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Offline Jaedia

Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #30 on: December 21, 2012, 07:17:38 PM »
I've owned my Kindle for a year now, and I have bought precisely two ebooks. Yes, you read that right. Two. One was for my Dad to read when he was in hospital. The other was self-published by a writer buddy, and there was no paper version.

The only Kindle books I've bought have been part of a Kindle sale, and always books that I'm not entirely bothered about owning - I'd just like to give them a read. Or perhaps affordably priced self-published/small press books. The only ones I've read were sent over for review. Otherwise I have a terrible tendency to forget my Kindle books exist and start rearranging my shelves and sniffing my books.

Offline Neaughea

Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #31 on: December 28, 2012, 06:29:25 PM »
ebooks all the way!!!! no dust, my kids can't steal them without walking off with my ipad, which they would never do, and they don't clutter my house. I never lose my spot and I can read in bed without having to keep the light on disturbing my husband. LOVE THEM.


Offline pornokitsch

Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #32 on: January 05, 2013, 11:21:09 PM »
I have a terrible tendency to forget my Kindle books exist and start rearranging my shelves and sniffing my books.

That really is it... I've got a Kindle with a zillion books on it now, and I send more to it every day. But unless I consciously make an effort to use it (like packing for a trip), I also default to shelf-shuffling and book-sniffing (so glad I'm not the only one that does that...).

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Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #33 on: January 06, 2013, 12:23:53 PM »
I have a terrible tendency to forget my Kindle books exist and start rearranging my shelves and sniffing my books.

That really is it... I've got a Kindle with a zillion books on it now, and I send more to it every day. But unless I consciously make an effort to use it (like packing for a trip), I also default to shelf-shuffling and book-sniffing (so glad I'm not the only one that does that...).

It just has to be done.

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Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #34 on: January 06, 2013, 05:40:14 PM »
About a month or so after having to buy another bookcase, my husband bought me a kindle for our anniversary. I was very specific about not liking e-books before that and he thought he'd do an experiment and see if I'd change my mind.

So, I have in fact changed my mind a bit. Here's my thoughts.

It sometimes takes more than a year for a book to get published in South Africa, if it ever does. So most book shops import the books which can make it quite expensive. Plus, then you wait months for it to get on the shelves. Ordering a book online takes a minimum of 4 weeks to get delivered, even if you take the overnight delivery option. So when I decide on whether I want a book electronically or on paper, I have to ask myself, "Is the book worth waiting for." If I already have a collection of series, I'll definitely wait for it. If I'm trying out a new author, I'll do the kindle thing. And, o yes, I love having the option of sampling the books before I buy them. (I used to go to the book store, take a couple of books that looks interesting and go sit in the coffeeshop and read through each ones first chapter before deciding which to buy.)

With a kindle the good/bad side however is that spending money on books is now just a impulsive click away. Plus having a kindle actually makes it possible for me to take part in the book club. And needing only one hand or none to hold it, is just fantastic. The down side of electronic books is that e-readers can break, as mine did after just more than a month. It meant that I had to wait almost a month to resume the 3 books that I was busy reading. (Plus a couple of consumer protection act fights with the store owner.) Books don't break.

And having real books displayed on a shelf, is for me like displaying a work of art. Going through the books, showing them off to interested friends. I also like lending them out to responsible friends, "forcing" them to discuss it with me afterwards. (Very few of my friends actually have a kindle for me to lend it to them that way.)

So yes I like both.

Offline graveyardhag

Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #35 on: January 07, 2013, 12:39:37 AM »
.... Books don't break.

You're doing it wrong...  ;D
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Offline MichaelVash7886

Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #36 on: January 07, 2013, 12:49:03 AM »
To me most of the time the text size for the mass market paperbacks is a bit small to read comfortably. If it's a more normal sized paperback I'm fine with it. Otherwise it's generally hardcover or e-ink. I'm picking up a kindle paperwhite just for reading since my Kindle fire seems to die way too quickly.

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« Reply #37 on: January 07, 2013, 07:06:04 PM »
This is my year for experimentation.  I've had a Kobo (popular Canadian eReader that actually has an agreement with public libraries - unlike the Kindle here) for years, and I bought an iPad a year ago.  For the most part, I've only used them for reading ebooks that I check out from the library, but I've decided to stop buying Mass Market Paperbacks.  I frankly don't have any more storage space for paperbacks, and I'll continue to buy hardcover for authors or books that I know I want to own.  So I've bought a couple of title from the Kindle store and the Apple iBookstore, and so far I'm happy for the same reasons other people are...quick and easy to download, usually a bit cheaper, and I don't have to wait for shipments.  But we'll wait to see if I change my mind :)
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Offline AlmightyZael

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« Reply #38 on: January 07, 2013, 08:29:55 PM »
Ah, this old chestnut again.

Ebooks are going to dominate in a few years. I'm pretty sure schools are looking into using Kindles and similar devices. The problem I have with them is that you don't ever get that feeling you do when you read a great book that really gets to you, and every time you pick that paperback up it sends shivers down your spine remembering the tale inside. You don't get that with an Ebook. Or, if you did, I suppose it would be a jumbling mess of emotions that hit you like a bad smell.
Don't get me wrong, I have a Kindle and I love its practicality (Especially its cheapness for digital books). But deep down there's a part of me that longs to hold a hardback (The Daylight War next month, in particular!) or a paperback and feel its delicate fibers bend in my hands. And the smell of paperbacks!!

It's a glorious age we live in, folks. We have the best of both worlds at the moment, so make the most of it.

