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5y, 7m agoFound 5 years, 7 months ago
Bought a Kindle a month or so ago and this is the best deal I have seen for some decent books at up to 75% off.
Begrudge buying them normally if they cost more than paperback version. Most books under £1.50. I chose several which had good reviews.
Normally the only cheap books for the kindle are those written specifically for the Kindle.

Even if you don't have a kindle you can download the kindle software for free on your pc/netbook etc and read it on there.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=s9_al_ft_srch?rh=n%3A687183031&page=1&rw_html_to_wsrp=1&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=118VZGQ66CSZBG1F5NK1&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_p=239473287&pf_rd_i=159676147
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#1
Thanks for that - wife will be pleased :)

I also didn't know that the software was available for PC. Cheers.
#2
The kindle software is avaliable for most smart phones as well.
2 Likes #3
The selection in the deal is rather poor I'd say (think: Cheryl Cole bio), some are also loss leader to bait you into buying other books from the series etc.
Thanks for the heads-up any way. Lukewarm from me, anything to make ppl read.
3 Likes #4
I'll never understand why a digital copy of a book costs more than the physical counterpart that needs materials, printing, transportation, storage etc.

You can also use Calibre for the PC which is a powerful and free e-book reader, library and most importantly, able to convert files between several formats.

http://calibre-ebook.com
#5
the Victoria Coren book is supposed to be very good.

Ilsyde
I'll never understand why a digital copy of a book costs more than the physical counterpart that needs materials, printing, transportation, storage etc.

You can also use Calibre for the PC which is a powerful and free e-book reader, library and most importantly, able to convert files between several formats.

http://calibre-ebook.com


Probably because ebooks get VAT charged on them, where paper books don't. According to my MP, it would be illegal to change it without all of europe changing it.
#6
Nothing there jumped out shouting 'Buy me! BUY ME'!!! Guess I'll have to keep reading the Baen free-library for my Sci-Fi needs...
1 Like #7
because when the have a chance of exploiting you they will

Ilsyde
I'll never understand why a digital copy of a book costs more than the physical counterpart that needs materials, printing, transportation, storage etc.

You can also use Calibre for the PC which is a powerful and free e-book reader, library and most importantly, able to convert files between several formats.

http://calibre-ebook.com
1 Like #8
Don't forget there is Project Gutenberg which has over 33,000 which have entered public domain because of their age; it probably has most of the classics by now.

A quick look on the top 100 shows:
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (657)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (630)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (469)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (428)
Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie (384)
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare (352)

Not bad for free!
3 Likes #9
Ilsyde
I'll never understand why a digital copy of a book costs more than the physical counterpart that needs materials, printing, transportation, storage etc.



I agree the price of ebooks are far too expensive, in most cases dearer than the paperback version. Even though ebooks attracts VAT I wouldn't pay more than 50% the price of a paperback for one. Since getting the Kindle last year I have bought several books from Indie authors for under £1 and have downloaded many free books from Amazon.

If you are interested in free books then please look at http://www.ereaderiq.co.uk/
where you can sign up for email notification of the new free books available from Amazon, some for only a short time.
#10
I've got an iPad and the kindle app is one I use a lot, whenever I see a free book I might like I just take it for later. I put a load of educational books on my daughters laptop. The only thing about kids having it us that they need a credit card on the amazon account and I'm not leaving mine on their accounts just in case the accidentally order some really expensive book( easy to do as books seem to be one touch rather than my normal long checkout ) . Bit if a pain having to put my details on and off every time even for a free book .
#11
I love my kindle, I use it every day on my commute. Even just reading the news from bbc news and sky news (3g version). I still buy cheap paperback s from charity shops though because they're so much cheaper than ebooks.
#12
I use my Kindle every day too, I have all of my work legislation in PDF format on there, and it makes it so much easier than carrying around a pile of books.
#13
SneakyNinjaPirate
Don't forget there is Project Gutenberg which has over 33,000 which have entered public domain because of their age; it probably has most of the classics by now.

A quick look on the top 100 shows:
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (657)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (630)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (469)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (428)
Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie (384)
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare (352)

Not bad for free!

