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  •  What I'd like is a book I could choose to throw (3+ / 0-)
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    away. I have the Kindle app, and generally I buy books that I'm likely to reread. But a few weeks ago I downloaded a book someone mentioned in a comment and decided about 30 pages into it that there was no way I was going to finish it. I deleted it, and found that the Kindle app keeps the link in the library no matter what you do.

    I could go into the computer and pull the reference, but that would only work until the next time I opened the app and it re-synchronized with Amazon's list of things I've bought. If it were a 'real' book, I could toss it in the trash.

    Another thing that I'd like to see is effectively a Library option. I would be willing to try a lot more new authors if I had the opportunity to pay a small sum for a 'loan' copy for two weeks. Something like - if you don't come back and pay for the book within that time, it self-deletes from your files.

    A third thing - yes, I'm running on, but your post kicked off a lot of stuff - is the lending aspect. If I own the book, and I'm paying as much as I would for a printed copy, I want to be able to transfer the book to another Kindle user, probably keyed by email address. If it's mine, dammit, I should be able to give it away. And if that ends up with a book transferred multiply between 10 people, as long as it's only on one user's system at a time, well, people have been doing that with hardbound books for a long time. I see no reason why anyone should make more profit from ebooks than from actual printed books because they're not lendable.

    Thanks for the space to vent. And yes, I did enjoy your diary (almost forgot that).

    At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh.... (Yes, there's gender bias in my name; no, I wasn't thinking about it when I signed up. My apologies.)

    by serendipityisabitch on Fri May 31, 2013 at 04:13:17 AM PDT

    •  As for the lending option (0+ / 0-)

      I understand an electronic one is infinitely copyable and a physical one isn't, but lending is one of the main ways readers get turned on to new authors.  Instead of worrying that their un-DRM'd stuff would be given away, they should trust readers to buy the stuff they get turned on to.

    •  serendipityisabitch - Log onto Amazon. (4+ / 0-)

      com. Click on My Account. Click on Manage Your Kindle. You'll find a "library" of books, music, videos that you've purchased. Find the book you want to get rid of. Click on Actions. "Remove from library" deletes the book for good.

      Other points: Both Nook and Kindle allow you to sample a book. IOW, you can download a free sample. I just looked at the free sample of my book and the sample is 14% of the whole book on Kindle. (I don't know the percentage with Nook.)

      As for lending: The publisher makes the decision as to whether the book is lendable or not. A Kindle book can only be lent once. I didn't see that restriction on Nook, so I don't know.

      BTW, since you have a Kindle app, check out amazon.com/author/dallasdunlap

      •  Thank you. I will proceed to Amazon more or less (0+ / 0-)

        forthwith. I hadn't realized the free sample was that large - I've been assuming that the Look Under the Cover feature was all that was available. I will definitely look again, and most definitely take advantage of it.

        Checked.  I see that there is a "try a sample", and I will remember.

        I'm sorry - the closest I've ever wanted to come to occult horror is Diana Tregarde, and only  because a) it's Misty Lackey, and b) it's not very close to horror. Got anything else in the production pipeline? I've sampled The Cabin and will take a look at it later.

        At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh.... (Yes, there's gender bias in my name; no, I wasn't thinking about it when I signed up. My apologies.)

        by serendipityisabitch on Fri May 31, 2013 at 08:56:38 AM PDT

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    •  You can lend Kindle books. (1+ / 0-)
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      It's a bit complicated and requires that you log onto Kindle's website (as far as I know, anyway), but you can, and I've been surprised by which Kindle books can be loaned.  They do have a system that lets you lend a book--to one person at a time as you suggested--to your friends, by email address (again, as you suggested).

      You can also lend Nook books, which is a bit easier to do with an actual Nook.

      •  Thanks much. Generally, when I'm downloading (0+ / 0-)

        something new, I do an incredibly thorough check into its bells and whistles.  This one I didn't, because, gee, it's books, not computers. Self-facepalm. And me a long term nerd about computers.

        I now sympathize a whole lot  more with publishing companies who've, as the diarist said, ignored the technology for so many years. It takes a slap upside the head to realize that you've got a blind spot this large.

        At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh.... (Yes, there's gender bias in my name; no, I wasn't thinking about it when I signed up. My apologies.)

        by serendipityisabitch on Fri May 31, 2013 at 05:42:44 PM PDT

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