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Post 13761

KB

This is a bit more than a PH. It's actually really annoying (and I also think we've probably mentioned it before, either me or someone else).

But it's when you keep getting interrupted with a certain book, so much that it completely ruins your flow and you don't know where you are in it. What you'd really need to do is go back to the start and give it a clean sweep, but somehow you can't bring yourself to wade through the bubbles of familiarity you keep encountering.


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Post 13762

Cheerful Dragon

Conversely, reading a novel that's a real slog, but being determined to get to the end of it. As you get close to the end, you find yourself wondering if it's worth the hassle of finishing, but you'll miss the climax of the story if you don't finish it. (I'm going through this right now with Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis.)


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Post 13763

You can call me TC (Granny AND Granny-to-be)

Doesn't happen with a Kindle! The entire universe knows where you've got to. Wherever you are, if you switch on the Kindle, it will open at the page you last finished on, and if you are reading on another device, it will search the ether and tell you.

Which is a rather sinister thought, but so what? It's convenient.


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Post 13764

Cheerful Dragon

That only works if you have Airplane Mode off or Wi-fi on (newer models call it Airplane Mode, older ones Wi-fi). I don't always, so my Kindles get out of sync, although my apps don't (much). You also need to be within range of, and connected to, a wi-fi service.


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Post 13765

Pastey

I'm starting to get tempted to get a Kindle, but I don't buy enough new books to warrant it.


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Post 13766

quotes

Isn't the point here the problem about getting interrupted? It doesn't matter if you know exactly where you've got to, the 'flow' is ruined.


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Post 13767

KB

Yeah, that's it. If you keep getting distracted you end up at the stage where your eyes automatically follow the lines and you turn the pages, but you haven't taken anything in. Or rather, you haven't taken enough in to follow the book. You've just taken in enough to make it annoying to read again.

It's a bit like when you suddenly become aware that you've read the same line about seven times, and just think "Oh for smiley - bleep SAKE!" smiley - laugh


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Post 13768

Cheerful Dragon

Pastey, the problem I've had with my Kindle is that it's encouraged me to buy more books. Some have replaced paper copies. Just as many, if not more, have been new. I'm now in to Discworld, Flashman and the Game of Thrones series. I also read the Hunger Games trilogy, which I wouldn't have even glanced at if it hadn't been the Daily Deal. (I enjoyed it, BTW, but I found the ending disappointing.)

Buy yourself a Kindle if you can afford it. The price of the device isn't the issue. It's all the books you'll buy once you've got it!


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Post 13769

Pastey

That's what's worrying me! smiley - laugh


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Post 13770

Sho / Flo - what's the difference?

on the other hand, having a Kindle full of books and a house stuffed to the brim of books has made me accept that you can get 20 or 200 pages into a book and decide: nope, not going to read any more. and cast it aside.
(although I still feel guilty about doing that)


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Post 13771

Pastey

That's another problem I have. I started the True Blood books a couple of years ago, and only managed two of them before I got distracted with something else. So the entire series (bought to me as a present) is sat on top of a bookcase glaring at me smiley - erm
I'm also half way through the second Game of Thrones book, which I think is plotting something with the True Blood books smiley - erm


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Post 13772

Cheerful Dragon

I know what you mean, Sho. I'm a finisher, which is why I stuck with Lucky Jim to the end. It's now on a pile of books destined for some charity or other.


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Post 13773

Sho / Flo - what's the difference?

it was weird at first but it is a very liberating feeling.
The worst one recently was casting aside a novel written by a friend of mine - it's really not my thing, unfortunately, although at first I thought it might be (YA fantasy) smiley - sadface


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Post 13774

winnoch2 - Biding my time..

Speaking of Kindle; I'm new to them and one annoying thing I've found is that when I 'clicked' on a reference number hyperlink which took me to the end of the book, Kindle now thinks I've finished the book smiley - erm. So when I 'sync to furthest read' on another device it keeps taking me to the last few pages of references instead of the middlish where I'm reading. Can you tell kindle to forget this kind of thing?


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Post 13775

You can call me TC (Granny AND Granny-to-be)

There's a secret spot in the top right-hand corner which, if you find it, can make you a bookmark. Touch the "plus" sign and it'll mark the place. You can then find it in the "Go to" part of the main menu.

I think.


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Post 13776

Pink Paisley

My habit of 'having to have' new technology and gadgets.

The worst thing I ever bought? My Kindle.

PP.


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Post 13777

You can call me TC (Granny AND Granny-to-be)

Mine was a present. The only guilt I have is (1) the pile of paper-based literature gathering dust as I slip the tiny slate-sized Kindle into my handbag for convenience on trains and in doctor's waiting rooms and (2) the time spent reading it when I should be doing the housework.


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Post 13778

Sho / Flo - what's the difference?

I vacillated for ages and ages about a Kindle and in the end my parents gave me one for my birthday 3 years ago. And I absolutely love it (it's the slim, light 3G keyboard old one). I think a lot of the complaints I hear about Kindles from people at work is that they seem to want to use it to do stuff and use it as a tablet instead of just reading in colour.


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