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Old 2nd February, 2011, 03:35 PM
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So Kriss has been begging for one of these for a while. I finally break down and get her one. I found one at a pawn shop so I pick it up. But for the life of me I can't get a book on the sucker!!! I do some researching on the web and it turns out it's a problem they seem to have.

Sigh.... I've shot and email off to tech support we'll see what they have to say. (if I ever hear back from them)
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Old 2nd February, 2011, 06:51 PM
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I recently bought myself and my wife Kindles from Amazon. I absolutely LOVE it! The Kindle 3 is 16 shade gray scale, but the display is very sharp. With the addition of the leather case (about another $50) you've got a built-in reading light as well, and this thing runs on a single charge for WEEKS (as long as you aren't beating up the WiFi).

I've got about a dozen technical manuals on it right now, and the ability to set a bookmark or hi-light text and then search just those bookmarks and hi-lights is absolutely amazing! I held off on getting one of these for quite a while because they were initially so expensive, but now they are $139. Having an entire library at my fingertips is really nice, as is the ability to read my ebooks on the kindle, PC, and my Android phone (although TBH the screen on the phone is a bit small). You can also use the Kindle app on the iPad or the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but the display isn't as crisp as the display on the Kindle e-book, and both devices are far more expensive than the Kindle.

The only real downside is that the Kindle uses DRMed content, but that's taken care of easily enough using tools that are readily available.
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I was kinda kicking myself in the bitt when I saw the Kindle on sale for that price.

I talked to Sony tech support today, they told me I meed to flash the firmware on the reader, turns out the firmware is no longer availble. soooo... They are sending us a new reader. They are even sending a newer version the PRS 600 (she had the 500) this one has a touch screen which will be great for her. So all and all I'm happy and she'll be happy.
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Glad you and Kriss scored so well with your purchase! Enjoy...

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The River Why ?

if you can find the time....":O}
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Daniel,
If you like to read Science Fiction, I'd highly recommend "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card. "Ender's Shadow" and "Speaker for the Dead" are also quite good, IMO.

As well, I've been reading a series by David Weber that I find very entertaining, although it's more in the realm of military fiction in a sci-fi setting. If you like well drawn characters (especially strong female characters) I'd recommend the books of the Honorverse series, starting with "On Basilisk Station". In addition, there's "In Fury Born". Even though it's not strictly a part of the Honorverse series it is still, IMO, a very good read and still set in the same sort of environment.

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I gave Patti the list for the next time she goes to the Library. Thanks Gizmo! ":O}
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Thumbs up

Also add "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins. About SF if you haven't read The Foundation series by I. Asimov it's well worth!
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The Foundation series are indeed a good read. IIRC, 'I, Robot' was the first in that series. And don't judge the book by the movie. The book was by far much better, and written much earlier. And don't get the version of the book that is based on the screenplay, either.

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Old 8th February, 2011, 07:31 PM
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I also enjoyed StarHammer, by Christopher Rowley.

Also, the "Xanth" series, and the "Incarnations of Immortality" series, both by Piers Anthony.
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Also add "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins. About SF if you haven't read The Foundation series by I. Asimov it's well worth!
Foundation and Foundation and Empire...If I recall correctly... around 45 years ago...? ":O}

Truth is I haven't read fiction in at lest 20 years....thought I give it another try.... It just got to where fiction could no longer hold my interest....
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I too have the Kindle (3G) series. Love it, I use a lot of books in the non DRM .prc (mobi) format. If you have .doc files these can be converted using the free mobi converter for windows from mobipocket.com, or from *nix and windows using Calibre from http://calibre-ebook.com/

Giz, if you like the Honorverse series you may like the site: http://baencd.freedoors.org/

You can legitimately download CD's of the books from several authors, in multiple formats including .prc which works on the Kindle. They also have most of the artwork as well.

I'm waiting for the next installment having read it all, including spin-offs. The spin-offs give some background on some of the other characters, and explain some details glossed over in later books from the main series.

Basically all of David Weber, John Ringo, David Drake, and Mercedes Lackey are on there, plus a bit from other authors.

If you like the Honorverse, try the Aldenata series by John Ringo, as well as the March series by both John Ringo and David Weber.

