December 10, 2010 at 6:59 pm #253920
It’s official I’m stuck living in my shoe box for at least another 8 months yet. This has prompted a massive decluttering frenzy. I’ve reached a point now however where my sights have turned from obvious clutter of things I don’t need or use to things I do use but take up a fair bit of room. The cds have been ripped, put onto my laptop and taken to the cd exchange for example.
This then made me turn my sights on my books…ohh do I have some books. I have thinned them out, but I still have a lot that I do go back to again and again.
I’m just wondering what the hype is with these kindle and ipad thingys. I’ve been reading articles about how compared to books they are better for the environment in terms of resources etc. I was also shocked at how many books end up in landfill. But then on the other side of the coin, there’s ewaste and the fact you need a power source for your fancy reading machine to work.
There’s no doubt that having one would sort out my clutter issues and back issues from carting heavy textbooks around. But then I love the smell of books and holding them and well everything about them…
Does anyone on here have one? Are they good/bad? Do your eyes shrivel up and fall out of your head after a while of reading off one?
Any thoughts or opinions or just decluttering ideas from anyone with lots of books would be great!December 10, 2010 at 7:13 pm #484730
I have an iPad and love it for reading. It’s generally lighter than a book and because my eyesight isn’t too good, I can increase the font size. I can also read in bed without the light on, not disturbing my husband. I dont think they are a replacement for all books as I have books that I like to keep to refer to and keep. However, its a great replacement for books that you just have a read of, then shelve. The cost of ebooks are quite reasonable as well although you dont get the massive range as you would in the traditional form. I still enjoy the smell and feel of real books but my reading is increasingly been with my iPad of late. When I travel, I dont have to carry a whole library but with my iPad I have a range of books to read depending on what I fancy.
DebDecember 10, 2010 at 9:06 pm #484731
I find it quite difficult and uncomfortable to read from the computer, so doubt I will ever use an e-bookDecember 10, 2010 at 9:40 pm #484732
I have been reading ebooks on my computer and laptop for a couple years, it’s much cheaper and easier than catching two bus’s to the city going to the book store and buying a book that has lost it’s value as soon as you walk out the door. I’m not talking about just a couple of dollers, sadly a good papperback can cost an easy $30+ and your luck if you could resell it for $3. That same ebook could be $10 or even free if it’s under a free domain. It doesn’t take up as much space, the power used to read one on an ebook reader isn’t anywhere near the same as reading one on a laptop or computer. Your not having trees cut down to make the book. Just pointing out the other side to the ebook reader using power.
I love reading but I can’t aford real books at the rate I read them, I do still buy some they just tend to be more refrence style books now.
I love reading so much and I have so many ebooks now that this christmas my dh is getting me one of the new kobo ebook readers. I can’t wait.December 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm #484733
Ooh, I’m not ready to consider getting rid of all my books …they actually account for the greater part when moving house.
Hmm, I’m not sure of the effect of reading in bed without a light source other than the ipad ?December 10, 2010 at 11:08 pm #484734
I have an ebook reader and a huge collection of ebooks from a ‘variety’ of sources.
Have even acquired a range of good texts on just about any topic.
You can adjust the resolution/magnifying of the screen and it is nothing like trying to read a computer screen.
Doc 😉December 11, 2010 at 1:46 am #484735
I borrow books from the library.December 11, 2010 at 5:42 am #484736
I have well over 500 ebooks now and I have thousands of real books too…hence the conversion to ebooks…there is no room in my house!!:blush: LOL. I get my ebooks in PDF format and I read them on my computer. My hubby even bought me a little Acer Netbook for my birthday in October so i am no longer tied to my computer if I am reading a book. It was cheaper to buy the netbook than to buy a good quality Ebook reader.
I was going to get a Kindle or something similar but then I borrowed one from a friend for a week and I found the writing (eInk) hard to read for some reason. I am not saying that would be the case with you but that was the problem I had so i thought I would mention it. Also the reader wasn’t backlit so I had to have a light on to read it. The little netbook I have is an LED LCD screen and it awesome for reading. I don’t get the sore dry eyes I was getting from reading on my desktop PC anymore. If you know anyone who has an eReader i would see if you could borrow it for a couple of days and see if you like it before going out and buying one yourself.
