Bil Browning

Comment of the Week: Leone Kraus

Filed By Bil Browning | January 16, 2011 7:00 PM | comments

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From my post "America's Most Literate Cities":

commentofweek1.pngA few years ago, I started reading less because books are so gosh darn expensive, so I turned to online media because it was free. To ammend this, a few months ago I bought an e-reader because books at the time were a fraction of the cost of the bookstore listed price. I had my device paid off after purchasing ten books, which would have cost me almost double in the bookstore. I actually found myself reading more books with my e-reader than I ever have before. Maybe if these devices become more affordable, we could see an increase in literacy...

How many of you use an e-reader? I bought an iPad primarily for the Kindle app because I found myself reading fewer books in exchange for shorter online pieces. I missed the sense of immersion you get in longer pieces and the app on my iPhone made it too difficult to read easily. I love it and use it every day now - and I've finished 4 books so far this year already!

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I don't really want an e-reader that much but you can download the nook and kindle software free for your PC. I usually have my laptop when I want to read so I buy e-books that I read on my laptop. This way I can find most books whenever I want.

I like being able to delete them off my computer so they don't take up to much space memory wise (or physically wise like real books)and download them again when I want to reread (which I do a lot too).

I love my Kindle and I use it all the time. Just the way it allows me to organize my reading library is a blessing. No more dragging around huge books, plus I save a bundle on newer releases. Well worth the investment.

JP Peterson | January 16, 2011 9:00 PM

I have not bought a physical book for a couple years. I started "e" reading on my Mac, then an iPhone, then an iPad. I use several apps including Kindle, Stanza, and iBooks. Kindle and iBooks sync brilliantly. I can open up what I was reading at home on the Mac or iPad with my iPhone while I'm in line at the bank and be on the same page. I read 3-6 books a month, with several going at once.

I've switched over to electronic all but one magazine subscription as well, via Zinio.

Plus the 40 something RSS feeds I sift through daily, including this one.

I read for hours everyday, none of it is on paper.

I received my Kindle for Christmas of 09. Usually I would only read three or four books a year. Last year I ended up reading 20 different books. Between having the Kindle, the Kindle app on my phone and on my laptop, I always have access to whatever I'm reading. I love having that kind of access to books.

ShipofFools | January 17, 2011 2:18 AM

Is there something like an archive where I can see which books are available as ebooks? I read mostly non fiction, so I'm not interested in new novels.

Sure! Just browse the Amazon site for Kindle titles. A lot of the time you'll see a kindle version offered beside a book you're contemplating purchasing from the site too.

I use my Kindle daily. I just bought one for Christmas. :-D

I admit I would like a kindle,
it looks very nice, and reading anything other than short pieces online gives me headaches.
However, there is something about holding a book. I buy from used bookstores or the super cheap used copies available on amazon. If I dont care for it I recycle it. If I like it, its kept or passed on to someone else.
I cannot see myself having time to read more than the ten or so books I read for leisure every year as it is, the price is well under the cost of a kindle.

I got a nook (I compared the resolution after the fact to the Kindle... they look the same to me). For me it's about price and practicality - there are a few english-language bookstores in this city and they rarely have the dated (and often LGBT-related) books I'm looking for.

If they do, they charge two to three times what an American bookstore would (Eve Sedgewick's Epistemology of the Closet was at one of them for 21 euro, about $30). I understand they're small businesses and they have to import their product, but I just plain don't have that kind of money to spend on books, especially since I'll have to get rid of them since I move around a lot and currently live in a small apartment.

And I should point out that the e-reader is great for traveling and metro/bus rides.

But there's still the library. There's a great English-language library in this town. They don't have everything, but they have enough that I'm still working through the list of books I saw they had before I got a library card there. And most of you live in America, so don't forget to use and support your libraries!

I got a Sony Ebook back in 2007 during their testing phase for evaluation and that was the last time I bought a paper book. Great visibility, killer battery life and their selection at the time was enough to keep me interested.

I just bought my second Sony ebook, and I stuck wtih them because I don't care for Amazon's closed source (you have to buy from them), and the reviews on the Nook were mixed between the visibility on one model and the battery life of the color model.

The Sony touch was plenty for me as far as functionality, and capacity. Right now I have 156 books on it and I'm nowhere near filling it up. If I were, there's still the ability to use external memory.

I don't have to buy books from Sony as it will display almost any document type. Nifty programs like Calibre give me the ability to convert even work articles I've written to epub and pushes them to the reader automatically.

Yeah, I'm a total ebook junkie. With all the travelling I do, I'd much rather carry one ebook than paper.

My only issue with Kindles is that it's creating books in two very different classes... Kindle available and Kindle not available. As happened when records became CDs, this is going to ultimately vastly narrow the number of titles (in the case of records, I believe more than 60-70% of all titles were lost). It's fair to say in a few years, books as such might not be widely sold anymore (as happened with CDs) and that will eliminate a huge number of available books, especially those on topics which aren't going to be big sellers.

I'm thinking of getting a Kindle especially because of its ability to hold a charge for so long (Nooks... feh, I have serious concerns Barnes and Noble will go belly up in a few years) but I sure wish it had GPS and some rudimentary browsing ability. And IPADs are too heavy and lacking in really clear type. Not ready for prime time yet... maybe in another revision or two.

Tony Soprano | January 18, 2011 12:29 AM

Being chained to a laptop, Kindle, or whatever, may not be the best option if you're on-the-move.

Like 'books-on-tape', increasingly 'smart' phones will be a part of our lives, having better natural speech, allowing readers to listen. New heads-up displays are being developed, too.

I guess it depends on whether you like your information via a visual or audible route. But, as we age, there may come a day when we will be print-handicapped in some way, and will have no choice but to have our information read to us.