Are you Team Kindle or Team Book?

Earlier this week I talked  a little bit about how I like the latest and greatest of all techy/gadgety things.  I love them.  I got a Fitbit the second it came out, I have speaker lights in my kitchen, I would be lost without my Apple TV, refractometer or hair dryer.  It’s still high tech.  At least it was at one point.

But then there’s this other side of me.  The side that always goes with the classic, the original, the tried and true.  Nothing fancy thank you very much … just a coffee.  A regular coffee.  A plain coffee.  With just coffee in it.

So regarding the whole Kindle VS Book-Book debate I could swing either way.  It’s a crapshoot.  Does she like the Kindle or does she like actual books?  She doesn’t know because she’s never tried a Kindle.

BECAUSE SHE LIKES BOOKS.

I get the whole e-reader thing.  It’s convenient and cool and you can have books INSTANTLY and you can carry around an entire library with you.  But it’s not a book.  And I like books.

I like turning down the corner of the pages, underlining words that I like (or don’t know), looking at the cover as I close the book before going to sleep, and I just like the tactile feel of it. I especially like the sound of turning pages.  Books.  I like ’em.  And yes. I really do turn down page corners and underline things (in pencil).  You can take your hand away from your mouths now.

I’ve tried to read books on my iPad a few times and I got through them and thought it was kind of neat but not enjoyable the way my regular book reading is for some reason.  Because of that I’ve never bought a Kindle or a Kobo.

While I was writing this post I looked up about Kindles to see if maybe I could be swayed by their high tech glossy good looks.

This Kindle Voyage almost swayed me.

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How did it almost sway me?  Because it’s the latest and greatest version.  The exact thing I’m always a sucker for.

People love e-readers for vacations because they can take 6 books with them without taking up any space at all in their luggage, but I don’t go on a ton of vacations. And even when I do it seems it’s to places where I’m running from one place to another from morning until night.  There isn’t a lot of relaxation and reading going on in my vacations.   Wandering and getting lost. That’s what goes on during my vacations.  And a lot of time is spent getting an exchange rate headache,  trying to figure out if that bowl costs $40 or 12 cents.

After my post last week about book recommendations a few people asked about whether I use a Kindle and even more people stopped me in the street to talk about them.

I’m team book.

And you?

Team Kindle or Team Book?  And why.

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214 Comments

  1. Ann says:

    Only 1 other person mentioned audio books. I have vision issues late in the day which would normally be the only time I could sit down and read. Nothing a book or ereader could ever do to make me be able to see so I got into using audio books. I am now an addict. And also have better comprehension that I used to have when I physically read any kind of book. Audible.com has such a great selection and many of the best books are now coming out in audible format at the same time the print version hits the bookstore shelves. Other bonuses are, I can walk the dog or drive the car while listening to a book. The downside is, no pictures or way to look up words you don’t know. Also occasionally the narrators bug me. I still buy some books. Mainly books that will be classics, such as the Harry Potter series. Or good reference books. Although once someone mentioned that an ereader is a great place to have all your reference books. If the world ever went to hell in a handbasket, it would be nice to have all those reference books handy to pick up and go if you must. And ereaders can be easily charged with small portable solar chargers.

    • Penny says:

      I’m going to check that out Ann, thanks

    • Brandy Ballard says:

      The awesome thing about audible is if you don’t like the book…you can return it. I bought a book by a new to me author that sounded pretty good. I realized within the first chapter it was awful. Just went in to my library and returned it and got my credit back. If the narrator is so horrid you want to put spikes in your ears to stop the sound…so great it can be returned. But yes, audible is so wonderful I listen to books quite constantly. My local library also has a large selection of audiobooks as well!

  2. Leisa says:

    I love real books too and reading is probably my favourite thing. I did recently download an audio book on my iPad to keep me occupied on longer workouts on my stationary bike – which is great. I looked at a kindle too but it seemed redundant since I have an iPad – didn’t want another gadget kicking around!

