I've had my Sony e-reader for at least 5 years. I read a lot when I'm on holiday and with all the weight limits on airplanes these days an e-reader with 1000 books or so on it is really handy. I was a bit reluctant in the beginning but I haven't read a paper book in years. I love my e-reader. My husband reads on his tablet (LCD screen) which is much more tiring for the eyes than the screen of an e-reader (e-ink). The only disadvantage is the price of e-books. I can't borrow them in our library and recent e-books (in Dutch) are still 6 to 10 euros per piece.
I have my second Kindle, the first one was the cheapo many years ago that didn't have a white screen. I decided I'd up grade myself so I can read in poor light. I find them very useful as it is small and light and I carry it with me whenever I go out. I use Amazon to find books and can easily filter through the rubbish to get to the subjects I want. It's invaluable when travelling or even just waiting outside the shopping centre for Mrs M to finish deciding she doesn't like any of the clothes on offer, but still has to check every rack in every shop, just in case.
I'm still reading paper books and have no intention of moving to an e-reader for now. I find that reading on a screen tires my eyes more than books do.
Bjd, you might like to try the Kindle app on a tablet or phone. It gives you options for changing font and size, also for background color -- there's a nice sepia for instance that doesn't glare at the eyeballs. If you get the app, you can then try out the links I posted in reply @26. I think you'd be very tempted by the idea of acquiring a nice little library of weightless books, most of which would cost no more than three usd. If you find you don't like it, you could get rid of the app and will have invested only a couple of bucks for a book that will reside in Amazon's cloud reader for you, should you ever change your mind.
Wasn't sure where to put this item I came across just now, but this thread should do. I know there are several history buffs on anyport and that Whatagain particularly knows about war history. Anyway, this is a super deal, has thousands of positive reviews, and ships internationally (not that impressive, considering that it's a digital book). Maybe others would like to share particularly well-priced finds on this thread as well.
D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944 Kindle Edition
Almost all accounts of D Day are told from the Allied perspective, with the emphasis on how German resistance was overcome on June 6th 1944. But what was it like to be a German soldier in the bunkers and gun emplacements of the Normandy coast, facing the onslaught of the mightiest seaborne invasion in history?
I don't know whether to thank you or rue the day. I've found books on Early Bird daily since you suggested. Among my purchases are, yesterday a Makine and today Amoz Oz' early short stories. This site is so much easier to use than the Kindle deals.
I prefer to read paper but so many now have fonts and font sizes that are difficult for these 80 plus eyes even with glasses. Too, I'm now reading in paper a couple of 900 pagers that are difficult for arthritic fingers to hold. The trade-off is that Kindles are easier for me to use but like studies have shown, with the Kindle copies I don't remember as much.
Ha ha ha, Huckle ~ you have only yourself to blame!
On August 31st, following your recommendation here on anyport, I ordered the Kindle edition of The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat. It was almost immediately after that order that I received a solicitation to sign up for Early Bird. Since September 5, I have ordered a whopping 37 books through the service, so I know exactly what you mean.
I hardly have any bookcase space in my house, but there is a one crammed over by the stairs over-filled with books which I've mostly already read, some of which are crap. There they are, existing mostly to be dusted until I have a chance to get rid of them. But my Kindle Cloud now holds a nice little library and only takes up the space of my tiny tablet.
I do enjoy the treasure hunt thrill of perusing deals formerly buried under loads of utter crap on Amazon -- I actually yelped with happy surprise the other day when I found a Joy Williams.
There are few books available to English readers on the topic of WWI in Northern Italy in the shadow of the Isonzo front. This won the Campiello prize for author Andrea Molisini and is now available for 1.99. One of my many rereads.
Well, it's late in the day to be posting this, but you might click anyway to see if it's still available at the $2.99 price in your time zones. This is one of the books Kindle lets you use your Kindle Credits for, so it might be even cheaper. Since I just finished reading Penelope Fitzgerald's The Beginning of Spring, which takes place in Moscow in 1913 and which I loved, the opportunity to spring forward many decades in Russian history seemed fortuitous.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A symphonic oral history about the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia, from Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post AND Publishers Weekly • Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • The Wall Street Journal • NPR • Financial Times • Kirkus Reviews
We haven't seen lugg here in a while, but when I saw this $3 deal, I couldn't help but think of her.
Any other horsey people here? No matter, reviews say such things as: “Hard to put down . . . One need not be an equestrian or horse lover in order to appreciate this story.”—New York Journal of Books
A 5★ reader review says in part: If you are remotely interested in history and in particular enjoy reading WWII books this is a winner! Gives a wonderful account of the efforts to save not only the Lipizzaner horses but also a number of other incredible Arabian horses stolen by the Third Reich. In an effort to create the "best German fighting horse" the Lipizzaner's were stolen from Austria and several other locations and taken to a stud farm.
I have never owned a Kindle, but have a 7" Windows tablet and an elderly 10" Android tablet. When I travel I use the 7" one for reading, but when I read at home I use the 10" Android. This is to say that I don't know anything about the experience of reading on a phone, although it appears many people happily use their phones that way.
At any rate, since the Kindle app is free, it seems easy enough to install it on a device and then get a cheap or free ebook to assess whether or not you might consider ebook reading on a regular basis. If you hate it, it is easy enough to simply uninstall the app. www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/kcp
Today's pick for fabulous savings and to demonstrate the enormous variety in ebooks is available here for a mere $1.99.