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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 12:41 pm 
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Eric hits the GMH blog with a great review of the Amazon Kindle! Check it out.

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Can't read it at work. I'm pleased to see the recent news that Amazon is releasing a Wi-Fi only version for just $139 next month. That'll probably get me to finally get one. I don't need 3G connectivity. If I'm ever in a place that doesn't have WiFi readily available and I want to download a new book, I can always turn my phone into a temporary WiFi hotspot. Kindles are cool.

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The new Kindle is pretty sweet looking. The design is a lot less toy-like than the first gen. I like the gunmetal gray version.

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Eric made me want a Kindle. So, his review is a success.

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The new Kindle is pretty sweet looking. The design is a lot less toy-like than the first gen. I like the gunmetal gray version.

Yeah, that gray version is hot. It's pointless, but I also love that they say the battery can last a month between charges. Crazy.

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I just found out that the downloads cost just as much as buying the paperback.

:lol: :loser: :lol: :loser: :lol: :loser:

AND that these things have black and white displays.

:lol: :loser: :lol: :loser: :lol: :loser:

[cue the Brazil soundtrack]

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I really liked the review Eric. I'm still thinking Nook over Kindle but I'm also thinking I'll wait a bit longer.

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I just found out that the downloads cost just as much as buying the paperback.

:lol: :loser: :lol: :loser: :lol: :loser:


And yet Amazon claims that they sell more digital books than they do physical books, so evidently they're doing something right.

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AND that these things have black and white displays.

:lol: :loser: :lol: :loser: :lol: :loser:

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I agree that the b&w display is a major drawback.

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And yet Amazon claims that they sell more digital books than they do physical books, so evidently they're doing something right.
They're not underestimating the idiocity of people.

Just like Apple does with their music download prices.

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Maybe if the Kindle downloaded old woman bodybuilder porn for free it would be higher than 6/10.

Then and only then.



But, I still want one.

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Ayberk:
1.) I've got 200 and some books on mine. Haven't paid for one yet.

2.) B&W is a fine trade-off, in my mind, for a display I can read easily in direct sunlight.

Red:
I turned off the 3G on mind and the battery lasted for the better part of a week, and was still at half-capacity when I recharged it. This is with constant reading (I'm at a beach house on the Connecticut shore right now, and I've read like four books since Monday) and occasionally turning the network back on to check email. Lasts about a day with 3G on, but much longer if you're just reading.

And having that 3G is nice, in places like this. I haven't been on this site, since the minimal browser makes it hard to navigate (I'm using my brother-in-law's AT&T right now), but it's been a nice bonus to be able to check email.


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I think the only real problem with the Kindle is that it's a single purpose device. I want to deal with fewer devices, not more.

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While I follow you, I think that single-purpose devices tend to fulfill their single purposes far better than jackknife-like devices that do nothing well.


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My mother wants to get Shoe Jr. a Kindle for Xmas. I'm inclined to tell her to take a pass and to stick to paper books.

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Get him a hooker instead. He'll appreciate it more.

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That's the reason Red is my go-to guy when it comes to getting parental advice.

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I'd stick with paper books for a while also. It's good to wait these things out and see whether or not there's a side effect... like on the Simpsons episode where Lisa sees the future and all those people who got Lasik had their eyeballs explode after 20 years.

I'll be getting a color Nook for Christmas, mostly because I now have an extensive back catalog of digital Ghost Rider, Captain America, Iron Man and Hulk comics plus every issue of Famous Monsters. The Nook will be my primary way to enjoy these without sitting in front of my computer.

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That's the reason Red is my go-to guy when it comes to getting parental advice.

You don't think he'd appreciate a hooker?

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As much as I love my books I'm running out of space. I've been thinking about picking up a Kindle just for the average paperback that I want to read.

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I'm running out of space for my hookers. Should I get a Kindle and take up reading instead?

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I now have .... every issue of Famous Monsters.


