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#2326 OFFLINE   RasputinAXP

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:17 AM

mandatory, they'll always be on your lockscreen.

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#2327 OFFLINE   BubblePuppy

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:40 AM

Engadget is reporting that the ads might be optional.
http://www.engadget....ew-kindle-fire/
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#2328 OFFLINE   Drew2k

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:58 PM

Engadget is reporting that the ads might be optional.
http://www.engadget....ew-kindle-fire/


CNET heard directly from Amazon that ads can not be removed.

http://reviews.cnet....stuck-with-ads/

(Engadget got its info from email forwarded from a customer who heard from Amazon customer support, so it's likely the customer support did not know!)


This seems to be final... until Amazon backs down after losing customers to Google's Nexus tablet, or someone comes up with a way to block the ads, that is...

#2329 OFFLINE   BubblePuppy

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 04:53 PM

One thing I've learned in cases such as this is never use the word "never", hence my use of "might be". Only time will tell what Amazon will decide. Amazon might cater to the will of the buying public. Then again Amazon might not.
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#2330 OFFLINE   djlong

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 06:32 PM

It's Android 4.0-based. That means someone will come out with a lock-screen replacement that will eliminate that 0.4-seconds that I would see an ad if I go for one of the new Fire HDs.

It's not like they interrupt what you're doing to throw ads at you - like just about every site on the internet.

#2331 OFFLINE   davring

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:09 PM

If its only in the lock screen, who cares, I don't sit and stare at the lock screen.

#2332 OFFLINE   Rich

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 09:45 AM

I wanna see that 20" Sony tablet. That, I find interesting.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 09:53 AM

I wanna see that 20" Sony tablet. That, I find interesting.

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I was reading about that. It's bigger than my laptop. :lol:

http://www.androidce...gantic-vaio-tap

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#2334 OFFLINE   Rich

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 10:01 AM

I was reading about that. It's bigger than my laptop. :lol:

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Wonder how much it costs?

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#2335 OFFLINE   BubblePuppy

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:58 AM

Never say never.

Amazon caves in, will remove ads from Kindle Fire for $15 fee
Newly announced option will strip ads from home and lock screens.

by Jon Brodkin - Sept 8 2012, 8:35pm CDT
http://arstechnica.c... - All content)
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#2336 OFFLINE   Carl Spock

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:16 PM

I just received a Kindle Paperwhite. I ordered it a week or two ago and they said it wouldn't be here until Christmas. Instead, I have it for Thanksgiving.

I wanted just a reader, not a full-fledged tablet. There is still an iPad in my future. The Kindle can be a rough-n-tumble piece on which I can read books and not worry if it gets scratched. I also didn't want to read off of a computer-type screen. I find that tiring.

I paid an extra $20 for no ads. That was a pretty cheesy move on Amazon's part, as was needing to pay an extra $10 for an AC adapter. $150 total. Not bad for a piece with a lighted screen.

I'm surprised how expensive books are. Many times the paperback costs more than the digital copy. I was going to buy Walter Issacson's biography of Albert Einstein, a book I've wanted to read since it came out, and found out the paperback version was cheaper than the Kindle one. So I still haven't bought the book. Maybe I'll just get it from the library.

I did get one of Laurie King's Mary Russell mysteries and David Frum's new e-book on the election. I think what I'll use it for the most, though, is to read the New York Times every morning. This will finally put a death nail in my subscription to the La Crosse Tribune. It's not much of a newspaper.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:23 PM

Try looking for it in your local library. They may have a ebook of it.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:34 PM

I have a ColorNook that's a couple of years old. I actually use my Motorola Zoom for reading more than the Nook. I've read all of Tony Hillerman's books about the Navajo cops in the last year and a half. Now I'm on the 6th book in the Longmire series. I occasionally get a digital book from the library as well. Ereaders just make it so easy to have several books at haqnd while traveling.
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 03:05 PM

I just received a Kindle Paperwhite. I ordered it a week or two ago and they said it wouldn't be here until Christmas. Instead, I have it for Thanksgiving.

I wanted just a reader, not a full-fledged tablet. There is still an iPad in my future. The Kindle can be a rough-n-tumble piece on which I can read books and not worry if it gets scratched. I also didn't want to read off of a computer-type screen. I find that tiring.

