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Subject: Anyone else have this issue?
Date Posted: 8/10/2011 4:04 PM ET
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Please don't beat me up, but I do not like reading books on my Kindle. I don't like the feel of it in my hands.  I don't like having to turn pages frequently. The whole experience is totally unenjoyable.  Fortunately most of the books I have were either free or very low cost (not more than $3).

Do you think it will get any better?

Date Posted: 8/10/2011 4:07 PM ET
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Your the first person that ive heard say that. I do believe though, that everyone is different. Maybe its just not for you, and maybe you just need to get used to it. How many books have you read on it so far? Maybe you just need to give it some more time?

For me i was hooked from the very first book!

Date Posted: 8/10/2011 4:21 PM ET
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Can you deal with a smaller font?  That would help with the page turning.  I do like reading on my Nook.  I LOVE it when traveling.  I just hate that I cannot swap the books.

Date Posted: 8/10/2011 5:15 PM ET
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Do you think it will get any better?

Probably not. Not if you've had it long enough to have read on it.

I find that even people on a fence when they first get a new electronic device will quickly fall on one side of that fence or the other. There's very little that you can do to change your opinion, unless there's some problem you're having that can be easily fixed. (For example, I know one person who freaked because the print was too small on their reader. But they didn't realize that PDF's were a problem depending on what settings the author chose, and when they found the book in another format were completely happy.)

If you can tell us more specifics, we can try to help you tweak it, but it sounds like it's probably just not the product for you.

You can sell it, or maybe take it back if you haven't had it very long.

But to try to help with what you have...

I don't like the feel of it in my hands.

Is it the size/shape, or the materials you don't like? Would a cover or a skin make a difference?

I don't like having to turn pages frequently.

That will depend on font size, and how small a font you can easily read. Have you tried adjusting it?

Will another eReader make you happier?

That's a tough question. Is it the e-Ink screen you don't like? I find that no matter what device you use, page turning isn't going to vary that much between devices. If you can't get the page/word ration you like now, it may be that you won't find it any better on anything else. Even on a tablet.

If you don't like the Kindle case, and covering it won't help, others are made of different materials. Do you think any of the others sound better?

It may be that none of them will really make you happy, but if you can pinpoint why this one rubs you wrong, then that'll help you know what to (not) look for in another one.


Date Posted: 8/10/2011 5:29 PM ET
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Good answers, Cindy!

Date Posted: 8/10/2011 5:52 PM ET
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I've only read samples on it so far.  All the while thinking "this is not fun."  I also have books on my iPad.  With it you can turn it sideways so there's a right and left.  That was better, but it's so heavy, heavier than the book would be.  I tend to "skim" when I read and if I come across something important to the story I'll go back and reread a few paragraphs before to make sure I got it all.  With the kindle that's difficult because it could take several clicks back.  It's the frequent clicking to turn the page that bugs me.  I probably need to force myself to read a whole book on it to see if my attitude improves. 

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Date Posted: 8/10/2011 6:12 PM ET
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  With it you can turn it sideways so there's a right and left.

Unfortunately, my kindle is indexing right now, so I can't test it until later, but have you checked to see if it has Landscape mode? What kindle do you have. I'll bet someone here knows right off. I don't do landscape, and my kindle is new, so haven't played with it all yet. But I thought it did have that capability.

And yeah, I find my iPad a bit heavy for reading at times. I need to prop it up.

With the kindle that's difficult because it could take several clicks back.

I don't mind the button clicks, as to me it's the same as flipping books back on the varioius iPad apps, or swiping with my finger on the Sony's. For me it's all pretty much the same. Maybe it'll help if you find it does have landscape? Or place book marks to where you want to go back? On the Sony you can leave a lot of bookmarks and with a few swipes go back to any of them. Haven't played with the kindle version yet.

I probably need to force myself to read a whole book on it to see if my attitude improves.

It may be that you do need to 'get lost' in a story before you stop 'seeing' the device in front of you all the time. I don't think that's unusual. If you're going through a whole book, you should lose focus on what you're hands are doing, and by the end of it all gestures should be pretty automatic. Short stories or news articles may not be good to start out with, because it's still all so new.

You can always give it a good shot and see what happens. Pick something you're more likely to really enjoy, and look forward to. Hopefully some of the Kindle veterans will know more about the landscape and bookmarking stuff I don't have in front of me to test right now.


Date Posted: 8/10/2011 6:43 PM ET
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Cindy, thank you for all your good advice.  I'm not giving up.

Date Posted: 8/10/2011 7:01 PM ET
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Cindy, thank you for all your good advice.  I'm not giving up.

You're welcome. I hope it works out for you, but it's just as okay to find you don't like it in the end. :  ) That's why it's nice to have a lot of choices out there. We're more likely to find the right fit with all the ones to chose from.


Date Posted: 8/10/2011 8:14 PM ET
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Yes you can read in landscape mode very easily. Also you can mark, make a note, add a book mark, to anything you think you might want to go back to. After you have done that, it is very easy to go back to the part you have marked.

