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Has anyone got an EBook ? Are they worth buying ?

Myself and lannaman are the eBook aficionados of the Chiang Rai forum.

I was a slow starter but now prefer my eBook reader to hard copy books.

Lannaman and I probably have several hundred eBooks between us, all of which could be carried on a memory card the size of a postage stamp.

Can you advise what EBook is worth buying and what size memory cards to go with it . I have no idea about these EBooks but I would like to know more about them. Is it free to down load books or have you got to join an EBook website and pay per book ? Can you send the book you have read to another EBook User ? Any Info would be great, thanks :D

I read about 5 books a week but it would be great to have on hand whatever I wanted to read, so I think I will invest in one as long as I can read the print ?

Some eBook readers contain 2 memory sources, a built in hard drive and a removable memory card. My reader, an iRiver Story, has a 1gb drive and a 4gb removable card. This will hold many thousands... yes, thousands,of eBooks.

There are thousands of free eBooks available on the internet, most of which are out of copyright meaning they were written more than 100 years ago.

There are also free copyright books available on the internet through various sources, obviously torrent sites are one.

eBooks can be stored like digital photos and shared the same way, eg eMail or by USB drives.

Most large book stores now sell eBooks and most new books are sold in eBook format as well as hard/paper copies. They are quite a bit cheaper than paper books.

They can be read on any computer as well, the advantage of the eBook reader though, is that they have a battery that lasts several days between charges.

There are several threads on ThaiVisa about eBooks, including one in the Chiang Rai forum.

Type eBook into the search box in the top right hand corner and they will come up.

Many thanks :D

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Has anyone got an EBook ? Are they worth buying ?

Most of my ebooks are the free ones. The only one I bought is 'From Beggar to Butterfly' by Peter Jaggs. A collection of related short stories from Thailand and Pattya - very enjoyable.

I have a Kindle. It only needs to be charged once per month. The screen looks like high quality paper - very easy on the eyes. It has a built in dictionary and I can keep notes related to the content of all the books. I prefer to buy an ebook than a paper book now.

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I don't seem to find the time to read books at the moment. I do have one from a local author (who seems to be quiet on here at the moment). I will find time to read it eventually.

These Ebooks maybe a solution to getting english language childrens books for my Kids. I was thinking along the line of ladybird type books if anyone can remember them. Anyway, if anyone comes across any let me know.

Also, Are these ereaders available for sale in CR ?

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I've not heard of them yet in Thailand Jubby, a check of Asia Books website reveals ebooks are "coming soon".

http://www.asiabooks.co.th/eBooks.aspx

You could certainly buy them online through Amazon and eBay.

The format isn't really yet picture friendly though, and while I realise your girls may be past the picture book stage, have you considered a cheap notebook/laptop for them?

Most eBooks can be read like this and of course they can watch movies and play games as well.

The price is a bit higher but it may be a suitable option. (And still time to order one from Santa!)

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The Honourable Schoolboy by John LeCarre

The King's Last Dance by Geoff Ryman

The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill

The Chinaman by Stephen Leather

The Main by Trevanian

Brother Odd by Dean Koontz

The Falcon of Siam by Axel Aylwyn

Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

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I've not heard of them yet in Thailand Jubby, a check of Asia Books website reveals ebooks are "coming soon".

http://www.asiabooks.co.th/eBooks.aspx

You could certainly buy them online through Amazon and eBay.

The format isn't really yet picture friendly though, and while I realise your girls may be past the picture book stage, have you considered a cheap notebook/laptop for them?

Most eBooks can be read like this and of course they can watch movies and play games as well.

The price is a bit higher but it may be a suitable option. (And still time to order one from Santa!)

They all have a PC or notebook Scea. Unfortunately, as I write they are dancing to a youtube video of jail bait 'hanna Montana' .

Although its good exercise its not exercising their brains . then they will be playing Woozworld . Don't ask B)

I just thought If I could get them a reading tablet thing without bells and whistles it would get them reading. I get the impression they aren't exactly encouraged to read books at Thai School B)

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Currently I'm reading the latest in WEB Griffin's "The Corp" series.

Good reading with lots of accurate military history about the Korean War thrown in.

I "acquired" in eBook format off the internet.

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I would just like to reccomend DRAGONSTRIKE..The MILLENIUM WAR by Humphrey Hawksley. Subject is the growing influence of China and its terroritoral ambitions with the SE Asian countries.

Very well written and believable when you look at China today.Quite frightening realy.

and the LEE CHILD books featuring Jack Reacher...about 10 of them now...a Rambo type guy.

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Has anyone got an EBook ? Are they worth buying ?

If you PM me your eMail address I'll send you an eBook in Word format and show you how you can read it on your computer.

