Thursday, November 10, 2011

Booking Through Thursday ::: E-Volution

Booking Through Thursday: A weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading.

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 was just talking about this last night with my friend at dinner!
Funny it comes up now --- especially since I need some help making a decision.

Basically what it boils down to is:
I don't have an E-Reader.
AND I can't decide if I WANT an E-Reader.
{BUT -- I did ask Mommy-Claus for one for Christmas}

I mean - let's be honest the Kindle FIRE looks soooo cool. I mainly want it so I can play with it because I love gadgets like that -- but I don't know if I would enjoy reading a full book on it.

Also - my problem with e-readers is that if I have one that means I'll have to PAY for every book I read -- and I don't want to do that. I like borrowing books from friends and co-workers because ... I'm cheap.

So I don't know what to do.

I'm afraid I'll get one and that I'll hate reading on it and it'll be a waste of money
I get one - LOVE it and then have to pay for all my reading material.

What to do?
What to do?

Do you have an E-Reader (and which one)?
Do You Love it?
Do you recommend I get one?

Help Me!


  1. Oh, get it! And don't worry about the cost of books. Many ebooks are very very inexpensive -- and prices are going down. And you can find a lot of freebies. Authors give ebooks away all the time as part of promos -- and if you like to read classics you'll feel like a kid in a candy store. There are tons of classics that are totally free!

  2. Haha, I need help to! I want one...but then I start wondering if I'll ever use it! I'm so afraid that I'll spend the money, and it'll sit somewhere, not being used. I'm so cheap, too. If I couldn't borrow books from friends and stuff, I'd go crazy!

    My BTT

  3. You can definitely choose the less expensive books to download...some I got for 1.99.

    Mine was a gift, as you know, since you visited my blog...and thanks!

    I still don't find it as much fun to read on it, except I do read faster. Does that make sense?

    It's not an easy decision, is it?

  4. Nice post! I did have an e-reader (a Sony Reader), but then I accidentally cracked the screen, eek. I really liked my e-reader because I could download books fast, look up words in the dictionary while I was reading, switch between books on the fly, etc.

    I found myself reading more because it was just so convenient to do so. But some people prefer actual books (or both); it really depends on your personal taste.

    Something to note is that the Kindle Fire is actually a tablet type of device, like the Nook Color, Nook Tablet, iPad, Kobo Vox, etc. These use an LCD screen, so it's like reading a computer screen. Here is a comparison among some tablets:

    E-Readers like the regular Kindle, Nook Simple Touch, Sony Reader, Kobo Touch, etc., use e-ink so that it's like reading an actual page from a book. Some people say e-ink helps reduce eyestrain. Comparison among some e-ink devices:

    You can also search for review videos on YouTube about the devices.

    One last thing is that most e-readers let you download e-books from your public library for free. I did this all the time. Not all library books are available in e-book format, though.

    Whoa, sorry, this comment was really long! lol

  5. Im glad you posted this so I can read all of the comments and make a decision. I think Im gonna go with a Kindle that ISNT the Fire. Just doesnt seem to make sense to have if your sole purpose is for reading. Esp since you wont be able to read outside. Plus, if you start off with the other ones, you can see if you like it, at a cheaper price, and then wait til it actually comes out, see what others think and then decide if that more expensive one is worth the investment! I think thats what Im gonna do!

  6. I love my Nook... and actually don't buy that many books for it. I borrow some from the library, get a LOT free from B&N, and you can even borrow books from friends who have a Nook! Here's my BTT.

  7. I still prefer the actual book.

  8. So true. You would have to pay for every book.

    Here's mine:

  9. I will always prefer real books but I love my Nook...I bought it in August when I started my blog! I have found that it had already paid for itself because I rarely buy e-books. I use it to read from NetGalley, free e-books and prizes. So now I can read all of those that I had to pass on before!

    I got a headache from reading books on the PC so I made sure to get a reader with E-Ink (it looks like a newspaper and has no glare so it is easy on the eyes like a real book)

    I was tempted to get something fancy and in color like the nook color or the new kindle, but I knew that the screen and the glare would give me headaches and now I am so happy that I got the E-Ink one. I can use my computer for pictures and video if I want...but I have an easy on the eyes/headache free e-reader to go through my galleys!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  10. I’ve got a Kindle and love it for traveling. While I’d love to get a tablet, I don’t think it would be the best thing to read on because it doesn’t use eInk and can strain your eyes; it’s basically the same as reason on a computer, from what I understand.

    Like pl28 mentioned, I also love being able to look up words and highlight passages which I can do on the Kindle. For me a downside is that eBooks aren’t always cheaper. I don’t like buying books because I rarely re-read them. But, if I were to buy them, I wish I could pass them onto someone else or give them away so others could enjoy them when I’m done. With an eReader, you can’t do that, as far as I know. But if you travel a lot and love classics (most are free), then I’d recommend one. Or if you have a lot of money to spend on books but nowhere to put them (small apartment, for example), then it’d work well for you too.

  11. I don't have one and don't know if I want one either. I think it might be nice to have one - maybe for when I travel or vacation (but that's not often anyway).

  12. I think you should get one. :) I've been thinking a LOT about the same issue - it's a lot of money and I wasn't sure I actually needed it. But now I'm sure I do. There are a great amount of free books that you can download on your Kindle so you don't necessarily have to pay for them either :)

    I would say, go for it!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today.
    Vicky @ Books, Biscuits & Tea

  13. Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Great answer! Yes, I am cheap too! ;-)

    But as I am someone who is majorly in to classics I don't have the problem of having to buy what I read. Because most classics are available for free download. So, if I ever do decide to get an e-reader, I think I'll be okay in that respect. :-)

  14. Well, if you don't want to buy books... you can borrow lots of eBooks from your library and read them on your eReader (Kindle, Nook, etc) without paying a cent. Plus, Amazon (and B&N to a less extent) have tons of freebies (trade books or indies) that are made free almost daily. I know because I keep track of them on my blog.

  15. Hi again -- look what I found this morning -- list of free classics for the Kindle.

    Includes Austen, Twain, Dickens, and much more!!