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Dec 17, 2010 07:57AM

1218 I just got a nook as an early Xmas present and I love it. I still have a house full of books, and it will never replace actual books for me, but it has already changed the way that I read and the types of stuff that I read.

I'm more willing to take a chance on an unknown in ebook format for a couple dollars rather than having to spend twice as much or more on a physical book that I might not like. And if I do end up liking it enough to want to keep it, I will buy the physical book.

But the convenience is a big factor for me. I carry a book with me everywhere I go. Sometimes the book isn't practical to lug around due to size, so an ereader is ideal. When I travel, I usually have a minimum of 5 books with me, depending on length of trip, and I'm sure that the airlines love that because of baggage fees, but my back hates it. I can't help it though. The last time I traveled, I lugged The Passage, I Am Number Four, The One That I Want and a couple classics with me across the country and back. And then I barely even had time to read them! The nook would be much more convenient for that kind of situation.

There are pros and cons to everything, but I doubt that ebooks will ever completely wipe out the paper book trade.
Dec 06, 2010 02:24PM

1218 Danielle, my mom is buying me a nook for Christmas this year. I'm super excited! I have already started downloading PDF books to read on it! :P
Nov 18, 2010 02:20PM

1218 Books Read: 107
Total Pages Read: 38,227
Average # pages per book: 357

104. Heidegger's Glasses by Thaisa Frank Heidegger's Glasses by Thaisa Frank (336 pgs) 4 star

105. Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate, #2) by Gail Carriger Changeless by Gail Carriger (374 pgs) 5 star

106. The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, #2) by Stephen King The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King Audio (463 pgs) 5 star

107. Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate, #3) by Gail Carriger Blameless by Gail Carriger (355 pgs) 3 star
Nov 09, 2010 11:42AM

1218 One of the best - but definitely gut-wrenching books that I've read on this subject is Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby.

I was blown away by this book.
Nov 04, 2010 07:09PM

1218 *shrug* Fair enough.
Nov 04, 2010 07:00PM

1218 LOL! I guess we have different ideas of what "coherent" means. J's quoted post in my message 19 doesn't exactly meet my standards. ;)
Nov 04, 2010 06:49PM

1218 Christy wrote: "Jim wrote: "You, a writer of self-published books, have trouble writing a coherent response?

Imagine that."

A pretentious jagoff insulting self-publishing on Goodreads?

Imagine that."

I think the comment was about the writer, not self-publishing.
Nov 04, 2010 10:25AM

1218 Gregory, I just looked at your book, and I have to say that it looks very good. I'm going to see if I can find a copy. :)
Nov 04, 2010 09:48AM

1218 J. wrote: "One needs to put some Nair hair remover on her toilet paper.:) The other might be smolkin' a little too much Blue Grass, I dunno. But if you gotta ask why, I can't explain it. I'm a refugee from the music bizz, 30+ years; same game, different name. I don't need to pay my dues twice.
Small farmer, eh? Good on ya. Not many left. Hang in there and vote Gatewood Galbraith for gov next election. He's the best hope the Ky farmer ever had.
-j "

Perhaps you can translate this because I'm not fluent in incomprehensible gibberish. Was "One needs to put some Nair hair remover on her toilet paper" directed at me? You don't know anything about me, and if you were trying to insult me, you failed. You succeeded in looking ridiculous though.

You also do not know anything about Jim. The fact that he's from Kentucky has nothing at all to do with this discussion. If you can't address his comments (or the actual topic of this thread, which is not about publishing or your personal publishing experiences but is about reading habits) and actually provide intelligible answers to them, perhaps that old adage about saying nothing at all is best.
Nov 04, 2010 06:27AM

1218 J. wrote: "Life Is not fair."

I think that's a bit of a cop out. I didn't like that saying when my dad said it to me when I was 8 and I don't like it very much more now. "Life isn't fair" applies to random uncontrollable events, like if a bridge falls on someone and kills them, or if the there is a freak earthquake that kills thousands, or if someone falls down some stairs and is paralyzed.

