* Posts by Peter Lee

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

Peter Lee

My 2012 N7 has been slow for ages

When I first got my Nexus 7 back in 2012 it was a speedy little thing, and remained so until earlier this year. Android 4.4 didn't slow it down, but sometime around this summer maybe it slowed to a crawl, errors would spring up about applications not responding, and the thing would take forever to start up, open apps etc. especially when compared to my Nexus 5. I tried reflashing it, performing factory resets and so on but nothing seemed to help. From looking on sites like XDA Developers and Android Police it appears that the issue is to do with the NAND storage the 2012 Nexus 7 uses - the 2013 model is supposedly unaffected.

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Go home Google, you're drunk! Desktop Maps says The Shard's TWO MILES from actual loc

Peter Lee

So if you find any errors or omissions...

...why not correct them using Google MapMaker, which is here: https://www.google.co.uk/mapmaker?hl=en You can add new features, correct errors, report business closures, and they are acted upon. I've submitted lots of bits and pieces and you can see if and when they get approved in the sidebar.

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Prince sues 22 music file-sharers for ONE MEEELLION dollars each

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He's now dropped the lawsuit apparently

Surprised the original article hasn't been updated to reflect this.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/202980255/Prince-v-Chodera-Voluntary-Dismissal-Without-Prejudice

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Dear-ly beloved: Apple’s costly iPad Mini with Retina Display

Peter Lee

Keyboard too big?

In which case, try Swiftkey, where there are different layouts, key sizes etc. Should fit the bill for you.

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Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality

Peter Lee

Re: Newly installed apps hidden

Ed - Strange. The TechNet version gave me the option to remove everything or preserve my files, but there wasn't an option to upgrade. I told it to preserve my files, which it did (in the Users folder in the profile for my account which no longer existed) but everything else was shoved into the windows.old folder. My apps were still there as files, but when I tried to open one it threw an error, so as a result I've had to reinstall the lot. Still, at least my old wallpaper and a few documents were still in the Users folder.

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Re: Newly installed apps hidden

MattEvansC3

Hello. Well, I *did* install Windows 8.1 on my laptop (want me to take a photo of the screen and send it?) As for the others...

A) I was just saying it surprised me. Windows 7 to 8 has an upgrade. Windows 8 to 8.1 didn't offer one. I just found it unusual. Surely if someone buys a copy of 8.1 - assuming it is made available to buy, rather than buy 8 and click a button once installed to upgrade - they should expect there to be an upgrade. Makes sense to me anyway. As for "why did I continue", well, when I ran the installation it asked if I wanted to keep my personal stuff, which I took as meaning keep my data and settings and install 8.1 around that - aka an upgrade - but once it was installed it had trashed all of my settings, lost my preferences etc. Like I said, it surprised me.

B) Windows 8 asked me to provide that data but provided a "skip" option. I skipped it in 8. 8.1 didn't provide a "skip" option that I noticed - I was forced to enter a MS account, or create one.

C) I was responding to the first post on the comments board. When using Windows 7 (or any other version of Windows from 95 or so if I recall) the Start menu had an option to highlight newly installed programs. When I installed Office 2013 it didn't give an option to add icons to the desktop, or pin them to Start - they were buried away in the Apps list.

Incidentally, I've just looked on my TechNet Subscriber Downloads page and can't see a mention of this being a clean install, not an upgrade, including in the release notes. Just saying.

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Re: Newly installed apps hidden

I downloaded it from TechNet yesterday and installed it onto my Windows 8 laptop. I was a bit alarmed that it didn't offer an upgrade option and instead flattened the thing, only offering to keep my personal files, but that was all. Sure there must be a way to do an upgrade but I'm surprised the wizard didn't offer it.

The installer seems to force you to enter the details of a Microsoft account too - presumably for SkyDrive - and didn't offer a "skip" option that I noticed.

When I installed Office 2013 I was surprised that the Start page didn't put the new apps centre-stage, and they also didn't appear on the desktop. To find them I had to press Start, then zoom out to see all my applications, scroll to the right, and there they were, buried away in the list.

