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    I published an ebook, and placed it on multiple platforms - Kindle, Sony, iTunes, Kobo, Nook, Smashwords etc.

    It's pretty much only selling on Kindle, but that could be because that's where most of my marketing has been focused.

    When I decided that it would be better to make it available in as many platforms as I could, I didn't think it through and realize that I would have to market for all those platforms.

    So, since it's a science book I thought I would ask you guys where you get your ebooks and what device you use to read them? Maybe I'll learn something for next time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    I read most of my stuff on Kindle nowadays (I got sick of having to hire a transit van to haul books every time I moved house - currently most of them are in storage). I still prefer "Real" books but I have issues with storage and transportation of them and the Kindle is a lifesaver for someone who reads as much as I do!
    I ended up selling my books because they took up too much space in my room "A desk and a large shelf". Anymore I just read from my desktop or kindle, but I find real books to be considerably more enjoyable. Perhaps the exercise from flipping the pages causes my body to release endorphines...


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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    I read most of my stuff on Kindle nowadays (I got sick of having to hire a transit van to haul books every time I moved house - currently most of them are in storage). I still prefer "Real" books but I have issues with storage and transportation of them and the Kindle is a lifesaver for someone who reads as much as I do!

    I cannot stand it when I have to read something on an electronic device.
    There is nothing that can surpass the joy of holding and reading real books.
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    Ereader? Im not even 30 yet and I already feel old. Damn you technological advance!
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    I recently ordered a 9.7" tablet, primarily so I could start reading again. My phone screen is too small at 4 inches and reading at the desktop or even laptop doesn't work well. Can't wait for it to arrive.
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    Had a Sony ebook reader given to me a couple years ago. Couldn't get used to it and a big PITA to download books, connect to network or a non existent cell phone network (where half of America lives), a half dozen impossible to remember passwords, remembering to charge it, hard to read outside in the sun and paranoid about it getting wet, dropped or just left someplace. And some of the more common formats, like pdf took a bunch of steps to read correctly. What a headache. And given the ten+book cases in our house, it would take tens of thousands to put into electronic form even if they were somehow available. So long and short of it, tried it and it didn't work out. About the only thing we've given up paper is various magazine libraries, such as my very worn out collection of Wooden Boat.

    Keep promising myself I'll have another look someday--perhaps some of the stuff I didn't like has been sorted out.
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    I'm using CloudReaders on my iDevices since it accepts PDF and zip files.
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    I have a kindle I bought a few months back, but have never used it to read anything but files I can download free. It sticks in my craw to pay more for an e-book than a paperback, despite the fact that production and distribution costs for e-books have to be way lower than for even the relatively small mass market paperbacks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cogito Ergo Sum View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    I read most of my stuff on Kindle nowadays (I got sick of having to hire a transit van to haul books every time I moved house - currently most of them are in storage). I still prefer "Real" books but I have issues with storage and transportation of them and the Kindle is a lifesaver for someone who reads as much as I do!

    I cannot stand it when I have to read something on an electronic device.
    There is nothing that can surpass the joy of holding and reading real books.
    Yes, I read real books also and don't use an e-reader, though many people love them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
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    I read most of my stuff on Kindle nowadays (I got sick of having to hire a transit van to haul books every time I moved house - currently most of them are in storage). I still prefer "Real" books but I have issues with storage and transportation of them and the Kindle is a lifesaver for someone who reads as much as I do!

    I cannot stand it when I have to read something on an electronic device.
    There is nothing that can surpass the joy of holding and reading real books.
    Yes, I read real books also and don't use an e-reader, though many people love them.

    Due to the use of e-readers, I am curious about how libraries would look like within 50 years.
    "The only safe rule is to dispute only with those of your acquaintance of whom you know that they possess sufficient intelligence and self-respect not to advance absurdities; to appeal to reason and not to authority, and to listen to reason and yield to it; and, finally, to be willing to accept reason even from an opponent, and to be just enough to bear being proved to be in the wrong."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cogito Ergo Sum View Post
    Due to the use of e-readers, I am curious about how libraries would look like within 50 years.
    I'd imagine a retirement home; adequately staffed to care for the servers. Occasionally dozing off by counting the number of nods on their favorite bobble-heads affixed onto the monitor.

    My kinda place if I'm still around fifty years from now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cogito Ergo Sum View Post
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    I read most of my stuff on Kindle nowadays (I got sick of having to hire a transit van to haul books every time I moved house - currently most of them are in storage). I still prefer "Real" books but I have issues with storage and transportation of them and the Kindle is a lifesaver for someone who reads as much as I do!

    I cannot stand it when I have to read something on an electronic device.
    There is nothing that can surpass the joy of holding and reading real books.
    Yes, I read real books also and don't use an e-reader, though many people love them.

    Due to the use of e-readers, I am curious about how libraries would look like within 50 years.
    I love the question!

