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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    I much prefer a book to reading something on a electronic device.
    I have to be around computers all day and the last thing I want to do is stare at a screen to read something... (a bit contrary being a mod here)
    Yet you are here on the computer.
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    Only because I am stuck in the office today
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    I loved reading novels of different types at work when I was getting paid to sit on my butt . Now there are just to many other choices stealing my limited time ... I did like reading in bed but nowadays bed is something you do as a last resort when you cant keep your eyes open any longer ...
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    Default Re: The changing face of publishing

    Quote Originally Posted by Clouded Out View Post
    You can install the Kindle app on most PCs and tablets. You have given an interesting answer, thanks.
    You're welcome. I'm a bit circumspect about downloading any Kindle apps on to non-Amazon hardware or software. The only Kindle app that I could find in the Google Play Store (Chrome/Android repo) isn't compatible with my ChromeBook. The Nexus 7 Android compatible Kindle app contains ads and I don't know anything about its updating cycle. In my experience many Android apps can be problematical and some even end up as abandonware. They can often cause conflicts with other apps and can create other problems (freezing). I'd hate to invest a shed load of money into Kindle books and then discover one day that I couldn't access or read them. I can't find any Kindle apps in the Ubuntu repo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty Barlow View Post
    You're welcome. I'm a bit circumspect about downloading any Kindle apps on to non-Amazon hardware or software. The only Kindle app that I could find in the Google Play Store (Chrome/Android repo) isn't compatible with my ChromeBook. The Nexus 7 Android compatible Kindle app contains ads and I don't know anything about its updating cycle. In my experience many Android apps can be problematical and some even end up as abandonware. They can often cause conflicts with other apps and can create other problems (freezing). I'd hate to invest a shed load of money into Kindle books and then discover one day that I couldn't access or read them. I can't find any Kindle apps in the Ubuntu repo.
    Bummer. Kindle apps seems to be running fine on my Androids phones and PCs. I understand your hesitance to commit to a particular eBook format. However, I fear it just a matter of time when most books go electronic. Amazon started as a book store, I doubt they will abandon Kindle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigzmey View Post
    Bummer. Kindle apps seems to be running fine on my Androids phones and PCs. I understand your hesitance to commit to a particular eBook format. However, I fear it just a matter of time when most books go electronic. Amazon started as a book store, I doubt they will abandon Kindle.
    Yes, it reminds me of competing operating systems. UNIX and Linux preceded Windows, and IMO were always superior, but Windows became ubiquitous for a while and virtually became synonymous with the term 'computer'. Inevitably there is now Android (Linux) as the world's most popular mobile OS. Apple are also gaining in this market, more or less to the detriment of Microsoft.

    Linux distros are still holding at a few percent of the desktop market, although I think with recent developments from Microsoft (particularly telemetry in Win 10), OS X and Linux are becoming more desirable alternatives. Chrome OS (Linux) has taken off with the recent popularity of ChromeBooks. In fact, there is a beta program in the most recent Chrome update that will enable Linux apps to run on Chrome. Google scraping is still an anathema to many but it has to be seen in context as it costs a lot of money to develop secure and compatible software. I don't begrudge Google making a profit from my anonymised data (as long as I can still block third party cookies).

    When I download an ePub book onto my Nexus 7 it automatically syncs it to my ChromeBook. This is very useful for me and I can and do read a lot in ePub. Maybe I'll chance a Kindle app on Android one day, but I just can't see me shelling out any spondoolies on Kindle books.
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    I'm not old but I am 'old school'. I prefer reading paper books.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingclinton View Post
    This is something I can relate to!
    Where I work the folks across from us in the complex do book binding. The owner invited me for a tour of the facilities just this week.
    Walking in you are bashed over the head with that new book smell, it felt like I had died and gone to heaven.
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    when travelling books are weight. I used to do a lot of projects where I was on site for 6 to 8 weeks at a time. To take enough book to read for that period would take a lot of space and be heavy (you would be surprised at what paper weighs). In this scenario e-books win.

    That said there is nothing like a nice thick solid book in your hands.
    I did a lot of business travel at one time and had the same problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty Barlow View Post
    Yes, it reminds me of competing operating systems. UNIX and Linux preceded Windows, and IMO were always superior, but Windows became ubiquitous for a while and virtually became synonymous with the term 'computer'. Inevitably there is now Android (Linux) as the world's most popular mobile OS. Apple are also gaining in this market, more or less to the detriment of Microsoft.

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    When I download an ePub book onto my Nexus 7 it automatically syncs it to my ChromeBook. This is very useful for me and I can and do read a lot in ePub. Maybe I'll chance a Kindle app on Android one day, but I just can't see me shelling out any spondoolies on Kindle books.
    There's loads of stuff you can read for free on Kindle or a Kindle app.
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