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are the kindle books condensed?


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Initial post: Jun 14, 2010, 9:57:27 PM PDT
Maria says:
The books I have read on the kindle seem to be read much too quickly. Are these books condensed? I read "The Passage" which is supposed to be nearly 800 pages long in two days (while working) and "The Magnificent Ambersons" in just a few hours.
Something is wrong. I read fast but not that fast.

Posted on Jun 14, 2010, 9:59:06 PM PDT
LynnL says:
No, unless specifically noted as a sample chapter or excerpt, Kindle books are not abridged.

Posted on Jun 14, 2010, 9:59:52 PM PDT
I read faster on the Kindle too. It's awesome.

Posted on Jun 14, 2010, 10:30:32 PM PDT
Rod Govers says:
I'm another one who at first thought the books were condensed. My reading speed has increased amazingly (or perhaps I spend more time reading because of the convenience of the Kindle).

Posted on Jun 14, 2010, 10:32:31 PM PDT
Daniel says:
Font size has a big effect on reading speed for me, maybe that's a factor.

Posted on Jun 14, 2010, 10:38:21 PM PDT
Nope. It's a factor of the Kindle making reading much more comfortable and efficient; I know I read a lot more easily. Let's face it, we don't lose time turning all those pages and wrestling keeping the book open! ;)

Posted on Jun 15, 2010, 9:25:58 AM PDT
OK, raise your hands, all those who have gotten so into the book they're reading that they have actually tried to physically turn the Kindle to get to the next page. Sigh! It makes me feel really silly when I catch myself doing that... I LOVE my Kindle! The best part is that I now have a Classical Library that I could never afford to own as physical books, that is, if I could find some of them in print at all. It's like a wonderful dream. :o)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2010, 9:51:40 AM PDT
Pegi says:
I wondered that at first - gee how come it takes so little time to read a book? But I checked - just read "Harpo Speaks" again for the first time since I was a kid, and I still have the ancient huge, hard-cover edition. Everything was there in the Kindle, photos and all.

Posted on Jun 15, 2010, 10:04:52 AM PDT
Maria P says:
I think they must be. Otherwise, how could I possibly fit 170 books into my little Kindle bag?

Posted on Jun 15, 2010, 10:43:03 AM PDT
MasterMind says:
Nope soup is condensed, The Readers Digest is condensed. The Kindle books are just like the DTBs but much more convenient to read, so you get through them faster

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2010, 3:01:51 PM PDT
TuxGirl says:
I've heard of people trying to click the side of DTBs, and trying to use the dictionary of DTBs after reading Kindle for a while

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2014, 9:40:13 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2014, 9:44:10 AM PDT
If the product page SAYS they are, of course.

Abridged: Treasure Island at 183 pages.

UNabridged: Treasure Island: Literary Touchstone Edition at 227 pages.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2014, 9:50:10 AM PDT
Do you realize you are commenting on a thread that is 4 years old?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2014, 10:45:35 AM PDT
I wanted to use the dictionary last night when I was talking to my husband. He was reading something, and found a word he wasn't sure was being used correctly. I nearly got my Kindle out and did a dictionary search, but ended up blowing it off. The dictionary is just so handy!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2014, 12:19:56 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
True, the condensed versions are condensed. Thanks for pointing that out.....

Posted on Dec 22, 2015, 8:11:39 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2015, 8:14:41 AM PST
and why are you certain

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2015, 8:16:17 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
The Abbey: A Story of Discovery in Hardcover = 224 pages
The Abbey: A Story of Discovery Kindle length = 224 pages

thus it is not condensed - the only things that might be left out are blank pages

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2015, 8:22:20 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2015, 8:24:07 AM PST
It's really highly unlikely that a current, months old fiction release from a traditional publisher would be condensed. And absolutely not without being marked.

Old reprint maybe (by accident.)
Specialized, non-fiction title with info that doen't digitize well, maybe. And those are generally marked; for example, some digital editions come without photos.
But a 224 page, newly issued book--what on earth would be the point?

Any actual facts to support your feeling?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2015, 8:24:42 AM PST
Good morning,
Elaine, if you don't want your Kindle, I know some kids who would love it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2015, 8:25:43 AM PST
King Al says:
And why are YOU certain? Just because you think something does not make it so.
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