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February 26th, 2013, 10:11 AM
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Which side do you fall on and why?

Do you tend to read from a Kindle or real books, and why?

Or is there an argument for both, in different circumstances / for different purposes?

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February 26th, 2013, 12:13 PM
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LOL, some people are very passionate either way. I'm pretty easy. I have a bookcase full of books two deep, but I have like 50 or 60 on my kindle. I LOVE the smell of a new book, but sometimes I can't sleep and want to start something new at 1am. I still read both If something is only in hardcover, I'm more likely to get it on my kindle, especially if its a big book since it can be rough on my wrists.
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February 26th, 2013, 02:28 PM
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oooh great question!

I think there are situations which call for either. If I HAD to choose though, I'd go for a real book every time! I had shelves full of books, plus boxes and many others storage solutions around our house. You just cant beat a brand new book, the smell, the creak of the spine and flicking the pages! I also get some great gratification from seeing how many pages i've read and getting excited when I can see theres not many left!

I dont have a kindle but I do have a samsung tab2 which I have a few books downloaded on. I use it mainly when/if i'm travelling (usually for work) - its so much lighter and takes up less space in my bag than a real book, plus I have the option of a few to choose from depeding on what mood im in! Oh and when I next go on holiday, the tab will definately have save on luggage allowance, I always used to take 2 or 3 books with me to read and without them ill have space for more shoes! bonus!

I'd love to see what everyone else thinks....
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February 26th, 2013, 06:39 PM
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We do both. We have shelves and boxes of books. The kindle allows me to read books (usually for free) that I won't shell out $10 on in paper format.

The books I love, I still buy in hardback (we do not buy soft cover books, unless the book doesn't come in hardcover period). I just don't get stuck with no reading material with having the kindle.

Also makes traveling a breeze, no having to pack heavy books, unlike DH's suitcases.. which have 4+ books in them each time!
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February 27th, 2013, 12:26 AM
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I don't even own a Kindle. I definitely prefer real books. My eyesight is not great and I don't really see that looking at a screen for even longer periods would do me any good, but then I've seen ones advertised with "real page lighting" or "no glare" so idk. I don't spend a lot on books because I tend to pick them up second-hand. I have just never fancied a Kindle but I can see how it would be useful for holidays etc so I would never say never.
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I don't even own a Kindle. I definitely prefer real books. My eyesight is not great and I don't really see that looking at a screen for even longer periods would do me any good, but then I've seen ones advertised with "real page lighting" or "no glare" so idk. I don't spend a lot on books because I tend to pick them up second-hand. I have just never fancied a Kindle but I can see how it would be useful for holidays etc so I would never say never.
I have an older kindle, and its not like looking at a screen at all! I was very hesitant until a friend of mine got one and I saw that it wasn't like reading on a screen. That was what sold me!
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February 27th, 2013, 09:15 AM
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My preference is a real book but I have Kindle apps and Nook apps on my phone and IPAD and use them fairly often
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February 27th, 2013, 11:02 AM
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I don't even own a Kindle. I definitely prefer real books. My eyesight is not great and I don't really see that looking at a screen for even longer periods would do me any good, but then I've seen ones advertised with "real page lighting" or "no glare" so idk. I don't spend a lot on books because I tend to pick them up second-hand. I have just never fancied a Kindle but I can see how it would be useful for holidays etc so I would never say never.
My issue is the opposite. I need a light on a book to read it properly. So the kindle, dimmed down as far as it goes, is usually pretty perfect (when in the dark). I was worried about eyestrain and such (since I'm supposed to wear reading glasses), but haven't had any issues at all. I do have a glare protector on mine, but only because the original kindle fire may as well be a freaking mirror if there's any light around and I like to go for walks with a book in my hand to read.

My family technically bought it for me. They sent the money, I went and picked it up. I'd been on the "eh, I like books" side for a long time, but considering I've only ever bought ONE book in the time I've owned it, and have thousands on the computer to be loaded on, and can get new ones all the time.... It has saved us hundreds, maybe thousands on books!! Now DH wants one. After our trip to Canada where he took 6 books and read them all before we were done there, and I had an endless supply of material, he realized just how handy one can be. But we are going to get him a tablet, and add the e-reader option instead of a Kindle/Nook.

We buy second hand too. We have a store here called Half Priced Books. They give you half off what it sells for... so DH's books cost $6-10 each... I can almost always find mine in the clearance section. So I get 2-5 books for every one of his. Most of mine only cost $2 for a hardback!
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Ashley, I am quite jealous that you have a Half Price Books I miss that place so much LOL I lived near some in Ohio and Texas but where I live now its a four hour drive to get to one It is good for my budget, though, since I hate spending full price for books No Half Price nearby means very few book purchases
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LOL. we lived in Ohio last year.. there were 4 locally.... And I hit 2-3 of them every Friday. There's a reason we left with 3 books each, and came back with massive Totes full of books! LOL.
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I greatly prefer the dead tree version. I really wish the technology existed for realistic electronic paper. So like you could have a book with 100 pages that could load any book you wanted. If the book is longer than 100 pages then you just start back at the beginning. Or maybe every time you open it the first page starts wherever you left off, like the kindle does. IDK just something with the feel of a real book but the convenience of ebooks.

I don't think I've ever bought an ebook. I do have a kindle app on my phone and computer, but I get a lot of free books for it. I use that if DH is asleep and I'm reading in bed or if I'm waiting for an appointment or something.
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March 14th, 2013, 11:19 AM
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Which side do you fall on and why?

Do you tend to read from a Kindle or real books, and why?

Or is there an argument for both, in different circumstances / for different purposes?

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I like them both for different times/circumstances.

For a bubble-bath - A real book. I don't have to worry about damaging a piece of electronics if I accidently drop a real book in the bath.

For lazing outside - a real book. No glare.

For almost any other situation, I prefer the kindle simply because its easier to carry around 1 kindle than the 3 different books I like to have available at all times to make sure I always have something to read.
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I also like both, for different reasons. I love real books...the smell, the feel, seeing them on a shelf. But the kindle can be very convenient, and nice for traveling.
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March 18th, 2013, 11:07 AM
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I've been using the tablet to read at night when I need the lights of off so the baby will sleep. Darn battery always chooses the good part of the book to die.....
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