Paper or Electronic

Paper or Electronic

Entropy Entropy
I love reading, but don't get a lot of time to do so. Few textbooks (that eat up my reading time) are put out in electronic format. I'm thinking of getting a Kindle for those rare occasions when I can read for leisure, but I'm worried that I won't use it often. When you are able to read for pleasure, do you prefer paper or electronic format?
01/16/2012
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Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
I prefer paper books. I hate how they waste paper and space, but I get a horrible headache if I try to read from a screen for a long period of time.
01/16/2012
Ryuson Ryuson
I like paper books because of the feel and that book-y smell! I love seeing the covers and curling up with them, I love the physical paper-y feel! While they do take up more space, that just means I need more bookshelves
01/16/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
I do like actual books, but I think I like the electronic versions better. I can lay down with it and not have to worry about having enough room to have to flip a page, or positioning myself so that I have to either flip a page or hold a book open. It's nice to be able to curl up and only have to tap my finger on the screen to get it to flip the page.
01/16/2012
T&A1987 T&A1987
paper, i'm very iffy on the whole e-reader thing. I have an edencafe article which should be published sometime in the next thirty days explaining my thoughts on e-readers and e-books.
01/16/2012
sktb0007 sktb0007
I prefer paper.
01/16/2012
EnChAnTiNg EnChAnTiNg
I prefer paper. I actually own a kindle, and I still prefer paper books over the kindle. It is almost like I don't get as much enjoyment out of reading on the kindle as I do reading the actual paper version.
01/16/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by T&A1987
paper, i'm very iffy on the whole e-reader thing. I have an edencafe article which should be published sometime in the next thirty days explaining my thoughts on e-readers and e-books.
Oh! Please, do tell me, that said article talks about the major hit the printing industry is taking over these things!
01/16/2012
zwee75 zwee75
I only have my phone and reading books on that is pretty hard. I've done it, don't like it. I prefer the books and then putting them in my bookcase when I'm done. If I get an ipad, I may change my mind!
01/16/2012
Ghost Ghost
I prefer paper.
01/17/2012
(k)InkyIvy (k)InkyIvy
I absolutely prefer paper books over electronic, any day. I'll occasionally get an audio book, if I won't have time to sit down and read. I like listening to my books while I work, whether it's mowing the grass or splitting wood.
01/17/2012
Chirple Chirple
I prefer my Kindle.

It looks exactly like paper, so you'd get as much of a headache as reading any other published-on-paper book.

Why do I prefer it ? I have a smaller impact on the environment over time. I don't need to use all that paper just to read a book once or twice.

Libraries are great, but I hate having to work around my schedule to get back to them. With the Kindle, I can get whatever I want and not have to worry about it - and there are hundreds of thousands of perfectly legal free books, tons of cheap ones, and I've heard rustlin' about newfangled torrent thingies, hermwhat.

First day I had my Kindle, I got like, 40 books for free right off Amazon, and they have a ton more for free.

My Kindle fits in my bag, even my small one. It's light and doesn't take up too much space. The font size can be adjusted.


Honestly ? I think this is records/CDs to MP3 all over again. I was resistant to it at first, but then I got an MP3 player and realised how nice it was not to have to squish two or three CDs in one case and hope my batteries lasted long enough.

There's something romantic about physical libraries as collected displays of knowledge - but I think we've evolving, and I think that's okay.


As a last note, if anyone gets an ereader, if you're planning on using it for reading, get e-ink. Don't get a table like the iPad or Kindle Fire or Nook Color or whatever. Those are just the same headache-bringing LCD screens as ever. E-ink is different and looks like paper, not like screen.
01/17/2012
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by Chirple
I prefer my Kindle.

It looks exactly like paper, so you'd get as much of a headache as reading any other published-on-paper book.

Why do I prefer it ? I have a smaller impact on the environment over time. I don't need to use ...
I don't understand, I just went to e-ink's website and they list all of the e-readers you mention not getting, so is this just something you download to change how the screen looks or am I missing something entirely?
01/17/2012
Errant Venture Errant Venture
Yesterday I read a great article on why, despite the rise in e-readers, books will never cease to be. One of the basic premises is that they've been saying the same thing about books dying with every new invention to come out.

