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What Do You Use Your E-Reader For?

What Do you Access / Use Your E-Reader For?

  • Read Books

    Votes: 18 90.0%
  • Magazines

    Votes: 2 10.0%
  • Newspapers

    Votes: 1 5.0%
  • Buy Books

    Votes: 5 25.0%
  • Listen to music while reading

    Votes: 1 5.0%
  • Watch videos (newer devices only)

    Votes: 1 5.0%
  • Store pictures (newer devices only)

    Votes: 2 10.0%
  • Other not listed

    Votes: 3 15.0%

  • Total voters
    20

Meadow337

Former Moderator
I mostly just read. I tried listening to music but it ran the battery down a bit fast and I'm not all that fond of listening to music while reading. I prefer to concentrate on my book.

I could see myself accessing magazines and newspapers when I eventually upgrade to a colour device.
 

opalescent

Member
I still prefer my standard books, but I do like have the ereader for traveling and to buying books although I get more free than actual paying for.
 

hay82

Active Member
Got a Kindle a few years back, never managed to read a full book on it and found out that it's now broken. Started to read Moby Dick on it and ended up buying a paperback version instead. So haven't really taken to the idea of digital books yet.
 

Meadow337

Former Moderator
Oh no ... e-readers are so convenient. Yes there is all the 'new book smell' and tactileness of a book but I can't lug more than one or two books around with while I can take 2 000 on my reader ensuring I'm never without a book to read.
 

hay82

Active Member
It does have a big advantage that you can have so many books in one place and you can always get new books almost no matter where you are. I just found that I didn't like reading on them. Of course this was a 2nd gen Kindle so perhaps one of the newer ones would be better.
 

Meadow337

Former Moderator
I think that one needs to really shop for a reader - look at screen size, colour vs paper white, back lit vs not, even what the screen is made of - my sony was glass and my nook is not BIG DIFFERENCE! Also how it moves pages and how it manages / sorts books. All these things make a difference.
 

hay82

Active Member
Did you go out and test a few different ones before picking up yours? One of the dissapointments of the Kindle I had, was that it was unable handle PDFs in any sensible way and many of the work related tech "books" I read are in PDF. My tablet is better for this, but not as comfortable to read on.
 

Meadow337

Former Moderator
Unfortunately not. Shopping online precludes that option but next time yes absolutely. I have learned the hard way not all readers are created equal :)
 

sparkchaser

Administrator and Stuntman
Staff member
Just books. Anything else I need to do I use my phone for since I always carry my phone with my Kindle.
 

Mr.Marnier

New Member
I bought a Kindle Paperwhite not too long ago; it is quite a useful little thing. I bought it to tackle severe storage issues I was facing with normal books.

I find it is fairly pleasurable to read on, but for me it does not bring the same fulfillment I get with a physical book. As such, I tend to use it as a backup of sorts - for times where a physical book can be a little cumbersome such as: waiting for a bus, on public transport, during a meal, quick breaks etc...

I also tend to preview books with my kindle - the best of which will likely be purchased later in physical form. For my favorite titles, such as something like "Letters from a Stoic" by Seneca, I'll often download the ebook which serves as a quick reference for when I'm not near my bookcase!
 

Gita V.Reddy

Active Member
Unlike books, there isn't much you can do with an e reader.
Books are multi-functional. You can fan yourself with a book on a hot day, swat a mosquito or a fly, throw it at an annoying creature, use it as a pillow, hug it close, inhale its scent, use it to prop up something including your image.....what else?
 

sparkchaser

Administrator and Stuntman
Staff member
You can fan yourself with an ereader just as well as you can with a hardcover book.

You can swat a mosquito or fly with an ereader, and it may even live to tell the tale if done properly.

You can throw an ereader at an annoying creature but its main function may be impaired.

You can use an ereader as a pillow about as well as a Richard Scarry book and it would be just as comfortable.

You can hug an ereader close and, much like a book, it won't reciprocate.

You can inhale the scent of an ereader -- my ereader has the sweet scent of leather.

You can prop up things with an ereader.

I'd much rather use my ereader to read, though.
 

Conscious Bob

Well-Known Member
I like to use a traditional book for shade when I'm lying in the sun, you could use a kindle case for that if it wasn't transparent and you didn't mind it sticking to your face.
 

sparkchaser

Administrator and Stuntman
Staff member
I have the black leather case. I haven't tried using it as a sun shade but it occurs to me that doing that might be unwise.
 
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