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Friday, March 25, 2011

Should I Get an E-Reader?

I never thought I'd even consider purchasing an e-reader. When they first came out, I was Oh heck no, I'm not trading my precious books for one of those. But they're everywhere, and I keep reading how e-books are growing in popularity. I don't know what this means for the future of publishing, but that's not why I'm even considering one. My thing is that I own a lot of books. My TBR pile is taking over my writing desk, and my bookshelf is overflowing (and I have one of those floor to ceiling deals that takes up an entire wall in my study). That's the appeal of e-readers for me - no more clutter. Now if I do decide to get one, I will still buy traditional books. I love them too much to give them up entirely. But I get the appeal of having a book at my fingertips and being able to download a book as soon as it's released.

So how do you feel about e-readers? Which one would you recommend I get if I do decide to take the e-reader plunge?

20 comments:

  1. I love my Kindle so much. Its so rediculous. All my books are in one little place. No folded over pages, my kids cant get ahold of them. The screan is nice, its flat and amazing.

    Plus, there are so many amazing indie books on it that well rock your world

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  2. I love my nook. It's like an iPod for books, which was what I always wanted. You can surf the web through wifi, but I usually just connect via 3G to download books.

    Some people don't like the idea of an e-reader only doing one thing, but for me, it's a single "book" that contains copies of hundreds of other books, a mobile library. It doesn't need to have games (nook has chess and sudoku), go online (nook can w/wifi, or play music (nook can store music, too) to make me happy with it. I never use any of those functions, anyway.

    I also very rarely buy paper books anymore, despite my pre-nook assertions that I would always prefer paper. If I can get it on my nook, I'd rather download it. I still have a stack of paper books, waiting to be read, that I save for the bath, or occasionally give away to someone I know will read them.

    My husband loves my nook; it means fewer heavy books to have to lug around when we move!

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  3. I have a kindle and I love it. One feature that I especially love is that you can get "sample pages" for free. This is usually the first chapter or two. I'm made a point of ordering the "sample pages" for books as soon as I hear about a book and know I want to read it. Then I wait to actually buy the entire book until I'm ready to actually start reading it. Since it only takes 30 seconds to download the book, this is really easy. And it makes my ever growing to-read list slightly less expensive because I only pay for books that I actually read, not all the books I want to read but haven't gotten to yet.

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  4. I'm considering getting one too...not sure either though my sister is obsessed with her kindle.

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  5. I played with my brother's kindle when he got it for Christmas. I don't get the appeal. I'm a dinosaur, yes, but I will buy an e-reader only when absolutely forced to. They'll have to pry ink and paper books from my fingers to do so, however.

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  6. I have an e-reader and I love it. Although owning one hasn't stopped me from buying the actual paper versions of the books. There is something about curling up in a comfy chair with an hard-copy of my next read that gets me every time.

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  7. I'm considering it, too. But I get so many of my books from the library these days that it doesn't make financial sense right now, I guess.

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  8. I got a Kindle for Christmas last year (I probably wouldn't have bought one for myself since I was pretty skeptical about them) and I LOVE IT! It's so easy and convenient to take places (you have a whole library in your purse!), plus there are tons of free classics available for download and lots of great indie books for really low prices, like $.99 or $2.99.

    So yes, I recommend one. I still read tons of print books. But now I have more options, and I like that. Plus the screen isn't back-lit so it doesn't hurt my eyes to read like a computer.

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  9. "Now if I do decide to get one, I will still buy traditional books. I love them too much to give them up entirely."

    Exactly. I think a lot of the stigma with e-readers is that people think e-reading people eschew printed books, which isn't true at all. I own almost all og my e-books in a printed copy... I even have multiple copies of some of them.

    I have a Nook and love it. I got it because I am living in England for 6 months and cannot live without at least some of my books. This way, I could bring as many books as I wanted in the weight of one. There are also great deals- most books are cheaper AND sometimes B&N does things like "Classics week" where you can get certain classics for free. You can also bookmark and highlight on the Nook, as well as look up words on the spot- these three things are what made me decide on the Nook. Another plus- when I book I really want is coming out and I know that there might not be any copies left in the store? No worries- I just order the e-book online. They'll never run out and I don't have to struggle through possible bad weather to get it that day. I'll buy a hard copy later.

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  10. You know? I think it's a matter of getting used to an e-reader. I love mine so far, and I never thought I would, lol.

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  11. I love my Kindle. You can gets dozens of books in the public domain for free (lots of classics), not to mention there are promos that are free (not always good, but still an easy read). My husband got it for the same reason you said--too many books! I do love that whenever I travel, I just have to grab the one Kindle. And they're now working on a limited web browsing capability on Kindle, which is pretty cool (I have the Kindle 2, which came w/ 3G)

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  12. "And its one giant step for Mankind!

    Go for it girl!

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  13. I am still resisting. While I'm a big fan of all sorts of electronics, the e-book is not tempting me. Except on long trips.

    I want my pages, my autographed books. I don't want my e-reader to at some point become out of date, old fashioned, needing the newest, flashiest.

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  14. I never thought I would be into one, but I have started reading e-galleys on my iPad and I love it! I don't know if I'll go out and buy a dedicated e-reader right now, but I wouldn't mind if one fell into my lap for free!

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  15. I'm thinking about getting one too. I like the idea of reducing clutter and also the instant access! I also like being able to highlight text (and even take notes!) without permanently marking up a book. Downsides... there is just something so familiar and almost luxurious about holding a new book. even a used book.

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  16. I never though I'd consider getting one either, but I move a lot and my library is, well, HEAVY! For the sake of weight, we might jump on the bandwagon.

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  17. Yes, get one. Either a Kindle or a Nook. I have a Kindle. I love downloading samples from amazon to see which book I want to buy. And I still purchase the books if I think I'm going to love it. Definitely worth it.

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  18. My mom loves her kindle, but I'm not quite sold yet. I'm sure I'll eventually take the plunge though. :)

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  19. I've read a few ebooks on my computer and it's surprisingly enjoyable. I would like to be able to take it with me. If they can get the price under $100, I'd probably take the plunge.

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  20. I've had the Sony e-reader for about 2 yrs. I now have equally huge tbr piles in my shelf and in the reader... Lol but, you won't regret getting one, IMO!!

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