>>7330157 They removed the text to speech function which existed on earlier models, so it's totally pointless to me now. I'd rather just have the physical book if I can't have it read to me. You can get tablet ebook readers for TTS.
>>7330278 >>7330280 Fair enough but when I bought my e-reader, I just download hundreds of books and threw them all on an SD card. I guess deleting books would make it easier to go through your collection when deciding which new book you want to read but I don't like deleting books for some reason.
If you're a techie, an SD card also lets you take advantage of rooting your device. You can put applications on the card. All in all, it's definitely not necessary, but it kind of makes me feel a little less tethered to computers.
Amazon also has a really shitty track record when it comes to privacy - that's my main complaint about buying one of their products. Since the Nook is absolute garbage now, the only other decent choice is a Kobo, but I'm not sure if they are any better with privacy.
>>7330353 This is a big discussion and probably doesn't belong in a /lit/ thread. It's the same reason why you should be concerned about privacy in general. "I have nothing to hide" is a silly argument. To boil it down very simply, it's about freedom from control. The more someone or something knows about you, the more easily you can be influenced.
If I read questionable books like shit written by murderers with a questionable ideology, I don't want to be on watchlists and potentially get penalized in the future just because I read a book.
>>7330388 Go fuck yourself. A book is a book, text is text. If you cared about literature, then you wouldn't care about the medium in which it came. As long as the original text is preserved, nothing else matters. The only exception is when the author intended for a specific formatting, in which case you are free to read a physical copy. Nothing stops the two from coexisting.
>>7330427 E-reader: -Download the book you want in seconds and start reading it right away. -Change the text size to accommodate your preferences. -Carry hundreds of books in one small device - beats carrying even one book since it's thinner, lighter, and doesn't need to be spread open. -Built in dictionary so you can look up new words in seconds - you're bullshitting if you say you look up every new word you come across in a dictionary when you read a physical book. -Battery lasts months. Yeah charging is a drawback, but if you only have to charge a few times a YEAR, it's seriously not an issue unless you live in isolation in fucking Antarctica.
Of course it isn't necessary, but it's still a great option if you have the money. The only major drawback is that it has sprouted elitists like you who get a smug sense of importance by not using one.
An e-reader can hold multiple books, allows books to be bought and stored digitally, read instantly, read in the dark (if it has a backlight), pirated, etc. Just because you don't see the value in the above doesn't mean others don't.
People who travel, people who don't have space for books, people who don't want to pay to have books shipped, people who want to read in the dark, people who want to pirate books, etc.
>>7330405 I can understand your point. In that case, I'd say it's viable to use both. A Kindle for some books, and physical/non-Kindle copies for others that might raise eyebrows. I'm not personally worried about getting on a list for the books I read, but that doesn't mean I don't think it's a viable concern for some.
I like e-readers but the main thing I can't get over is that it's not easy to loan a book to a friend. I'm also a huge faggot for bookshelves. Maybe I should just pirate all of my books to read them on kindle and then buy hardcopies if I like them.
>>7330468 There's a setting for your "location," which is like a page number that changes based on your font size and such.
And there's a setting for your percentage, which is what I was using. However, it was deceptive because the Notes and Errata took up a sizable chunk of the latter percentage. The endnotes started aroubd 85% or so, but I wasn't completely sure.
More importantly, I accidentally turned both settings off sometime during Hal's last chapter and just did not bother turning them back on until it was too late.
>>7330353 You give up privacy in exchange for them knowing what you buy from them and what you have finished from those books, which they use to suggest more books to you. Also no sd card and limited file types.
If you are unsure of what to get if any you might want to look up some reviews other than people on /lit/ https://www.youtube.com/user/TheeBookReader/videos
>>7330353 If you really want to be creeped out, I have only connected my kindle to update my software. When I went on my amazon account the next time it was giving me book recommendations based off all of the pirated books on my device
Kindle has terrible firmware, terrible typography, only reads a small amount of file types and is made by a company with questionable ethics. Just get a Kobo and sync it to Calibre on your PC, no email fuckery and you can even sync it via Wi-Fi if you are tech illiterate enough to think that connecting an USB cable is too hard.
>>7332166 Every Kindle has shitty typography, it's not a per-case thing, you just didn't notice it. Recently they "updated" it but you need to download their new proprietary file type so it will still have the shitty typography if you don't buy ebooks from Amazon. Bugs include bricking, freezes and failure to update library properly if adding from Calibre.
>>7332204 Looking at your picture I have to say "so what", and as far as the bricking, freezes and library updates, I have never experienced them. The worst happened when my touch went over to a new system update, and .mobi started shitting out occasionally, but azw3 works fine.
Im not an Amazon fanboi (i doubt they exist) but as far as technology, my amazon e-readers have been much more reliable than any samsung, apple, microsoft, custom pc, amd, or nvidia product ive bought as far as how hardy and how many years of use I get out them.
For me your post is like people who treat Steam like it is anti-consumer, when for the last decade it has never broken any games or fucked me in anyways except for giving me games on the penny.
>>7332228 dont connect to the internet, manage your books from calibre
Seriously, Amazon has 0 to do with my kindle unless I let it. If it deleted all my pirated books (all my books that is) I would just re-upload them. If they started blocking all books without an amazon drm check, the flipout online would be top tier.
>>7334782 I know it can. I accidentally turned it off when I was near the end and didn't turn it back on.
The hyperlinked footnotes were great, but my Kindle would lock up if I tried to warp back and forth too much. Then I'd have to tap a bunch of times and suddenly get flung ten pages backward. Just a mild inconvenience.
>>7330437 The dictionary and the ability to change the font size on the spot is what made me buy one. No book can do that, and I see no virtue in having to put the book down and take a peek into a physical dictionary/switch on my laptop to look up a word.
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