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E-readers like the Kindle and iPad are sweeping the nation … do you have one? Do you like it? Do you find it changes your reading/buying habits? If you don’t have one, do you plan to?

I have always preferred a real book in my hand, enjoy flipping through the pages, smelling the fresh ink. If I hold up a book for a long time, a crimp develops between my knuckles. This tends to happen when I’m reading on the plane or anywhere where there is no tabletop. What about keeping the pages in place when it’s windy out? For these occasions, my Kindle is just perfect. E-ink featured in Kindle makes the reading experience closest to reading an actual book. Nothing comes closer to the smooth, comfortable look of paper. My eyes aren’t tired after a prolonged period due to the lack of a 60Hz refresh rate makes it easier on the eyes over many hours. The Kindle manages an excellent approximation of newsprint, and I can read it easily even in direct sunlight. Obviously, the purpose of obtaining e-readers is to free myself from a backpack full of heavy books when I travel. Both iPad and Kindle are portable and travel-friendly—but since iPad’s screen is be tiresome to my eyes, and that I have no use for multimedia, the Kindle 3G wi-fi is more than suffice for a reader on-the-go that I am. My e-reader rocks when I travel, it saves me from lugging around a stack of books, which is not practical since airlines are charging an arm and leg for bags. That said, in addition to the Kindle, I still bring a couple paperbacks with me.

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10 Responses

  1. I own the saw Kindle that you’ve displayed and really love it, especially when I read at lunch or in bed at night. The only complaint I have is that I now make some “release-date” purchased for my Kindle, which in the past I would have waited for my turn at the library. (I need to be less impulsive here – My 3 recent purchases being: Steve Jobs, 1Q84 and 11/22/63.)

    • The Kindle has come up with a new line of products just after I wrote this post. The Kindle Fire has multimedia capacity like an iPad, and for $199 you can watch movies, listen to music, go online and read. That looks very great. As for book choices, I prefer real copies of books by my favorite authors. 🙂

  2. I love my Kindle. My bookshelves are still overflowing and will likely remain so, but much of my research requires reading of out-of-copyright nineteenth century texts. While a hard copy is often prohibitively expensive, tons of them are available online. When I figured out how to change the format and send them to my Kindle (thanks, Calibre) my life got much much easier. And now I can actually travel without fourteen books in my carry on–on a recent two-week trip to Japan (which normally would require many, many volumes, for that insanely long flight alone) I took only my Kindle and was absolutely and completely supplied with reading material. That said, I’m not going to exchange my books anytime in the near future–I don’t like the thought of being dependent on electricity for reading material.

    • The portability really rocks. That I no longer have to lug around a stack of books with me when I go to Asia is what finally decided on the e-reader. It’s a great one with e-ink and anti-glare so I can read out in the sun. I went to Paris this summer without a pile of books. I had my Kindle and two paper copies.

  3. I still prefer a printed book also but my Kindle and my Nook are perfect for when I am traveling and don’t have room for more than a few books.

    • Printed book is still my first choice and Kindle is the alternative for travel. I almost never read from Kindle during the work week. I carry two paper copies with me to work.

  4. One other benefit of a real book when you are travelling is that you don’t have to turn it off during takeoff or landing.

    • James, you’re so right on. Recently on my flight to Dallas, I had to witch off my Kindle when the light panel/seat sign came on for landing preparation.

  5. I’ve had my Nook e-reader for nearly two years now, and I love it. I love it for the portability and the comfort of reading, but when I read several books on it in a row, I do start to crave the feel of a paper book in my hands. In general, I like a nice balance of paper and e-ink. 🙂

    • I think we really get the best out of two worlds: reading electronically and the traditional manner. To this day, I am still writing down my thoughts into my journal. Certain things just never change.

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