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Subject: E reading habits..what are yours?
Date Posted: 12/13/2010 9:46 PM ET
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I am enjoying my Kindle but I also have over 1000 paper books to wade through! I'm finding I can read one of each at the same time as long as one of them is non-fiction (then I don't have to wonder "what happens") or I alternate between the two. I have read almost 5 e books now.

Date Posted: 12/13/2010 9:55 PM ET
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I've had my Nook for almost a month and still haven't read a book on it!  I keep getting library books that I've been waiting for - I feel like I need to read those asap, since other people are waiting for them too :-b

Or I'm reading swap books!  I really want to give the Nook a good try, though!

Date Posted: 12/13/2010 10:00 PM ET
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Thank goodness I'm not alone! I thought I wasn't using it enough. Although I spend a LOT of time browsing for free books to download and just playing with the Kindle. Need to READ books!

Date Posted: 12/13/2010 10:34 PM ET
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I tend to go in spurts.  When there's an ebook sale, I'll buy a few and then dive right in to reading them.  Then, I may not read an ebook for a couple of weeks.  If I find a good freebie, I may read it right away.  I do like to keep a backstock of unread ebooks so that I have something new to read if I take my ebook to an appointment or on a trip.

Date Posted: 12/13/2010 10:34 PM ET
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I haven't read a paper book since I received my Nook. Over a month ago. I have no desire to pick up a paper book....Lord knows I have plenty of them though....

Date Posted: 12/13/2010 10:38 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/13/2010 10:48 PM ET
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I read both. I don't like taking my kindle out of the house if the weather is wet, snowy, etc. I also have over 1000 paper backs I want to read.  So I read both. I especially like to read my kindle in bed at night. Easier to hold and deal with than a paper book. I have a Belkin ebook light that clips onto the top.

I think I have ebook adhd...it seems like i have started a bunch of them and never finished them! I have so many good ones I just can't settle on one! I had to make a folder for currently reading so I can easily find the ones Ive started, in case I want to finish them.

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Date Posted: 12/13/2010 11:03 PM ET
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I don't mind taking my book out in adverse weather because I have it in a case and tucked safely in my purse. 

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Date Posted: 12/13/2010 11:06 PM ET
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I've had my Kindle since February and my Sony 350 (for library books) for a little over a month.  Right now I go from a book on Sony to a book on Kindle to a paper book from my TBR shelves to a book borrowed from a friend.  When (if ever) I read everything on my TBR shelves (and I am beginning to see this group decrease), I expect to go, one of these days, to reading almost all ebooks.

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 12:00 AM ET
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I go back and forth.  I am sure I've read as many paper books in the year I've had my Kindle as I have ebooks.  The books I get from PBS are on the shelf and the colors and the art work draw my attention.  I have to remind myself sometimes that OH YEAH I have a lot of books on my Kindle.   I am taking it and only it on my month long Christmas vacation.   I had it with me this summer and loved it.

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 5:48 AM ET
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I am taking it and only it on my month long Christmas vacation.


The first time I took ONLY the Kindle on the bus to work without a paper book I was really nervous!

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 8:31 AM ET
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I read both.  I tend to read ebooks my Kindle on the treadmill and when I am traveling and I read my paperbooks other times.  I also still get paperboooks from the library, so I am kind of all over the place. 

Usually I am reading and ebook, a normal paperbook, and listening to an audiobook at all times :-)

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 12/14/2010 9:26 AM ET
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I usually read paper books at home. I have a huge TBR pile (well, not as big as Nellie's) and I'm still actively swapping here -- mostly for WL books.

I read free Kindle books at lunch time using Kindle for PC.

I take my real Kindle traveling. It's been to China and on a cruise to Alaska as well as on a few shorter trips. The only downside to traveling with it is that some flight attendants want you to turn them off for takeoff. I just usually close the cover and start reading again once the flight attendants are all seated. I only turn the wifi on while actually using that feature, and never while flying.

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 9:27 AM ET
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I've had a Kindle in the first month is was $400. It is now broken but I read Kindle books on my iPhone, which I like more becasue I don't need a light in bed.

  • I read paperbacks I get from PBS becasue I have som many TBR.
  • When I'm without a paperback I read via Kindle iPhone.
  • When I drive I listen to lectures downloaded fto iPhone

Like Karissa, Usually I am reading and ebook, a normal paperbook, and listening to an audiobook at all times :-)

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 9:52 AM ET
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I got my nook on Thanksgiving and have not picked up a paperback since.  I have done all my reading on the nook.  I really thought I miss having a book in my hand but I'm  addicted to the nook.

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 10:04 AM ET
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I feel like I am in the minority........but, I have a "Sony" ebook reader that I received as a Present abou,t well it must be, 4 years ago now.  I will read it then realize I need to read the books I have in swaps and switch to paperbacks.  So I go back and forth. 

I love love love it for Holidays when you don't want to lug several books with you. 

