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Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Bag of Bargains






I don't know about you, but I love a great sale. I'm so busy these days with writing and my day job and keeping up with my 3 kids and all their activities, that I just don't have time to chase sales anymore. So when I happen to run into a store and find things on sale, it's like Christmas.

This weekend, I ran into the grocery store to buy the Lunchables my son wanted for school this week, and lo and behold - there was a buy one get one sale going on for all kinds of fun stuff. I tried not to investigate too closely, but those end caps got me several times. I came home with two packages of strawberries and two cartons of ice cream that I had not intended on buying, not to mention the giant fresh salmon filet I got on special.

Yes, I'm a sucker for a good discount. Especially on my greatest weakness . . . books. So, in honor of spring finally arriving (at least on the calendar if not in the weather), I thought I would share some book sales with you.

The Husband for Hire series by Kelly Eileen Hake, daughter of our much beloved Writes of Passage former blogger, Cathy Hake, are all on sale for only $0.99 each at Amazon.


Click to Order Strong and Stubborn

 

Then, Mama Hake has a book of her own on special. I read Fancy Pants several years ago and enjoyed it thoroughly. The sale price seems to be fluctuating between $1.99 and $2.51 on Amazon.







And for those of you who enjoy a good western with a touch of romance, you can get Yvonne Harris's book, The Vigilante's Bride, also for only $2.51.


Click to Order The Vigilante's Bride



Finally, the best sale of the bunch . . . FREE!!!

The books pictured below are free for download right now. I've read all three of these books and enjoyed each of them. I would gladly recommend them for those who love historical romance.


And if you don't have an e-reader? Well, I understand. I held out a long time before finally getting one for Christmas last year. I still read paper books, but I must admit it's nice having one device that holds so many titles. And remember, you can download the Kindle app for free to your smartphone or tablet without having to purchase another device. You can even download the Kindle app to your PC.

Oh, and if you have a Nook, I believe these sales are also valid at B&N.

  • What do you think about e-book sales? 
  • Do you look for discounted books or just get excited if you stumble across a good deal? 
  • Do you have an e-reader, or do you prefer paper books?

Happy Reading!

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  1. I can't resist a sale, either, Karen. Thanks for alerting us to these bargains. I have a Kindle but I usually use it only when I'm traveling. It's so convenient to have a ton of reading material without the excess weight.

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    1. I agree, Lynn. I probably still read more paper books than Kindle books, but over the last year and a half, that proportion is getting closer to 50-50. My husband usually relaxes in the evening with his computer in his lap, playing games while we watch TV. He much prefers when I have my Kindle out because we don't have to have the big overhead light on. Oh, and it makes a great night light, too, for reading in bed or on long car trips after the sun goes down.

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  2. I love ebook sales! I think I've only paid full price for 10 of the hundreds of books on my Kindle.

    I'm one of those that has mixed feelings about the ereader vs traditional books. I love both. I've only had my Kindle for about 2 years now. I still love getting the paperbacks, yet I've discovered that there are some books I prefer electronically. My only regret with the Kindle is the format I chose. I'm finding that I'm wishing I'd have gotten a touch screen one. But for what I use it for, it serves its purpose.

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    1. Hi, Dawn. I ended up getting the Kindle Paperwhite. It's more book-like which speaks to my nerdy side. There's no color and it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of a tablet or even the Kindle Fire, but I did that on purpose. I knew if I got an iPad or a Kindle Fire, I'd have to fight my kids for it. They'd want to play games and watch movies. I just wanted an e-reader. It's worked out great. They leave my Kindle alone and play games on their computers. We all win! The only time one of my kids used my Kindle was when my son was home sick and fell behind in the class reading for English. They were reading Pygmalion. I was able to find a free copy on Amazon, download it in about 3 seconds and gave it to him to read. It worked perfectly and he was able to get caught up while at home. My Kindle saved the day!

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  3. I love my e-reader. I haven't actually read a hard copy book in about 3 years. (For pleasure, that it is, I still prefer my textbooks to be hard copy and hardback.) It is so convenient to have multiple books at my fingertips, whether I am traveling or not. It, also, allows me to read several books at once. I can't really do that in hard copy form, it would be too heavy to carry around. My e-reader fits in my purse and go wherever I do and allows me to read anywhere. I always carried a book to amusement parks to read while standing in line. My e-reader is lighter and still serves that purpose.
    I get a daily email with from Barnes and Noble called "Nook Daily Find." It has one book on special each day. I also search with $0.00, which brings up all of the free books available. I can't wait to look for the Hake family books. I loved those stories. Thanks for the heads up.