  3. Thera says:

    Team both.
    Heres the way we do it; coffee table books, special books, books we read over and over in real book form. Stuff from the library, light reading, something different all goes on the Kobo, we can always go buy the book version if we really like it and want to make it a part of our book collection.

  4. Ronda says:

    Team Book! I love the feel of the book in my hands as I read. I note the release dates of authors I like in my calendar, and head to the bookstore when their new books come out. I love to read, and even when I was a kid, I could get so engrossed in a book that everything else around me faded into the background. I have read some books on my iPad, but nothing compares to holding a book in your hands.

  5. Jane S says:

    I love my iPad, I can go to the library while I’m in bed. And sad to admit, I read while I eat. With an ebook you can turn the pages with your knuckle when your fingers are sticky. I still however love my bookshelf full of books to reread.

  6. jainegayer says:

    Real books, always!!! I turn down the corners too (my husband will always ask if I want a bookmark after his face drains of color. He has a Kindle). I love they way they feel, and smell, and after I’ve read them I can put them in their own well-deserved spot in the bookcase.

  7. Tiffany Grint says:

    Team Book!! I was given a Kindle as a gift & used it on my hourly bus commute to work – but quickly realized the danger$ of being sucked into reading 20 pages for free & then being allowed to download an entire book in 15 seconds. It’s a great way to pass time on a commute, but I love the coziness (word?) that my bookshelves give me, and I love turning down a corner of a page as I’m falling asleep. My books are my friends & make me feel like I’m home. My electronics are cold by comparison. Thank you for your site! Love that I stumbled on to you – your humor & insight are right in line with mine!

  8. Claire says:

    I love books (at the moment I’m building up my collection of antique ones), but my go-to for fun reads is the Kindle App on my Iphone… I have both Kindle Unlimited and I’ve got access to the digital books from my local library. This means I’m reading whenever I’m waiting for something (the bus, the doctors, a boiling pot, etc). The fact that I aways have my phone with me is a huge bonus to accessibility (and I can’t accidentally leave my book somewhere or spill tea on it). I’m not really sure what team this makes me?

  9. Jill F says:

    Team Kindle! I read about 130 books a year and they were always sitting in the corners of my house, under my bed, under the couch, in my car, etc. I LOVE a Kindle. I can take it anywhere, read at night without disturbing my husband (which is when I mostly read, I don’t sleep much). Going on vacation, which we don’t go much, and are always busy, but again, I can’t sleep, so I had to take one book for each night and an extra book just in case (and usually had to go buy at least one more to make it through!), I always take my Kindle. My house is much neater. My husband doesn’t read like I do, but he’s team Kindle because it makes me happy!

  10. Team Book, the look, the feel and everything else about it. I have never enjoyed reading an abundance of text on a computer screen. But here’s the thing, for the past few years I’ve actually been TEAM AUDIO and listen to books instead. Yes I miss the marking of important passages but I can do other things and listen at the same time. Things like gardening or housework, menial tasks, while going for walks or on long drives through my car speakers. YEAH TEAM AUDIO!

  11. marilyn says:

    both..i love books,always have ,always will, i spent most of my free time as a child curled up in the childrens library in a bean bag chair reading book after book..but years of work have left my wrists and thumbs arthritic and holding a paperback book open is taxing at times so i have resorted to a kobo..compatible with the canadian library system so i can borrow books for free and also backlit so i don’t bother anyone while i am reading in the bunkie at the cottage ! it is also cheaper than having to buy so many books. but i will always love books first.

