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  1. Louis Ruiz

    Louis Ruiz New Member
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    At first I did not want to adopt the electronic book format, but little by little I have been making an attempt to adapt to reading ebooks. Right now it seems almost as comfortable as reading hard copy after adjusting the brightness at very low levels. I particularly like the automated search feature.

    My traditional desktop connected to the internet has a competitor in ebook readers for this purpose. I have used some readers already and I have totally loved the concept. Especially electronic ink.

    I adopt new technology very slowly but I am not afraid to try. How about you? Are you a hard copy person? What is your favorite format for regular reading?
     
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    I'm afraid I'm a hard copy book person. It's funny, because I was programmer, starting back in the early 80s and worked in technology for a long time. I'm an early adapter of most technology, but for me, reading - at least for pleasure - is so much easier with a book. My son keeps trying to talk me into getting an eReader and maybe one day I will. I don't know.

    The other thing that keeps me from switching is the cost. I seldom buy books anymore, we have a great library system and I can get just about any book I want from them. They do have eBooks, but not many. Since I read 3 or 4 novels a week, and look at least 10-12 nonfiction books a month (like quilting or gardening or some such), I just can't afford to buy them.
     
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  3. Richard Lee

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    Isn't that interesting - I was a programmer for 30 odd years and am exactly the same - has to be paper and ink. If I use my tablet I use an audio book instead. I'm still very technical, and use computers for everything I can - except reading. My kids have Nooks which are epaper readers, the "screen" looks just like paper and printed ink without any glow or sheen (matte) - I still find my eyes wondering off after a page or two. I am a veracious reader, and live in a country where English language print can be a challenge to get (and expensive), but just can't compromise further than audio books.
     
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    I've been used to the hard-copy books since I was a child, and adapting to eBook now a days is a little tough. It's not like I can walk to the book store and purchase an eBook like a separate book. Although the options are a lot more cheaper than purchasing a regular book, and plus is saves all those trees. The only thing I don't like about it turning the pages on my tablet, it doesn't feel as natural as a normal book.
     
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    I love to read and have not a yet made the complete switch to ebooks. I do listen to audio books while I am working because I do not have the time to just sit and read a book listening to the book being read allows me to read several books a week. Our library system allows it members to borrow audio books online, which is very convenient. I had a paperback from the library that had to be returned to the local library which I found to be a little inconvenient after only having online books for awhile.
     
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  6. Richard Lee

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    Yes me too wrt audio books. I use them when I wash up or clean the kitchen or other domestic chore - I was not brought up to be very domesticated (my sister had that pleasure :) ) so I find it a real chore to do - music doesn't cut it, I need escapism. In the UK I listened to Talk Radio and argued with the air, but here in Thailand it all Thai music channels which drives me insane. So I download a book or lecture and listen to that while I work.
     
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    I have grudgingly gone to embrace ebooks. I much prefer physical books. Several bookstores have closed down in my area within the past few years. I am very concerned about the future of physical books.

    I know that ebooks are the future, but I'm not exactly happy about it.
     
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  8. Ken Anderson

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    In most cases, I prefer regular books, in part because I take pride in my library. I do use my Kindle quite a lot because it's handier to take to places like doctor's offices and restaurants, but when I am reading something on Kindle that I really like, I'll sometimes buy a print copy for the library. Also, perhaps because I don't use a Kindle Fire, illustrations and photos are not particularly useful. The Kindle is easy to read, lightweight, and convenient, but I hope they don't replace books altogether.
     
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    I had that same problem with the Kindle e-reader, Ken. It was fine if you are just reading a book that doesn't have pictures; but practically worthless when you are wanting to see illustrations. I ended up downloading those books to the iPad and reading them on it; but it is not nearly as convenient to use for reading now that I have the external keyboard for it.
    What I ended up doing, was giving the little e-reader to my friend, Evelyn, so she could read her paperback-style novels with it. She has a bad arm and holding even a paperback is hard for her now.
    The e-reader is perfect for her becuase she only reads novels for entertainment, and not anything that has pictures or illustrations.
    Then, I watched ebay, and got myself a kindle fire, and it works much better for online reading, it has the touch-screen, so you can enlarge illustrations, and it is also in color.
     
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    I too share your passion with a library in my house! I've quite a collection over the years, and I would love if you could post a photo of your library. :) I've been taking my tablet everywhere I go, and there would be times where it just suddenly crashes and I end up not being able to read it and just have to awkwardly sit there.
     