Dan, personally I'm a prolific reader, going through 100-200 books a year. My partner didn't use to read at all, untill she found a genre and author style she liked. Now she reads about 1 book every couple of weeks. Basically you need to find a subject/genre you enjoy then some authors you find captivating.

I also use a search site which suggests alternatives that other people also enjoyed: http://www.tastekid.com/ to find alternatives I may not have though of, authors, books, movies, tv series, etc.

I also have found many books I either have owned for years or can't find anymore from http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

Remember White Fang and Call of the Wild from Jack London, or Treasure Island and Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson? They are available for download there - I also own the paperbacks myself.
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Cool, you read David Drake ("Hammer's Slammers")? Most of that stuff is out of print now. What about Fred Saberhagen's 'Berserker' series?

I've only read 3 books of Mercedes Lackey (something about dragons, can't remember the titles now, was a 3-book trilogy) but I remember the writing and plot were decent.

I'll check out the Aldenata series.
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Cool, you read David Drake ("Hammer's Slammers")? Most of that stuff is out of print now. What about Fred Saberhagen's 'Berserker' series?

I've only read 3 books of Mercedes Lackey (something about dragons, can't remember the titles now, was a 3-book trilogy) but I remember the writing and plot were decent.

I'll check out the Aldenata series.
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I've read Hammers Slammers and liked them a lot, almost all of them are on that site, but not anything I remember from Fred Saberhagen. I'm always looking for another good author. When I can't find or afford anything, I've read such authors as Bryce Courtenay and Maeve Binchy in desperation.

Mercedes Lackey seems more of a Fantasy writer than Sci-Fi, and I've read some of hers but not much.

Some of the other authors I've bought real books, as opposed to taking out from the library or just the e-books are;
Raymond Fiest
David Weber
David Drake
Eric Flint
Alastair Reynolds
Janny Wurts
John Ringo
Elizabeth Moon
Jack Campbell
Larry Niven
Greg Bear
Ian Banks
C J Cherryh
Orson Scott Card
Terry Brooks
Tad Williams
David Eddings
Robert Jordan
Sara Douglass
L E Modesitt, Jr

And a few others I can't remember offhand.

Some non scifi/fantasy authors I've read and enjoyed include Alistair MacLean, Wilber Smith and Clive Cussler

Another site which has a lot of information on the authors, their books and down the bottom suggestions of authors by what other people visit is http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk

I'm currently reading the Ring of Fire series by Eric Flint, Wheel of time by Robert Jordan, and finishing the second of the Troy series by John Ringo.

Found on the site I gave, if you manually enter http://baencd.freedoors.org/Discs/ it comes up with the listing of the CD's, you can then browser them and read the books online in html or download the books in any number of formats, as well as view the art gallery contained in that CD. Most of Hammers Slammers is on CD3.

And for those that have the Sony e-book reader, their later CDs contain that format, though all of their books contain the .rtf, .htm or .doc formats which can be converted easily.
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Eric Flint - Haven't read him, been thinking of doing so
Larry Niven - Absolutely love his Ringworld series
C J Cherryh - Read some stuff, didn't really do a lot for me.
Orson Scott Card - Excellent writer.
Terry Brooks - Read some of the Shannarah series stuff, another good writer.
Robert Jordan - I've read all of the 'Wheel of Time' series thus far, very good. I'm eagerly awaiting the final book.

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I'm currently reading the Ring of Fire series by Eric Flint, Wheel of time by Robert Jordan, and finishing the second of the Troy series by John Ringo.
If you enjoy 'Wheel of Time' then I'd recommend the 'Sword of Truth' series by Terry Goodkind. They made a TV series out of it (which IMO thoroughly butchered the books) but the books themselves are quite entertaining, IMO.
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I'll have to have a look at Terry Goodkind's stuff then.
I got onto Eric Flint's stuff from the co-authored series he has done with David Drake and David Weber.

An author I forgot to mention, stupid because I have almost all of his stuff, is Simon Green. He writes Space Opera or Supernatural Crime/detective/mystery, but twisted at 90 degrees. His characters are very witty, but as a warning, their humour is quite dark. Dark like Ian Banks Player of games and the Ringworld series, just more blood.
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Nice to know that we have some serious readers!
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