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E-Reader devices versus Trade Books

Submitted by on September 13, 2010 – 1:25 pm6 Comments

I admit it. I’m not an e-reader user. I still read books traditionally; I enjoy reading late at night in bed when the house is quiet with an actual book in my hands. True, many of the books I read are in manuscript form, and yes, sometimes I read them downloaded from my computer but, when given the choice, I still prefer a hardback book.

 If you subscribe to an e-reader device for reading pleasure, you may be passionate about which one you own. The digital era has changed the common question of, “What book are you reading?” to, “What is your favorite e-reader? How often have you been using it? And do you like it?” There are countless debates online regarding e-reader formats, as well as e-reader devices discussing which is best, quickest and easiest to read on; the new ad by Kindle fuels this debate, as well as adds the debate of price wars.

Maybe it’s time I consider purchasing an e-reader, or at least think about considering purchasing an e-reader! If you’re an e-reader, I’d like your input. Why do you use an e-reader device? What are the pros, what are the cons? Which device do you subscribe to and why? Maybe your feedback will help persuade me one way or the other.

  • Michele Chiappetta

    I prefer paper books. The e-reader I use is my smartphone. I have the apps for B&N Reader, Kindle, and Kobo. I download only free e-books because I think that e-books are still overpriced. I find the biggest pro to having an e-book on my smartphone is that I have something to read whenever I’m on the go. My phone is always with me, and it fits in my pocket, unlike conventional e-readers. Surprisingly, I have no problem reading on the phone’s small screen, so that’s not an issue. The cons of e-readers… As I mentioned, the cost of e-books are too high. I don’t know which e-reader will last on the market vs. which will die like BetaMax, so I’m reluctant to invest in the technology yet. And while I could care less if I drop or lose a paper book, I will have a major problem if my e-reader were to get damaged or stolen. Because an individual book doesn’t cost much in the scheme of things, but an e-reader is a major investment. I don’t find much difference in the apps on my phone, but I imagine that’s not going to be the case if you get an e-reader.

  • Michelle,
    Appreciate the feedback. Isn’t it hard to read on your smartphone? I will have to start doing that and see what comes of it. The biggest benefit for me getting an e-reader would be the simplicity of not having to read manuscripts off my laptop.

    What books have you read on your smartphone?


  • austin

    I prefer the e-reader so we dont have to carry around all those books all day!!!!!!!!

  • Stephen stafford

    I like online books but you can`t always rely on technology. One day your gonna be online checking the online text books and the internet might crash and you might not be able to getback on to it.I would rather carry around books all day.

  • Austin,
    I am probably going to have to breakdown and get a Kindle or one of the devices here pretty soon. I don’t mind carrying books around but printing manuscripts to read forthcoming books can be a challenge for sure.

    Appreciate your feedback.

  • Stephen,
    Have you seen the Kindle for the web yet? Heard about that just this week. You bring up a very valid point which I hadn’t thought of.