24 thoughts on “Weekend Question Thread

  1. Kindle Fire – love it, didn’t really expect I would. I do still read hard copy books on occassion. Tried a friend’s iPad and found it unwieldly for an e-reader.

  2. Just got a kindle touch this past year. Haven’t tried it in the sun, so I dunno if it works as advertised but I get a bit of a glare from certain lights. A back screen light would be better. Perfect size, especially for in bed reading. What I like the best is that I can get all kinds of titles from the public library for free with a 14 day lending period. So far, I’ve not bought a book.

  3. Kindle. I really enjoy it. It’s much easier on my eyes than a computer screen, but I still like hardcovers for books that I plan to keep for a long time

  4. iPad. love it, tho every now and then my hands (and eyes) have an uncontrollable urge to hold and read a “book” book.

  5. Missus has a color Nook and loves it. I think she’s cheating on me with it…
    Me, still like the dead trees and can’t see spending that kind of money for something I will constantly misplace or worry about dropping in the toilet.

  6. Have both a Kindle & Kindle Fire. The Kindle is ideal for reading in any light.I have the cover with the builtin light. The Kindle Fire is excellent for magazines, Angry Birds and Scrabble, which is all I use it for at present. The Fire is backlit and NOT good for reading outside.
    I was not easily converted to the Kult of Kindle — hubby is an early adopter. Of everything. I like that I can change the typeface and that it’s impossible to lose your place. (I read in bed and often fall asleep while doing so. It turns itself off and when I next turn it on, it’s in the place I left it.)
    Using Calibre (free) you can convert books in any ebook format to be read on the Kindle.
    I worked in publishing for a long time and that cured me of the Every Book is Sacred syndrome. I’m happy to have all the books I might possibly want to read with me at all times and in a very compact form. I don’t lose it any more often than I used to lose the book I was reading.

  7. Nook. I only use it for classics that I can get at Project Gutenberg, and I love it for that. Pride and Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes. Things that can be replaced easily.
    I still get my textbooks in paper, because I like writing notes in the margins and I have a spatial sort of memory.
    And my Nook is B&W, and I’m an art history student. My books have big pretty pictures.

  8. There’s one big problem with e-readers.
    When you read something truly stupid, outrageous or mendacious, you can’t throw the sonofabitch across the room…

  9. I started reading ebooks back in the early 00s on a little Sony Clie PDA. Now I read them on my iPad, and since I bought my first iPad back when they first came out, that is probably what I use it for the most. I simply adore it.
    Second Beauzeaux’s Calibre recommendation. Used that to convert all my old ereader formatted books to a format that could be used with iBooks. And now I have them all with me, all the time, and I love that cuz I read genre fiction and will re-read books I love.
    I also adore the preorder auto delivery convenience of it. New John Sanford Prey book coming out? Put it on the preorder list and watch it magically appear at bedtime (after midnight EST) on Monday night. It’s like freaking Christmas only bettah.
    Mr. L appreciates the fact that we don’t have to figure out how to store all those books, since the entire wall of floor to ceiling book shelves in my “library” are full and he hated the stacks of books that happened before we bought those.
    Agreed though, that sometimes it is nice to have the book in your hands, And will do that. Mr. L will do a double take and say “Hey, that’s a real book” and I shake my head and say they are all real but this one feels really good.

  10. iPad. Love it so much. I have a Kindle app and a Nook app for it (they come free) and I buy almost all my books as e-books now, including my academic texts. You make notes on all these apps (iBooks, Kindle, Nook) very easily and search your notes and the texts extremely easily; plus you have access to Wikipedia and the net anytime you want to look up anything in any text you’re reading (say, for instance, you’re reading Grapes of Wrath to teach it for a class and you come across Tom Mooney, and you can’t remember exactly who he is or why he was so important to Labor history…). And then you can make notes right there in the text about what you’ve just read.
    Also, when travel? ALL your books go with you.
    I’ve gotten to where I am really pissed when I look up a book and find out there isn’t an e-dition. I don’t WANT a hard copy. They’re just too clumsy, and my notes have to be in a separate notebook, or scrawled in tiny crabbed writing in the margins. Who wants that?

  11. I got one of the first generations of Kindle, never use it. I like to hold a book in my hands. But I gave the husband one of the newer Kindles and he loves it, never reads anything else.

  12. HELL NO. since most of my books still have to be read + many free from estate sales or cheap AND OBSCURE or not available, not an option. plus a 5lb encyclopedia is exerciZe. and books are greener. no batteries or power cord.

