Friday, April 12, 2013

Kindle

Before I begin today's A to Z post, I need to clarify something on The Man's behalf. He is concerned that my recent post on Ingress would lead any readers to believe that he neither eats nor showers nor does anything that isn't playing Ingress. So he has asked me to tell you that he does, too, eat. And shower. On a regular basis even. And then he requested that I stop writing about him in this blog.

Oh wait...Let's maybe not mention that first paragraph to him, okay?

Anyway, let's move on with the show, shall we?

Today I'm talking about my kindle. I've had it for a little while now (a couple of years maybe?), and I'm still surprised by how much I've come to like it.

I always thought I'd be one of those die-hard physical book people, but it turns out that I am just a book person. I don't seem to care in which format it comes so long as I get to read it.

Although I do admit that some e-book prices are too high for me. If I'm going to pay $15 for a book, I'd better be able to display it on a shelf in my living room (you know, if those shelves weren't jam-packed already). But obviously I'm willing to buy books because I have over 200 titles on my E-Reader. That's over 200 books that aren't taking up valuable floor space in my house because I ran out of shelf space a year and a half ago.

The Man (whom I am not writing about in this blog...) is especially pleased by this.

Plus, with my kindle, I can do this:


Look, Ma! No glare!


Are you an e-reader/e-book person? If so, what's your chosen device, and what's the most you've ever paid for an e-book?

31 comments:

  1. Total eBook convert here. I have an iPad and glare isn't an issue because I just don't go outside. Between the iBookstore and my Kindle app, I have a lot of books on my iPad.

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  2. I got myself a Kindle Fire in October, and I love it! I always thought I would be a physical books only person too, but I tend to read a physical one and one on my Kindle alongside each other, so it's not like I miss out completely. Like you, as long as I'm reading I don't care! :)

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  3. Well I loved the Ingress post, and as a Partner Of A Gamer, I both identified with it and found it hilarious. Also, I wasn't judging The Man very much if at all. The dude is committed, for sure. My young man is currently obsessed with Faster Than Light, and please don't tell him about Ingress.

    I do highly enjoy my Kobo e-reader, and I get a lot of use out of it. I admit I almost never buy an e-book over $9 because I just can't, M.J., I just CAN'T! But I always snatch up things when they are on sale and I have no qualms about the $4.99 ones. Hell, I sometimes pay more than that for coffee, and since one book usually lasts for three or more evenings in a Comfy Chair (tm) at my local Starbucks, I consider it almost a steal, really.

    I also read a lot of the classics that are in the open domain now (read: FREE) on both my Kobo and now on my iPhone, which was instantly more of a book-reading-enabler device than it was a communicating-with-people device.

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    1. $9 is my e-book limit too. $4.99 sometimes gives me pause. $2.99 and lower is a no-brainer purchase for me.

      And I love the open domain classics. And not just because they're free either...

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  4. I love my Kindle because it's easy to grab books, especially if I need to read something fast, but I have to say my preference is to hold a book in my hands. I love flipping through the pages, the smell, the ease of going back and reviewing things I've read...

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  5. I read a bit on my phone and iPad, but I'm still hanging onto the physical books. :)

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    1. Oh, me too. I bought so many physical books on my vacation this week, I'm not exactly sure how I'll get them all home.

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  6. I love my Kindle, too. But occasionally I'll by a book. Sweetman, unlike The Man, loves me to post about him.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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    1. Yeah, my kindle has not stopped me from buying physical books. The Man thought it would at least slow me down some.

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  7. Tell The Man I have nothing but admiration for his commitment to the game and if Skyrim actually resided on my computer rather than on my brother's (I actually have to drive to get there) I would get zero done. Well. Let me clarify. If Skyrim was on my computer I'd have beaten the game by now and my story 'no rest' would probably still sit at a couple of thousand words rather than getting close to three quarter mark.

    Wish I had a kindle but I do have my beloved library :)

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    1. That's why I avoid any games of that type. I'd get even less writing done than I do now.

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  8. The Man just doesn't want the forces of The Enlightened to get onto his wily ways. : p

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  9. I don't have a Kindle, but I have the app on my laptop and phone. I was a little later to the party, but I like it now. I'm not giving up paper books though - I love the smell, feel and sound of them too much. But Kindles are good too :-)

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    1. Yeah, I definitely won't give up on paper books either.

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  10. I don't have a e-reader but I'll be shopping for one soon. Good to hear you enjoy your Kindle. I think the only thing I'm going to miss about physical print, is the ability to write in the margins.

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  11. I found that I like ebooks as well. It's nice having a ton of books at my fingertips in one slim device. Makes it easy for travelling. I still like physical books too, but now those are reserved for OMG I LOVE THIS STORY books.

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  12. I like real books, but I do enjoy my Kindle too. It's small so light. I also have a Nook Color which I don't particularly enjoy reading on. It's too heavy. It's awesome for Angry Birds though!

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    1. I've used my significant other's old Nook Color for Angry Birds. And I agree with you...it is too heavy.

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  13. I hate physical books. They're cumbersome. Holding the pages open... Ugh. Love reading, though, so was thrilled to get an ereader. Got a Nook. I think I should have gone Kindle, but ah well. I love my Nook so much I keep knitting things for it (a cover, a pillow to prop it up, I covered the electrical cord...).

    I'm all about the free books. I think the most I've paid for a book is $4.99, but most of the time I'm stalking the free. And keeping an eye out for deals (got American Gods for $1.99).

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  14. Nope...not a e-reader fan, but my wife makes up for it by owning two. She has the original Kindle, and a Kindle Fire! Loves them both! :)

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  15. I held out on the ebook phenomena for a really long time, but once I got my iPad the game was over. It was just too convenient, not having to lug a pile of books around with me, especially when I went on holidays.

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  16. Ooooh. Good topic.

    I would not have purchased a Kindle. I did win a Kindle Fire about a month ago. I already had some e-books on my Kindle for PC app on my laptop which are now on my Kindle.

    It's pretty cool. I still like books. I always will. I'm at the library once a week. But, some books will only ever be electronic so I'm now covered.

    Say hi to your smelly non-eating not talked about Significant Other!

    Heather

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  17. I don't have anything portable, which kind of sucks sometimes, but oh, well. I do use the Kindle app on my computer, though, which I like because it gives me access to books which have no physical book. However, I will never be able to pay more for a virtual book (or even the same price) than I would pay for the physical book. That's just ridiculous, and I'm not lining any publisher's pockets with that extra cash.

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  18. I used to be a die hard paper book person and would go on about how wonderful books smell and the general feel of books, but then I too got a kindle and they are just awesome. AWESOME!!!!! Paper books feel... clunky now, though I still like to buy them when I discover a book I really really love.

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  19. I love my Kindle. There are so many books that I'd love to get but we only live in a little house and we really don't have the room, especially as the kids toys take up a lot of space.

    Now I can have all the books I want and it stashes away nicely in my bag.

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  20. While I never thought I'd like it, I've come to love my Kindle. I can read on my computer or phone, as well.

    I'm totally hooked on e-books. So much that, when I see a book at the store, the first thing that comes to mind is...

    "I wonder if they have it for the Kindle." :)

    Left and Write

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  21. I have not been able to get myself to make the leap!

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  22. I have a kindle, and I love it, I have the same issues with some of the prices, and like you I ran out of shelf space AGES ago, lol. I tend to go for free or reasonably priced kindle books.

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  23. I have often thought about a Kindle, but have not yet taken the plunge. It looks like it would be a great thing to have. And helpful since I write ebooks and they are available for Kindle.

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