wednesday_10_00: (reading octopus)
I was bored on Sunday, so I started browsing eBook Japan. (The instant gratification of digital manga is very, very dangerous for me.) Read Afureteshimau and enjoyed it. (Tangent: I'm going to have to buy the physical version of this, because reviews on Amazon warn and/or complain about the couple being reversible. Whaaaaat? The uke is so tiny and adorable, I'm seriously having trouble picturing this, and I LIKE reversible couples.) However, this leads to two tales of woe:

1. Yesterday, I was happily reading Kimi ga Boku wo Terasu when the book crashed on me. Not the app, the book. One second I was reading, the next second I was back in the bookshelf screen, with the app giving me an error message that the book had a problem and I'd have to download it again. (Incidentally, this crash randomly took a couple other books with it, including Sore Demo Yasashii Koi wo Suru and two of the chapters of Afureteshimau, which I had already downloaded and read the day before. This kind of thing makes ebooks a little scary. Don't steal away books I paid for and own!) But when I went to download the books again...nothing. No downloading. I tried several times over the rest of the day, but never had any success with downloading, or reading them on EBJ's website.

When I got home, I tried the downloads right away and they worked just fine. So...it was a problem with the wifi at work? Confirmed this morning: EBJ works fine at home, but I can't download anything at work. I work for a liberal arts college, mind you; I'm not aware that they block any sites, and I've never had any problems downloading or streaming anything, but somehow they've randomly blocked EBJ? And not the site itself, just large files on the site? I don't really know how to broach this with our tech support, either. "Hey, I had problems downloading a book the other day, any chance you've blocked this site for having porn? Not that I'm buying porn, haha! I'm buying totally non-porn books! They just, you know, also happen to have porn available on that site! What books was I trying to download? Ummmm....." Yeah, that's not a conversation I want to have. Other possibility: large files in general are blocked? I can't actually check the size of individual files, but my iPad says ebiReader is taking up 1.2GB of storage. I have 28 books, so that's an average of ~43MB per book...yeah, it might be the file size. But wait! I couldn't download the free previews either, and I can't imagine those are huge files. Jeez, I just have no idea.

2. I've been meaning to grab the digital version of the Kuroneko manga because Renta! is supposed to have exclusive one page extras for each book. (Paperless papers, haha.) The annoying thing about Renta is that you don't just buy a book, you buy a certain number of tickets (¥100 each) and then use the tickets to buy the book. And of course, you can't buy, say, the 12 tickets you need to buy the two books you want, you can buy 10 tickets, or you can buy 30 tickets. Presumably you can also buy 10 tickets twice, but I figured, well, buying 30 means I get a free ticket, so might as well go with that? So I buy my tickets, mess around on the site for about 20 minutes while I figure out how to A) actually buy the books (this involves way more scrolling than it should) and B) download the books once I've bought them (had to look at FAQ to figure this one out). I finally get the books downloaded (at work, irony of ironies) and...wtf? They look super crappy. Turns out Renta books look awesome if you read them online, but the files you actually download are, I guess, tiny and super compressed, and thus look like crap. Like, they make digital manga from Amazon and Honto look amazing. So now I have 19 tickets at Renta and no desire to buy anything with them. UGH. I guess I'll be saving the tickets for the next Kuroneko books (which will hopefully have more extra pages) and not buying anything else there EVER.

(If you're wondering "Did you like the extra pages?" Well, I need some time to get over the file compression, because right now I look at them and go, "I CAN'T READ THIS, IT LOOKS LIKE SHIT" and reading on the site just makes me angry. I'll get back to you on this one.)
wednesday_10_00: (chizuru - panic!)
bk1 is being swallowed up into some (e-book?) site called "honto." It looks like they are still going to accept international orders (if you have placed an international order before--wait, what?), but there's nothing about shipping policies, so who knows if they will still offer SAL shipping or not. (Maybe we should panic about that one.)

Gah. GAH.

nooooooooo

Apr. 4th, 2012 02:55 pm
wednesday_10_00: (tragic squirrel)
WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE

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*rends garments*

I wish I had at least known about this ahead of time so I could have stocked up. What am I supposed to put on pizza? How can I make lasagna? Burritos will not be the same! And chili! Morningstar Farms, congratulations! You have ruined my dad's chili recipe. It is ridiculous how much I used this product, but apparently my family was the only one? I am crushed. Crushed!

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Please. Don't insult me. Don't try to pretend that hamburger compares with sausage. I SCOFF AT YOUR HAMBURGER CRUMBLES.

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