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[quote name='Neg_Stalker' timestamp='1303289455' post='7832860']
Dunno I just looked on Amazon. I could always find another example if you want!
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I'm sure you could.
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Rllmuk reads... This Book. Sounds good. Everyone can still work to the deadline, but makes it so it's not the end of the world if someone doesn't manage it in the allotted time. I probably won't join in due to poverty, my own stack of books to read(, hoop recommending ridiculously depressing books), but I still think it's a good idea.
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Re: Kindle.

I suppose if it's not available as an ebook, that's just one of them things, personally speaking, I only read on the Kindle save for reference books etc. However, can always join in the next month or whatever so it's no big deal.
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For me, it is massively more convenient and means I actually read a lot more than when I didn't read on the Kindle. And so far, most books I want to read are on there. Sure, there are some which aren't, but there are enough that I do want to read that it's not a problem.

And it isn't imposing a limitation - can still pick up a real book if I so wish - just have a preference to read on the Kindle instead.

Oh - and surely the Kindle decreases the impact of Waterstones, Tesco etc dictating what people read? It's much easier to self publish to a large audience on the Kindle, and given most of the large publishers have stupid pricing for eBooks, I end up buying more books from smaller publishers that don't nowadays.
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Well unless you're computer literate to a certain degree you're limited to what Amazon deems okay for you to read. Which, so far, seems to be quite a slim selection.

Self-publishing has always been terrible and I don't see that changing with a digital delivery method.
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[quote name='Neg_Stalker' timestamp='1303295793' post='7833130']
Well unless you're computer literate to a certain degree you're limited to what Amazon deems okay for you to read. Which, so far, seems to be quite a slim selection.
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What is this shit Hoop? Apart from a few scattered instances where Amazon have pulled stuff like kiddy fiddling manuals what on earth do Amazon have to do with the publishers not jumping full speed into ebooks?

Anyway. This is the wrong thread for this. Can we take it over to the ebook thread in offtopic and fight like dirty animals?
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I like the Rllmuk Reads... idea, hence why I've now changed the topic title.

I've added a few sign-up names to the opening post but if your name isn't down and you would like to be please reply here.

Regarding Kindle - I've not really looked into e-books much myself, I had assumed the selection was really good but if it isn't I think a Kindle rule probably isn't a good idea for the time being. Seeing as the two pro-Kindle people so far (hoot and bushtopher) are happy for paperback only books to be included I will leave the current guidelines as they are.

If I can get a few more people to sign-up I'll then randomly choose somebody to pick the first book so we can begin this thing in May.
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[quote name='Neg_Stalker' timestamp='1303295793' post='7833130']
Well unless you're computer literate to a certain degree you're limited to what Amazon deems okay for you to read. Which, so far, seems to be quite a slim selection.[/quote]

I guess it depends on what you want to read. I've not found the Kindle selection to be limited at all - the digital pile of unread books on my device is testament to that. In particular, I'm enjoying catching up on some of the 'classics' I've been meaning to read for some time - e.g. Heart of Darkness, although not enjoying it as much as I was expecting. In fact, maybe that could be an option for the first 'Rllmuk Reads....' book?
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I'll get in on this too. It's nice to have slightly more drawn-out discussion on a title than what the reading journal thread allows.
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I'll give it a couple more days and then pick a name at random from the list. I think doing it by committee each month is probably going to be needlessly time consuming and potentially limiting in the types of books we get.
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One thing to be careful of: we need to make sure when books are chosen that there's something worth discussing within them. Like, The Road works because of it's unique style of writing and ambiguity in places, so it promotes discussion. Something where the only responses are "I like it," or "I don't like it," not so much.
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[quote name='toythatkills' timestamp='1303304318' post='7833505']
One thing to be careful of: we need to make sure when books are chosen that there's [b]something worth discussing within them[/b]. Like, The Road works because of it's unique style of writing and ambiguity in places, so it promotes discussion. Something where the only responses are "I like it," or "I don't like it," not so much.
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Who would decide that?
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The person choosing the book just needs to be aware of it when they're choosing something. I'm not saying we should ever reject something that someone chooses, just that people should choose books that will generate discussion about something.
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I could be interested in giving this a go. I don't read enough books really, I normally read a few over a few months and then have about 6 months off reading and I'm about read for my next lot.

I don't fancy picking one to start with so could I be excluded from having the possible first choice please.
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[quote name='AN_D_K' timestamp='1303308380' post='7833657']
Can anyone take part if we have the time without having to put our name into the hat?
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Put your name in the damned hat!
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[quote name='Dannon' timestamp='1303308418' post='7833659']
Put your name in the damned hat!
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I'm not well-read or clever enough to have the grown up responsibility of picking a book
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