Amazon Takes Back Orwell Books from Reader's Kindle

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Should books be "kindlized" and if so does the seller have the right to retrieve the book without notice?

No - Down with Kindle. I want "real books!"
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Yes - failing to modernize is refusing to use technology .
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Yes, BUT - once you've bought and paid for it, the Kindle copy is as much yours as a paper copy.
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Postby Dotsie » Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:16 pm

This is a pretty shocking story. I certainly won't be getting a Kindle or any ebooks from Amazon, I like to hang to stuff I've bought thanks.

I'm in favour of ebooks in general though, I think books smell awful actually, and the last library book I got out had bogies in it so I wouldn't miss books if some kind soul bought me a Sony ereader.
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Postby Tiffany » Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:49 pm

Proper books for me every time. I like the smell of new books, even the musty smell of old books. No way would I ever get an ebook. I like to hold what I read.
I don't have an MP3 either.
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Postby Trish » Tue Jul 21, 2009 2:54 pm

Tiffany wrote:No way would I ever get an ebook. I like to hold what I read. I don't have an MP3 either.


Exactly. How do you take an e-book to bed with you?
I do have an MP3 player, but can't figure out how the da*n things works.
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Postby Dotsie » Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:07 pm

Trish wrote:
Tiffany wrote:No way would I ever get an ebook. I like to hold what I read. I don't have an MP3 either.


Exactly. How do you take an e-book to bed with you?


Err, is that a trick question?

I do have an MP3 player, but can't figure out how the da*n things works.


Don't you know any small children who can teach you? :wink:
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Postby chris.ph » Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:16 pm

you dont have to drag your pc to bed with you mind an ebook reader is the about the same size as an average hardback
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Postby Tonyblack » Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:30 pm

And as they are backlit, in theory you could read one in the dark. :wink:
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Postby chris.ph » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:03 pm

yes you can, but you cant fall asleep and just drop them ,they tend not to work afterwards and it costs more than a bent page :shock:
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Postby Cheery » Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:29 am

My vote's for normal books. No way I'll ever read an ebook. I don't want to sit at the computer when I want to read a good book. With a normal book, it's a lot more comfortable. (And if your PC shuts down, you'll have a problem)
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Jul 24, 2009 7:02 am

Cheery wrote:My vote's for normal books. No way I'll ever read an ebook. I don't want to sit at the computer when I want to read a good book. With a normal book, it's a lot more comfortable. (And if your PC shuts down, you'll have a problem)
You don't need to sit at a computer to read an eBook - you get an eBook reader. This is what the Amazon Kindle looks like:

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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:56 am

As I thought - scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll. Silly bloody things :lol:
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Postby Dotsie » Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:36 am

Turn turn turn turn careful of the bogies turn turn turn :lol:
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Postby Cheery » Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:59 am

I still like pages better (scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll... and you get a cramp in your thumb...)
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Postby kakaze » Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:39 am

Jan Van Quirm wrote:Setting fire to books is the most heinous crime in civilised cultures :evil:


Yes, much worse than murder, torture, and rape. :P

As for "invasion of privacy", no doubt you have to agree to give Amazon access to your kindle in order for them to send and/or update the files you buy.

On the other hand, if they delete files without the kindle owner's permission, that means that they are taking a position of responsibility (unlike eBay's official stance) and should therefore hold themselves accountable for the money that was fraudulently charged through them.

The scrolling's probably not too bad. At least you wouldn't need to go hunting for your bookmark (I can never seem to keep track of mine). The thing I don't like is the effect of the screen on your eyes. I love my laptop, but I can tell that it's ruining my vision (again). :roll:
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Postby poohbcarrot » Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:01 pm

kakaze wrote:At least you wouldn't need to go hunting for your bookmark (I can never seem to keep track of mine).


If it's a paperback, I'm a page-corner-folder-over!
If it's a hardback with a dust jacket, I use the dust jacket.

How much does one of them their Kindling-jobbie-gizmoes cost?

(If someone has already mentioned the price, my apologies :oops: )
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:10 pm

$185 by the looks of it. They are only available (as far as I know) in the US from Amazon.com. :?
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