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  • thenastypasty 11 Jun 2012 20:17:51 5,180 posts
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    How are they devaluing their service by helping customers with problems and doing cheap book offers?
  • Deleted user 11 June 2012 20:25:19
    thenastypasty wrote:
    How are they devaluing their service by helping customers with problems and doing cheap book offers?
    Because it's not sustainable. eBook sales are massively decreasing as people wait for them to go on free or 99c promotion - the numbers sold might be higher than ever, but the revenue's starting to go way, way down. They've already positioned themselves as market leader, but now they're continuing their aggressive campaign to push down anyone else. It's great for consumers right now, but when the bubble bursts it'll screw things up for everyone.
  • Blerk Moderator 27 Jun 2012 10:56:05 48,225 posts
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    Small selection of books up for 20p at the minute.

    Snatched from HotUKDeals so the URL contains a referral tag which you might want to remove if you hates them. :)
  • Kay 27 Jun 2012 11:05:23 17,798 posts
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    That's very timely - just a few minutes ago I set up a Kindle keyboard from work that I'll be borrowing for a few days (whilst I try to decide which version to get for myself).

    Specifically after books on travelling, so will pick up An Idiot Abroad. Cheers. :)
  • TheSaint 27 Jun 2012 11:15:26 14,259 posts
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    Perfect People by Peter James is a worth getting for 20p.
  • Blerk Moderator 27 Jun 2012 11:18:21 48,225 posts
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    Was contemplating that myself.

    I remember Fluke by James Herbert being pretty good too, although bear in mind I was probably about 14 when I last read it. :)

    Edit: Actually if you prefer more traditional 'spooky' Herbert, Sepulchre and Moon are 69p and 89p respectively.

    Edit 2: And Others is 94p.

    Edited by Blerk at 11:20:59 27-06-2012
  • Kay 27 Jun 2012 11:20:55 17,798 posts
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    TheSaint wrote:
    Perfect People by Peter James is a worth getting for 20p.
    Are you saying it's genuinely good, or only worth that amount? :)
  • mrpon 27 Jun 2012 11:58:47 28,686 posts
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    Yeah just bought that as a semi-fan of his Grace books.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • warlockuk 27 Jun 2012 12:15:30 19,142 posts
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    It'd be nice if eBook prices balanced a bit better. They're still often higher than the cost of buying the real physical copy.

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • kalel 27 Jun 2012 12:22:23 86,743 posts
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    I dunno, in my experience the RRP is nearly always lower.

    What you can't account for with the physical copies is reductions on top of that - clearance, sales, promotions etc - which is all moot for Kindle versions really, so you can't really expect them to balance out in that sense.
  • Dr-Strangelove 11 Jul 2012 13:20:41 2,130 posts
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    Can anybody recommend a good dim light please?

    I bought the kandle 2 but found that it was far to bright. I'm after something dim and that uses small lithium cell batteries (to make it as light weight as possible).

    Also, anybody have the official cover? Its pricey but was considering that as the light uses power off the kindle.
  • spindizzy 12 Jul 2012 17:28:49 6,432 posts
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    Kindle screen broke a few weeks back (whilst in my bag, in a case). Amazon replaced it. Got my new one out of my bag yesterday ... it's broken too (and I've not yet used it). FFS. Am I just being incredibly unlucky/clumsy or are these things made out of sugar or something?
  • GuiltySpark 12 Jul 2012 17:33:05 6,350 posts
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    I don't think "made out of sugar" is a phrase y'know.

    Get bent.

  • Mr-Brett 12 Jul 2012 17:54:18 12,741 posts
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    They aren't the most solid of devices but I've never got the impression that they're all that fragile either. Maybe it's time to invest in a case?

    Portable view - Never forget.

  • kalel 12 Jul 2012 18:02:03 86,743 posts
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    Mine gets chucked around a reasonable amount and knocks around in my bag all day, and hasn't got a mark on it in over a year.
  • PrivateFloyd 12 Jul 2012 21:09:05 4,110 posts
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    I dropped mine down the stairs the other day, not a scratch.

    Goat is hungry.....

  • TechnoHippy 24 Jul 2012 12:08:37 14,705 posts
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    Newb question - is there a way to gift Kindle books? From the UK store?

    My books, contests, reviews and author interviews on my blog

  • mrpon 24 Jul 2012 12:09:50 28,686 posts
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    http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200555070

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Blerk Moderator 24 Jul 2012 12:20:15 48,225 posts
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    That's from the US store - you can't gift from the UK store yet. Which is somewhat preposterous when you think about it.
  • TechnoHippy 24 Jul 2012 12:23:54 14,705 posts
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    It is annoying, mine is finally released and I can't send people who assisted a copy (Including you sir Blerk :-) )

    My books, contests, reviews and author interviews on my blog

  • mrpon 24 Jul 2012 12:24:38 28,686 posts
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    Sorry Hipp, my bad!

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Blerk Moderator 24 Jul 2012 12:31:38 48,225 posts
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    How kind! :)

    I'm not sure if your options change if you're actually the author, though. You can't buy a book and send it to someone else, but if it's your book to begin with you'd think there'd be an option to send out freebies if only for the sake of reviews, etc.
  • TechnoHippy 24 Jul 2012 12:40:04 14,705 posts
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    There doesn't seem to be, I've emailed them directly to ask.

    This is very poor marketing on my part, here let me pimp my wares:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Cult-of-Me-ebook/dp/B008O7ZVXW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343129798&sr=8-1

    I'll do some proper pimpage at the weekend :-)

    Edited by TechnoHippy at 12:41:16 24-07-2012

    My books, contests, reviews and author interviews on my blog

  • mikew1985 24 Jul 2012 13:13:45 12,645 posts
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    In the process of buying my gf a kindle for birthday, what is the general consensus on the best model to go for.

    Standard or touch?
  • kalel 24 Jul 2012 13:32:42 86,743 posts
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    I personally do not get the point of the touch at all. Pure gimmick in this case.
  • mikew1985 24 Jul 2012 13:41:06 12,645 posts
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    Hmm, I sort of felt that might be the case as I couldn't see much of use for the touchscreen, I just thought it might be useful for searching content on the device itself.
    The standard seems a little bit fiddly for anything outside of basic navigation.

    But she has a laptop and I suppose she could just use that for content.
  • kalel 24 Jul 2012 13:42:32 86,743 posts
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    Well, I have the old keyboard one so maybe I'm not realising the limitations of the new basic one.

    Still, I can count the amount of times I've done something on it other than just turn pages on one hand.
  • mikew1985 24 Jul 2012 13:45:16 12,645 posts
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    Price isn't really a concern as they're all well within the limit of what we spend on each others birthday present so I just really want whichever one is best from a usability perspective.

    While the touch looks useful for the aforementioned keyboard, it appears as though you have to swipe to turn pages which seems less user friendly than the nice buttons on the standard version.

    I suppose I should probably just go to PC world and have a hands on with them.
  • Blerk Moderator 24 Jul 2012 13:46:33 48,225 posts
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    Typing can be a little fiddly on the no-keyboard/no-touch model, but given that 99% of the time I'm not typing and couple this with the fact that the web browser is a useless piece of crap... I suspect the lack of a keyboard wouldn't be much more than an occasional, minor gripe.

    The Touch does have more storage and a few extra bells and whistles, though. It's also ever-so-slightly bigger/heavier.
  • mikew1985 24 Jul 2012 13:54:25 12,645 posts
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    Cheers gentlemen, i guess the best way for me to make my mind up given the minimal price difference is to go have a quick play with both and see which I think she'll prefer.
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