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Oh. Wow. The last Wheel of Time book has been out for a few months now. Shows how much I care at this point. Sanderson's been doing a good job, though, and now I actually have time to read it.

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I stopped liking e-readers when I noticed how many of them require you buy the books through them, rather than reading any file in the proper format you happen to have. I have zero interest in downloading books I do not own. However, my personal collection of about 20 years of age is several hundred novels strong, and I am not inclined to buy books twice. Well, there are a few I would certainly be willing to throw some extra money at the author for sure, but I am not inclined to pay for the privilege to read my books on an inferior, if more portable, platform (I prefer to read paper. I'd like to be able to take a few books with me when I travel, without the part where my carry on weighs 10 lbs. There are also nights I might prefer to not risk dropping a large novel on my face when I fall asleep at 4am because I can't put it down).

 

There is also the point that I loathe the idea that say, Amazon, could delete my book library on a whim like they did to this guy (and as much as I use it now, I am wary of the same thing with steam).

 

 

Of course the solution is quite simple. PDF is a free format, readable with a free program, and on a playbook it can serve as an e-reader, so yeah. Problem solved.

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I just finished re-reading the Mistborn Trilogy. I still think The Final Empire's the best in the series.

 

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson is also good. Can't wait for Book 2 of the Stormlight Archive.

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Finished harry potter for something like the 20th time. I always blast through 1-5, then around 6 I slow down because I don't want it to end :( (by slow down I mean I go from reading 400 pages/day to maybe 300). Think I am going to reread 7 right away, maybe 6 as well.

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Ya i'm hooked. Finished Mistborn in a day because I couldn't put it down. Sleep debt's not gonna like me. Picked up well of ascension, hero of ages, warbreaker, and elantris. They're not going to last me till November when Brandon Sandersons new book comes out.

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I stopped liking e-readers when I noticed how many of them require you buy the books through them, rather than reading any file in the proper format you happen to have. I have zero interest in downloading books I do not own. However, my personal collection of about 20 years of age is several hundred novels strong, and I am not inclined to buy books twice. Well, there are a few I would certainly be willing to throw some extra money at the author for sure, but I am not inclined to pay for the privilege to read my books on an inferior, if more portable, platform (I prefer to read paper. I'd like to be able to take a few books with me when I travel, without the part where my carry on weighs 10 lbs. There are also nights I might prefer to not risk dropping a large novel on my face when I fall asleep at 4am because I can't put it down).

 

There is also the point that I loathe the idea that say, Amazon, could delete my book library on a whim like they did to this guy (and as much as I use it now, I am wary of the same thing with steam).

 

 

Of course the solution is quite simple. PDF is a free format, readable with a free program, and on a playbook it can serve as an e-reader, so yeah. Problem solved.

 

I'm not quite sure what you mean tbh. Afaik, Amazon's Kindle is the only reader that's really restricted (well Apple stuff too, but who would want to read books on a LCD Screen...). You can still read books from other sources, you just may need to convert it first (Amazon offers a conversion service itself, not sure if for all formats, but if not, there's great e-reader software like Calibre).

 

There are definitely things that bother me about the Kindle (I got one as a present when there were still few alternatives, else I'd not buy an Amazon one), but practically they don't really matter. Amazon being able to delete your books is one thing, but of course the chances of that happening are small and well - my books are saved on my computer via calibre too, so what. The bigger problem here is imo what allows Amazon to do that in the first place - the fact that you don't actually own the digital book, like you would own a physical one, you merely buy a license. Of course no one tells you that...

 

The other problem I guess is DRM (Though there are some publishers without DRM, mainly TOR) even preventing me from legal sharing with family and close friends. Personally, I just remove it, even though it's technically illegal. Again our laws considering digital files and copyright are unfortunately terribly out of date, and with publishers, the music industry etc. keeping on lobbying for it, it seems like that is unlikely to change :/

 

 

Still, I have found the Kindle to be very useful, you can always have a bunch of books with you, can read anywhere, and it's a nice source of cheap and good books too. I wouldn't want to give up paper books completely...but neither would I like to give up my Kindle at this point.

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Either way, anyone got any suggestions in the fantasy genre?

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. :thumbup: Followed by the rest of that series, and then the rest of his books.

 

I got a bit absorbed with Netflix/video games, so I went a while without reading like I normally do. Just now been getting back into the swing of things. Recently I've read:

 

In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall

Through a Window by Jane Goodall

Island 731 by Jeremy Robinson

Claymore, vol. 22 by Norihiro Yagi (manga totally counts)

Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species are Being Rescued from the Brink by Jane Goodall

The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A True Story of Resilience and Recovery by Andrew Westoll

My Friends The Wild Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall

 

For unexplained reasons, I am obsessed with all things chimpanzee as of late... I just feel myself being called to help somehow, so I'm reading everything I can get my hands on.

 

Currently reading Lord of Souls by Greg Keyes. It's the sequel to his first book, both set in the world of The Elder Scrolls games. :thumbup: Almost done reading it... it's very good and engrossing.

 

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1984 by George Orwell atm. I've had the book for the last 10 years or better but just never bothered to read it until now.

 

Decent read. Would give it 6.5/10. Much preferred Animal Farm.

 

Currently reading Frankenstein. Tough read guys, all narration and little dialogue. Feels slow.

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I'm currently reading Homecoming by Cory Doctorow

 

Ohhhh I wanna get that, really liked Little Brother. All the more scary with the current "revelations" about the NSA....

 

 

Currently reading Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, really enjoying it, I love its humor.

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Frankenstein was one of the more enjoyable books I read during my schooling, much better than Dracula, which we read the year before that. Everyone else hated it, but I enjoyed it.

 

Bought A Song of Ice and Fire. I should have waited a few years and got them all together when they're all out, but $50 for all of them so far was just too good a deal to pass up. So I'm reading A Game of Thrones. Not too far in yet, though.

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My latest books are The Art of Immersion and The Buddha Walks Into A Bar. Been sort of on a nonfiction kick lately. Started to read The End of Vandalism by Tom Drury which I bought almost 9 months ago, but I almost felt like I was wasting my time when I look at my stack of books to read.

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Started Ender's Game again. One of my favorite books of all time.

 

EDIT: Finished it. Even though I knew the big surprise, still enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time.

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I guess JK Rowling released a crime novel a few months back under then name of Robert Galbraith titled The Cuckoo's Calling. Reviews for the book have been positive so far.

 

Amazon description:

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.

 

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

 

 

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

 

You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.

 

I'm a fan of crime novels, so I might actually buy this one, unlike Casual Vacancy, when circulation improves.

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Currently reading A Game of Thrones. It's pretty great, but it's taking me longer than books normally do. I get to a chapter of a character I don't like (Sansa) and I'll take a break from reading for a couple days then pick it up again and read another hundred pages or so and put it back down. But I'm going to finish it soon for sure., I'm a good 500 pages in.

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