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Many months ago, my 16 gig MP4 player died. And one of the functions I most miss from it was the ability to read text files. Sure, the screen was tiny and hard to read, but I got more reading done with it (reading free fiction stories1 from the Internet) in one week than I do from paper books in three months. I don't know why this is, it just is.

Today I started looking at e-readers. The best one I've found so far, for cheap, is Nook First Edition. It doesn't do text files, but there are programs one can get for free online to convert text files to PDFs or ePub, which Nook can read. So that's not a problem. And for as cheap as $20 on eBay (with only $7 shipping), I'm going to start saving my pennies. Of course, I also told my parents about it, so maybe they'll get me one for my birthday and I can use those saved pennies for a nice staff, instead. (I checked out staffs at Moon Shadow earlier, and he had some for as cheap as $15. But the one I most fancied was a little over $17.)

And not only is Nook First Edition an e-reader, it also has wifi and a web browser and games, so I could use it in place of my laptop when I go out and about! I really really want one of these!

Anyway, wish me luck in getting a Nook!

1 = A mix of PG fanfics, free original stories people posted, and porn stories. :-D

This was cross-posted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1135493.html
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Apr. 17th, 2013 02:01 am (UTC)
I have a Nook 1st edition, and I absolutely love it! I do hope you get one, as they are awesome. They're not as powerful as the newer ones, nor are they very flashy, but they get the job done. You can share books with people who also have a Nook, so long as you have their email address, and you can "borrow" books from the library also. Not all books are sharable, but many of mine are, and I have a ton of books on it. If When you get a Nook, let me know and I'm happy to let you "borrow" some of my books.
Apr. 17th, 2013 02:24 am (UTC)
Cool! Because I'm not very likely to actually buy any e-books. Not until they make that digital copyright management stuff illegal, anyway.

What kind of stuff do you read? What authors do you like? You can get a good idea of my tastes from my Goodreads account. I think this link will work: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1512971.Tristan_A_Arts
Apr. 17th, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
Baen has decent rights management. They don't use it. Period. They *did* raise their rates back in December (had to do it to make them available on amazon). Still a bargain, especially if you are willing to buy one of the monthly "bundles.

The bundles are all the books released that month (usually 6 or so) for $18. Given that it's 9.99 for an ebook version of a hardback that means if you like only 2 of the books, you've saved money. Paperbacks are (as I recall) $6.99. And the authors get a much bigger royalty on the ebooks.

Also, you can buy the bundles up to 3 months before the actual release. And each month they make more of the book available. So for an April release, the full book is available on March 15. 3/4s of the book is available on Feb 15. And half is available on Jan 15.

The partial versions are HTML, but epub is one of the formats that the "final" version is available in.

Remind me Friday and we can gop over the whole bit.
Apr. 18th, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
I read and have a little bit of everything, but most of what I have on my Nook is historical fiction (mostly Roman, but some Egyptian and other eras) and classics. Barnes & Noble used to give away a free Nook book every Friday, and I usually downloaded it even if I didn't plan on actually reading it. Sometimes I really enjoyed the selection, sometimes I didn't get more than a few pages in before I archived it. That's also why I have a lot of classics: Barnes & Noble gave 12 away every week all summer long a few summers back. They still might be giving away books, but I've been so busy that I haven't checked in ages. I also have quite a few mysteries, sci-fi stories, and erotica, though I've hidden most of the last since I'm Nook friends with several of my cousins who would be clutching their pearls to know I read "such things". Most of those are free books anyway.

Once you get your Nook and we become Nook friends you can see what I have that's sharable. There's bound to be at least a few things that you could borrow.
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