-2010, 12:33 AM   #8
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No.

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Me neither..
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Old 03-06-2010, 12:37 AM   #9
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It is so much simpler to just buy a book and put it on the shelf.
Maybe easier if you are a rich person with plenty of storage space, no plans to move, and lackeys to pack it all up and schlep it for you if you do have to.

For those of us urban apartment-dwellers whose living room storage os shared between books, DVDs, video games etc. it is *much* easier to buy an ebook, strip the DRM and run it over to a backup drive for posterity...
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Old 03-06-2010, 12:56 AM   #10
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Old 03-06-2010, 01:12 AM   #11
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> Did anyone else love their ebook reader at first but start going back to paper?

No.

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Ditto. Paper is awkward to me.
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Old 03-06-2010, 01:13 AM   #12
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Ditto. Paper is awkward to me.
as a matter of fact I have a dozen or so pbooks to read and just don't fell like reading them. Although I guess I will some day. Or maybe I'll just get the ebooks... Foundation Trilogy is 3 of them.

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Old 03-06-2010, 01:27 AM   #13
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