Are they as good as they seem?

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10/01/2011 at 15:19

I must admit I was sorely tempted when I spotted this on e-bay today.  There are lots of classic books that I'll probably never buy, but might have a squint at a chapter or 2 if I had them in e-format, and may then read the whole book.

I love books - the feel, the smell, just the whole bookiness of books, but I also am fascinated by the whole e-book thing, probably from watching Star Trek and not believing we would ever have such things.

I will treat myself to a Kindle some day - Santa brought the GHDs instead.

10/01/2011 at 15:53

I'm in two minds - I love my books, though. 

My friends and I pass them around, and we have a book case here at work where people put books they don't want to keep, for others to try.

I think I'll stick with paper for now.

10/01/2011 at 17:56

I have lots of paperback classics which I will never throw away but are too yellowed and smelly to read now. I won't throw away my paper copy of 1984 given to me by my beloved for Christmas 1983 but in its current state I wouldn't read it again either,

Books have a place in a home but they do as Holgs points out take up space, they get old and yellowed and dusty, each to their own. I will still buy cookery books and knitting and craft books but am very much looking forward to getting my Kindle tomorrow

10/01/2011 at 17:59
A lot of my books are old and yellowed and smelly ... I feel a strange affinity with them.
10/01/2011 at 18:21

Muttley I have to sniff library books before I can borrow them.

10/01/2011 at 19:37
@beebs - yes, the iPad is almost 5x the price and at least 3x the weight, so they're not ideal for reading if you need to hold the book. However, iPad is a lot more than an eReader, but it doesn't necessarily fit the bill if you want an alternative to books. I wouldn't swap my iPad for a Kindle, even if I was offered my £500 back and a Kindle for nothing, though.

I used a Kindle again on the weekend, and I just can't get over how stupid the page-flip animation is on it. It's utterly ridiculous.
Alan W    pirate
10/01/2011 at 20:24

I'm another one that loves my Kindle.  I still love reading books and will probably continue to buy books as you can't beat the feel of them.  However I work away from home a lot and also like reading in bed where the Kindle is at it's best.

Intermanaut, I'm not sure it is an animation, the ink is actually printed or something so I believe it is wiped and then reprinted.  I don't mind that though because with the brief delay you can change page before you get to the end with time to read the last few words, then the next page is ready when you look back to the top.

11/01/2011 at 16:10
@Alan W - whatever it is, the screen flashes. From what I can tell it actually changes the text to the next page and the inverts the page. To me, it's still stupid and distracting, and that Amazon hasn't given users the option to switch it off beggars belief.

Edit: I've just read that the entire screen is refreshed (turned to negative, so white pixels swap to black, black to white, then back to their correct state) to normalise contrast. That suggests that the technology is not yet mature - a bit like early plasma displays.
Edited: 11/01/2011 at 16:14
11/01/2011 at 16:44
I bought one of the first Sony readers and still love it for when I travel. I prefer books when I'm at home though. Also have an i-pad but I feel my eyes get strained trying to read from that for any period of time so would't use the i-pad instead of the Sony.
11/01/2011 at 17:35

I think a lot of people feel the same here. Proper books at home but if you are travelling then they are useful. When I commuted I used to read o nthe train and got through a lot of books (many of which I wouldn;t necessarily want to keep). They tended to be paperbacks as well to get them in my case. I am reading a good large hard-back at the moment but basically can't take it on a commute because it is too big. If I had it on a Kindle then I could.

 So perhaps a Kindle is a partial replacement for actual books.

11/01/2011 at 18:15
It hasn't arrived, its got as far as the Royal Mail depot but not made it home
Alan W    pirate
12/01/2011 at 12:19
I think you're right Intermanaut, I'm sure they will (and hope) improve the technology.
13/01/2011 at 07:42
It left the sorting office yesterday but didn't make it the mile up the road to home, I called in at the sorting office yesterday and they have promised to seek it out and deliver it to me at work today.
13/01/2011 at 13:39

OOh! I love my kindle!

I have always been a book-lover. I adore bookshops, I have worked in a library, and I have more books than a girl should have. I also enjoy sharing books with family and friends - and that's not going to stop any time soon. 

But Oh - my Kindle! It's fab. It's light, easy to use, and whatever the screen does between pages, it's still easier and quicker than turning the page yourself! I have all sorts on it already - running books, fiction, reference, loads of free classics to amuse myself - it's fabulous.

I've got a trip abroad at the end of the month, and I can't wait to take it with me. Gorgeous, gorgeous thing. And it's got the universal socket for the charger which means the charger works on my phone and camera too. 

What's not to like?

I didn't bother with the 3G version though, just WiFi is plenty. I have Wifi at home, at work, and in every starbucks or McD's in the land - and I've never had an emergency which required a book before.


Lee the Pea    pirate
13/01/2011 at 13:48

Did anyone hear a report on the radio this morning re. remembering stuff you read on an e-reader?  They were saying that you're more likely to remember something that has been written in an 'ugly' font, as your brain has to work harder to process it, so it will be more likely to retain it.  This came up with reference to the Kindle (or e-readers in general).  Mind you, the fonts used in books wouldn't suggest they are more memorable, going by the same analogy.

Aaaaaanyway, I don't want an e-reader; i'm far to much of a book-lover.  I love the smell of the pages, and the feel of a book   My sister reads even more than I do, and she has an e-reader.  I told her I was disowning her

13/01/2011 at 18:32

Its arrived and I love it and the gorgeous red case and I have just downloaded 11 freebies including some fave classics.

Happy days 

13/01/2011 at 18:43
those kindles must be good. i know someone that has been reading it for months.
13/01/2011 at 18:54
I heard that Lee...didn't think much of their "evidence" to be honest..asking a trained journalist what she could remember about the 18th Amendment and Harold Shipman, then using that as suggesting the researcher's theories were supported.
Cortina5    pirate
23/01/2011 at 19:09

Hi all,

 I travel a lot with work, and this will save room in my bag, and saveme buyinglots of books at the airport of a 2 for 1 etc. I read very often, and am now reading even more.

 There will always be room for real books in my house - books for training and so on. However the Kindle is fantastic. The screen is so crisp and clear, and I find I do not notice the rewriting of the screen anymore.

10/07/2011 at 16:09

I'm considering getting a Kindle but I'm not sure whether to get a wifi one or cough up for 3G. I'm in temporary accommodation at the moment and don't have wifi at home, so I'd have to go to somewhere like Starbucks and use theirs - can anyone tell me how easy that is to do? If it's a pain in the neck I might just go for 3G but it is quite a lot more expensive.
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