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have you guys read an e-book

Discussion in 'e-books and e-readers' started by budin, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. BeerWench13

    BeerWench13 Active Member

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    I read both as well, but which really depends on where I am. The beauty of the Kindle is that it's a portable library, and, since mine is in a waterproof case, great for places like the beach or pool and for traveling. I also can read on any computer without having to transport Kindle or book.

    I read physical books mostly at home and I only buy those that I intend to keep. It saves so much space and money. I used to have shelves and closets and boxes of books that I would only read once and then they were glorified dust collectors. Now, the books I have at home are part of my library and are books that I cherish and will read again.
     
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    sparkchaser Administrator and Stuntman Staff Member

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    So you have an ereader but never use it?
     
  3. BeerWench13

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    If so, would you like to donate it? I know a poor soul who only has one e-reader and would certainly need the additional storage space of a second. :D
     
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    I've never actually finished anything I've started to read on a kindle, but I've read books on my computer...so I suppose that counts for having read an e book.
     
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    What is it that you have trouble with on the Kindle? I think I would have trouble reading a book on my desktop, the chair isn't that comfortable. :)
     
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    My eyes strain when I read on my monitor or laptop for too long.
     
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    I've noticed on the Kindle Fire the backlit screen does not bother me. I have, however, made the background a sepia color and the font a wee bit larger. I am able to read in a darkened room just fine for extended periods.

    Canuck, I don't like to read for extended periods on the computer, it isn't comfortable.
     
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    Even though I said I would never get an e-reader, I recently broke down and bought a used Kindle Fire from a friend for chump change. I haven't bought any books--I'm using my Amazon Prime membership to borrow some books for free. I find the Kindle most useful when I exercise. My eyesight it getting very poor and it's getting hard for me to read books on a treadmill anymore unless they're large print. The Kindle is great for that since I can make the font sizes larger. And it it's to place it on the little groove made for it on the machine than one of those plastic book readers that barely a book open properly. I suppose I'll probably begin to take it with me when I travel as well. So I guess I've sucked into the dark side.
     
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    I'm sure you'll find that it is so convenient that you'd miss it if you didn't have it. I love it for the ease of holding it as I have trouble holding hardbacks open - and Amazon makes it so easy to buy - many kindle books are quite inexpensive although some are much better than others. I do buy the best sellers too if it's by an author I like and then get a surprise when I get my bill! :eek:
     
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    I've read numerous books on a Kindle and I've slowly come to the conclusion that it is no match for the old fiber. It does win out on storage and portability, of course. But it fails hugely on ease of use. If I want to look something up that I read 50 pages back, it's difficult to flip back and not get lost. If I want to go to the index it's difficult to page forward then page back, then reference this or that. For books read purely sequentially it's fine, but if you need to skip around, which I do all the time with non-fiction, I find the e-readers (or at least the ones I've used) pretty annoying.
     
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    I've found that too with my Kindle, if I want to go back to look at something I think I've missed I have to look at the bar at the bottom and see what percentage of the book I've read then go back to the beginning and page through until I come to what I was looking for then page ahead to the correct percentage. Yes, that can be a bit of a pain - just have to make sure that what I wanted to know was worth the bother! :(
     
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    I love reading physical books, but I receive from authors for review, quite often, e-books. So yes, I've read e-books because I like helping authors and sometimes some books are cheaper this way. :)
    Oh yeah, and if I would have all the books I read in physical format I would end up sleeping on them.
     
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    I recently got myself a Kindle. It's brilliant for reading on train journeys, other half is not too pleased about it though. :D
     
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    He'll get over it once you get him one for Crimbo.
     
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    It seems Im the odd man out on this forum. I actually prefer the ebook format. I read a lot at night and I hate wrestling with those darn book lights. Changing batteries and such. Its very covienent that my kindle has its own back light. Also when the book is uneven its stressful on my thumb to keep holding the book open.
    I love my kindle fire
     
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    I believe this thread was started about 6 years ago, so that I think more of us have at least tried ebooks by now :) I still prefer traditional books, mainly due to my habit of getting books wet.
     

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