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Posted on 6 Nov 2013 16:32:46 GMT
j m c says:
I don't have a preference when it comes to reading from the Kindle or a physical book. The problem I have is due to it being is so easy to download books onto the Kindle either extremely cheaply and in a lot of cases for free. I then have to wade my way through them and I'm worried that reading may turn into a chore rather than a pleasure. As anyone who has a Kindle knows it is very difficult to ignore a book that you fancy when it is sold at such a bargain price.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2013 10:58:21 GMT
John Stewart says:
I'm with you lovetoread. I've tried the ebooks, but there's something about the feel and smell of an actual book that enhances the reading experience for me.

Posted on 6 Nov 2013 09:31:16 GMT
I am totally sold on my Kindle. I absolutely agree that there is nothing like a real book. So the solution is to have both. I have thousands of books and continue to add to them. If I love a book on Kindle I will buy the hard copy too. Equally if a long awaited book is a disappointment to me , I find it much easier to abandon it without feeling guilty.
The Kindle has broadened my reading of subjects, particularly of fiction, I have gained a lot from trying new titles, genre, and authors . I love the fact that I can try a sample or borrow on Prime. I also love the fact that I have access to the same books on my netbook.
A Kindle can never replace the "how to " books or the cooking , craft and resource books. I did try duplicating a knitting book on to the kindle, for convenience , but it really did not work.
My family can read a book without affecting the book. I look at a book and it becomes dogeared and disreputable in the shortest of time, Kindle has saved me from disapproval, The 'good copy' is on the shelf, the dog eared one is in my head .

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2013 16:11:28 GMT
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Posted on 5 Nov 2013 10:46:29 GMT
Desdemona says:
I love "real" books, and my home is stuffed with them, to the point that I simply cannot accommodate any more. If I find a book I want to keep then I will buy the tree version (and probably have to consign something else to the charity shop to make room), but for "transient" books, for ease of travelling and commuting, for reading in bed without disturbing hubby, the Kindle is perfect. So there is, and I believe will always be, a place for both - at least in my life.

Posted on 2 Nov 2013 06:30:39 GMT
Marion Stein says:
I was recently watching old episodes of Star Trek Deep Space Nine. It's relevant to this discussion because people kept exchanging books and reading books on pads. But each pad seemed to contain a different book -- like DVDs. The series was made in the 1990s and there was no concept then of a pad that could hold hundreds of books. Or not actually hold them because they'd also "exist" on a cloud. Print will be with us for a long time, but more and more are doing at least some of their reading on devices.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Oct 2013 15:02:10 BDT
K. Morris says:
I am blind and can not read print. However I can read books using the text to speech facility on my Kindle which is wonderful. I also use the Kindle app on my iPad which enables me to read books with Apple's voiceover (speech) software). The Kindle has made many more books available to blind people like me. Having said that I do love the smell and feel of traditional books.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2013 22:05:40 BDT
Steven says:
don't see why that's a problem myself. the only advantage to 'owning' the kindle book rather than just having the licence would be to lend it to someone and as I don't do that, I don't mind only having the licence. Is always available in the kindle library and I can re-download it as many times as I like.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2013 00:08:22 BDT
I agree - I think there is nothing like being cosy with a good book - Kindles do nothing for me at all - I wouldn't be remotely interested in having one

Posted on 16 Oct 2013 20:31:42 BDT
M.W. says:
I did not particularly want a Kindle, but my son bought me one for Christmas. It certainly has its place, especially when I am travelling. However, I adore real books and always will. I am constantly rereading previous chapters to check facts or just to mull over the prose and this is immediate with a book. I also love the smell of books and the pleasure of watching the pages lesson as I read. Also, I am not sure if anyone else does this, but after finishing a brilliant 'real' book I smile, sigh and hug it but I tend not to do this with a Kindle. Strange, but true.

Posted on 14 Oct 2013 12:36:55 BDT
Agnetha says:
I`m allergic to some types of printing ink so a Kindle is a life safer for me when it comes to reading.