As for booting to the desktop it's hidden as the review says. It's not in the computer settings, or in your user account, but in the taskbar properties! Log in to the Start page, click Desktop, right-click the desktop, and it's a checkbox on one of the tabs. Hardly intuitive. Once set though it behaves as you'd expect.

All in all it seems a little better than Windows 8, but I still prefer Windows 7 because it does what I want it to do in the way I want it to do it.

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Murdoch hate sparks mass bitchin', rapid evacuation from O2, BE

Peter Lee
Happy

Left

I left as soon as it was announced. I've nothing against Murdoch, but I was out of contract, had been with Be for years, and had seen the speed steadily dropping over time. I had been considering switching for a while but this made me make the change, partially because I knew I could get a faster connection elsewhere for not a great deal more, plus I feared that if I stayed I'd be bombarded with "join Sky!" emails and letters every week as I'm not a Sky customer. So I switched to BT Infinity 2, the move was completely painless, and my connection has gone from about 8mbps to 60 or so.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review

Peter Lee

Re: Still no buttons

Agreed re the buttons. The main reason I bought a Kindle was to get around reduced baggage allowances when I go on holiday as I usually take about a dozen or more books on holiday when I'm off for a fortnight so my case weighed a ton. As I go to hot places where I tend to get a bit sweaty I keep my Kindle in an Aquapac to stop it getting in a mess (also helps should I drop the Kindle into the pool or the sea by accident) the touchscreen wouldn't really work, plus all those sweaty fingerprints would probably render it unreadable. Until they bring out a new Kindle which isn't touch screen I'll stick with my now fairly antique model.

Not fussed about a light either. If I want to read and it is too dark I put the light on. Simple. Works for me.

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Surface sales 'modest' so far, Ballmer modestly admits

Peter Lee
WTF?

The great unknown

It also doesn't help that the advertising doesn't exactly say or show what it is - a few people who know I work in IT have asked me "what's that new Microsoft thing with the dancers?" As I said on here when the ad first appeared, all it says about Surface is essentially: oblong, flap, multi-coloured keyboards, dancing. Very energetic, but what is it and what does it *do* and what is it *for*? At least other vendors actually show the thing they're selling in use, be it a phone, a tablet, a laptop, whatever, even if the way they're using it (playing a piano, splitting the atom) isn't what the majority of people will actually use it for.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7in Android tablet review

Peter Lee

Re: Think the reviewer has missed the point a little

I'm not saying my experiences are "the way" - just that it works for me, hence the YMMV. Do I carry two devices with me everywhere I go? No - at the moment I'm in work and they're both at home, but when I'm on the road next week I'll take both, and when I want to read a book I'll use the Kindle, and when I want to do something else I'll use the Nexus. It works for me - it may not work for you. The end.

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Re: Think the reviewer has missed the point a little

No need to be so facetious.

I've never read a novel with colour illustrations, just text, which is black on a white background. If I want a book that includes things in colour - a cookbook for example - I buy the actual book.

Reading in bed with "the wife" sleeping: Never had a problem. I'm always up later than mine, and I'll be sitting with the light on for a while after she's drifted off. YMMV.

Changing to b/w, w/b, sepia? Never had the desire to do that. YMMV.

Colour for kids. Maybe, but I don't have kids. YMMV.

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Re: Think the reviewer has missed the point a little

Yes but some people don't *want* "a lot more" - some people just want colour and backlighting and ease of use, and don't want more technical stuff.

Personally I bought a Kindle a few years ago so I could read novels while I'm on the road (my job has me travelling a lot) and I've no interest in backlighting - if I want to read in the dark I put the light on, just as I did with paperbacks for my whole life, so it's really no hassle - and the novels I read tend to be black text on a white background, so colour didn't appeal, and I'm perfectly happy with my Kindle. I recently bought a Nexus 7 for all the other stuff I may want to do (web browsing, multimedia, games, some work stuff, general messing about) and it works perfectly, but I've no desire to read ebooks on it because that's what my Kindle is for, and I'm more than happy with this arrangement.