Don't worry, I'll still let you pretend you know everything. B)

I'll also sell your eMail address to porn sites who will spam you for the next 40 years, but you probably get that anyway. :lol:

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Clive Cussler Crescent Dawn (adventure)

Although I don't think Clive writes the books any more ..... ghosted

Just downloaded

The Age of MisRule series, 3 books by Mark Chadbourne (Fantasy)

A load of James Patterson books will read his 'The Quickie' next (Thriller)

Peter Hamiltons Void Trilogy (Science Fiction)

The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden (I enjoyed the movie)

Reading it on my ebook (Nook), another 1500 are loaded ready to read, if I had to choose again, I would get a Kindle 3 for the longer battery life.

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Clive Cussler Crescent Dawn (adventure)

Although I don't think Clive writes the books any more ..... ghosted

Just downloaded

The Age of MisRule series, 3 books by Mark Chadbourne (Fantasy)

A load of James Patterson books will read his 'The Quickie' next (Thriller)

Peter Hamiltons Void Trilogy (Science Fiction)

The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden (I enjoyed the movie)

Reading it on my ebook (Nook), another 1500 are loaded ready to read, if I had to choose again, I would get a Kindle 3 for the longer battery life.

Good to see you here sara'sbloke, keen readers are always welcome on the Chiang Rai forum. B)

I charge my iRiver Story reader every second night. I could get more out of the battery but hate to run out. It's still considerably short of the 5000 pages promised though.

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Actually, this is more related to the question of viability of e-books.

I have only one reservation about them. Overall the idea is great! It makes me look like an idiot after collecting thousands of hard cover quality books over about 50 years, not speaking of keeping them, moving, dusting, etc... And the costs wasted (?) over those years!

My reservation is based only on lack of information from the electronically available (downloadable) books libraries.

They all point out cheerfully the millions of titles available. What if someone's specific needs are not from their mainstream?

Just to illustrate my doubts: if I am interested in W. Shakespear, W. Blake, W.S. Maugham, G. Byron, E.M. Remarque, L. Feichtwanger, A. Dumas, A. Chehov, M. Bulgakov, J. London, Stendahl, O. Balzac, G. Maupassant, R. Kipling, G. Orwell, etc. etc. etc.... while the libraries in question offer millions of titles from Mills&Boon collection, - the good idea sucks!?

In short, can I check what is on offer in a package: e-book AND the list of books available for download? Please point this info here.:jap:

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Actually, this is more related to the question of viability of e-books.

I have only one reservation about them. Overall the idea is great! It makes me look like an idiot after collecting thousands of hard cover quality books over about 50 years, not speaking of keeping them, moving, dusting, etc... And the costs wasted (?) over those years!

My reservation is based only on lack of information from the electronically available (downloadable) books libraries.

They all point out cheerfully the millions of titles available. What if someone's specific needs are not from their mainstream?

Just to illustrate my doubts: if I am interested in W. Shakespear, W. Blake, W.S. Maugham, G. Byron, E.M. Remarque, L. Feichtwanger, A. Dumas, A. Chehov, M. Bulgakov, J. London, Stendahl, O. Balzac, G. Maupassant, R. Kipling, G. Orwell, etc. etc. etc.... while the libraries in question offer millions of titles from Mills&Boon collection, - the good idea sucks!?

In short, can I check what is on offer in a package: e-book AND the list of books available for download? Please point this info here.:jap:

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Augustine of Hippo The Confessions

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Austen, Jane Pride and Prejudice

Austen, Jane Sense and Sensibility

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Balzac, Honore de Cousin Bette

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Bellamy, Edward Looking Backward

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Dostoyevsky, Fyodor The Double

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor The Gambler

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Forster, E. M. Where Angels Fear to Tread.

Frost, Robert Collected Poems.

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Gibran, Khalil The Prophet

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Gissing, George The Odd Women

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Gogol, Nikolai The Inspector General

Gogol, Nikolai The Overcoat

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Hardy, Thomas Jude the Obscure

Hardy, Thomas The Mayor of Casterbridge

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Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Scarlet Letter

Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Blithedale Romance

Hawthorne, Nathaniel Twice Told Tales

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Homer The Iliad

Homer The Odyssey

Hugo, Victor Les Miserables

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Kafka, Franz The Metamorphosis

James, Henry Daisy Miller

James, Henry The Ambassadors

James, Henry The American

James, Henry The Turn of the Screw

James, Henry The Portrait of a Lady

James, Henry Washington Square

Joyce, Jame Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Joyce, James Dubliners

Joyce, James Ulysses

Kafka, Franz The Metamorphosis

Keats, John Collected Poems

The Koran (Qu'ran)

