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Do you Kindle?

Discussion in 'Booktalk' started by dmc, Jun 27, 2011.

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Do you use electronic book reading device thingies?

  1. No way, old fashioned books for me all the way

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  2. I prefer books, but will use one for travel or similar things

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  3. Either one is fine for me

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    30.0%
  4. Eh, well, if my battery is dead or I can't find the thing, I'll pick up a book

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    12.5%
  5. Unless I'm forced to by work/school, I don't touch a book, only e-readers for me

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  1. Merlanni

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    I'm thinking about getting one. But I think I'd miss the feel of the pages of a well worn book.
     
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    One thing I wanted to ask about this ... does anyone think the delivery technology is going to change fundamentally in the foreseeable future? Frankly, I like the idea of switching to an electronic device like this wholesale, but not so much if I'm going to have to do it again in 5 - 10 years.
     
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    I'm not sure if I understand what the concern is. But as with most consumer devices the new generation is backward compatible so that they don't piss off their customer base with unusable devices.

    The original Kindle is ~5 years old now, so you can see that track record at least.

    It's more likely you'd want the newer more fancy device before your old device couldn't be used.

    As far as delivery technology it's the same as every other wireless delivery: The Internet via Cell and/or WiFi. I think you can even use your computer and USB. I don't see that changing fundamentally in 5-10 years...
     
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    Basically what BTA said and yeah you can use your pc and either usb or a media reader or via WIFI to transfer things to the device. I mention that last one becuase it can be done on the android devices aka the nook color/tablet, kindle fire.
     
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    I like reading with real books and my Kindle. Though to be honest, I usually prefer my Kindle, since I can easily take that with me anywhere.
     
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    I don't have a Kindle and might have trouble getting used to one. But I can see the point of having it - for example, books need never go out of print.
     
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    I have gone back to more physical books. Not because I think they're better than digital ones, but more because a library system for digital books hasn't really matured yet. It's still more convenient for me to get all the library books I could ever want in physical form. Once the local libraries sort out a sensible digital borrowing system, then I will be back into "kindling".
     
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    I'm old-school--I like books. Have 500 in my office where I'm typing this, with hundreds more boxed up in the garage.

    However, I have a Kindle and have found that I can get some books at a less expensive price on Kindle (that is, some scholarly works, and some older works, especially stuff that may have been only 1 or 2 editions, are quite expensive, running hundreds of dollars for a hard-copy edition, whereas, occasionally, I can get one of those books for $10 on my Kindle). For the most part, however, I read popular fiction which I believe I would not have to refer to again (for research re: work, education, or arguments) on my Kindle.

    I would be a huge fan of the Kindle if I could get more scholarly, or single-edition, works on the Kindle. The market for the Kindle is aimed more towards popular fiction, mass media, etc.

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    Agreed, re: physical books and library systems. Also, I don't think--at least, I haven't figured out how to do it--one can annotate and highlight Kindle works. So if one needs to refer to them in the future for specific data, it seems to me that the Kindle books are less useful in that respect than hard-copies.
     
  10. dmc

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    Well, I need to change my vote here as I just bought a Kindle yesterday. The only reason I did it was because I am going to be trapped on a boat this summer with my family and I cannot fathom shlepping the number of books I will read. Thus, the purchase of a brand spanking new Kindle Paperwhite from my neighborhood Fry's yesterday.

    Meh.
     
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    I use Amazon's free Kindle reader on my PC because Kindle e-books are twice cheaper than PDFs. :p
     
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    I use my mobile a lot for reading books, used to have a tablet for that purpose but it was just too big and unwieldy to easily read with late at night in bed.
    Truth be told though, i prefer hardcovers, but it's so much more easy to get a hold of e-books.

    Currently (re)reading the midkemia books by Raymond E Feist, currently into the sons of krondor part. i've read up to conclave of shadows before, but in the last few years he's published a few new ones and 'finished' the series from what i understand, so i thought i'd read it all from start to finish :)
     
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    So, the "All-New Kindle Paperwhite" is coming out tomorrow. Anyone planning on getting it?

    Here are the specs:
    • Free 3G wireless--no monthly fees or annual contracts
    • New, higher resolution display (300 ppi)--now with twice as many pixels
    • Now with Bookerly, our exclusive font, hand-crafted from the ground up for faster reading with less eyestrain
    • Built-in adjustable light--read day and night
    • Unlike tablets, no screen glare, even in bright sunlight
    • A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours
    • Massive selection, lowest prices--over a million titles at $2.99 or less
    • Lighter than a paperback, holds thousands of books
    • Exclusive features help build your vocabulary, learn about characters, and connect with like-minded readers--all without leaving the page
    • Try Kindle Unlimited free for 30 days--choose from over 800,000 titles
     
  15. dmc

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    Nah, my one year old Kindle Paperwhite is perfectly fine.
     
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    I read books for free on my desktop/laptop and then, if I liked them, I buy paperbacks for my collections.

    I never have and never will use Kindle or any similar device for reading.
     
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    I'm considering getting one, the vocabulary builder feature looks like it'd be especially useful for learning less commonly used words. Learning English with a Kindle should be much easier for kids (and adults) these days given that they can instantly look up a word in mid-text without having to fumble with paper dictionaries like we had to. Ah, progress... :geezer:
     
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    I can't remember the last time I've looked anything up in a physical dictionary. I had an electronic one a decade ago, and these days it's just a keystroke away. It could be nice if there were extensive features for foreign languages though, but I don't read any books in foreign languages, so I don't really need a Kindle for that.
     
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    I can remember that, it was last sunday. The dictionary included in my e-reader is a nice touch, but since it's only in english, it's use is somewhat limited.

    The e-reader is ok for travelling and for trying out new series (it helps reduce the amount of mediocre writing on the shelves), but I prefer a physical book at home.
     
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    KOBO.

    Many times a bit cheaper and in Epub.
     
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