:shock:

How did you get? How can I get? Me want. :thumbs:


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caryc wrote:
I now have .... every issue of Famous Monsters.


:shock:

How did you get? How can I get? Me want. :thumbs:


Look for a torrent listing Warren Publishing in the title. Someone had it up in some of the usual places (demonoid, pirate bay, etc.) about four months ago.

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Holy shit! I'd love all the old issues of FM. Serious nerd alert, I still own every issue of FM (except the Star Wars issues which I sold) from issue 102 until they stopped publishing. I also have a smattering (maybe 10-15) older issues. I've always wanted to see the pics from FM33 which was the customize your Aurora monster model contest issue. I had all the Aurora monster models, too.

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Barnes and Noble NookColor for the win!

I picked one up Friday evening (after all the crowds were gone). Absolutely love its functionality. It doesn't use the eInk and the screen compares more with an IPad. You can surf the web with it and I was able to check e-mail and type e-mail very easily. I checked in on GMH also. Surfing the shop is easy and downloading content via the wireless network was a breeze.

Here's the reason it totally rocks though...

comics look awesome. I had to download ComicRack to convert my cbz and cbr files but once I got that dialed in, it's worked very well. I'm hoping they come up with an app that will allow you to read them in cbr/cbz format so you can see two page spreads properly, but that's my only complaint. I burned through a bunch of comics this weekend (Amazing Screw-On Head, Batman: Gotham by Gaslamp, Dethklok vs. The Goon, Jonah Hex 1 - 4, and a bunch of others). Also read HST's The Curse of Lono and Chuck Pahaliuk's Snuff.

I haven't played with the audio/video side of it yet. It does stream Pandora.

I have another week and a half to return it if I don't like it but so far, it's been nothing but win.

P.S. The Famous Monsters books had to be converted on ComicRack also as they were .cbz files. The output file is a PDF but Nook allows you to zoom if needed. The only thing I've seen that's annoying about this is that you can't bookmark PDFs. You have to remember where you left off. That's a small complaint overall in my opinion.

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I bought a Nook Color tonight for myself, it's charging at the moment and I've messed with it a little but so far it's pretty cool.

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Shoe Jr. got a Kindle for Christmas. I was pretty impressed with it and would definitely consider one if I could justify it.

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Don't buy a nook their customer service is horrible! They've charged me twice for a book that I still don't have.

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Don't buy a nook their customer service is horrible! They've charged me twice for a book that I still don't have.


That's interesting. I haven't had any problems with downloading from their marketplace. I had one issue with my nook not recognizing that I'd imported some books from my computer but I contacted customer service and they were able to help me right away.

I've been using mine nonstop since I bought it. Books I've read so far:

The October Country - Ray Bradbury
The Quick and the Dead - Louis L'Amour
A Scanner Darkly - Phillip K. Dick
Werewolves - Linda Godfrey
I Am Ozzy - Ozzy Osbourne
Fletch, Too - Gregory McDonald

Currently reading Keith Richards autobiography

And I've read a bunch of comics and magazines I imported from my computer including the entire 100 issue run of 100 Bullets and Famous Monsters of Filmland - Issues 1 - 5.

Currently reading the Vertigo comic Scalped which kicks major ass.

In short, I love my Nook.

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Does comic book reading work on the Nook? It would suck ass on the Kindle. Can you post a picture of what the screen looks like when you're reading a comic book?


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I want to know about comics on the Nook, too. I especially want to know if the Nook works with homebrew apps, because if it can get CBR/CBZ functionality I'd get one right away.

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Got to this post this morning and don't have my Nook handy to snap a picture. I'll try to do that tonight for you, Eric.

The Nook doesn't read CBR or CBZ files, but if you download ComicRack you can export those files as ecomic PDF files. The Nook reads those perfectly and that's what I've been doing. The drawback (obviously) is you don't get two page spreads, however that wasn't hard for me to overlook considering I could literally bring hundreds of comics along with me in something that weighs so little. I was reading in line, reading while waiting at the mechanic's shop, etc.