I paid an extra $20 for no ads. That was a pretty cheesy move on Amazon's part, as was needing to pay an extra $10 for an AC adapter. $150 total. Not bad for a piece with a lighted screen.

I'm surprised how expensive books are. Many times the paperback costs more than the digital copy. I was going to buy Walter Issacson's biography of Albert Einstein, a book I've wanted to read since it came out, and found out the paperback version was cheaper than the Kindle one. So I still haven't bought the book. Maybe I'll just get it from the library.

I did get one of Laurie King's Mary Russell mysteries and David Frum's new e-book on the election. I think what I'll use it for the most, though, is to read the New York Times every morning. This will finally put a death nail in my subscription to the La Crosse Tribune. It's not much of a newspaper.

Of course, I like the Kindle because it's just like a Star Trek PADD. Posted Image


The issue with ebooks being more expensive than the printed version started when Apple and the publishers wrecked the previously established wholesale model and instituted their "agency" model. They have / are being sued by the DOJ for it but the settlement is ridiculous and does nothing to remedy the damage that's done / being done to consumers. I've had a Kindle since the 2nd generation first came out and it is amazing how much more I pay for books now than I did 3.5 years ago, it is at least 50% more on average.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 03:37 PM

Just bought my wife a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7") yesterday for $170 plus a free SD card.

She's been using her Nook for a couple of years now, but reads a lot on my Transformer instead cause she likes the lit screen better. Now she can read and do everything else - our days of strictly readers are now over.

I'm also going to be purchasing each of my boys one of THESE for xmas so they'll stop borrowing my tablet.

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:30 PM

I have had a Nook Color for nearly two years (rooted and currently running Android Jellybean). I mainly bought it for reading and figured the tablet features were a nice extra, but I found the battery life too limiting for reading several hours a day and bought the cheapest Kindle (I considered the paperwhite model but the quoted wait at the time was nearly two months). If I hold the power button for several seconds it turns off without displaying the ads.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:33 PM

I just bought a Nook Simple Touch w/Glowlight reader as I just wanted something small to read books in bed. Nice little box, smaller and lighter by far than my original Nook.

As for book prices, well you can spend a lot on books if you want to, but you don't have to. I've been getting free books legally for my Nooks and iPad ever since I've had them. Many classics, plus new authors or established ones writing something in a new genre, and of course there is the Bain Free Library.

When I buy, I doubt that I've paid more than $3 for any book.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:25 AM

I'm surprised how expensive books are. Many times the paperback costs more than the digital copy. I was going to buy Walter Issacson's biography of Albert Einstein, a book I've wanted to read since it came out, and found out the paperback version was cheaper than the Kindle one. So I still haven't bought the book. Maybe I'll just get it from the library.

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Check with your library and see if they rent or loan out ebooks. My local library has an extensive list of them, generally available as free 14 day loans. After 14 days, you have to reapply for the privilege of reading the book.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:56 AM

Ad I don't know of they still require it,but HarperCollins announced last year that libraries would need to repurchase ebooks after they had been checked out 26 times.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:04 PM

Check with your library and see if they rent or loan out ebooks. My local library has an extensive list of them, generally available as free 14 day loans. After 14 days, you have to reapply for the privilege of reading the book.

My library has a ton of ebooks on the Kindle format. Thanks for the tip from both yosoyellobo and you. They didn't have the Issacson biography of Einstein I was looking for as an ebook but a hardback copy is available. A hardback book...how quaint. ;)

I found it weird that they can only have a three copies of most ebooks checked out at a time. That must have something to do with the publishers. Is this normal?

I was right about reading the New York Times on the tablet in the morning. It was great today. I can see this becoming a habit. The Kindle subscription also gives me an online subscription so I don't have to monkey with various browsers on multiple computers to read the NYT, getting 10 free stories each.
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 01:08 PM

It doesn't have to be three, but they only have so many copies.

You won't find the Issacson book in ebook format at any library. His publisher is Simon and Schuster and they along with Penguin don't allow libraries access.

RandomHouse and HarperCollins (though with limits if HC still does that) do, but there's a potential merger with Penguin. Not sure which way it'd go with libraries. But then News Corp is in early talks to buy Simon and Schuster, to merge it with HarperCollins.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:45 PM

Carl, I've been reading our local 'Charlotte Observer' in PDF form on the iPad for 2 years or so. Their digital subscription is $1 per month with the paper sub, which I cut to weekends.

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