A passionate child rolling in the dust with her ugly dog; a girl driving oxen; a woman....Did anything else matter?
The Kindle was everywhere today as I was shopping. I confess, I had another go on several! But for me, I am concerned with the constant finger and hand movements that you would have to make. I already suffer with wrist pain when I have spent considerable time on my laptop, and I notice this too when on my mobile. I think it will be this year's big seller, and on everyone's wish list. Although it looks fab, and I understand how good it will be to have hundreds of books at your fingertips, it's not for me..... they had literally hundreds in my local Tesco Store.
Totally agree on the security thing Bella.
I have 'Kindle' on my "please don't buy me this for Christmas" list!
You all seem to be talking about the Kindle. Tescos have them wired up to test if you go instore. I was interested, and had a little go, but did get frustrated when pressing buttons that it didn't always respond, a bit like sending a text on one of those smart phones, it drives you mad cos you have to swipe over and over, and I also hate the thought of Rsi and eye strain.....ha what am I like!! However, WH Smiths are selling their own Kobo e book, and I thought some of you might like to look into it. Apparently they have a huge range of books available, and a friend has been raving about it.
Edit: Also, if I were on the beach and wanted to go for a swim in the sea, having a Kindle in my beach bag would make me very anxious about it being stolen as I swam.......I'm just saying, that's all
As in One Pair of Hands - or One pair of Feet? Excellent!
A Kindle can now be bought for £89 on Amazon
Thanks Brigantia for letting me know, I am now considering if I should purchase the new Kindle Fire from Amazon. It's nice to know that I can have all the books in ebook form.
Hi Grace, we can now get all of the Poldark books for kindle via Amazon.
I've had the same problem as Caroline when trying to buy e-books from a US website - must be something to do with copyright, but I can't see why there should be a problem.
Yes I do live in the U.S. to be exact I live in the City of Chicago. I wonder why it should be so hard to get the books in eBook form. I purchased my books from amazon.com and I know the online bookstore Barnes and Noble BN.com also carries the books. I wish you all the best in trying to purchase the books in eBook form. What I really wish for if the books could be turn in audio books on CD, I have the abridged book of Ross Poldark, but unfortunately the ribbon got caught in my old tape player and "ate it up" so that the end of that book on tape.
I cant believe Dwight is reading the books in random order, when he has them all. I did that once only because I was depended on library books and had to read them as I received them. I am looking forward to start at the beginning early next year.
Are you in the US? Those three have been available for a couple of years and I tried every trick I could think of to purchase them from the UK but no deal!
The books are wonderful, I'm very envious of you starting at the beginning with it all ahead of you. Hopefully you'll have a better experience than my husand who isn't really a reader but is working his way though them, unfortunately in a completely random order! Consequently, he is finding things happening to characters and he has no idea who the characters actually are and has to keep getting me to explain what's what! Strange man...
I just brought my first two poldarks book, starting my Poldark Library with Ross Poldark and Demelza. I have not brought a tablet computer yet but I plan to soon, I will like to have them as e-books to. It's stange but only three of the books are ebooks.
I think of him often up there and send a word of thanks to him for writing such good books which never bore and only get better with each reading . . .
Think he's smiling up there on his fluffy cloud!
Tide was nearly full. Mist lay in a grey scarf along the line of the cliffs. .. and they walked home hand in hand through the slanting shadows of the new darkness.
Caroline Penvenen Enys wrote:I don't suppose WG would have given a hoot how people read the books just as long as they do.
I don't suppose WG would have given a hoot how people read the books just as long as they do.
True enough Caroline.
However I don't think you can completely ignore WG's own personal views about modern ways of life.
"Now and again, and something that will no doubt intrigue modern readers of all ages especially those who entertain similar dreams of literary stardom, Winston, having all his life only ever written in longhand, tantalisingly reveals his totally professional approach to writing. "I have been under considerable pressure to buy at least a laptop computer. I have always turned the suggestions down for the reason that I have never done creative work on a typewriter. There is to me a lack of empathy. I have been told of the many extra advantages of word-processing, and I acknowledge them. But, apart from other reasons, I find that a sentence, a page, a book, assumes a different nature when it is first in manuscript, second in typescript, and third in page proofs. There is a separate, a welcome change, and each time one is able to see it in a new light."
"There is to me a lack of empathy...."
"....I find that a sentence, a page, a book, assumes a different nature when it is first in manuscript, second in typescript, and third in page proofs. There is a separate, a welcome change, and each time one is able to see it in a new light."
