E-Reader Thoughts

With the growing popularity of the Nook and Kindle. I have yet to make the plunge into acquiring one of these readers. My wife and I have talked about it, but that is as far as it has gotten thus far. My wife and i are both traditionalists. We love reading from a real book made of paper.

In my opinion, an electronic book would be beneficial for travel and such so I would not have to lug all my book with to the destination.  To me reading a regular book you can feel and character and history behind the book. It is like it comes to life in your hands. For the e-reader, you would not be able feel the pages within you fingers as you progress throughout the book.

So am I crazy to think like this? Am I alone in the world you E-Readers glare?


  1. I actually have both a Kindle and a Nook. The Kindle was given to me (used) a couple of years ago. It is indeed wonderful for traveling (airplane travel especially). The Nook is okay to read on, but I actually like the Kindle better for reading. I find that I read a combination of books. I still like paper to read best, but the e-reader is great for trying new books (I only download free books) and authors. Most people I know find themselves reading both paper and electronic. I'd say go with a used one and get your feet wet :)

  2. I totally understand your thinking, I used to think I would never want an e-reader! I love the feeling of holding a book and turning the pages, steadily making your way through, and while you can't do that with an e-reader I do think they are handy to have. I bought myself a Kindle Fire a couple of weeks ago and I love it; I've read more, and it's a lot easier than carrying books around with me. I still read physical books, but I read e-books at the same time so I'm actually reading more now. I would recommend getting one :)

  3. I'm a book traditionalist. I have installed kindle on my laptop and read some ebooks, but I definitely prefer those pages between my fingers.
    Actually, I heard about the Kindle controversary with a woman in Britain a week or two ago, and learned that when we 'buy' a book over kindle, we are actually only buying the rights to read it, not own a copy. In this particular case, Kindle claimed they had reason to believe the woman was using her kindle for false purposes and erased her entire account as well as all books purchased up to that date. The woman must first prove that the accusation were wrong before she has rights to regain her purchased 'reading rights'.
    This sealed it for me: I like my paperbacks. They are mine. All mine :)

  4. I love physical books, but I got an e-reader for Christmas and discovered how fabulous it was. I still prefer physical ones, but the e-reader is really handy for travel. Also, I started using NetGalley to get free galleys for reviews, which is the biggest reason I like it.

    Allison (Geek Banter)

  5. I swore I'd never get an e-reader, but my Nook Color was a birthday gift. I've found that it has increased my reading volume as well as my access to books that are hard to find or too expensive. It has not cut into my reading of physical books at all. Also, Nook files are not proprietary and can be easily backed up on your computer. As you've probably guessed, I have grown to love my e-reader.

  6. I have a tablet and I got a program to read on the tablet. Otherwise, I hardly ever read my ebooks. I only just got this program, though, so hard to say what will happen. I am very 'out of sight, out of mind' with e-books...

  7. I would like to thank everyone for your input on this subject. My wife and I were actually talking the other day after the holidays.. That we MIGHT purchase an e-reader. Who knows if it will happen

  8. I have long been against ereaders as I too firmly believe that holding a physical book in your hand, smelling the ink, touching the pages, is part of the reading *experience* and I hope that never changes. However, over the last year I've been wanting to get more involved in reading the various SFF magazines and most of the top ones right now are electronic only (Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, Eclipse). So I recently bought myself a Kindle Fire HD. I had won a Kindle and it was fine but I want color and variety when I use something like this. I like it very much. It has great functionality and font, I can read in the dark which was something else I was looking for.

    Since I got it I have read one book, the Wool Omnibus (which is EXCELLENT), and an e-only novella by Star Wars author Timothy Zahn. I enjoyed the experience, although had I had traditional choices with those I would have made them. In fact, Wool is coming out later in 2013 in print format here in the US, and in the UK, and I'll be buying a copy of it.

    I don't think it is any big deal to be passionate about resisting e-readers. I have that same passion for print books despite now owning a device.


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