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message 1: by Lori (new)

Lori  (moderatrixlori) Welcome Tamara. I'm sure you'll get lots of good ideas from this group.

message 2: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments Greetings! Welcome to a great place to get those new ideas and suggestions! :) I look forward to getting to know you!

message 3: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments I have that problem, too. :)

message 4: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments I told someone in a panel today that you can never have too many books however you can have too few books... and I think THAT is everyone's problem. Too few books.

Spoken like a true bookaholic, right?

LONG LIVE ALL BIBLIOPHILES! (After all, we need to live forever in order to read more books!)

message 5: by Joe (new)

Joe I don't have too many books, I have too little storage. LOL

message 6: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments Tamara, how right you are!

And poooooooor Joe. May I introduce you to: and and need we forget Project Gutenberg?

And of course all those lovely ebook sites out there for purchasing... Who needs storage anymore? HEHEHE

message 7: by Joe (new)

Joe Sorry, but I prefer to lay on my bed with a book rather than setting at the computer to read. LOL


message 8: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments There is that. I want an ebook reader. We do a LOT of ebooks in our house as well as dead tree versions. a laptop is just not quite as comfortable as an ebook reader!

message 9: by Joe (new)

Joe Dead tree. LOL I like that. I guess I'm addicted to dead trees.


message 10: by Rae (new)

Rae (darkkisses) | 2 comments hello my name is Rae, and i have just joined goodreads. i found out about this site throught a fellow friend who also likes to read. here are a few things about me. i am a stay at home mother of five kids. i have four boys and one daughter. ages nine to seven months old. i am married to a very wonderful man who gives me the world such as it is. lol we have been together for ten years. we live in the midwest, and are getting ready to move into a bigger house.
i am a reviewer and i love doing it. i have been a reviwer for about four years now. i work for three main sites and am on my way to another one. i love books and i have been reading avidly since i was 5/6 years old. and have never looked back. my other interest outside of my family and reading are as follow though not in any order well i take that back. lol. after reading and family my other first loves are music, & movies. my other secondary hobbies are gardening, woodworking, candlemaking, crocheting, latchhooking, cross stiching, soap making, painting, computers, running, the gym, cooking, & carpentry. now mind you some of these things i have done in the past before and others im just now starting to get into. i have lots of great plans for my future pastimes and that inclues going back to collage.
im reading when and where i can. i pretty much read anything i can get my hands on. and in the romance genre i read anything from pretty and sweet to almost porn. i like it all. and ive read so many authors and books if you could go inside my head you would prob collaspe from the mental library i keep their. i have thousands of books both ebook and print.
so now that i have given an intro i cant wait to get started in here really good. nice to meet everyone and thanks for having me!!!

message 11: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments Welcome!!! Congrats on the new house! :)You sound like a very busy person. How exciting!!

I'm glad you found us!

message 12: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl (cheryllaflammegmailcom) | 44 comments Welcome Rae!

Joe... I am with you. I much rather read a book from "dead trees" I like holding the book, the feel of the book. Some of the nuance is lost (at least for me) when reading an e-book.

I can see the merits of e-books, but I am not going there yet. I travel for my work and I currently pack 7 books for the 5 days. E-books would be lighter, maybe more convenient, but I so enjoy my paper books.

message 13: by Lil (new)

Lil (LilMar) | 22 comments Lady Ozma wrote: "There is that. I want an ebook reader. We do a LOT of ebooks in our house as well as dead tree versions. a laptop is just not quite as comfortable as an ebook reader!"

I got an ebook reader for Christmas and I love it. I got the one from Ebookwise. It was 1/2 the cost of a sony or Kindle (about $150, but they have it on sale right now, too, so it could be cheaper.) I don't have to email my own books to it and I can load anything as long as it's in a doc or rtf format.