My sister recently got a Kindle and she likes it but, we both have said that when they get the Ipad sorted from all the bugs that would be the next "reader" I would choose to get to replace what we have.  I want my ebook reader to be flexible as I like to buy my ebooks where I want to buy them.

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 10:14 AM ET
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I've had my Kindle for about 5 months now and I've only read 2 books on it.  :)  I'm starting to like it a lot more though!  I just recently finished Lover Mine by JR Ward and while I thought it was a huge book, it was much easier for me to read on the Kindle because I didn't notice how big it was each time I picked it up.  lol

After I finish my current book, I plan on reading another book on my Kindle.

I recently got a Nook also.  I am still getting used to it.

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 10:30 AM ET
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I am not as in love with it as I thought I would be. Oh, I like it. I am just not gaga. Right now it's still a novelty for me. 

I am not crazy about the possibility of losing or breaking the thing, and I am so dingy that I could do both if I toted it around in my purse.

I am also very lazy in that I haven't found out if this thing is auto backed up by Amazon or if I need to develop some sort of backup system like we have to do with iPods. I hate HATE the idea that if I lose or break my device that my library is gone too. YKWIM? 

Or it getting stolen. Do people steal these things? I find it odd, but some extremely literate thief could steal it and make a bunch of purchases. I know my imagination is running wild here.

I go back and forth in regard to my preference of e-reader vs paper and I think I nailed my preference down to the type of book I am reading. 

If I am reading a classic in which I need to refer to introductions and appendices then I want a traditional book, preferably a Barnes & Noble edition as they have the best editions of classics with explanatory notes etc. 

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 12:20 PM ET
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Tome, Amazon keeps all of your books for you.  Look at the Manage Your Kindle page (using your email and your password).  I read many of the Kindle Discussion Forums on Amazon, and many people also back up their Kindle books on their computer.  I personally believe that Amazon will be around for a while, so I trust them.  So, when I finish a book, I immediately send it back to my Archives.

As far as it getting stolen, you can put a password on it.  That wouldn't get your Kindle back, but no one would be able to either read it or order books.  Of course, it it were stolen, you could tell Amazon to cancel your ordering (one-click, etc.)  I haven't put a password on mine so far.  It's always in my house, my hands, or my purse.  Of course, it could be stolen from any of those places.  Note:  If someone plans to steal my Kindle or my Sony, they had better get it from my house while I'm gone or plan to fight me for it, lol!  One of the two ereaders is with me any time that I leave the house.

By the way, according to the Kindle forums, the most frequent loss of the Kindle seems to be when people put them in that little seat pocket of an airplane.

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 1:21 PM ET
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I've had my Kindle for about a week now.  I think DH has spent more time with it than I have.  I suppose at some point I'll get interested in it, but right now I've got plenty of real books to read.

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Subject: Application rather than device?
Date Posted: 12/14/2010 2:22 PM ET
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Haven't seen this mentioned, but almost all the big bookstores online are also offering an alternative to the devices Nook, Kindle, etc. for reading their ebooks.  These free application will allow you can read their ebook on your computer. 

Of course it means that I have an application for B&N's Nook for the computer, Amazon Kindle for the computer, Microsoft Reader, Adobe Digital Editions, and Adobe Reader applications each with some books stored. 

When I get the time I am going to convert whichever ebooks that will allow it (probably not Kindle or Nook) via the really great free program called calibre.  (Link to calibre program here)  (Link to forums for Q& A on using calibre here)  Calibre is an ebook management system but it can also manage paper books.  I fell across it when I was looking for a way to manage my books offline since I am leery of online sites like Goodreads, Shelfari and LibraryThing.  I'm always afraid a site will go out of business taking all my work with them!  Just a couple of thoughts.

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 3:09 PM ET
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I can read several books at once, regardless of genre.  When I'm at work, I carry my Sony E-Reader in my pocket (cargo pants) and tend to read mostly from that.  I also love it for when I'm traveling because it doesn't take as much room.  I've bought very few books for my E-Reader.  I just can't seem to convince myself to pay for digital books just yet, since I can't lend, donate, or trade them.  I do borrow a lot of e-books from the library and download out-of-copyright stuff from Project Gutenberg.

When I'm at home, I still prefer hardcopies.  Turning the pages is just so familiar.  Not to mention the smell of the pages, especially in older books, just delights me.  :)

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 3:17 PM ET
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I mostly use my kindle just for traveling! Its expensive since I read quickly but nicer than carrying books. I still prefer a "real" book! and I have tons on my shelf too.

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 3:31 PM ET
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I just got my Nook last Friday, and have already read 7 books on it. I have hundreds and hundreds of paper books to read, but have no desire to. I haven't read a paper book in about a month or so. I've felt less of a desire to read paper books ever since I got my iPad last April, but even more so now that I have a Nook.

I've also noticed that i can read ebooks 2-3 times faster than I can paper books.

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Date Posted: 12/14/2010 4:57 PM ET
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I've also noticed that i can read ebooks 2-3 times faster than I can paper books.

I noticed and wondered about that also. I thought maybe the book had parts missing!

Any ideas?