Book Recommendations?

I mean, they could become a Kindle book reseller, I guess? "If you buy from this link, we get a cut". If the bookstore had a way to actually be the first-party seller of an ebook, then the profits on those would eventually eclipse those on the physical books. So a system where the bookseller simply charges you and then says "Ebook or physical today?" would actually be of use to them. I wonder why Amazon or Nook don't just go with kiosks in bookstores?

However, ebook sales have been dropping in the last few years. Speculation is that people are tired of all the electronic devices and use books as a break. In two years, from 2021 to 2023, ebook reader numbers in the US declined from 38% to 30% of the population. And the market is around $4.5B - $5B per year, which is... Smaller than I thought.

So maybe the payoff on kiosks would just not be worth it, and their presence might tick off the hardcore book readers who despise reading on devices, and then there is the issue of which standard and backing store you go with.

This is definitely a case where capitalism has screwed us over in many ways. One single e-book standard and we'd be in a much better place.

I wonder what's driving the reduction, unless it's people like the rest of my family who read infrequently. They don't hit the shelf capacity problem that puts me firmly in the ebook camp, and really like the tactility of a physical book. So perhaps they tried ebook readers and went back to dead tree.

I really don't see Waterstones here in the UK doing anything to try and provide a better, more personal experience than Amazon. Presumably custom hardware manufacturing isn't going to make financial sense for them (tying into your point about a common format), but presumably they could partner up with Kobo or B&N Nook or someone if they wanted to get into that, though they might just consider them to be competitors and not potential partners.

Honestly, without e-ink devices I could take them or leave them, as the experience goes. I ran out of book space years ago and purged (everything but hardbound firsts and a few books I really did not want to part with). But e-ink gives me the same visual experience (at least in black in white; Amazon's rumored to finally have a color e-ink device line early next year).

And the part of me that remembers when I had to carry five or six books on a trip (to satisfy ADHD interest shifts, I now know), and had *thousands* of books stored in boxes awaiting shelf space that never arrived, is flat out amazed at the fact that I can carry nearly 2000 books on one small device that can be easily read without eye strain in any lighting conditions. Still magic to me even though I know exactly how it is done.

For me, e-books will never lose their appeal.

Robear wrote:

And the part of me that remembers when I had to carry five or six books on a trip (to satisfy ADHD interest shifts, I now know), and had *thousands* of books stored in boxes awaiting shelf space that never arrived, is flat out amazed at the fact that I can carry nearly 2000 books on one small device that can be easily read without eye strain in any lighting conditions. Still magic to me even though I know exactly how it is done.

For me, e-books will never lose their appeal.

I can't like this hard enough.

That's the thing, I like the experience of collecting books and having them on the shelf and going to used bookstores, but the actual reading experience on an eReader is soo much better. I have taken to collecting some favorites in paper form but if I actually want to read them I do it on my Kindle...

Just finished 2020’s Mordew by Alex Pheby, a strange gothic fantasy and skewering of the Special Boy trope, about a child living in the slums of the coastal city of Mordew, trying to scrape together money to treat his father’s debilitating and deadly infection by lungworms, and who was born with the unique ability to mold new forms of life out of the mud that covers every inch of the city.

I'm only halfway through but I'm really enjoying Five Broken Blades by Mai Corland. It has something in common with Abercrombie's Best Served Cold - disparate characters teaming up to assassinate someone. It hops between the first person view of each character (who emphatically do not trust each other), which is an approach I haven't seen in a little while - you get each character's truthful impressions and opinions of the others.

It's a pretty grim and dark setting, but I wouldn't call it grimdark just yet - the nihilism / optimism of the ending will probably determine how I feel about that.

Hope this is okay to share here. If you've not read my book, this Kickstarter is a really great way to pick up a DRM free copy and support my weird dream.

"Did he say bull semen? Hold on better rewind. He did. He did say bull semen."

Very cool. Only one thing, though, bro. That video has a lot of testimonials, Broseph, but they're all chicks. What's up with that, broski? Is this a book for girls, Brodysseus?

BadKen wrote:

Very cool. Only one thing, though, bro. That video has a lot of testimonials, Broseph, but they're all chicks. What's up with that, broski? Is this a book for girls, Brodysseus?

It absolutely is… uh, Broman Mars.

That explains a lot of things.

Happy to help back and spread the word. Although i very rarely see kickstarter e-mail updates, so if you need me, you know where to find me.