As people, we should expect better from ourselves and from others. We have the ability to work out complex concepts, we have the ability empathize and sympathize. I simply expect for people to actually use these abilities. Call me an idealist or whatever, but I don't believe in letting rudeness or lack of compassion or what-have-you go under the guise of "life isn't fair". We can control how we act and react, and that's the difference.
Nov 03, 2010 09:52PM

1218 I understand that completely, but it's not fair to blame the author for trending that they have nothing to do with and no control over. That's all I'm getting at. :)
Nov 03, 2010 08:48PM

1218 J. wrote: "@Becky: thanks for the links. followed, tweeted, and FB'ed 'em both.

You're welcome, J. :)
Nov 03, 2010 08:47PM

1218 Wow. I read Gregory's question as a general one stemming from a conversation that he had with an agent. Apparently I missed the section where he claimed to want an exclusive male audience, and the section where he implied that literary fiction was male-centric.

It seems to me that the "problem" here isn't with Gregory, it's with trends themselves and agents and publishing houses that want to stay with and ahead of them and deny possibly great novels because of them.
Nov 03, 2010 08:18PM

1218 I'm not a guy, but I would like to point you in the direction of two male-run blogs that I think are great and filled with exactly the type of thing you're looking for. Intelligent men who read intelligently.

The Reading Ape
The Literate Man

Good luck! :)
Oct 30, 2010 09:16PM

1218 Books Read: 103
Total Pages Read: 36,699
Average # pages per book: 356

92. The Heart is Not a Size by Beth Kephart The Heart is Not a Size by Beth Kephart (244 pgs) 2 star

93. Holes by Louis Sachar Holes by Louis Sachar (233 pgs) 4 star

94. UR by Stephen King UR by Stephen King (100 pgs - estimate for Audio) 4 star

95. Zan-Gah A Prehistoric Adventure (Zan-Gah, #1) by Allan Richard Shickman Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure by Alan Shickman (148 pgs) 2 star

96. The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye (128 pgs) 4 star

97. Looking for Alaska by John Green Looking for Alaska by John Green (221 pgs) 4 star

98. The Gunslinger (Dark Tower, #1) by Stephen King The Gunslinger by Stephen King (315 pgs) 3 star (audio only rating)

99. Everything's Eventual 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King (596 pgs) 5 star

100. Claire de Lune (Claire de Lune, #1) by Christine Johnson Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson (336 pgs) 3.5 star

101. Hell House by Richard Matheson Hell House by Richard Matheson (300 pgs) 4 star

102. Room A Novel by Emma Donoghue Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue (321 pgs) 3 star

103: Keep the Change by Steve Dublanica Keep the Change (320 pgs) 4 star
Oct 29, 2010 12:57PM

1218 Sam wrote: "Announcement

Yesterday, I went into Waterstones bookshop and I bought nothing!"

Good one! I bought 4 more books last night.
Elizabeth I
Blood and Flowers
Falling Angels
Your Latest Splurge (9835 new)
Oct 28, 2010 05:44PM

1218 I just picked up:

Push by Sapphire
Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani
The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir
Oct 26, 2010 07:38AM

1218 I've wanted it for a while... But resisted and resisted... I got all of those (except the review book) used. I paid 20USD / 13GBP for all. If I'd bought them all new, I'd have paid around 140 USD / 88 GBP. Good deal, if I do say so myself! :D
Oct 26, 2010 07:30AM

1218 I just picked up these last night:
Nightmares in the Sky: Gargoyles and Grotesques By Stephen King
Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King
The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
Flood by Stephen Baxter
Ark by Stephen Baxter
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
and received Heidegger's Glasses by Thaisa Frank for review from the publisher :)
Oct 03, 2010 07:41PM

1218 Books Read: 91
Total Pages Read: 33,437
Average # pages per book: 367

87. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (448 pgs) 4 star

88. Wait Until Midnight by Amanda Quick Wait Until Midnight by Amanda Quick (350 pgs) 4 star

89. The Gettysburg Approach to Writing & Speaking Like a Professional by Philip A. Yaffe The Gettysburg Approach to Writing & Speaking Like a Professional by Philip Yaffe (275 pgs) 4 star

90. The Turtle Catcher by Nicole Helget The Turtle Catcher by Nicole Helget (288 pgs) 3 star

91. To Die For (Blair Mallory, #1) by Linda Howard To Die For by Linda Howard (384 pgs) 4 star
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