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I miss reading books! Advice for eReaders?

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  1. ExpressFans

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    I don't know about you guys but before the Internet "ruined" me I used to love reading.
    I've been looking for soem kinds of eReaders as I've heard they are pretty good and don't hurt your eyes when reading but I have no idea what to get.
    Any suggestions? Also how does the whole eBook thing work on these things? You just buy/downalod a book and upload it to the eReader?
     
  2. lancis

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    I read books on my Android, there is a nice app on Google Play, called "Cool Reader". Its as good as having a reader IMHO.
     
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    Its like you miss radio while watching TV.
     
  4. partymarty4870

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    Mate - if you love reading and books, stick to books.

    I bought a kindle, and while it works well and I can see it's advantages - it's just not the same.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm far from a technophobe, but some things are better not messed around with.
     
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    Same here actually. Used a kindle for a while. Wasn't really the same...

    Then a tablet... Well, the internet was just a couple of touches away...

    Conclusion: Love tech, but books are books and you really can't replace them or the feeling of flipping pages :D
     
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    Try getting one of those old-fashioned library cards. You have to hold the book and manually turn the pages as there is no app for that. "Real" reading is also very relaxing and it gets you away from the computer for a while.
     
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    I agree with you guys. My Kindle is nice when I am out of the house, but nothing beats a good ol' fashioned book. Just the feel of the book makes all the difference to me.
     
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    I have a Kindle (not sure which model - has a 'real' keyboard and 3G, no touch screen) and I find that I actually read more than I did before. I think it's great, and much more effective than reading on my tablet. However, like many above, I'd still say its worth reading the real thing if you can get hold of it - I like to browse my bookshelf when I'm looking for something to read and there's no chance of throwing away £100 of kit by dropping a real book in the bath (I'm fairly clumsy).

    The best use for the Kindle for me is uploading books from the net that you simply can't get real paper copies of - WSO ebooks for example. I hate reading on a PC screen and hate reading pure text on a tablet almost as much for any extended period of time. The PDFs and ePubs can be loaded on via USB and are perfectly rendered on the screen.

    In terms of how you get the books onto the ereader, there is a built-in Amazon store that will download books directly to the device like iTunes does to iPhones or the USB option mentioned above. I can't remember off the top of my head whether PDFs are supported directly or need to be converted, but you can pretty much load what you like on there, wherever it is from.

    So in summary, if you can get the real book and are willing to pay for it do that. You can't beat it. If you're looking for a convenient way to read things that you've downloaded from other sources, an e-reader is the way to go and I only have good things to say about the Kindle.
     
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    I haven't picked up a book since buying my tablet. I'm an avid reader and usually go through a book or two a week. I really have no real nostalgia to paper books and have taken most of my collection to the charity shop; other than some old ones I could never get rid of. The only thing I ever miss is the smell of the paper. I once used a aftershave sample thingy as a bookmark(the ones you sometimes get stuck to pages in magazines) and everytime I smell that aftershave I'm reminded of The Hobbit. Other than that I couldn't really care less.

    One thing I don't do is pirate books. Although it's easily done, I have too much respect for the author. Which is strange, as I don't feel that towards films or anything else piratable.
     
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    I'm in the market for an e-reader as well so I've been trying to decide between the Nook and Kindle. The Nook (with GlowLight) was just released and apparently Amazon should be coming out with a front lit Kindle in a couple of months. I'm in no rush so I'll probably wait until then and make a decision.

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  11. chummm

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    I have to agree, reading books on a kindle just isn't the same. I regret it slightly, but I prefer reading ebooks and other stuff on my kindle whilst I work on my PC! Much easier.
     
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    I guess it's a matter of habit. It will feel different. But the benefits of carrying a dozen e-books are greater than 12 separate books in your suitcase.

    Unless, of course, you're like me. I tend to load too many MP3s to my iPod that I never finish an audiobook before searching for something else.

    And then when I'm out of time, I never have the time to listen to any of those, unlike what I planned before I departed.

    So, it takes a habit and strong discipline to adapt new technologies. I think it's going in that direction so get used to it.

    I happen to like reading ebooks on my computer screen. I plan to add a third monitor and rotate it vertically so I can read whenever I want.
     
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    No one mentioned iPad?

    I love reading ebooks (and newspapers/magazines such as WSJ and NYT) on iPad.

    I archived thousands of ebooks in PDF and other formats on my network storage server at my home, then use iPad app called FileBrowser that will map the network drive, which allow you to browse the ebooks..then click on it..and read it on iPad anywhere at home. Kindle can't do it.