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Is my Kindle here yet?

After a couple years of reading ebooks on my iPod touch, I've taken the plunge and ordered a Kindle! Yay!

There is also free two-day shipping if you order today. Here's a link if you'd like to join me in impulsive ereader shopping.

Although it wasn't a terribly impulsive purchase. I'm still anti-stuff, and I would like to winnow down what I already own rather that adding more to the pile, especially since I'd like to move to a groovy loft someday with very little to tie me down.

Yesterday I saw a color Literati on sale at Bed, Bath & Beyond while I was refilling the C02 canister for my soda maker. Now, I don't think of it as any sort of main brand of ereader by any means...but the thing was just 40 bucks, so I almost did an impulse buy then and there. The dealbreaker was that nowhere on the packaging did it say which file type the ereader accepted. Also, the demo model didn't do anything. It appeared to be on, but when I pushed the navigation thingy, nothing happened. (I also poked the screen, but I see now it was not a touch screen). So I shrugged, bought my C02 and left.

Then today online I was actually shopping for a monitor, because I can re-configure my standing desk to be more user-friendly if I swap all my gear out, but to do that I need a more modern monitor there, because the little computer I'd hook to it won't do a vga hookup and the old monitor there is vga only. So I looked at monitors for a long time, realized they were probably cheapest w/ the free shipping at Amazon, looked at Amazon for a while, decided I could make do well enough with the setup I had...and bought a Kindle.

I've been planning to buy a cheap Kindle, cheap Sony and cheap Nook this year so I can give better customer service, and also to ensure my ebooks look as good as they can on all of them...but I don't want to drop the money all at once. I think seeing that Literati and coming so close to buying it is really what decided me. I just thought, "Ya know, if they won't even list the file type on the box, how user friendly can it be?" and I decided it must be marketed toward an ebook dabbler rather than an ebook user.

I also figure I'm going to do another round of edits on GhosTV soon, and the thought of doing them either on my iPod or at my desktop was not appealing at all!


ETA: It was supposed to be here TODAY and it is not here! I even ran out to the mailbox and had an extended conversation with the mailman about snowshoeing but somehow that did not make it come.

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cdn_tam
Feb. 9th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
I think my eyes would goggle out doing edits on a tiny ipod. I need my reading device to be more multi-fuctional that most e-readers that I can afford. I hate typing on a touchscreen, I want color, I want to be able to watch videos, surf the internet, read, type, do word documents for work/fun, work with spreadsheets, etc. all on one machine. I've found my little netbook works best. It's not the tiny tiny one, but smaller than a lap top. So I really can't see myself getting a kindle or ipad or any of the other gadgets anytime soon. Now if someone GAVE me one I wouldn't complain. :-D Volunteers? Anyone?

Oh, I'd love to live in a pared down loft with nothing. I'm really on a hating things kick too, although with a kid you tend to need them. Maybe in a few years I can purge.
jordan_c_price
Feb. 9th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
I keep trying to like my netbook and I just don't. I replaced the OS and I like it slightly better, but overall it just gets hot and the battery charge sucks.

I think I don't need my ereader to do much other than have ebooks on it. We'll see how that goes.

I just adore my iPod touch. I read ebooks on it, play games, listen to music, do meditation and brainwave things. It's one of my favorite things I own. So I'll bet I'd REALLY dig an iPad.

I'll be visiting a friend with crafty kids this week. They're very good for getting rid of my craft stuff that I'll never use again. I think keeping old craft stuff around just makes me feel like a failure.
idamus
Feb. 9th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
I love my Kindle, combined with my iPhone I have everything I need when traveling and it weighs almost nothing
jordan_c_price
Feb. 9th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
I so can't wait! Eeee!
riverbella
Feb. 9th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
I love my Kindle, but it has turned out to be a dangerous purchase. I now buy 2-3 times as many books, on the grounds that ebooks are much cheaper! I do have one gripe with it and that is that ebooks often contain format problems and technical errors that do not exist in the print copies of the same books. Scanning issues, maybe? But the convenience and portability make it all worth it.

