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Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 6:58 am
by Klaudandus
-House of Leaves
-Borges' compiled short stories
-The King in Yellow

I recently picked The Canterbury Tales, haven't had the chance to read it yet, but I've always wanted to.

Also, I'd recommend Homicide: A year on the killing streets, which is the book that inspired the tv series "Homicide" if you want something non-fiction.

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 7:36 am
by benebarba
Klaudandus wrote:I recently picked The Canterbury Tales, haven't had the chance to read it yet, but I've always wanted to.


It's an interesting read - has it been translated to modern english or is this still in middle english (i.e. not entirely looking like english at all)? I got a copy with both and it was neat to compare them, especially after getting some help from a friend in understanding middle english pronounciation and spelling... as wierd as it looks, once you get the hang of 'reading it in your head', it's actually pretty neat and not nearly as ugly-sounding as you'd think.

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 7:57 am
by Klaudandus
I picked the version available at manybooks.net, but it seems ibooks butchered the format, so everything looks out of whack =(

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 10:15 am
by benebarba
Klaudandus wrote:I picked the version available at manybooks.net, but it seems ibooks butchered the format, so everything looks out of whack =(


I still need to get me one of them new-fangled e-readers. Much more handy than a book, I'm finding, by living vicariously through my wife and her iPhone :P

That said, I'll try to dig out the version I have and post it - IIRC, it was a paperback from Barnes and Noble in-store and wasn't terribly expensive. I think it may have been a 'classics' series, because I seem to recall my copy of The Count of Monte Cristo having a similar cover design.

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 1:14 pm
by Arnock
If you're thinking about getting an e-reader, I'd HIGHLY recommend a kindle. You can get a new one for as low as $80 now, it's small enough to fit in a back pocket, the battery lasts several weeks, you can buy books directly on the device, and sync books and page locations with a smartphone or computer reader.

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 5:53 pm
by Skye1013
The Nook isn't bad either. Be aware, if you shop at Target, the Kindle will soon be leaving their shelves (though the other ereaders will remain.)

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 5:59 pm
by tinalt
I'd recommend the Nook, I've been getting a ton of use out of mine since I can't really take a book collection with me everywhere.

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 8:08 pm
by Brekkie
If you already own an iPad, it works as an e-reader too. Many people don't realize this and feel they have to buy a whole separate device.

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 8:26 pm
by Skye1013
For that matter, a laptop/iPhone can be used as one if you download the app/program (usually free.)

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 9:17 pm
by Klaudandus
Brekkie wrote:If you already own an iPad, it works as an e-reader too. Many people don't realize this and feel they have to buy a whole separate device.


I get more tired reading from the ipad that reading from a kindle or straight from the book though...

But yeah, if you have an e-reader, check out project gutenberg, manybooks.net and other similar sites -- you can find bunch of public domain books there.

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 1:54 pm
by Flex
Klaudandus wrote:
Brekkie wrote:If you already own an iPad, it works as an e-reader too. Many people don't realize this and feel they have to buy a whole separate device.


I get more tired reading from the ipad that reading from a kindle or straight from the book though...


2 or 3? I find the 3 works pretty darn well for an LCD based eReader, much better than the 2 I used for a while.

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 3:07 pm
by Klaudandus
Flex wrote:
Klaudandus wrote:
Brekkie wrote:If you already own an iPad, it works as an e-reader too. Many people don't realize this and feel they have to buy a whole separate device.


I get more tired reading from the ipad that reading from a kindle or straight from the book though...


2 or 3? I find the 3 works pretty darn well for an LCD based eReader, much better than the 2 I used for a while.


I got iPad 2, and no, I aint gonna change it because it was actually issued by our workplace.

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 10:53 pm
by Brekkie
I am a backwards cave man and only have an iPad 1. :(

If you get tired reading on the iPad, try turning the brightness way down.

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 2:17 pm
by aureon
Pad reading is "meh" at best, especially in sunlight.
I've got an eBook and won't turn back. Reading on a backlit screen is problematic.

For to-read:
Asimov's Foundation series. (That is, First Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second foundation) - it is for sci-fi what LotR is for fantasy.
It's an epic tale of hardly before seen proportions, the founding ideal of Star Wars (Coruscant was named Trantor in honor of the book in the first draft)
A chronicle not of man, but of planets, telling how a whole planet, and galaxy, can step up their culture and technology.
It draws heavily from "The fall of the Roman empire", and then goes forward onto estabilishing a new empire.
It created a new pseudoscience, Psychohistory: More than one nobel for economy has declared he has gone into economics for that it was the most similar science to psychohistory.
First foundation clocks at a little more than 200 pages, and more often than not goes in one or two reading chunks.
Atleast for me, being one for technological-advance-based stories, and for historical books, was the read of the lifetime.
Probably, the best i can say about it is that i managed to make my mother read it, who distincly loathes any sci-fi.

For other stuff:
WH40k books are surpringly good, especially if you like the WH40k universe.
LotR is basically a required read nowdays, so i guess (and hope) everyone here had read it ;p
Fountains of Paradise by Clarke is an interesting read for those interested in the midterm future of space tech, explorating the concept and praticability of a Space Elevator.
Terry Brooks fantasy has a killer plot, even though the writing isn't top-notch once anaylzed page-for-page (i partly blame the translation i read on this, though.)

