I'm a big fan of my Kindle, but there's just something about reading a real book that gives me the warm fuzzies. Do you agree with this prediction, or are you a die-hard physical book proponent?
The price of the Kindle has been taking a nosedive recently, but some of you still aren't buying. For those of you who are taking advantage of the new sticker price, you're going to need to decide on which books to load onto your new tech toy before you take off on your next reading trip. Want some help? I have six books ripe for the picking that satisfy your need for all things geek, entertainment, knowledge, social network, and business domination. Check 'em out right here.
If you're proud of your growing collection of ebooks and audio books you've amassed over the years, but want another place to find interesting titles, then listen up — Librophile is a website that lets you search free and priced ebooks and audio books Audible all in one place.
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Previously known as "Papyrus," the SNE-50K is pretty petite: it's got a 5-inch screen and weighs 6.5 ounces (perfect for slipping into a small bag). Pricing (converted) is about $270, and hopefully it'll stay in that lower range when it comes to the US.
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Who's not a fan of the geeked-out hotel?
Of course, there are still a handful of tech-unfriendly hotels, but these hotels are not anywhere near that list: the Epic Hotel in Miami and the Gansevoort Hotels in New York City, Miami, and Turks & Caicos are offering their guests free use of Sony Readers and eBooks.
NYC's Algonquin Hotel has already been giving its hotel guests access to Kindles — and did I mention that at the Epic Hotel, you get poolside Sony Reader access? Yowza.
This would be great if you forgot your travel reading, or even if you just wanted to give an eBook reader a shot while you're on vacay. Do you think this is something you would end up taking advantage of during your hotel stay?
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Although I like the idea for more than one reason (it's more eco-friendly than printing up millions of pages worth of text, and you wouldn't have to lug around your school books everywhere), it isn't quite coming together for me. Sure, digital text books would be amazing, but who's going to provide the eReaders? Will the State of California buddy up with Amazon to furnish a Kindle to every student, or will they just reside online? Additionally, what about those families that don't have computers? There's a lot of questions to be answered, but while the state is ironing out the details, what's your take on textbooks going digital?
Last year for Valentine's Day, Sony showed off a limited-edition pink eReader that came loaded with 14 Harlequin novels.
Well this year, they are offering the Digital Book (PRS-505) in not just red, but Sangria Red. This Limited Edition 60th Anniversary Harlequin reader is coming stocked with 16 Anniversary Harlequin eBook titles and a free copy of Secret Fantasy by Carly Phillips. It'll also feature an embossed cover.
Expect to see this reader on the Sony Style website later this month for around $300.
Author Neil Gaiman and his publisher have reported that giving away eBooks of his novel American Gods earlier this year ended up selling more books for him in the long run. Ask Radiohead — it turns out that giving people free things actually ends up being amazing promotion!
I've been tempted to buy the Kindle plenty of times, and now that I have the eReader app on my iPhone, I'm looking forward to purchasing and reading eBooks, something I don't do very often. I won't turn my back on "real" books, I just like the option of having another vehicle to get my reading in on. What about you? Like digital music, have you started buying digital books?