Thursday, 15 September 2011

Shall I ask for a Kindle for my birthday?

Do you love them or hate them? Given that I will probably still buy paper books if only to inhale, is it worth me getting a Kindle for use on holidays and long train journeys?

Answers on a postcard please, or failing that in the comments below. :-)

23 comments:

Rob Crompton said...

Definitely worth getting one. I've had a Sony ereader for over a year now and I wouldn't want to be without it. Apart from the fact that there is so much stuff out there which I would not have had any real chance of getting in hard copy, it's also extremely useful for carrying my own documents around on. I don't have to print mss out if I'm going to read them at the writers' circle, or read through in the coffee shop. Just save them to the reader like any other external drive. Get one! But still buy real books!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Oh, absolutely! I still love my print books but I really love the ease with which we can download books on to the kindle (too easily!) no matter where published. They are usually less expensive to buy too, so we can justify even more. And I much prefer taking the kindle to bed now as it's easier to hold than a heavy book that needs two hands! It's actually kinder on the eyes too - all to do with the kind of ink, I believe. It's nothing like a computer.

JO said...

Yes. They are great for travelling, Useless for reading in the bath.

Carolb said...

I can only second what Rob and Rosemary have already said.
I still buy books but my Sony reader is just so practical when travelling, waiting around for appointments and especially when you've got a list of books you want to read but not enough storage space.
And unlike a printed book you can increase the text size with an e-reader if you need it.

Ann said...

Absolutely! A kindle is a must for the traveling reader. Mind you, you can't use it when taking off or landing as it is an electronic device. But yes, yes, yes, ask those nearest and dearest to get you a kindle for your birthday.

Patsy said...

Noooo - books are best.

Diane Fordham said...

You've all got me wanting one now. I like books too Patsy, but we can have both!

Quillers said...

I haven't got a Kindle but I have got a Sony e-reader and I love it. I can also use it to proofread my work. It really shows up any typos seeing it on a different screen, and because you're looking at a smaller page full of words.

One word of warning. If you buy a non-Kindle e-reader, be aware that Kindle ebooks won't load onto it. I presume that's because Amazon want everyone to buy a Kindle, but you'd think they'd want to sell more ebooks!

Old Kitty said...

Oh go on ask away!! You know you want to! LOL!

I'd never say no to a Kindle if someone gave me one!

But I love love love my print books more!

Take care
x

Caroline said...

I'm toying with the idea too for Christmas. Still not sure tho'....Caroline x

Debs Carr said...

I love paper books but wouldn't be without my Kindle now. So easy to use, light and so many books stored in it's memory.

You HAVE to get one.

Maggie May said...

It's a bit like getting a dish-washer. Those who have one wouldn't be without it, but those who don't think it's a waste of time. I haven't got one so you know where I stand, but wouldn't say no if someone bought me one!

Helen said...

I'm having the same dilemma myself (although, if I go ahead, I'll probably have to wait for Christmas for mine).

A few short months ago, when my mother-in-law bought one, I was firmly in the 'no' camp. Nothing could replace printed books, as far as I was concerned. Now, I keep hearing such good things about them, I'm seriously tempted. The only problem is - well, they're just not books, are they?

Scarrlett61 said...

I would thoroughly recommend a Kindle. I travel a lot and it is so much easier to carry than a really thick book. With airline weight restrictions now I can take lots of books on holidays. Saying that I still buy books from time to time.

wannabe a writer said...

Having a Kindle doesn't mean that you can't read books too. I love my Kindle especially when travelling. I love being able to take whatever books I want to on holiday without having to watch the weight limit.

I also love being able to download free samples so I can try before I buy.

Having said that I still love books and would never consider not reading the real MacCoy.

Some kindle books are cheaper than paperbacks, some paperbacks are cheaper than Kindles. Its nice to have the best of both worlds.

Amanda said...

I love my Kindle and would say a big YES! But I buy books too. I've just downloaded Little Women for free - and bought the book too for inhaling purposes!

Suzanne Jones said...

I got a Kindle for Christmas and, even though there are things about it that annoy me, the positives do outweigh the negatives. It's just so convenient. I still buy my keepers in book form, though.

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Maria said...

I love my Kindle, its fabulous, and I was one of these people who was never going to have one...

I felt a bit of a traitor to the book as we know it, but actually I still buy loads of books too.

Go on...spoil yourself, or get someone else to buy you one.

Anonymous said...

I love my Kindle. I wish I could read it in the bath though.

Dee.

Leigh said...

I have the Kindle app on my iPhone, and I use for about 50% of my reading. I can't justify the proper thing (I don't have enough time to read), and think I would get annoyed carrying another gadget around (having only just got the phone/ipod/camera thing all into one. But if I were to carry a book around all the time, I'd be buying a Kindle. Definitely. With an orange leather case, and one of those reading light things. Yes, definitely.

Sally Zigmond said...

I have pencilled one in for my Christmas present to myself although I don't think I shall ever be able to do without the feel and smell of crisp news books as well as that distinctive second-hand books smell. In the meantime I have a Kindle app on my PC and have bought and downloaded books onto it. It takes about 5 seconds to download. So easy. It has certainly made me more determined to take the plunge.

Jo said...

I received a Kindle for my birthday yesterday. I love it! Much more than I thought I would. So far the biggest advantage over a book is that you can lie it flat, so can read while eating, typing at the computer or peeling the veg! I also like the fact that some books are a lot cheaper to buy and all your fiction is in one place. Like Rosemary, it's great to read in bed (I recommend getting a case with a light fitted). So good on holiday, when you may not take the 'real' books you're in the mood for. With the Kindle you can browse and buy while you're away. Go for it!

womagwriter said...

Thanks all. I think I'm going to take the plunge! Birthday is not for a couple of weeks, and the darling hubby is on the other side of the world at the moment, cheering Ireland on in the Rugby World Cup, so I am going to have to wait a bit.