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Preacher

Preacher

Age : 61
Location : Champaign, IL
Registration date : 2011-06-23

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PostSubject: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptySat Jul 23, 2011 5:26 pm

Anyone here a fan of e-readers (Nook, Kindle,etc)? I love to read, and over the past few years have become a fan of e-readers. They are a convenient way to carry several books with me when I travel. My mother, on the other hand, swears that she needs the feel of a real book. What are some of the opinions of the esteemed BoB??
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forsooth

forsooth

Registration date : 2011-01-12

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptySat Jul 23, 2011 7:54 pm

I'm interested in buying one. Do you have a recommendation? Are they convenient to read while pipe smoking?

Thanks
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KevinP

KevinP

Registration date : 2011-01-18

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptySat Jul 23, 2011 8:21 pm

I absolutely love my Kindle 3, which replaced my Kindle 2. I can't compare it to the Nook or any other devise (except the Kindle app on the Galaxy Tab), but I'm happy to answer questions.

I don't think there's really much to say that you have read on Amazon's site. You really can read outside in bright sunlight. It's really light and convenient to carry around. I can't imagine being an expat in a non-English-speaking country without one (even though I was for many years).


The only thing where the info on Amazon that doesn't jibe with my experiece is battery life. One month must be for people who don't use it every often (a co-worker of mine fits in this category and would verify that statistic), but for someone who uses it a lot like I do, It's about two week. Still, how many other gadgets that run off rechargable batteries last that long? None that I know of.
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tiltjlp

tiltjlp

Age : 73
Location : Cheviot Ohio
Registration date : 2009-01-14

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptySat Jul 23, 2011 8:54 pm

I still prefer to actually hold the book I'm reading.
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Preacher

Preacher

Age : 61
Location : Champaign, IL
Registration date : 2011-06-23

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptySat Jul 23, 2011 9:38 pm

I currently use the Nook Color, which I love. I can't speak on the Kindle or the Sony e-reader because I have never used them. I have no trouble at all reading mine while smoking my pipe (one of my favorite ways to relax). I found a website called Project Guttenburg that has free ebooks. So far I have gotten The Count of Monte Cristo and the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
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Preacher

Preacher

Age : 61
Location : Champaign, IL
Registration date : 2011-06-23

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptySat Jul 23, 2011 9:41 pm

tiltjlp wrote:
I still prefer to actually hold the book I'm reading.

i have to admit that paper books feel better. It's just that when you are on the move a lot and do reading sitting in airports, it's nice to have more books to read at your disposal. My wife has some health issues and I spend a fair amount of time at the hospital with her, and the e-reader is very handy.
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Krusty

Krusty

Location : Pacific NorthWest
Registration date : 2010-12-20

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptySun Jul 24, 2011 12:37 am

forsooth wrote:
I'm interested in buying one. Do you have a recommendation? Are they convenient to read while pipe smoking?

Thanks

I've a Kindle and love it! While smoking, can't be beat in that you hold the thing and "turn" the pages with one hand!
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whiskeywillow

whiskeywillow

Age : 30
Location : New Jersey
Registration date : 2011-01-09

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptySun Jul 24, 2011 6:29 am

I do love my Nook. As a college student who has to move back and forth from home to campus several times a year, my Nook is an indispensable resource I can take with me rather than lugging fifty pounds of books around. However, my Nook could never replace physical books for me. The smell of the paper, the healthy weight of it in your hands, the tangible evidence of your progression through the pages...none of these can be replaced. Not to mention the beauty of a thoughtfully stocked bookshelf. E-Readers 710492
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WaydeG

WaydeG

Age : 62
Location : DFW - Frisco, Tx
Registration date : 2011-05-01

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptySun Jul 24, 2011 8:19 am

whiskeywillow wrote:
However, my Nook could never replace physical books for me. The smell of the paper, the healthy weight of it in your hands, the tangible evidence of your progression through the pages...none of these can be replaced. Not to mention the beauty of a thoughtfully stocked bookshelf. E-Readers 710492

Well said.
I have a Kindle and an iPad. The Kindle stays with me 27/7 and I can switch between my recreational reading and studies/research with the push of a button.
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Harlock999

Harlock999

Location : Los Angeles
Registration date : 2010-10-22

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptySun Jul 24, 2011 9:53 am

whiskeywillow wrote:
The smell of the paper, the healthy weight of it in your hands, the tangible evidence of your progression through the pages...none of these can be replaced. Not to mention the beauty of a thoughtfully stocked bookshelf. E-Readers 710492

cheers cheers cheers
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Buckshot

Buckshot

Age : 73
Location : Southeast Michigan
Registration date : 2011-07-17

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptySun Jul 24, 2011 1:09 pm

tiltjlp wrote:
I still prefer to actually hold the book I'm reading.

