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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Orbit Books: One Dollar Ebooks!

In case you are one of those folks that can either read on a computer without any problem or happens to have one of those new-fangled eReaders (Kindle, Sony, whatever), I thought I would pass along that Orbit Books has a huge deal on ebooks. $1.00 each! That's dirt cheap!

As for me? Well, I hate reading on the computer, so I try to do it as little as I can. I also don't have the money to blow on one of those readers and quite honestly I don't know if it would be worth it. Even $200 is a lot of money to spend on something you don't even know will work the way you hope. I spent $250 on my mp3 player because I already knew what I was going to get: an mp3 player that could hold a crapload of mp3s and play them, and would likely have a bunch of other features that would matter less. I don't know if I will be getting a great reading experience with an eReader. It would have been nice to be one of those lucky folks who were given a reader for free in exchange for a review. But, alas, I am not one of those folks!


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  1. I don't want to shell out the cash for an ebook reader either.

    I listen to ebooks using a free text to speech software called Naturalvoice.

    And it actually is pretty natural sounding. Not perfect but good enough that you don't notice the slight mechanical quality much.

    Its great for listening to books downloaded online but the only ebook I actually payed to get has DRM on it that makes it impossible to copy into a text to speech reader.

    So I'm wary of buying ebooks now. Even at a dollar I won't buy any unless they're DRM free.

  2. I have sort of been ignoring the DRM argument, even though I'm vehemently against DRM. That's another thing I would find rather irritating about eBooks.

    I think unless I get rich I'll likely hold off buying an ebook reader just like I held off on buying an mp3 player. I'll wait until the competition has really flared up and prices go down. More products to choose from. Course, I waited on mp3 players because I didn't like the iPod and I wanted there to be something better. And now I have something better than an iPod!

  3. Anonymous7:33 PM

    Everything is better than an iPod. My USB pen is better than an iPod.

    And the BBC is advertising on your blog?!?! *eyeballs explode* Nice going. :p

  4. Yup, BBC America is apparently advertising on my blog. Not sure why. That's a cue for everyone to click the hell out of it so they stick around. And buy their stuff, cause it's the BBC and they have cool stuff. Plus it's good for the economy!