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Posted on 08/01/2012 12:45:19 PM PDT by dps.inspect
We just learned that Amazon or Amazon's president is donating $2.5 million to support gay marriage activists' efforts. Because of this, I cannot do business with them any more. Just prior to their announcement, I purchased my wife the Kindle Fire... Q, can you get books and such from other sources for the Kindle?
Somebody out there with conservative leanings, some money and business knowhow needs to start a business like Amazon but with at least a neutral political stance if not more conservative. After the Chick-fil-A thing, ya gotta know that business would do very well, and I'd be happy to give them my business.
You can use the Kindle to read certain formats, but the Kindle ebook format is proprietary. You wouldn’t be able to purchase books from other retailers and download them to the device. You would either have to hack the Kindle OS and change the “cloud” pointer or download the ebook in another format to your workstation and copy it via the USB cable.f
This saddens me too. I’ve been using Overstock for miscellany and specific retailers for other purchases (i.e. computers and electronics from NewEgg).
You can often get books directly from the publishers in the MOBI format for the Kindle, like Baen books for example http://www.baen.com/library/. You need never get a single book from Amazon.
A. Drop the stupid e-books.
B. Use Abebooks or any number of good book dealers. It’s cheaper, you get first-editions, signeds and all kinds of goodies.
C. The books the liberals hate, tend to get into the antique-dealers fast and extra-cheap.
I wish there was an alternative. I was disappointed to learn that Bezos was doing this. Guess we need to all email and tell him we’re not going to do business with them anymore and I really enjoy my Fire, too.
There is always the library...
You can download Calibre and convert books from one format to another in seconds. Some convert well, like MOBI <--> EPUB (Amazon and Barnes/Noble either direction). Others don't convert very well, like PDF to MOBI.
Thanks for asking the question. We, regretfully, have 2 Kindle fires in the household and I wish to avoid Amazon at all costs now.
Many if not all books on Project Gutenberg are in the MOBI (Kindle) format.
Also, don’t overlook using newsreader to download MOBI books (alt.binaries.kindle). You’ll want to get a copy of calibre.app to store and process other formats, which it will do as long as they aren’t DRM protected.
I have found that even EPUB books can be read on a Kindle (sometimes have to run through Calibre, however).
tehe, tehe... shutup...
I use Froogle a lot when shopping, it will give you some alternatives to Amazon. But you do have to watch the ratings and make sure you’re dealing with someone trustworthy.
And Nextag for some things.
Ah... will look into this...
There are lots of other sites that have current ebooks. Google .. . plus you can take them out at your local library.
There are sites out there and @ a lower price than Amazon.
You can use any extention and convert , i.e. if you download a .lit book you can convert it to any another extension using “Calibre” , a free converter (it’s great and easy.
Here’s one link for a site and there are plenty more. I don’t use Amazon at all.
sorry - link didn’t show up
I read a LOT of PDFs (technical documents) on my Kindle Gen2. Never tried to convert anything. Most of the books I read are out-of-copyright classical works that I get from Google or my local library.
Thanks for the info. I really do not care where company officials donate their personal funds...but when they go big time like Amazon, they’re off my list. Too bad, ‘cuz Amazon used to get a lot of my money.
Shove it up your smelly Obamas, Amazon. And next time, keep your nightly activities - or activity support - to yourselves.
Does anyone have suggestions about who to contact at Amaazon to register a protest (and boycott plans) with?
what other formats will a Kindle read?
Waste of time to email. he already donated the cash. Lets just boycott Amazon. It was my favorite place to shop. Guess I’ll have to pony up some shipping charges now.
If you want to order actual books, I recommend alibris or powells in Portland Or. And I would write to amazon and tell them why they are losing my business.
do you like science fiction?
Free books, from the publisher, in several different file formats
Amazon was my favorite etailer, to the tune of over $10K per year for the past 7-8 years.
My account is closed; they will never see another penny from me or my family.
PDF, for one. There’s also the OpenInkPot, which is a personal favorite being a Linux user.
You can find most books with a browser search nowadays, just search the title.mobi , title.epub, or title.pdf. May need to wade through some questionable sites at times but if your firewall is robust and you know how to download torrents you’ll find that pretty much every book is out there free for the taking. Heck I’ve seen some massive libraries of 10’s of thousands of novels all wrapped up into one big (20gb?) torrent.
