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Old October 4th, 2017, 03:06 AM   #1

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So many Amazon Kindle deals


I've picked up so many books on ancient history recently for just 99p on Kindle. I much prefer books, but hard to pass up on them. Pen and Sword books mostly.

Anyone else been kindle cheap buying?
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I dont even own a kindle. I prefer all my books as hard copies
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Sci-fi collections are very cheap at the moment, like Harry Harrison megapack for 59p, and these are very handy to replace the long lost paperbacks I used to have. Though for any form of reference book, then it has to be the physical book.
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Sci-fi collections are very cheap at the moment, like Harry Harrison megapack for 59p, and these are very handy to replace the long lost paperbacks I used to have. Though for any form of reference book, then it has to be the physical book.
Agreed. I do use ebooks, but for reference, even just non-fiction books, it is much harder to look for a particular reference, or a half-remembered page, than in a real book.
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I prefer the Kindle for everything but reference books. I travel a lot & my house is already packed with books.
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With a few exceptions for new releases/favorite authors I didn't want to wait for, I have not paid more than $5 for a Kindle book in about 2 years. If I see a book I'm interested in, I just add it to my price drop watch list at ereaderiq and get an alert when it drops below $5. I have about 80 books on my Kindle waiting to be read thanks to Kindle book sales - I fear I'll never catch up.
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Agreed. I do use ebooks, but for reference, even just non-fiction books, it is much harder to look for a particular reference, or a half-remembered page, than in a real book.
I find the exact opposite to be the case. If I want to quote or reference non-fiction, with an ebook I can just do a search of the book for a key word and usually find what I'm looking for very quickly. Sometimes, I've even already highlighted the passage I'm looking for and just have to bring up a list of my highlights/notes/bookmarks.

I wouldn't even know where to begin to manually look for a particular passage out of an entire book. It'd be like looking for a needle in a haystack and I probably wouldn't even attempt it.
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Post it notes, or something similar, work well. Also with an actual book I find that it is not so difficult to remember were a particular passage is if I had not marked it, by remembering how far into the book it was as regarding thickness of the book and what chapter. I find this works quickly.

Another plus for a physical book is in photos, diagrams and other illustrations, which are either not included in an e-book or are poor quality and small size, and often unusable.

This table is fine in a book or an online paper and viewed on a reasonable sized screen, but in an e-book reader, such as Kindle, forget it, and in a Kindle you don't even get any colour.

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I find the exact opposite to be the case. If I want to quote or reference non-fiction, with an ebook I can just do a search of the book for a key word and usually find what I'm looking for very quickly. Sometimes, I've even already highlighted the passage I'm looking for and just have to bring up a list of my highlights/notes/bookmarks.

I wouldn't even know where to begin to manually look for a particular passage out of an entire book. It'd be like looking for a needle in a haystack and I probably wouldn't even attempt it.
You must have a better reader than mine, the search always seems very cumbersome. (More so on the epub one than on the Kindle maybe)

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Another plus for a physical book is in photos, diagrams and other illustrations, which are either not included in an e-book or are poor quality and small size, and often unusable.

This table is fine in a book or an online paper and viewed on a reasonable sized screen, but in an e-book reader, such as Kindle, forget it,
Yes, maps I find particularly annoying in ebook history books - you can just about see the map but print on it is far too small.
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