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2012-06-03 07:56:12 PM  
For a mere $11.95, you can "buy" an electronic-only copy of "Every Sixty Seconds: The Sucker Story" to go along with that scented electronic device!
 
2012-06-03 09:32:12 PM  
Demeter has a paperback fragrance for $6.
 
2012-06-03 10:39:41 PM  
It's much cheaper to sneak up behind a librarian and rub your e-reader on her

/well, assuming you get out of there without getting arrested, of course
 
2012-06-03 10:41:54 PM  
Never really got people who hate on ereaders in general. I question the math skills and/or situational awareness of those who try to use finance to argue against them.
 
2012-06-03 11:28:01 PM  
Subby just wants some justice.

Just.
 
2012-06-03 11:28:23 PM  
There are no $6 paperbacks any more.
 
2012-06-03 11:28:32 PM  
Well that's the dumbest thing I've read all day and I've been in the politics tab.
 
2012-06-03 11:44:57 PM  
I'll rub it between my thighs for half the price, imbuing it with powerful sexual pheromones*

*Pheromones may only attractive to wild cats and cougars in heat
 
2012-06-03 11:46:29 PM  
www.freakingnews.com
 
2012-06-03 11:46:34 PM  
Old library books that weren't allowed to get musty always had a smell to them that reminded me of vomit.

Anyone else? Or what would you describe that smell as? Library smell...
 
2012-06-03 11:48:12 PM  
It's the perfect thing to use while listening to my mp3s with the fake hi-fi scratchy filter, while eating meat loaf loaded with artificial pre-industrial-mild-rot seasoning! Now I just need to fix my speakers on my hybird so it sounds like a horse (it already kinda smells like one, but that's a different issue entirely)!
 
2012-06-03 11:48:46 PM  
Amazon makes books free every day

http://www.new-daily-free-ebooks.com/2012/06/101-new-kindle-books-ar e- available-for.html

// If you're paying money for E-books, either you're trying to read specific things (instead of just reading things in specific genres) OR you just aren't looking hard enough.

More free E-books than you could read in 20 lifetimes.

http://www.gutenberg.org/

// having an e-reader has re-invigorated my interest in reading (I stopped when I no longer had time to go to the library on a regular basis).
 
2012-06-03 11:50:16 PM  

Babwa Wawa: Never really got people who hate on ereaders in general. I question the math skills and/or situational awareness of those who try to use finance to argue against them.


This. The perfume is still stupid. But it's $115 dollars to make my e-book reader smell like the 30,000 + paperbacks in my e-book collection at $6.00 a piece and approximately a libary-sized volume of space.
 
2012-06-03 11:52:01 PM  

Babwa Wawa: Never really got people who hate on ereaders in general. I question the math skills and/or situational awareness of those who try to use finance to argue against them.


It's not as easy on the eyes as the eInk version, but I love my Kindle Fire. I've gotten every penny of the $200 I spent out out it, using it not only as an e-book reader, but also a portable web device, comic reader, and movie player while traveling (Amazon's $1 daily deals on movies are much better than paying for the Digiplayer on Alaska Airlines flights).
 
2012-06-03 11:57:31 PM  
Mad_Radhu: It's not as easy on the eyes as the eInk version, but I love my Kindle Fire. I've gotten every penny of the $200 I spent out out it, using it not only as an e-book reader, but also a portable web device, comic reader, and movie player while traveling (Amazon's $1 daily deals on movies are much better than paying for the Digiplayer on Alaska Airlines flights).

I used a hacked nook color for that.

And all I can say is, handbrake ... yes, that's two rips/encoding going at once. (I was going on a 15 day trip to India and needed some English stuff to tide me over.)

lordargent.com
 
2012-06-04 12:05:20 AM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: [www.freakingnews.com image 640x812]


Sadly... that looks better than Nikki Cox does nowadays.
 
