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Spinner
02-07-2012, 06:28 AM
At least that's how Google translates "the book thread". ;)


Amazon is said to be planning to try a test run with brick and mortar bookstores, starting with a single store in Seattle with plans to spread nationwide if profits look good.

Hang in there, Luddites. You may get to keep your bookstores yet.

Amazon has already denied (http://mashable.com/2009/12/06/amazon-denies-retail-stores/) this. I realize this is an article from 2009, but I have doubts they'd try something they have no experience with or pull resources from their current business model. But, as we all know, this industry is in such a state of flux that anything is possible.

But back to books, I picked up Ben Marcus' The Flame Alphabet (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11325011-the-flame-alphabet) today. The premise looks quite interesting, about how all of a sudden the speech of children begins killing their parents. :yikes:

IceAlisa
02-07-2012, 06:39 AM
:( Sad Luddite.

John 3 17
02-07-2012, 06:45 AM
Cool title, Spinner!

-Bridget

Fergus
02-07-2012, 01:49 PM
Cool title, Spinner!

Ah, slick, going the Latin route...... :respec: :lol:

BTW: Happy 200th, Charles Dickens!

rfisher
02-07-2012, 03:18 PM
:( Sad Luddite.

Me too. I gave in and bought a Nook and already don't like it. I've had it a week and haven't downloaded a thing after I read a sample.

danceronice
02-07-2012, 05:04 PM
I have Kindle for PC (because it's free.) I published a book for both Kindle and paperback. I tell people to buy the "real" one (ie the paperback.) I've read precisely ONE ebook though I've downloaded 19 (okay, I skimmed some of the Thoreau.) That was Charles Lightoller's "Titanic And Other Ships" and I used the ebook because the reprint is a bit pricey (and first editions can hit $800.) Otherwise I just can't focus on an eBook like I can on a real book.

Prancer
02-07-2012, 08:00 PM
Amazon has already denied (http://mashable.com/2009/12/06/amazon-denies-retail-stores/) this. I realize this is an article from 2009, but I have doubts they'd try something they have no experience with or pull resources from their current business model. But, as we all know, this industry is in such a state of flux that anything is possible.

Could be, but the source has, to date, been very reliable. We shall see.


Me too. I gave in and bought a Nook and already don't like it. I've had it a week and haven't downloaded a thing after I read a sample.

I thought you returned it because it locked up?

I'm closing in on 700 real books on my Nook and still love it. :D

Buzz
02-07-2012, 09:59 PM
I saw a strange little book about a castaway dog named Sophie aptly named Sophie The Castaway Canine or something like that. Anyone heard of it? I am gonna add it to my must read list. :)

Artemis@BC
02-07-2012, 10:03 PM
I saw a strange little book about a castaway dog named Sophie aptly named Sophie The Castaway Canine or something like that. Anyone heard of it? I am gonna add it to my must read list. :)

Never heard of it, but just Googled it ... and it's a true story (http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Sophie-Incredible-True-Story-Castaway-Emma-Pearse/9780738214672-item.html)! Kinda disappointing, actually -- if it were a fiction work, the story could be told more from her point of view. :D

rfisher
02-07-2012, 10:20 PM
Could be, but the source has, to date, been very reliable. We shall see.



I thought you returned it because it locked up?

I'm closing in on 700 real books on my Nook and still love it. :D

I think I fixed it. I guess I should download something and find out.

Spinner
02-08-2012, 12:01 AM
But back to books, I picked up Ben Marcus' The Flame Alphabet (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11325011-the-flame-alphabet) today. The premise looks quite interesting, about how all of a sudden the speech of children begins killing their parents. :yikes:

Gave up on this book 50 pages in. Overly descriptive and odd prose along with unlikable characters, I couldn't get into it. Now reading and liking Hari Kunzru's Gods Without Men (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12266571-gods-without-men).

Evilynn
02-08-2012, 12:18 PM
I'm on the final week of my reading challenge, so I'm trying to cram in books, which means lots of Urban Fantasy. :P I'm currently working my way through book #2 of The Hollows (Kim Harrison). Once the challenge is over I'm going to read a book of poetry by Ursula LeGuin and start digging in to Margaret Atwood's In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination (http://www.amazon.com/Other-Worlds-Human-Imagination-ebook/dp/B004KPM1KI/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1328703099&sr=8-6).

Wyliefan
02-08-2012, 03:31 PM
BTW: Happy 200th, Charles Dickens!

I took yesterday off work to celebrate. :D #litgeek

In other news, I want to thank oleada for recommending No One Here . . . in the old book thread. It sounds really good, especially because I liked The Night Circus so much. Looking forward to finding and reading this one!

ioana
02-08-2012, 03:40 PM
Just started reading Shadow of the Wind (http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Wind-Carlos-Ruiz-Zafon/dp/1594200106) and even though I'm only 50 pages into it or so, it's already very good. Extremely well written (well, translated in this case since I couldn't read it in Spanish) and interesting storylines. Makes for a very good commute to and from work :rollin:

oleada
02-08-2012, 04:59 PM
Just started reading Shadow of the Wind (http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Wind-Carlos-Ruiz-Zafon/dp/1594200106) and even though I'm only 50 pages into it or so, it's already very good. Extremely well written (well, translated in this case since I couldn't read it in Spanish) and interesting storylines. Makes for a very good commute to and from work :rollin:

Read that last month and it's a great read :)