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(Salon)   "I knew Amazon was evil and is killing bookstores. Then, I got a Kindle...and suddenly, I loved Amazon"   (salon.com ) divider line
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9336 clicks; posted to Main » on 18 Nov 2012 at 1:03 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-11-18 10:46:55 AM  
4 votes:
FTFA: This drives many independent bookstores-which rely on profits to stay afloat-out of business, taking with them the entire culture of book buying I value

Businesses rely on profits to stay afloat? You don't say!
2012-11-18 01:01:47 PM  
3 votes:
Something's missing

www.mimifroufrou.com
2012-11-18 01:49:28 PM  
2 votes:
Ebooks have a warmer, heavier sound.
2012-11-18 01:39:34 PM  
2 votes:
People still read? I guess they haven't heard of books on tape. Sure, a box of 20 tapes may be a little bit bigger than a paperback, but you can absorb an entire book with your hands free. Besides, I only really need to carry around one tape in my walkman and the next sequential tape. When I'm rollerblading around the park it's unlikely that I'll get farther than that.
2012-11-18 02:47:53 PM  
1 vote:

MrHelpful: FTA: "It started when I was eighteen and decided I'd never eat at McDonald's again, claiming they were too big, too greedy. This was hard to explain to my friends, who liked cheap food, but they humored me and we ate at Burger King instead. "

Wow. The author actually typed that with a straight face. What an idiot.


I'm sure he also fights the good fight against commercialized coffee franchises by skipping Starbucks and getting his coffee at Dunkin Donuts instead.
2012-11-18 02:44:27 PM  
1 vote:
FTA: "It started when I was eighteen and decided I'd never eat at McDonald's again, claiming they were too big, too greedy. This was hard to explain to my friends, who liked cheap food, but they humored me and we ate at Burger King instead. "

Wow. The author actually typed that with a straight face. What an idiot.
2012-11-18 02:08:48 PM  
1 vote:

Jubeebee: mr_a: I love my Kindle. I find it easier on my eyes than books, and much more convenient.

But for the love of Guttenberg, how hard could it be to run a spell checker on Kindle files?

A lot of Kindle books are crap. Poorly written, poorly edited, poorly formatted. That's the tragedy of removing the gatekeeper.

However, if you sample liberally before you buy, you can usually avoid the stinkers. As an author myself , I'll sample any book I see. I just send them to my phone and see what I'm dealing with. I've found some really excellent books for really cheap; you just have to have the patience to discard 80% of what you sample in order to find the gems.


"It was a dark and stormy night"
2012-11-18 02:03:25 PM  
1 vote:

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Another one of the evils of Capitalism. They need to nationalize all bookstores! That way, taxpayer-supported bookstores won't have to worry about making profits and can carry thousands of books that otherwise would never be read.


You mean like... libraries?
2012-11-18 02:00:49 PM  
1 vote:

FizixJunkee: I'm with Alton Brown with this one: I want a "multi-tasker" not a "uni-tasker." For that reason, I prefer my laptop and phone. I have no desire to be an e-reader or tablet.


Show me a tablet that I can also use to make my own ravioli, and I'm sold!

/loved his show
//WhyTF is it not on Netflix?
2012-11-18 01:21:25 PM  
1 vote:
I predict that when they finally develop the Orgasmatron, the publishing and motion picture industries will be given last rites.
2012-11-18 01:18:42 PM  
1 vote:

RandomAxe: Disclosure: I manage a used book store that's perpetually on the verge of going out of business.

Amazon is not why bookstores go out of business. Mismanagement of bookstores and the idiocy of the US publishing industry are among the top reasons that bookstores go out of business. Amazon is terrible in many, many, many ways, as anyone bright who shops with them frequently will notice, but that's beside the point. And they stay in business because they're very convenient and have few real competitors.

Ebooks are also not why bookstores go out of business. That said, current e-readers are terrible -- their design is driven by marketing crap, not technology or usability, and consumers will continue to get stuck with crap readers if they never hold out for something better. In fact, the trend that seems likely is that tablet computers will eat the reader market whole, and a few years from now you'll be slightly embarrassed to admit that you shelled out actual money for a Nook or Kindle.

I never liked Steve Jobs, but if he were still alive very few people would be buying a Nook or Kindle. Or paying as much as $5 for a typical ebook. I'm just saying.


You're right - we would all be paying $12.99 for a book from Apple's bookstore then a few years later, an additional $2.99 to make it DRM free.
2012-11-18 01:12:02 PM  
1 vote:
I still prefer my media in the form of stone tablets, so I'm a part of the problem.
2012-11-18 12:40:51 PM  
1 vote:
Screw the "independent book stores!" Everyone forgets that they did the same damn thing to us...

SIgned,

A former independent cuneiform store owner.
2012-11-18 11:30:10 AM  
1 vote:
For you E-Reader Folks, if you don't have Calibre on your PC you are doing yourself a great disservice.


One of the Simple and best things Calibre does for me is to convert just about anything into Epub for my Nook. Texts, Docs, PDFs, etc...
It can also convert entire Comic book reader files into Epub so I can now read comics and manga on my nook.


http://calibre-ebook.com/ 

http://calibre-ebook.com/about
2012-11-18 11:28:04 AM  
1 vote:

Arthur Jumbles: FTFA: This drives many independent bookstores-which rely on profits to stay afloat-out of business, taking with them the entire culture of book buying I value

Businesses rely on profits to stay afloat? You don't say!


Unless they're too big to fail, of course.
2012-11-18 10:55:44 AM  
1 vote:

Arthur Jumbles: FTFA: This drives many independent bookstores-which rely on profits to stay afloat-out of business, taking with them the entire culture of book buying I value

Businesses rely on profits to stay afloat? You don't say!


Oh, wow. I was just coming in here to gripe about that sentence.
 
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