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User Topic: Not being able to share e-books is a drag!
InnerLight
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Default  Posted: 11:08 AM, May 12th (Saturday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Just complaining.

I like reading electronically. But then you tell a friend, read this! and they have to buy it, you can't just lend it like with real books. So then they tend not to read the same books and then there is less book discussion IRL.

I wish they would find a way to make sharing ebooks a lot easier!


BS, age 53, d-day 6-2-08, divorced after 17 years and 20 together. Now I am living alone in the beautiful rural property that was once the dream retreat with X. It's taking a long time to create new dreams but despite some struggles I am mostly happy.

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brooke4
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Default  Posted: 7:41 AM, May 14th (Monday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage


There will no doubt be plenty of ways to share ebooks coming along, but they will likely all be and stay illegal. If you buy a paper copy of a book, there are only so many times it can realistically be passed along in a lifetime. If you buy an e-book and sharing is legal, you could share it with thousands of people at the flick of a switch. The publishers would lose revenue hand over fist, the authors wouldn't get paid and wouldn't be able to afford to stay authors.

This has been a public service announcement from your local author (who hopes to remain a paid one so she doesn't have to go back to being a lawyer)


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Default  Posted: 8:17 AM, May 14th (Monday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have something wonderful in my city--libraries! You can check out real books for free, and they have been bought so authors make money. If you city has one, your friends can read the same books you do and then you could discuss IRL.

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StillGoing
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Default  Posted: 11:03 AM, May 14th (Monday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

A lot of ebooks on amazon/kindle have loaning enabled - if you go to Manage Kindle, expand the book title and then select the Actions drop down menu on the right you will see Loan This Title if it's lending enabled.

Unfortunately a lot of them aren't lending enabled. Like, "His needs, her needs" is lending enabled to I can click Loan This Title and it opens up a page where you enter the recipients email, a personal note, etc and it allows them access to the title for 10-14 days or so. "Hide Me Among the Graves" and "Anno Dracula" are not lending enabled so they don't have that link there. Which means g_r will be taking my kindle for awhile I guess.

On Amazon it should say Lending Enabled on the sale page, so you know when you're buying it whether or not you can e-lend it.


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Lucky2HaveMe
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Default  Posted: 11:14 AM, May 14th (Monday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Have you heard of dropbox.com? I share books through there.

If you would like me to share, pm me your email addresses.

[This message edited by Lucky2HaveMe at 12:01 PM, May 14th (Monday)]


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InnerLight
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Default  Posted: 1:52 PM, May 14th (Monday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Yes I have dropbox, and would appreciate a pm with more info.

I agree we have to support authors, and I'm glad that people are reading, ebooks, real books.

It's kind of silly for everyone in the same family to read the same title, but have to all pay individually for it.

Hopefully they will devise a way to do this which puts limits so the books isn't pirated but the same title can be used in small groups.

I've tried libraries, but they just don't work that well for me. I live far away from one, I travel a lot, I end up racking up the late fees too easily.

[This message edited by InnerLight at 1:53 PM, May 14th (Monday)]


BS, age 53, d-day 6-2-08, divorced after 17 years and 20 together. Now I am living alone in the beautiful rural property that was once the dream retreat with X. It's taking a long time to create new dreams but despite some struggles I am mostly happy.

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brooke4
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Default  Posted: 5:30 PM, May 14th (Monday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage


It's kind of silly for everyone in the same family to read the same title, but have to all pay individually for it.

Oh I agree. That's something totally different than passing it around to dozens of friends. I don't know what kind of e-reader you have, but we have a number of kindles (three teenagers and an H who travels) and they're linked in such a way that we can all access any book that's ordered on the account. Don't know if that helps, but if it's a Kindle, check your settings.


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Default  Posted: 5:34 PM, May 14th (Monday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

It's kind of silly for everyone in the same family to read the same title, but have to all pay individually for it.

My daughter and I are the only readers in our house, so we have a "shared" account for books only and both of our Kindles are registered to that account.
The account is actually mine, but I control the password etc. I use a different email/Amazon account for gifts an other items I dont want family members to see.


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Fighting2Survive
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Default  Posted: 5:49 PM, May 14th (Monday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I've tried libraries, but they just don't work that well for me. I live far away from one, I travel a lot, I end up racking up the late fees too easily.

I rarely go to the actual library. However, I check out ebooks from our library on my Kindle very frequently. I love being able to "go to the library" from the comfort of my living room chair.

And there are no late fees. Once my lending period expires, the book disappears from my Kindle the next time I turn on its wireless option. That's another huge bonus. I never have to keep up with how long I've had the book or make a special trip to return it.


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osca
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Default  Posted: 4:12 AM, May 27th (Sunday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I am with GabyBaby.

My WH and my brother share the kindle account on amazon. It's one WITHOUT a credicard attached to it and only gift certificate.

That way we can share our library, all over our devices.

It is only annoying when we are reading the same book at the same time (which we avoid), due to the kindle remembering where you are.

Also, if you want to read books that you don't want the other to know about, you are screwed.

Hence my brother now knows all the self help books we have on infidelity in our library


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Kids: 3 yr Son
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SoHappyNow
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Default  Posted: 5:13 PM, May 27th (Sunday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Just a reminder that you don't have to buy a Kindle or any other bulky device to read ebooks- whether purchased or library. Kindle and Nook apps are free for Android phones.


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Default  Posted: 8:36 PM, May 27th (Sunday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Kindle and Nook apps are free for Android phones.

And iPhones

What I hate about the idea of sharing the account is that everyone can see what I'm reading, which sometimes are more personal titles than I'd like the kids to be in on.

But for some reason my crazy kids are all stuck on the idea of paper books anyway, so I don't have too much pressure right now.


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ladyvorkosigan
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Default  Posted: 9:08 AM, May 29th (Tuesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Kindle for PC, as well. And Kindle Cloud Reader for Chrome and Safari browsers on your computer, as well.


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InnerLight
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Default  Posted: 4:44 PM, May 29th (Tuesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Yes, I use a Kindle app not an actual Kindle, but I still don't find it easy to share with friends or family and I'm not going to be on the same account with anyone. It will be a breakthrough for me to finally find a book I like that I want to share that is actually shareable that I then go through the steps to share it with them. Looking forward to the day.


BS, age 53, d-day 6-2-08, divorced after 17 years and 20 together. Now I am living alone in the beautiful rural property that was once the dream retreat with X. It's taking a long time to create new dreams but despite some struggles I am mostly happy.

Posts: 5853 | Registered: Jun 2008 | From: Rural California
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