I totally agree, but my wife has decided she would like the electronic book system.
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shootist51



Location : Indianapolis, Indiana
Registration date : 2007-12-28

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptySun Jul 24, 2011 5:47 pm

whattayado when the grid goes down?
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Schacht

Schacht

Age : 50
Location : Berlin. Germany
Registration date : 2011-06-16

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptyWed Jul 27, 2011 7:49 am

What I like about the iPad is, that it simply makes it possible to carry literally hundreds of books around. I even got some important stuff, that means in my case mostly sheet music, on the iPhone. I´m just about to scan every possible "Real Book" edition. Every musician can imagine the tremendous possibilities of such gear, since we can use resources like the Petrucci Music Library on a mobile device like the iPhone or an iPad.

So - I am really lucky about all that stuff, but when it comes to literature, nothing can beat paper.

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Airborne



Registration date : 2011-07-06

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptyWed Jul 27, 2011 9:41 am

I’m really a fan of hard cover and paperback books. My wife bought a kindle about four months ago. A month or so passed by before I decided to give it a try. I used it for a few days and was completely hooked. So I bought one. I like it for many of the reasons already mentioned by others, however, there’s only two negatives that I can see: (1) some of the best selling books from some publishers, e.g., mysteries and thrillers, aren’t available on Kindle, and (2) I really miss the covers on real books. The solution to the first negative will solve itself. With more and more people buying e-books, publishers will be forced to put their best sellers on the electronic market. The solution to the second negative is that I have to get over it.
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Dnemets

Dnemets

Age : 30
Location : Barryton, MI
Registration date : 2011-08-03

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptyWed Aug 03, 2011 10:35 pm

I downloaded an e-reader for my smartphone recently. VERY cool, free e-book called, "Tobacco in Colonial Virginia" by Melvin Herndon. Highly suggest it.. somewhat dry, but very informative and good.
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Professor_Briar

Professor_Briar

Location : Michigan
Registration date : 2009-02-20

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PostSubject: Nook Color   E-Readers EmptySat Aug 13, 2011 12:10 pm

I also have a nook color and love the thing. Not only do I have about 150 books on it, I bought the 100 classic novel selection for a trivial amount of money (includes sherlock Holmes) I also play movies that I convert from DVD to MP4 format. Movies are fantastic. And of course I have Sherlock Holmes movie on it. I still love hard cover books, but for business travel and reading on the porch after dark with my pipe, its perfect!
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Location : Brandenburg, Ky
Registration date : 2007-12-10

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptySat Aug 13, 2011 3:54 pm

One thing I think sucks about e-readers.. and in no way do I think it's a total deal breaker..
Ever walked into Half-Priced books, or a mom and pop book store and picked up 8-10 used books for a couple bucks? Thats hard to do on the e-reader.
Sure they have some cheap books, and even a crap load of free ones.. but scoring that $80 Java manual or that $60 Excel VBA book for $15-20 bucks is a no go..
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forsooth

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Registration date : 2011-01-12

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptySat Aug 13, 2011 4:37 pm

I've read that trying to read books on coding, applications, etc., was troublesome on e-readers because of line wraps, etc. Don't know if it is true, or to what extent.
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Anthony

Anthony

Age : 34
Location : Denver Colorado
Registration date : 2009-11-02

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptyTue Oct 11, 2011 10:14 pm

I bought myself a Kindle for my last birthday.

I was hesitant to "convert" per se; however, I find the device to be an absolutely phenomenal piece of technology. I do not think that anything will ever replace the smell and heft of a great book; nevertheless, it was much more convenient backing a kindle in my rucksack then lugging crates of books back from overseas like I did during my last tour of Iraq.
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Josjor

Josjor

Registration date : 2011-07-27

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptyWed Oct 12, 2011 6:37 am

My wife got me a Kindle for Christmas last year. I'm an avid reader and most of our furniture purchases in the 18 years we've been together has been bookshelves. I love to collect signed and first editions and nothing replaces the feel of a real book.

All that said, the Kindle is always with me. It is incredibly handy if you travel and the cover with the built in light makes it a breeze to read in bed or on the deck with a pipe at night.