Loads of these are free on Amazon as well [for Kindle] so saves having to convert them to .mobi files.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/b/ref=amb_link_158192067_2?ie=UTF8&node=434020031&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=auto-sparkle&pf_rd_r=14N53K9GFT8D1YP3ZJ7K&pf_rd_t=301&pf_rd_p=218901487&pf_rd_i=free%20kindle%20books
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Ilsyde
I'll never understand why a digital copy of a book costs more than the physical counterpart that needs materials, printing, transportation, storage etc.


Because the publishers don't actually want everyone to switch to eBooks yet. If that happened then Amazon would wield insane amounts of power over the publishers, as they would not only sell all the books but also control everyone's access to even read the book, and with that sort of power they would force their pricing model onto the publishers, possibly reducing the publishers stake in each sale.

Its better for the publishers to keep it a niche but growing segment for years, while other competitors to Amazon can get a footing in the industry (eg Apple's iBooks store), and while the publishers can define the de facto rules about what is and isn't acceptable for the digital distributors to do with their books. Incidentally there are a lot of rules about digital books which have yet to be ironed out, like what do you do about lending a digital copy of a book from a library? At the moment the Publishers don't wanna have to deal with that stuff and would rather physical books remained for a while yet.
#15
Faythur

Loads of these are free on Amazon as well [for Kindle] so saves having to convert them to .mobi files.


All the downloads I've done from Project Gutenberg have been in Kindle format - no conversion necessary.....
5 Likes #16
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51UFKlA-1BL._SL500_AA266_PIkin3,BottomRight,-18,34_AA300_SH20_OU02_.jpg

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Kindle Price: £1.01

Edited By: kowalski on Apr 19, 2011 09:36
#17
As someone who is living overseas my kindle is a great resource to download a range of books without needing to find an english language bookshop - The 3G and wifi connections make that so easy

as far as the sale books go there are around 200 and I spent about 10 pounds on books that I might not have bothered with othewise but at a pound Im willing to give them a try

Its also important not to compare too much the cost of top 40 supermarket paperbacks with general paperbacks - a paperback outside of the top 40 books wil usually cost you around 6-7 pounds and thats pretty much similar to the kindle edition

If you have any sort of disability - a UK version of bookshare has just been launched for people who cannot read traditional books - search for bookshare Uk for details
#18
thanks for this
#19
Slightly off topic, so apologies - I'm thinking of buying a kindle, and I would like some genuine feedback from users about the reading experience - specifically is it as similar to a real book as Amazon claim? Also does it cause eye strain the way prolonged reading from a PC/laptop screen would?

Any feedback (positive and negative) is most welcome.

I think this is a good deal btw - heated.

Edited By: datca on Apr 19, 2011 12:38
#20
It is very enjoyable to read on, for as long a time as you desire. Well worth looking into!
#21
datca
Slightly off topic, so apologies - I'm thinking of buying a kindle, and I would like some genuine feedback from users about the reading experience - specifically is it as similar to a real book as Amazon claim? Also does it cause eye strain the way prolonged reading from a PC/laptop screen would?

Any feedback (positive and negative) is most welcome.

I think this is a good deal btw - heated.


I should wear glasses to read but can't get comfy so just up the text size slightly and read happily for hours with no eyestrain or anything. Also it is nice to be able to lie down and hold the equivalent of hard back book without your arms aching and fingers throbbing from holding something heavy for hours on end. I would highly recommend it.
#22
thediamond
It is very enjoyable to read on, for as long a time as you desire. Well worth looking into!

Thanks.
#23
I prefer reading on Kindle to a physical book. The fre internet on the 3G one was really useful for a trip abroad recently, as was the 14 day free trial of the Times newspaper, which I was able to cancel before having to pay anything. When you add it all up, it's a great piece of kit.
#24
datca
Slightly off topic, so apologies - I'm thinking of buying a kindle, and I would like some genuine feedback from users about the reading experience - specifically is it as similar to a real book as Amazon claim? Also does it cause eye strain the way prolonged reading from a PC/laptop screen would?


No eyestrain at all, and I spend far, far too long reading off it. There is a very slight delay when you switch pages - about a quarter second or so that can get a bit annoying, but most of the time is pretty unnoticable...
banned#25
The biggest reason why eBooks aren't substantially cheaper than 'dead tree books' is that most of the cost of a book is not in the production of the book itself. It's more to do with things like royalties to the publisher / writer etc etc. The addition of VAT also plays it's part.

The book industry isn't quite ready to join the digital age and as a result, many of them have got together and decided they're going to 'set' prices for things like Kindle. In this day and age it should be considered price fixing but for whatever reason, they seem to be able to get away with it.