  12. Susan says:

    I looked at the Kindles a few years ago and didn’t like the little flicker when you turned a page so ended up getting a Blackberry which made an easy-to-read, multi-purpose e-reader. But I’m books. I put a free library in the corner of my convenience store and people take books and leave books and I haven’t had to visit the real library in a couple of years. It’s not as altruistic as it sounds because I get first dibs on everything that comes in.
    But because I’m addicted to books, the e-reader app is invaluable. I’ll read a books from the store shelf and fall in love with it and get to the end only to find out there’s a sequel. OMG OMG OMG I have to get the next part NOW!!! So I’m more than happy to get my book fix electronically but nothing beats a real book in your lap.

  13. Angela says:

    I am with you, Karen, on Team Book. However, when it comes to the newspaper, I am fully Team Nook. It’s nice to not have to wrangle a big-ass newspaper on my train commute, and I don’t show up with inky fingerprints on my face, AND I don’t waste mountains of paper for the sections I don’t even read (I’m talking to you Sports). When it comes to reading The Art of Doing Stuff, I’m team iPhone. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Kevin says:

    I love books, but have moved to eBooks because I can make the type bigger. I found I was not reading as much as I used to, due to the tiny type in print – not an issue when I was younger.

    Very important to use an eInk device, as these have much less eye strain than a color screen – it actually uses tiny magnetic disks, black on one side, white on the other, that flip. Very similar to paper, visually.

    The Barnes and Nobel Nook uses the same file format as iPhone/iPad, so you can load the same file to your reader and the Apple device – helps when you want to read on the go. This is ePub format.

    There is a free library management app, calibre, for Mac and Windows. It does a decent job converting files between formats and can be used to sync with your device.

    Great blog! Happy reading!

  15. billy sharpstick says:

    All of the above!
    I have thousands of old books on my shelves, but I am another gadget whore like you. I try the new toys when they come out and see how they fit into my life. As a result, I have a few of those shiny toys sitting in a drawer collecting dust. A Kindle is not one of them. I could tell that it would never work for me.
    E-readers – I do have the Kindle app on my phone. I always have my phone with me, so can whip it out when standing in line, at the bank(who ever goes into a real bank building that much anymore?), Pirates of the Caribbean and Peter Pan always have long lines(NOT at traffic lights. When that light turns green, you have a responsibility to all the people behind you to take your foot off the brake and drive, not finish that texting!) If I had a real Kindle, I would never be carrying it around with me.
    Books – When I’m at home, I have one book by the bed, and one in the bathroom for (ahem) long sessions. I used to keep a spare book under my car seat, but the Kindle app has pretty much replaced that. I do take real books when traveling. There is a lot of waiting around before and sitting during flights. When they tell you to turn off all your toys for takeoff, you might as well have a book. And during a long flight, I guess I prefer the real thing in my hand.
    Audiobooks – I listen to books when driving. I have one for me, and one for when my wife and I are traveling. (We regularly take two hours trips every couple weeks). The trick is switching between them. My previous car stereo had CD and aux in jack. My new one has USB port and aux in jack, but no CD. It would be nice to have TWO USB ports and be able to switch between them. I’ll probably end up using my phone as a player, but I tend to forget to pause it when I stop the car. The car player is hard to fast forward, so really long audiobook files are a pain.
    One thing I have to watch is never read books from the same genre simultaneously. Scifi, mysteries, historical . . . It’s confusing if I have trouble remembering if Conan just killed a warlord or had sex with Guinevere.
    Okay, no more coffee for me this morning!

  16. billy sharpstick says:

    While we’re on the subject of books, I want to share my bookmark idea. I use one of those ubiquitous flyin subscription cards that all magazines have in the. It serves as a regular bookmark, but I position it so the side and end with the big barcode is opposite where I stopped reading. This is helpful when i stop and start a lot. It typically takes me ten seconds to remember and find the paragraph I read lat. So this acts as a bookmark not for just the page, but the exact location too! Life is too short to waste time unnecessarily!

    • Nancy S in Winnipeg says:

      Team Book.
      I use little post-its with the non-sticky edge peeking out over the top of the page. They stick to the page & are so inexpensive I don’t mind when I lose one.

