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Thanks for the heads up! I had seen some of these, but not all of them.

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There have been many SFF books on sale lately over at Amazon. Here are a few I picked up that I have not read yet (plus a couple other listings that may be current):

Red Country by Joe Abercrombie $2.99
Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan $2.99 (looks like it's back up to $9.99)
The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks $2.99
Shadowmarch by Tad Williams $2.99 and book 2: Shadowplay by same author $5.99
Green Rider by Kristen Britain $2.99 and book 2: First Rider's Call by same author $5.99
Island in the Sea of Time by S.M. Stirling $2.99
Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay $2.99 and book 2: The Wandering Fire by same author $5.99

some others I either already had or did not buy:
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch Book 1) by Anne Leckie is $2.99.
Feed (Newsflesh Book 1) by Mira Grant is $2.99.
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth Book 1) by NK Jemisin is $2.99.
The Girl With All the Gifts by MR Carey is $2.99.
Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse Book 1) by James S. A. Corey is $2.99.
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate Series Book 1) by Gail Carriger is $2.99.
Rogues edited by George RR Martin is $1.99.
Sword-Dancer (Tiger and Del Book 1) by Jennifer Roberson is $2.99.
Shapechangers: Book 1 (Cheysuli) by Jennifer Roberson is $2.99.
In The King's Service (The Childe Morgan Book 1) by Katherine Kurtz is $2.99.
Prince of Fools (The Red Queen's War Book 1) by Mark Lawrence is $2.99.
Blood Song (A Raven's Shadow Novel, Book 1) by Anthony Ryan is $2.99 (I just bought this used in Hardcover).

some Mercedes Lackey:
The Serpent's Shadow (The Elemental Masters Book 1) $2.99
The Gates of Sleep (The Elemental Masters Book 2) $5.99
Winds of Fate (Mage Winds Book 1) $2.99
Winds of Change (Mage Winds Book 2) $5.99
Storm Warning (Valdemar: Mage Storms Book 1) $2.99
Storm Rising (Valdemar: Mage Storms Book 2) $5.99
Magic's Pawn (Last Herald-Mage Book 1) $2.99
Magic's Promise (Last Herald-Mage Book 2) $5.99
The Oathbound (Vows and Honor Book 1) $2.99
Oathbreakers (Vows and Honor Book 2) $5.99
The Black Gryphon (Mage Wars Book 1) $2.99
The White Gryphon (Mage Wars Book 2) $5.99
Joust: Joust #1 (Dragon Jousters) $2.99
Alta: Joust #2 (Dragon Jousters) $5.99

There are a bunch more SFF listed, too many to copy here... Check the Kindle forum thread titled "Discounted / Price Dropped Kindle eBooks IV" and look at the last couple of days' postings. These sales are short and subject to end without notice.

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4/21/17 4:27 P

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Oh I hear you there. At least currently I can borrow ebooks from my local library; no idea what will happen with that though since libraries are losing federal funding.

Many years ago, I was active on a very active book forum that had a lot of both readers and authors on it, and I remember when the e-readers were first presented to the public. There was a lot of arguments and discussion over what the pricing of e-books--and a ton of disagreements. From that discussion, and discussions since then, these are my thoughts on the matter:

1) Authors deserve to be paid, whether you get their words digitally or on physical paper. Most authors don't make a lot of money of individual book sales as it was, and I can understand why the authors on that forum were upset at the suggestion that they don't get paid, or paid less, for books sold as e-books. It took the same amount of work to write, regardless of the final formatting.
2) Editors, likewise, still need to be paid.
3) The people who design and put together the books--whether digital or physical--still need to be paid. E-books are tricky to format; that's obvious from the number of books I have read that were professionally edited and formatted that still have errors in them-errors that are not in the print version of the book (since my husband prefers paper books and I prefer digital, we sometimes own both editions).
4) That all said--and those are important--e-books shouldn't be as expensive as the print copies because they have much lower warehousing (digital space is cheaper than physical warehouses full of books) and because they have a much lower materials cost.
5) E-books should be cheaper than print books because the materials cost is actually paid by the customer separately, as they have to buy the device (e-reader, phone, computer, tablet, whatever) that they read said book on. The cheapest e-readers are what, around $50? And they go up significantly from there. Plus, as I can attest since I'm now on my third kindle and my husband on his second, these e-readers do not last forever. They eventually die and need to be replaced. So while it's rare for me to need to buy multiple copies of a physical book once I own it, with electronic readers that doesn't seem to be the case.
6) E-books should be cheaper because you don't actually own the book, you own use-rights for the book. This is important because not only does it limit your ability to lend books (if the publisher lets you lend them at all) but it also limits your being able to resell the books (and used books are a big market for both sellers and buyers) and you can't pass them down to someone else. I have inherited a lot of books from family members over the years. While I can say "my niece gets these books" or "my best friend inherits these books" in my will when it comes to paper books, I can't pass on my e-book reader use rights.

