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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

I bought my mother a Kindle when they came out, and then I got one for the kids so I didn't have to head to the bookstore late at night when they say, "I need a book tomorrow."

I'm torn how I feel about the Kindle. I like to read on it. I like to stuff it in my purse and read one of the many books I have at the ready, but I'd still rather read a BOOK. I do read the Kindle in the bathtub, so that wasn't the problem I thought it would be. (Unless I drop it, and don't jinx me!)

I'm not fooled by the electronic page, and I don't like that it isn't easy to find a chapter, etc. on it. I'm also a big highlighter and flagger. My books look like they're ten years' old when I'm finished with them. I don't think they format that well on the Kindle, which makes the fiction reading experience nicer, but not so much for the non-fiction.

Since I live in Silicon Valley, everyone here has the iPad. I'm so yesterday around here, and I had someone in Starbucks show me how he made his own table of contents and highlighted on the iPad. But he was a retired science teacher. I'm a writer and I can't help it, I still prefer the page. A real page.

The one thing I do love about it though, is I don't have six books on my nightstand now (so it's neater) and I can get the books right away after I read a review or an endorsement. And I do love that I have the works of Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy and Dostoevsky and the Bible in the palm of my hands. I don't like the work it is to find "Hebrews" If you have an eReader, do you still read "real" books?

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At 11:44 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I have a Nook--and I love the convenience of it--but yes, I do pick up a hard copy now and then. Usually when I'm in the store and can't resist the cover.

At 12:09 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I'm a Kindle convert. And all this time I swore I wouldn't ever want to read a Kindle. In the first place, most Kindle books are cheaper, and mine have already paid for the Kindle, since I bought mine on sale. And instant order saves on shipping. I'll see a book I want, and I'll order it on Kindle. I read my Bible on my Kindle, though I do keep those huge commentary books nearby, and I'm just glad I'm not skipping from place to place, but just reading straight through.

OH, also, I read a hardcopy book the other day--a small book, but it was hardcover. It hurt my hands. Kindle doesn't.

At 12:28 PM, Blogger Kameko said...

I have Kindle for Mac on my computer and iPhone, but have to admit I would much rather have the actual book in my hand. I only use the two apps when I'm some place that I don't have the current book I'm reading with me.


At 1:14 PM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

I tried reading one of Colleen's books on Kindle for the PC. I don't think I got past the first chapter. It might be different with an actual Kindle and I can certainly see the value of instant delivery.

At 2:45 PM, OpenID Alecia Bates said...

I LOVE my Kindle!! Since getting the Kindle, I haven't picked up a "book-book". I love the convenience of it but my favorite feature is the text size option since I have a hard time seeing smaller text. I am also able to highlight on my Kindle; it saves it nice and neat in "My Clippings". You are right, it is difficult to navigate to a certain chapter, but I think the pros outweigh the cons. :)

At 2:56 PM, OpenID itsjustme said...

I'm a slowly becoming a Kindle lover! Originally I gave in to my husband's urging that this would be a good gift for me, because I get sick reading in the car & the Kindle has the text to speech. (I'm still getting use to this feature.) I love having almost 500 books in one little machine. I love that the prices are cheaper or even free, especially the classics. But I do still enjoy a "real" book too! My husband is a totally Kindle convert. He really feels like he reads easier on the Kindle.

At 7:46 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I have a Kindle. I like looking for free books and downloading them. (I have 692 free books on it.) I like reading fiction on it, but not non-fiction. You're right: finding specific chapters and verses in the Bible is hard.

I'd rather have a paper book, however. When I pick up a book, I can smell it and feel the pages. Holding it, I remember the story and often feel nostalgic. On the Kindle I don't get any of that. I look at the title and can't remember what it's about. Plus, one of my favorite ways to read a book is the first chapter, then the last chapter. Then the second to last chapter, etc. I skip around. You can't do that on a Kindle.

Also, mine regularly crashes, so I have to hunt for where I was.

At 6:21 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

I would rather have a book. A book is like an old friend to me, I can open it up, feel the pages, smell the paper, it is comfort in my hands. A book is something I can disappear into when I'm tired of the realities of life. I would rather read than watch tv or a movie any day. The only thing I like better than an actual book is a book on CD, I still love being read to. Sorry, but as long as books are printed on paper, you'll never convince me to read on a computer.

At 7:18 AM, Blogger Kim said...

Love my Kindle! I had the app on my computer and did ot enjoy reading on it. But when I got my Kindle it all changed. It is just so easy to have all my books with me. I never read dead tree books now. I go and look at the lovely covers at the bookstore, take pictures with my phone, and then go home and put them on my Kindle wish list. I love that I can read the first chapter for free and then buy only if it is a good fit with my reading wants. I still love books!! But I like ebooks so much more than dead tree ones. I read so very much more now. I find so many free ones on I have found navigating the Bible a little slow and frustrating but I am getting better at it every day!

At 9:00 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I'm with Pam, I love my Kindle for fiction, but not for non-fiction. AND I love the free books. :-) Mainly, I like it for keeping book clutter from my home.

At 6:02 AM, Blogger Sometimes Life Sucks said...

I love my Kindle too, but really only for fiction. If I'm reading the Bible or some kind of study book, I'd much rather use a hard copy.

At 8:05 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

wow, we did our own Kindle survey. Amazon should pay me. LOL


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