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Old 09-24-2012, 06:02 AM   #31
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:09 AM   #32
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What got you started in the first place?
Now that's a hard question. I got into ebooks a long time ago, before the Kindle and even before the first eInk Sony appeared.

Let's see. I joined Fictionwise in 2003, but I was into ebooks before that, as I found Baen's webscriptions in September 2001, and actually started using it in January 2002.

So I think it was probably Baen. And I got my first portable ebook reader, a Sony Clie SL-10, in the Autumn of 2002.

And I started because I could get books from Baen immediately when they were published, at a much lower cost than getting them when they eventually got shipped to the UK in paper form.

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Old 09-24-2012, 07:21 AM   #33
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I used to read short stories and blogs on my palm V but I wasn't really ready to switch to electronic displays for longer works. Then I heard about e-paper and waited for the devices to become available.

I'm sure that there were other devices available but I waited for the Kindle having convinced myself from various reviews that it was the best. I pre-ordered the Kindle 2i as soon as I could and, despite wanting to love it, I merely liked it. I read a few books on it but mainly still read paper (having got a considerable dead tree TBR pile).

The the Kindle 3 came out and I upgraded. The difference in screen quality was such that I was hooked. Thing is I think part of it was more getting used to the idea of reading off devices. I will now read books off my computer monitor, my TV or phone. Mind you I think the quality of a modern LCD screen versus my old CRT monitor is a bit different.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:23 AM   #34
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I honestly hate the smell and feel of paper.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:43 AM   #35
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I first got into ebooks thanks to my trusty pocket PC in the form of a smartphone. I quickly realized the joy of being able to just read anywhere, anytime. Not just a single book, but a whole library crammed in a fingernail-sized memory card. Nothing can beat that. Besides, if I crave to read THIS ONE BOOK JUST NOW and it's not in my library, I can download it in a whim.

Now I've also got myself a 6" e-ink reader, for more screen real state and reading under day light. Shares same library than my smartphone, managed by Calibre on the laptop.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:51 AM   #36
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Storage was my biggest reason. I begrudged having books taking up so much space when I re-read them so infrequently, but I couldn't bring myself to pass them on just in case I did want to re-read them.

Close second though was convenience. I enjoyed leafing through books in the store and browsing for my next read, but often the books I were looking for were not in stock. eReaders solved that issue, although the problem moved to not available in ebook form for a few years but the instant delivery and HUGE store browsing plus ability to read other peoples opinions of a book, especially reference books, made up for the diminishing problem of books not yet available as ebooks.

That's what made me start reading on a PDA. I moved to eInk once it became available to solve the issue of reading outside :P
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:11 AM   #37
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As others have mentioned, Baen Webscriptions were my introduction, reading on the computer screen. I started reading on my PDA as soon as I realized I could put books on it...around 2004 or 2005 maybe? I got a Kindle when they first came out in late 2007 or early 2008, but still read a lot of paper books along with my e-reading. Then, in 2009, I had an accident on a snowmobile that compromised the use of my left arm. I don't think I've read a paper book since then. The ability to truly read one handed has enabled me to keep reading. Also, now that my eyes are getting older, the ability to make the font larger as my eyes get more tired is amazing.

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Old 09-24-2012, 08:19 AM   #38
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A library at my fingertips.
That's it in a nutshell. The sheer ease of getting books to read, all from the comfort of your armchair.

I was dubious about ereaders at first, but once I saw how nice the Kindle was to read on, and how quick and easy it was to get books, I had to get one for myself.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:28 AM   #39
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I've got arthritis in my thumbs and holding thick hard cover books can be painful after awhile. I saw Bezos shilling the Kindle 2 on The Daily Show so I thought I'd try it. Being able to increase the font size, and not needing extra bookshelves are an added bonus.

So, I'm blaming all my ereader hardware purchases on Erikson's '' Malazan'' books.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:22 AM   #40
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I won a Kindle. I use my library a lot now for paper books which means the concept of not filling my house with books doesn't apply to me. It's nice having a few books in the e-reader when I run out of paper from the library.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:31 AM   #41
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Originally, it was the fanfiction. I read a lot if it, but didn't like the fuss and expense of printing it out nor being tied to a computer screen or a heavy laptop. Once I had the device, I started to appreciate the conveniences: buying that was not limited by retail store hours or my work schedule, the lack of need for physical storage, the ability to carry around many books at a time and access to many books that are only available as ebooks.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:43 AM   #42
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For me it was multiple reasons like many here.

1) Got tired of my house looking like a library
2) Baen Books and a laptop
3) O'Reilly Safari books - Online Tech books.

But what pushed me over the edge and made me finally break down and get a reader was all the Indy books. I have to say that Indy books have revitalized midlist authors and I'm loving it. Now days it is rare for me to purchase a book from the big 6 much less from some of the smaller publishers. I set my price threshold to what Baen charges for a ebook ($6) which I think is a reasonable amount. Anything over that and well it better be outstanding and from someone I have read before.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:15 AM   #43
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Once upon a time, I was in the camp of "I just love real books too much to ever get an ereader."

Then my local library closed for renovations (it was closed for three years). I had to either get an ereader, or start paying for all my books. I chose the ereader, and lucky for me my library has a fantastic ebook program. Nowadays I do most of my reading on the reader, and when I feel like I'm missing "real books," I read one.

Now the local library just re-opened. I will certainly enjoy the space with my daughter, but will I check out pbooks again? On the one hand, there are certainly a lot of books that are not available in Overdrive, so I could check out those. On the other hand... do I really want to go back to late fees??? I'm not sure.

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I saw a review on All About Romance for the eBookwise and was immediately intrigued. Although the storage compared to what came later was laughable, I loved the idea of having 50 or so books available to me anywhere I went--not to mention the backlit screen which enabled me to read at night and not disturb anyone. The price was nice, too--only $100. So I got one and never looked back.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:38 AM   #45
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2) Creative Commons, Public Domain and indie titles I could only get for free or at much lower prices if obtained as eBooks; some I just couldn't find locally (no book store chains in Puerto Rico right now, since Borders closed)
4) Many books and other types of publications that I wanted which only exist in digital formats; I can bundle Web comics as comic book archives or as epubs (Calibre!) and take them with me; I can create eBooks of Wikipedia articles for research or whatever other reasons, and keep reading while I am away from the computer; and so on...
6) The ability to carry as many books and comics as I please with me at any time. I love to carry books and notebooks with me everywhere; my favorite companions!
5) Ecological awareness (I really do care about this matter, and I believe we all should)

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