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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #45 on: November 18, 2011, 01:23:39 PM »
My Kindle Fire has just shipped, I'll try reading on it but doubt it will be any better for eye-strain than any other back-lit screen I've tried.  But maybe it will surprise me.

Pretty much want it for streaming video and web browsing, so I'm not stuck at my computer if I want to watch The Daily Show or The Colbert Report.


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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #46 on: November 21, 2011, 11:38:08 PM »
 Been testing out the Kindle Fire tonight.

 Needs some tweaking to the silk browser to get it running faster, but it still has trouble displaying some sites correctly, I got opera mobile installed on it and that is way better.

 Pretty good player for Netflix and Amazon streaming video. 

 Still not sure about reading on it, some night I'll have to sit and just read for an hour to see how it goes.  I'm pretty sure my Kindle 3 will still be the one I'll use for hours of reading.

 The carousel launcher is kind of goofy, once you get a bunch of stuff pinned into the favorites under the carousel that's the best way to launch stuff you use a lot.
 
  Not putting any way to organize books is a big step backward, probably will get corrected with a software update eventually.  But it's easy to put the books you are currently reading into favorites and then remove them when you are done reading them.
 
  The touch screen is either too sensitive or not sensitive enough depending on what you want to do, for launching you have to hold your finger on the icon, when trying to type it's so sensitive it triggers before your finger touches the screen.  Hope that can be fixed in a software update as well, I can type on the tiny iPod keyboard with fewer mistakes than on the Fire.
 


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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #47 on: November 23, 2011, 03:22:56 PM »
Last night I read for an hour on the K Fire, used black text on sepia background, with the screen brightness turned almost all the way down.  Didn't notice any eye-strain but wasn't real comfortable either, switched back to my e-ink kindle and read for 2 more hours and was much more comfortable.

Also the reflective screen is a problem, needed the area behind me to be dark, and not too much light on my face or it gets reflected back, not that noticeable when watching streaming video but bothersome while reading.

So, slightly better than I was expecting (no headache after an hour).  Still worth it if you want a tablet device for mostly video and web access, with reading being the secondary function.

Update:  Finally got around to trying out PDFs, way better than the e-ink Kindle due to the Fire having standard Adobe reader and the touch screen, so they look just like on a standard computer and the screen size isn't a problem since you can zoom and pan so quick and easy.
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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #48 on: February 13, 2012, 05:40:01 PM »
So, a recent blog from a friend of a friend, thought people might be interested, or not, ut it's on the topic of the thread.


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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #49 on: February 13, 2012, 06:38:40 PM »
What we're really losing, I think, is editors.  Any fucking jerkoff can now publish his incoherent, error-riddled piece of garbage as an e-book, instead of being vetted by people who know talent and can nurture writers.  Imagine some of the posters on here writing ebooks and I think you'll take my point.

I've thought about this as well, on one hand there is already a lot of crap published so no big deal, just more crap to ignore.  But on the other hand what about people starting out and could be helped to get better by working with the staff at a publishing company?  Or even established writers that might lose their focus if all they did was self publish?   


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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #50 on: July 04, 2012, 04:17:02 PM »
Been using this excellent utility to convert formats over to .mobi.
It has a neat feature to collect metadata on e-books from "generic" sources.
Also manages my collection. The demo video explains it far better than I can.

http://calibre-ebook.com/


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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #51 on: July 24, 2012, 06:07:57 PM »
It seems Amazon finally got sick of the hackers that were turning their 3G kindles into free hotspots.  They have limited general web browsing to 50MB a month, still unlimited to Amazon/Kindle stores and Wikipedia.

About the only thing I ever use the web browser for on my 3G Kindle is weather radar maps, so I doubt I'd ever hit even the low 50MB limit.


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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #52 on: August 21, 2012, 12:31:01 PM »
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What we're really losing, I think, is editors.  Any fucking jerkoff can now publish his incoherent, error-riddled piece of garbage as an e-book, instead of being vetted by people who know talent and can nurture writers.  Imagine some of the posters on here writing ebooks and I think you'll take my point.

