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A Good Kindle Book For Holiday Read


Bingalau
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I'm off to sunny Spain for ten days soon, but as I will be keeping in the shade most of the day whilst there, I would like to know if anybody can recommend a good read. I've already got quite a few books on my kindle, but I also seem to have become a more avid reader since acquiring my kindle and have read most of them already.

I know our FE uses his a lot and am amazed he finds the time to read anything. But I think he or some other book worms have their favourites. I like Nevil Shute but have already read most of his and intend to download the ones I haven't.

All suggestions welcome... Thanks in advance as usual.

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Aitchbee

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Charles Dickens was a bit before Arthur Mee by 90 years. HB.

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morddwyd

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Arthur Mee's is what it says it is, a children's' encyclopaedia.

Most grown ups read grown up, and more up to date, encyclopaedias

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AitchBEE

FE - What about the Art and Literature and Science and Nature.. have the constellations changed?

Actually they have, but that's another story.

What do I know? Probably very little, but enough to say with confidence that your statement that "Up until 1955, the accuracy of Arthur Mee's creation is unquestionable" is not true. That's all I said, so please don't make more of it than there is. I also made the point that much of what was accepted as historical fact in 1955 has since been shown to be inaccurate. That's also true, so no need for you to be offended on Arthur Mee's account. I'm quite sure his encyclopaedia is superb, but it's way out of date in lots of ways - that's all.

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morddwyd

"Arthur Mee's is what it says it is, a children's' encyclopaedia"

It is indeed, but surely you're not suggesting that a children's encyclopaedia should get away with being less than accurate, or at least as accurate as an adult one?

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Aitchbee

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No offence to anybody - I appreciate what everybody is saying.I hope there is still a child in everyone. HB

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Bingalau

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I used to have a children's encyclopedia much older than that one when I was learning to read. In the process of learning I discovered other things from it of course. With the aid of it and another children's book containing "Gulliver's Travels" "The Arabian Nights" "Little Women" "Treasure island" and another one I can't remember, I acquired an interest in books and writing as well as reading. I had read that five book colossus by the time I was seven two or three times. I loved it. Pity I didn't pay as much attention to arithmetic!

During the busy part of my life I gave up reading and am only now discovering how good is again.

I have downloaded quite few of the books suggested by forum members in this thread and the previous one provided by Woolwell. I am going through them at a good rate of knots and Amazon are rubbing their hands in glee at the thought of me spending so much money on downloads. Ah well, I can't take it with me.

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Aitchbee

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My main point was.. if..the volumes of Arthur Mee were available on a kindle device...I would buy one. I have the originals also. I was born in 1954 and have read a lot of other books since then.

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AitchBEE

It's very unlikely that a fifty year old encyclopaedia would make it into the Kindle catalogue, but there are thousands of other non-fiction titles to be had, quite apart from the wide range of classics available for no charge. You could acquire a small library absolutely free, or for very small sums, apart from the initial cost of the Kindle

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Brumas

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Bingalau, I know you have lots of books, have you coloured them all in yet? ;o}

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"Amazon are rubbing their hands in glee at the thought of me spending so much money on downloads"

I'm sure they (and the book publishers) are doing just that. In 2010 the sales of e-books went from £4 million to £16 million, and that trend looks set to continue. Amazon will be hoping for big sales of Kindles this Christmas, and that will result in a big surge in book sales early in the new year.

Paper book sales still dominate the market, but the lower price of e-books coupled with the sheer convenience of a Kindle or other reader will ensure that the e-book sector will continue to grow.

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