Friday, April 29, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Amazon delivers. How can it be spelled in another way? The new initiative, not yet available though, is very tempting.
As can be seen from the second level headlines, there are even more than one news:
These mean that we’ll have strong alternative to the only available methods of picking up the books. We could download samples, usually ten percent of a book or thirty or so for several technical books, or read users’ reviews.
Regarding samples, they never supported highlighting, public notes and sharing, but dictionary check was available.I must note that dictionary search without saving a fragment where the word is used is no much worth for language learners.
The worst thing here is that ten percent sample is not valuable if you need a dictionary, an encyclopedia or a technical book.
Reading of reviews may help here, but if there are less then tens of them, you are under the risk that one says about style, one about usability for on a device, one is about the story that the user bought it accidentally and so forth.
The new possibility is free from these disadvantages. We’ll be able to read a book for some time, see the book in a whole, do our notes that are preserved until we’ll borrow the book again or buy it. Other’s public notes won’t be visible in library books.
However, as a warning alarmed the phrase ‘’, implying that the user should be registered in an offline library first.
Hopefully, Amazon will give us lending available for world-wide customers, not only those living in the US.
No earlier than yesterday I’ve bought our family’s first Android mobile. Leaving out of focus how hot we’ve been struggling who’ll be its owner, the question I faced first is that Amazon doesn’t provide Kindle application outside from the US.
Knowing that Amazon keeps an eye on the fact that something is downloaded outside of the US using 3G, but not having even a bit of interest if it’s done through Wi-Fi or downloading to PC, I’ll try to get it somehow.
The most disappointing fact here is that I’m not interested acutely in downloading content directly on an Android phone (but who don’t want), but only in having a book from their store in twilight when regular Kindle device is forceless. Even so, for people who are not planning to consume AT&T’s traffic, the application is unavailable. Too sad.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
What took me then? Believe or not, but Jaimec of the late fifties was very similar to Russia, Saint-Petersburg of the early nineties. Let's see, what I mean:
-personal computers were utterly uncommon due to their cost and the fact that ninetynine percent of the population was unaware of MS-DOS
-personal typewriters existed, but in opposite to Jaimecian users, there was the need to register any one bought
-mobile phones weren't available for citizens
-Russian kaitempi wasn't so severe, but rumors represented it so frightening as Jaimecian spec ops
-not many had a car, similarly to Jaimec, being free of heavy traffic
-the ruling caste was strong, admired and abhorrent, just as for now here
In other words, Jaimec matched exactly our life of those times.
Discussing the plot, it's one of the most dynamic and fun, the great combination, I ever read. The book is relatively short, so this factor along with aforementioned makes the impression of an explosion! The good fun explosion of actions performed by the protagonist James Mowry.
Recently I read this in English, of course slightly slower then in Russian, but the plot caught me again. I almost completely forgot the most of the book, since I last time read it in the late nineties, and it's been read as virtually new to me.
Indeed, no mobile phones even for military officers, no traffic jam and using of typewriters are not signs of the contemporary landscape, but the intencity of actions, somewhat formal style of narration combined with the humor, again overwhelmed me for a couple of weeks commuting with the Kindle.
Never regretting if you bought it. Also, this Kindle edition has a font slightly bigger than usual.