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If I bought a Kindle and then bought an e-book could I lend it (the e-book not the Kindle) to a friend? Could I leave it (the e-book not the kindle) in a public place so someone else could pick it up and enjoy it? When I'd finished with the e-book could I take it round to my local charity shop so they could get a few pence for it?

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I love my Kindle.
Presumably the Kindle is waterproof - like these - or do I have to keep my tinder dry?

I don't think it would withstand being dropped in the bath, anymore that a book could.  The book will still survive - just as people still go to the cinema, rent dvds and watch them on their cable subscription packages.  The Kindle is great for travelling and for reading all those classics you never read at school, probably wouldn't buy but can get for free from Amazon.

The answer to these is NO.

 

This is why I am against Kindle.

 

Also that Kindle advert on the telly only highlights to me how cold and uninviting reading a giant calculator looks to me.

 

Although I will admit it would be handy for travelling. Not that I ever travel. I just like books ok!

I am undecided about the Kindle - I agree with all the points you have made and have made good use of the book section in my local charity shop a lot over the years.  However I have borowed a Kindle for the past few weeks because my husband had already bougth e-versions of the book I wanted to read (so although you can't lend the e-book you can lend your Kindle if you trust the person to bring it back in one piece and don't mind doing without your literary collection for a while) and I have found it very practical as a commuter.  It is easy to hold and use one handed so much easier to handle than a book while standing on a busy tube train/bus as you still have a hand free to stop yourself toppling over every time the driver hits the brakes. It is also very light and small so reduced the weight of my handbag (or luggage if going on holiday).  I have been suprised by how easy it is to read, I thought I would get annoyed reading off a screen, but it is actually hardly any different from a paper book. 

 

However, I am suprised by how little difference there is in price - I would have thought cutting out the printing/shipping costs would make the e-books significantly cheaper, but that doesn't seem to be the case.  Also a downside, although the battery life is great (I haven't had to charge it yet) if you do get caught out without your charger you are stuck without anything to read until you next get to a plug.

Helen:

thanks for your account.

How often do you use those physical buttons (the keypad) at the bottom of the Kindle?

Not at all really - so far all the books I have read were ones my husband had already downloaded, so I have only used the cursor keys to navigate through the book and around the menu.

A possible explanation for the high price - its a conspiracy 

Apple, along with Publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster, have been accused of illegally fixing the price of ebooks after seeing the Kindle as 'a competitive threat to Apple's business model'.

I definitely agree they look amazing for public transport actually. I love how smug people look when I'm trying to turn a page and not fall over and they are like, click! page turned LOL . I shake my fist at their technology. But my book smells nice!

Brits have taken to e-books in a way other nationalities have not according to a report in Which.

The UK continues to dominate the European market and generated close to half of all Western European e-book spend last year, this despite only accounting for 15% of the region's physical book spend,’ said Fiona Hoy, market analyst at Future source consulting.

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