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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 81.154.251.221
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 08:43 am:   

My real-time reviews of ebooks so far:

The Far Side of the Lake Steve Rasnic Tem
http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/the-far-side-of-the-lake-steve-ra snic-tem/

Nowhere to Go Iain Rowan
http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/nowhere-to-go-iain-rowan/

The Haunted Grove Tim Jeffreys
http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/the-haunted-grove-tim-jeffreys/

WILD JUSTICE Edited by Ellen Datlow
http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/wild-justice-edited-by-ellen-datl ow/
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Des (Des)
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Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 81.154.251.239
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 03:49 pm:   

Erotic fiction taking off because of Ebooks:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9705000/9705312.stm
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
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Posted From: 92.232.199.129
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 05:42 pm:   

How are you finding the ebook experience, Des? I know you had been saying the paper book itself was an important part of the reading experience (same way I feel about it myself). Are you finding ebooks diminish the reading experience, as I guess you'd expected, or is that not happening?

Just wondering, like. I don't want to spark off any more arguments about ebooks as I know there are a lot of people here who feel very strongly on both sides of the argument. But I just wondered how you felt about ebooks now ...
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Des (Des)
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Posted From: 81.154.251.239
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 05:48 pm:   

I am far more positive about ebooks since reading them.
Des
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
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Posted From: 92.232.199.129
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 06:57 pm:   

Interesting! I wonder if I would if I tried it too? Possibly, but I have no intention of trying it as I have far too many real books on my TBR pile - an e-reader would just be a distraction for me, preventing me from reading those!
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Des (Des)
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Posted From: 81.154.251.239
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 08:29 am:   

Horror writer and scholar, Matt Cardin, on the demise of the print version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica:
http://theteemingbrain.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/on-the-demise-of-the-encyclopedi a-britannicas-print-edition/
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 94.197.127.59
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 08:26 am:   

I've noticed a few anthologies that would have been small press print books are now going straight to e-book. I suspect that's going to be the future way of these things.

I've also browsed a few of the books that first appeared as e-books and sold so many - probably due to the low price - that mainstream publishers have come in and produced print versions. Most of the books, you can see why they were turned down by publishers before selling well as e-books. But that said, an awful (ahem) humber of print books published by mainstream publishers are not as good as they should be.

I recently read a bestselling crime writer's book and forgot about character and plot and started having more fun enjoying the grammatical clangers. No one's perfect, but sheesh, let me get through a page or two without laughing...!
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Des (Des)
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Posted From: 81.154.251.231
Posted on Monday, April 02, 2012 - 09:04 pm:   

http://theteemingbrain.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/liberating-efficient-utilitarian -bloodless-the-evolving-kindle-experience/

An interesting article by Matt Cardin. Not one-sided.
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Des (Des)
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Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 81.154.251.231
Posted on Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - 04:25 pm:   

Since my real-time reviews of the four ebooks in this thread's first post above, I've now added:

The Two Sams by Glen Hirshberg:
http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/the-two-sams-glen-hirshberg/

The Book of Bunk by Glen Hirshberg: http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/the-book-of-bunk-by-glen-hirshber g/
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Des (Des)
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Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.148.168.131
Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 - 08:52 am:   

http://www.britishfantasysociety.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=2424.msg24831
Publicly written by a writer at above link:
"The ebook side of things is showing signs of grinding to a halt. Whether this is due to the glut of free ebooks on the market, or just the natural end of a good period of strong sales, I dont know, but as it stands, Ill be losing a big chunk of my income in months to come."