And yeah, for someone on a fixed income, it is very limiting, especially since it completely eliminates the used books market from the e-book scene. Back when I was on an extremely limited income, I didn't have an e-reader so that wasn't an issue, but I was heavily dependent on used bookstores for my books. Even now, I rarely pay full price for e-books (only for books that I know I will re-read frequently) and even then I won't pay as much as I do for the print version. And ridiculously, sometimes the e-book versions are MORE expensive?!? That is absurd.

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4/21/17 12:48 A

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My main problem with the ebook situation is the price. Since the lawsuit against the price fixers the price has gone up for ebooks, not down. I'm on a fixed income and cannot afford to pay $10 or more for a book I want to read. Secondly, I don't feel like I "own" anything with an ebook, but copies of bits and bytes. That doesn't cost $10 or more to digitally copy to send to me. I can't loan the book or donate it when I am done, it is not a physical object worth that kind of money.

I am all for the concept, and I love that many of the books I want to read are available from the library as ebooks on the Kindle, although my local rural library is tiny and has almost no selection and huge wait lines to check something out. I have memberships to Brooklyn Public and Philadelphia to help with that (at $50/year) but it saves me big money in the long run @ $10 or more for most books I would like to read. Also those large libraries have many copies available so the wait list is short, or none.

Still, many books are not available to me because of income or they are not available through libraries. I don't like that digital e-media is available for those who can afford to pay only, and the prices seem to be getting higher the more people sign on and pay those ridiculous prices. I see many new releases on Kindle selling for the same or more money than I can buy a brand new hardcover for, I consider that to be a rip-off.

I have elbow issues that are pushing me toward ebooks more frequently, and I do love my Kindle Voyage with the adaptive back-lighting, that is my preferred reading device. Most of the time, even if I own a paperback that I want to read that I found at a garage sale or flea market I will double check the library sites to see if it is in for the Kindle and I will choose that version and donate my paperback when I am through. I am trying to clear my bookshelves of physical books too; moving them all to a new house was a major chore and I now have a "library room" of books I picked up used. I have cut way back on buying used physical books since the library memberships. But if I had to replace all of those books with Kindle editions at regular prices though I think I might spend tens of thousands of dollars for a few hundred dollars worth of books.

Doug
West Michigan

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I have had a Kindle now for about 8 years. There are a lot of reasons why, including a lot of travel for work, but the straw that broke the camel's back so to speak was a vacation we took where we had an entire suitcase for books--it was small, but it weighted 50 lbs which was the weight limit, and we had to check it (we also had a few books in carry on with us). In total we had 15 books with us--both my husband and I are readers--and people gave us a hard time about taking so many books but between us we read all but 1 book on that trip. With the kindle, we take two devices, which are both smaller and lighter than a paperback book, and have access to not only all the e--books we own, but it's easy to download new ones if we want while we're gone. The other major bonus of e-books is that we are badly running out of shelf space, with no room for expansion. Since I haven't figured out yet how to fold space and time, virtual books definitely have a strong appeal!

When we moved (about three years ago now) I shifted to reading almost exclusively e-books for two reasons. The first was that we were in a state of flux for a long time (we moved three times in 6 months and it was an utter nightmare) and our books were in boxes for almost a year. They still aren't completely shelved (mostly because I haven't figured out where to put the last of them--they are unboxed, just not shelved). The second is that the problems I've had in my hands and elbows for literally over a decade flared up really badly the last year of grad school (right before the move) so I literally can't hold most paper books. The kindle is light enough it doesn't hurt to hold, plus I can prop it up if I need to and still be able to read it. I am in the process of getting the hands etc. fixed but in the meantime e-books mean I can keep on reading!

Zanna (or Zannachan), from Michigan
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I've had my kindle for a year or so, and I am officially obsessed. I just have a couple of complaints, and the first one is that without seeing the cover and author name whenever I pick up or put down the book, I can never remember the names of things! It's actually a little frustrating, because I'm big on discussing and recommending books.

The other thing that freaks me out has to do with how publishers are trying to wiggle around our copyright rights when we purchase a book. When we buy e-books, we're essentially being downgraded from an "owner" to a "licensor." Cory Doctorow put it WAY better than I ever could in this article:

thevarsity.ca/articles/23855

Seriously compelling reading, guys. Gives me a bit of the heebie jeebies... enough that I only purchase mass market, pulpy type books on my kindle, and still buy the stuff it's important to me to keep in physical form.

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I just got my Kindle yesterday. I love the idea of going on trips and taking 10 books with me. That's a MAJOR plus for me! Kindle is very cool, but I don't think I'll ever give up paper books at least until they no longer make paper books.