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    1. I do some of that, too, Dora. I don't usually carry my Kindle around with me unless I know ahead of time that I'll be sitting around waiting for a kid at soccer practice or something. But I do have the Kindle app on my phone, which is always with me. I often will whip that out to read a few pages if I'm in the doctor's office or waiting for my husband after work. It's great having books at my fingertips all the time!

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  4. If the e-book is free, I'll get it and read it on my computer (you don't need to buy a physical kindle to do it - Amazon has a free computer-downloadable kindle version). But the truth is I love print, so even if I have it free on kindle, I'll still keep an eye out for the printed book. Then when I do book purges (sadly, it must happen now and then), I can give away my copy to church or to someone who will love it and take care of it, so it's not just lost in the aether.

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    1. I hear you, Rachael. I used the Kindle app on my iPhone for a long time before finally breaking down to get the Kindle. I love free. Free books - free apps. The only problem was that the screen was so small it got annoying after a while.

      I'm so glad you find loving homes for the books you are forced to purge. Church libraries, friends, all great solutions. I will often donate books to our local public library's annual book sale. That way new readers will find them and the money earned will go to our local library system so MORE books can be bought and shared. Hooray!

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  5. I had a gift card about 3 years ago - one I got unexpectedly and used that to buy my first regular Kindle [I paid 4 bucks... figured it was worth the risk ;)] and ended up loving it - though I do still prefer "real" books. I got a Fire for Christmas [my present from me :D] and love it.

    My kids though?

    They don't touch Mom's electronics. Ever. Not without permission. I think I've let my younger two play on it 3xs since the first week of December. My older two have read on it a time or two when we were unexpectedly out and about and they hadn't brought their own books. I did buy them a used Kindle last year before we went on vacation. My oldest now uses my old Kindle most of the time while the second one uses their Kindle.

    I did pick up a couple of these I didn't have :D. Like whoever it was up there, I RARELY pay full price for Kindle books and I get LOTS free through NetGalley. That's part of what propelled me to splurge with the four dollars three years ago ;).

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    1. 4 bucks, Carol??? Now that's a deal. Love it!

      My daughter is 15 and is a book-a-holic just like her mom. When birthdays come around, I ask her if she'd like a Kindle, and she always turns me down. She likes the physical books too well. Can't blame her there. I do, too. So I keep taking her to the library and the bookstore and happily watch her shelves grow just as overstocked as mine. LOL

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  6. I've had my kindle for about four years and I love it! I still prefer a paperback book but the convenience and storage space of my Kindle are awesome! I love e-book sales and freebies, sometimes a little too much I think as I have over a hundred unread freebies and deals on my Kindle. I keep saying I'm going to stop downloading new freebies until I read a bunch of the ones I already have, but of course it doesn't happen that way! :)
    Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming how many books I have on there, but I just keep going and find myself mentally doing a happy dance when I finish one that I loved! :D

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    1. I have to be careful with the freebies, too, Caitlyn. I've learned to be just as picky with the freebies as I am with books I pay for. Probably because I hate clutter. Even digital clutter. When I see a bunch of books collecting dust on my Kindle shelves, I find myself less likely to read them. So now, I only download books I'm super excited to read, not ones that I'll try to get around to eventually. It sure is hard to resist free, though, isn't it?

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    2. It sure is hard to resist those free Christian Fiction!!

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  7. I love a bargain! I like the bogo sales. But my favorites sales are the ones that day FREE!! I cannot afford a lot of books because my hubby is the only one working. When kindle books are free I nab them! Of course, I tend to be choosy about what type of books they are. I also try to a no name author out (if the books sound good).

    I only have an e-reader app on my smartphone and PC. At some point I will be going a small tablet to replace my PC but that's in the future.

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    1. Regina - I love how you use your freebies to try out a new author. That's perfect. I can't tell you how many readers have emailed me to tell me that they tried one of my books because they got it on a free download (or from the library for that matter) and then liked it so well, they went back and bought others from my list. Think of it as one of those no-risk guarantees. Try it free for thirty days . . . or forever. Ha!

