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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1035 on: October 07, 2009, 05:05:32 PM »
Good point. Didn't know there was a Kindle app for the iPhone. Guess screen size is a drawback on the iPhone, but other than that... yeah.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1036 on: October 07, 2009, 05:09:33 PM »
Anyway, that's not why I checked out this thread. What I was supposed to say was that Amazon is finally introducing the Kindle here in Europe, and I sort of want to try it. Anyone got one? Tried it? Good/bad experience?

I've looked at Kindles over peoples' shoulders. It looks too dark to me. I'm sticking with books.
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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1037 on: October 07, 2009, 05:58:30 PM »
Good point. Didn't know there was a Kindle app for the iPhone. Guess screen size is a drawback on the iPhone, but other than that... yeah.

The screen size is a drawback but in normal reading conditions I prefer it over the e-ink things I've read from.  The page flips instantly on my phone, so that's an advantage over the Kindle, too. I don't know where this business about backlit screens being tough on the eyes comes from.  Big e-ink, I guess.  A bright screen hurts my eyes in the dark, but you can always turn it down.  The main thing is resolution, and modern smartphones have really good resolution.

The battery thing is a plus for the Kindle, but you know what else has a really good battery life? Books.  Books, and remote controls, also. 

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1038 on: October 07, 2009, 10:38:54 PM »
Well, I'm about a quarter way into this Lovecraft book, and I hate him.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1039 on: October 07, 2009, 11:33:08 PM »
The only things I don't like on the Kindle are technical papers or books, or graphic novels.

For novels and newsfeeds and such, it's really nice.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1040 on: October 09, 2009, 01:12:53 PM »
What?! Kindle has graphic novels? That sounds kind of terrible.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1041 on: October 09, 2009, 01:24:45 PM »
Heh heh, no it does not offer graphic novels (which would be terrible). I was just citing that as an example of something the Kindle just can't do.

That heh heh is kind of creepy, but I'm trying to break the :) habit.

What?! Kindle has graphic novels? That sounds kind of terrible.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1042 on: October 09, 2009, 02:37:17 PM »
Graphic novel on the Kindle = person typing out 'heh heh.'
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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1043 on: October 09, 2009, 03:02:46 PM »
I managed to display some comics on a Sony Reader.  Only half a page fit one at once.  Wasn't terrible, wasn't great.

Comiczeal is as good as you can get with reading comics on the iPhone.  (You have to scale the pages to a resolution that doesn't lose any detail, and switch to a different format; .cbz files choke up a low RAM device.) It's not really worth it, you have to flick around so much to read a single page.  Nothing short of seeing the full, full resolution page all at once really works for reading comics with electricity.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1044 on: October 09, 2009, 03:09:00 PM »
I usually skip the graphics and just read the word ballooons anyway. 

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1045 on: October 09, 2009, 06:12:57 PM »
Graphic novel on the Kindle = person typing out 'heh heh.'

oof.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1046 on: October 09, 2009, 07:04:21 PM »
I usually skip the graphics and just read the word ballooons anyway. 

When I was a big comics reader (mostly Marvel, when I was a kid), I realized one day after plunking down $500-$600 in all, I am not at all a visual learner, and I was doing just this; reading the text just as quickly as I could just to get through the thing. So I quit.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1047 on: October 09, 2009, 07:47:58 PM »
I linger over the wonderful illustrations. Or at least take note of them.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1048 on: October 09, 2009, 11:13:42 PM »
I linger over the wonderful illustrations. Or at least take note of them.

Yeah, I have to examine the pics. Comic books would be pretty short without them.
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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #1049 on: October 09, 2009, 11:15:29 PM »
Oh and I'm currently about halfway through Slaughterhouse 5 which I'm loving so far. I know I should have read it a long time ago but better late than never.
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