... I like books because you can flip to different pages, with my kindle I have to either flip a page at a time or jump to a location ... too bad the engineers designing the thing can't figure out a good way of flipping pages like with a book.
Oh man... I have this conversation with my holier-than-though-because-I-only-read-paper-books friends so often it's turned into a full on debate. Forgive me if I start to rant First off, I LOATHE paper books , and the Kindle has almost everything to do with what got me back into reading . Call me a wuss, but no matter how hard I try I can never find a comfortable position to both relax AND fight paper books - supporting them, keeping them open, constantly turning pages, rolling over so the opposing side can rest on the bed while laying down... The Kindle just sits on my chest and I tap the page button every now and then. Done. Not to mention carrying bulky paper books around or finding your bookmark fell out and you've got to dredge around looking for the line between what's familiar and what's not . The Kindle holds more books than I'll ever need and has yet to lose my place, it teaches me new words, grants near-instant access to Amazon's entire Kindle library, and like Kallisti said, eBooks are cheaper, delivered instantly and freely, you can loan them without wondering if you'll ever see them again, and you don't need an outbuilding just to store them! Most importantly, I don't believe any part of the author's story is lost on either medium. A small handful of my friends, however, disagree. They maintain that reading digital books is somehow selling out or cheating or caving to the uncultured swine or disrespecting the author and the denying yourself the "full experience" ...like there's some magical enrichment transmitted only through the act of physically holding and turning page after mildew-stenched page. Or something. I just don't see it. The story is told through a stream of words, and as long as they're all included and formatted identically, it's impossible to say that one is any better at telling the author's story. It's more likely that they've built up this idea of prestige for holding paper books simply because it's been the only way to read since the dawn of print. Like Lady Macbeth experienced, there's no doubt in my mind they'd see past this archaic association if they just gave eBooks a try. Sadly they never will. To each their own, of course ...I just wish they'd be more open-minded. They've never even TRIED a kindle/Nook/knock-off. Instead it's more or less a religion; no debate or experience can change blind faith and dedication. Their loss. edit: True. You can do that on the Kindle reader for PC/Mac (little scroll bar at the bottom, instantly drag to a percentage) but on the portable reader you do have to guestimate a percentage with a location number. I also like "flipping through" magazines so I should point out that my original reply is strictly talking about novels; for anything that's heavily layout-based, like magazines and textbooks, nothing beats the real thing!
I never leave the house without one or both of my Nooks. Even if I'm only leaving for a few minutes I always think, what if my car breaks down or something and I could've been reading?
Obviously, everyone on here likes to read e-books. But I tend to be curious, so I had a few questions...1. Do you *only* read books in e-format? Why or why not?2. Do you prefer reading books in hard copy or e-format?3. Which is more extensive, your hard copy library or your e-library?4. Do you have duplicate books, in both formats? Lots or just a few?..and if anyone has other questions, feel free to post them.
2. Do you prefer reading books in hard copy or e-format?-> In general I prefere reading on my iPad (versus paperback) but if I have it I prefer reading the hardback version of a book. Although when reading in my bed I prefer reading on my iPad because it's just more comfortable.
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