2012-06-04 12:13:03 AM  

Cyno01: Britney Spear's Speculum: [www.freakingnews.com image 640x812]

Sadly... that looks better than Nikki Cox does nowadays.


Can't be that bad... GIS.... wut

www.addfunny.com
 
2012-06-04 12:14:54 AM  

dopeydwarf: Cyno01: Britney Spear's Speculum: [www.freakingnews.com image 640x812]

Sadly... that looks better than Nikki Cox does nowadays.

Can't be that bad... GIS.... wut

[www.addfunny.com image 500x320]


Warned ya.
 
2012-06-04 01:09:53 AM  

Mad_Radhu: Babwa Wawa: Never really got people who hate on ereaders in general. I question the math skills and/or situational awareness of those who try to use finance to argue against them.

It's not as easy on the eyes as the eInk version, but I love my Kindle Fire. I've gotten every penny of the $200 I spent out out it, using it not only as an e-book reader, but also a portable web device, comic reader, and movie player while traveling (Amazon's $1 daily deals on movies are much better than paying for the Digiplayer on Alaska Airlines flights).



I'm a heavy reader and got one as a gift and thought it was going to end up as a fancy paperweight. Turns out I love the thing: 2 things where it blows a regular book away:

1. It's own lighting for when I'm reading in bed: I don't read it in the dark, but I don't have to worry about backlight and/or shadows.

2. Adjustable font size: I can set it to large font to read while I'm on a treadmill. I can't do that with a normal book.
 
2012-06-04 01:14:47 AM  

Babwa Wawa: Never really got people who hate on ereaders in general. I question the math skills and/or situational awareness of those who try to use finance to argue against them.


You can't smash a spider with an e-reader while taking a shiat and expect to go back to reading it. That alone is reason enough. Plus books make for better decorations than the latest iCrap
 
2012-06-04 01:20:44 AM  
Smeggy Smurf : You can't smash a spider with an e-reader while taking a shiat and expect to go back to reading it.

Regular people don't spend enough time in the bathroom to read.
 
2012-06-04 01:29:42 AM  

lordargent: Smeggy Smurf : You can't smash a spider with an e-reader while taking a shiat and expect to go back to reading it.

Regular people don't spend enough time in the bathroom to read.


You need to read shorter stories.
 
2012-06-04 02:14:35 AM  
I'm no purist hipster, but the idea of this perfume bothers me for some reason. I can't help but feel it's a cheat. The smell is evocative of an experience you can't have with a Kindle: wandering through an old bookstore that smells like warm wood and old paper, chatting with the proprietor and petting the resident cat while you check out.
 
2012-06-04 02:35:34 AM  

FormlessOne: For a mere $11.95, you can "buy" an electronic-only copy of "Every Sixty Seconds: The Sucker Story" to go along with that scented electronic device!


Why did you put "buy" in sarcastic quotation marks?
 
2012-06-04 02:48:56 AM  

Babwa Wawa: Never really got people who hate on ereaders in general. I question the math skills and/or situational awareness of those who try to use finance to argue against them.


it's easy. ereaders suck in comparison to the hard copy printed format for some who prefer physical books. maybe they give high preference to a thing they have long held dear - there is safety in familiarity. those consumers who feel ereaders are a threat to hard books existence may react on the defensive. some people just hate the though of another gadget in a gadget filled world. there might have been people that were terrified by electricity back in the day too. people get set in their ways.

one also has to set up a wi-fi device to register ereader and download. i'm not a geek and our feed is hard wired for security purposes. i'd have to buy a wi-fi thingee to hook into our router, and then i'd have no clue on how to make the farking thing secure. PITA hassle and expense.

i thought the price point was pretty even between downloads and hard copy these days. this i arrive at having read online articles about pissed off ereader customers, amazon, kindle etcetera. also read about ereaders crashing and their owners losing their complete library, poof, gone. if you're saving good money using your ereader more power to you, that's great.
 
