isn't DRM fun? and then locking us down to one device line or another on top of it..
TBH its why i do enjoy my IPad, while not much better on the DRM its built in book reader is nice enough to stick with (and its free with the device) and a quick jailbreak makes it easy enough to import other digital books to the Ibook reader for other ones that i had..
sucks having everything stuck in itunes though.. fucking can't stand itunes...
curiously enough, I can find ebooks fine via torrents. Not as many as I'd like to, but a whole good bunch of them. I got my mother a Paperwhite for Christmas, and downloaded a bunch of ebooks in Italian (I'm surprised there even WERE torrents for those, it's like Italy is a third world country or something).
Also, Calibre is a good application I've been using, and it's free.
I don't get these people who are all like 'Feel of pages, smell of book!' I pick up books because I like reading, not the feel or smell of paper. I want as many books as I can digest with my eyes, and I don't want to break the bank or my back getting them. So e-reader was not a hard decision.
Any way, if you can get the book files on your hard drive, using a file converter breaks the drm. Means it won't work with cloud storage though.
I'm kinda on the fence about whether or not I want an e-reader. I had the same problem with the kindle app on my phone a year or so ago. But thankfully, it was a free e-book I downloaded so I didn't loose any money.
I have enough books to keep me happy now. I just started reading the Sherlock Holmes books that my parents bought 30+ years ago. They were kept in good condition and I believe I have all the stories. The only problem I have with them is when I start reading it I have a hard time putting it down! :3
I fucking LOVE that new-book smell, especially paperbacks. I love even better the old-book smell, all that dust and whatnot creates an atmosphere of ancient knowledge that e-readers simply cannot recreate. Besides, the left-to-right left-page-right-page is easier than left to right endless column.
I.. I just can't get an e-reader. Not just because I don't read, but because there's something alluring about having a nice-looking book on your shelf. The feel of the page, the thickness of the book, it's not just something you read, it's something that has aesthetic value. Plus, you buy it once, you can read it wherever the hell you want.
I agree, which is why I still read my physical books, and buy some too. But ebooks are less hard on the tree population, and for someone who speed reads like me, far more convenient. If I finish a book on the bus or something, i'm hooped until I get home. If I finish a book on my tablet, i've got nearly my entire collection to pick from.
Huh, I've never had an issue with pdfs on my Kindle. I use a program called Calibre for ebook storage on my computer, and to upload and remove books from my Kindle. I've found it simplifies the process a lot, and it's free.