Do You Prefer E-book Readers Or Having The Physical Book?

Discussion in 'Bred Any Good Rooks Lately? (Suggested Reading)' started by Lord Tyrion, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. Lisey Landon
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    Lisey Landon Well-Known Member

    I agree, and I always buy the physical book.

    But, as I do a lot of work online, at all hours of the day, I find that the only way I can read more than a few pages at the time, is to read the book on my Kindle for iPad. If I read the physical book, I get distracted and I "have to" check mail and websites, to make sure that I don't neglect my job (which is total crap, of course. Nothing online is so urgent that it can't wait for an hour or two)

    But, my mother was a librarian, and I literally grew up in the library, so for me, nothing can replace the feel and smell of a real book.
  2. fljoe0
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    fljoe0 Cantre Member

    You make a good point here about browsing in a bookstore. It's much easier to stumble on a book you may not have known about in a bookstore than trying to browse electronically. Electronically, the electronic store can arrange the browsing the way they want you to see it.
  3. Cowboy
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    Cowboy Lesser-Known Member

    Physical book.....much better feel and smell.
  4. ghost19
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    ghost19 .....Damn Zombies.....

    I have to say, my Nook has become my trusty sidekick. I like being able to pick what book I want to read. I still buy hard copies of Mr. King's books to keep my S.K. library up to date but having .epub copies is very convenient.
  5. Out of Order
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    Out of Order My Lips Are Hot!

    I always have to have something in my hands.............
  6. cat in a bag
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    cat in a bag Well-Known Member

    I love both. I still buy book books, going to the bookstore and browsing is one of my absolute favorite things to do.

    I have my favorites that I have to have the book book for, like SK and the first read is always with the physical book. But I seem to be more willing to venture out and try new authors on the kindle, and I have read many more classics on it than I ever have before.

    I wouldn't part with either books or my kindle. :)
  7. mustangclaire
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    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Hold a book in your hands that you've been eager to read for the first time. Opening it, feel the whiteness of the new pages slide so smooth across your fingertips, bring it up to your nose and smell it, turn it over and over. Read the plot description, the author's bio. Smell it again. You've been looking forward to this voyage ever since learning about the book. Maybe it's by your favorite author and you've been waiting months for just this moment. But put it off a little while longer; savor the anticipation of that wonderful moment-- like the one when you feel the plane lift off the ground and become airborne. Kindles are handy, but real books are alchemy
    (quote from Jonathon Carol. I guess you can tell where my preference lies
  8. doowopgirl
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    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I do like my Kindle. It's handy for traveling and it saves a lot of space at home. BUT, nothing beats a real book. The smell, the feel. Plus you don't have to charge up a book.
  9. Lord Tyrion
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    Lord Tyrion Well-Known Member

    There is something about that smell that goes with the joy of reading a book. It really takes me back.
  10. Lina
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    Lina Committed member

    I love real books... Sometimes I read on my tab, but that is not often. I tried to read in the bus on my way to work, but more often I am still sleepy in the morning, in the evening that's hard to find a place to sit down, so, it does not always work out. And when I am at home I always read real books... that's even better for the eyes:0: Moreover, I agree with those of you who say that there is something speacial about real books, some smell, some feeling... No e-book can convey that!
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  11. GNTLGNT
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...TMI man...TMI....and please...do wash up!...
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  12. skimom2
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    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Many of the books I'm sent to review are e-copies. Can't say I'm a huge fan--I find that I start to skim after a short while, if I'm not careful. I don't have that issue with 'real' books.
  13. Elijah Sattler
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    Elijah Sattler Well-Known Member

    I know I'm young and all and er supposed to be all about the techonolollylulaahflaksjhfkjgy, but I've read out of paperbacks and hardcovers all my life, so physical. It just seems more official, if that makes sense. I sit here reading 11/22/63 on a damn Kindle Fire and I just don't feel like I'm reading a real book.
  14. Shasta
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    Shasta On his shell he holds the earth.

    I love paper. I've tried e-readers and I despise them. Use them only when I have to.
  15. The Nameless
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    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    It has to be at least 10 years old though. I read joyland a few weeks ago, and I'm reading Dr sleep now, both lack that musty smell of my 20 + years old IT or dark half or Christine etc. The new smell of my books like wttkh, 11/22/63, Dr sleep etc are about as cosy and comforting as the smell of my kobo.
  16. Lisey Landon
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    For me, most browsing is done on amazon. I am a Norwegian, living in Germany, who reads all my favorite authors in their original language. In Norway, the only original language editions in book stores are paperback, which is great for travels + a lot cheaper. The selection is not great, although Mr. King's books are usually available. But some books I need to own in hardcover, they are more durable (and look better in the book shelf, although that is no reason for buying any book).
  17. No1FanUK
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    Books all the way! The feel, the smell, the weight to a good book, even the covers, the looking through libraries or shops for a new book to read!
  18. prufrock21
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    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    I'm into ereading now, but there's nothing like that new book feel and smell.
  19. NightShifter
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    NightShifter Well-Known Member

    I love my Kindle Paperwhite for the definitions, character rosters (sometimes I have a hard time keeping track of who is who, especially in the beginning of a book), search function, and the other obvious benefits to an e-reader.

    That being said, I'm currently reading "Joyland," which is only available as a paperback. I have the book on my desk and a colleague of mine walked by and noticed it. He asked me about it, read the back, and decided to buy a copy for his brother for Christmas. We then talked about some other King books. This conversation never would have happened if my Kindle was on my desk. Plus, the cover of the book is awesome too - looks like an old dime store mystery novel (I attached a pic).

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  20. The Nameless
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    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    I love the cover of Joyland, I'm glad it didn't get changed for the UK version like so many others do.

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