2012-06-04 03:23:13 AM  

KrispyKritter: Babwa Wawa: Never really got people who hate on ereaders in general. I question the math skills and/or situational awareness of those who try to use finance to argue against them.

it's easy. ereaders suck in comparison to the hard copy printed format for some who prefer physical books. maybe they give high preference to a thing they have long held dear - there is safety in familiarity. those consumers who feel ereaders are a threat to hard books existence may react on the defensive. some people just hate the though of another gadget in a gadget filled world. there might have been people that were terrified by electricity back in the day too. people get set in their ways.

one also has to set up a wi-fi device to register ereader and download. i'm not a geek and our feed is hard wired for security purposes. i'd have to buy a wi-fi thingee to hook into our router, and then i'd have no clue on how to make the farking thing secure. PITA hassle and expense.

i thought the price point was pretty even between downloads and hard copy these days. this i arrive at having read online articles about pissed off ereader customers, amazon, kindle etcetera. also read about ereaders crashing and their owners losing their complete library, poof, gone. if you're saving good money using your ereader more power to you, that's great.


Amazon and B&N both covered the WiFi issue from day one by offering 3G data service that was built into the price of the device, and required no additional monthly fees. Although they now sell cheaper WiFi only versions now, you can still pay about a $50 premium to get one with the "free" 3G data service.
 
2012-06-04 03:37:02 AM  
KrispyKritter: one also has to set up a wi-fi device to register ereader and download.

As someone already mentioned, there are e-readers that have 3G connections, no wifi to set up at all. (right now, the 3rd generation kindle is the same price with or without the 3G connection).

Also, the connection is only needed if you want to download a book when you're not at home. You could also transfer books to it from a computer via USB.

i thought the price point was pretty even between downloads and hard copy these days. this i arrive at having read online articles about pissed off ereader customers, amazon, kindle etcetera. also read about ereaders crashing and their owners losing their complete library, poof, gone.

Books you purchase from Amazon are in your amazon account, you could throw your kindle into a volcano. Buy a new one, enter your account details and it will download all of your books from amazon.

And apparently we must be reading very different things because I did a lot of research into the Kindle 3 before I purchased mine and I didn't see anything that indicated any sort of widespread problems. The kindle 3 has 4.5 stars with just over 36,000 reviews so apparently there are a lot of people happy with the thing.

// I wouldn't have touched a kindle 1 or 2 with a 10 foot pole though.
 
2012-06-04 04:36:02 AM  
I love my fire. Just got it about a week ago. Books, movies, web, games, all for 200 bucks? Sign me up.
 
2012-06-04 06:43:22 AM  

KrispyKritter: i thought the price point was pretty even between downloads and hard copy these days.


I do think that this is a bit bullshiat. The idea that there's like a $3 difference in price between a hardcover and an ebook is bullshiat and insulting.

That said, there's ahem, ways around this.


That said, I find I use my Kindle a lot more than I originally thought I would.
 
2012-06-04 07:11:04 AM  
Do they make a cheaper gag gift option to give to people who won't shut up about their festishization of books?
 
2012-06-04 07:28:15 AM  
I love my Nook. So much that I got the new Glowlight nook, now Im up reading into the wee hours.

Tons of free books, and if you can torrent, even more books. I'm a little upset at e-book pricing, but that is being taken care of with luck. Hopefully the price fixing will be a thing of the past soon enough.

With Calibre I can can convert all my old comic book and manga archives to be readable on the nook. I have an 8GB Micro SD card thats about 6GB full at the moment. I bring my nook to work, on the go, and on trips.

It affords me the ability to take a huge collection on the go. I like variety, with my E-reader I can have that. Im the kind of person who can be reading 4+ books and or comics at once and enjoy it all.

Don't get me wrong, I still love books too. 3 full sized bookshelves jam packed in my reading room alone.

The book is not going away. There will however be less of them in the future. Simply less.