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Think the reviewer has missed the point a little

The Kindle Fire (and Kindle Fire HD) isn't a "normal" Android tablet. This is a tablet which runs Android but a modified version, reskinned, and linked to Amazon rather than Google. You don't switch it on and log in to a Google account because it isn't a Google tablet - it is an Amazon tablet, which is why you sign in to an Amazon account. You also don't get apps from the Google Play store, instead you get them from the Amazon app store. For some people - the reviewer included - this is maddeningly restrictive, but for others it is just fine. Some people want a Kindle that is backlit, does colour, plays music, can surf the internet more quickly than an e-ink Kindle, and nothing more, and for these people this is a suitable device, but if you don't want the restrictions of being tied to Amazon then there are plenty of other tablets available, both running Android and other operating systems.

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Ten... Apple iPad Mini alternatives

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Re: Nexus7 can support USB on the go

You don't even need to be rooted. Get an OTG cable (about £2), buy the Nexus Media Importer app (about £2), and there you go - no root required.

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Virgin Media spanked for 'we've already cabled up your house' mailshot

Peter Lee
Stop

Annoying bumf

Virgin cabled our street a few years ago and since then we've had at least one - sometimes 2 or 3 - letters every week explaining that the street has been cabled up, we can have TV for so much, phone for so much etc but we don't want it - we're happy with our existing providers, thanks - and there seems to be no way to "opt out" of getting this stream of crap through the letterbox.

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Amazon ships Kindle Fire HD, Paperwhite to Brits

Peter Lee

Re: No Kindle HD for me today.

But the special offers *are* advertised up front! Take a look at the product page on Amazon & you'll see the HD with two buttons for 16 and 32GB, and beneath these are two more buttons for with or without special offers. Click the ones you want, price changes accordingly - simple. And if you bought it with the offers you can change your mind later & have them removed for - yes - £10.

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Re: No Kindle HD for me today.

So why didn't you get the one without "special offers" then, rather than spitting your dummy out and having a sulk?

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Google data center spies on ITSELF: 'Like a boring version of Doom'

Peter Lee
Happy

Rickroll!

Notice the propellerhead is being Rickrolled by his monitor and laptop?

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Microsoft Surface ad targets preppy, Glee-watching youngsters

Peter Lee
WTF?

Naff advert

Just watched it with the sound off (I'm in work...) so I've no idea if anything is said on it, but the message seems to be "Screen! Clip-on keyboard! Flap! Dancing kids! Body popping! Nice pensioners!" I'm a bit confused.

In other news I'm reverting my laptop to Windows 7 next week. I've tried Windows 8 for the last month and I can't stand it any more.

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Jam today: Raspberry Pi Ram doubled

Peter Lee
Happy

Re: "still awaiting kit from RS Components"

I ordered mine from RS in about April and by late September it still hadn't arrived. Cancelled it and placed an order with CPC on a Friday and the Pi was with me on the Monday.

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Vote NOW for the vilest Bond villain

Peter Lee
FAIL

Where's Renard?

From "The World Is Not Enough" (my favourite Bond film.)

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Amazon Kindle Touch Wi-Fi eBook reader review

Peter Lee
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Re: How?

First point: Change the text size, character spacing & line spacing then.

Second point: It's a split second! And on the £89 Kindle & the Touch you can have faster transitions by turning off the page refresh (will cause some ghosting though, until the refresh after the 6th page turn.)

Third point: Higher contrast in what way? Do you mean that it doesn't light up? If so, well a book doesn't light up either. Put a light on, or use a book light.

Regarding the fourth point, and the others for that matter, nobody is *forcing* you to use an ebook reader of any kind. If you prefer books and libraries, use books and libraries. Even if you do buy a Kindle or something similar it doesn't mean you can no longer read "real" books, you know.

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Peter Lee

Re: 6 inches is too small

But then you turn the page and - annoying pause & flicker as the paper moves across.

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Peter Lee
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How?

It displays the text, and it does it well. What more could you possibly want? The ability to fold the corners of the screen back?

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Peter Lee
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Re: Still want epub...

Each to their own. I've had a Kindle for two years and personally I've never once felt the need to put an epub file on it. Every book I've added to mine has come from Amazon or Project Gutenberg, in the correct format.

