Sunday, December 12, 2010

Book v Kindle

I am a self proclaimed book lover as is probably evident from this blog. Ever since I heard about Kindle's I have tried to resist their charm and stick to good old tangible books. I have always dreamt of having a big library of books in my house and just love the "feel" of reading actual books. I attended a Christmas dinner on Friday night and was sat with two huge fans of the Kindle and have to admit they really sold it to me. Classics such as Shakespeare and Jane Austin can be downloaded for free, you can download books anytime and have access to them instantly, all books are stored on your Amazon account indefinitely, books are much cheaper to purchase through the kindle then to purchase hard copies from Australian bookstores. I currently purchase all my books through  The Bookdepository and have to wait 10-14 days for delivery. I also like the idea of having my books all in one place especially for holidays and travel. Very conflicted at the moment and would love to hear your views. Is my fear that tangible books will become extinct irrational or inevitable?

19 comments:

  1. I think it's a great idea. Especially for books worms like yourself. I don't read that much so something like this wouldn't appeal to me. But I have one friend that LOVES readng I would love to buy this for her. I reckon you should buy one for sure.

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  2. I am in two minds over Kindles too, I like you adore the 'feel' of a good book and there is something about a real book. Love to hear what you decide...
    xx

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  3. i haven't given in to the kobo yet (canadian version of the kindle) but i see myself striking a balance between it and my library of books one day. for me, nothing can ever replace the feel of a good book but i'm also really swayed by the convenience and portability a kobo would bring to travel and vacations.

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  4. I have a nook, and I really love it. The change for me came when I realized that it wouldn't change the way I read--it would enhance it. I can do book reviews on pdf books as well as buy some books to save money, but I still go to the library and buy books and such. There will always be room for my favorite books on my shelf, but the nook is great because I don't have to lug all of them in my bag, LOL.

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  5. Like you, I love the feel of a real book, and do not want to see them go. However, I don't feel it has to be an either/or situation.

    I don't actually have a Kindle but my boyfriend does and while he loves it, he still occasionally buys/reads physical copies of books. The Kindle's advantages lie in space saving, both during travel and in our tiny apartment. I know I will get one eventually, but my bookshelves will still be filled with my absolute favorites.

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  6. I'm so very torn over Kindles. I'm in your boat, with loving the feel, look and smell of books. When I read pages, I feel like I'm experiencing exactly what the author intended-from cover to cover I'm in their world.

    Buuut...there are times that I cannot fathom buying another book because I don't have much more space in my tiny apartment. And I love the idea that I could get a new read without having to make the treck to the store.

    But, I still cannot get past the thought of reading without dogearring a page, or noting the margin. Maybe in the future I'll trim down my real book collection and keep + continue to purchase only the classics. :)

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  7. I'm not sure how I feel. My husband reads on his iPad, but I just can't get used to it. I still love my old books:)

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  8. The thought of Kindles scares me. I love books. I love the feel of them, the smell and the fact that I'm not staring on a screen while reading. But for travels and such, I think it would be quite handy^^
    But still, my heart will always belong to good old tangible books <3

    xx Sophie

    http://sophieneechan.blogspot.com

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  9. I'm also a huge fan of the real books.. but I REALLY want a Nook this year. I have a few friends that have one and they have sold me on them as well.

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  10. I love my sony e-reader :) love love love it! I read so many books this year because of it - I realised once I had mine that it wasn't the act of holding a book that I loved (though I do love the feel of my old favourite books...) its the reading :)

    I am also more willing to try books that I wouldn't have read before as they were so easy to get, install and walk around and read if I wanted... and if I didn't like it - I had so many other books at my fingertips to read anyway.

    Why not have both? I still kept my old books and the ones that I really enjoy and know I will read over and over I end up buying anyway :)

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  11. It seems convenient. For things like travel, yes I would definitely consider using it. I dont think I could ever give up 'real' books however, and I think my eyes would get quite sore after reading off a screen too much haha.

    xx Carina

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  12. I am torn as well. Sorry I can't be of much help with your decision! Let me know what you finally decide.

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  13. I know what you are talking about. My sister, boyfriend and I have had this discussion many times. We love the feel and smell of a new book. Not to mention we love admiring them on our respective bookshelves and I love looking at what I've read.. it's a reminder of all the wonderful literature and stories I have read over the years. I agree with you about the ease of having them all right there- but I think I stare at a screen enough all day/during free time and I like the change of pace of staring at a page. I'd hate to see books in print go the way of newspapers... but who knows.

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  14. I used to feel the same way as you. But the minimalist streak in me has won out and my husband's love of e-book readers sealed the deal. I inherited his small reader when he got the Kindle. I LOVE it. It's light so even when I'm reading a huge book, it's easy to throw in the handbag. I can change which book I'm reading just by clicking buttons. Oh. And when I fall asleep, I never lose my page anymore! I understand your feelings, but there are many great things that I've come to love about having a reader. Enjoy either way!

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  15. I like the idea of a kindle or iPad but when I like something in a book I am reading I like to circle or underline them (just in pencil though) and write little notes to the side. When I re-read or someone else reads it they add their notes.

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  16. I think I would love one. It would be great for travelling and you could carry so many books with you. But I still love books and I don't think it would ever make me stop buying them.

    I think both could work. x

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  17. i think they are a wonderful idea. i would still have my most favorite books on a shelf, but all those public domain books are free! :D

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  18. I adore books, I would be so sad if they became extinct...but i don't think they will...there will always be people like us who love them!! I don't have a kindle yet...

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  19. I love the idea of having more than on book with you, but not having them take up all the space in your bag!

    BUT, I'm a traditionalist :/

    x Jasmine

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