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:14 am
by Klaudandus
if you have an ebook reader (or ipad) do yourself a favor and visit tuebl.com

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:02 am
by Klaudandus
I picked the lincoln rhymes series, it is pretty darn good.

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:45 pm
by Koatanga
I have the Kindle Fire. I love it. It's smaller than the iPad, so it's easier to have around and to hold while reading. The thing I like about it best is reversing the text - white on black - so I can read it in full dark. If my wife wants to get to bed but I want to read, it's not an issue. In fact, I usually read while I giver her the nightly backrub.

It's also an android device, and while you have to deal with the BS Amazon store, you can also side-load most android apps that you download from your smartphone.

The other annoying thing is DRM. We have 5 e-readers in my family, which includes my Fire and my smartphone - sometimes I like to read while I am out and don't have my kindle with me. DRM makes it a pain to share books, and you can't have the same book on two different devices, so you can't have it on your Kindle and phone at the same time.

I buy music from iTunes because I can do what I want with it. I can have it on my PC and in my car and on my phone all at the same time. Until I can do that with books, I see no reason to support DRM-enabled content. I will continue to buy non-DRM books, such as titles from TOR, but I won't buy DRM. Sucks for the authors, but it's the only way to financially influence the publishers into being less draconian.

Oh, one thing about the Kindle Fire - little of the extra content is available outside the US, and you must have a US credit card on the account to download even free apps off the Amazon store. However, they do not verify the card. I am using a card from when I used to live in the US, that expired in 2006. I just fill in the expiry date using a future date.

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:12 am
by Paxen
Kindle vs iPad - it's all about if you want an eink screen or if lcd is good enough for you. A Kindle (not Kindle Fire) is nearly useless for anything but reading, but for me the eink screen is a joy. I spend enough time staring at an lcd screen while playing games or surfing the net, my eyes thank me for not spending even more time staring at a backlit screen. One area where eink is definetly better is if you want to read outside during the day - the screen behaves just like a book so it's perfectly readable outside on sunny days (unlike an LCD screen).

If you like space opera/milSF and other stuff that's more focused on action than on deep thinking, I'd recommend Baen books. http://www.baenebooks.com to buy (all books DRM free for $6, even new releases) and http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com for free, legal downloads of their back catalog. Got authors like Eric Flint (1632), David Weber (Honor Harrington), Lois Bujold (Vorkosigan books) and also quite a few titles from Glen Cook via a partnership with Night Shade books.

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:52 am
by halabar
I love my iPad, but for reading, I prefer paper..

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:40 pm
by Skye1013
Wish there was a way to (legally) transfer all of my current paper copies onto my nook without having to repurchase them all. Would allow me to save a TON of shelf space and probably knock out at least 100 lbs of shipping weight...

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:14 am
by Anisovaya
tinalt wrote:I absolutely need to recommend The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson for any high fantasy fans. It's a great read, the biggest problem I have with it is that it's Sandersons entry into long series fantasy, so I'll be forced to deal with waiting for each new book for the next decade or two.



DEFINITELY recommend reading The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson !!!!!! It truly was an excellent read and the way Sanderson develops the characters into individuals that you care about and are intrigued by is what makes the book such a great read. I too was disappointed that it will be a long wait until the second book in this series comes out. Sanderson was the author that was brought in to finish Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series so that was what got me started on reading The Wheel of Time books. I have to say that while I do find that they initially seemed like a similar version of the characters in the LOTR (can we say bumbling Merry & Pippin who constantly get themselves and everyone else in trouble??!! ugh), I have enjoyed them so far.

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:19 am
by Paxen
A note about the Way of Kings: it's very different from other Sanderson fare. Those are mostly pretty short (for fantasy books...) and contain a lot of action and events. The Way of Kings is...slower, in a way. More like the Wheel of Time (but better).

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:52 am
by Ironshield
My wife recently stumbled upon a real gem of a series, and we've both blown through all 6 books and are worried about what we're going to do waiting for any future books.

Temeraire - by Naomi Novik. Basically an alternate history where dragons are just part of the world. Set during the Napoleonic wars. Very well done and thought through.

Don't want to get into the whole competing tech discussion any more than to wholeheartedly endorse my Kindle - LOVE IT, as does the missus, especially as she's currently breast feeding so having a light book with which you can do everything with one hand is a God send.

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:43 am
by benebarba
Ironshield wrote:My wife recently stumbled upon a real gem of a series, and we've both blown through all 6 books and are worried about what we're going to do waiting for any future books.

Temeraire - by Naomi Novik. Basically an alternate history where dragons are just part of the world. Set during the Napoleonic wars. Very well done and thought through.


Yep. A great 'historical fantasy' series.

Re: All About Books/Periodicals

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:06 pm
by Koatanga
Skye1013 wrote:Wish there was a way to (legally) transfer all of my current paper copies onto my nook without having to repurchase them all. Would allow me to save a TON of shelf space and probably knock out at least 100 lbs of shipping weight...

Not sure how the copyright for books works, but if you own a piece of music (CD, record, tape), you can make copies of it for personal use, and even obtain copies of superior quality for personal use.

If books are similar, then if you have the paper, you should legally be allowed to download and enjoy the electronic version and copies thereof for personal use.

At least that's the way I look at it - we have thousands of books around the house - buying electronic copies of all of them would be horrendously expensive. I don't mind downloading books that I already own.