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  8. I have a Kindle that I use a fair amount, but I still prefer the feel and enjoyment of a "real" book. I buy e-book versions of favorite reads so that I can re-read, I explore new authors by trying out an e-book first. (I have been known to stop reading the digital version and go buy the hard copy) And e-book sale prices are just too good to pass up. I do think e-readers are here to stay, but I hope that they never fully replace the original.

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    1. I agree with you, Rebecca. I don't think the e-book fad will fade away. However, I'm pretty sure physical books are here to stay as well. There's just something about holding the book, thumbing through the pages, the smell of ink, the tradition of it all that cannot be replaced.

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  9. Like you, Karen, I love a good sale. And like you, I'm too busy to hunt them out these days. :)

    I'm still a paperback reader. But I do think that free and discounted e-books are a great way for those with electronic readers to try out and discover new authors.

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    1. I figured you could probably relate, Becky. :-)

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  10. Loved reading through everyone's comments. Differing opinions, but one thing we have in common… We all love to read!

    I've got the new Kindle PaperWhite and love it! I'm always reading a book on my Kindle and then a paperback as well. I love the feel of both. But the convenience of an ebook, well, that's hard to beat. Now a pet peeve…

    One of the things I don't like about the ebook is that I don't see the cover, and I love seeing the cover of a book. I know I can "hop over there" digitally and see it, but it's not the same. Also, when I'm reading a book from a new author (one I've not heard of or tried before), I often forget who I'm reading (do y'all ever do that?). Again, I know I can look it up with a touch but I love the print book that has the author name and title on the top of the printed page.

    Another thing that's fun about the eReader is that I can see how many minutes I have left in reading a chapter, and how much time is left to read the book, which is all based on how quickly you're reading the book in general. On the flip side of that, it's a little weird that Amazon is keeping track of how fast I read! : }

    I'm pretty selective about what I download, be it free or not. And there are some authors I will always, always buy in print because I know their books are ones I'll read again and again over time. Those books become like old friends. Can I say the same for an ebook? Not so much in that regard.

    Great topic, Karen. Thanks for sharing today.

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    1. I have to agree with you- a few times my husband has asked me what I'm reading on my kindle and I couldn't remember the title of the book! :)

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    2. I agree about the cover issues, Tammy. With a print book, I get to see the beautiful cover every time I close the book, or I can even flip to it while I'm reading if I want to get a quick visual of the heroine, etc.

      One of my pet peeves is that I can never remember how to find the back cover copy when I'm looking to start a new book. I always refresh my memory with the story line before starting a new book (since my TBR pile is usually way too tall), and with a print book that is super easy. With the kindle, I always forget which button to click or menu to look in. Sometimes I get so frustrated, I just go back to the Amazon page to read the blurb. Ugh!!! That's probably more a case of user error on my part, but it's still annoying.

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  11. I like both. I Iike to travel with the e books and for night reading in bed. So during the day I read print books. The e books save a lot of space. There is still something about the print books I still can't let go. I always have 2 books going. I really like reading and reviewing.
    Blessings
    Diana

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    1. My daughter loves to read 3-4 books at a time and so always carries a load around with her wherever she goes. She doesn't seem to mind. I've always been a one book at a time kind of gal . . . until I discovered Audible. Now I usually have two books going at once. One that I listen to while I exercise and one that I actually read. It's rare for me to ever go beyond two. I'm just too task oriented. Have to finish one before I can move on to another.

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  12. I have had a kindle for about 4 or 5 years. (?). It is one of the first generation kindles, so it has very few bells and whistles. I like it for traveling. I read fast, so I never know how many books to take with me on a trip. With my kindle I don't have to worry about that. However, at home I almost always read "real" books. I just love the feel and even smell of a book. I don't think I will ever lose that. I almost don't feel like I own a book if it's on my kindle. I do love the freebies though. I agree that it is a good way to try new authors, or re-read classics that I haven't read in a while.

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    1. Hi, Sarah. I love that you can get so many classics for free on the Kindle. I think the first Kindle book I read was one by Jane Austen. Can't remember which one now. I think it might have been Mansfield Park.

      And I must I agree that my carry-on luggage is several pounds lighter now that I don't have to pack 3-4 books every time I go somewhere. :-)

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  13. I am among the smaller but growing (I suspect) group of readers who much prefers reading on my Kindle. Actually, I have two Kindles. A Paperwhite which I use almost exclusively for reading fiction. And a Kindle Fire HDX which stays in my office and which I use mostly for research and reference books, especially those with colored illustrations or photographs.

