How much, and what kind, of your book consumption is digital?
Are there certain kinds of books you prefer to read in one medium or the other? Why?
I read books only. No Kindles, or Nooks or anything digital. I like the feel of a good book in my hands.
Almost all that I read is digital.
A digital reader weighs less than a thick novel or hardback, which is easier on my painful wrists/fingers (easier to hold). It's much more convenient for travelling too.
Textbooks that I use in teaching/language learning are still paper though.
I don't read e-books, only read real books. Though I can see how useful an ebook reader would be for travel.
I buy all of my books on my Kindle now. And I read all of them on there as well. I love the little collections I can put them in. Romance, psychology, self help, philosophy, religion, history, geology, etc.
I read a mix of the two. I love the feel of a real book but I like that I can tote around 1,000s of ebooks as well.
I resisted eBooks for a long time, as I also like the feel and smell of books. I have often bought second hand books because I get a buzz out of reading books that someone has read and passed on, or thought that someone would like it.
Given to "Dear Auntie Mabel, I thought you would like this, Happy Birthday, Alice" and the book has been never read and sent to a charity shop or a church bazaar.
But now that I have "published" an eBook myself, I have buckled under, and my brand new Kindle will be here in a couple of days.
Wish me luck.
Very best of luck indeed! What's the title?
Thank you for the "Good Luck". I would be boorish, or false if I were to refuse to tell you.
But honestly, I wasn't promoting it, but the collection of stories, is entitled, 'The Twilight Lawns Chronicles'.
Thank you so much for your kind comment.
I have nerve damage in my hands and wrists. I have already had the surgeries to fix them but they were not successful. Therefore, holding a book is really painful. I love books but have moved to a Kindle. It is so light that it does not cause pain so I am back to reading. I went two years with only minor reading because it hurt too bad. I am so happy to be back reading. The Kindle was made for me and people like me. I love it.
Hi, Becky. I am sorry to hear you have nerve damage. I hope that there is some improvement, but it was interesting to hear that you advocate Kindle.
As you might see above, I am waiting for mine to come from the USA.
Ian, you will love it once you figure it out. I love mine and take it everywhere.
So long as you remember to download the invaluable handbook, "Ten Steps in becoming a Miserable Old Coot", I will be happy.
I have a considerable library of paper books many of which I have collected and many of which I have inherited. Some of them have hand colored illustrations that simply could not be reproduced in a digital form and have justice done to them but there are only a very few of those. Some are rare or first editions, some inscribed with personal dedications and so on. Most of them are simply treasure houses of information, insight and opinion. I love my library and constantly add to it.
However, I embrace digital technology with equal alacrity. I think it is marvellous. Most of my digital reading is related to research (papers and journals and so on) and when it comes to fiction I prefer a paper volume.
I think in part this is because I still remember my typewriter and continue to regard the computer as an extension of that - a tool, something to do with work, with writing. Of course it has all sorts of bells and whistles and fancy bits, too but for me 'digital' is related to 'office' and 'book' to 'leisure' and I'm quite happy with that.
All of my reading is done the old-fashioned on paper way. This is not because I am anti-digital book, but because the library is free!
My book bill would be way too high if I bought every book I read. I've investigated the online free digital libraries, but so far there is not a lot of choice. Looking forward to the day when all books are digitalized and free online!
I vote for that.
Like cloverleaf, I don't read any digital books at this point. I also like the feel of a book, plus I don't think that it would be worth the expense at this point.
So far, all the books I read are "physical" books. I did recently download a Kindle app for my Mac. I read one chapter of the book I downloaded and haven't gone back to it yet. I've still been reading other "physical" books. I guess I just enjoy reading better that way.
Although I prefer to have a physical book to read, I live in SE Asia and it is very difficult to obtain English Language books where I live. My books are 100% digital due to necessity. Given the chance, I would switch back to physical books in a heartbeat.
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