[clug] Using Kindle?

Felix Karpfen felix at spodzone.org.uk
Fri Mar 12 23:33:46 MST 2010

On Sat, 13 Mar 2010 11:10:24 +1100, Karun Dambiec wrote:

> There are many alternatives to Amazon in terms of ordering paper copies
> of books such as the *Book Depository*, second hand book stores etc.

Again, I have to thank all who shared their experiences and pointed me to 
alternatives to Kindle.

For the record, here is what I found:

1. The (UK-based) Book Depository sells all the (test-checked) books 
offered by (US) Amazon; I tested the availability of a current best-
seller and the Godel book (that I have recently ordered from Amazon).  
The Book Depository selling prices are higher but shipping costs are 
zero; so the delivered costs are likely to be close. And, according to 
Australians who have purchased books from the Book Depository, their 
purchases arrived within a 3 weeks (Amazon books take 6-8 weeks). 

2. Kindle versions of recently-published books are generally available 
and somewhat cheaper than the printed versions; none of several checked 
"old" books had a Kindle version.

3. By following a link in one of the posted replies to my query, it 
turned out that my (installed) Debian Lenny offers an eBook Reader 
(FBReader 0.8.17).  Promptly installed; now I have to learn how to feed 
it with eBooks.

Felix Karpfen

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