FYI, abebooks is owned by Amazon.
Some proprietary formats have to be converted, others read as they are. My wife has a Nook(EPUB), I have a Kindle(MOBI). Neither reader can read the format of the other. Since we both read a lot of books, I just convert them either way, no fuss, no muss.
You can read PDFs natively on the Kindle, conversion can make them more friendly to the Kindle.
I bought The Bride a Nook. She’s tickled with it.
I used to order Amazon; not after learning this.
Thriftbooks and Valore are good too, for used books.
Return the Kindle and ask for a refund.
They will take it back
They will take it back
Be sure to tell them why you're returning it. Companies need to learn that unpopular political stances have a cost associated with them.
Used book stores. I found a great one here.
My wife has a Kindle.....she hasn’t paid for any books up til now she just downloads the free one’s.
You’ll have to stop using computers too.
Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates contributed $100 grand each to the same cause as Bezos and Apple is run by a gay guy.
I have a Nook Color and a Kindle Fire. I’m not bothered by Jeff’s politics at all. But if you are, get a Nook or a Kobo Touch both read epub. Download a freeware program called Calibre which is pretty good at converting almost everything. Get a tablet and with apps you can read everything. Moonreader is good, some people like Aldiko. It’s just not that big of a deal AFAIC.
I wanted to email in order to state why I will be boycotting. Otherwise my ceasing to do business with them will go unnoticed.
You can buy ebooks from books a million in kindle (mobi) format I’m fairly certain.
I was looking at buying a Kindle . Can you highlight and save mutiple pages on it for later reference ? can you cut and paste things into a pdf or word doc when writing book reports and such?
Sure. I buy books from Books A Million, convert them with the free Calibre utility, and read them on my Kindle Touch all of the time. You are not locked into Amazon’s format.
Really? Bought up when?
Abebooks was there long before Amazon. Originally Canadian. But they’re really only a facilitator network spanning hundreds of used-book sellers. There’s a number of similar networks.
The stupid e-books are outselling printed books two-to-one. Bookstores are the new dinosaurs.
I’m not interested in ebooks, but in the last two or three years I have ordered thousands of dollars worth of shop tools, appliances, electronics, etc from Amazon. They seem to have become the “mail order Sears” of the 21st century. I also have been considering what to go to for these kinds of needs. I guess I will just have to do more extensive online searches from now on.
Doesn’t make it much smarter, I’m afraid.
I see Amazon did its grab of Abebooks in 2008. Lots of bad stuff going down that year.
Does anyone know whether Barnes and Noble has given money to or other wise supported the gay marriage activists? If I close out my Amazon account and go to B and N am I just making a sideways move??
December of 2008...
Here in Texas they ‘donated’ $100M of our money to the state coffers - by agreeing to charge sales tax. So we’re through with them. At this point I still use their site, but then I look elsewhere (after checking reviews and finding model numbers). Often I can beat the daylights out of their prices anyway (at least on non-book items).
The Chik-fil-A issue wasn't about gay marriage, it was about freedom of speech, and freedom of belief.
If we are now to boycott everyone who believes in gay marriage, or everyone who gives money to gay causes, are we going to eventually boycott Chik-fil-A because they don't descriminate in hiring? How about Fox News Channel if it's proven that they have a gay guy on the air?
How are we different from them, other than that we're right?
Denial of freedom to the goose is, to abuse the old saw, denial of free speech to the gander. Our protest should be against the denial, not the honking of one or the other.
I ate at Chik-fil-A once this week, and brought home some of their great chicken two other days, in support of Cathy's right to be a Christian and say so.
I bought two Kindle "Daily Deals" from Amazon, too -- not in support of their founder's position, but because I got the best deals there. I'm not going to boycott them and get my reading materials elsewhere, or steal them from a Torrent site, just because they believe in gay marriage, or even [gasp!] exercise their right of free speech by sending money to gay causes.
How can we scream about it when the libs do things like the Chik-fil-A boycott, then maintain any pretense of credibility when we do the same things? This is Free Republic, folks. That means something to me.