Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Little Survey

This is going to be a short post today and is basically my own little survey. It's about e-books. With I-Pad coming out, there's been a lot of chatter on the Net about this subject and I'm really on the fence about them. I don't have an e-reader myself-personally, I like "real" books. I like the way they smell, the feel of the paper, just the whole experience of holding a book in my hand. BUT the convenience of an e-reader is certainly appealing and from an ecological standpoint, they definitely save resources, so I am thinking about purchasing one.

So here's my questions-first, what do you think of e-books? Are they, someday, going to replace print books? Do you have an e-reader and if so, what kind? (this last question is of particular interest to me, just in case I do decide to get one...there are so many on the market right now, I really don't know which one to choose!)

That's it for now-have a good one and I'll be looking forward to reading everyone's comments!!

Best,
Shirley

14 comments:

Elie said...

Hey Shirley. I just saw a commercial for the ipad last night wow! I checked the pricetag-uh...ya BIG WOW! I have a nook (which I was fortunate to win) I have to say I really like it, it is easy to use, great for digital arcs. But even though I have several great titles on it, I still find myself going for the paper books first.

There is something about paper consumption, using less will drive the cost of production up, so paper books may see an increase in price and digital may go down. I bought a digital book of a new release (a highly anticipated one) the other day for 1.99-hard to beat.

Zita said...

I don't think ebooks will replace printed books completely. I too love the feel of a book in hand and there are certain authors I collect and will continue to do so. Having said that, I have to add that I love ebooks and have been able to control my insane need to own every book ever written by getting electronic versions instead. LOL. But really, it does enable me to read more books without going completely broke or having to move into a warehouse, and for that I am very grateful.

Blodeuedd said...

I sure hope they wont replace real books. I mean booklovers love to display their books so perhaps the day when i can get a hologram bookshelf where all my e-books are..well that day

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Sharon said...

I absolutely love my kindle! I also love real books. I don't think e-readers will replace books. I buy books if I can get them a great price. I'd say 40% of the books I buy are real. The nice thing about the kindle is you can get the book you want right. now. And sometimes that is blessed thing when an author ends a book with a cliff-hanger . My favorite part is you can order a sample of a book for free. I can tell if I am going to like it in the first few chapters. Plus at amazon.com there are free books too. You can browse the website from the kindle or you can browse from your home computer and buy books there. Then the next time you fire up the kindle the new books will download. You can also send any PDF file you have to the kindle. The down side is you can't really loan your books to someone. I have had no trouble with the kindle (had it a year now).

Diane P said...

I quite agree with Sharon. I have owned a Kindle since July and love it, especially when I travel. I have bought even more books because it is so easy to download them.
I still buy books to share with my daughter and to have on my keeper shelf.
I would recommend a Kindle to anyone because its weight feels like a book and it is so easy to read. I work with computers quite a bit & there is no flicker.

Jessi said...

I don't have an e-reader because, frankly, I don't have the up front cash for it. With that said, however, I would probably have to recommend the Nook since I work at B&N. I do prefer the paper books because I love getting them signed whenever possible. I don't know if you can get an e- reader version of a book signed by the author. Just being able to pull that book off of the shelf and seeing the author's autograph is awesome to me.

e_booklover said...

I don't think ebooks will completely replace print books but I think they will gain a nice market share. Personally I prefer the scent, feel of a print book. Ebooks do have some advantages. I have an ebook reader now because I will be living somewhere for the next 12 or so months without a lot of storage space and whatever extra stuff I acquire while I am there I have to pay to ship back home. As a result my family got me a Kindle DX for my birthday with the belief that I would then be able to get a Sony and have access to most ebooks out there. (I am still bringing some print favorites with me)

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Steph said...

I love Kindle and my kindle too. I have Kindle software downloaded on several devices, and I have a Kindle.

Once in a while I have to read a real book. Usually it is a software manual or something and I am amazed at how inconvenient they are. WIth paperbacks I always have to break the spine to hold it comfortably.

I will probably get an ipad too as I am intrigued by the format and the tactile page turner.

But, I love my Kindle and My husband has one as well. We use the same account and can share books. When you travel it is so convenient.

Kainani said...

My husband bought me a Kindle this past christmas. I enjoy it. Howver, I still enjoy reading real books as well. I like both but I will admit I have more printed books then ebooks. There just something about having a real printed book. More so when you have a book with a great cover.

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin said...

I don't have an e-book reader. For me, it just doesn't make sense. I like to re-read books, so I'm uncomfortable with the way you can lose e-books in a device failure. Also, I don't travel much, so the biggest advantage of an e-book reader is lost on me. {smile}

However, I can see how an e-book reader could be a real blessing to someone who re-reads less and travels more. {Smile}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

Sharon said...

Anne, with the kindle you don't lose your books. They get archived at amazon.com and you can retrieve them at any time for free.

Colleen said...

Chiming in late, but on the subject...

I have an ebook reader (or three), because I have an iPhone. While I just can't see myself committing to only reading in electronic format, it's handy say, at work, where I really don't want to lug a book around. It also allows me more access to new authors, as the lower price point on ebooks encourages me to try something new. If I like a particular author, I'm going to go out and buy their backlist in print (up to and including the book I have electronically).

So, while it doesn't supplant physical books for me, it does add convenience, and another way to shoehorn reading into my day.

On my phone, I have the iPhone Kindle version, the iPhone Barnes and Noble reader, and Stanza. Of the three, I prefer Stanza, but I need to have them all because of the locked-in formats. (Oh, for an ebook reader that would read everyone's format! I can read a paper book by any publisher who's language I speak, after all.)