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Offline juriaguria

Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #39 on: January 08, 2013, 09:13:06 AM »
I miss reading from a good, old-fashioned paperback book but having an eReader is so much more practical for me on so many levels. First, the one paperback I have left to read (left over from right before I bought my Nook 2 years ago), the front cover is nearly demolished thanks to my 1 year old son (God bless password protect). Second, sheer laziness. Nothing like browsing the bookstore from bed, NOTHING. Third, I had a near-accident when I spilled a glass of soda on my nook - the case, a cover that folds over the front, is stained, but the eReader itself is just peachy. Would not have been the case with a paperback.

It pains me to think that my kids won't enjoy reading books as we did as kids, though. One of my favorite memories was going to the library, the smell of that place and getting to choose a new book to read, carrying them out on my own because my mom felt I was responsible enough. Stuff like that. At this rate, it seems like I'll be buying my son his own eReader before he ever sets foot in a library.

Offline SunnyE

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« Reply #40 on: January 10, 2013, 06:07:23 AM »
I'm a very tactile person, so I'm all about the touch and weight of a print book (not to mention the glorious smell), but I admit, I'm really partial to hardbacks over paperbacks. Not sure why. Just nutty, I guess. It's also led to the sudden scattering of every person I know whenever I announce I'm moving, and I have an ex that once told me it was him or the books. I still have my books. At any rate, I get why people prefer ebooks over print, there really are some advantages. I've had my iPad for several months now and am only reading my first ebook. It's nice an convenient, but just isn't the same. I'm proud to say my nearly grown child, also a heavy reader, has never read an ebook. We have thousands of books in the house and she just wanders through to pick out her next adventure. It makes me happy because other than when she's reading, I rarely see her face without the glow from a screen on it. Okay, maybe that's exaggerating, but you get my meaning.
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Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #41 on: January 19, 2013, 09:27:31 PM »
Oh Christ. I like both. No, seriously.

With books I love.. the books. I love having a huge collection (even if my partner has started having nightmares about books toppling over and crushing him, no joke), I love looking at them, sniffing them, rearranging them.. everything. I love using bookmarks and the sound of flicking pages.

Ebooks I tend to pick up if they're free or uber cheap. If it's a book I'd want as a collectible I'll get the hard copy but if I want it just to read and it's cheaper, ebook. As I review, I love how easy it is to take notes and highlight quotes while reading. There's no issue with dropping the bookmark and losing your place.. or closing the book and forgetting to put the bookmark in because you were reading in bed and tired *ahem*. It's easier to read one handed so if you're eating or standing up on public transport, much easier to read without spinebreaking.

My problem with ebooks is battery life and technological difficulties, which you obviously don't get with books. Ebooks are easier for me to forget about sitting on my Kindle (I pick up a lot of freebies), not to mention occasional formatting issues making the book nigh on unreadable. Oh and when you're reading and knock the turn page or off buttons.

But then books themselves come with their fair share of problems. It's easier to misplace a book - I know Kindles aren't big but I'd cry and hit inanimate objects if I lost a £100 item that I loved that much, so I'm more specific about where I keep it whereas with books there are so many, it's so much easier to lose them. If a book's print is too small you can't resize it for comfort like with an ereader. Books are easier to damage. And gosh it's annoying when they change the cover art halfway through collecting a series so you have to go to extra lengths to have them all matching which isn't a problem with ebooks.

Both have pros and cons for me. I like both. It all depends on the book.

Oh my. This. Exactly this!!
I was one of those total ebook haters. Until I got my kindle. *insert lovey icon & romantic theme music here* I rapidly changed my mind. Ebooks are fantastic. My shelves are now mostly books I will reread, or cannot bare to part with. - I still have to attempt a cull occasionally but not *as* often. I had such a hard time reading 'a dance with dragons' because the book was just SO big. I couldn't carry it with me, I wouldn't read it in the bath because of its size & weight, if I dropped it on myself I'd probably need to go get xrayed. The damn book is as big as I am for goodness sake!
Once I got the Ebook I ploughed through it in less than a week. Much easier.

I still buy paperbacks (much to the dismay of the manthing) but mostly in charity stores for £1 or less. If I like them I'll keep them, if not I'll give them back to the shop to resell, and someone else can give it a shot and the shop can continue to send money to ailing donkeys or children with three eyes or whatever charity it is the shop supports (my town is full of charity shops, cafe's and estate agents. You'd be surprised at what they have charities for these days!)

But Ebooks......oh the convenience!! It was *supposed* to stop me buying actual physical books. It didn't work. I now have masses of Ebooks, and have increased my physical collection right alongside it.

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« Reply #42 on: January 20, 2013, 12:57:16 AM »
But Ebooks......oh the convenience!! It was *supposed* to stop me buying actual physical books. It didn't work. I now have masses of Ebooks, and have increased my physical collection right alongside it.

Same here. In fact I think I've bought more physical books since I got my Kindle than I did before...although I did buy my Kindle not long after joining this forum...hmmm  ??? :P

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« Reply #43 on: January 20, 2013, 11:49:23 AM »
Its slowed me buying paperbacks, but definitely not stopped me. I just have the opportunity to acquire twice as many books now.

The other bonus of my kindle, people can't borrow my books and ruin/not return them! :)

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Offline wikkels

Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #44 on: January 20, 2013, 05:04:22 PM »
I'm old school and prefer paperbacks. I don't kno if it's the smell, the feel of the paper between my fingers or the actual weight of the book but it feels real and part of the portal to my imaginative world.

On the cost things the South African eBook sellers are not that much cheaper than what you expect to pay for a paperback. For example the eBook version of A Game of Thrones is R134 whilst the paperback is R146 at exclusive books( one of the biggest book shops in country) and at kalahari.com( S.A.'s version of Amazon) sell the ebook for R120 and the paperback for between R99 and R135.

So it is not really worth to convert to safe money and besides I love looking at my overstuffed room of books- it makes me feel like the bibliophile i am :)