For your Kindle, some more offers courtesy Happy Reader Joyce –
- Starlighter by Bryan Davis. Price: $0. Genre: Children’s Books, Religious, Dragons. Rated 4 stars on 53 reviews.
- It Takes a Genome: How a Clash Between Our Genes and Modern Life is Making Us Sick by Greg Gibson. Price: $0. Genre: Genetics, Science. This was free earlier on August 30th, 2010. A few reviews claiming it’s a very general book, and not really meant for people really into science.
- Edward Kennedy’s Leadership Lessons by FT Press. Price: $0. Genre: Leadership, Business. Another repeat free offer. This was free on December 6th, 2010.
- That is SO Me: 365 Days of Devotions: Flip-Flops, Faith, and Friends by Nancy Rue. Price: $0. Genre: Religious, Children, Year-long Devotional. Rated 3.5 stars on 2 reviews.
- The Aedyn Chronicles: Chosen Ones by Alister McGrath. Price: $0. Genre: Fantasy, Chosen Few, Religious. Rated 3.5 stars on 27 reviews. A repeat offer from July 19th, 2010.
The repeat of offers makes you wonder – Do the new Kindle owners (ones who got their Kindles on Christmas or later) take priority over earlier Kindle owners?
If not, then why not release offers that are new for EVERYONE.
Perhaps there’s a list of books and authors Amazon wants to promote, and that’s why we’re seeing repeat offers.
Thoughts on Page Numbers
Page Numbers continue to be a topic causing much consternation. The justifications for Kindle not having Page Numbers are mostly just that – justifications. Let’s try to dig a little deeper.
From a thread at the Kindle forum on page numbers, and from other sources, here is a list of cons of not having page numbers –
- It becomes very difficult to figure out references in Textbooks. Your Professor says Page 237 and you have to use Calculus to figure out what location that might be.
- It becomes difficult to use a Kindle in a book club.
- It’s difficult to tell someone using a physical book where you’re at.
- We just aren’t used to locations. Page numbers – everyone gets.
- The Kindle shows pages, yet it lists locations. You’re using pages and you have Next Page and Previous Page buttons – but then you’re supposed to forget about page numbers and use locations.
- No one knows just what a location is. That’s a big part of the problem – It’s not just that you’re losing something familiar. It’s being replaced with something that’s unexplained. It would be like replacing pounds for weight with oranges – Except no one tells you what one orange weighs or what size of orange to use.
- You dissociate from everyone else. All physical book readers, all other eReader owners, and all people who use reading apps are using page numbers. You’re on this Kindle island with locations instead of page numbers.
There are also some benefits due to using locations –
- Locations don’t change with font size.
- Page Numbers change with type of book (hardcover, paperback, etc.) so locations are more consistent.
- Less work for Amazon and authors and publishers.
- Locations make more sense than page numbers from a logical perspective. It makes you wonder whether this is a decision made by an algorithm, or by a very logic-oriented person, without considering the perspective of general readers.
- If it survives for more than a few years it’ll get people more invested in the Kindle.
It’s interesting how at the forums it’s become difficult to talk about a Kindle shortcoming. It instantly turns into an argument with people claiming that the shortcoming isn’t really a shortcoming. The biggest argument being used to defend the lack of page numbers is – People are stuck in the past. They need to learn to change with the times.
That’s a strange argument – Kindle uses eInk precisely to re-create the ink on paper experience. So it’s not like it’s not catering to people’s need for familiarity.
Also, it’s debatable whether a product’s goal is to drag people into the future or re-create what people are comfortable with.
Why is Kindle the only eReader using locations?
Kindle being the only eReader using locations means one of two things – It wants to drag everyone into what Amazon considers a more efficient way of ‘locating’ places in a book, or it just didn’t want to deal with the complications of using page numbers in ebooks.
Here’s a simple solution used by Sony, courtesy Mark Twain (the commenter, not the author) –
“Sony and many producers of Epub digital books have found a very simple fix for this: place the print version page number faintly at the end of a line of text on the right margin. It is completely non-distracting, but easy to find if you are looking for it.”
Sony reader and Nook both use Page Numbers. No matter what the other arguments – it’s easier to work with page numbers. It’s something everyone’s used to.
It’d be nice if Amazon moved from locations to page numbers, or let users choose what they wanted to use. It’s not a problem that’s going away anytime soon.