October 18th, 2011

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thoughts from Monday night

I downloaded a Nook app for the computer, too.  Trying to look for free books on that site was much worse than trying to look for them on Amazon.  A lot of Barnes & Noble books were offered much cheaper in paperback than they were as Nook books, as in, several dollars each cheaper.  I was tempted to order some of the paperbacks, and will keep that in mind for getting cheap paperbacks.  I'll have to remember about shipping, though.

Well, with a Nook you can get epubs as well, so those would be cheaper.  It just seems very roundabout.  Kindle prices do seem to be among the cheapest you can get for a lot of e-books.  Though it's a walled garden (is that the right term?) for e-books, they do a lot of useful things for the customers.  You don't have to worry over things too much -- it's all taken care of.  I'm used to getting books online and side-loading them, so it doesn't strike me as a problem, but I can see why people would be happy to just have the book appear on their devices.

I now have free e-reading apps on my computer for Sony (the Reader Library software sucks), Kobo (mixed feelings about the shopping experience and software, but leaning towards "meh"), Nook (not thrilled) and Kindle (seems the best by far).  I'm sure I'll do much more comparing and contrasting over the next few weeks.  The Sonys have good hardware, but I can see now why reviewers say the software drags them down.  The epubs are pretty readable in the Reader Library if you can get them in there.
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Tuesday so far

I ran some errands, then went to Longwood Gardens (http://www.longwoodgardens.org) since it was another nice day.  I got a scooter.  I wanted to be sure to see the waterlilies before we got a frost.  I've seen them several times now this year.  I went around on the Flower Garden Walk, and through the rose and herb garden part of the Idea Garden.  I went around the formal rose garden, but there wasn't a lot of bloom.  I did the loop around the conservatories.  More chrysanthemums are appearing in the Main Conservatory, and there were a lot of gardeners at work, inside and outside.

When I got home, I asked Dad about planting those few roses that survived through the summer in their original pots, the ones I got in April.  We put 'Salet' in a big pot where 'Isabella Sprunt' had been.  We'll see what happens.  We put one that had lost its tag in what was the shade garden.  The parental units had a couple of trees removed from there, so it's not as shady as it was.  We put 'Mr. Lincoln' by the chives in the vegetable garden area.  We planted 'General Jacqueminot' in the side yard where another rose had been.  So there are a couple of roses that might get rose replant sickness, but maybe they have a chance to get through the winter.  Mid-October is very late to plant roses in this climate.

Most of the tea roses I got, I planted in very big pots, the kind that hold eighty pounds of soil.  I don't know if they'll survive the winter, particularly in pots, but I suppose it will depend on how mild the winter is.

So I got some errands done that I wanted to get done, and got out in the nice weather.
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watching a controversy

Authors who have e-books are justifiably upset about piracy.  Apparently one author is posting the names and web addresses of people who read pirated copies of her books.  It's definitely stirring up a controversy, complete with swearing at the author.  I thought the swearing was unnecessary.  I can also understand people being upset about having their names out there as reading pirated books, but that is what they did.

It's such a common thing to do that sometimes I feel dumb for paying for all the e-books I get -- all but the ones that are legally free, like promos or out-of-copyright books.  However, I think about the authors.  They've worked hard.  If I really want a friend to read a book, I buy a second copy.  ARe even has a gifting option, which I'd love to see on other sites.  If I have it in paperback, I'll loan it out.  With mainstream romance authors, I can get their books at the library.

I think the author is basically in the right, though I'm not a lawyer or anything.  I think some fans will have a problem with the way she's going about it.  I know that I've paid for the books I've gotten.