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Old 12-01-2013, 09:01 AM
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Three of Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy books are on sale today, for all your BDSM political intrigue semi-fantasy needs.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:02 AM
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Whole bunch of Cyber Monday books for Kindle. Just checked the Science Fiction section and it's full of Mary Renault , Octavia Butler, Barbara Hambly titles with a few Tim Powers , Theodore Sturgeon , and Tek Wars stuff.

[EDIT] Also lots of Robert Silverberg, James Morrow, and Jonathan Carroll. Lots and lots of books by a few authors.

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Old 12-02-2013, 11:12 AM
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Lots of Allen Dean Foster, too!
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:51 PM
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Apropos of nothing, a facebook discussion has made me decide that a much less lame name for "e-reader", which sounds so late 90's, is "bookulator".

Carry on.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:52 PM
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I wonder if it won't just turn into "reader" soon, myself.

Not that I don't want "bookulator" to catch on, mind you. Who wouldn't want that?
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:13 AM
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In the old days, we called it the "pageless".
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:55 AM
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Most people I know just call them Kindles, regardless of actual brand.
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Old 12-07-2013, 11:05 PM
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I just call them the best thing ever.
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Old 12-18-2013, 12:30 PM
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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is a Kindle Daily Deal today.
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Old 12-26-2013, 04:33 AM
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Regency fans, there's a whole lot of Georgette Heyer on sale! It's making me giddy! Mostly not the ones I've seen recommended on the front page, but if you pick one and scroll through the "other titles" bar you can see others on sale for $2 more easily than digging through the 200 book daily romance sale. Also lots of other romance books with SEALs and stuff (but not time-traveling Viking SEALs).

Anyone want to recommend the top Georgette Heyer books from the sale?
I've seen Cotillion (not on sale) and A Civil Contract recommended for Bujold fans, and I saw These Old Shades recommended frequently when here works were out of print.

Also some Raymond Feist that isn't the original Riftwar so I haven't read it.

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Old 12-26-2013, 06:57 AM
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Woo, thanks for the heads-up! I've never read Heyer, and this seems like an excellent opportunity. I picked up six.
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Old 12-27-2013, 06:42 AM
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Today's Kindle Daily Deals include a whole lot of Dennis Lehane and three out of four of Robin Hobb's Dragon Keeper books.
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Today's Kindle Daily Deals include a whole lot of Dennis Lehane and three out of four of Robin Hobb's Dragon Keeper books.
And more Trad-Regencies! I'm liking M.C. Beaton / Marion Chesney quite a bit, but her books are short enough that I won't get them if they're not on sale.
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Old 12-28-2013, 04:07 AM
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Soulless is on Daily Deal today and it's the most fun I had reading a book this year so please buy it for two dollars. Thanks.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:11 AM
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Soulless is on Daily Deal today and it's the most fun I had reading a book this year so please buy it for two dollars. Thanks.
I already bought it! Comedy of manners + fantasy elements = relevant to pretty much all of my interests.
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:39 AM
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NOS4A2 for $2! and more Joe Hill and other horror books. Is the del Toro Strain trilogy any good?

Also Roald Dahl books for $3. And those collective-universe Mongoliad books that I've been afraid to try even though Neal Stephenson is involved.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:45 AM
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I had the first Mongoliad book on Lend and was enjoying it okay but didn't finish it; it was good enough I got all of them at $1.99 each for random reading fodder.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:59 PM
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Is the del Toro Strain trilogy any good?
Nah and I say that as a Del Toro fanboy.

Chuck Hogan is dead weight, the writing is flat, the characters stock and the story not all that great.
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Interesting tidbit: If, for some reason, your reading time in the corner of your Paperwhite should get messed up, hit the search on the toolbar, then type in ;ReadingTimeReset

When you go back, it will recalculate your reading speed, solving the problem.
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:21 PM
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I just learned that the newest iteration of the Nook e-ink no longer has physical buttons or a micro-SD expansion slot.

The lack of buttons is annoying. The lack of expansion makes it a non-starter for me, especially since out of 2GB only 250MB are accessible to the user for sideloaded content on my current Nook. That's fine -- with the additional 32GB micro-SD storage. The new one is 4GB but only 500MB is accessible to the user. Granted, it took me four years to fill the 250MB, but I only just started buying a majority of my books from Amazon within the last year or so.

It'll be a couple years before I'm in the market for a new ereader, barring accident, so hopefully they'll have resolved the expansion issue (it's proving to be a very unpopular choice in product reviews). If not... well, I guess I'll be shopping around.
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:36 PM
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I remember someone recommending Silverlock in here when it was a daily deal. I haven't read it yet, but its sequel, The Moon's Fire-Eating Daughter, is a daily deal today (in Canada at least).
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Old 01-18-2014, 04:48 PM
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I noticed last night that Wolf Hall is $2.99 and I don't know why the price dropped ( I didn't see it in any of deal pages) so who knows how long it will last.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:00 AM
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Kindle Daily Deal for The Golem and the Jinni, which I read positive reviews of last year.
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Old 02-01-2014, 08:26 AM
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One of today's Kindle Daily Deals is Chuck Wendig's Blackbirds.

Note that in this case, "urban fantasy" is not code for "supernatural romance".
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:26 AM
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Also new Monthly Deals, so far I've found Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón for $2.
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Old 02-02-2014, 06:38 AM
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Daily Deal: Feed by Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire is $2.
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:33 PM
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C-c-c-crossposting!

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Why is it so freaking hard to find a good edition of Macbeth on the Kindle? The cheaper versions don't include line numbers (kind of critical for any classroom use), but the fancy critical versions are stupid and don't get to the actual play in the preview! Yes, it's very nice that you give a glimpse of your scholarly introduction, but that doesn't really give me any idea of how the hell you laid out the text of the, you know, PLAY!

Anyone have any good experience reading Shakespeare on the Kindle? Or should I just bite the bullet and get a dead wood version?
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:26 PM
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Line numbers just aren't how e-ink displays want to show things, since they're designed to allow the reader to change font/spacing and the text just adjusts as best it can.

The plays are at gutenberg.org if you want free versions but you don't get line numbers. You'd want a PDF formatted for a tablet as an ideal ebook.

I'd just get print editions if you need the formatting.
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Old 02-25-2014, 06:44 PM
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There's a very nicely formatted edition in the kindle store that could easily have line numbers added (it's easier in a play than prose, because the character and lines are already set somewhat apart, and it isn't a problem if lines reflow, it's all about easy reference), it just doesn't have them. I bet they'd make money if they did an edition targeted at academics and charged more for it (say, $20); there's a lot of benefit.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:24 PM
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Line numbers just aren't how e-ink displays want to show things, since they're designed to allow the reader to change font/spacing and the text just adjusts as best it can.
But screen format doesn't matter with poety/Shakespeare. Lines are lines, no matter how they break on the page.

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There's a very nicely formatted edition in the kindle store that could easily have line numbers added (it's easier in a play than prose, because the character and lines are already set somewhat apart, and it isn't a problem if lines reflow, it's all about easy reference), it just doesn't have them. I bet they'd make money if they did an edition targeted at academics and charged more for it (say, $20); there's a lot of benefit.
$20 would be way too steep, unless you are saying he complete works.

Really, the $6 ones probably would fit my needs, but since they are dumb and don't get to the actual play in the preview, it's hard to tell what's even going on.
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