  17. Pam says:

    Team Book!! But whatever method gets people to read more is a-ok with me, so really I’m Team Reading. (This message is approved by my librarian sister.)

  18. Monique says:

    Team Mini Ipad/Kindle.
    I still like cookBOOKS..and artBOOKS..but I now prefer reading on the Ipad/Kindle.So does my husband..never thought I would..travel,lying in bed..

  19. Definitely team BOOK…for all the reasons others have cited. I treat any book I read as my special companion …if anyone dare touch that book if I leave it somewhere in our house, there is hell to pay. But the truth is, I am completely adverse to anything electronic or gadgety..I’m the only one on the planet who has a flipphone. I talk, never text and believe wholeheartedly ( while I recognize the value of technology) that we are losing some of the most sacred things in life…like conversation, hand written notes, and the beauty of the written word where it belongs…in a book. Yes, I am an old fart.

    • TucsonPatty says:

      I am the other one on the planet with a flip phone and you’ll never talk me into texting. Waste of time when you can call and get the conversation over with in a couple minutes – no back and forth for a half hour! I also am a proud old fart!

  20. Ev Wilcox says:

    Team book! You are a corner turner AND an underliner? Gasp! Defiler! Ruiner! Anyway, though I too love books, can’t say I would never get a Kindle. But I am retired and don’t travel much, so the portability of the doodads don’t excite me. I taught myself to read before I went to school, so you can see how important reading is to me. (I NEVER turn corners or underline, except maybe a magazine or catalog here and there)! My son and daughter and a few others share a lot of our books,
    and I have heard that sharing is limited on the doodads. If I worked in a library they would find my wizened body in a corner somewhere with Smithsonian art books, Stephen King books, Animals of all kinds books, and on and on, in a heap all around me! Anyway, as long as we are all reading, the delivery vehicle is not important. Got to go-promised self I could read before I shower, or tidy up, or work on the T-Day food list….

  21. Team Kindle App -- on iPad Air says:

    Note: My wife has the voyage and I use the kindle app on the iPad with the “night” mode settings (aka black background with white or grey text). I’ve spent many hours reading on both.

    If you use kindle for iPad app (or similar) you can do a black background with white or grey text. In addition, after turning the iPad brightness down to nil you can then adjust the kindle app brightness down even further. Then your pet owl can read to you.

    With these minor changes it cuts down almost all of the backlighting and still gives you a huge screen where you can use giant text (if your like me). It’s also very relaxing for nighttime bed reading since it doesn’t make your face glow like a kindle does.

    I would start with the kindle app first (since you mentioned you have an iPad already). Hold hands, take long walks together, fall asleep together and see how things progress.

  22. Heather says:

    I use the Kobo app on my iPad. I like to read in bed & prefer the ease of the iPad. Plus I just don’t have space to store books. I use my iPad to download free stuff from the library, including audiobooks for any long drives.

  23. Susan De Masi says:

    Team Book. Reading is not a choice for me, I MUST read every day. Most of the furniture in my house is for the storage of books, and since I cannot ever throw or give away a book, that collection of bookcases and pantrys converted to bookcases is getting bigger all the time. My first thought about getting a Kindle was “What if I lose it, or it gets damaged? My books will be gone!” Not an acceptable scenario, so I stick to the genuine article. Also, I love getting used books-one of my favorites is the works of Edith Wharton with the original reader’s comments written in teeny tiny pencil script in the margins-and she (he?) had a lot to say!

    • Brandy Ballard says:

      ah but Amazon keeps all of your books in a “cloud” for you, no chance of losing a single one ๐Ÿ˜‰ and you can read over many devices as well as on your computer. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can totally understand your affinity for real books, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Karin says:

    Both Team Books and Team Kindle. I do like the Kindle for traveling. I too spend most of my vacation time wandering and sometimes getting lost, but before that I spend tons of time in the airport and on a plane or even in a car that I’m not driving. And that’s when I like my Kindle. But if I come across a book on my Kindle that I really like, I go out and buy the BOOK as well. Because my books are my friends. I try to only keep the ones I love and just looking at them on my shelves makes me happy.

