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Old 10-12-2012, 04:05 PM   #1
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I want your opinion!

I am currently doing a research project on eBooks, and I stumbled across this website (hallelujah!). I have read through some of the threads, and I want to get an idea of why you enjoy reading, writing, or publishing eBooks, as opposed to hard-copy books.

I don't currently own an eReader, but my mom has a Nook, and so I have the Nook app on my phone and we buy and share books. I really love it, because it allows me to carry books with me on my phone at school, instead of lugging around one more book, in addition to my text books and binders.

I know this is a really broad question, but I want to leave the discussion open to whatever you want to say! All of your feedback is appreciated.
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:37 PM   #2
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I love ebooks because I can carry multiple books around with me, and because I can change the font size. Also, because I'm no longer cluttering up the house with more books.
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:39 PM   #3
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Both paper books and e-books have their advantages, and I read both. E-books are convenient, I can hold a library in my hand. Books that were hard to find in paper are easy to find as an e-book. I had always wanted to read Don Quixote, but I didn't relish lugging around an a 1000+ page book. I could easily enough buy a copy in paper, but what if I didn't like it, and never got around to reading it? Or I could buy a used copy cheaply, but with old paper books, the paper can be yellowed and hard to read. With an e-book, it was free, and the e-ink screen was easy on the eyes.

Then there's the ability to change the font size. I'm reading The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant in paper, and the font is tiny. I keep wanting to increase the font size.

There are so many free books out there. When I first got my e-reader, I was grabbing up every free book I could. I've since slowed down, and only get books I want to read, even if they are free. Project Gutenberg is a fantastic source. I still buy books though.

The dictionary feature is a big plus. With paper, if you don't know a word, you can dig out a paper dictionary, figure it out by context or just skip over it. But with the e-reader, the definitions right there.

Not everyone likes it, but I enjoy the text to speech feature on the Kindle 3. It's great for when I'm in the car.

Paper books have benefits too. You can sell them or give them away. You can buy them used at a reduced price. And a bookshelf is, in my opinion, an enjoyable way to search for a book.
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:48 PM   #4
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I prefer ebooks for several reasons: (in no particular order)

1. Can shop and get a new book on my Kindle in a few minutes.
2. I can carry around hundreds of books in a small package.
3. Built in dictionary.
4. Free books.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:02 PM   #5
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I started e-reading years ago because my bookshelves were overflowing (again). That'll never happen to me with e-books because electronic memory is cheap. I continue to e-read for many other reasons but a big one is having several e-books without the bulk of p-books when I travel.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:32 PM   #6
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Three main reasons for me:
1. I can make the fonts as big as I can for my bad eyes!
2. Lightweight so it doesn't hurt my hand/wrist.
3. I can carry bunches and bunches of books with me!
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:01 PM   #7
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Originally I began turning to ebooks more and more due to size constraints when we downsized to a smaller house after my brother married and left home.

Then as my disabilities advanced an ereader is easier on my joints, esp. on days when my hands/wrists are badly swollen/stiff. Also not having to hold my book/device directly in front of my eyes is great. I can increase font and have my device sitting on my lap or on the bed beside me while I lie/sit in a whichever position in most comfortable for me at the time.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:08 PM   #8
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1. Convenience of carrying around multiple books in the palm of my hand.
2. Ease of shopping, near-instant delivery.
3. It's an electronic gizmo, so I'm already attracted to it.
4. I find it easier to read on my Kindle than in an actual book.
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:36 AM   #9
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I got an ereader because I can adjust the font size to something that is comfortable for me to read. I don't clutter my apartment with books, I can carry my entire library with me everywhere I go.
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:52 AM   #10
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I got an ereader initially because I was tired of losing books during my various moves (especially while in the military). I re-bought books numerous times because of this. The ereader just makes it more convenient for me to have my entire library at hand and lets me read whatever I want whenever I want.
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:54 AM   #11
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eBooks solve my problem of no more shelf space plus they offer a portability that is impossible with pbooks.
I can purchase old pbooks and format-shift them to digital (thank you Sigil & Calibre).
I can overcome DRM (thank you Apprentice Alf) and correct the errors in commercial ebooks (and improve the front covers - no thanks to Random House for their *boring* covers!)

Biggest (and only) downside is my impending bankruptcy as I buy far more books now that I used to when restricted to paper.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:08 AM   #12
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I have thousands of books, all free and I would not be able to walk through our small house if they were all in my space instead of digital space. Secondly, I think I have dyslexia - at any rate I read on ereaders but never touch real books unless forced to. I could read on pc/laptop but ereaders are much easier.

I have a kindle with 1400+ books on it as of date, most all free. I have collected other digital books from the net and have in the 20,000 area at present on my desktop.

My wife likes this type of collecting much better than old cars :-)
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:11 AM   #13
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I don't like to accumulate physical books because they take up space and become clutter.
I like to be able to adjust the font as my eyes aren't that great anymore.
If I want a book, I can just get it without running out to the book store.
I can carry tons of books with me if I'm going on a trip or something.
There are free and very inexpensive books available.
I don't have to worry about my toddler taking out the bookmark. She ignores ereaders but can't keep her hands off a book with a bookmark in it.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:15 AM   #14
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I purchased my ereader when our local library closed for renovations. The library system has an excellent ebook program. Two years later, the library has reopened but I will stick with checking out ebooks. I love having no late fees! I do still buy paper books sometimes.

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I love ebooks because I can carry multiple books around with me, and because I can change the font size. Also, because I'm no longer cluttering up the house with more books.
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I prefer ebooks for several reasons: (in no particular order)

1. Can shop and get a new book on my Kindle in a few minutes.
2. I can carry around hundreds of books in a small package.
3. Built in dictionary.
4. Free books.
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Three main reasons for me:
1. I can make the fonts as big as I can for my bad eyes!
2. Lightweight so it doesn't hurt my hand/wrist.
3. I can carry bunches and bunches of books with me!
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1. Convenience of carrying around multiple books in the palm of my hand.
2. Ease of shopping, near-instant delivery.
3. It's an electronic gizmo, so I'm already attracted to it.
4. I find it easier to read on my Kindle than in an actual book.
All of the above.
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