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Sir Able Brush Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2019 6:48 a.m. PST

By Andrew Field… anyone got it, think it's worth it?

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2019 7:41 a.m. PST

I have all of Andrew Field's books on the Waterloo campaign and all of them are highly recommended.

coopman09 Mar 2019 8:06 a.m. PST

It's certainly dirt cheap for the Kindle right now.

Sir Able Brush Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2019 8:36 a.m. PST

I've never mastered reading a book on a device – still like the pages

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2019 10:23 a.m. PST

I have long had it on my Kindle (I simply cannot find room for any more books). The snag is that it is so difficult to flick backwards and forwards.

Any account of what Grouchy got up to desperately needs maps (and plenty of them, a total lack, not one, in Dawson's Grouchy). You simply cannot read maps on a Kindle. The device is said to be slowly drifting into obsolescence, but I find it great for novels and for travel.

Korvessa09 Mar 2019 10:39 a.m. PST

I'm with Sir Able

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Mar 2019 11:10 a.m. PST

I WANT my paper !!!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2019 2:47 p.m. PST

A few points on e-readers.
1. A series of experiments has determined that it is possible to read text from a book or e-reader while consulting a map or OOB from an entirely different book.
2. Electrons fold very flat when not in use, so kindles are a very great savings on space on your shelves or when traveling. (Try packing your favorite 100 novels for a trip to Lancaster any other way.) And the font can be any size you need it to be. You will some day appreciate that, if you don't already.
3. It also fire and theft-proofs that part of your collection. Buy a new kindle, and all your previous kindle books are right there.
4. That said, as the kindle titles approach four digits, you can have a terrible time finding the book you want--unless you remember the exact title--and it is consistently harder to find a particular passage in an e-text.
5. I would also hate to have my only copy of a book anyone might with to censor on my kindle. Considering that Amazon is now wholly owned by the Washington Post--yes, I know it wasn't supposed to be that way--I figure it's only a matter of time before my e-copies have "offensive" passages edited.

Welcome to the 21st Century. As an old SF fan, I knew all along that the future wouldn't be perfect--just different. But I'll admit some of the details continue to surprise me.

gamershs09 Mar 2019 10:12 p.m. PST

You can download an app to your PC and read your Ebook on your PC (Apple or Windows) don't know about Linux. When I get tired of my Kindle I put the Ebook on the big screen.

You can form your Ebooks into sub directories on the PC and keep track of your Ebooks that way. I like the Pern series and all my Ebooks of that series are kept there.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2019 4:38 a.m. PST

I don't care for Kindle or any other device for books.

Having the actual book in hand for work, research, or pleasure reading is much easier to my mind and much more practical.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2019 4:39 a.m. PST

Considering that Amazon is now wholly owned by the Washington Post

I believe that is incorrect. Both are owned by the same man, but both are independently operated as far as I can find out.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2019 4:41 a.m. PST

…I simply cannot find room for any more books…

That was indeed a growing problem for me years ago and we added a new room to the house to be a library and it has worked out very well.

I'm not recommending that course of action, but it worked for me and I'm quite happy with it.

dragon610 Mar 2019 9:05 a.m. PST

I would also hate to have my only copy of a book anyone might with to censor on my kindle.
Burn them to disk. Also burn a copy of kindle that will read that version. Then you own what you bought insted of ‘renting'

Paranoid? Why yes

Tony S10 Mar 2019 10:27 a.m. PST

don't know about Linux

Although personally I can't stand reading on my PC – aside from reading the free samples to see if the book is worth getting – absolutely you can read Kindle books on linux. Either read it with your browser using the Kindle cloud reader, or you can download the Windows version of the Kindle reader for PC and run it through wine, or if you convert it to epub, you can read it anywhere with anything.

I find using opensource Calibre software to organize my book collection really helps.

I used to think I could only read books on paper, until I got a Kobo for Christmas. I was totally wrong! I haven't bought a single hardcopy book for years now. Just yesterday I was reminded how awesome ebooks are. In a fit of nostalgia because I remember reading the Hornblower series when I was young, I bought the Hornblower series – all of the novels and short stories – plus another eight or so of his other books for C$4.00. Mind you, I can do that since I'm Canadian. If you live in the EU it should be released by 2037, or if you're American you can pick it up in 2062. Unless Disney changes the copyright laws again.


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