  13. I just can’t see the point of e-readers.
    Also, I may be projecting here but I think we may have reached peak e-reader last year. I ride the metro daily through the heart of Washington DC and the number of e-readers has dropped from a peak the winter of 2010-11 to almost none. Everyone I see not on a phone has paper in their hands.
    The number of e-reader ads though, that has multiplied by powers of ten in that same period.

  14. I have generally been a buyer of books rather than a borrower. I started the transition by borrowing eBooks from the library and downloading from Guttenberg. Once I became accustomed to reading books on the laptop it was an easy transition to the Nook 1st edition.
    I adorable it.
    Ermahgerd I can buy or borrow a book at two in the morning and read it right then!!!

  15. Has anybody hacked their Nook Color? I saw on the interwebs how you can make it a full on Android 4.0 tablet with some futzing around or you can just buy a SD card that circumvents the B&N gateway. I love the idea of a tablet, I’m less thrilled with having Apple, Amazon, or anybody get between me and what I’m curious about on the web.

  16. i mostly use an old iPad and my Android phone. the iPad was a gift, it’s preferable to the netbook i used to use because it’s lighter (it doesn’t stand up on its own like the netbook screen did though, a slight drawback for deeply lazy people like me…)
    i still get some books in hardcover, because i lurve them or because i need them NOW and epubs still lag paper, but i have just literally run out of room to add too many more. plus ereaders are a godsend for travel.
    get your books in ePub format (as in, NOT from Amazon…). ePub is the MP3 of ebooks, most widely available variety of sellers and readers. without DRM if possible, if not, well, one can find ways to create DRM-free versions of ePub files pretty easily. or so i hear. *koff*
    you can buy ebooks from local bookstores, too – with agency pricing there’s usually little reason not to:http://www.indiebound.org/google-ebooks

  17. We each have a Kindle, but I do a lot of my reading on my iPhone with the Kindle app, because I always have my iPhone with me. When I download a book from Gutenberg, I usually just read it in TextEdit. It is just text.
    One big Kindle advantage is that it lets the two of us read the same book at the same time, and it means less dealing with stacks and boxes of old books. We used to resell them on half.com, but the prices have crashed.
    We still read a lot of paper books, but we’ve been moving electronic.

  18. iPad. I purchased it recently (I wanted one, in full disclosure) because, after my firm spent a fortune on state of the art video-conferencing equipment, we found that our newest star litigator, “she who must be obeyed,” needed to confer with another litigator IN THE SAME FIRM whose office didn’t have the same equipment. At the last minute it was decided to use Skype. Sorry, none of the firm’s laptops have cameras much less mikes.
    Hence, a three block hike to the local Apple Store. I had insomnia before, but now it’s ridiculous…I’m on Netflix well into the wee hours of the morning.

  19. Finally downloaded a Kindle reader app for a laptop after finally buying one (I work in IT, i.e., don’t always want to go home to it)…
    I’ll admit it’s damned enticing–buy an ebook with a single click, like I did yesterday (A Planet of Viruses)…and Project Gutenberg, etc.
    I’ve shamed myself into three freebies I should’ve read in college, and am slogging through Capital, Volume 1 right now. The other two are Democracy in America and The Wealth of Nations — (looked over an abridged copy of Smith several years back). Free ebook = no excuses…
    FYI, for Capital, one thing that’s helping a LOT is an online video series of lectures by CUNY professor David Harvey.

  20. iPod Touch with uBooks, iBooks, Kindle, and Nook apps. I can read four books at once! I love carrying my entire library in my shirt pocket. Doc an hour late for my appointment? No prob! Ms. RAM needs to shoe shop for an hour while I wait in the car? I’m cool!
    This modern tech stuff ain’t all bad.

  21. None of the above. I have over a thousand books all over the house, maybe half of them read. I have enough to read for the rest of my life and I still occasionally haunt library book sales for more.

  22. Ipad. Android phone. Love digital reading, love digital music. Love the access digital media alliws. Stories and songs are what matter. And they existed before people started recording them on paper and records. And they exist outside of those objects now.
    With a very few sentimental exceptions, physical books (I have some dvds but no albums) are just crap I have to find space for and dust. The stories, the songs, on the other hand, those I treasure.

  23. Android phone and tablet w/Kindle app, but I also luvs me some hardback. Except at moving time, which was yesterday (ouch).

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