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Subject: How long have you been an "e-Reader"
Date Posted: 12/23/2010 8:22 PM ET
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I thought it might be interesting to see how long people have been reading in electronic form?

Actually I'm an anomaly.  I've been reading on an "e-reader" since 2000.  At that time, I had a "Newton" Message Pad (Apple's first aborted attempt at a tablet or perhaps you might call it a palm-pilot competitor.).  Anyway, at about that time, Baen books started offering books in electronic formats (html, rtf etc!!!), which I would then convert to the Newton text format.  It worked surprising well as an e-reader, as the text was resizable, and the screen just slightly smaller than a Nook screen. It was an eerie backlit green though, much heavier than modern e-readers and much thicker too. 

The biggest downside?  Finding books was real hard, unless they were on Guttenberg.

I used the Newton Message Pad as a reader until the App store for the iPhone came out, then I was first in line for the Kindle app on the iPhone.  Ugh. Light, tons of books, but reading on an iPhone sucked.  The good news - I always, everywhere have reading material with me.  Especially in lines. 

Now, a decade later,  I have a proper e-reader (although I know many do NOT consider an iPad a proper e-reader - it works very well as such for me), and so many places to get e-books (I use all the major e-book software:  kindle, ibooks, nook, stanza, etc.) I feel like technology is finally catching up to ME.  A happy feeling.

What about you?  When did you start to read books in electronic format?

Date Posted: 12/23/2010 9:22 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/24/2010 9:39 AM ET
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I just started on e-books last February when I purchased a Kindle.  I was one of those who remarked how I love the touch and feel of real books.  I shall never forget one of Marilyn's posts calling that an "elistist" attitufe.  After buying my Kindle just for fun (when my husband asked me what i wanted for Valentine's), I was instantly hooked and now totally agree with Marilyn on the "elistist" business.  When I had read one or two best-sellers on Kindle, I downloaded Emma when I had begun in my beautiful Easton leather-covered edition.  Emma on Kindle was just to be for when I was not at home.  After reading a little of this on Kindle, I returned home and, instead of the aesthetically beautiful book (sorry, Kindle), I finished Emma on the KindleI knew then and know now that I truly want to read every book on an ereader--I just happen to have quite a few more paper books that I will read.

When I learned, from CMT, about how I (in the South) could join the Free Library of Philadelphia, I almost immediately bought a Sony so that I could enjoy library book.  I like the Kindle better but I do like getting the library books.

Date Posted: 12/24/2010 1:28 PM ET
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I downloaded Microsoft Reader software probably in 2003 or something, but didn't read many books with it. My first real heavy-duty eBook reading started in 2005, when I was staying somewhere else where space was cramped, and mostly had my computer as company. (LONG story.) Amazon.com had pdf ebooks and I downloaded several in quick succession and devoured them on the computer. It was so wonderful to have instant access--buy them and instantly be able to read them. I'm still bitter about the fact that I can't re-download those eBooks! Amazon has deleted them from my account or something. Can't find them. 

Since then I've read eBooks on the computer now and then, sometimes a few books a month. I didn't seriously start doing the eBook thing until I got my Kindle and then Nook, a few months ago.

I don't see giving up paper books entirely (I just got a big box of books today! LOL) because they are often cheaper. Also, until they have a cheap eBook versions of old musty Harlequin Presents novels published in 1984, paper books will always be with me! LOL.

Date Posted: 12/24/2010 2:18 PM ET
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About a year and a half.  I started out reading ebooks on Adobe Digital Editions.  Got a Sony Pocket edition for myself just a little over a year ago.

Date Posted: 12/24/2010 6:28 PM ET
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I was using my Sony Clie back in 2003 to read E-texts.  I got my Sony Ereader to replace my palm pilot. 

Date Posted: 12/24/2010 8:09 PM ET
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Since October of this year. And I love it!


Date Posted: 12/24/2010 9:42 PM ET
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Just last month. I have a Nook and I love it! It was supposed to be a Christmas present but I wheedled and whined and begged and cajoled until I had it in my hands. :)

Date Posted: 12/24/2010 10:05 PM ET
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Just today!   I got a Nook Color for Christmas.  I can't believe it!   Dh and my boys all pitched in and surprised me.  I've spent the last couple horse getting familiar with it.  I still haven't figure out how to download a book to it, though.  I'm looking for freebies - since I told dh that was its draw for me when I mentioned the idea of the nook to him a couple weeks ago.  Honestly...I never thought he'd buy one.

