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Old 08-08-2012, 10:04   #16
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Re: Kindle and ebooks

Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
That's a nice display but perhaps that is on a tablet or a Kindle itself? The display and listing is different on a smartphone, it gives a linear list of books, ten per page, and commingles the free and not free ones. A cynic might say that is done intentionally so folks who "one click" too quickly wind up buying things instead of getting them for free. (There's no way to disable 1-click buying on the Kindle or Kindle software on other devices.)
A more gentle soul might say that's just because the cheap *stards at Amazon have made Kindle a DIY system, and the programming needs some upgrades. The entire Kindle system is quite sophmoric, authors OCR scan books and upload them, and there's no process to check for errors (which are rampant) or correct them, at any point down the line. Although some authors are actually glad to get email about them, and do their own correcting to the material.
Apparently it is all about the lowest cost and "acceptable" quality, and there's something to be said in favor of that. Free is good, right? <G>


that screenshot is from an ipad (safari).

Yes, some books on kindle do come across as 'amateurish' because the authors are in such a rush to publish their books and collect royalties. on the other hand i have seen that some of the best selling books on kindle are as closely and neatly laid out as a type setter would do it for them.

and it's true that Kindle is a great source of publishing/earning for mid tier authors who never get accepted by traditional pubs not because of their content but because they dont have a celebrity-writer status.

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