It hasn't, however, stopped me from buying dead tree books, though, lol, I still and always will love the feel of the pages, the smell of the paper. I'm just able to take about 100 books with me and don't have to stay tied to my laptop or desktop to read them. Usually, I buy the ebooks that I wouldn't buy the paperbacks of, non-favorites, but authors I still want to read.

message 14: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments As long as there are dead tree books, I'll probably buy them! Especially from my many author friends. I gotta have them autographed, you know! LOL But I hear you can get digital ones "signed" as well. Hmmm.

So how is the ebook reader you got? Is it about the same size? How's the view? I know the Sony has that nice page like quality.

How do you get your books on it? I'm gonna go look it up, though of course... I have to get that dang camera. I need to be able to work again. :/ But hey... LOL I can dream about the ebook reader, right?

OK, off to ebookwise!

message 15: by Lil (last edited Jan 23, 2009 08:48AM) (new)

Lil (LilMar) | 22 comments Lady Ozma wrote: "As long as there are dead tree books, I'll probably buy them! Especially from my many author friends. I gotta have them autographed, you know! LOL But I hear you can get digital ones "signed" a..."

Oh, me, too, Lady Ozma, me too, much to my husband's eternal regret. I load books onto my personal server, then when I hook my reader up through a USB cable, I can download them right onto my reader. Buying them works the same way and ebookswise/fictionwise runs some good specials. Cost was a HUGE issue for me as well, I was thinking about getting the Sony but the $300 price tag (not including memory) really put me off of it, whereas mine I got with a memory card for $150 total.

I personally like the way it feels. When I hold it it has a feel like a book with the cover bent bacwards in my left hand (not that I would ever do that to a real book). I can't do wifi access, but I really don't mind that.
The Kindle and the Sony readers I don't think come with backlights. I like the fact that mine has one. It means that I can read in the dark or low light.

I personally, recommend it. But that's just me.

message 16: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments Well this is sounding promising. BTW I went to the site. Here's the information:

64 MB internal memory is on sale for 135.95. One with 8 mb memory is 109.95. Not bad. I'm trying to get information like: Do you have to use the backlight? If you don't, is it like the Sony/Kindle where it's like looking at a regular page? Did you have to buy the cover seperate or did it come with it? And can I get away with the cheap 110 one and then buy a memory card when they go on sale at a local store or online somewhere?

I also didn't see if it did PDF. I have most of mine in PDF format. I do have some in the old palm reader type formats, but our handhelds of those nature have bit the dust. And we can't even figure out why. The last one was a nightmare... we're still trying to figure it out, long story. That's what happens when your BIL gives you his old one, right? HAHA Anyway, I get a lot of PDF books so was curious if they would work. The page mostly talked about .doc and rocketbook...

I think the Kindle and the Sony are both nice as far as feeling like a book. Like you, I'd want backlighting. You gotta have that. I know the Sony is colour as opposed to greyscale, which is nice but not necessary. (I have a friend who won hers at romance times so I was all over it like a lustfilled wench from one of her erotica books last weekend.)

I don't need colour. Wifi would be nice, but just one more thing to put into my server. We're already at so freaking many silicone lifeforms vying for wireless space... hahaha. I have plenty of ways to get things onto a reader via USB or whatnot.

My kids and I would just like to be able to curl up together to read our books. We just finished American History Stories Volume 1 which involves us gathering around my laptop and having 'net access. Throwing that sucker onto an ebook reader that we can toss in my purse and go places? Priceless!

Plus, it would be nice for traveling so I don't have to pack 43 dead tree books. Our luggage is always so heavy. ROFL

message 17: by Lil (last edited Jan 23, 2009 11:29AM) (new)

Lil (LilMar) | 22 comments

I have a lot of PDF books as well. At this time, the ebookwise reader does not or cannot support PDFs, but I have a little program that can convert a PDF file to an RTF or doc file, which I can then upload to ebookwise and then, download (lol) to my reader. seems like a lot of steps, I know, but I'm really happy with it.

