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Posted 08 May 2012 - 07:20 AM
Just following from another thread - how long does it take you to read books - I'm wondering for those of you who read several a week: do you read on an ereader of some sort, borrow from the library or buy them? I've always purchased books, then give to friends once finished, but I've just borrowed my last novel from the library. I don't really know about ereaders and what they are like to read from and the costs compared to buying books.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 07:26 AM
I read both, I love my Kindle and there are hoards of free books out there so downloading those is expanding my horizons in books as I don't buy books unless I know I like the author but nothing beats the feel or smell of a new book and I love how you can see the progress through the pages rather than just the percentage at the bottom of the Kindle screen.
I always forget to return library books so have weaned off of that as it was costing me heaps in fines!
Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:01 AM
I am not a fast reader, so i cant really answer that part of your question.
I also only started reading again (after about 15yrs) when we brought our DD's a Kobo last Januar, we will soon have 1 each.
We all now really only read books on the Kobo and borrow them from local libraries, although DH is reading the free books ATM.
I find it more convenient to read from the Kobo as i dont need to lug around a book, i dont have to worrry about losing the book or also damaging it. We also borrow from the library as we dont really have any spare $$ to buy them, especially DD2 who is a fast reader. She is doing the PRC at the moment, so finding books for her is a little diffucult, luckily she reads above her age level so there is more variety for her. Once she is finished the PRC she already has a list of books that ar not on the list that she wants to read.
Overall we love the convenience of downloading when we need to at not having to wait till the library is open again.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:06 AM
I use the library mainly. My Mum was a big book buyer and would pass them on but now she has a kindle my supplies have dried up.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:07 AM
Paperbacks here. There is just something about reading an actual book and turning pages, and seeing lots of books on shelves.
We spend enough time with computers and gadgets.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:11 AM
I used to visit the library once a fortnight but now that I have my Kobo I either buy or borrow e-books.
I rarely buy paperbacks, I hate the clutter! Though in saying that if I have read a truly great book I will buy it because I like to re-read books.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 12:47 PM
I'm a fast reader (well fiction anyway). It's not unusual for me to be able to finish a book in 1-2 days ( I just got a hold of a series on sunday and am already on the third book, each book is about 250-300 pages long). It depends on how well written the book is and how interesting though. I hate books that have stupid grammar and really need to be edited extensively but have an enthralling storyline as they take a lot more time to read (and make me itch to re-write the stupid things)
I read on my Kobo and I read paperbacks. I used to buy a lot before I had kids as the library only has a very small budget and it always takes ages for new books to come in (I still have 5000 books in boxes with my father on the other side of the country and probably have around 3000 here lol, but I read a lot). But I do borrow a lot as well as they will order books from other libraries in WA with no charge. I will admit to reading more on my ereader at the moment though as my children are going through I will attempt to rip up all your books stage at the moment. I find that I will read faster with a hardcopy book then on the ereader but that is also pretty normal (there has been some study done that found that people read something like 20% slower on ereaders then paper). I find both have their pros and cons, I would hate for books to never be printed anymore as there is nothing like going into a library or bookstore and browsing, I found the online bookstores are just not the same as I have a harder time finding new authors and books to read unless I can physically look at them and pick them up and read the blurb and flick through them And there is nothing like the smell of books (ok is it now I should admit I am a librarian, well library technician but studying to be a librarian before anyone thinks I am odd )
Edited by mayahlb, 08 May 2012 - 12:48 PM.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 12:54 PM
I am a prolific reader and easily read a few books per week. As such, I always at the library borrowing books. I always was as a child and the habit has continued to adulthood.
I also had a kindle (RIP Kindle) so would buy books or borrow them on the Kindle.
I don't buy books - I don't reread them and they clutter up my house.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 01:03 PM
I got a Kindle for Christmas. Since then I've read most of my book on it. I still read some actual physical books but I love being able to have so many books on hand without them taking up lots of space.
Anything cheap or something trashy I'll get on the Kindle
Posted 08 May 2012 - 01:09 PM
I'm a pretty fast reader - read the last Harry Potter in 3 hours - so i go through a lot of books.
I do both, i find the e-reader is really good, but i have sooo many books in paperback that i can't afford to put them all on my e-reader, and i love to re-read books again and again.
I'm also finding it a bit frustrating that some new books aren't released in epub straight away, and also that new release epubs often cost the same as the paperback (I have even seen them cost more!!!). Like Mayahlb, i also find it hard to pick new authors and books from an online store.