My wife suffered an eye injury 15 years ago. Before the injury she read quite a bit. After the injury she was limited only to large print editions in bright daylight. A big chunk of what was a relaxing activity for her was missing. I got her a Kindle for Valentine's day and now she's back to reading and doing it comfortably. The ability to change the print size, along with the non-glare screen and booklight, have improved her life incredibly.
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calipuffer



Age : 45
Location : Sunnyvale, CA
Registration date : 2011-10-04

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptyThu Oct 13, 2011 7:09 pm

I have a Kindle and just love it. I have always like to read, but holding open a paperback required two hands because I don't like to break bindings, and I read slow. In addition I get dry eyes so unless I read in the mornings it took an almost painful amount of time to read a novel. Then I was gifted a Kindle by my wife, and it has changed everything. I now read almost two novels a month (vs. ~4 a year) and can read anytime. Why? Well because of the ability to change font size, read one handed, and read in bed. Reading in bed is new because I'm lazy and don't like to hold the book, and with my Kindle (the one with the keyboard) I can rest on a pillow without any of the text getting covered or lift to change pages; hopefully that makes sense. And it is a great form factor. I take it everywhere, waiting at airports, on planes, in line anywhere, and waiting in theaters. It isn't backlit, but if you enlarge the font enough you can read in pretty dim light. And the battery life is amazing. I charge about every two books (so once a month). And when it "warns" you of low battery, you still have about a day... so if you didn't think, and get that warning while out for the day you aren't without a book.

What an eInk device is good for is book and some magazine content. It isn't a web browser or good for graphical content. As a person that can't remember to plug in my phone enough, the Kindle works well for me. The downside is cost of content... it irks me to see the paper version with shipping is less than the digital version... I mean really!!??
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WaydeG

WaydeG

Age : 62
Location : DFW - Frisco, Tx
Registration date : 2011-05-01

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptyThu Oct 13, 2011 8:28 pm

forsooth wrote:
I'm interested in buying one. Do you have a recommendation? Are they convenient to read while pipe smoking?

Thanks
Doing that just that right now.... iPad2
But to PB's point, you just can't beat a $1 clearance paper back from Half Price Books. Ancient history and cooking, not coding is my thing.
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Dave_In_Philly

Dave_In_Philly

Age : 39
Location : Philly
Registration date : 2011-08-18

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptyTue Oct 25, 2011 8:21 pm

My mother-in-law have me a kindle last Christmas. I love it. Particularly now that you can borrow kindle books from the library.
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murfman

murfman

Location : East Texas
Registration date : 2011-12-05

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptyThu Dec 08, 2011 11:38 am

I have read an ereader almost exclusively for about four years and I love it. I very rarely read anything else, and I tend to only buy special edition/rare & sentimental books in paper now. I read a lot, like 60 books a year, that is a lot for a guy with 4 little kids. Wink

I am on my second Sony eReader now and love them. I did just buy two of my kids a pair of Amazon's Kindle Fires, but more because they are a really nice cheap tablet than for the ereader aspect.

I don't think I will actually move away from e-books at all tbh. I love them.
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Simple Man

Simple Man

Registration date : 2011-10-24

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PostSubject: Re: E-Readers   E-Readers EmptyThu Dec 08, 2011 12:16 pm

I'm also an ereader fan. I was an early adopter with the first Kindle and it is still in excellent condition after all of this time. Recently I also purchased the Kindle 3. There still was not anything wrong with the original, but 3 had enough new improvements that I thought it was worth buying.

There are several things I love about ereaders, for instance the other day I left for work in a hurry and grabbed the Kindle but forgot my glasses. With a book I would have been out of luck, but with the Kindle I was able to select the next to the largest font and go right ahead and read. Also, I can take an entire library with me on the one device. I don't know if y'all are like me, but I often read up to three books and a few periodicals at the same time, so it is really nice to have them all on one device.

Plus, I like the option of being able to book shop even at work, which for me is at a quarry in the middle of nowhere. I can flip on the wireless and shop or buy right there. I get updates from pipesmagazine.com's blog right out there in the wilderness... I also enjoy the fact that I have classical music on my Kindle and can listen to it while I read; no matter where I am.

And as someone has already said on the forum, pipe reading and ereaders just go together so nicely since page turning is just a touch of the thumb.

I still have some very nice paper books that I would never do away with, but for my everyday reading Kindle wins big time.

Jack
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