As to the memory card, I got mine with a memory card already installed, so I don't know even if a standard one would fit. It does also come with a cover, which is like a slipcover. It doesn't really look like you're looking at paper, but it hasn't hurt my eyes yet. It's a lot like looking at my Palm before I read it to death, lol, except that I can adjust the font size.

There's no color, it is grayscale, but I like it. I agree that I don't have to have color. After all, a regular book isn't in color, now is it? On Kindle and Sony you can download newspapers or magazines, so that would be a reason to have color, but I didn't get it to read newspapers or magazines, so that doesn't matter to me at all.

I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 34 books on mine at the moment, everything from erotica to scifi and fantasy as well as some classics and I still have about 78% free space.

As for content, there are places to get free ebooks as well as places to buy them. Baen free library is a great place to get some older books and you can download them in many formats.

message 18: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments Bummer about the PDF. :( That would be nice. But if you can convert, then that's good.

According to what I read there is a card addition ability. You can always look at yours. It's not Flash or SD though. It's some other format.

I have a ton of Baen free ebooks and I hven't read them! Isn't that awful? I actually have a slew and it's just so hard to red on teh laptop and truly enjoy. You can't easily take it with you and whatnot.

You've got a pretty good deal there with so many ebooks and so much room! i take you got the 64 meg one? Pretty cool.

message 19: by Lil (new)

Lil (LilMar) | 22 comments Yes, I did get the 64 meg one. I told my husband exactly what I wanted and even bookmarked it for him so I would get exactly the right one, lol.

Some books from Baen though are so big that I have to cut them in two because nothing you upload to your own server can be above 2 mg, though you have 10 mg of room on it.

message 20: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments Good plan. Sometimes men need that extra hand holding. Well, I sent an email to my husband linking right to it. My birthday is in May. It's also Mother's Day. (This year it's not the same day thankfully.) So you never know. HEHE Meanwhile I'm going to start massaging the budget. :) (We have a very expensive spring unfortunately. Well fortunately, good stuff, but unfortunately for buying toys!)

What do you mean you can't upload to your own server anything over 2 megs? That wasn't clear to me...

HEHE I'm happy that I've found something to get me an ebook reader sooner. If I wait around for the Sony or the Kindle...I'll never get one!

message 21: by Tymber (new)

Tymber Dalton (tymberdalton) | 29 comments Lady Ozma wrote: "Good plan. Sometimes men need that extra hand holding. Well, I sent an email to my husband linking right to it. My birthday is in May. It's also Mother's Day. (This year it's not the same day ..."

Ah, someone else besides me that gets screwed. *LOL*

Mine's May 11th. Frankly I'm sick of birthdays, because last year my grandmother died May 10th. I've ever made a fuss about my birthday before, but as I told my husband, now I have a legitimate reason to sort of ignore it.

message 22: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments Tymber, Welcome to the May 11th club! That's mine, too!!

In 2006 my grandfather passed away right before my birthday. The funeral was a week before my birthday. Blah. It's hard. Sorry for the loss of your grandmother.

I hate having a birthday fall that close to Mother's Day. my family takes me out and it's like 'Oh you are out for Mother's Day?" No it's my birthday dangit! And then you have to always weigh the decision... do I want to go out and risk the massive crowds or stay home and cook? Urgh. I hate it.

message 23: by Lil (last edited Jan 24, 2009 06:13AM) (new)

Lil (LilMar) | 22 comments

Lady Ozma wrote: "Good plan. Sometimes men need that extra hand holding. Well, I sent an email to my husband linking right to it. My birthday is in May. It's also Mother's Day. (This year it's not the same day ..."

I can upload as many documents as will fit into the 10mg personal server, but each document cannot be over 2 mgs individually. typically, I upload to my limit, download them to my ereader, then erase the files from the server. Then I can upload more to the server.

