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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

E-Readers

E-Readers have become increasingly popular over the past year and I'm sure it was at the top of many Christmas lists.
Top ten e-reader reviews here
Although each of these has a little something extra to offer, the Kindle seems to currently be the most popular. I still prefer reading a printed book though and haven't entertained the idea of an e-reader as yet. I'd be interested to know your thoughts.
Both my books are currently available on Kindle.

22 comments:

Vickie said...

I am still with the printed page, handheld, page turning version of my books, but have entertained the offer of my sister who has two Kindles and wants to give me one of them to try. I will never be full on e-reader, but they might be a nice to have for travel.

Cozy in Texas said...

I thought it would be good for travel too until someone told me that she was unable to read because it needed to be charged and had to wait to continue reading. It seems so much easier to turn the page.
Ann

Stray said...

Kindle rules. I got mine yesterday and i'm already almost hooked. I will never willingly let go of physical books for real but ebooks are easier for me to read and better for the environment. (just think of the smoke that comes from those transatlantic planes)

Joanne said...

Rock, PAPER, scissors. I'm still old school, with no regrets.

Patti said...

Happy New Year my sweet! Hugs

Joy Tamsin David said...

I love the idea of e-readers, but I'm reluctant to buy one when I read both Kindle and Nook books on my iphone with their apps. It seems wasteful to get another whole electronic gadget just for books.

Happy New Year Ann! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

Joy

Cozy in Texas said...

I viewed one of my books on a friend's phone and I was surprised how easy it was to read even on a small screen. We certainly have a plethora of options these days. I also like that you can read quite a large sample before purchasing.
Ann

Nan said...

I use my Kindle strictly for bedtime reading. I actually hurt my shoulder from holding books in bed in the same position over the years, and this little light Kindle is just the solution. I don't even bring it downstairs. I find myself reading mostly mysteries and gentle fiction, like Maeve Binchy. I bought a couple nonfiction books for it, but they weren't good for nodding off to sleep. I love the way I can look up a word I don't know right as I'm reading along. I love the way I can do a search for a character when I can't quite remember what was written about him fifty pages ago. It is a perfect device for me for those particular reasons. But I would never, ever, ever want to rely on it for all my reading. I love too much the look and feel of pages, covers, etc. As far as charging the Kindle, it is very infrequent and takes only a little while to do so. It is a lovely little device which seems a bit magical to me.

Cat said...

Hi Ann - thanks for stopping by my blog. I don't have an ereader ....yet! I know I'll always prefer the real thing but I agree it would be useful for bedtime reading.

Happy New Year!

Chelle said...

I got a Kindle for Christmas and just love it. I find I enjoy reading for much longer periods of time when using my Kindle. It's light weight and easy to read.

The purchasing aspect is taking some getting used to. It's hard to buy something which I don't physically own and therefore can't loan to a friends. But for me, the benefits of an eReader outweigh the drawbacks. I love that I don't have to hold a 600 page book in my hands while I read. I love shopping online and downloading my books in a minute.

Patti said...

I spent today painting the foyer. Hopefully by the end of Jan all the work will be done. Then when the house sells I can find a new place and start decorating all over again. LOL

Deepali said...

Thanks for stopping by http://www.readseverything.blogspot.com. I'm curious about your paper book sales vs. ebooks too!

About the Kindle: I find my battery life is extraordinary - it lasts over 10 days with about 2 hours of reading per day and the wifi off.
Perhaps your friend was using an ereader with a touchscreen or colour? Those can drain more battery.

And I can choose to read paper books when I want !!
Have fun,
Dee

Helen Ginger said...

Since I don't have an eReader, all I know firsthand is that my husband loves his iPad.

K9friend said...

I will always love the look and feel of a book. However, I did get a Nook for Christmas. I must admit that the more I use it, the more I like it. I wanted Nook for the ability to borrow books in addition to buying them. I can carry it to work easily and in its sturdy cover, it sits upright for reading while I eat lunch. Hands free reading!

Pat
www.critteralley.blogspot.com

Cozy in Texas said...

I looked at the requirements for making my books available on the Nook but they seem to cater more to the big publishers. They will not accept files in PDF or Word like Kindle does and I finally gave up trying to wade through all their requirements. This might limit choices for books on the Nook. One other place to look for uploads is Smashwords.Com.
Happy Reading
Ann

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

You also have Sony ereaders. They do allow pdf files. Just thought I'd throw that in for confusions sake. ;)

Chrizette said...

eReaders (my kindle) has allowed me to read much more than I would have been able to otherwise. I live in South Africa and books are very expensive here not the mention the amount of time we have to wait for our favourite books to reach us. So "click and buy" is great for me :) Love it!

Cozy in Texas said...

Chrizette, you have a good point. Not all books are available for purchase in other countries (my last book wasn't published anywhere except the U.S.)E-Readers make novels more widely available.
Ann

Trish said...

I wrote a post about this a few weeks ago--mostly I'm saddened by what's lost with e-readers--the personal history of the book and the life that's tied to them. I think one day I might read more ebooks just for the convenience but I won't ever let go of my paper.

Thanks for your visit the other day.

Care said...

I do love being able to look up vocab words on the fly and it is so much easier to note pages to refer back to but I still prefer my 'real' books and almost always go to my tbr shelf for my next book and forget how many already have stored on my iPad! paper books are still my favorite.

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

I prefer to hold a printed book and turn the pages. But, I see the convenience of an e-reader, especially for those who travel and can easily bring many books with them in e-format.

Molly said...

I have had my Kindle for about two years now and while I love certain aspects of it (the fact that I carry hundreds of book titles in one 1.5 pound device; the fact that I can adjust the print size to coincide with my tired old eyes; and the fact that I can sample books before the final purchase) I have found that I use my Kindle mostly for the classics that are available in the public domain. I do still prefer the old fashioned way of reading :)

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