I prefer paper. I love their smell, their feel, their cover, everything about them.
01/18/2012
slynch slynch
I prefer paper books.
01/18/2012
Chirple Chirple
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Originally posted by Ansley
I don't understand, I just went to e-ink's website and they list all of the e-readers you mention not getting, so is this just something you download to change how the screen looks or am I missing something entirely?
I'm sorry, I'm not sure what you mean. :s

iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook Color - these are all just regular tablets - just small. They have regular backlit displays, like any other computer. They use technology to increase viewing angle and such, but it's still not like paper and can cause headaches just like any other computer screen if one is susceptible to that. They are not e-ink. There is no way to get them to look like e-ink since they are just regular display screens.

The "regular" Kindle line, like the Touch, DX, those ones are e-ink. The regular Nooks are e-ink, like the Simple Touch. Sony has e-ink, Kobo has e-ink (and I probably forgot someone). E-ink looks way different than an LCD screen. It has a slow refresh rate, ghosts images, and is not ideal for browsing the internet. I would not want to browse EF on it, although having reviews sent to it might be cool if I can figure that out... I must try that ! After a couple long reviews, my eyes go all woogly...

One example is you could not watch movies on an e-ink screen - so if the tablet offers movies and extensive internet, it's a normal screen, not e-ink.

Colour e-ink technology IS being worked on, but that's not what the iPad+Kindle Fire and stuff have. Colour e-ink will probably work for comic books and text-books, but I'm guessing it will still have the same "low" refresh rate that would not permit watching movies/internet.

Here's a bad picture I took for a friend to show them how e-ink looks like paper :


Note, light was coming from right so the Kindle screen is more in shadow than the book.

Sorry for the novel. D: Trying to explain and not sure what the question is, sorry for not making sense !!
01/18/2012
ijako9 ijako9
Electronic. Save a tree or two
01/18/2012
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by Chirple
I'm sorry, I'm not sure what you mean. :s

iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook Color - these are all just regular tablets - just small. They have regular backlit displays, like any other computer. They use technology to increase viewing angle and ...
What I am asking is "what the hell is e-ink, precisely?", lol. I've never heard of it before, but I guess you explained it when you said it has a slow refresh and all that jazz.
01/18/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I prefer books b/c I can hold them. I don't like staring at a computer screen to read (or tablet).
01/18/2012
Ash1141 Ash1141
I have both but I prefer books.
01/18/2012
Eva Schwaltz Eva Schwaltz
I have both also, but I prefer electronic because I don't have a lot of room for paper books.
01/18/2012
Forever17 Forever17
paper
01/20/2012
Lola Park Lola Park
Quote:
Originally posted by Entropy
I love reading, but don't get a lot of time to do so. Few textbooks (that eat up my reading time) are put out in electronic format. I'm thinking of getting a Kindle for those rare occasions when I can read for leisure, but I'm worried ...
I prefer paper books over everything, saying that I do have a Kindle simply for economic reasons...many new releases are alot cheaper in digital and with two kids I can't justify paying twenty bucks for a paper book when I can get it electronically for half the price.
01/20/2012
T&A1987 T&A1987
my thoughts on the issue link
01/22/2012
Princess-Kayla ♥ Princess-Kayla ♥
I'd much rather have a nice paper book. I love how books feel and smell.
01/23/2012
BuckeyeGal04 BuckeyeGal04
I'm a paper girl, too, even though I love technology products. Besides, my eyes get enough screen time. I agree with some others that there's some kind of romance between a book and me with touching and smelling a book. It also supports the printing industry.
01/23/2012
goofballmaster goofballmaster
Quote:
Originally posted by Entropy
I love reading, but don't get a lot of time to do so. Few textbooks (that eat up my reading time) are put out in electronic format. I'm thinking of getting a Kindle for those rare occasions when I can read for leisure, but I'm worried ...
I prefer paper books because it's easier to flip back and it's easy on the eyes.
01/26/2012
geliebt geliebt
I've never used E-readers, so I really couldn't say for certain. I kind of feel like I'd prefer them for straight up reading, but when it comes to reference books that I flip through and come back to the same pages over and over again, I want a physical book.
01/28/2012
Vanille Vanille
I'm sorry, I really really love my Kindle 3G (or Keyboard, is what they're calling it now since the Fire came out.)
02/01/2012
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