Don’t get me wrong…they are great…but nowdays a little netbook can be purchased for a similar price (mine was cheaper to be honest) and you have the bonus that you still have internet etc. I don’t know for sure but I have heard that some of the Kindles and the like are kind of locked to certain places (for example Amazon.com) when it comes to buying books. I am sure other people know more about that and could give you more details than I could as it is only what I have heard or read in reviews. Also if you have a certain eReader in mind…Google the name of it and read the reviews.December 12, 2010 at 12:09 am #484737
Thanks everyone, I think I’m sold on the idea now. I’ve tried the library thing. But the ones near me are terrible, such a poor range. I’ve often looked there before buying just to see and I’ve always ended up buying.
What eReader do you have Doc (if you don’t mind me asking)? I would prefer one that doesn’t lock me into a particular company or file type.
Wow 500 ebooks daviesgang! Now that’s something to aspire too…mmm books *drools*. I thought a notebook would be the way to go, but reading off my laptop kills my eyes after a while.December 12, 2010 at 1:26 pm #484738
I am going through a similar process at the moment and thinking of buying an ebook of some kind at sometime.
Just found this review which might be useful to you.
TTDecember 12, 2010 at 1:35 pm #484739
Our library is fairly small, OK for fiction, but not many of the kind of texts I want. But they have access to most of the other libraries in the state and a good search facility on their website. I search for books on a particular topic and place a hold on the ones I want. They get it in for me and send me an email when it arrives.
Ask your library what sort of facility they have for doing this. You may be surprised.
I was talking to the librarian a few days ago saying that there was a book I wanted that wasn’t available anywhere. She showed me how to place a request for the library to purchase the book. Will be interesting to see whether they get it.December 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm #484740
I’ve been looking at the same sort of thing. There are some books in my collection that i will never part with, but as i read at least a book a week, the not so collectible book sure do pile up after a while.
A chap at work brought in his Kindle DX and i have to say i was very impressed. Large 10″ reading page, 6 week battery life (e ink screen) No Shiny or backlighting screen to strain you eye. It truly is a sexy piece of equipment. The other one that is reviewing really well is the Nook. Check out http://www.ebookreaderreview.com.au/August 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm #484741
Perhaps the main reason to keep at least a few books is that in the event of a power outage, if your Kindle/Laptop is flat, then you won’t be able to get some information you need to.
The only reason I bring this up is because a woman I know was posting on Facebook (from her mobile phone) about how there was no power and she couldn’t veg out in front of the TV (a whole other topic), and I suggested reading a book. She said she doesn’t have any books, and her Kindle was flat. At least with a book you could sit out in the sun and read it.August 26, 2011 at 2:24 am #484742
I have an ereader and would thoroughly recommend it, I have also tried reading with an ipad. The major reason I have an ereader rather than the ipad or equivalent is two fold;
One, the ereader is cheaper, way cheaper than an ipad, and if the device is only to be used for reading then the extra bits aren’t necessary.
And two, the backlighting of the ipad etc is very hard on my eyes (others may find this untrue). I find it hard to read for longer than 20 mins on a backlit screen. Therefore the ereader needs external lighting!
And as mentioned ebboks are quite good value and can be ‘aquired’ from numerous places!
For the price the Kogan is worth looking at, screen is adequate. And company is Australian, unlike the others! They’re not made in Oz, but what is??August 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm #484743
I’ve got a Kindle and absolutely love it. I wasn’t convinced when I first heard about them as I love books too, but the ease of carrying a kindle around vs a book (or more if going on holidays) – fits in my small handbag and I can have hundreds of books with me! The screen is very easy to read on – no motion sickness at all whereas reading a computer screen sometimes affects me.
Some pdf’s are not so easy to read on it, and not being colour limits its use on reference books so will never replace all my books, but I’ll never need to buy a paperback novel (or borrow from the library) again.
You charge via your computer and not very often at all – every few weeks, unlike an ipad or netbook which need much more frequent charging.
Hope that helps.
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