Nov 10, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: Kindle E-Volution

E-readers like the Kindle and iPad are sweeping the nation … do you have one? Do you like it? Do you find it changes your reading/buying habits? If you don’t have one, do you plan to?

I got a Kindle about a year ago, and gave one to each of my two sons for Christmas presents. They used theirs more than I did mine. Until recently, I've used the Kindle only to read a few fairly short crime novels.

That changed with the very long book, 1Q84 by Murakami. The novel didn't seem very long while I was reading it on Kindle. In fact, I felt I breezed through all 900 plus pages, and now I am planning to read more of the author's books on the eReader. To show I'm serious about this, I downloaded his Norwegian Wood to start reading. I am now fully Kindle-hooked!

How about you?

14 comments:

  1. I have a Kindle and don't read on it often, but I sure do buy and download a lot of books! I find that I read a lot faster on the Kindle, and that I buy more books due to the unlimited feeling of the storage. Part of my book problem has to do with finding the place to store physical books, and the Kindle eliminates that. My husband says no to physical books, and yes to Kindle books! I am glad to hear that you are getting to like the experience of reading on the Kindle!

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  2. Thanks for commenting on my post, Harvee. It's also nice that long books don't weigh anything or take up space -- great for traveling.

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  3. Glad to hear you love the Kindle. I haven't tried one yet, but I think I'm about ready.

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  4. I have a Kindle and LOVE it, I prefer reading on it and agree seems like I read faster on it.

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  5. i can't decide what to do! i read stories like yours and it makes me want one.

    Trish - My BTT Post

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  6. I absolutely agree -- I find it so much easier (and faster) to read on my Nook.

    Thanks for visiting!

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  7. For reading a large book , it would come in handy.I still prefer the actual book.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/11/booking-through-thursday_10.html

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  8. So far, I'm pretty satisfied with my iPad, but I've been looking at the new Kindles, too. Haven't asked Santa for one yet, but that might be coming.

    1Q84 sounds really interesting, but I know it would take me all year to finish it - even with an e-reader!

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  9. I am totally hooked to reading on my Kindle and iPad!! But I still love my physical books too!

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  10. I think we're all getting the hang of the e-reader. I LOVE MY NOOK, and find it especially helpful for reading those large clunkers, for reading books with lots of confusing names (it's so easy to search back for the first time a name was mentioned to refresh your memory about who this character is), for raising the font size for times when my eyes are tired, and for ALWAYS having something to read no matter where I am (it's always in my purse - just like my wallet. I love it for library downloads, and to try samples of books I'm not sure about.

    I also have the Kindle for PC app, so I can take advantage of specials that Amazon is offering.

    I won't ever give up print books,because there are some that are just plain better 'in real life.' See my blog post today for example.

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  11. My husband got a Kindle last year, and he reads on it constantly. He has magazine subscriptions as well as books, and is now contemplating getting the Kindle fire.

    He likes that he can get very cheap mysteries, as well as obscure mystery titles that can be hard to find. It also solves the problem of our exploding bookshelves.

    I, on the other hand, have not succumbed to the e-reader. I like the feel of the physical book too much and my eyes tend to bother me when I'm on the computer too much so I'm afraid I'd have the same problem with the e-reader.

    I am fascinated to hear that you found the 900 pages to go by more quickly than if you had read the physical book...definitely something to consider.

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  12. Yes, I have a Kindle, and I am glad I bought it. I still read more paper books, but for me it is a cheap and quick way of getting American books.

    Besides, I would feel weird producing lots of ebooks without being able to read them myself.

    I am just waiting for the E-Volution in Denmark. Only 2-3 % of the books sold here are ebooks so there is a huge future market. And this week I have sold my Danish novel to a couple of readers who had never bought an ebook before. That makes me ever so thrilled!

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  13. How was 1Q84? I've got that on my TBR list, but there's a couple of other books in front (like the new Stephen King book)

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  14. I don't have a Kindle yet (although I've bought one for my former partner for his upcoming birthday). I was completely opposed to the idea of electronic reading, largely because I can't stand reading at the computer where I work, but I'm slowly coming around. I moved to the country a year ago and now take lengthy train rides. I saw a lady on the train with her e-reader a little while ago and thought "wow, that would fit into the pocket of my handbag." Suddenly they've got a whole new appeal. I have a concern about the size of the screen though, because I'm a very fast reader.

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