Trichy, are physical rewards only available in the US? It doesn't let me choose other countries. I already have the kindle version.

EDIT: ah, it says that specifically in the pledge levels. Reading fail. Never mind.

I can't not indulge my curiosity. The video is very well done.

Currently going through The Witcher Series.

The Last Wish
is a series of short stories that tv show also touched on. I liked it enough. I had to look up what two of the wishers were. The theme being be careful what you wish for.

The Sword of Destiny I liked more than the first book. This go back and forth between two periods of time that converge. Parts of this was also told on the show. The theme here is choice vs destiny.

DudleySmith wrote:

Trichy, are physical rewards only available in the US? It doesn't let me choose other countries. I already have the kindle version.

EDIT: ah, it says that specifically in the pledge levels. Reading fail. Never mind.

I've opened up for Canada, but I saw how much it would cost to ship overseas, and it was more than the cost of the book. I didn't think that would be all that appealing.

Douglas Preston's new book "Extinction" is a banger, so far. It is entirely within his typical style, so if you like that, you're set. However, he's added some interesting touches based on his interest in real life killings, and as usual for his books it's incrementally tighter than the previous ones. I am quite enjoying it.

I picked it up but holding off on reading it. I just finished a reread of the entire Pendergast and Norah Green series

Robear wrote:

Douglas Preston's new book "Extinction" is a banger, so far. It is entirely within his typical style, so if you like that, you're set. However, he's added some interesting touches based on his interest in real life killings, and as usual for his books it's incrementally tighter than the previous ones. I am quite enjoying it.

Nice, I have had this in my wishlist for a while.

Oh no! Extinction would have been a perfect title for the third book in trichy's Frostbitten trilogy.

trichy wrote:

Hope this is okay to share here. If you've not read my book, this Kickstarter is a really great way to pick up a DRM free copy and support my weird dream.

Well. That escalated quickly.

We're just shy of $6,000 in less than two weeks. The first two stretch goals have been unlocked, and we're $98 away from the third. I'm kind of in shock. I thought hitting all the stretch goals was a pipe dream, but it might actually happen.

It's a good book, dude.

Just got a Kobo Libra Color and I really love it. I love the fact that "Overdrive" integration is built in. With the kindle I had to open the library webpage or app, then check out the book, then it would open an Amazon window so I could then have it show up on the Kindle.

Kobo is much easier.

Now I just need to find a book I am actually willing to pay for. It is hard to think of one that I wouldn't just get physical from the library rather than buying. I am pretty cheap with books.

Kindle Unlimited is $13 a month, with up to 20 books out at the same time (up from 10). I've found it's a good deal, with a lot of good books, and they handle series by making the entire series available (at least in the ones I've tried). 30 day free trial, might be worth a look. If you read one book a month with this, you're likely breaking even or saving money.

It's great if you're looking for new authors or good reads from authors on the list. Not so great for hearing about a book in a review and looking for that specific book.

It's also chock full of supernatural romance and that sort of escapism, if, maybe, someone who uses your account likes those...

Kobo does have its own version Kobo Plus for $10 a month. It claims to have have over 1.5 million books (only 1.4 of which are terrible) so I will probably get that and see what I can find.

I can't remember the last time I actual bought a book since I started exploring Kindle Unlimited.

My only gripe is that when getting a series, you have to get each book individually rather than with one click whereas if I was actually buying the series there's a button for that.

Oof, that's a long sentence

Ha! I found something I am willing to buy - comics. I have a ton of physical comics - strip kind Baby Blues, Foxtrot, Bloom County - which are dog eared from reading. The Kobo color is perfect for them.

Check out Marvel Unlimited on the iPad, farley.

Just finished Scott Meyer’s Brute Force and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a lighthearted post-apocalyptic sci-fi comedy. Set a generation after Earth has become a Mad Max wasteland of warring tribes and cults following a mysterious apocalypse people refer to only as “the bad week,” an Alliance of pacifist alien species descend from the skies and offer to fix the Earth in exchange for help with an insurmountable problem: a newly-discovered aggressive alien species has been taking over the Alliance’s outposts and enslaving them, and they haven’t been able to fight back or even meaningfully defend themselves. They are unskilled in violence because most spacefaring civilizations are inherently peaceful since violent civilizations tend to collapse before being able to travel the stars. If the Alliance is going to survive they need the help of the only species in the known galaxy more violent and brutish than their attackers: humans.

Sounds like a few dozen HFY videos on youtube
Might be right up my alley