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Re: 6 inches is too small

A "real" book may display two pages at a time but you can only *read* one page at a time.

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Molyneux chisels away at social experiment

Peter Lee

Re: Sounds a bit underwhelming

Not one for me. If I buy a game I'd kind of like to finish it myself, not find I open it up one day and there's a "Game Over" message there to greet me.

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Re: Thinking about Fable...

Ah, I was thinking more in the Schrodinger kind of sense.

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Peter Lee
WTF?

Sounds a bit underwhelming

So it's basically a game requiring no skill, where you just tap at a cube until your break your finger or your screen (or your mouse and finger if using a computer rather than a phone.) How dull.

Also what happens when this one person gets into the cube and finds out the "amazing" secret inside? I'm guessing a new cube appears and you just start again. Yawn.

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Peter Lee

Re: Thinking about Fable...

It's probably a cat.

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HTC peeves punters with One X woes

Peter Lee

The only problem...

No problems with mine at all, apart from one thing. Since its release the phone has had two OTA software updates which have reportedly fixed many of the issues people have had, but I'm with Orange and they've not released any of the updates for their branded handsets - in fact they deny their existence at all. All in all for me it's been a great phone on a woeful network.

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Ten... eight-bit classic games

Peter Lee

Elite on the Spectrum

Best (worst?) bug ever...

Start the game and launch from the first space station. Stop your craft. Flip over so you have the space station in front of you, slowly revolving. Press "H" to hyperspace. Check your status. Voila! You're classed as "Elite". Kind of spoiled things a bit.

I bought the game for my Spectrum (remember the "Lenslok" security device you had to hold on the screen and read what was essentially a primitive version of a "capcha" code?), had the poster displaying all of the ship types on my wall, and played the game for hours but never once found a single thing - no ships, no planets, nothing. Must have been doing something wrong. It was lovely and quiet though.

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Avast! Mobile Security

Peter Lee
Stop

Uninstall?

This may sound like a strange question but can it be uninstalled? I installed it on my HTC Desire when the app was in beta and you couldn't remove it - the Avast forums were full of people asking the same question too. The only way I could remove it was to reinstall Android from scratch using a RUU, and this kind of put me off it as a result.

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Mozilla releases Firefox 10, adds developer tools

Peter Lee
Happy

I may be on my own here, but...

I'm glad Firefox is updated so frequently. The updates are generally security fixes and, unlike IE updates, don't need you to reboot the entire machine. Who cares what version number you're on at the moment really, so long as it is the latest, most supported, and most secure? I've also never had a problem with my add-ons and if one suddenly stops working as the developers haven't pulled their finger out and tested it on the betas and auroras of the product they always seem to rectify this within a few hours, days at the most.

I'm running the nightly build of Firefox (just checked: 12.0a1 (2012-01-31) apparently) and it works like a dream, it does what I want, and I can customize it if I wish to. I tried Chrome and although it was fast I hated the interface and found lots of things that irritated me, but Firefox just works the way I want, and if they change things I know it is pretty simple for me to make my own alterations to tweak it back.

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Fans goad Valve for Half-Life 3 gen

Peter Lee

Xen

That - and "Anomalous Materials" (I think) - were the points where "Half Life" decided to turn into "Jet Set Willy" and was ruined for me. Still a great game, but when the designers decided that a great challenge would be to make the player jump from flying manta ray to flying manta ray until you reach a small green light in the sky was when it all fell apart. The only part of "Half Life 2" that I found a bit bobbins was the "Sandtraps" level where you find yourself dragging mattresses and planks across a beach in order to avoid the antlions.

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Peter Lee

Hands on the wheel

More stuff to animate & chuck around on the screen though, isn't it? And would it really add anything to the experience? I love the "Half Life" (and "Portal") games to bits, but I've never played them and though "ah, I wish I had feet and could see my hands on the steering wheel." Give me a great game rather than unnecessary visual fluff anytime.

BTW In the "Portal" games the only times you ever really see your feet are when you look through one portal and can see yourself vanishing into another, such as if you create two in a corner.