Is this a sincere personal perception or intrinsic reality regarding ebooks at the moment? I genuinely don't know.
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Jonathan (Jonathan)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.2.114.230
Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 06:23 pm:   

Certainly not our experience at Abaddon/Solaris. Sales still strongly growing.
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Craig (Craig)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 99.126.164.88
Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 06:43 pm:   

I gotta say, as far as reading screenplays goes?... This Kindle Fire has been a total godsend! The experience of reading scripts on it is wonderful: the device is not overly-large and hence less clumsy to read like than the iPad; nor is it awkwardly formatted as the traditional e-Readers were for me; the scripts are in pdf, so it's like reading one on a computer, but not as lousy as the computer-reading experience. I actually enjoy sitting down with a script again, and I'll just bet these kinds of things are going to be standard-issue in time, in Hollywood, if they aren't already....

But alas, that's screenplays, which no one but Hollywood ever wants to read.
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Stephen Theaker (Stephen_theaker)
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Registered: 12-2009
Posted From: 82.35.230.27
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2012 - 08:53 am:   

Ebook sales of my novels have certainly seen a sharp decline. From two sales on the day of release to zero every day after. The only possible conclusion is that the ebook bubble has burst!
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Jonathan (Jonathan)
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Posted From: 80.4.146.163
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2012 - 12:29 pm:   

Based on that? Obviously!

Seriously though, the general trend is upwards across pretty much all the publishers I know.
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.148.168.131
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2012 - 03:10 pm:   

Re-reading Stephen's post, I think he was being ironic.
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Jonathan (Jonathan)
Username: Jonathan

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 80.4.146.163
Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 10:24 am:   

Yus, I did realise that. I don't think my tone came across right in my post. Which is, alas, the way with message boards often.
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Stephen Theaker (Stephen_theaker)
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Registered: 12-2009
Posted From: 82.35.230.27
Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 06:18 pm:   

Your tone was perfectly clear, Jonathan!

Though to be honest, given some of the daft stuff presented as "evidence" in these ebook threads, I wouldn't have blamed you for thinking I was serious..!
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Hubert (Hubert)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 178.116.55.65
Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 08:56 pm:   

The ebook side of things is showing signs of grinding to a halt.

Belgium has completely missed the boat as far as the Kindle is concerned. Apparently people prefer other devices, primarily the iPad. But I can't say I see a great many readers using those either. So far I've seen ONE student with an iPad.
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.148.168.131
Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 11:03 pm:   

I, for one, am becoming more impressed with ebooks. I've just started my seventh real-time review of an ebook today.
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.35.236.200
Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 12:58 pm:   

Des - in the Hunchback of Notre Dame Frollo, the bad guy, looks from the printed novel in his hands to the cathedral. 'This will kill that', he says. Change is jarring, and big.
Hubert - loads of people read them here. I've seen more old ladies with them than anything. Funny how they can embrace the future while some younger can't (I still find it a difficult change myself).
BTW my pc is so slow I can't start new threads. It's very frustrating.
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.148.168.131
Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 01:07 pm:   

I've seen more old ladies with them than anything.
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My wife always has her Kindle with her. And she's not old. :-)
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Stephen Theaker (Stephen_theaker)
Username: Stephen_theaker

Registered: 12-2009
Posted From: 82.35.230.27
Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 10:55 pm:   

Ranjna's Kindle is registered to my account (so we can share books) and so by changing the name of her Kindle via Manage Your Devices on the Amazon website I can leave her sweet little love notes...
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Des (Des)
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Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.145.228.10
Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 08:50 am:   

Heard about this on the BBC World Service this morning:
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/bookseller-calls-hay-e-reader-ban.html
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 92.40.253.100
Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 10:14 am:   

I've decided to have a pop at putting some stuff up on Kindle. My theory was always that if my stuff was rejected it must be too shite to be in print and so should not be put into print. But seeing as I've a short book coming out at the end of July from Robert Hale, I decided I can reasonably follow the path an awful number of proper writers have taken and start putting stuff out as an ebook or two with the 'credentials' of being a 'properly published person'.