Posted on 14 Oct 2013 09:15:50 BDT
Topic says:
I have a Kindle Paperwhite so yes it's fab to read in the dark-but now I've downloaded the Kindle app to my large-screen smart phone, I don't really need it! We have floor to ceiling glass-fronted bookcases in our dining room and I get such pleasure from looking at the collections, never mind reading the books! And visitors love to poke in there too! I sympathise with the person who said they have to flick back and forth to refresh their memory-much easier with a physical book because you know roughly how far through you have read-and an i-page telling you 38% read is no help at all-plus to have no cover for a quick synopsis. I like my kindle for travelling, much like everyone else but because I don't want it covering in sun-lotion or to risk dropping it in the pool, I always read whatever books other holiday-makers have left behind anyway! So to me, it does have its uses but phone apps are replacing it anyway and nothing will ever replace a book in my Christmas stocking. Not that you can buy ebooks for other people anyway!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2013 08:57:16 BDT
I love the real thing the excitement of knowing you have a new pristine book to open and read. I don't own a Kindle ... but have added one to my Christmas list so I might be in a better position then to make an informed comment but from my point of view I don't think ( for me) it will replace the pleasure of a tree book.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2013 21:51:56 BDT
Chris says:
Audible's the same. When I went to buy the unabridged Sean Barrett reading of Bernard Cornwell's Grail Quest a few years ago, they were 35 quid each. Over 100 quid just for one story, and you don't even own them, you just have access to them. I try to avoid buying digital media as much as possible. Still feels like a rip-off to me. As long as there are hard copies, I'd buy those instead.

Posted on 13 Oct 2013 19:23:52 BDT
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Hawk says:
I like the idea of ebooks. It can save you room and money (if you look after your Kindle well!) Plus, it's good if you don't have a dictionary with you. I won't choose one over the other; they both have their advantages.

As long as people read, I don't mind.

But one things bothers me... Some of the best translations of works aren't available for the Kindle. While the Romance of the Three Kingdoms ebook is cheap, it's not Moss Robert's translation which is considered to be the best.

Posted on 12 Oct 2013 20:07:04 BDT
Sunshine says:
I love the physical nature of books. I like folding up the pages where I have stopped reading. I like to turn the pages my self and when my book falls of my lap I have no fear that it is going to crack or stop working! I know you can do the same with a kindle but you have to wait for it to come on then get to the page I can't wait for that!

Posted on 12 Oct 2013 16:17:23 BDT
I don't know if anybody has mentioned it, or if every realises it; the books on your Kindle don't belong to you, you are simply licensed to read them.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2013 16:03:55 BDT
I agree with the OP. I too much prefer real physical books. They are much cheaper, collectible, easy to sell or donate and more simple to read. I have enough electrical devices in my house, trading in a traditional way or reading for another 'gadget' just doesnt appeal to me. Plus these things are expensive and thats just for the ability to read. Paying so much to do something we can already do just doesnt feel right, these things are prone to break.

Posted on 21 Jul 2013 20:14:58 BDT
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Posted on 21 Jul 2013 14:53:42 BDT
Mr. W. Smith says:
I own a Kindle but still buy books, you cannot beat the feel of a book in your hand but then again the Kindle is handy for holidays etc .I buy poetry books and often duplicate them on the Kindle ,handy having all your favourites in one place.Plus the ability to put my own poetry files on the Kindle is a bonus.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2013 12:12:29 BDT
I Readalot says:
I agree Ethereal, the green argument has been used frequently but I don't buy it. After all Kindles need to be produced and they use power for that, they need electricity to work and then there is the question of what happens to all the 'dead' ones. On a slightly different note I wonder how many people are regretting not buying the first edition hardback of 'Cuckoo's Calling' rather than downloading it when it was first published!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2013 11:46:31 BDT
Ethereal says:
I don't think kindles are greener as with most technology, and paper ones can be recycled (eg. friends and charity shops).
I read ebooks on my netbook and wouldn't be without it now for when I'm away from home or just wanting to read in comfort away from the pc, but I'll still buy paperbooks for the ones I want to keep and reread and it's a far more pleasurable experience.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2013 11:22:56 BDT
catlover says:
I sympathise with your feelings. I do have a kindle, and bought it originally for 3 reasons. the first being that big books were difficult to hold and secondly you can enlarge the text in a kindle and it gives you a dictionary so that you can look up words immediately. There are lots of positives about Kindles; not least is that you can store a large number of books on it. The downside is that you can't flick through the pages; I often have to flick back to bits to remind myself or even flick forward to see who dunnit! On holiday recently I did read some 'proper' books and it was a joy to feel the paper again!!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2013 10:18:32 BDT
It is so much easier to go on holidays with a kindle rather than 5/6 books

Posted on 21 Jul 2013 09:55:44 BDT
One other point! I love to see which books others are reading. This is impossible if the other person is using a Kindle, (unless I ask the straightforward question), whereas with a book usually I can sneak a brief look at the cover.
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