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Peter Lee

Feet & hands

So you can't see Gordon's feet when you look down, or his hands when he's driving a buggy or the swamp boat. Personally I've never wished I could see those things, and rather than adding such frankly pointless touches to the game I'd prefer a game that plays brilliantly well and is fast.

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Samsung Galaxy Note and Nexus rooted

Peter Lee

My guess

75%. Points deducted for not being Apple, and for being Samsung.

Personally I like the look of the Note. My next phone will probably be a Galaxy Nexus or the Note actually.

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Linehan turns IT Crowd off but NOT on again

Peter Lee

Moss too

He's been directing music videos for a while, and recently made his first feature film, "Submarine", which he wrote and directed - critically acclaimed too.

As for series 4 I thought the "Countdown" episode was the strongest but still not great, and the others were extremely patchy and felt very forced. I think I actually switched channels during the last episode such was my disappointment. Still haven't seen the ending.

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Peter Lee
Go

Sad, but

If I'm honest the last series wasn't very good. I love the show, but on the strength of the last batch of episodes maybe the time is right to call it a day.

Can't say I see the appeal of Count Arthur Strong though.

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Apple wins for now: no Galaxy 10.1 in Oz

Peter Lee

Duhh..

The big, heavy ones you describe are transformers.

OK - in front of me now I can see three laptops, all of which have exactly the same design and style of plug, so much so that if I wanted to unplug one of them I'd have to follow the cables back to the machines to find out which is which. Admittedly somewhere along the cables there is a big black box which handles the power. I can also the plug for my Kindle, which is again the same style, albeit white and slightly more triangular (and has "Amazon" written on it), and the plug for charging my phone which is similar to the Kindle one - I often use the charger for one of these devices to charge the other. I can also see a lamp, a TV, a Wii, a hi-fi, and their plugs all look exactly the same. That was the point of my "stupid comment". It's a plug. The design is pretty samey. To say "OMG THEY EVEN COPIED THE PLUG FROM APPLE!!!11!!ONE!!1" is a bit silly.

I think you're also missing another point. The plug in the picture is two-pin, unlike our three-pin standard. Many two-pin plugs are recessed (if you don't believe me, go overseas) so the shape of a plug is kind of limited by this.

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Peter Lee

The charger

The shocking thing is I look at my TV and my kettle and their plugs are exactly the same. Maybe the chargers share the same design as they're going into the same kind of wall socket so they have to be, you know, the same shape and size?

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Amazon Kindle 4

Peter Lee

Who knows?

The Kindle 3 and the Kindle 4 apparently use the same screen so they could potentially use the same refresh mechanism, but maybe it is connected to the internal gubbins used in the device itself as to whether or not it can work the same way.

I agree re the flash (I just see it as turning the page in a real book, and usually find I blink as I change the page anyway) and as for the screensavers I keep my Kindle in one of the leather covers, so I can't see it when I'm not reading it, and I tend to slide the "wake" switch before I open the cover so by the time it is open I just see the text. Can't remember when I last saw the screensaver on mine if I'm honest.

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Peter Lee

Yes

And that's why the US version of this Kindle is $79, and the extra $30 upgrades them to the version we have reviewed here, which is ad-free.

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Peter Lee

Call me old fashioned, but...

I bought a Kindle so I could download books from Amazon onto it. Books from Amazon are already in the correct format. I've no desire to download books from, say, Waterstones (the price tends to be higher for one reason) and I don't download books from the likes of Project Gutenberg, torrents etc. So I may be off-message here, but what's the problem exactly? Buy a Kindle, use it as intended with its bundled store, and it just works - end of story.

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HTC Android handsets spew private data to ANY app

Peter Lee

The Desire doesn't seem to be affected

At least mine (running Android 2.3 from the HTC developer update) isn't.

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Missing word in the headline?

Surely the story should start with the word "Some"? I have a HTC Desire and this service isn't installed on it. Also, those who have rooted and installed a custom ROM will most likely not have it either.

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Waterstone's to take on Kindle and Nook with own reader

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Actually...

The costs of manufacturing and distributing a copy of a book come to about 20p, so an ebook isn't significantly cheaper. The bulk of the costs are down to promotion, which is equal regardless of format.

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