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The end of print


dcash29 9 1.9k England
6 Sep 2010 6:13PM

Quote:e-ink displays are formed of pixels which are black on one side and white on the other, and changed by passing an electric charge through them. So one they are in the position, they will stay there until the page is refreshed whether the unit's power is on or off.


Thanks most interesting

Is it solar powered?

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LensYews 5 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 6:17PM

Quote:Is it solar powered?


I've not heard of a solar powered one yet, but that's probably just a matter of time.
StrayCat e2
10 15.0k 2 Canada
6 Sep 2010 8:11PM

Quote:There seem to be a large number of ebook formats and, if you look at the table at the end of this article, there appear to be significant incompatibilities.



Of course there are compatibility issues CB, same as with RAW files from digital cameras.

This is a brief explanation of Calibre, which is free. Download it, and go to Project Gutenberg, and download a few free books to see how it works. It covers all of the formats in use today, and will convert automatically any book to the format you want when sending to your ereader or any other device. I don't download books directly into my reader, I download them into a File I created for Calibre, and then add them to Calibre as a link, where they are sorted and the metadata edited as you wish. It is a very simple process, and you can read your books on your PC or laptop using the Calibre program. It take up very little memory for what it does.

If you use the proprietary program for your ereader, it is naturally designed to steer you towards buying books from them. Calibre is not designed that way, it uses preferences set by you, and is extremely user-friendly.
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
7 Sep 2010 12:38AM
I don't like this thread. sad-light.jpg



It's made me want to buy a Kindle. blush-light.jpg

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(Although I have a strong feeling it would end up gathering dust, in one of my cupboards, after a relatively short time!)
StrayCat e2
10 15.0k 2 Canada
7 Sep 2010 4:01AM
There's never been a better time.Wink
7 Sep 2010 11:28AM

Quote:It's made me want to buy a Kindle.


It's Kindled a burning desire to own one, has it CB? Wink
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
7 Sep 2010 12:14PM

Quote:

It's Kindled a burning desire to own one, has it CB? Wink



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It's far too easy to buy things these days - a few clicks of the mouse button and your money is gone! Sad

I need to check what is available for the device. Most of my books are reference books on various subjects. I'm not really a reader of fiction these days.
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
7 Sep 2010 3:39PM
I think it's OK to buy from Amazon. This is their returns policy:


Quote:If for any reason you are unhappy with your purchase, you can return it to us in its original condition within 30 days of the date you received the item, unopened (with any seals and shrink-wrap intact) and we will issue a full refund for the price you paid for the item.


But.......... the small print needs checking: there might be exclusions (as with Argos's 30-day returns).
Snapper 9 3.8k 3 United States Outlying Islands
7 Sep 2010 6:33PM

Quote:unopened (with any seals and shrink-wrap intact)


So you open it and try it and then they won't take it back? Quality service!
csurry
12 9.2k 92
7 Sep 2010 7:01PM
With the US sourced kindle, most technical books were only recommended for the dx model, which is not yet offered from UK.

Only the smaller version is as far as I can see offered from amazon.co.uk

Quote: If for any reason you are unhappy with your purchase, you can return it to us in its original condition within 30 days of the date you received the item, unopened (with any seals and shrink-wrap intact) and we will issue a full refund for the price you paid for the item.


How do you know whether you are (un)happy with it if you have not opened the package, CB?

(Not that I have had any problem with Amazon where the purchase was defective in some way).
StrayCat e2
10 15.0k 2 Canada
7 Sep 2010 9:42PM
Chris, have you encountered any obstacles yet due to the proprietary nature of the Kindle?
Kris_Dutson 12 8.2k 1 England
7 Sep 2010 10:08PM
I wonder if you could borrow one from a library? Wink
StrayCat e2
10 15.0k 2 Canada
7 Sep 2010 10:10PM
You could buy one inthe US or Canada, and possibly make money on it over there.Smile
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
8 Sep 2010 12:27AM
I mentioned the Kindle to a book-enthusiast friend this evening. Predictably, he described it as an "abomination" !! Grin

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