questionsdo you read ebooks?


I'm just getting into ebooks after having purchased a tablet early this year.

So far I've basically only read ebooks in the form of coursework as PDFs.

I haven't done personal reading yet on it, though I've downloaded numerous free kindle books.

I can see the appeal of both setups so far. I agree that the cost of ebooks is exorbitant right now.


I also loathe textbooks on the ereader. Try finding a page you need to reference from memory...


I use my kindle almost exclusively for its text-to-speech feature. I commute to school an hour and fifteen minutes each way. That's two and a half hours each day where I get nothing done. Instead, I listen to books for my literature class or I upload my notes as a PDF and use the feature to study. If I have nothing to listen to that day, I listen to some pleasure books. I actually like it better than audiobooks. I have the ability to later pick up my kindle and read from the exact page I was listening to earlier. I also prefer the emotionless, monotone computer voice over the distinct voices of an audiobook. I think it leaves everything up to the imagination just like books are supposed to. I think it is also safer than listening to music. I absolutely love music, but I'm constantly distracted by changing stations, bookmarking songs on Pandora, or searching through my library. Try out the text-to-speech. It might save your life.


I would not want a text book that had pictures, or diagrams, of any kind, but there are certainly things where the ebook wins me over. In some cases, after buying an ebook that had photographs and documentation, I've found a hardback copy, and started reading it there, instead. Galileo's Daughter has been a wonderful read, but I enjoy it much more now that I have the hardbound copy.

I read a lot. I never have just one book going. I usually have at least two fiction (or at least lighter reading), and at least two that are more complex. Here's a partial list on my Kindle:

The Elegance of the Hedgehog (fiction, with a philosophical bent)
Liars and Outliers, by Bruce Schneier (not fiction)
A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons (yes, those Madisons)
The Believing Brain, by Michael Shermer (excellent book)
Fritz Leiber: Selected Stories

There's more, but those are current.


I was reluctant to get started with ebooks, but now I have to admit that I prefer them for most leisure reading.


I read ebooks all the time. I'm an iPhone user, so I do all of my reading in iBooks. As much as I enjoy the feel of a real book in my hands, I find that now I'm probably doing about 90% of my reading on my phone. There's just a serious convenience factor. If I find myself waiting for an appointment, in a long line at a store, or where ever, I've always got something to read.


I'm on my fourth Kindle in 1 year and 6 months. I have read 122 e-books on it in that time. I read it to the extent that I gave it up for Lent just to get away for a minute (though, in actuality, I may have just replaced my addiction with deals.woot but I digress...)

I currently have a Fire and a Wifi/ 3G 2nd Gen Kindle. I don't read much on the Fire, I basically let my kids play Plants vs Zombies on it and stick with the one with e-Ink.

I figure that with the eBooks I save money and space, neither of which I have an overabundance of. Yes, I miss the smell of a good paperback but the benefits for me outweigh the loss.


I've read a few ebooks, but only on my iPod touch. I tend to read in the little bits of time when I'm waiting for something, when my computer is down at work, etc. So I've found that books that are less complicated, have a simple plotline, memoirs, etc work best for me. For most of my reading, I still like the dead tree editions. I'm also in the land of Half Price Books, so I can often get great read for much less than the electronic editions.


They are great for long flights and trips. I read very fast, so it's an easy way to carry a large number of books. I use an iphone, ipad, and kindle, and just carry a portable charger to boost them when they get low.


@atomicorange: Regarding the cost of eBooks....see if your local library participates in Overdrive...I "check out" books from my library without ever going there...FREE!


Yes, I read most books on my Kindle. I also have a large library of hardbound books. No conflict between them. When I read an ebook that I want to add to my library, I buy one. Have found those are scarce. Though I do have some duplicates, & am waiting for several authors' works to be offered as ebooks. Michener comes to mind. Have all of his in hardback, would like the ease of rereading them as ebooks.

Paperbacks ('fluff') are no longer in my home...except on the Kindle. The majority of my 'fluff' ebooks have been free. Am not not talking about the free classics.

Re: Reading on an ebook reader vs a backlit device. Can't imagine anything other than e-ink. I understand that reading on a phone is better than not reading at all...but it's so tiny and backlit! Same thing w/reading books on a tablet or other multi-use device. Ereaders weren't designed w/textbooks in mind; aren't good for that use. The closest would be the Kindle DX, & I've heard that isn't very good either.


@morriea: I agree. My local library has Overdrive access for ebooks and I've checked out dozens and dozens of ebooks this way. It can be a little annoying to have to wait for digital books to be "returned" before you can download them, but once you get a pretty good wait list going, there are usually plenty available while you're waiting for the next one.


@morriea: I just need to pickup the login info from our librarian, I had heard about it and a few other resources as well. Thanks!


I like ebooks for the convenience of not having to actually store a physical book. Being able to have as many books as I want on something the size of a small magazine is great.

I do sort of miss the ability to flip back and forth through a book, though. Many times during my second reading of a story I like to just skip to the parts that I like best. An ereader makes that difficult.


I read 99% of the books I want on my Kindle. I find it easier, but maybe I am just more used to it, than my Ipad. I, too, like the fact that there is no pile of books any longer on my coffee table and end tables waiting for me to read them.


I've been reading books via computers, phones and tablets for about a decade, though ebooks have been my primary reading method for only about the last two or three years.

I still enjoy real books but the extra convenience of ebooks really makes it easy to go with the ebook form.


I love my Kindle. It's especially convenient for trips. But I agree with others that it's not very good for reference books. Somehow, flipping through pages works better for me than creating bookmarks.