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  1. Has anyone found one of these three sources of free e-books to have consistently better quality formatting? If the same book is available at all three, which would you use?
  2. profiled in Practical Homeschooling mag who has had (so far) their first four out of 9 children in college by age 12. You can find it at http://www.collegeby12.com. It sounds like an interesting read, but it's $20 for the ebook, and I wondered if anyone had read it and found it worthwhile (or not.) I wondered what types of things they were doing-does the book go into that?
  3. DH surprised me with a new iPad!! Yay! I'm trying to decide how I want to do ebooks. I have a kindle so I'm familiar with it. I also downloaded the iBooks app. Comparing prices, there seems to be several dollar differences between the two stores. When I compared books there were some more expensive at amazon and some more expensive at iBooks. Makes no sense to me. I only have a 16g so space is a concern. At this point, I'm thinking about using both and comparing prices before I buy. Any opinions?
  4. Thought others might be interested in these--could be good!! http://cherylrainfield.com/blog/index.php/2011/11/06/6-free-ebooks-on-writing-from-writers-digest/
  5. I am thinking of getting a Kindle, but I don't know yet which one. There is a book I need to order for a book group this week. Is it possible to order the Kindle version and read it off my laptop until I decide which Kindle I want? If I can, do I need special software? As for the Kindle itself, do I want the basic, non-keyboard version or should I spend the extra $20 and wait for the touch?
  6. Amazon now has a free lending library for Kindle owners with Prime: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_357575542_3?ie=UTF8&docId=1000739811&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=gateway-center-column&pf_rd_r=0Z6KQZX2HG5MX1CR2ZPJ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1328828262&pf_rd_i=507846 Nifty!
  7. I love the idea of saving the space but do you think that ebooks take away from the experience of a "real" book? I am an avid reader and as funny as it sounds I am really worried that I am not going ot like reading an ebook. Does anyone use mostly or all ebooks for pleasure and school reading?
  8. read books on it? How often? I have kindle downloaded onto my iphone and I will read when I am sitting waiting in the car sometimes, but the writing is just too small!! If I blow the words up some, the I am having to move the words back and forth and it drives me crazy. So, I am just curious to see if anyone enjoys reading on their phone.
  9. Last evening I was downloading some free ebooks from Amazon and I noticed that one of the books took a LONG time to download. Then I noticed that our internet "bucket" (we have limited download ability) had been drained considerably. So I went back to the Amazon page for the ebook and I found the following: and For a BOOK!! Well, it turns out this book is enhanced with both audio and video. It really looks quite interesting. But it is much bigger than I ever imagined an ebook could possibly be! Seeing the size of this ebook made me think of recent discussions which have occurred here about how much storage to get on an iPad, with a common answer being "Get the max!". I always advise that because of the size of movies (1 to 2 GB each) or the size of apps (some are 500 MB or more). I never expected it to be due to the amount of space the ebooks would consume! So then I started thinking about Amazon's new Kindle Fire, which comes with only 8 GB of storage, some of which I assume is used by the Android OS. This device, like the new iOS 5 for Apple devices, purports to handle the storage of some content in the "cloud", thus eliminating the need for large on-board storage. I can see this making some sense for movies. Since you can only watch one part at a time, you can stream a movie if you can connect to the internet. But what about a 500 MB app or a 170 MB ebook? What does Amazon expect you to do with such content? Granted, I am discussing an iOS app, but the ebook is for Kindle. Do I need to wait for 15 or 30 minutes each time I want to access a book this size? I certainly won't be storing many ebooks and apps this size on the Kindle Fire. Perhaps they will develop the concept of "streaming" an ebook? In the end, I must conclude that BOTH large on-board storage AND cloud storage are necessary to manage such large content. The iPad has that today. I suspect Kindle Fire may need to add more storage in future versions.
  10. I finally sat down and watched Jeff Bezos' recent press conference in which he introduced all of the new Kindles, including the Kindle Fire. It is a 50-minute long video, but you might want to watch it if you are on the fence about getting someone a Kindle for Christmas this year. (Be forewarned, while Bezos is a somewhat scary-looking guy, this is a pretty good sales pitch! And he even cracked a little joke around the 38-minute mark! :D) One thing that I found interesting from the presentation was this chart which shows Kindle book sales surpassing physical book sales at Amazon this year: Now I would have to guess that Kindle book revenues are still below those for physical book sales at Amazon since we have "bought" many Kindle books but have yet to pay for one. OTOH, we have paid real money for many physical books. Still it is a pretty impressive accomplishment. And it seems that Kindle sales will really start heating up with the new offerings that he just introduced. As an aside, one other interesting image from that presentation was a comparison of the ORIGINAL home page for Amazon.com and the current one. It has come a long way in the past 15 years!