    Holding a trade size paperback in bed (which is where I do my pleasure reading) requires two hands and the book is often heavy. I much prefer holding with one hand and having it weigh only 8 ounces, even if the book I'm reading is 500 pages long.

    I used to grab all the ebook freebies. I don't do that anymore. I am much more select in what books I add to my Kindle. But for my most favorite authors, even if I own the paperback, I still buy (usually at full price) the Kindle version to read. The paperback is just for display on my keeper shelf.

    Another great benefit of the ereader: I have found that I can read faster on my Kindle and I read more books each year because of that.



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    1. Robin - Your comment about having the paper copies on your shelf for display made me smile. My hubby has never read any of my books (romance is not his genre of choice, go figure) but he has each of my books on display on the book shelf in his office. And each time one of my books hit a promotion for free download, he loaded it into his iPhone Kindle app. He teases me that if he ever gets really delayed and desperate he might just open one of those books and start reading one day. He'd probably have to be marooned on a dessert island somewhere and all his game apps would have to die, but it COULD happen. Ha!

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  14. I have a kindle that I love for travel, no more paying for extra pounds because I took physical books to read. But nothing can beat holding a physical book and reading it, will never give them up or never give up my e-reader; they both have a place in my heart and my hands.

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    1. I'm with you, Petal Sue. I'm finding a place in my heart for both. Reading is still reading in all its lovely forms. :-)

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  15. I love to read,and always keep my books. I like owning my own copy and often will read it several times.My library space was filling up and then we moved 3 years ago, ,so now all my books are in storage. What saved me is that right around that same time I purchased a Kindle. I won't tell you how many titles are on it . Lots of them were free though!

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    1. I still have some of the books I had as a young teen. I kept all of my Anne of Green Gable books, for example, and though the pages are yellowed and crinkle in their spines, I was thrilled to pieces when I showed them to my daughter a few years ago and watched her fall in love with the same characters I had loved so well. The Kindle just doesn't have that heirloom feel to it, does it?

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  16. I love real books, but because of the fibromialgy, it's hard to hold on to a book. So i have to start use a kindle, bad part about that is, that you have to pay with a creditcard, some thing that is'nt normal here in the Netherlands. so would been great if you can pay with ideal or so.

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    1. How interesting! I didn't even think about method of payment being an issue. Thanks for sharing some of the differences in e-books for other countries.

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  17. I like both as well. I love the smell of books, the physical turning of the pages, and being able to quickly re-read my favorite parts. My husband got me a kindle so I wouldn't bring a backpack full of books to read on the road trips we take in our small car :) I *love* the deals and freebies I can get for my kindle, and they have introduced me to several amazing authors! They are also helpful when recommending books to my friends- I always post good e-book deals on my facebook page and tag friends who I think would love the book!

    Heidi Reads...

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    1. Great idea, Heidi. I've been trying to share my finds more often, too.

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  18. Hate shopping but I love sales. Nothing like the thrill of a great deal. I'm always in the market to add another book to my kindle. I love being able to have so many books at my fingertips. I like my books in paper as well - just getting past the amount of room they take up. My one great love with the kindle over paper is the dictionary feature. However, I have never had to worry about sunlight or lack of power while reading a book in paper format. I go between the two formats but have been leaning towards my kindle lately.

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    1. Hi, Cyn! I read while I walk on my treadmill (unless I'm listening to an audio book) and there's just no good way to do that with a Kindle. I'd hate to drop it or get sweat smudges on the screen. So I only read on my treadmill with a paper book. What I would really love for someone to invent is a treadmill that can access both a Kindle and Netflix on the screen. Then I could access my books, enlarge my font if necessary (I usually don't exercise with my glasses on) and be all set. I'd probably need a built-in button somewhere on the handles to turn pages so I wouldn't have to reach up and touch the screen each time, but even that would be doable.

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    2. That would be great Karen! In time someone will probably invent that!

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  19. I prefer print books way over eBooks. However, I have enjoyed the Kindle more than I thought I would. For one, it has made me read authors I would have never read before, because I got their book for free, and I have bought more of their books then or bought it in print. I can read faster in a print book than an eBook which irritates me.

    I do like it for travel....martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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    1. I'm much the same way, Martha. I still prefer the print, but the Kindle is growing on me.

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  20. Thanks for the recommendations, Karen! It's always fun to read new books.

