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The Biblio Files

The Biblio Files
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
January 01
We (Steve and Helen) irresponsibly gave up our promising careers in aviation and bookselling over ten years ago. Now books seem to have taken over our lives. We frequent libraries, bookstores, and thrift shops in search of interesting books. We buy/swap/sell, but mainly, we read. We both wear glasses and have been mistaken for librarians.


NOVEMBER 11, 2009 1:47AM

No Kindle? No Problem!

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One of my favorite Kindle features is "sample this book." For no charge, you can download the table of contents and the first chapter or two of any Kindle book and decide at your leisure if you want to buy the book and read further.


Now you don't even need a Kindle or other e-book reader to sample books in this way. You just need a PC (no Mac version yet, but Amazon promises it is on the way) and Amazon's free sofware.


In addition to providing sample chapters of the 376,000 books available in Kindle format,  Kindle for PC displays color. Lack of color for most books is no big deal, but graphic novels, childrens' books, and maps need color. 


Steve has recently started learning to play guitar, so we're going to try downloading music books (at the lower Kindle price). Music books would be much too small to read on a Kindle, but I think they'll look fine on a monitor.


Of course, I don't intend to start reading all my books on a PC now, but it does provide one more option. Try it out!


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So will you be able to read a whole book via this program, or just sample a book?
I just can't yet make that step to e-books. I know it's our destiny, but I'm holding out as long as I can!
Thanks for the tip. I have to say, thought, that I'm aligned with Procopius. There's something about holding that tangible print on paper that makes reading even more satisfying.
It's worth mentioning that Apple and Kindle have an app agreement that makes it possible to buy and read kindle books on your iphone or ipod touch. Many people (see Nicholson Baker's long review of Kindle 2 in New Yorker) actually prefer reading it this way to the Kindle. Better backlighting.
Melissa - yes, you can read whole books.

Stellaa, Hi. Kindle for PC is supposed to work with iPhone, too. That's interesting that you like iPhone reader, I thought it would be too small, but it's amazing how you can adjust.

Procopius, Coyote -- taking up ebooks doesn't mean giving up on real books. It certainly hasn't for us.

Juliet -- good point. Some readers like backlighting for the extra light, others like the e-ink non-backlit format for a sharper image. I like that there's a choice.
Oy, the word Kindle makes me shudder. I like paper, so I go to B&N to read first chapters. Okay, granted, I'm a dinosaur.
Thanks for the info though. R
My husband has a Kindle and loves it. I didn't realize you can get the Kindle for PC--that might be worth investigating since I am at an age where I would like the print to be larger, easy to do with an e-reader. Thanks for this informative post.
Another Kindle innovation. I hadn't heard about it, so I appreciate the post!
But I wonder (and wish I had the time and money to do it) what the break down of environmental costs for producing and distributing Kindles versus traditional books is.
My gut tells me that books are still more economical and affordable than Kindles.
I'm at least comforted that it will take decades if not longer before the beautiful books we know are relegated to the recycling heap.
Great post, again and good reading!