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Converting physical library to kindle editions...?


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Initial post: Feb 18, 2013, 6:37:37 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013, 6:38:49 PM PST
King Al says:
You do not get a free or discounted ebook just because you own the paper version.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013, 6:39:47 PM PST
Artist says:
You can still read your 500+ books even though you own a Kindle.

Some people repurchase their favorite books in Kindle format, and some of us don't bother.

500+ dead tree books is nothing to most of the people on this forum.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013, 6:41:28 PM PST
Bixillarla says:
Yes you will have to repurchase them if you want them on your Kindle. Just because you have the paper book does not entitle you to the Ebook version. They are seperate products.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013, 6:41:35 PM PST
PeepDittie says:
Why would you want all 500 of those in their Kindle editions if you already have them in print? If there isn't any other single book you'd like to read for the first time instead of rereading the same ones in a different format, then no, going digital probably isn't a brilliant idea. Neither print nor digital is mutually exclusive, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013, 6:47:54 PM PST
Bixillarla says:
I am slowly converting my paper books into Kindle books. Some people just prefer reading on the Kindle. Ever since I got my Kindle I have a very hard time reading a paper book.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013, 6:52:41 PM PST
Yes, you do have to repurchase. I have thousands of dtb books and am slowly but surely replacing them as they become available.

Some of us have so many books we would like to make room in our houses for ourselves. :-) And lots of us like to read books more than once.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013, 7:04:07 PM PST
Anne Shirley says:
Well, you either highly value the convenience and portability of e-books or you don't. Those who don't are happiest sticking with physical books.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013, 7:30:26 PM PST
R. Wilde says:
I guess you could get a scanner and convert them all to PDFs for your personal use.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013, 7:33:15 PM PST
Do you ONLY ever read THOSE 500 books? Don'tcha ever buy NEW books?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013, 7:53:31 PM PST
K. R. says:
"Am I missing something? Because right now this seems to be an insurmountable deal breaker..."

You could stick to just buying/reading DTBs.. No one is going to make you go digital like they did with television...

Posted on Feb 18, 2013, 8:31:00 PM PST
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A. Tsurukame says:
Unfortunately, yes, you'll have to buy them again, but I don't see it as an either-or situation.

Can't you buy new books on your kindle, and/or perhaps just re-buy some of your old favorites?

It's like when CDs came out and people had vinyl records. You had to buy them again on CD, or if you were like me, I kept my vinyls and still bought a CD player.

I still enjoy my paperbooks, but with each passing year, I find myself reading less and less of them, and more and more ebooks on my Kindle.

Amazon has a free trial period. Why not take advantage of it and if you don't like it, just return the device and get a refund.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013, 9:06:28 PM PST
Sunny says:
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Posted on Feb 19, 2013, 3:52:53 AM PST
Before switching exclusively to ebooks, I had a DTB library of several thousand books collected over a lifetime. I've kept a couple of hundred reference books and favorites but have gotton rid of almost all the rest. For me, it's a wonderful feeling not to be burdened by my possessions. Over the years, I moved several times and accomodating the 100+ boxes of books in my library was always one of the most difficult chores of my moves.

I've also always done a lot of traveling and no matter how many books I packed, I almost inevitably found that I was in the mood to read something different from the books I'd brought. Now, I can preload as many ebooks as I want on my Kindle plus have access to my entire library anywhere there's an internet connection.

Reading is my primary leisure activity and I read three to five books a week. Before ebooks became available I spent almost as much time shopping for books as reading them. It's much more convenient to search for and buy ebooks than it was to haunt new and used book stores for hours at a time looking for books to read.

I've reacquired many of the titles from my old DTB library in ebook form but haven't made a concerted effort to do so. I budget about the same amount for buying ebooks as I did for buying DTB's, generally spending $40 to $50 per month. I now have about 1,200 ebooks in my library which is much smaller than many others on these forums but doesn't include a lot of free, public domain books. If I want to re-read Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, etc., I can download free ebooks whenever I want so I don't need to collect their books in my library.

Additionally, I've found that I far prefer reading ebooks to DTB's. My Kindle Paperwhite is easy and comfortable to hold. I can read in any lighting conditions, can adjust font sizes, and can read multiple books simultaneously, switching back and forth between them as often as I want, aways returning to the exact page where I left off.

In short, it was difficult for me as an avid booklover and reader to make the decision to switch to ebooks but I'm glad I did so and would never want to switch back.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013, 1:17:20 PM PST
Sunny says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013, 1:24:05 PM PST
Wayne says:
There is so much incorrect information in that wall of words, I don't know where to begin.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013, 1:28:47 PM PST
<<From what little I've seen, the books that are available in kindle format seems almost as expensive as buying the paper version...
Am I missing something?>>

It's a common misconception that ebooks are significantly cheaper to produce than paper books. Here's an interesting article on that subject. http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2012/consumers-upset-and-confused-over-e-book-pricing/

I would suggest, as others have, that you purchase new reads on the Kindle and take a good hard look at those 500+ paper books. Maybe work at replacing those that you like to re-read but leave the rest in paper format.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013, 1:31:23 PM PST
New Girl says:
Eric, try to think of it this way. If you had hundreds of movies on VHS would you expect to be able to get digital downloads of all those movies for free? It is a fact of life that as technology changes formats change also. My husband had all of his music on records and then he bought all of those same albums on Cassette. After a while he bought most of the same albums on CD. It is crazy but it is reality if you want the new technology you will have to accept that you will need to invest more money.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013, 3:13:58 PM PST
There are exceptions. When Amazon rolled out AutoRip for music cds, they dropped a MP3 copy into customers cloud for any eligible albums you bought going back ~15 years. That's a format change with no additional cost to the customer. And now Walmart has disc to digital. For a nominal fee you can have your eligible movie DVDs upgrade/stored in their cloud for streaming. Just saying.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013, 3:22:49 PM PST
King Al says:
At least you got through that wall of words. I'm impressed.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013, 3:24:42 PM PST
King Al says:
So many people already rip their CDs that music publishers aren't losing much by allowing Amazon to offer this service.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013, 3:25:53 PM PST
And it is very easy. Scanning a book is an entire different animal.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013, 3:26:32 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
Anybody can rip a CD or a DVD using simple tools available for free on the Internet.

When it becomes as easy to "rip" a paper book, the value of digital versions will change, just as the value of the digital versions of music and movies changed. But as it stands, the tools are expensive and the time required is extensive, so there is intrinsic value in the digital versions separate from the value of the content itself. Publishers have every right to redeem that value for cash, since they own it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013, 4:06:14 PM PST
K. R. says:
"When it becomes as easy to "rip" a paper book, the value of digital versions will change, just as the value of the digital versions of music and movies changed."

There really isn't anything 'hard' about ripping a book - I've done several.. The issue with doing that is more a 'time' one, it takes a lot longer to do that it does to rip say an LP... Personally, if there had been a digital copy of the few books I've converted to ebooks - I would have gladly paid for them.

"But as it stands, the tools are expensive.."

Not really, most of what I'm using is freeware..

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013, 4:27:05 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
A freeware book scanner, the kind that turns the pages for you?

And seriously, it's ludicrous to compare the time, effort, and equipment costs of ripping music and videos with that of scanning and correcting a paper book.
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