So clearly and beautifully expressed as always. So although it's obviously always going to be a matter of personal preference whichever one chooses, for me personally Poldark will always be about the silent empathy and total absorption that slowly builds as one gets more and more into his books. I've always felt it's something so deeply organic that no plastic substitute can and will ever replace the intense human rapport that builds up every time when reading Poldark in hardback or come to that any of the world's major classics and what I meant when I said elsewhere "the (organic) closeness of a book". And I think this is perhaps what WG is referring to in so many words as well, though it would have always remained unspoken as he as we all know would never wish to offend or upset anyone.
"Perfection is a full stop .... Ever the climbing but never the attaining Of the mountain top." W.G.
Well said, Caroline!
Kindles and a love of books aren't mutually exclusive, there is room in the world for both, even, as I said below, in the same household.
I have the same problem as Bella with my eyes - but I just love handling books and keeping them after I have read them so could never see myself getting a Kindle - I'm sure our wonderful WG would have felt the same!!
The kindle screen isn't as bright or 'glaring' as a computer screen. I use mine to read in bed most nights - very convenient . . .
I wonder what our Winston would have thought about these Kindle things? I don't want one because my eyes hurt looking at a screen for a long length of time
Not me that's organised it's what happens after reading Poldark
Oh, Ross, if only I were as organised as you! My butterfly mind settles on something, then quickly darts over to something else . . .
Interesting point as for years I've always used labelled book marks for reference to all my favourite passages kept in 12 separate paperbacks specifically for that purpose. Then if I want to find something and I'm not at home, I make a note to look for it when I get back when things are quiet and relaxed which for me is the best way of all to enjoy Poldark. Still presumably you can store them all in a memory also I definitely think they're worth trying out at some stage too...
Re dipping in to find favourite passages, this doesn't spoil the reading experience for me - having read all the books several times, it is an added bonus to be able to revisit certain passages with ease.
I can remember a couple of years ago trying to find the passage where Demelza gets propositioned in very bad English by a French aristocrat. I couldn't remember exactly where in the story it was and it was quite time consuming and frustratng . . .
Nice to hear from you again, hope your daughter's (?) keeping well.
Just a passing observation but I think it seems to come down to a question between books and ebooks, whether one likes and prefers to regularly read them slowly through from 1 to 12 so as to get a good feel overall, and which unfailingly is most enjoyable and stimulating as it seems to bring new angles and perspectives each time you finish. As against and I'm still not clear on this, those who seem to like ebooks so as to be able to dip into passages now and again, presumably when not at home, which would somehow seem to me to spoil the whole experience ? Rather like grabbing quick snacks than enjoying a full meal, down to modern living I suppose ?
So I think I'll be sticking to books permanently whether at home or on holiday as it usually takes me at least a comfortable month or two to slowly digest one at a time, also I suffer from indigestion with quick meals so there might be a parallel !
Do you ever hear from George as it'd be great to hear from him again ?
On the subject of advancing technology, there is room for both ebook and paper. I am a bookworm. I am also a gadget fiend. My house is crammed with books and (mostly Apple) computers and the like. Nothing beats the weight and feel of a book, undoubtedly you cannot immerse yourself in a Kindle in the same way, but to be able to have all 12 Poldark books at my fingertips and still be able to fit clothes in my suitcase is very very valuable to me. To put my iPad in my bag and be able to call instantly on any quote in any of the books makes me smile hugely.-- Edited by Caroline Penvenen Enys on Saturday 27th of August 2011 10:14:29 PM
HOORAY, HOORAY, HOORAY!! Poldark is now on Kindle!
HOORAY, HOORAY, HOORAY!! Now I can carry ALL of the books with me whenever I wish . . .
When my euphoria has died down, I will have to compare the ebook versions with the printed words . . .
I just got issued an I Pad 2 at work. It beats Amazon Kindle reader, for reading Kindle and other e-reader content. Bad: Apple is at war with Amazon, over who gets what cut of the sale. They removed the Kindle Store button in the Kindle app. You can still buy direct from Amazon, and download it to the I Pad. Looking forward to an Android tablet.
Oh, I quite agree, Verity, but I'm thinking of when I go on holiday and being able to take ALL of the Poldark books with me without worrying about excess baggage!
You're right, though, there's nothing like browsing through second-hand books . . .
I'm a great trawler of charity shops - you just never know what you might find! I buy most of my books from the rich vein that lies in these shops and find it easier than a high street chain as their selection is so eclectic.
Can't do that with a kindle....!
I have to agree that there's nothing nicer than turning the pages of a book. But, to have the whole Poldark series on my Kindle, so that I can easily take them all with me wherever I go, now that would be my idea of heaven!