Write book.
Print 1,000,000 copies. Sell for 8$ Each. Overhead, printing, distribution. raw materials etc.
Unlimited Ebook Editions sold for 4$ each Overhead - Server Space and bandwidth, and as most non-graphical books are under 2MB each. Pennies to host and DL.

Color E-Ink is coming, and when that hits, it will be a total game changer. Comics alone will come back BIG.

The Ipad and tablets are nice, don't get me wrong there either, however, E-Ink is as easy on the eyes as reading a book. I cant read for more then 30-40 minutes on a tablet or Monitor screen without getting eyestrain or a headache.

I mean concentrated reading, like reading for pleasure.

tl;dr Books still good, just less printed in future.

img542.imageshack.us
 
2012-06-04 07:28:38 AM  
You can aquire a rom image for a Nook Color that dual boots to Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich. It goes on an micro SD card and if you don't like it you just pop the card out and you are back to where it was before.

A 7" decent tablet for $200 is a pretty good deal.

I'm not super big on the ereader thing, but it is great on an airplane if you start reading a book that sucks, you can just switch to something else.
 
2012-06-04 07:42:48 AM  

Ratbert42: There are no $6 paperbacks any more.


Not only that but there are electronic versions of popular novels available for less than $6.
 
2012-06-04 07:44:44 AM  

kim jong-un: Old library books that weren't allowed to get musty always had a smell to them that reminded me of vomit.

Anyone else? Or what would you describe that smell as? Library smell...


Old piss.
 
2012-06-04 07:49:44 AM  

Smeggy Smurf: Babwa Wawa: Never really got people who hate on ereaders in general. I question the math skills and/or situational awareness of those who try to use finance to argue against them.

You can't smash a spider with an e-reader while taking a shiat and expect to go back to reading it. That alone is reason enough. Plus books make for better decorations than the latest iCrap


Who wants a pile of old books cluttering up their living space?

The latest iCrap allows you to carry your entire library around with you. And your books are backed up to the cloud, so if you lose your hardware you can always get them back.
 
2012-06-04 07:53:27 AM  
A company thats doing E-Books right?

Baen, affordable Ebooks!

http://www.baenebooks.com/

They also do eARCs.

An eARC is an electronic Advance Reader Copy. This is an unproofed manuscript and is guaranteed to be full of typos and error. It is pretty much raw from the authors word processor. But you get the entire eARC well in advance of even the Monthly Baen Bundle release.
 
2012-06-04 07:59:49 AM  
This is actually a pretty good idea, though it sounds horribly stupid. If you're a huge book person, that's one of the biggest things missing from an E-Reader.

/one of the crazy ones who buys the books and an e-copy
//subby doesn't know what paperbacks cost nowadays
 
2012-06-04 08:21:09 AM  

kg2095: Ratbert42: There are no $6 paperbacks any more.

Not only that but there are electronic versions of popular novels available for less than $6.


I still buy plenty of paperbacks that, with shipping, cost less than $6.

And plenty of ebooks that are, um, considerably less than that.

Raharu: An eARC is an electronic Advance Reader Copy. This is an unproofed manuscript and is guaranteed to be full of typos and error. It is pretty much raw from the authors word processor. But you get the entire eARC well in advance of even the Monthly Baen Bundle release.


"Hey, this casserole isn't done yet, but I'll let you have some for pennies on the dollar!"
 
2012-06-04 08:29:09 AM  

swahnhennessy: kg2095: Ratbert42: There are no $6 paperbacks any more.

Not only that but there are electronic versions of popular novels available for less than $6.

I still buy plenty of paperbacks that, with shipping, cost less than $6.

And plenty of ebooks that are, um, considerably less than that.

Raharu: An eARC is an electronic Advance Reader Copy. This is an unproofed manuscript and is guaranteed to be full of typos and error. It is pretty much raw from the authors word processor. But you get the entire eARC well in advance of even the Monthly Baen Bundle release.

"Hey, this casserole isn't done yet, but I'll let you have some for pennies on the dollar!"


