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18 April 2011 @ 12:16 pm

I have an e-reader!

Impressions thus far: heavier than expected, though that’s partially its leather case. Doesn’t have a touch screen. Not certain I think that’s a minus, actually. Page refresh is a bit slower than I might like, but I don’t really know how fast a Sony or Kindle or Nook refreshes, either, so possibly 1-2 seconds is par for the course. It’s also an older model, because I’m cheap and got a refurbished one rather than a new one, so a new one might move faster. Either way I’m going to assume the slowish refresh rate outweighs (as it were) the inconvenience of carrying and storing physical books.

Of course, now I need to find out where I can buy epub and mobi books (or pdf or rtf or whatever, just as long as it’s 1. legal and 2. not DRM). Specifically Kate Elliott’s COLD MAGIC, which I’m dying to read and which has been #1 on my to-buy-when-I-get-an-ereader list since it came out last fall.

Help me, Intarwebs! You’re my only hope!

(x-posted from the essential kit)
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on April 18th, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC)
Touch screens are nice, but they do seem to make the screen a bit less clear. If they were as responsive as the touch response you get on phones and iPads and the like, then it would be worth the while, but on the Sony, it's more like an ATM screen.
Bryantbryant on April 18th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
Kate Elliott: here! Also check out Smashwords.com. More when I'm not running to work...
kitmizkit on April 18th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
Diesel Books apparently don't want me to give them money. Phooey.
Bryantbryant on April 18th, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
Well, now it's a quest. How about these guys? Kobo has its own reader but they list the BeBook as a supported reader for their ePubs.
Bryantbryant on April 18th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
Not messing around, me!

Google Books
Books On Board (may need to go through this process first)
And see also multi-format books from Fictionwise
The Green Knight: Spitting Cobragreen_knight on April 18th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
I'm currently in customer service hell with Kobobooks - I gave them $30 for an ebook, they did not give me the book, did not try very hard, and they utterly refuse to even acknowledge that I have asked for my money back - I'm now taking it to my bank's fraud department - so I would very strongly reccommend against them.

ruford42 on April 18th, 2011 01:07 pm (UTC)
Oooh...Please share the details if you find a decent source for ebooks! So far we've only been using laptops for eReaders namely because of the pricing and DRM issues, since the tablets with reading software cost just as much as a laptop and the bulk of the ebook outlets where I can find normally published works such as _Truthseeker_ and the local library only sell or lend books with DRM.
larah33larah33 on April 18th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
Check out this anthology. Great stories for a great cause!
kitmizkit on April 18th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
I already have a copy. :)
LurkerWithoutlurkerwithout on April 18th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
For my Kindle I either buy direct from Amazon or from Baen's Webscriptions site for the most part...
No Xtink is Xtink.goingferal on April 18th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
Fictionwise.com and Baen's website are both good resources. I've also had good luck googling "bookname ebook" (not in quotes) -- and it will turn up some ebook selling sites.
deliiriadeliiria on April 18th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
I get most of my books from kobobooks.com as they're usually cheaper for me than Amazon. Amazon, on the other hand, usually gets new releases faster than Kobo does.

you're pretty much out of luck on the no-drm front if you want to read new releases from most of the major publishers... luckily, removing drm is not terribly difficult and takes only a couple of minutes.