Since it's just a copy of the original file, I still have it and if I erase something off of the reader by accident, I still have it in my own files to reload it.

message 24: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments I just don't understand the personal server thing. I have my own server but since it sits right here in my house I have all the space I want to. Well, I did till I all but filled up the hard drive. I need a new hard drive. There's only 4 gigs of space left on it. LOL Too many ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and music files I suppose. Oh and photographs. The joys of being a photographer! *GRINS*

Why don't you just put the files from your computer onto the ereader that way since you are plugging it to a USB?

message 25: by new_user (new)

new_user | 1389 comments Hm, Lil, if you need a place to store files, have you ever tried Filefront? Registration's free and I'm pretty sure you couldn't max out the upload limits there, LOL.

message 26: by Lil (new)

Lil (LilMar) | 22 comments I guess it's hard to explain. When you buy the reader and register it, you get 10 mgs of space on their server to upload your own documents to. As far as I know that is the only way to get personal documents onto your reader. I have not tried to do it straight to my card because it is not the same size as the slot on my laptop or on my card reader, the one I usually use for my camera card.

Thanks, New_User, I usually use Esnips to upload my books to, I can keep the files private so I don't get in trouble for uploading copyrighted materials. I have 5 mgs of space on there and currently over 1000 ebooks and documents. It is free as well.

message 27: by new_user (new)

new_user | 1389 comments Yep, FF is free, unlimited storage (max 1GB per file), and they don't really make a fuss about materials. I don't know if you can make your files private there.

But almost any file host will give you more than 5MB, that's kind of small and so is the file size limit.

message 28: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments Lil, Actually that makes sense now. It's space they give you. You said personal server so I thought you had your own server somewhere. I'm a geek so we have a server in our house... LOL I forget not everyone does that. Anyway, so I thought you either had your own or were paying for some space and so I was trying to figure out why your limit was so low. If it's what they provide and you don't really pay for it... that makes a lot more sense! :)

message 29: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments We read a lot of ebooks for our homeschool so I've become quite the ereader. :) It's just so much cheaper... I'm sorry but I just can't afford to buy all the books we want to read for school. Thank goodness so many are public domain! :)

message 30: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments I'm a tech junkie. :) While I do like curling up with a good book, I also like the fact that I can have an endless library of ebooks without trying to fit another bookcase in my already crammed home! And I can buy way more books for the same money. It's all about feeding the addiction and the more bang for the buck.

It's Ok to be old-school. :) There's some old school things that are not worth trading for the world!

message 31: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 65 comments Hi I joined the group a while ago but as my name is Kathy and their seem to be another Kathy in the group I thought I would change my name. So now I'm Katdragon how cute is that. LOL I'm a grandmother of 5. I have always loved reading and over the years I have gone from Mystery to Science Fiction and Fantasy to Romance. So now I'm into things that go bump in the night. I have enjoyed this group and look forward adding my 2cents as well as reading about all the great books everyone else is reading.

message 32: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jen421) | 201 comments Welcome!

message 33: by Carol (new)

Carol (lucky47) | 5 comments Hi everyone, I just joined this goup and look forward to all the discussions. I love Paranormal Romance but there is no specific genre I stick to. I love reading and read many books every month. I am from New Jersey . I have 7 grown children and lots of grandchildren. That means that I now have a lot of "free" time to read as often and long as I want without any interruptions. :)

message 34: by Lori (new)

Lori  (moderatrixlori) Welcome Tamara. You'll get a ton of suggestions here. If you're interested, I have an Excel spreadsheet that lists a bunch of authors and their books. Send me a message with your email address and I'll email it to you.

You should also check out this group for a handy reference

message 35: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Harvey Hi everyone! My name is Kristen!

Lady Ozma is in another group I am part of and she mentioned something about a reading challenge each month from another group, which intrigued me and then she said Paranormal Romance (which I am addicted to) and here I am. I can't get enough out of books in general. I mainly read YA and lower books because I work in a school library, but there are many romance authors that I follow that write adult novels. Kresley Cole, Angela Knight, J.R. Ward (behind on hers), Kim Harrison, Sherrilyn Kenyon (way behind on hers too!) and a few others. I love urban fantasy such as Melissa Marr and Francesca Lia Block. I also pick up nearly anything that is paranormal/fantasy that is also YA. Libba Bray is one of my favs as well and I have read all of the Twilight novels (loved the movie, but still hate Bella...).

