Paperwhite: Finally took the plunge -- now what?

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Paperwhite: Finally took the plunge -- now what?

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jan 21, 2016, 8:30am

After resisting for years, last week I finally took the plunge and purchased a Paperwhite (my very first e-reader). Still getting used to it, so the jury is still out on whether it'll be a long-term fixture of my reading habits.

So, any recommendations for navigating the Kindle Store's inexpensive offerings?

jan 21, 2016, 9:29am is a great way to find/track price drops -- just watch it, it's addictive. lol. Don't forget the Kindle Firsts each month...although, the options the last couple months have been iffy.

jan 21, 2016, 9:47am

>2 lesmel: Thanks for that. I've been checking out BookBub for suggestions, but it's so hard to tell which inexpensive/free titles are actually worth trying out.

jan 21, 2016, 10:02am

My first suggestion would be to read what you want on your kindle, not what you can get cheap. There are too many good books out there to waste time on something you bought just because it's cheap.

I get my ebooks through a number of routes. I keep an eye on the daily & monthly Amazon ebook deals, as well as some other places that list ebook sales of genres that I like. I keep a wishlist of ebooks I'm interested in reading on Amazon and periodically check it to see what is on sale. My number one source of ebooks is my library's ebook collection.

Redigeret: jan 21, 2016, 10:29am

I agree entirely with >4 jab1972:'s first paragraph. The ease with which authors can present their books to the public nowadays without the discipline of getting past a publisher's sub-editor is not entirely to readers' advantage. There are, of course, a shedload of free downloads of out-of-copyright classics waiting for you. Amazon doesn't put them on the top of the pile, naturally, but they are there if you look.

Redigeret: jan 22, 2016, 2:07pm

>1 scottyw:
As mentioned, you can get out of copyright books from Amazon. You can also get them from Of course the source is Gutenberg, which you can access, but the books are individually proofread, which is nice. I believe out of copyright is approximately anything earlier than 1924. You can see the MobileRead books from your computer, which is helpful, but they also have a kindle version of a catalog which is updated every week. Once you download the first one (via the website from your kindle) you can easily upgrade the catalog by pressing the link on the first page. Then you can download the books you want directly through the catalog without any transfer issues.

Another source is They have some that mobileread sometimes doesn't have but I haven't been there in a while.

Also, if you have access to a digital library, that is a good way to read for free. Of course the popular books are slow to get and you have a time limit, but still useful. You can always purchase them from Amazon if you really like them.

I look at it this way: if I read a couple of good books from Mobileread or the digital library, I can buy an expensive book from Amazon. ;-)

Have fun!


ETA: >2 lesmel: Thank you for the link! It is addictive!

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