Also, to be honest, if I carry on doing the same thing I've come to the conclusion I'll just keep getting the same results. I had thought of trying to go the Small Press route with some of the stuff, but it seems the whole arena is forever on the brink of warfare and life's too short for that. I had a couple of agents half-interested in representing me for a project I had on the go but they were honest enough to say it'll probably not fly with publishers for commercial reasons and I'd just have a big photocopying bill at the end of things. So, to DIY ebook I shall turn, more for my own satisfaction than anything else.

I still have the feeling that self-publishing ebooks is a bit like masturbating in public, but I've read enough stuff recently to think an awful lot of 'proper publishing' is just a bunch of folk getting the publisher to toss them off in public.

T'ain't Shakespeare - but that's just the way it is, as Horny Bruce & The Range put it.
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Des (Des)
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Posted From: 86.148.175.188
Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 11:43 am:   

Congratulations on the Robert Hale book, Mark.
des
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Posted From: 92.40.253.85
Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 11:46 am:   

Ta, Des. You could do yourself a favour and not real-time review it! Besides, I can't afford the 300...
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 92.40.253.127
Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 11:47 am:   

That said, Mick's already seen an opportunity in the marketplace to start a price war and is offering to review books for 150...
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 92.40.253.34
Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 11:50 am:   

What the ebook is offering me is the chance to write what I want to write while knowing there is an outlet for it. The result of this has given me a confidence boost and I've first drafted 19 new stories so far this year, a record and a half for me. As well as revise a 90,000-word book I'd been writing piecemeal.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

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Posted From: 86.181.214.176
Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 02:44 pm:   

That said, Mick's already seen an opportunity in the marketplace to start a price war and is offering to review books for 150...

I'm prepared to negotiate a discount for bulk reviewing too.
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 92.40.253.98
Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 03:35 pm:   

He'll be on Dragons' Den next... Capitalist genius.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.181.214.176
Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 06:01 pm:   

...or The Apprentice:-

You're fired, no...
YOU'RE fired, no...
You're FIRED! Yep, that's the one!
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.130.103.73
Posted on Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - 06:00 pm:   

I no longer own music. I Listen to it.
I still own my books, though.
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.152.62.175
Posted on Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - 07:24 pm:   

How do you mean, Des? You got rid of your albums/cds?
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.130.103.73
Posted on Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - 07:46 pm:   

yes, 80% ofl my music is on iTunes or hard disc. Soon to be 100%.
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

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Posted From: 86.152.62.175
Posted on Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - 08:20 pm:   

Oh, it frightens me that idea, leaving things in the hands of technology. It's funny - it feels at odds with your views on books. I can sort of understand it though.
I'm just reading a lovely book by a Brad Watson - Last Days of the dog Men. A friend bought it for me nearly twenty years ago and I've only just started reading it. It's reminding me that 'formless' stories can work very well and be completely absorbing. And I know it sounds odd coming from someone who buys so many books and writes a bit but I've only really just started reading again full stop, a short a day while the wife is out doing keep fit and the kids are doing whatever it is they do. No telly, no radio. It's absolute bliss.

This all reminds me of the golden seventies again. Not having so much stuff, seizing chances to listen and watch when we could. Do you remember Jack Howarth and his little shed?
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Tony (Tony)
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Posted From: 86.152.62.175
Posted on Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - 08:22 pm:   

Not Jack Howarth. That country man with the beard and glasses. Had a hut by some tracks. Oh, dammit...
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Tony (Tony)
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Posted From: 86.152.62.175
Posted on Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - 08:23 pm:   

This man.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Hargreaves
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.181.214.176
Posted on Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - 08:30 pm:   

"Say what you will, the countryside is still..."
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Tony (Tony)
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Posted From: 86.152.62.175
Posted on Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - 08:30 pm:   

The last episode.
http://vimeo.com/27971819
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Tony (Tony)
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Posted From: 86.152.62.175
Posted on Wednesday, July 04, 2012 - 08:32 pm:   

It's incredible.
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Protodroid (Protodroid)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 109.79.97.32
Posted on Thursday, July 05, 2012 - 01:51 am:   

I have a very early memory of him on HOW! with Willie Rushton and others. I liked that at the age of 6 or 7. I think some people are born old.
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 99.126.164.88
Posted on Thursday, July 05, 2012 - 03:39 am:   

What else have you been/are going to be reading, Tony?... Me, this year, I seem to have (mostly) fallen under the spell of detective/crime/noir fiction. I've polished off 20 books so far, not all of them good by any means. But I find myself really enjoying the act of reading lately....

