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Books have always been a problem for us. We are both compulsive readers.

So my DH is military and he bought a Kindle a while ago to take on deployments and he absolutely LOVES it! He loves it (and me) so much that he decided to buy me one as a gift so we could share books.

I am soooooo excited!

I just went through our book collection today and am donating every single book that either:

a) has a free of cheap kindle edition (classics in the public domain mostly)

b) is likely available in any library (again mostly classics)

c) has a bazillion copies listed on paperback swap (mostly classics and some really popular older fiction like Stephen King).

Literally I got rid of any entire bookcase worth of books. And ummm.... lets face it I probably wasn't going to re-read that Hemingway colletion soon anyway
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Oooh, while I'd love the extra space that would be created if I didn't have bookcases of books, I'd hate to ever part with them. Books make my house seem like home. I can't imagine a home without books....tons of 'em. My books aren't clutter, they are friends. (But well-selected friends - no trash!)

But if it works for you, that's great. Enjoy your new-found space.
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Thanks. We love paper books too and we plan to keep a bunch (right now we have 10 floor to ceiling bookcases)! As I mentioned my DH is military and we move every 2 years on average. Just unpacking the books was beginning to be a burden so we are trying to be a bit more selective about what we keep on the shelves.
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Oohh, I've never heard of kindle. Off to google ....

I am a compulsive book reader, buyer and hoarder also. About 6 months ago, we moved from a house to much smaller apartment so I had to radically declutter my book collection. I eventually decided to pretty much get rid of all fiction, since they're all readily available at libraries. I kept my non-fiction because they are more specialised books that I have specifically sought out and usually aren't in my local libraries.

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After 13 moves, during one of which the cats decided they were sick of all the moving stress and that taking it out by peeing on three boxes of books would be a good idea, I finally got rid of nearly every last book I've ever had. While I often lament the loss of my extensive and eclectic book collection, I certainly do not miss moving boxes of books everywhere. I have been thinking about a Kindle ever since I saw they existed...good to hear from another avid reader that it's worth it!

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I love books and am a librarian. There are just some books I would never part with. And quite a number that would never end up on kindle. I used to do a lot of reading on my palm pilot hand held until I found audio books. I personally like audio books more and use that format for a lot of books I do not have the time to read. I can listen in the car or while doing various chores in the barn or house. If I LOVE the book I buy it or swap for it. But I just moved and do not plan on leavng here for a good 14+ years so frequent packing/moving is not a worry for me.

I did go through a lot of my books before we moved. I earned over 100 credits on paperbackswap. I was able to send all my english classics I would never read again on their way. Also a lot of random books I know I would never want to bother reading again.
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I have a Kindle and six bookshelves double-stacked and overflowing with books.

I am slowly going through the books on the shelves and selling books I know I won't read again. Then I use that money to buy Kindle copies of books I re-read. Once I buy copies of those, I will gather them up and sell them. I am CERTAIN that I will always have some actual books, but a lot of them I would be happy to have on Kindle. I also have a small budget for buying new books unrelated to the selling of the old books.

I believe that it is not books OR Kindle. I think it is books AND Kindle.

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The one good thing about moving books is when you aren't moving really frequently they're a good thing to start the whole packing process and get some momentum.
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I bought my dh a kindle and he loves it! Well worth the money- according to him.

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I have the Kindle app on my phone, as well as some other e-readers. It is awesome. My library has titles that I can borrow, and titles that I want to buy, I can have in minutes. The convenience of an e-reader is just so much better than hard copies. Certain things I will always have hard copies of, like my cookbooks but for almost everything else, I like the e-books.
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My problem with this is: I like paper! I've read e-books on the computer and I just really prefer to read print on paper rather than text on a screen. For everyone else who doesn't have my issue, I think this is a great idea, though.

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I have been drooling over the kindle for a while. There's a monthly cost, though, too, right?

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For me it is not so much the space of books, but the cost. All of our books are stored on shelves, so I don't view them as clutter. It is decor.

I would LOVE a Kindle, but just don't have the money for it right now. The library is my friend for the time being.

Now... if they figured out a way for to put library books ON a Kindle, I would be in heaven.

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I have been drooling over the kindle for a while. There's a monthly cost, though, too, right?
No monthly cost. Just the cost of the Kindle and any books you buy.

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No monthly cost. Just the cost of the Kindle and any books you buy.
no cost to even sign on to blogs and stuff? (or am I confused about what it can do...?)

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Yeah, one of the happies of the Kindle is the cellular web access. Of course, the Kindle browser is a PITA to use, but what do you expect for free?
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Yeah, one of the happies of the Kindle is the cellular web access. Of course, the Kindle browser is a PITA to use, but what do you expect for free?
Huh. I thought I saw a monthly cost. Granted, i looked like a year ago so I may be fuzzy on my remembering.

