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Kindle version of the Guide to Gourmet Shaving?

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A friend suggested that I make Leisureguy’s Guide to Gourmet Shaving available on the Kindle. I did a little clicking, and it looks fairly easy except for the formatting. I would have to reformat the book specifically for the Kindle, I see. Maybe later. Would it be a good idea?

Written by Leisureguy

26 February 2009 at 12:08 pm

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  1. Maybe not.. I have a Kindle, and while I absolutely love it, it has its shortcomings, one of which is the ability to handle graphics easily. If your book has diagrams, pictures, charts or anything graphical this can be very frustrating on a Kindle. The resolution for pictures is poor and you have to “navigate” to get to the picture. Also, you lose the functionality that a book has in terms of getting to a picture quick. In a physical book, if you need to refer to a chart often, you can do this quickly. In the Kindle, it’s almost unusable, it’s not worth it to go back 5 screens, wait 2 seconds beteween each screen, then click 3 times, etc.. It’s ridiculous. That being said, if I am just reading straight text, it’s great, but if I am going to read a book where any kind of graphics are going to be important, no way, I’ll get the real book. My 2 cents.

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    Jeff

    26 February 2009 at 12:47 pm

  2. Thanks, Jeff. That is very valuable information indeed. I think I’ll hold off until the technology improves.

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    LeisureGuy

    26 February 2009 at 1:00 pm

  3. Awesome review –

    I second what LeisureGuy said – I will give it some time before investing in it too.

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    Sun Yi

    26 February 2009 at 1:27 pm

  4. I keep the paper copy in the shaving den, however, I would be very hesitant to keep a $350 ebook copy of TLGGGS near the sink or any source of water!

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    Chadd

    27 February 2009 at 8:39 pm

  5. Another way to look at it is this. You can use the Kindle reader software/app on your PC, iPhone, iPod and other phones or pdas. It’s not just for the original Kindle reader (which I don’t have). Graphics work fine on my PC, iPhone, and iPod. It’ll be advertised on your book link and the reviews will go towards it which will help it not be buried.

    I and many other people who enjoy the book, will probably want a copy to have on hand since most people probably don’t carry your book around in their back pocket. It’ll be cheaper to make and cheaper to buy, and people might be more likely to buy a cheaper copy of a book that tells them how to do something they’ve been doing their whole life to check it out. Then they probably would want to go back and get a real book to hold or give as a gift when they find out how good it is.

    I think it would be well worth your time and you’ll sell a lot more of both. Thanks for doing what you do.

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    Jimmy

    27 March 2010 at 9:39 am

  6. Interesting thought, Jimmy. I’ll certainly consider it.

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    LeisureGuy

    27 March 2010 at 10:03 am


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