Amazon are good in that they will tell you if the price was set by the publisher. To that end, I won't buy any book (even 'dead tree') if a publisher is trying to force me to pay more for my chosen format.
#26
It beats me how people who enjoy reading (otherwise why buy a Kindle?) don't know how to download thousands of modern books for use on the Kindle for free (many of them not even available on Amazon) - for heavens sake people do a little research!
1 Like #27
Gonadius
There is a very slight delay when you switch pages - about a quarter second or so that can get a bit annoying, but most of the time is pretty unnoticable...

So kinda like turning a real page but quicker and less fiddly not to mention the deadly injuries you may receive from paper cuts? :D
#28
@RedSkywalker..
What are you referring to when you say "modern books" ?? Are you suggesting new releases can be got free? If so then not legitimately I presume.
#29
hard copies for me too... however I think one should be able to access a digital copy for free upon purchasing the hard copy.
#30
datca
Slightly off topic, so apologies - I'm thinking of buying a kindle, and I would like some genuine feedback from users about the reading experience - specifically is it as similar to a real book as Amazon claim? Also does it cause eye strain the way prolonged reading from a PC/laptop screen would?

Any feedback (positive and negative) is most welcome.



Reading from my Ipad hasnt caused me any eyestrain to date so you shouldnt have any problem with something that uses e-ink!
#31
Arther
So kinda like turning a real page but quicker and less fiddly not to mention the deadly injuries you may receive from paper cuts? :D


Yes, but you have to factor in the hand strain from bending the top corner of the kindle down to remember where you got to.....
#32
I JUST LOVE MY KINDLE BEST THING I HAVE PURCHASED IN A LONG TIME,EASIER TO READ THAN A REAL BOOK NO LOSING YOUR PAGE NO EYE STRAIN.I WOULD RECOMEND TO ANYONE
#33
Fantastic reader - as easy to read as a book, with none of the eye strain you get with an iPad or anything else that's backlit. Just like reading paper, which is exactly what the screen looks like.

Perfect for travelling - why cart the weight of several books around with you when the Kindle holds up to 3000 and you can pick and choose between them? Restarts at the page you were last at, too.
#34
Thanks for all the replies guys - very helpful to obtain objective feedback rather than trust the usual marketing blurb. I think I'm convinced now!!
#35
Newbold
Fantastic reader - as easy to read as a book, with none of the eye strain you get with an iPad or anything else that's backlit. Just like reading paper, which is exactly what the screen looks like.

Perfect for travelling - why cart the weight of several books around with you when the Kindle holds up to 3000 and you can pick and choose between them? Restarts at the page you were last at, too.

Is the Kindle backlit as well though? For example could you read it in the dark?
#36
Jimmyboy
Newbold
Fantastic reader - as easy to read as a book, with none of the eye strain you get with an iPad or anything else that's backlit. Just like reading paper, which is exactly what the screen looks like.

Perfect for travelling - why cart the weight of several books around with you when the Kindle holds up to 3000 and you can pick and choose between them? Restarts at the page you were last at, too.

Is the Kindle backlit as well though? For example could you read it in the dark?


No - not backlit. But neither is a book.

You read both in the dark with a light or a torch. You wouldn't want it backlit - that's why there's very little eyestrain with the Kindle, as against, say, the iPad.

Edited By: Newbold on Apr 28, 2011 20:00
#37
Newbold
Jimmyboy
Newbold
Fantastic reader - as easy to read as a book, with none of the eye strain you get with an iPad or anything else that's backlit. Just like reading paper, which is exactly what the screen looks like.

Perfect for travelling - why cart the weight of several books around with you when the Kindle holds up to 3000 and you can pick and choose between them? Restarts at the page you were last at, too.

Is the Kindle backlit as well though? For example could you read it in the dark?


No - not backlit. But neither is a book.

You read both in the dark with a light or a torch. You wouldn't want it backlit - that's why there's very little eyestrain with the Kindle, as against, say, the iPad.

I see thanks, guess thats another reason why the battery lasts so long.
How easy are they to read if you were laying on a beach in bright sunlight?
#38
Jimmyboy

I see thanks, guess thats another reason why the battery lasts so long.
How easy are they to read if you were laying on a beach in bright sunlight?


Very easy - just like a book, in fact. Go on - buy one. ;)

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