Sadly I'm not happy with advancing technology. My children have not had a childhood anywhere near as free as mine due to Playstations and gadgets......you won't find me with a kindle
Edit: mmmm, despite my comments above I wouldn't say no to an ipad 2 if anyone wants to buy me one
Hello Star 02, great to have you join us here on the forum.
I must admit that I'm very intrigued by the idea of using a Kindle and have a hunch that they will probably be the way things will progress in the future, very much like the way LP's were superseded by tapes, then CD's and now it seems that the downloading of music onto computers, ipods and mobile phones has really begun to sound the death knoll for the the sale of music by CD and the use of CD players. I would hate to see this happen to books, but I have a hunch that as the years go by, the ebook culture will increase and sales of real books will begin to diminish slowly but surely ... something I can't bear to think about. I was one of those people who said I would never need a mobile phone, but now am as guilty as the next person at becoming panicky if I forgetfully leave the house without mine.
I have to agree with Ross here, it's all very well reading the latest holiday 'must read' paperback on Kindle, but the work of a great and classic author, in my opinion, can only be savoured and enjoyed to it's best by using the medium it was originally intended for, a real, honest to goodness, turn the page, BOOK!
Hi and welcome to the forum Star 02 hope you enjoy it all.
Interesting to read your thoughts as I've never really had time to think about ebooks before so thanks for airing the subject....
Just some first thoughts as I've never tried them yet but from what I've read on the Net and elsewhere to be honest I don't think that old fashioned or the latest fashions ought really to come into it, and whilst I can well understand the convenience of ebooks combined with the latest novels in today's modern world by contrast with that of the past, I don't feel that this should automatically apply to many of the major well known classics in literature.
Biased perhaps, but I see Winston Graham and Poldark as the modern equivalent and follow on to all the greatest literary classics and authors of the past in that it had such an enormous and instant public appeal the moment it appeared whether in book form or on film.
Cliched no doubt too, but I believe that the truly great classics in literature ought to be approached in much the same way as a connoisseur does towards a fine oil painting, a classical sculpture, a classical symphony or even a rare wine, in that to be appreciated to the full, one simply has to take time out to be able to savour it quietly and alone - phrase by phrase, paragraph by paragraph, chapter by chapter. And for myself Winston Graham's Poldark books fit into these above categories effortlessly.
Yet to experience it all to the maximum, and in much the same way as for example listening to a classical symphony employing only the best acoustics and equipment available, I feel a classical book should also be respected and treated in exactly the same way too. Ideally a first edition with a fine dust jacket, both in excellent condition and signed by the author as close as possible to the date of first publication. This also being I believe one of the prime aims of many serious book collectors when starting or adding to their library.
Perhaps simplistically to round things off, this is the reason why for me the original Poldark TV series, good as it undoubtedly was, has never appealed at all if only because it was not directed solely by Winston Graham himself, and it's where these outside influences other than Winston start to creep in that for me the core experience is gradually lessened pro rata. Obviously I expect I will read an ebook one day but for the reasons I've given I seriously doubt I will want to read Poldark on it, if only because you cannot repeat perhaps the most taken for granted yet the most enjoyable tactile experience of all.
The closeness of turning a page.
Interesting topic !
Welcome star02! Which has been your favourite book so far?
I am thinking of getting a kindle as have heard good things about them but i will always like the look and feel of a book!
Welcome to the forum Star 02, lovely to have another newbie on board.....
Greetings, first post here. I read the first three books in ebook format through Barnes and Noble on my nook app (on ipod) after hearing about the series from a comment on a Barnes and Noble fan site. The rest of the books are/were not available in ebook and also out of print in the US, and I had to secure them on ebay and read them 'the old fashion way'. Love reading on my iPod because it self lights and is much smaller to carry around - and- it doesn't close on you when you are trying to get a chapter in on your lunch while trying to eat at the same time! My progress- Just finished the Millers Dance tonight.
Thanks Wally, will have a look.
Namparagirl wrote:How do you get Kindle for your pc Wally? Would love to know please.
How do you get Kindle for your pc Wally? Would love to know please.
Go to Amazon. They have a Kindle for PC app:
Brigantia wrote:I note that Amazon.com has 'Ross Poldark' available for Kindle, but it's not available to UK readers. Bah! I recently got a Kindle and just love it, but it will not be complete until I have all the Poldark books on it.
I note that Amazon.com has 'Ross Poldark' available for Kindle, but it's not available to UK readers. Bah! I recently got a Kindle and just love it, but it will not be complete until I have all the Poldark books on it.
I have Kindle on my PC, laptop, and phone. Better than the Kindle device, for me.