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Question Concerning True Crime Books

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Initial post: Sep 23, 2010, 1:04:27 PM PDT
Patricia D says:
I like to read true crime books. I have not purchased any since I have owned my Kindle because usually these books have several pictures in the middle of the book and I assume they are not in the Kindle version. Does this keep you from buying this type of book. To me the pictures make the book interesting.

Posted on Sep 23, 2010, 1:10:07 PM PDT
quilt lover says:
The ones I have read on my kindle still had the pictures. I think it just depends on whether the publisher includes them.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2010, 1:10:43 PM PDT
PJ says:
I have purchased a couple of true crime books for my Kindle and the photos have been included.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2010, 1:11:33 PM PDT
Scamp says:
I have not read the few true crime books I have for my Kindle yet, but I did read a nonfiction book about the Supremes. It had all the pictures in the middle, and they were pretty crisp, though small in size. I read an indie series with illustrations, and they came out well also.

It probably differs from publisher to publisher how pictures are handled, but I can't see why they would omit them in an ebook. They have to resize them, of course.

Posted on Sep 23, 2010, 1:16:52 PM PDT
BooDittie says:
It seems to be luck of the draw. Many of them do include the photos but there are nearly as many that don't. In the case of the ones that have omitted them, that's up to the publisher and not the ebook seller. I read mostly non-fiction, mostly true crime. I buy from Amazon, Sony, Borders and Kobo. From my own experience, any that did include them in the print versions but not in the digital versions have been refunded when brought up with the seller. Amazon will refund a purchase for any reason. The others won't, however when there is a reason such as missing photos, I've always been able to keep the e-book anyway. A refunded title from Amazon will vaporize. Either way, I've gotten in the habit of viewing the photos online, as there are usually lots more than were in the books anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2010, 1:18:42 PM PDT
BooDittie says:
Scamp, is it The Lost Supreme? Whichever one, I'm curious as to how you liked it.

Posted on Sep 23, 2010, 1:20:31 PM PDT
Peter Irwin says:
I am reading a book right by Frederick Forsythe called Pillars of the Earth on my Kindle and it has pictures. I agree that if the publisher includes them, they will appear on your kindle. I think that some pictures actually appeared in my sample that I accessed prior to buying this book, so take a look and see what you think.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2010, 1:29:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 23, 2010, 1:30:27 PM PDT
Scamp says:
It's this one: The Supremes: A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success, and Betrayal. It's still on sale as of now.

I really enjoyed reading it. There was quite a bit of discussion about the songwriting team and the lyrics - and I still have some of the songs going through my head!

The sad story of Flo Ballard is apparently treated differently author to author. This author tries to debunk some myths and correct some eroneous information, but in the end, it's hard to say what really happened with this Supreme. It seems to me that she self-destructed, while this author and others throw a good part of the blame on Motown's Gordy and Diana Ross.

Probably the most astounding thing about the book was Gordy's unethical payment system for the artists at Motown. In my view, he completely took advantage of them. This is the only book I've read about Motown, so I was thoroughly shocked.

BTW, I've clicked on The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard to tell the publisher I'd like to read this on Kindle.

Posted on Sep 23, 2010, 1:36:46 PM PDT
Patricia D says:
Thanks so much for the info. I think I will buy one and hope it has the pictures.

Posted on Sep 23, 2010, 1:44:06 PM PDT
BooDittie says:
Thanks, Scamp! I can't decide if I should spend $1.17 on the e-book or $1.30 on the hardcover! lol

I read Ribowsky's bio on Phil Specter, or rather, I read some of it. It's not great writing. I have been wanting to read the Lost Supreme though. I have it on my wishlist at Borders and Sony so I was just curious if that was the one you read. Is it you who has a Sony reader too, or am I thinking of someone else? Anyway, if you can use a 40% coupon on the Borders e-book, that's a nice bargain.

As for Berry Gordy and some of the others, there have been claims of mob connections and all sorts of other dirt. Being from Detroit, I remember hearing lots of speculation even then, during Motown's heyday. Very interesting indeed.

Posted on Sep 23, 2010, 1:44:45 PM PDT
about the size of the pictures; if you move your cursor to the picture you can click it and it will open full screen :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2010, 1:46:29 PM PDT
BooDittie says:
You're welcome, Patricia D. Did you have a particular title in mind? Maybe someone here knows if it has the photos in it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2010, 1:58:20 PM PDT
dnt43 says:
I also like true crime books and was concerned about the pictures not being included on the Kindle version. Some Kindle versions have pictures but not nearly as many as regular books. I also feel the pictures add a lot to the story, but I love my Kindle so much, I can't see myself going back to books. Also, the pictures I have seen are, a bit grainy and not really easy to see. Hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 23, 2010, 2:02:49 PM PDT
I'm reading A Descent Into Hell (and OMG what a book), and it has pictures. They are actually very clear, I was surprised.
A Descent Into Hell

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2010, 2:03:58 PM PDT
BooDittie says:
That's a great book! All of Kathryn Casey's have been really good.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2010, 2:47:19 PM PDT
Scamp says:
The writing is not great, but it's not awful. What might be interesting about the Ribosky book is his research on questionable "facts" previously published. (Some of these disputed facts were raised in the review of The Lost Supreme, so it was interesting for me to have the reference point of Ribowski's book while reading the reviews.)

I was also mostly convinced by his research; it seemed thorough for the most part. The book was fairly well organized.

I have the Pocket Sony. I have to look into the Borders coupon situation. I'll be without a Kindle for awhile so this will be a good time to do that. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2010, 3:46:21 PM PDT
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BooDittie says:
Thanks for the review. I just finished reading the sample and it's not bad. I'm going to buy the e-book right now.

The thing about the Phil Spector bio is that it's overly long and got really boring. This was before the murder conviction, of course. I've always liked reading bios and autobiographies but some do tend to just go on and on about nothing. One music related autobiography that I really liked is Eric Clapton's. I really had low expectations when I started it but it was surprisingly good.

I'm not certain whether you can join Borders rewards online, but I think so. They have a new one too that isn't free to join but it sounds like a better deal than B&N's. The coupons are valid on all but the Agency Five, which includes a lot of my true crime choices and other non-fiction titles. Now I spend more time comparison shopping than reading, but hey, I'm stocking up for the long cold winter ahead. Clapton: The Autobiography

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2011, 12:21:46 AM PST
I agree, I bought my Kindle yesterday and I am hoping the pictures you speak about in the middle of these of books are included....will know soon lol

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2011, 12:23:49 AM PST
Hi, I bought a Kindle yesterday and was wondering can I download a Boarder's book into my Kindle?

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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2013, 11:28:08 PM PDT
katrig says:
sync your computer to your kindle. download kindle computer app and look at pictures on your computer. I read true crime and just go on computer to see crime seen. Hope this helps.
Ann Rule and Kathryn Casey are great crime writers and both have new kindle books out.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2013, 11:33:52 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
I kinda doubt she's been hanging around since September 2010 waiting on an answer

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2013, 11:55:56 PM PDT
katrig says:
I no just wanted to see if this works as I love true crime books and wonder what else to read but certainly did not expect a response.
thanks now I no how this part works
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