The colors are very good. I dimmed the brightness some and also bought an anti-glare screen cover but even so, they look good.

I'll try to remember to post a picture tonight for you. Honestly, this was the main reason I bought a Nook. I have plenty of books and could buy used books much cheaper than new books for the Nook, but the ability to read all of these comics (and the Famous Monsters mags) without having to sit in front of my computer was the thing that sold me on it.

I have a friend who uses the iPad for the same thing and loves it. I would imagine the new Samsung pad will do the same (and probably read CBR/CBZ files) but the Nook was a couple of hundred dollars less than the Samsung pad is listed at.

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Sounds very enticing. On one hand I presume the Nook color doesn't have the "digital paper" screen and long battery life, on the other good comics support = win. I already have loads of digital comics (about 100GB of them) and thousands of ebooks, so as far as content I'm ready to roll.

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Cary - will you be bringing your nook on the plane in March? I'd love to take a peek at those FM issues.

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Don't buy a nook their customer service is horrible! They've charged me twice for a book that I still don't have.


That's interesting. I haven't had any problems with downloading from their marketplace. I had one issue with my nook not recognizing that I'd imported some books from my computer but I contacted customer service and they were able to help me right away.

I've been using mine nonstop since I bought it. Books I've read so far:

The October Country - Ray Bradbury
The Quick and the Dead - Louis L'Amour
A Scanner Darkly - Phillip K. Dick
Werewolves - Linda Godfrey
I Am Ozzy - Ozzy Osbourne
Fletch, Too - Gregory McDonald

Currently reading Keith Richards autobiography

And I've read a bunch of comics and magazines I imported from my computer including the entire 100 issue run of 100 Bullets and Famous Monsters of Filmland - Issues 1 - 5.

Currently reading the Vertigo comic Scalped which kicks major ass.

In short, I love my Nook.



There is one problem that all nooks have that you may have not noticed. When the nook goes into sleep mode and then is woken back up by the user the sound ceases to work. I've updated to the newest softare but the problem still exists. I spoken to technical support and they are aware of the problem and trying to fix it. B&N Cust. Support finally fixed my problem late last night and I was able to get a refund and the book I wanted.

I really like the nook and have renewed my National Geographic subscription on it and the pictures are beautiful. I would be very interested to read comics on it.

So far I've read.

Bite Me - Christopher Moore
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

They have some really nice deals on classic literature and some books that I've bought from B&N online they sent me the nook books for automatically.

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Sounds very enticing. On one hand I presume the Nook color doesn't have the "digital paper" screen and long battery life, on the other good comics support = win. I already have loads of digital comics (about 100GB of them) and thousands of ebooks, so as far as content I'm ready to roll.


I was the same as you. Content-wise I've got plenty. There are a few things I'm looking for but not much. Magazine subscriptions are a win (although the only one I'm really wanting isn't available yet. Outside needs to get on fucking board).

If you turn off the wi-fi then the battery life is around 8 hours and yes, there is no "digital paper" screen on this. The anti-glare screen cover I bought helps some but ultimately, you're still looking at a backlit screen which could be hard on the eyes for some people. It hasn't been an issue for me yet, but when I'm blind by 45 I'll probably be cursing the Nook.

The only thing I'll say about comics on this is that it would be better if the screen were larger. That's the selling point to me for the tablets. In a book like 100 Bullets it was never really a problem, but in reading Scalped there are sometimes footnotes in small lettering that I've had to blow up the screen momentarily to read.

Also, one thing about comic reading on the Nook is that since these are PDFs, you can't bookmark your place. It's not a problem when you're reading issues (which I'm assuming you are) but if you're reading a scan of a TPB, then you'll have to remember what page to jump to when you open it again.

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