Anyway... doh! Because now I want one even more... but we have to pay for a homebirth, so it'll have to wait. :

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no cost to even sign on to blogs and stuff? (or am I confused about what it can do...?)
Oh, yeah blogs, newspapers, magazines have a monthly recurring cost. But they (except the blogs) would have a monthly recurring cost regardless. But if you use it just for books...no monthly.

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Y'all got me interested in this since books are our biggest source of clutter and I've never heard of it before; can't get it in Canada
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I was seriously considering one of these as well, until Amazon deleted every legitimately-purchased copy of 1984 and Animal Farm from all Kindles remotely. The publishers changed their minds about electronic versions of the work. I think they also did it with an unauthorized sequel to Catcher in the Rye. They refunded the purchase price of the books, but I'm just not a big fan of them having that kind of control over my library. So, until their user agreement changes, Kindle's a no go for me.

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They refunded the purchase price of the books, but I'm just not a big fan of them having that kind of control over my library. So, until their user agreement changes, Kindle's a no go for me.
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I love, love, love my Kindle! I bought it to bring with me on deployment and it's the best thing ever! I've got around 70 books on it right now.

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My problem with this is: I like paper! I've read e-books on the computer and I just really prefer to read print on paper rather than text on a screen. For everyone else who doesn't have my issue, I think this is a great idea, though.
Actually, it is just like reading books on paper. There's no backlit screen. It actually deposits the ink to make the page.

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I was seriously considering one of these as well, until Amazon deleted every legitimately-purchased copy of 1984 and Animal Farm from all Kindles remotely. The publishers changed their minds about electronic versions of the work.
Actually, this isn't correct. An unauthorized person uploaded the book for sale. They did the responsible thing and deleted the copies. They also refunded the money. I think my biggest problem was Amazon not looking closely enough at 3rd party uploads.

I had 1984 on my Kindle and it was deleted. I had already read it, but even if I hadn't, I agree with what they did.
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I would love to have a kindle but the price is just way out of my league right now I want it to go with my paper back books not to take the place of. Since I do the majority of my reading sitting in the bath and electronics + water = bad thing

 
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I would love to have a kindle but the price is just way out of my league right now I want it to go with my paper back books not to take the place of. Since I do the majority of my reading sitting in the bath and electronics + water = bad thing
Yeah, I emailed them about it when K2 first came out and they've got no plans to waterproof them. But if a 3rd party makes a waterproof case for them, I'm so there.

For those of you who have one already, can you download stuff from Project Gutenburg and/or from the Baen Free Library?
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I have the Kindle app (free) on my iphone and love it! I still have books in my home, of course, but I have only bought one "real" book since I started downloading them from amazon. I like the look and feel of bookshelves, but don't really want a ton of them lining my walls - if that makes sense. I don't frequent the library very often at all but LOVE to read (so I end up buying books) and only read them once. Doesn't make much sense to have the extra 'clutter' around and use up trees for paper for one time use.

What I am wishing is that at least a couple of my classes next semester will have textbooks available for download. The thought of not having to haul even 2 heavy textbooks around in my bag sounds wonderful.

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I have the Kindle app (free) on my iphone and love it! I still have books in my home, of course, but I have only bought one "real" book since I started downloading them from amazon. I like the look and feel of bookshelves, but don't really want a ton of them lining my walls - if that makes sense. I don't frequent the library very often at all but LOVE to read (so I end up buying books) and only read them once. Doesn't make much sense to have the extra 'clutter' around and use up trees for paper for one time use.

What I am wishing is that at least a couple of my classes next semester will have textbooks available for download. The thought of not having to haul even 2 heavy textbooks around in my bag sounds wonderful.
Some of my textbooks have included CDs with the textbook on them. And my stats class only had an online textbook.
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Now... if they figured out a way for to put library books ON a Kindle, I would be in heaven.
Yes, this is what I'm waiting for...and well, to have the extra money to drop on a Kindle. My sister has one, and she enjoys it.
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I am getting a Kindle soon and am sooo excited! :

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I was seriously considering one of these as well, until Amazon deleted every legitimately-purchased copy of 1984 and Animal Farm from all Kindles remotely. The publishers changed their minds about electronic versions of the work. I think they also did it with an unauthorized sequel to Catcher in the Rye. They refunded the purchase price of the books, but I'm just not a big fan of them having that kind of control over my library. So, until their user agreement changes, Kindle's a no go for me.
I find it ironic they electronically deleted 1984, given that it is about burning books.
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Some of my textbooks have included CDs with the textbook on them. And my stats class only had an online textbook.
Last night I did find e-textbooks for two of my classes (sociology and philosophy) for about $30 cheaper than the print version. I am thinking about ordering them to view on my netbook, the only downside is they disappear after 180 days (unless you C&P them) so obviously no selling them afterwards.

When I was looking around, I did read that Kindle has partnered w/many textbook manufacturers and is doing a trial this fall with college students where they give them kindle to use loaded w/their books and compare their experience with others using traditional textbooks.

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