The thing is, the more you know about how the publishing industry really works, the less you'll idealize it and wish for the return of the "good old days". I think Fred Reed covered it pretty well in a column from last year:

http://fredoneverything.net/AGA.shtml

Elderberry Press vs. Random House
Lo! The Wind Bloweth, Publishing-wise Anyway
August 28, 2011

"It took a while to get from Gutenberg to Bezosberg, but we is done did it, and the rats in New York are scurrying. Hoo!" Fred Reed

Suppose that you have written a book, maybe How to Blow This Pop Stand, Get Married in Thailand, and Live Happily Ever After, and you want to publish it as a service to mankind. How? You have three choices:

First Choice: A publishing house in New York. Bad idea, unless you are Hillary Clinton, which you probably aren't because she already is. The New York houses are withdrawing themselves from the book racket by a combination of incompetence, arrogance, avarice, and sloth. They have lasted this long only because there was no choice. But now there is a Grett Monstrous New Dog out there.

Kindle.
 
For publishing books, New York simply doesn't work very well. It is ossified, doesn't like writers or writing, and can barely read. You can't just send your manuscript to New York because they won't read un-agented manuscripts. You likely don't know an agent, so you buy Writer's Market and guess. Your guess doesn't matter because there are only two kinds of agents, those too important to bother with you, and those who are straightforwardly useless. You can spend years shopping agents who demand exclusive contracts while they don't sell your book.

Suppose your opus somehow gets to Random House. It will fall into the hands of a first reader, usually a Barnard co-ed with the brains of a trout fly, who likely has never been more that fifty yards from a flush toilet. She will know nothing about America, truck stops, life, or Oklahoma. She will bounce your book.

Think I'm kidding? Every so often some wag takes a classic, maybe Crime and Punishment, changes the names, and sends it to New York. Invariably it gets rejected, meaning that the first reader knows neither literature nor writing. This is what you are up against.

If by some mistake the book is accepted, you get a tiny advance or none and, a year later 5,000 copies get printed, of which 2,000 sell, maybe, because Random House won't promote it, whereupon it goes into remainders, and they have the copyright. Your book is dead.

Choice Two is Print on Demand, or POD. This is a better deal, if you know what you are doing. For about a half-grand, you email your outpouring, Sex and the Single Dromedary, to an outfit like iUniverse, which formats it for publication and sticks it on a hard drive somewhere. It shows up on Amazon and Barnes and Rubble just like Dostoevsky or the Bible and people can order it, but most likely won't. This is much better than the old vanity presses, to which you paid thousands and ended up with a garage full of moldering books.

Iuniverse will then pester you for the rest of your life trying to peddle various means of promoting your book, none of which will work, as iUniverse knows perfectly well. Every ten minutes you get a promotional call from some twit in sales. Reading from a script, he implies without saying that for a great deal of m,oney he will make your book sell better than the Koran. Sure. Any day now.

Choice Three is ebook, which means not only Kindle but Sony and the gang. I was preparing another collection of my lies and distortions, hoping to mulct unwary readers, when I got an email from David St. John at Elderberry Press, which I'd never heard of, wondering would I like him to publish my books in electronic form. Wow. An editor who actually looks for books to publish? Who talks to writers?

That's rare as virgins in the seventh grade. You don't call Random House and and talk to The Editor, or any editor, not even the Barnard trout fly.

It gets worse for the publishing scam. Elderberry can get your opus, Anorexia in the Three-Toed Sloth, by email, format it for Kindle, Sony, Apple, and probably parchment copyists and stone cutters, and put it up for sale on Amazon and the others—in about two weeks. At that point your novel, I Was a Teen-age Breast Pump, covers the entire earth like God and corruption, except maybe for North Korea, where God probably doesn't have coverage. Royalties beat hell out of New York. If like me, you want to include photos, just stick them in. Kindles don't handle color, but iPads do. To a server, photos are just more ones and zeros. It doesn't care.

Oh, and you keep the copyright.

New York? A dinosaur looking with vague unease at the thin film of ice forming on its swamp. Physical books aren't dead, but the green lines on the oscilloscope flatten and flatten. Kindles are selling deadly good. Amazon says it has 950,000 books in Kindle format. Anywhere that has cell phone coverage, meaning anywhere but the Greenland ice cap and the bottom of the Mariana Trench, you can download all 950,000 if the urge hits you.