    Blessings,
    Andrea

    Proofreader/Writer
    writingtoinspire.blogspot.com

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    1. Hope you found some new ones to try, Andrea. Blessings!

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  21. I sure can't resist a good sale! I look for bargains! I love the old fashion written word! And I have hundreds in my library! But I also have a kindle and CBD reader app. This comes in handy when I go places because I have about 700 books between the two! I am at all times reading on 2 books, one being the real book and the other on my kindle. That helps me keep my physical copy like new! I have all these books u have mentioned either in paperback or on my kindle! Some I haven't read yet! But I will one day if God lets me live and keeps my right mind! I have 2 daughters that loves to read and 6 grandchildren that shows good potential!! Lol! I also saw a saying that says: Blessed Are The Children Of Bookworms For They Shall Inherit Books! I told my daughters and grandchildren that would be about all they would get cause I spend my money on books! I'd rather buy a new book and stay home and eat, instead of spending a whole bunch of money eating out and no new book! Lol !! Don't get me wrong we do eat out some but that's just how I feel! My husband doesn't feel that way! Haha! As you can see I love to read!

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    1. Brenda - I love your book-loving soul. You're definitely a woman after my heart. I have worked hard to cultivate a love of reading in my children. My first two were easy. My daughter is as much a bookworm as her mom. My oldest son prefers the computer, but he's come to really enjoy adventure stories like the Ranger's Apprentice series. My youngest has always struggled with reading in comparison and because of that, he sees it as a chore. For years, I've worked to find books he could connect with and enjoy. He's all about humor. So if I can find a book that makes him laugh, he'll read. I never dreamed I would spend so much money on books that center around farting. Little boy humor seems to have one main outlet. Although, my favorite find was a book called Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading. It's all about a boy who doesn't like to read and the crazy, hilarious lengths he goes to to avoid it. Brilliant!!! My son could relate so well to the character, he devoured the book and eagerly awaits each new book in the series. Whatever it takes, I say. :-)

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  22. I downloaded a Kindle app for my phone and I do read ebooks but I still would rather have a print copy to hold in my hands.

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    1. I hear you, Connie. I'm much the same way.

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  23. I'm giggling at you buying those grocery items you hadn't planned on, Karen! I've done that SO many times - - but when it's such a money-saving buy, how can one refuse? LOL
    Thanks for sharing these book sales with us. I guess I'm really "old school" with my reading, because I prefer paper books (I think I'm the only member of my family who doesn't have an e-reader). Maybe one day....but for now, I love holding the actual BOOK in my paws!
    Hugs from Georgia, Patti Jo

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    1. It's hard to say no to a good sale, isn't it? At least I made it out of the store without buying something we wouldn't really use. Those berries are nearly gone already and one carton of ice cream has been devoured. The salmon's waiting for a dinner some day next week. I wish I could find the time to devour all the books I want to buy as easily. :-)

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  24. I love book sales, Especially ones where you get them for free. I don't have an e reader. I do have the kindle app on my smart phone and tablet. I love finding e books for free. I do buy one sometimes. There are those that I just can't pass up that are on sale. I prefer actual books to read but the e books sure make it easier to travel and read.

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    1. I agree, Connie. The e-readers definitely have the leg up when it comes to convenience, but my book-lover spirit still prefers the "real" thing.

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  25. I love having a print book. But I also like the conveniences that comes with an e-reader or an iPad reader app. I like the fact that I can highlight, take notes, bookmark and use the "search" function to find a page. I would cringe at highlighting and taking notes in my print book. That's just me. So, I've found myself getting both the print and the ebook, especially when the ebook is free ;)

    Tell the World

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    1. Great point about the highlighting feature, Funto. Since I use my Kindle for pleasure reading, I don't usually worry about that, but I can certainly see how that would be handy for students or when doing research. Great!

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  26. I love sales for books on kindle :) It helps me discover new authors. I might not buy a book by someone I have not read. However, if I know I like an author, I am willing to order/preorder their books at reg price.

    Recently, I read the whole Scottish Crown Series by Carol Umberger (which I found through the local library). It is a really nice series and I was sad to see it come to an end (I was enjoying it so very much). I will be purchasing her books for my kindle. I enjoyed them so much, I want to own them so I can reread them anytime I want.

    The only time I do not prefer ebook, is usually something nonfiction. I like to be able to physically highlight and make notes in the margin in those cases.

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