A Kindle Question - give me reads!

I have been gifted a new generation Kindle! Biggrin

So what should I do with it? Would anyone like to suggest something to broaden my literary palate? Now that I can read ebooks without burning the eyes from my very head on this old laptop, what to read?

This is your opportunity to forever influence the reading direction of a fellow human. How will you all handle this responsibility?

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MeiLin's picture

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I ADORE my Kindle.

First thing: go get Calibre:

http://calibre-ebook.com

then you'll be able convert almost any format into .mobi, which is what Kindle reads. You'll also be able to get quite a bit of British news delivered to your Kindle via Calibre, far more than American news.

Then, go here and check out all the free book collections. Most but not all are public domain. I get a great deal of material via these repositories and direct from Amazon.

Smashwords has good inexpensive reads, as does Amazon; look among the independents. There are several good guides out there, including Kindle Nation Daily.

Raigne's picture

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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.

MeiLin's picture

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His "The Diamond Age."

Raigne's picture

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Snow Crash has been so influential on the way the internet has taken shape, and it's the book that triggered my curiosity about linguistics. I had heard of the field when I first read it but I didn't understand what it could encompass beyond learning other languages until I read that book. I didn't even understand why I was so excited about it at the time. I know these are totally selfish justifications for why someone else should read a book, but I can't help it. It's a lot more than I was expecting to get from a cyberpunk novel.

Someone's picture

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Steven Erikson's "Malazan book of the fallen" (book 1 is titled "Gardens of the moon"). It's a 10 book epic fantasy series, and it is [i]amazing[/i]. I'm on book 8 right now, and still loving the series with all my literary whatevers.

And having them on a kindle would make life so much easier. They are BIG books.

JeVoudraisCake's picture

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Thanks everybody. I have raided the classics library and got samples of each of the books mentioned. Now I need to get some work done...

By the way, this comment? Sent from my kindle :-)

MeiLin's picture

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Is it even navigable?

JeVoudraisCake's picture

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You may be surprised and delighted to hear that the site is being rendered as well as in any other browser. It is also loading faster on the Kindle than it does in Opera Mini on my e71. I can login, post and do anything I might expect a desktop browser to do.Typing is a bit uncomfortable; the keys are finished with an unpleasent texture that my fingernails keep catching on. Imagine a blackboard. But I'm quite impressed! It is really great for text heavy sites.

gossamerblade's picture

...at the Baen Free Library, including many classic sci-fi and fantasy titles. (although they also tend towards giving you the first one or two of a series, to get you hooked, like any good drug dealer)

MeiLin's picture

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is here. Some real gems, including "Old Nathan" by David Drake, an odd little book that apparently only I have read, at least among my acquaintance.

Capriox's picture

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I LOVE 'OLD NATHAN'!!!

Gudy's picture

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... to Capriox in a PM before, if you like Old Nathan (and I do, too), you'll want to check out Manly Wade Wellman's John the Balladeer, which is not in the Free Library, but is available for free from the 3rd Baen promotional CD, e.g. here. It's basically the inspiration for Old Nathan and treats in the same themes, although the narrative voice and general tone are somewhat different.

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