Hey if you said I could have my favorite authors next book, fresh out of the oven months in advance, I would jump all over that!

I would eat that shiat up, with my bare hands, burning meatloaf blistering my tongue, scorching my esophagus! The next Dresden files book, filling my stomach, bloating me delight.
 
2012-06-04 08:31:17 AM  
img607.imageshack.us

Scrolls. Screw you people and your fancy hardbound books.
 
2012-06-04 08:49:53 AM  

lordargent: // I wouldn't have touched a kindle 1 or 2 with a 10 foot pole though.


I've had a Kindle 2 since 2009 that doesn't want to die. The screen contrast, which wasn't as good as the later Kindles to begin with, is fairly bad now. I'm waiting on the Kindle glow to replace it.

Odd thing is that my wife's Kindle 3 did have to get replaced under warranty for a faulty screen.

KrispyKritter: one also has to set up a wi-fi device to register ereader and download. i'm not a geek and our feed is hard wired for security purposes. i'd have to buy a wi-fi thingee to hook into our router, and then i'd have no clue on how to make the farking thing secure. PITA hassle and expense.


I got my first Kindle before they had Wifi - so it was cell network only. What sucked is that I don't have cell coverage at my house. So in the 3 years I've owned the thing, I've never really used the network functionality. If I buy a book from Amazon, I download it to my computer and transfer via USB. But I get most of my books from outside of Amazon, so I'd use that method anyway.

KrispyKritter: also read about ereaders crashing and their owners losing their complete library, poof, gone.


I''m sure that happens occasionally, but it's simple to download them again (a book is free to download again once you've purchased it), and in my case, I have my library on my computer as well. I never could have had a backup of my library with physical books.

KrispyKritter: some people just hate the though of another gadget in a gadget filled world. there might have been people that were terrified by electricity back in the day too. people get set in their ways.


I suspect that most of the folks who spend time trying to fight the ebook trend aren't really luddites. I think many of them are or were somehow involved in the book distribution or retail business. It's sad, but my sympathy is limited, as I don't see many of them doing anything to adapt. There are books that need to be in hard copy. Photography, architecture, art, graphic novels, are those that come to mind with just about 5 seconds of thought. But instead of building up those collections I see two general reactions:

1. Used book stores continuing to leverage same the business and procurement model - as if ebooks don't exist. Then appealing to the public as some sort of community institution, etc, etc. By and large used book stores are not a community resource - libraries are community resources. And many (most?) public libraries have a Kindle lending program.

2. New book stores modifying their procurement model not toward books that don't transfer well to electronic format (same old shiatty photography book collection at my BN, for example), but filling their store with tchotcke like stuffed angry birds and crap like that.
 
2012-06-04 08:54:36 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [img607.imageshack.us image 640x398]

Scrolls. Screw you people and your fancy hardbound books.


i.imgur.com

I've always used tablets for reading. It's not backlit, but that's what fire is for, and I can read it just fine during the day.
 
2012-06-04 09:08:32 AM  

Raharu: The next Dresden files book, filling my stomach, bloating me delight.


I'm convinced Cold Days is just a tease and never going to be released. He is going to GRRM us and make us wait 4 years.
 
2012-06-04 09:20:44 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: It's much cheaper to sneak up behind a librarian and rub your e-reader on her

/well, assuming you get out of there without getting arrested, of course


As a librarian, I approve of this.

/No dudes.
//Ah, what the heck. Gay dudes can rub their e-readers on me too, if that makes them happy.
 
2012-06-04 09:25:19 AM  
fark that, I'm not buying an e-reader until it has the distinct scent of an illuminated manuscript
 
2012-06-04 09:30:31 AM  
I have a Kindle and it's nice enough. I like being able to download books instantly, especially library books. Thought it was extremely cool to check out an e-book from the library and send it to the Kindle app on my son's iPod touch while I was at work. But...