Here's the killer: A little outfit like Elderberry can do ebooks, or for that matter POD, at least as well as Random House, and probably better. “Better” means the quality of the editor. The rest is software. Further, an electro-shop doesn't need delivery trucks, printing firms, big investors, pricey offices, a thousand employees, or chains of stores.

The flaw in this ointment, the fatal fly, is promotion. You pretty much have to do it yourself, perhaps with a web site, or the social media like Facebook and, eventually, word of mouth. In theory Borders can give you shelf space, except that Borders is dead. In a brick-and-morter book store, what do you see prominently displayed? The Wisdom of Oprah. And I Was Godzilla's Mother, by Janet Napolitano. And Jane Fonda's Salad Book. And The Persephony Diet: Lose Weight by Eating Pure Chicken Fat. Everything else is shelved where nobody will ever see it.

Yes, I know, some people—chiefly old ones—say they just love the feel of a book, that these new-fangled computer thingamabobs will never be as satisfying. Bet me. The rising generations don't read, but they are happy not doing it on a portable screen. It's new world. Countless horrible books will see publication, but also good ones that New York wouldn't touch. Some means will evolve of sorting this mess out, maybe websites run by tasteful reviewers who will slog through the sludge, finding emeralds. It's going to be decentralized, free-lance, beyond the control of big companies.

New York? Nah. It's Kindle, Amazon, Elderberry, Gutenberg.org. That's all it is. Well, Audible.com too. Meanwhile the New York publishers still walk around, barely, while forethoughtedly decomposing, and then croak. Which they deserve. I will buy a case of Padre Kino red, and dance on their graves.


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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #53 on: August 21, 2012, 09:01:00 PM »
Jesus Christ. Angry much, buddy?

Seriously, again, the more you know about how the publishing business really operates, the less sympathy you'll have for them.

And besides, that's not Fred when he's bitter and angry. This is Fred when he's bitter and angry.


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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #54 on: August 30, 2012, 09:19:24 PM »
Amazon is sold out of the Kindle Fire.  Supposed to announce 2 new versions next week, rumor is 7 and 10 inch versions. 

  I'll be interested in the price on the 10 inch one, and how it rates compared to a standard android tablet.  Although I really shouldn't waste money on a tablet.  My iPod touch is now only used as an internet radio (built a docking station with a wall adapter and computer speakers), I hardly use any apps on the Fire anymore, only use it once in a while to watch video, and I will switch from the Fire to my Kindle 3 if I'm reading for several hours straight since the E-ink doesn't bother my eyes.


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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #55 on: September 06, 2012, 09:26:54 PM »
Amazon announced the new Kindles today.

Pretty sure they over reached with the Fire HDs, prices are too high, unless they really are as good as other android tablets out there I don't see the advantage.

I'll be looking for a display of that Kindle White in a store, that's the only one I might be interested in if it really is clearer and the "side LEDs into a diffuser" front lighting system really works.  If it had a 7" screen I'd get one for sure, since it's the same size as what I have now I'll wait to see it and read reviews, then decide if it's worth it.


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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #56 on: September 07, 2012, 08:26:31 AM »
The biggest problem is holding the tablet. It's so thin and you can't touch the screen so you end up having to pinch the little bit on the side that isn't the screen, and it wobbles and falls over when you start to get sleepy.

That's where putting it in a cover helps a lot.  You can hold it like a regular book, or prop it up on your gut like a book.  And for the e-ink one I clip the book light to the cover.  I can't used either of mine out of the case, especially the e-ink one, my hands cramp.


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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #57 on: September 07, 2012, 11:44:59 AM »
The cover I have on my Fire does the sideways folding thing, so you can rest it on stuff in landscape mode, but also works well as a regular cover.

  I have a really nice thick leather Oberon cover on my e-ink one, since that's only used for reading it nice to have a cover that feels like an old book.



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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
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Re: Generic e-Reader thread.
« Reply #59 on: September 10, 2012, 09:47:45 AM »
I have a nook. My question is, after hearing about "sideloading", how difficult is it to do and is it worth it? Thanks for any help :)
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