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  11. Herbert Jennings

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    Definitely a regular paperback person. I think that part of the reading experience is turning pages and that is something you don't get with a kindle. I know it must sound stupid to some of you, but I'm an old-fashioned kind of guy. Also, I love the smell of a new book. Nothing like opening a brand new book and diving in. Finally, I like to scribble all over my books, don't know if something like that would be possible with an e-reader.
     
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    I was always been a dyed-in-the-wool paper book person, complete with comfy chair, pipe, cats in the lap and strong black coffee at the elbow. However, I have Retinitus Pigmentosa and reading conventional print has been beyond me for many years. Enter the eBook, which I can blow up REALLY BIG on my 27" iMac or my iPad. I can read in bed (the ultimate indulgence) or take a book with me when I leave the house. Technology is the only thing keeping me going here so I've become an ardent fan.
     
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    I like ebooks for plain old fiction, but realized that if you're into cooking and have a cookbook on a Kindle it's REALLY annoying... The only way to print out a recipe to follow is to do a screen capture of just the page you want and print it. It's very inconvenient to say the least for any of us who cook...
     
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  14. Ruth Belena

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    I've never tried reading an electronic book. It's not that I have anything against e-readers, I might use one if I could afford it or was given one, but I don't want all my books stored on a device that could easily be lost, stolen and damaged.

    Before the arrival of the ebook, I worked in publishing and bookselling. All my life I have been surrounded by printed books. Looking round me now I can see them on shelves and stacks. By looking at a physical book I can remember how much pleasure I had when reading it. If all I had was a handheld device to scroll through to find my books, I just don't think it would be the same.
     
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  15. Kevin Matthew

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    I've always loved having shelves filled with books - until I moved cross continent three times.. Each time I spent a fortune just packing and then moving my books in big heavy boxes. I finally decided I'd rather have my books on an e-reader... :eek:
     
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  16. Juan Ortega

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    Indeed reading is a great way to improve knowledge, reading and writing. This also applies to the audio books, improving comprehension skills in the reader. This is due to the development of understanding as happens from regular reading. Text to speech is a somewhat new method and should be expanded and utilized in every ones everyday life.
     
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    I have so many ways to "read"......I have my Nook and shop exclusively at the Free book section. Then, I have a library card in my county and Denver, so not only can I download free ebook library books, but I can download up to 10 free audiobooks from both librarys, plus, I subscribe to audible.com
    I wouldn't be able to take a picture of my library, because all I have is a small bookcase with only most favorite-ist books. I have a book that was inscribed by a male friend to a female friend as a going away present from England to America in 1856. And then the other antique books and exceptionally written books that will all be handed down when I pass on.
    I fear that physical books are destined to be admired behind glass in museums in the centuries ahead.....
     
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  18. Teresita Campaner

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    As a librarian, i am used to be in the company of printed books and other printed library material. With the advanced of technology including the addition of eBooks to our digital collection, i was like a school girl given a toy to tweak and play. Before long I got hooked with the online world.. With ebooks, my desire is to write and join the bandwagon of eBook writers, someday.
     
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    Barnes & Noble is discontinuing their Nook eBook reader on March 15, giving their customers one week to salvage their content.
     
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  20. Yvonne Smith

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    So are you saying that everyone that has a nook can no longer use it ? Or that books stored in whatever the Nook-cloud is , will no longer be stored there ?
    If someone has been using a Nook for their reading, they can no longer download books ? That will have a whole lot of people being forced to buy a different device to read books from, if that is what is happening. I bet they are practically giving them away on eBay now, if the Nooks will not be usable soon. That is not even very much of a notice for people to save their books either.
     
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  21. Ken Anderson

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    No, any books that they have will continue to be available to them on their Nook. But they won't be able to buy, rent or download any others. The discomfort comes into play for those who are using their movie options. I've never had a Nook but apparently they had some kind of arrangement with Disney to sell or rent movies, and that will no longer work. Users will have to create their own accounts with Disney, and I think a few other places. One of the comments I read suggested that they would have to create four other accounts with different companies in order to keep using their Nook so they'd just switch to a Kindle and start over.
     
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    I'm so glad, as an author that many are beginning to adapt to ebooks from the library to many other formats like smashwords.com, Kindle at amazon.com or books.google.com. Many sites have a huge selection of ebooks to printed ones that you print yourself to choose from Some sites have free ebooks to read too.
     
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