Hopefully, I can figure this out soon.  In fact, the reason I came online is to see if I could find some helps.


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Date Posted: 12/25/2010 12:09 AM ET
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I used to read books on my Sony Clie...probably about ten years ago or so?  I had a Franklin eBookman for a while--actually still have it.  But I only used it for about five or six months before giving up on it.  Just wasn't comfortable for me to read on.  Got my first true eReader--a Sony 505 almost three years ago.  Fell in love with it!  Now I have a Sony 650--and it's even better!  Now, I don't know how I'd survive is someone took my 650 away from me!!

I still read paper books too--I probably average about 50% eBooks, 50% paper books.  But my Sony is always with me--in my purse.  It's so handy just to pull out and read when ever I have a few extra minutes.

Date Posted: 12/25/2010 12:17 AM ET
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Only since i got my kindle a week ago. I LOVE it!!!

Date Posted: 12/25/2010 1:44 AM ET
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I got a Nook Color a few days after it came out, so I've had it a month now and I love it. I would occasionally read ebooks on my laptop before getting the nook but it was kinda a pain, so I didn't read them often. In this last month I have definitely read a lot of ebooks though, reading ebooks on a laptop is nowhere near as good as having an actual ereader.

Date Posted: 12/25/2010 2:23 AM ET
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About a yr ago I Downloaded Kindle for PC!  Read a few books!  2 weeks ago...after much debate & reading ALL the debates about the different eReaders I went into Books A Million & brought home a NOOK WiFi!!  LOVE it!!  So do I count about a yr or do I say 2 Weeks LOL   

Date Posted: 12/25/2010 10:01 AM ET
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How long have I been an ereader ? About 2 hours...

Date Posted: 12/25/2010 10:10 AM ET
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I got my nook a month ago and love it.  I have not read a paperbook since. 

Date Posted: 12/25/2010 10:27 AM ET
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Date Posted: 12/25/2010 8:04 PM ET
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I avoided early ebooks simply because reading on my PC was not something I wanted to do, being a big reader I need comfort and portability.  I actually started reading ebooks when I got my iTouch, that would have been maybe 2008.

I finally broke down and bought my Nook February 2010, and I LOVE IT!  I just recently got my freelibrary of PA card and am thrilled to death at how easy it is to get books.  I take my Nook everywhere, in fact I wore out the first cover I bought and had to get a replacement in September!  I love that I can take it everywhere with me, we went to Hawaii on vacation this past summer and I took 20 books on my Nook!  It was awesome!

Date Posted: 12/25/2010 11:12 PM ET
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Hello everyone! So glad to find this part of the forums. I just got a Sony Ereader this month and am loving it. I have read ebooks for awhile now but hadn't read very many as it was always hard to sit at the computer when I could be relaxed with a book instead. So I'm relatively new to ebooks I suppose. :)

Date Posted: 12/25/2010 11:33 PM ET
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I got a Kindle this morning for Christmas so officially for 11 hours now i've been an ereader lol.

Date Posted: 12/26/2010 11:01 AM ET
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I'm trying to remember, but it was sometime in the late 90's. When ever the monochrome Palm devices first came out with a program to read documents on. I've had several devices since then, even the beautiful Ipaq.

While there wasn't much in pro ebooks out there then, there was tons and tons of fanfic. And while I wallowed in my favorite show's fanfic for many years, having the portable stories was a blessing. Too long to read without eye strain on the monitor's, too expensive to buy a ton of zines all the time, and too PITA to print them out, I adored being able to carry them around and read them on the smaller devices.

I lived in Japan for three years, with a base library that didn't even come close enough to fit my needs, a PX book store that never carried anything I wanted, took forever to special order if they could get permission to order it, and no one in the states who'd buy books I was looking for and ship them.

Three years of book-hell has made me twitchy when I'm without every book I can carry with me. ;  )

Date Posted: 12/31/2010 12:23 PM ET
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I got my Nook Dec 16th. It was an early Christmas present. I haven't read a paper book since lol.

Date Posted: 12/31/2010 12:33 PM ET
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I've been reading books in pdf for quite some time.  I bought my KIndle in November..and love it.  I agree with most people that the prices are a bit steep for newer publications.   However, I'll probably pay the price for my favorite authors.

I'm thinking about purchasing a Nook later on.  I like the idea of downloading library books and such.

I'll continue to be a big user of PBS........



Date Posted: 12/31/2010 12:34 PM ET
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About 6 days. I just got my Nook and LOVE it!