It's just not the same as a physical book. With a physical book, it is easy to page back or forward if you want to revisit a passage. Not so easy with an e-book. It's easy to flip a book open and, based on the physical thickness, quickly find the page you were on. On an e-book there is no sense of progress as you read. Sure there's a little bar telling you the percentage of the book, but it's not the same as the feel of the pages you've already read getting thicker. I find this especially true with long books. I'm trying to read Ulysses on my Kindle and I find that a major drawback.

I do like being able to look up words, especially with Ulysses. And the ability to highlight passages.

I thought maybe it was just because I'm old that I had these problems with ebooks, but my preteen kids who have experienced electronics their entire lives have made some of the same complaints about it.
 
2012-06-04 09:39:32 AM  

stevetherobot: It's just not the same as a physical book. With a physical book, it is easy to page back or forward if you want to revisit a passage. Not so easy with an e-book. It's easy to flip a book open and, based on the physical thickness, quickly find the page you were on.


Yeaaaaah, about that.

I have page back and page forward buttons, as well as a slider bar to scoot around pages, I can also set book marks, and highlights and search by them specifically.

Yeah and my nook always opens to the last page I was reading so finding my place is not that much of a problem either.

Rose colored nostalgia goggles.
 
2012-06-04 09:47:10 AM  

stevetherobot: I have a Kindle and it's nice enough. I like being able to download books instantly, especially library books. Thought it was extremely cool to check out an e-book from the library and send it to the Kindle app on my son's iPod touch while I was at work. But...

It's just not the same as a physical book. With a physical book, it is easy to page back or forward if you want to revisit a passage. Not so easy with an e-book. It's easy to flip a book open and, based on the physical thickness, quickly find the page you were on. On an e-book there is no sense of progress as you read. Sure there's a little bar telling you the percentage of the book, but it's not the same as the feel of the pages you've already read getting thicker. I find this especially true with long books. I'm trying to read Ulysses on my Kindle and I find that a major drawback.

I do like being able to look up words, especially with Ulysses. And the ability to highlight passages.

I thought maybe it was just because I'm old that I had these problems with ebooks, but my preteen kids who have experienced electronics their entire lives have made some of the same complaints about it.


Try reading Infinite Jest on a Kindle vs book. It is awesome not needing to have 3 bookmarks (or rip apart the book) to read it.
 
2012-06-04 10:04:23 AM  

Carth: Try reading Infinite Jest on a Kindle vs book. It is awesome not needing to have 3 bookmarks (or rip apart the book) to read it.


I just finished my second reading of Inifinite Jest - the first one in paper, this last one on an ereader.

It was definitely more convenient. But I wonder the extent to which DFW included the footnotes simply annoy the reader.
 
2012-06-04 10:33:18 AM  

TheGreatGazoo: You can aquire a rom image for a Nook Color that dual boots to Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich. It goes on an micro SD card and if you don't like it you just pop the card out and you are back to where it was before.

A 7" decent tablet for $200 is a pretty good deal.

I'm not super big on the ereader thing, but it is great on an airplane if you start reading a book that sucks, you can just switch to something else.


I did the SD card thing until I realized that I was never going into the stock Nook OS anymore... So I just went ahead and did the full custom ROM on the main unit. It runs faster and now I have a ton of storage space for apps and media.

And you can pick up a Nook Color for around $159 these days when they go on sale. If you do plan to load CM7 (custom Android ROM) onto it to use as a real Android tablet, don't get the Nook Tablet; Get the Nook Color. The Tablet is still giving people trouble with hacking.

And honestly, you can overclock the Nook Color safely. Stock Nook Colors are underclocked by B&N, so the overclock is actually setting the clock where it belongs. Once you do that, you've got a zippy Android tablet with Bluetooth (which the Kindle Fire doesn't have, despite costing more) and one of the best screens on the market.

So far, I've found no negative to using CM7 on the Nook. I can still use the Nook app, as well as FBReader and several other ebook apps, but I can also do all my other Android stuff with ease.
 
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