  11. of buying a hard copy of the book? I have already figured out that I want children's books in HC so that any child can take it to read and references would be the same but what about other books? All other new books on Kindle? Or perhaps it depends of the asthetics of the books? What are other people doing? And how are you handling transfering the hundreds of books you already own to Kindle. Certainly not all of them but maybe reading copies of books. I want to have plenty of selections available but I don't want to replace everything I have and I don't want to be stuck carrying around a book and a Kindle, plus a planner and a laptop.
  12. On a whim I started listing the children's classic ebooks I had on my Kindle. Most of these books I downloaded free, but some were compilations of several books that I got for a dollar or two. If I'm missing any, please let me know so I can add more. You should be able to find these for any ebook device you prefer, or just read online. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain Adventures of Pinocchio, The - Carlo Collodi Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The - Mark Twain Aesop's for Children, The - Aesop Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne Black Beauty - Anna Sewell Blue Fairy Book, The - Andrew Lang Book of Dragons, The - Edith Nesbit Call of the Wild, The - Jack London Children of Odin, The: The Book of Northern Myths - Padraic Colum Child's Garden of Verses, A - Robert Louis Stevenson Christmas Carol, A - Charles Dickens Collected Works of Frances Hodgson Burnett - Frances Hodgson Burnett Collection of Beatrix Potter Stories - Beatrix Potter Complete Adventures of Peter Pan, The - J.M. Barrie Complete Alice in Wonderland, The - Lewis Carroll Complete Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum Enchanted Castle, The - Edith Nesbit English Fairy Tales - Joseph Jacobs Essential Works of Edith Nesbit - Edith Nesbit Fairy Books (All Twelve), The - Andrew Lang Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen - Hans Christian Andersen Fifty Famous People - James Baldwin Fifty Famous Stories Retold - James Baldwin Five Children and It - Edith Nesbit Five Little Peppers and How They Grew - Margaret Sidney Five Little Peppers Midway - Margaret Sidney Frankenstein - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Girl of the Limberlost, A - Gene Stratton-Porter Great Expectations - Charles Dickens Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift Heidi - Johanna Spyri Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Jules Verne Jungle Book, The - Rudyard Kipling Just So Stories - Rudyard Kipling Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson Light Princess and Other Fairy Stories, The - George MacDonald Little Lord Fauntleroy - Frances Hodgson Burnett Little Princess, A - Frances Hodgson Burnett Little Men - Louisa May Alcott Little Women - Louisa May Alcott Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, The - Howard Pyle Peter and Wendy - J.M. Barrie Pied Piper of Hamlin, The - Robert Browning Pollyanna - Eleanor Hodgman Prince and the Pauper, The - Mark Twain Princess and the Goblin, The - George MacDonald Raggedy Ann Stories - John B. Gruelle Railway Children, The - Edith Nesbit Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm - Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin Secret Garden, The - Frances Hodgson Burnett Story of Doctor Dolittle, The - Hugh Lofting Story of Mankind, The - Hendrik van Loon Story of the Treasure Seekers, The - Edith Nesbit Swiss Family Robinson, The - Johann David Wyss Tanglewood Tales - Nathaniel Hawthorne Time Machine, The - H.G. Wells Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson Turn of the Screw, The * - Henry James Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit - Joel Chandler Harris Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe Understood Betsy - Dorothy Canfield Fisher Velveteen Rabbit, The - Margery Williams Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, The - Hugh Lofting White Fang - Jack London Wind in the Willows, The - Kenneth Grahame Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The - L. Frank Baum Works of E. Nesbit, The - Edith Nesbit Wouldbegoods, The - Edith Nesbit
  13. I just read an article on our local news station about ebook downloads. But when I look at the library catalog, the options are limited to downloading to PC or Mac. Have you been able to check out books to your Kindle?
  14. Kindle books now outsell paperbacks Do you have a Kindle? I love mine, although I never thought I'd say that.
  15. I cannot stop looking for and downloading free books!!! I cannot imagine I will ever finish all of these........ Anyone else addicted??