Not sure I'd ever want to use it for editing, though. I do contract copy editing, and I much prefer to do that on my big HP laptop or my desktop.

Hope you enjoy it!
jordan_c_price
Feb. 9th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
I will probably fall into trying to replicate format issues out of curiosity!

There's a certain stage of editing where I'm reading for flow, like right before the book's ready to go into production, that's the point I put it on an ereader. (Also for the very early drafts to see if the whole thing's cohesive, but not the in-between drafts for tinkering with sentences and words. Or Word-Jenga, as I call it.)
andy_slayde
Feb. 9th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
I recently bought a Kindle (have a SONY) and I love it. I have the wireless turned off and the battery lasts forever. And - for editing/note taking, the Kindle is great. And there are 2 dictionaries on it, which can come in handy. I convert my PDFs to mobi and its fine. But sadly I still can't read The Darkling Thrush. It's coded wrong, all " are gone. That is so annoying. I hate to read on my computer. Set up is very easy with Kindle too. And if you every buy another you can send the books you already bought on Amazon to it. It's nice and light, I only use the cover if I'm taking it somewhere and I'll need my book light. Making collections is easy. Much better than the SONY and I never thought I'd say that. I actually find a lot of coding errors. I fear the day when I have to make my own files, they'll probably be a mess lol.
jordan_c_price
Feb. 9th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
Well, you know you can pick my brain on file-making.

I just heard some epub houses are going from Word to Mobi - wow, I would never do that. Who knows what kind of code can sneak in??? I hand-code my html so I don't get nasty surprises, and that allows me to add special mobi-specific code for page breaks.

Or you could just hire someone to make your files. I would totally do that if I weren't so OCD about it. It would be like buying more hours for my life.
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ennorwen
Feb. 9th, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
Congrats, Jordan! Believe me, I'm as un-techy as they come, but my Kindle has become my favorite thing! I have a desktop computer in the family room and I used to print out all of my PDF ebooks, so I could read them privately in my bedroom. Boy, have I already saved a ton of money on paper and print cartridges.

And I love being able to sort my stuff into collections - the conversion of my already purchased PDFs has been a snap and I love being able to take you (heh) and my other favorites with me wherever I go.

The only feature I wish they had was a "re-naming" category, so I could properly number, PsyCop 1, 2, 3...etc. Fortunately you've already been a gem by titling them well and correctly, especially at All Romance Ebooks. Though through PDF conversions I can name them whatever I wish. It's so cool to have the complete collected works of JCP or Josh or Petit Morts all in their own little categories.

(Though it IS way too easy just to point and click and have a book appear in about 60 seconds - I really have to keep my trigger finger tied down!)

I didn't think I'd like it, really - I'm a big fan of print, but I find I can become just as immersed in an ebook as I do any other.

Have fun!

jordan_c_price
Feb. 9th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, that would be really nice if you could re-name to suit the way you want the ebooks to sort. I suspect you'd have to do that in another software which is an extra step. (I usually read things once and that's it, so I'm not a big library fiddler like I suspect most avid readers are.)

I imagine I'll need to budget myself pretty strictly. Although I have a big TBR pile, mostly my friends' books.

I'm moderately techy and will probably look into disassembling other mobis (if that's possible, especially ones that fail) and seeing what's what in their code. Although I seem to remember viewing mobi code wasn't possible.

I'm glad my file-naming works for you! I've been doing it through Calibre so whatever their standard is, I leave it that way. Though for ARE you also need to remove all spaces & replace with underscores or else the site won't accept the file.

I think I realized I wasn't a big print fan when I was reading Under the Dome and I was wishing it was an ebook the whole time, because I couldn't get comfortable with the darn thing.
egret17
Feb. 9th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the land of ereading! :) There's actually the bottom end nook on sale online today for $79.99... but it's refurbished. I have NEVER had good luck with refurbished electronics.

