Poll: Do you use an e-book reader?

Something Amyss

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I have a Kindle Paperwhite for books and use my tablet for digital trade paperbacks and the occasional Manga because the larger screen makes the pretty pictures pop more.
 

The Artificially Prolonged

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I do prefer physical books although the lack of shelf space and not having carry round thick books on the train I'be made the switch to ebook apps on my phone and tablet.
 

FPLOON

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Nope... I actually want to feel the pages I'm turning, thank you very much...

Other than that, if someone did give me one as a present, then maybe I would delve more into reading e-books in my future... Maybe...[footnote]Then again, I'm perfectly fine with reading manga chapters digitally... So, there's that... *shrugs*[/footnote]
 

Aris Khandr

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I love my Kindle. The only time I ever buy real books anymore is when classes assign textbooks where there either is no digital version, or it is more expensive than the physical one (why would anyone do that?).
 

Poetic Nova

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Hoplon said:
0takuMetalhead said:
Call me old-fashioned, but I love to just feel and read a real book. And they certainly look nicer on a shelf than a e-book.
in ones library sure, but when travelling it becomes a bind, specially if you read at a half decent speed. which is really what they are for. not for at home.
You have raised a good point there. And I admit that I never take more than one book with me.
 

ForumSafari

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I used to be majorly into physical books but I'm hugely into ebooks now, it's great being able to carry hundreds of books with you and I love not having to turn pages and hold them open, as weird and lazy as that sounds it makes reading whilst lying on your side much easier, as does the fact that you're reading one page and not a two page spread.

You know what's really improved my reading life though? My Surface 3 in regards to roleplaying. Being able to snap my character sheet on one side, the players guide or core book of whatever system on the other and use the pen for character sheet annotations, OneNote for taking notes and for taking pictures of our maps and clues is just so, so gooood.
 

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I've downloaded a few e-books (mostly "Arsène Lupin" short stories and a heavily annotated version of Sun Tzu's The Art of War) but I don't own a reader. Having read a few e-books off a standard LCD screen has made me take an interest in the readers, though.

Still, finding a reader with all the features I want, and testing the screens/UI in person (as those parts seem to be highly subjective) still seems like too much of a hassle. I'll probably just ask around if and when I decide to get one.
 

K12

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+You can get shit loads of classics for free (It's get one for this reason alone)

+You can carry 100 books with you at once (great for holidays and travelling!)

+It's way easier to read standing up on public transport or when queuing for stuff. (again great for travelling)

+You can instantly look up words you don't recognise (I find myself tapping on words when reading physical books and feeling like a massive idiot afterwards)

+Most e-books are cheaper than physical copies (though not all of them which I find slightly annoying)

+Mine has an adjustable back-light which is so good that I hate reading physical books under my lamp now.

-Physical books look nicer on book shelves.

-Textbooks don't work very well. Not being able to effortlessly flip back and forth makes a big difference.
 

Fiz_The_Toaster

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Nope, can't stand e-readers and e-books.

Not to sound like an ass, but if you're carrying around 1000+ paged book then that sounds like a personal problem. Maybe I'm just used to lugging around heavy books in my work bag, but, whatever.

I've tried out Kindles and reading e-books on my ipad, but I got too annoyed by them.

I'm glad that there are people that like the, but they're not for me.
 

Cidward

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RelativityMan said:
Having read a few e-books off a standard LCD screen has made me take an interest in the readers, though.
It's almost impossible to explain how much better it feels to read off an e-ink display than the eye-burn of staring at a computer screen. I did it once and it convinced me to be a reader.
 

TheRightToArmBears

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I do love my Kindle but I can't walk past a bookshop, so it tends to languish on my desk whilst I work my way through my random acquisitions. Got a swanky ass Klevercase for it though:
Kinda wish I got more use out of it really, it's not that I don't like it (I actually seem to read much faster on it), I just forget I own it and waste money on physical copies.
 

DementedSheep

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Yes, for everything but textbooks. It more convenient and pays for itself eventually because books are much cheaper. The battery life is so long that even for someone like me, who regularly forgets to put things on charge, it isn't a problem.
 

Queen Michael

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K12 said:
+Most e-books are cheaper than physical copies (though not all of them which I find slightly annoying)
I hear you. There was this book I was checking out, and it turned out that both the e-book and the paperback cost exactly $7.99 to buy. I hardly think that this was a coincidence.
 

Artina89

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I prefer paper books, and I love going into a bookstore and browsing. I have been known to spend money I have set aside for groceries because I have found a book in Waterstones that I had been intrigued with for a while, or because I have glanced at the first couple of pages and have instantly been hooked on it. However, a lot of people have pointed out that I read through a lot of books, most recently reading through all three volumes of Das Kapital in about a week and a half, and have been known to read through books within a couple of hours, so people have said that I should maybe acquire a Kindle or something so I can carry my entire library with me, and the books tend to be cheaper if you get them online, but for me, nothing quite beats having a physical copy of the book in my hands.
 

FalloutJack

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Nothing against the technology. It's quite innovative. I just don't have one.
 

babinro

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No. I don't read books.

I've always had a very hard time envisioning what I read. The result of this is that I don't retain what I read when I read anything more than a couple of pages. I've read plenty of books growing up and they just all fade away while I'm reading them. I won't know who characters are because names won't stick with me and everything becomes boring and meaningless since I quickly forget chapters I've read.

My 'reading' is limited to short news/entertainment articles and audio books.
 

Katherine Kerensky

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I still own and read a large selection of paper books. E-books sound good, but you can't really fill a shelf with them.
Plus, paper books also have limited editions, like I have #178 of 3000 collector's editions of Mortal Engines. I can brag about that, but I can't brag about having a digital copy of the book.