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I also use the Kindle app on my Android, but the Kindle reader is so much better as a single purpose device. I get the frustration, then again a quick duckduckgo brings up all kinds of video tips on how to use it.The iPad Kindle reader app is miles ahead of the Amazon Kindle.
We have iPads and Kindles (Fire, Paperwhite) but to me using the Kindles is an exercise in futility and frustration.
I have never used the Audible features but my child bride prefers the Kindle for that purpose and that alone.
We clearly hold different opinions...I also use the Kindle app on my Android, but the Kindle reader is so much better as a single purpose device. I get the frustration, then again a quick duckduckgo brings up all kinds of video tips on how to use it.
I concur with the "why does an electronic only copy of something cost the same amount as a physical copy" arguement. Its one thing that has kept me from going electronic myself. I have a cousin and uncle who are scifi fantasy authors (Honor Ranconteur and Glenn Micheals) and while their books are available through Amazons print on demand iirc, most of the sales are for e-books and went directly from a word processor to a publishing software to e-book, I get that artwork costs money but an e-book should haveca very nice profit margin as there is no asdociated printing cost, and small self published companies tend to have very small payrolls (like two people), of course royalties have to be paid to the writers etc.After posting I almost went back in and edited my post, but decided this is a whole different thoughts so I'm making a new post for it.
While I love the experience of reading on Kindle, I'm pissed off about the cost of doing so. The books on Kindle "buy and large" (sorry, lousy pun) cost the same as the paper versions:
Case in point:
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Two key takeaways:
1. If you are not yet a Peter F Hamilton fan, become one immediately. Awesome writer. Maybe start with Pandora's Star.
2. I get that e-distribution systems aren't free, and writers and editors and such need to be paid, but don't tell me that the cost of distributing electronically on Amazon is the same as chopping down a tree, pulping it, turning it into paper, printing and binding the book, shipping the book to a warehouse, then shipping that book to me (or to a store) and eventually putting it into my hands. We're getting robbed folks.
And yet, sheep-like, I continue to vote with my wallet in favor of the Kindle Paperwhite because I love the experience. I'm a hypocrite, and it kills me.
Is Kindle Unlimited available to all Amazon Prime users, or only those that have a Device (meaning is it available to those with the kindle app on iPad, in my case?)I haven't touched a physical kindle since I downloaded the app for my smart phone many years ago. In terms of the blue light reading issue - use the black background with white text - far easier to read and no brightness problems.
On the pricing - I agree, ebooks should be cheaper but I have amazon prime so we have kindle unlimited which allows 10 free books to be borrowed at any one time and shared between family members so I mostly read for "free", and I read a lot of books. I will, less frequently, pay for something I really want, or just wait for it to drop in price.
Also totally agreed on Peter Hamilton - one of my favorite writers.
I have some news for you - You’re not getting robbed. There’s an agreement on both sides of that transaction and you’re not being forced.don't tell me that the cost of distributing electronically on Amazon is the same as chopping down a tree, pulping it, turning it into paper, printing and binding the book, shipping the book to a warehouse, then shipping that book to me (or to a store) and eventually putting it into my hands. We're getting robbed folks.