Some libraries lend out epub books, and you can find a lot of free or cheap ones online. However, as i noted above, new releases don't always come out simultaneously and a lot are far more expensive than they should be - i don't mind paying more for a new release, but i think an electronic book should always be cheaper than it's physical counterpart.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 01:10 PM
It might take me a couple of weeks to finish a book. I haven't read a paperback in a year and a half. I have a kobo touch ereader but I have taken to reading off my motorola tablet as I have the kindle app and I can get free books all the time.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 01:12 PM
Paperback for me, nothing beats the touch, smell and feel when indulging myself into reading. I have tried to go modern but I don't relax and enjoy it the same.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 01:15 PM
I moved to an eReader last February.
I LOVE having an eReader as I can keep my collections of books all in one place so when a new book in a series comes out I don't have to climb into the roof and go through boxes upon boxes of books to find what I was looking for.
Pre-eReader I would probably spend $60-$100 per month on books
Now I don't spend as much but read more.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 01:17 PM
I adore my Kindle. I couldn't manage to read for 5 years. It wasn't convenient or enjoyable since I usually have to stand on the train and turning pages while holding on to a bar wasn't easy. Not to mention my carpel tunnel didn't respond well to the rigid position needed to hold a novel.
Since Christmas I've read 29 books!!!
Posted 08 May 2012 - 01:18 PM
Edited by Spunkrat, 01 September 2012 - 02:36 PM.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 01:23 PM
I actually read hardbacks Well those and some paperbacks.
I'll never buy a Kindle or anything similar as to me that is sacrilegious.
I generally buy them but will rarely borrow from the local library.
It depends on the book on how long it takes me. Generally from two days up to a week.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 01:28 PM
I just feel like a rave, probably because I've discovered reading again!
2am; on the train; camping I need a book. Just buy one.
The very idea of an ereader to me was alien. I did not want one. I loved the smell and the touch of the book.
I am so suprised at how easily I've taken to the Kindle. To the shape and weight and the feel of it. No, it doesn't have that sense of a 'book' but it also doesn't have the dust and the reminder that one day you once read something...
I've just cleaned off my shelves except from the 'special' books. My favourite quote of late... Buy only one, for the rest join a library.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 01:29 PM
i love my paperbacks i dont read much atm but boy do i miss it
Posted 08 May 2012 - 01:30 PM
I also never thought an eReader would be as good, but I do love my Sony reader. I also have the case which opens so I hold it like a normal book and swipe the page with my fingers to turn the page still.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 01:42 PM
Kindle definitely. Im an avid reader and go through several a week. There are heaps for free or really cheap on Amazon. I cant be bothered carrying a book around and storage really was becoming a problem.
I find I go through books a lot quicker on the kindle though.
ETA I really resisted an ereader thinking that they would never replace real books but the kindle page is so booklike its incredible. If only it have that book smell and it would be perfect.
Edited by Honeymummy, 08 May 2012 - 01:44 PM.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 01:48 PM
I love a good book, and can't bear to part with any of them, but when I moved to WA and started working FIFO, the kindle made sense.
Now, I buy some real books and some ebooks. I love that if I have nothing to read, or don't much feel like reading whatever I have on the go at the time I can easily download something new in a matter of minutes.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:25 PM
I have a Kobo Touch and love it to bits! It lives in my handbag and goes with me everywhere including to bed in the evenings.
I both buy and borrow books from the local library, mostly borrow. I was heavy library borrower before ebooks so it was good to be able to continue. I don't really miss a paperback but that's just me. I like how you can manipulate the format on the ereader such as the text size and background. I can also play Sudoku on my Kobo which was a feature I discovered recently
Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:12 PM
I love books and am a recent discoverer of Book Depository. My challenge is to not spend more than $3 on a book! I am reading lot of classics and loving it.
However, I am also not able to justify taking up more space in our crowded house with more books.
But I can't justify the expense of an e-reader when i don't really get much time to read.
BUT....I may have recently downloaded a series of five books that are favourites form my youth as they were free... Not quite sure what I m going to do with them!! But I couldn't justify the $75 for the set in paperback...
So, to answer your question. i read paperbacks/real books, but not very often, and rarely if I have to pay for them!
Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:18 PM
I completely adore my kindle, and I was an e-reader resister. Now when I have to read a paperback (which I do for work) I often buy it for my kindle anyway. I really thought I would miss the page turning, the feel of a book etc, but I don't, not one bit.
Other resisters have been converted by me too!
Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:22 PM
I said I'd never do it, I couldn't see how it would be any good, I'd miss the rapid-page-through capacity, the ease of flipping back and forth, but ........ I love my Kindle. I got used to it shockingly quick.
Still buy dead-tree books, heaps of them, but for instant gratification, if it's out on Kindle, then what the hell. And there it is, almost instantly. Sometimes I buy them again in real-book form, too.
All of Pterry in my bag.
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