Date Posted: 8/10/2011 9:53 PM ET
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It took me about 2 hours to fall in love with ereading.  No more eye strain.  If you were just adjusting to the Kindle, then maybe I could see you getting used to it.  But, it sounds like you hate the whole experience.  I'm not sure you can overcome that.

I have my Nook in a cover that opens like a book.  I can hold it like a book, or, I can have it sitting on my lap like a book as I normally read.  You can improve on that part of the experience by getting a cover that feels more like a book.

Date Posted: 8/10/2011 10:36 PM ET
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I like my ereader but I'm not totally in love with ereading either (I have a Sony).  I am happier with the larger Touch than I was with my Pocket.  I don't think I'll ever go strictly to ebooks over paper books.  I can only read so long on the ereader before I miss the feel of a book in my hands.

Plus, I like to flip to the end or forward in the story.  Especially if I'm not getting into the book.  Looking ahead to see where the story's going can keep me interested in reading it.  Drives me crazy that I can't do that with an ebook easily.  Or, just open it up to my favorite parts to read.  Yeah, I know I can bookmark pages but it's not the same.

I do tend to stick to shorter stories on the ereader, I find it hard to read a really long story on it.  I do like that prices for ebooks are cheaper than paper books and there are so many books that aren't in print to read.

As you can see, I have a love/hate relationship with ereading as well.

Date Posted: 8/11/2011 8:49 AM ET
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Oh my gosh! I haven't been here in such a long time. I've been on vacation! I have a lot of catching up to do!

I love reading on my nook (color) but I also love reading real books. I find that when I am reading a book I will miss reading my nook, and when I am reading my nook I will miss reading a real book. So... What I have been doing lately is reading two books at the same time - one real book and one on my nook!

I did not have any problem adjusting to the nook. I am sorry for you (Donna) that it is not an enjoyable experience for you!

I have found that when I purchase a "nook book" it is much easier to read. When I download a pdf I do tend to turn it sideways and use the Landscape mode for reading.

A couple of things that I love - When I have to get up real quick (like to answer the phone) I can just plop the nook down and it keeps my page, LOL  Also - I love the bookmarking and highlighting on the nook. I do book reviews and I find myself using tons of sticky notes in real books. On the nook it is so easy with the highlighting feature.

I don't know what to say about the feel of it in your hands  :-(  hmmm that's a new problem i haven't heard before.

Keep us updated! It would be sad for you to not use your e-reader!

Date Posted: 8/11/2011 9:29 AM ET
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It took me no more than an hour to fall in love with my Nook Touch.  Granted, I did immerse myself in it immediately.  I ride a train for 3.5 hours a day (round trip) and by the end of my first ride, I was hooked.  I prefer reading on my Nook.  So much lighter, smaller, easier to bookmark (I ALWAYS lose bookmarks).  I've always read with one hand, except massive hardcovers.  And that's SO much easier with my Nook.  I typically fold the cover back behind it and hold it in one hand.  Or take the cover off altogether.  I like it so much better that  I  buy some books I absolutely want on my shelf in both paper and e-book formats, because I want to read it on my Nook rather than the paper book.

I'll make one note on the Nook Touch.  It turns pages much faster than any of the other e-readers I looked at.  I'm sure others will catch up with their next editions, but this really is a breakthrough.  I don't notice turning pages at all. Much faster than physically turning page.

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Date Posted: 8/11/2011 12:11 PM ET
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Before getting my Kindle, I played with a Sony e-reader and instantly disliked it.  I hated the way it felt in my hand, so I understand where you're coming from on this.

What is it that you dislike?  If it's the texture - that can be changed with a simple skin.  It's too thin or hard or cold? Those can be fixed with a cover but a cover will add some weight as well.  Is it where the page turn buttons are located? The keyboard? Those can be fixed with a different brand reader. 

The skimming/page turn issue is harder to solve.  I've found books that have the chapters marked down in the progress bar easier to skim through, since you can hit right or left and go to the start of the chapter/end of the chapter quickly.  I'm not sure if this would help you much, since it sounds like you only want to go back 3 or 4 pages at a time and not to the beginning of the chapter.  (And you really can't control what books have this kind of chapter marking, other than trying to determine that from samples.)

Maybe someone with a Nook Touch can help here -- I seem to recall a feature advertised for the new Nook Touch that you could touch and hold one of the page turn buttons and it would quickly flip through the pages, rather than doing the page turns individually.  Has anyone used this? I haven't played with a Nook Touch yet, so I can't vouch for it myself, but it might be useful in this case.

Definitely try a full book - either an old favorite or one you're looking forward to reading - before you make a final decision.  Or, you can go to a store and play with other brands of readers.  Every e-reader is a bit different.  Some people love one brand, others love another.  Some like none at all.

Date Posted: 8/11/2011 12:56 PM ET
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Melanti- Yes, that is definitely an option on the Nook Touch and it's such an easy feature to use. My Nook Touch is definitely the best ereader I've played with. The page turns are so quick you don't even notice them.