Kipling, Rudyard Captains Courageous

Kipling, Rudyard Kim

Khayyam, Omar The Rubaiyat

Lawrence, D. H. Sons and Lovers

Lawrence, D. H. Women in Love

Lewis, Sinclair Babbit

Lewis, Sinclair Main Street

Locke, John Second Treatise on Civil Government

London, Jack The Call of the Wild

Machiavelli, Nicolo The Prince

Malory, Thomas Le Mort D'Arthur

Marlowe, Christopher Dr. Faustus

Marx, Kar The Communist Manifesto

Melville, Herman Bartleby, the Scrivener

Mellville, Herman Billy Budd

Mellville, Herman Moby Dick

Mellville, Herman Typee

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Milton, John Paradise Lost

Milton, John Paradise Regained

Moliere The Miser

More, Thomas, Sir, Saint Utopia

Nietzsche, Friedrich Beyond Good and Evil

Orwell, George 1984

Orwell, George Animal Farm

Paine, Thomas Common Sense

Plato The Republic

Poe, Edgar Allen Collected Tales

Pope, Alexander The Rape of the Lock

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques The Confessions

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques The Social Contract

Sand, George Mauprat

Rowlandson, Mary Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration

Scott, Sir Walter Guy Mannering

Scott, Sir Walter Ivanhoe

Shakespeare, William Sonnets

Shakespeare, William As You Like It

Shakespeare, William All's Well That Ends Well

Shakespeare, William Antony and Cleopatra

Shakespeare, William A Comedy of Errors

Shakespeare, William Hamlet

Shakespeare, William King Lear

Shakespeare, William Macbeth

Shakespeare, William The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare, William Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare, William Julius Caesar

Shakespeare, William Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare, William A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare, William Othello

Shakespeare, William Twelfth Night

Shakespeare, William Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Shaw, George Bernard Pygmalion

Shelley, Mary Frankenstein

Sinclair, Upton The Jungle

Sophocles The Oedipus Trilogy

Stendhal The Red and the Black

Sterne, Lawrence Tristram Shandy

Stevenson, Robert Louis Treasure Island

Stoker, Bram Dracula

Stowe, Harriet Beecher Uncle Tom's Cabin

Sun Tzu The Art of War

Swift, Jonathan A Modest Proposal

Swift, Jonathan Gulliver's Travels

Tennyson, Alfred Idylls of the King

Thackeray, William Makepeace Vanity Fair

Thoreau, Henry David On Civil Disobedience

Thoreau, Henry David Walden

Thucydides History of the Pelyponnesion Wars

Tolstoy, Leo Anna Karenina

Tolstoy, Leo War and Peace

Trollope, Anthony Barchester Towers

Trollope, Anthony The Way We Live Now

Truth, Sojourner [Gilbert] The Narrative of Sojourner Truth

Twain, Mark The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Twain, Mark The Innocents Abroad

Twain, Mark Life on the Mississippi

Twain, Mark The Mysterious Stranger

Twain, Mark On the Decay of the Art of Lying

Twain, Mark The Prince and the Pauper

Twain, Mark Pudd'nhead Wilson

U. S. United States Constitution

U. S. Declaration of Independence

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Verne, Jules Around the World in Eighty Days

Voltaire Candide

Wells, H. G. War of the Worlds

Wells, H. G. The Time Machine

Wharton, Edith The Age of Innocence

Wharton, Edith The House of Mirth

Wharton, Edith Ethan Frome

Whitman, Walt Leaves of Grass

Wilde, Oscar The Picture of Dorian Grey

Wollstonecraft, Mary A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Wordsworth, William Lyrical Ballads

Wordsworth, William The Prelude

Woolf, Virginia A Room of One's Own

Everything is around if you make the effort.

Sure, not every book is online, but then not every printed book is available in your local bookstore.

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Actually, this is more related to the question of viability of e-books.

I have only one reservation about them. Overall the idea is great! It makes me look like an idiot after collecting thousands of hard cover quality books over about 50 years, not speaking of keeping them, moving, dusting, etc... And the costs wasted (?) over those years!

My reservation is based only on lack of information from the electronically available (downloadable) books libraries.

They all point out cheerfully the millions of titles available. What if someone's specific needs are not from their mainstream?

Just to illustrate my doubts: if I am interested in W. Shakespear, W. Blake, W.S. Maugham, G. Byron, E.M. Remarque, L. Feichtwanger, A. Dumas, A. Chehov, M. Bulgakov, J. London, Stendahl, O. Balzac, G. Maupassant, R. Kipling, G. Orwell, etc. etc. etc.... while the libraries in question offer millions of titles from Mills&Boon collection, - the good idea sucks!?

In short, can I check what is on offer in a package: e-book AND the list of books available for download? Please point this info here.:jap:

The Gutenberg project http://www.gutenberg.org has 33 000 free books in epub, kindle, html and simple text formats. Part of the pleasure of an ebook reader is that there are none of the adverts or distractions that one gets when using a multi-purpose piece of equipment like an ipad etc.

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