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#1 Oct 24 2013 at 9:59 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'm terrified that one day the servers will be wiped out in a freak accident and I'll lose them all. ALL. MY. BOOKS.

Australia is pretty much a cashless society now, if you want it to be, and I certainly find "pay wave" ever so fast to use, and internet banking is *really* handy, open 24/7. Theoretically I should be nervous about losing all my money in a hideous internet crime/disaster. But no. I'm worried about ALL. MY. BOOKS.
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#2 Oct 24 2013 at 10:11 AM Rating: Good
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Aren't some of the book - the non archived ones actually on the device?

You could make paper print-outs of every single one and keep them under your bed.

NOAA just announced they'll no longer be making or distributing lithographs of their nautical charts. It's all digital. I love NOAA's charts. They'll not be the same printed out on some cheap b&w laser printer.

When the freak server-wiping accident comes ships will be lost.

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#3 Oct 24 2013 at 10:29 AM Rating: Excellent
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Used book store, pick up the ones you can't live without for a buck or two each?

Edit: I worry about that with my work stuff. Our project management is something we've more or less "farmed out." All the project information is stored remotely: client details, contact information, lists of procedures done, copies of e-mails, etc. We have some stuff stored here, our e-mail is backed up locally, but it isn't sorted by project, and each individual has their own e-mail account, so there's no central repository. There's paper copies of a lot of stuff too, but that's cumbersome to wade through, and not as complete. Data is all backed up here as well, but it would be difficult to reconstruct what project is what without the software to tell you.

It's kinda the key to everything. Smiley: frown

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#4 Oct 24 2013 at 10:47 AM Rating: Good
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Unsupervised proteins lost and alone in the interworld is scifi movie stuff.

My sister used to do contract work for 3-M (she made labels for a line of cleaning products). She carried a disk around with her everywhere she went with her 3-M stuff on it to meet her secondary storage contract obligations.

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Can't the ebook files be backed up locally? Attach device to computer, copy .epub or .mobi or whatever files to computer, done.
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#6 Oct 24 2013 at 12:52 PM Rating: Good
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I'm still using an buying paper books. I'd say it's for that reading under the blankets with a flashlight feeling that is so satisfying but it's mostly because I don't have an e-reader.
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#7 Oct 24 2013 at 7:25 PM Rating: Good
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Thank you Joph!

Aethien, do you have a smart phone? My smart phone has paid for itself the number of cheaper ebooks I have bought for it compared to their (usually) more expensive paperback brethren.
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#8 Oct 24 2013 at 8:03 PM Rating: Excellent
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I'm still using an buying paper books. I'd say it's for that reading under the blankets with a flashlight feeling that is so satisfying but it's mostly because I don't have an e-reader.

I actually found the best thing about my ereader was how awesome it was to read in bed. This improved when I upgraded to the paperwhite.
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Thank you Joph!

Aethien, do you have a smart phone? My smart phone has paid for itself the number of cheaper ebooks I have bought for it compared to their (usually) more expensive paperback brethren.
I do have a smartphone, a large one even but it's still a terrible screen for reading lots of text on.

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I've just started shopping for a second reader. My Nook is going on 3 and while it still works just fine for reading, I'm constantly deleting and archiving stuff to make room for more. Also the battery life is not what it once was.

I can't decide if I should stick with Nook or switch to kindle.

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I have a very large pile of e-books. One might classify it as "all of the Sci fi!". I would be very annoyed if they, along with other such data, ever ceased existing. Which is why anything important is in at a minimum 4 different locations at any given time. All the computer data repositories are at least Raid 1. I have VSS enabled. All the data repositories replicate between all the other computers, and the standalone network attached storage device, which is also Raid 1. I also have several offline copies of the more important data on memory stick and blue ray disk. I trade storage with my family. i hold their backup copies, they hold mine physically off site. I also have a copy in the safe deposit box that I update every so often. A few things I have uploaded to "cloud" storage. I got burned by online storage repositories early on when strike9 melted, so I don't tend to trust anything I don't have full control over for valid backups, but they do have their purpose. At this point you would have to nuke most of washington state, portions of Boston, and a few other locations to fully destroy my e-book collection.
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I've just started shopping for a second reader. My Nook is going on 3 and while it still works just fine for reading, I'm constantly deleting and archiving stuff to make room for more. Also the battery life is not what it once was.

I can't decide if I should stick with Nook or switch to kindle.



Take a look at the Kobo Aura HD. reads e-pubs, better resolution, much faster screen, better backlight. I have one and I love it. The only downside to it I have found so far is it doesn't handle having a truly massive epub collection on it as well as the nook does due to software. with that limitation in mind, it works great and seems to be much easier on my eyes for long duration reading.

The new kindle paperwhite II has the same screen, but smaller. The main thing I dislike about the kindles is the lack of expandable onboard storage.
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#13 Oct 25 2013 at 2:48 PM Rating: Good
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Vote 2 for the Kobo, own 3 of them. Some of the best purchases I ever made.
#14 Oct 25 2013 at 4:30 PM Rating: Excellent
I like the fact that amazon lets me manage my library online including all ebook files I send it manually. Does Kobo have that?

I bought the paperwhite because I got my first kindle when it was vastly superior to the kobo, and didn't feel like going through the process of converting my amazon library to a format and DRM that kobo could read.
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#15 Oct 25 2013 at 7:32 PM Rating: Decent
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Yes but I don't use it. I use Calibre to manage my library, it does any converting necessary on the fly for books that I don't have already in epub format.
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Amazon has a better cloud interface for the books than the Kobo Aura HD does. It reads more formats than it used to, but it's still an easier transition for Nook owners than it is for Kindle owners. Calibre is definitly a required piece of software whichever e-book reader you use though.
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