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Have you guys looked at the Barnes and Noble "nook?" It will be available in January and is able to read PDF files (so you'd be able to read your manga on it!) plus it has a little color touch screen at the bottom for the menu--and this can show the cover of every book in your "library." I am waiting for my store to get the tester (oh yeah, and you can try one out in the store before you order...) to see if I like it as much as I think I will. One other thing I like is that you can download pictures for your screensaver.

I have played around with the kindle, too, but I've been waiting for some newer e-readers to come on the market...



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I'm new and this is a little late, but I love,love,love my Kindle!! I got it about 3 or so weeks ago for my b-day. You can take it anywhere. I still buy books, I keep some authors books. The only drawback, like someone said is not all books are on there...yet, but there are sooo many it's really not that big of an issue.

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It takes about a week to get used to a kindle. Then suddenly the rest of the world starts to fall away while your reading just like when you read paperbacks.

I love my kindle. The only draw back I've experienced is not every book is offered in an electronic format or worse, book 1, book 2, and book 5 are but books 3 and 4 were left out for some reason.

I have a DX now as I'm a bit of geek and scanned my manga into PDFs to read. For regular books though I wish I had kept my kindle 2.

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Wonder of wonders - my sons and my husband are plotting how they can pool their money to buy me a Kindle for Christmas - how much they will have to save each week and how many books they can get me to start. I have to say that I am utterly amazed - these are the three men who are constantly saying that I read too much and that I have too many books. Hmmmm, maybe the mitigating factor here is that they think I have too many books and a Kindle would solve a lot of that. With our limited space, I can see their point. I have stacks of books in a lot of places that weren't designed to hold books, LOL.

I will believe it when I open it, but I have my virtual fingers crossed, along with my toes and anything else crossable.

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Thanks, once I have enough money to buy one I will research more about that, maybe even ask Amazon.

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On the Kindle, the books download through the Sprint telephone network, so if you get that in Portugal, I would guess that you could download books. I think I would do some serious research, though, before I shelled out that kind of money for one, just to find out that it didn't work. And there might be some kind of international cell phone fees that would make downloading books extremely expensive.

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I'd love to have a Kindle too, however I cannot buy one from Portugal (at least not at Amazon). Anyone knows if I buy it from eBay, will it work outside the US? (I mean, will it download books or even connect at all?) There are so many books to read and at such a good price!

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I want one so badly I can't stand it!! But, unfortunately, I cannot afford one right now. Books-A-Million sells a Sony reader that is $60 cheaper, but requires a computer to download books. I am planning on asking for one for Christmas, but now I have to decide which one to get. I really want the Kindle, but $60 is at least 6 book downloads, lol.

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My teaching partner loves to give me a hard time about my kindle...and one day...i saw her point. We sat down to read with our students and i grabbed my kindle and flicked it on...and realized that i had forgotten to charge it...and i was in a really good spot too! lol...after that i ordered two more chargers...now i have one at school and at home...and one that stays in the car for when i travel.

but i so get the "withdrawal" issue.

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My husband has the new one and loves his. The buttons are smaller and better positioned, but I still like mine. He uses the Ipod to read at night in the dark. I always carry my Kindle with me, just in case, so I don't need the back up. I got the red leather cover which makes it easier to find. I actually lost one on the plane when it fell down the side of the seat, and I didn't see it, assuming I had already packed it up. I went through withdrawals and had to buy a new one immediately! LOL.

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Hiya Madgeb!
I got one for Christmas too. I do love it. My only complaint...which i think they worked out with the second kindle is that the page turning bars are so big that i often hit them.

But I do love the smell of a new book (am i exposing my nerdiness too early in my new team? lol)

the ap for the ipodtouch and ipod phone is a nice feature and it lets you access your kindle books from there...comes in handy when you left the kindle behind and you are waiting in a dr's office with back dated copies of field and stream :)

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Not at all. It's easier to lay down flat and easier to carry. The only thing I miss, oddly, is seeing the cover page and title.

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How is using a kindle compared to an actual book? Do you miss holding a book in your hand and turning pages?

If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams, and endeavors to live the life which they have imagined, they will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. - Thoreau


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I have a couple hundred books and stories on my PDA. It also holds my address book, some photos, music and a couple of games. I take it with me everywhere.

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Has anyone tried the new Amazon Kindle? I got one for Christmas as a new gift, and I love it. I can get any book on it and download it in seconds. I can keep all the books I've read in one easy to carry place. I'm always reading, but the book always changes. I would often put it down to do something and couldn't find the current one because my house would end up littered with books. I have boxes and boxes of books to unpack since my move in January. It's great to have the Kindle and I can instantly pull up a new one or reread an old one. Does anyone else have one?

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