  16. When I typed it in the search I couldn't get anything satisfying. Where's the list? I've almost talked my self into one.
  17. Okay, I have some specific questions for you all. My cousin got a Nook for Christmas. Where do you get free or cheap ebooks for it? When you get library books do you have to read them in the 2 weeks (or whatever), or do you just have that long to transfer them to your Nook (I only know how it works with audiobooks)? Hopefully you can help, Thanks.
  18. There are a lot of free Kaplan study guides available on Amazon today for Kindle. Many different SAT, AP, GRE, MCAT study guides: http://ereadernewstoday.com/dozens-of-free-books-today/ This is a blog that lists free Kindle books each day. I've downloaded a bunch for free in the past two weeks. :D
  19. What have been your favorite Kindle books that are free? Most likely these will be older classics, but I'm open to any suggestions you have found for free! ETA: Free or really cheap.... like less than $1
  20. REcently, from this board, I found more vintage LA gems. Two which I like the most are the Maxwell LA series and Progressive Composition Seriesby Ida Brautigam. I actually can't believe these are the composition exercises I've been looking for for my son. So I started my 8.5 yo (3rd grade) son and 6.5 yo (2nd grade) girl w/ Maxwell's primary language lesson . Features of Maxwell's primary language lesson: - very detailed oral exercises for picture studies, followed by the story copywork with a twist. The twist is that, as you do your copywork, you also fill in the blank. This is a very gentle approach in training your children to write 3 short paragraphs and discussing them, but allow a bit of creativity in regards of the word choice (by using fill-in the blank feature). - grammar approach is mostly usage, both oral and written, but I think is rigorous. I even find it more demanding (in term of usage) than GWG which we currently use. The application of a particular concept in grammar (e.g. combining sentences), is done through either letter or story copywork. So, for instance, you have either a letter or a story that you must copy, which contain sentences you should combine. I think it's a good way to mesh in grammar and composition. After may be twenty-some chapters of Maxwell Primary Language Lesson, just by looking at it, I find that it starts to ramp up in difficulties which is beyond 3rd grade. When I compare this with other Maxwell's book (First English), it seems that actually the primary language lesson is almost similar to First English book which is intended for 3rd-5th grade and is therefore divided into three part (much like Serl's ILL). So after chapter 24 or so, I plan to switch to Progressive Composition 1 by Ida Brautigam and First English by Maxwell to make the lesson more incremental and gradual. First English contains both grammar (some terms are introduced) and composition, whereas Progr Composition only has composition. These two books no longer provide 'copywork with a twist' but start to ask students to compose 2-3 paragraph writing piece of familiar stories w/ or w/o model using directed question. This reminds me a lot of Meaningful Composition which I actually want to buy next year (fortunately, I find these, so I might not have to buy MC). After a couple of those, students are asked to write parallel/imitation composition using directed questions, e.g. after reading about Wintry Day, students should be able to apply the questions used for Wintry Day when composing Sunny Day. So it's very gentle and incremental. At the end of 5th grade, students will be able to write from two-level outlines and will be able to derive an outline from a piece. The type of writing the books teach are: description, narration, exposition and how to. All in all, I can just say wow! What a gem.
  21. I'm wondering about downloading out of copyright books from Google books or somewhere like the Gutenburg Project. How easy is it to move books onto your eReader. How readable are they?
  22. I got my son a Kindle for Christmas and am trying to come up with some books to put on it for him. To give you an idea of what he can read, he is getting through Harry Potter but only because he is intensely interested in the subject. For the most part, he likes to read books like the Usborne Encyclopedia and American Civil War books. I would appreciate any suggestions anyone might have!
  23. Hi, I am new to the ebook reader thing. I have NO CLUE how these work but..I am wanting to do the Robinson Curriculum, which reader would work best? Kim
  24. Mostly math and science. I am not familiar with these, but they are put out by a group called CK-12, and you can visit their website for more info. Just go to the Kindle store, then free e-book collections, and then limited time promotional offers. You can then either browse for them (only 132 or so free books in this section) or search for "ck" and they should pop up. Algebra, physics, earth science, life science, engineering, about 12 titles. You can use these books on a pc by downloading the free Kindle for PC software. Some of them are optimized for use on a pc rather than the Kindle anyway.
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