Hmm. I would hope that publishing houses going from Word to Mobi would have a relatively sophisticated conversion program to strip out those stupid Word codes...
jordan_c_price
Feb. 9th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
So far I've had good luck with refurbished printers, laptops and desktops, I don't know about an ereader. But given that I want to troubleshoot with them, it might not be bad to get a shitty one and go through problem steps, too. So I guess I'd be open to a refurb.
neyronrose
Feb. 10th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
I know a lot of people are very happy with their Kindles. Here was the first of a couple entries I made when I was impulse-buying e-readers: http://neyronrose.livejournal.com/208192.html TeddyPig was greatly helpful as far as which brands I should get. The Literati is the one I got before hearing back from him.

When I was doing my shopping, I specifically didn't want to get an e-reader with DRM. The Sony was expensive compared to some of the other brands, but I love it.

What TeddyPig actually recommended above everything -- those who read The Naughty Bits will know this -- was an iPad. I'd tried using my brother's iPhone, and had a hard time with the touch screen, especially typing.

I have the desktop I use for most things. I decided back in December that what I wanted were two different things, a dedicated e-reader and a laptop. The laptop will be something I get next time I have lots of "extra" money, so it will be a while.
jordan_c_price
Feb. 10th, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
I'm not sure why, but DRM wasn't a consideration at all for me. Maybe because I have no problem with my iTunes music, and also because I tend to read things only once. I do consider Sony and Kindle to be the big-two. I'd heard it was brutal to purchase from the Sony store, whereas I know how easy it is to sample and buy from the Kindle store from using it on my iPod. Eventually I'll buy a Nook and a Sony as well, and then I'll be able to really give a good comparison.

I totally agree the iPad would be the very best, but with the price point is about 4x as much, I guess I consider it as a different category of device.
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bluesimplicity
Feb. 10th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
Welcome to the dark side! **heh**

You're gonna LOVE it. Biblioholic that I am, I get a visceral thrill out of the fact that I can carry over 900 books with me where ever I go in something that weighs less than a single paperback. And if you live in a tiny space (I live in a 1 bedroom apartment in NYC) and are a fast reader, it's a lifesaver.

Just watch out for Kindle thumb. **wink**

Congrats on your purchase - You gonna love it!

Blue
jordan_c_price
Feb. 10th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
I'll be excited to read in bed! Yay! (I do this on my iPod, but my eyes get tired from the backlit screen. I look forward to i-ink.)
literateshrew
Feb. 10th, 2011 08:11 am (UTC)
I love my Kindle so much! I live in the country, and it's become my main source of new books. In fact, I read all the PsyCop books on Kindle. ;)

I would recommend getting a case for it though because no matter how careful you are--the thing is white. Also, they have great covers that look like Moleskins.

I actually found it very useful for reading through my work as well. I like the fact that you can take notes but you don't have that instant "oh, I'll just move this sentence here or tweak this there" fluidity that you get editing in Microsoft Word. The note taking feature is nice, and once you sync with your PC, you can open your notes in the PC Kindle program and in Word simultaneously to edit. (Hope that made sense: it's late and I may be rambling.)

Oh, and you can send files to your Kindle through a special email address. I've found that PDFs don't always come through right, but RTFs are fine and of course MOBI. It's nice to be able to just send a quick RTF without going through the conversion process if you want to read that last chapter you finished before bed. I used to do this with my iPod Touch until it took a little swim. :(

Anyway, yes the Kindle is wonderful and welcome to the ranks! :D
jordan_c_price
Feb. 10th, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
I was wondering which type of document I could send there--that's perfect. I do love reading the last part I wrote on a different device. I also hadn't even though about making notes right on the Kindle. I usually keep a sheet of paper with me and jot down brief notes (to keep myself from over-tinkering), but this sounds even better.

Oh, and Scrivener, which I now do most of my writing on, exports to RTF.

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