So, I'm hoping this group will get me reading some more romance novels. I am fondly working my way through P.C. Cast's Goddess series right now, as my library is finally purchasing them (out of order.. but those you can read out of order). I'm having a tough time with the first one - Goddess of the Sea, but hope not to give up on it. After reading Goddess of Love, none quite compare to it - I like the humor that was intermingled into the book. Does any one else read this series?

message 36: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments Hi hi Kristen!!! :)

message 37: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jen421) | 201 comments Welcome Kristin!

message 38: by Yz the Whyz (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 1020 comments Mod
Hi Kristin,

I ran the PNR reading challenge, and is happy to have you onboard. March challenge is open to participants already, so feel free to check it out and sign up, if you like it.

I also have another group, more focused towards any type of romance books or simply books, called the Romance Readers Reading Challenge group. Feel free to visit it also.

message 39: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Harvey Oooh. I'll have to check that group out when I start catching up with this group. I'm really excited about the March challenge. Not sure if I'll get all 9, but I'll be trying my best!

message 40: by Yz the Whyz (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 1020 comments Mod
No problem. The challenges are sort of meant as goals, and if one doesn't complete it, its okay. But it's a neat way to get motivated and chip away at our TBR list.

Unfortunately, it can also have the adverse effect of increasing it, based on what other participants are reading and recommending..LOL..

message 41: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Harvey Haha yes, I already have more than 400 books on my to-read shelf.. I'm resisting adding more for now, until I knock some away.

message 42: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments YZ, it really is causing problems because I've seen books I want to add to my shelf. Of course, it has done some good because some people have the same books as I do. It was encouraging to know I was reading "Blue Moon" with others. And to hear so many people talk about how great the Mercy books are really got me excited to read that one (which I just finished!)

Holy cow, Kristen! I thought my over 200 was bad. I'm not sure what I'd do if I had 400 books on my bookcase. I don't have room for the 200+!

message 43: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Harvey Oh silly you, I was talking about I'm sure I have nearly 300 books that I own.. but I was talking about my list of what to read on this site. Not to mention I live at the library and only buy a book every once in a while. I'm sure I save thousands of dollars each year by doing this.

message 44: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments Oh I thought that was your TBR at home! I don't even want to think what my TBR would be if I put in all the books I want to read. LOL I just count the bookcase full of books that I need to read. I'm really plowing through books hoping to make a big dent this year! ROFL But this month this challenge has kept me from the necessary editing I need to do on my own book. Yikes. LOL

But oh well. At least i"m digging out from under the "it might eat me" pile of tbr's!

message 45: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Harvey I know what you mean. I just keep adding it seems, instead of subtracting.

message 46: by Yz the Whyz (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 1020 comments Mod
LOL..its like I read one book, and end up adding five. It's just crazy, but its so much fun, I just can't resist.

message 47: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments YZ, I don't get around to adding books on here a whole lot. I did when I first joined, but then I had the six months of hell last year and I just stopped being so active. Hopefully I'll remember books when I ever run out of books in my house. If that happens... we'll see. ROFL

message 48: by Holly (new)

Holly (velvetsun) | 21 comments Hi all.
I'm a newbie here. Have been a huge fan of para/romanace for years. Favorite authors are Sherrilyn Kenyon, & Christine Feehan.

ALWAYS looking for new author/book recommendations. :)

message 49: by Yz the Whyz (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 1020 comments Mod
Welcome to the group, Holly. I'm sure you'll discover plenty of new books and authors hanging around here.

message 50: by Jacalyn (new)

Jacalyn | 454 comments Welcome, Holly!! :) Join in the fun!!!

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