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    Should I Purchase an Amazon Kindle?

    Lately I have been considering purchasing an Amazon Kindle. I have read some reviews by people saying that they have been reading a lot more at cheaper prices since buying one and I most admit to being attracted to the idea of holding 3,500 books in one hand without needing the space required for holding bookshelves enough for 3,500 books (or even a couple hundreds).

    But my questions are: Does anyone here have a Kindle, have tried a Kindle from acquintances, and can they recommend it to others?

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    I purchased a Kindle, mainly for the many PDFs I have which I'm now in the process of converting to a Kindle-friendly e-book format (see Calibre; the Kindle can display PDFs - the .mobi format is just much more convenient). Old works (Plato, Machiavelli, etc.) are also readily and freely available to download as e-books. So there are my reasons for getting one.

    I haven't bought e-books from Amazon (don't plan to either) so I'm not sure how the prices generally compare, though I have seen some books available in both normal and electronic format at no price difference, oddly enough. I don't think you'd save much money if your chief motivation for buying a Kindle is to buy e-books.

    I'd recommend an e-reader such as the Kindle (there are alternatives) to anyone who isn't comfortable with reading from a back-lit screen - it makes a big difference in reading comfort.

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    For the reason of being able to collect much reading material, including that which is difficult to obtain in physical copy, it sounds like a good idea; I suppose there's a point in getting one to some extent.

    I have been planning to get an e-Reader for a while for the simple reason of it being ridiculously difficult to obtain some books who might even be banned except in their antiquarian form (true for many NS ideologues), since I like to read in the bus or train and don't overly like reading from a laptop-screen this might be a feasible alternative.

    It may also be useful to have a collection of scientific writings along at all time, meaning one can virtually have a whole library of knowledge along at all times, and at that stuff that you don't find in Wikipedia and thus can't simple search on your smartphone.

    That being said, I think it can never replace a book and should never replace a book. As an absolute bibliophile I must admit I love nothing more than the respective smells of a freshly printed book, or of an old, dusty, antiquarian book. It feels more genuine, and considering that a Germanic invented 'modern' book-printing it's a tradition we generally shouldn't forget.

    If you've got the choice between the book and the e-version IMHO always go for the book. However to have a collection of books, some of which may be difficult to obtain, it could be very useful, and I have been playing with the idea of obtaining one myself. I'm not 100% sure about the Kindle itself though, I've heard Amazon has been known to delete e-Books off their customers' Kindles; they did that in a case of copyright infringement, however I'd also be very cross to see my copy of Rosenberg deleted because it messed with their politics whilst re-reading it.
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    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    I'm addicted to books more than anyone I've ever met.

    From my own experience,

    New Books- are too expensive (15 or 20 dollars) but can be downloaded for free on torrents. or you can pay $15 for one on kindle. Torrents are the best option for these types of books.

    Rare Books- are not on kindle, but can be purchased for $4 on amazon. Print books are the best option here. (many of my anthropology books)

    1-5 year old common books- can be bought used for $1+$3shipping to about 8-9$ from amazon. Or you can pay $10 for the same book on kindle.

    10 years or older common books- can be bought used for 1+3 shipping from amazon or you can pay 1-5$ for it on kindle.

    Sometimes you will find very old books for 99 cents or for free on kindle (depending on the publisher) that can be purchased for $4 in print form. So kindle is the best option for very old books.

    You can't take notes in Kindle (I'm pretty sure- don't know about any newer versions).

    It really depends on what types of books you read.

    -If you read brand new books go with torrents.
    -If you read recent books (1-5 years old) go with used print copies.
    -If you read old books get a kindle (like Charles Dickens, Nietsche, Plato).
    -If you read rare books you can only get print copies. (though I have in the past sent requests for kindle versions of certain books that had their price go up to $100 a copy and had amazon transfer them to kindle for $9.99) (I have PC kindle by the way, but have used my grandmothers kindle on occasions)

    Right now for me, I've been reading old philosophy books (mainly from the ancient greeks or roman empire) where I end up taking lots of notes so for me kindle isn't the best option even though it is cheaper.

    If I ever go into a phase where I want to read old literature (which I'm sure will happen sometime) then I'll get a kindle.

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