Yeah. Books, books, books. Piles of them, tossed aside, more to read. And?

... People will say to me, "Does it really matter if the Knicks beat the Celtics?" And I think to myself, "Well, it's just as important as human existence." -- Woody Allen, in a recent interview ( http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303768104577462701821348564.html )
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.152.62.175
Posted on Thursday, July 05, 2012 - 09:41 am:   

Proto, my youngest son has just started playing with the two kids next door, both quite younger than him, one by about two years the other almost half his age. I've never heard him sound happier. I think kids are at their healthiest when playing with a broad age range; I think it paves the way for parenting and responsibility, and makes the younger kids look up to their elders instead of fearing them. It's amazing what you realise when you have kids.

Craig - I really have been struggling to read. Next on my list though is A Glastonbury Romance by John Cowper Powys. It sounds fascinating. I'm really enjoying the Brad Watson.
(BTW I've just had two stories in a row accepted recently by upcoming anthos - I feel fantastic. This after having my own anthology proposition (to me, not from me) bite the dust. Still, it was a propostition for a while...)
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Joel (Joel)
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Posted From: 217.37.199.45
Posted on Thursday, July 05, 2012 - 01:15 pm:   

Well done, Tony.

I usually have at least two propositions turned down at every convention. One on Friday night and one on Saturday night.
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.152.62.175
Posted on Friday, July 06, 2012 - 11:16 am:   

:-(
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.37.199.45
Posted on Monday, July 09, 2012 - 01:26 pm:   

What's up, lad? Was it just the silence on this thread?
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.151.109.99
Posted on Monday, July 09, 2012 - 02:36 pm:   

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/web-hits-delete-on -magazines-12year-archive-7920565.html
Sounds worrying for web archives?
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.151.109.99
Posted on Monday, July 09, 2012 - 03:21 pm:   

False alarm, I believe. So good news and all's well that ends well.
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 99.126.164.88
Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 06:18 pm:   

Fiction ebooks now outsell hardcovers: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/18/books-ebooks-idUSL4E8II5LB20120718
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.178.159.240
Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 07:36 pm:   

There's some funny pricing about too. Yesterday on Amazon the trade paperback version of a book I looked at was 9.99, the ebook was 11.49.
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Craig (Craig)
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Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 99.126.164.88
Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 07:49 pm:   

That's really disgusting, Mick. Charging more like that, for what constitutionally costs far less to produce. And is never going to be as palpably enjoyable as physical books, however much even I'm beginning to capitulate, reading things on my Kindle.

I hate greedy fucks. Maybe for brand new books, I might relax it. But I often look up various authors' old books that have long since faded out of print, and they want these same exorbitant amounts? It's just going to make piracy fester....
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Mark_lynch (Mark_lynch)
Username: Mark_lynch

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 92.40.254.98
Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 - 06:00 pm:   

Places at which I have seen people reading a Kindle rrecently:

Dymchurch seafront.
Costa Coffee in Ashford.
Asda cafe in Huddersfield.
A doctors' surgery waiting room in Huddersfield.
King's Square in York.
Back of a car (a Peugeot, though I'm not sure of the exact model) on Marine Parade, Scarborough.

How many of the Kindles were displaying Fifty Shades of Grey, I don't know.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
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Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 92.232.199.196
Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 - 07:00 pm:   

"Back of a car (a Peugeot, though I'm not sure of the exact model) on Marine Parade, Scarborough."

That made me chuckle! Time was, young folk wouldn't be reading a kindle in the back of a car on the seafront!

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