    Maybe a place to rent e-books for a week instead of checking them out?

    Also for research information for a minimal charge?
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    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
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    I read most of my stuff on Kindle nowadays (I got sick of having to hire a transit van to haul books every time I moved house - currently most of them are in storage). I still prefer "Real" books but I have issues with storage and transportation of them and the Kindle is a lifesaver for someone who reads as much as I do!

    I cannot stand it when I have to read something on an electronic device.
    There is nothing that can surpass the joy of holding and reading real books.
    Yes, I read real books also and don't use an e-reader, though many people love them.

    Due to the use of e-readers, I am curious about how libraries would look like within 50 years.
    I love the question!

    Maybe a place to rent e-books for a week instead of checking them out?

    Also for research information for a minimal charge?

    That does not seem very unrealistic.
    But I would certainly miss the smell of books whilst making a casual stroll through a library.
    "The only safe rule is to dispute only with those of your acquaintance of whom you know that they possess sufficient intelligence and self-respect not to advance absurdities; to appeal to reason and not to authority, and to listen to reason and yield to it; and, finally, to be willing to accept reason even from an opponent, and to be just enough to bear being proved to be in the wrong."

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    I'd also prefer a proper book, but my local library is sadly very limited. I read all the sci fi and science non-fiction it had and that I was interested in years ago.
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    I was skeptical at first to purchase the kindle, but now love my kindle fire. It has a lot of extra features to make book 'shopping' fun. But, every now and then, I like getting a cup of coffee and sauntering through a brick & mortar store, to look for a new book.
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    My wife and I have a Nook. As with so much modern technology, I was very excited when we pre-ordered it and paid a crap load of money for it. A year later, it was basically a paperweight. Hell, I use the adapter to charge my cell phone...
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    Amazon has a lending library for Kindle. You have to be a member of Amazon Prime.I'm not entirely sure how it all works.

    Anyone use an iPad or other tablet for book reading?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alec Bing View Post
    Anyone use an iPad or other tablet for book reading?
    I am using an iPad for eBook reading, surfing the web, and work. I rely on it exclusively to Remote Desktop back to both Mac/MS terminals at home and at work when I'm out and about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cogito Ergo Sum View Post
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    I read most of my stuff on Kindle nowadays (I got sick of having to hire a transit van to haul books every time I moved house - currently most of them are in storage). I still prefer "Real" books but I have issues with storage and transportation of them and the Kindle is a lifesaver for someone who reads as much as I do!

    I cannot stand it when I have to read something on an electronic device.
    There is nothing that can surpass the joy of holding and reading real books.


    Yes, I read real books also and don't use an e-reader, though many people love them.

    Due to the use of e-readers, I am curious about how libraries would look like within 50 years.
    I love the question!

    Maybe a place to rent e-books for a week instead of checking them out?

    Also for research information for a minimal charge?

    That does not seem very unrealistic.
    But I would certainly miss the smell of books whilst making a casual stroll through a library.
    I also love the smell of the books....just like I love the smell of wood....it's like comfort food!
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    I'm using my tablet for e-book reading. I just downloaded an app... I don't think I will need to buy an e-book reader...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelGee View Post
    I'm using my tablet for e-book reading. I just downloaded an app... I don't think I will need to buy an e-book reader...
    Which app is that? Where do you get your ebooks to download?
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    There was a story on CBS (a major tv broadcast network in the U.S.) news a few days back, about a completely digital library being set up in the United States. I don't actually remember where, I think it was in the Southwest somewhere, maybe Arizona (nowhere near me). Anyway, this library has no conventional paper books or periodicals. They apparently have many lendable e-books and other digital material, as well as a supply of readers that patrons can check out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alec Bing View Post
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    I'm using my tablet for e-book reading. I just downloaded an app... I don't think I will need to buy an e-book reader...
    Which app is that? Where do you get your ebooks to download?
    I have downloaded numerous books from Project Gutenberg, a site that makes files of public domain works available to the public. Their files come in a variety of formats and can probably be read by just about any reader, tablet, laptop, or PC with a little fiddling.
    Free ebooks - Project Gutenberg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alec Bing View Post
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    I'm using my tablet for e-book reading. I just downloaded an app... I don't think I will need to buy an e-book reader...
    Which app is that? Where do you get your ebooks to download?
    I am using Moon Reader app for my Android tablet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danhanegan View Post
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    I'm using my tablet for e-book reading. I just downloaded an app... I don't think I will need to buy an e-book reader...
    Which app is that? Where do you get your ebooks to download?
    I have downloaded numerous books from Project Gutenberg, a site that makes files of public domain works available to the public. Their files come in a variety of formats and can probably be read by just about any reader, tablet, laptop, or PC with a little fiddling.
    Free ebooks - Project Gutenberg
    I was able to download free ebooks from Project Gutenberg.
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