    As for blocking your ads – I would never do that! I actually like all the companies that advertise with you. When I add a half bath to my house (sometime down the road, but definitely before I die) I’m going to use tile from The Cement Tile shop, which I found from your blog! They have great stuff and it will be hard to choose just one tile!

  25. Jody says:

    I am team “read however you can”! I love coffee table books and the look of my favorites on a shelf but I wouldn’t give up my Kindle for the world. I have a huge book stash. I can carry around hundreds of books. That feels so empowering. I like to have a few bookcases but with the amount of books a read I would lose them and run out of room. Also there are so many free digital books. The truth is when people ask me a either or question I choose both!

  26. Carol Hogan says:

    I’m definitely a book person. I have shelves and shelves of books. Tried reading on the iPad and quickly quit. Give me the real thing. I like the feel and like you, I like to mark pages. write in margins and highlight things I want to find again.

    BTW, I like free stuff too and I would never block your sponsors. They have great stuff.

  27. Lyn says:

    I’m both, with Audible thrown in. I love my Kindle app on my iPad (I can knit and read), I always have an audio book going for the car. If I’m on a plane or outside, I like having a real book, no worries about battery time and I can see it in the sun. If I want a book that I think someone else would also like, I’ll buy the real book to share. And lately I’ve been trying to work the library more, in prep for a retirement budget, but I can get Kindle books there also.

  28. Rachel says:

    There use to be a joke about Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales once being the kind of book people hid in their sock drawers in that time. You have to know the works of the Grandfather of Literature and the era he wrote in to get that joke and of course, the man that started it all. I now have major respect for the printing press and I believe that all new and good things come from the old. Love your tech, love and respect what inspired it. Civilization depends on books. The Library has always been the reader’s church. Books have Spines, tech devices do not. Not to mention that glorious odour, that changes from brand new to dusty and smells like coffee and 7 Up. And take for example the movie You’ve Got Mail. It may be a simple little comedy but it shows the love and respect for books and book stores while recognizing our need for technology to bring us together to share our ideas and our hearts. “Read it with with a box of Kleenex, she said”. For something more hardcore and real, Scorsese’s documentary on the New York Review of Books will have you running to a hole-in-the-wall book store while simultaneously Googling every beatnik author you could think of. I miss my little dog-eared copy of Anne of Green Gables and I hope that everyone in the world could have a well- loved ratty childhood book hidden somewhere too. And a Kindle. Have a wonderful day!

  29. Kathryn says:

    I’ve never thought that I had to choose. I have a lot of books. I buy books and borrow them from the library and try not to lose the library books in the pile of bought books.

    I also had a Sony ereader (the first one I ever saw) and a couple of kobo ereaders and an ipad. I also read library books on my kobo/ipad/phone (when I’m somewhere I don’t have a computer or tablet) and I really like that because they just take themselves back when they expire, so I don’t end up with late fees.

    Once I start reading something in a particular format though, I tend to stick with it (Margaret Atwood in hard cover, Ian Rankin trade paperback, George RR Martin ebook because they’re too freaking big to carry around).

  30. Stefani says:

    I love my Kindle but not as much as I love my books. I read a lot of non-fiction and for those I buy actual books. I refer to the pictures a lot and will flip back to reread or go forward to check on a result. I use my Kindle for mostly fiction. I have a backlit Kindle and mostly read in bed – I like that I don’t have to turn on a light. The brightness is adjustable and in the dark I turn it way down. Soooo I use both, but if I had to choose between only one, it would be actual books.

    • Brandy Ballard says:

      You can also adjust the settings to have a black background and white letters, I’ve found that makes it much easier on my eyes in the dark! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. I have a Kindle somewhere, but between the library, the Salvation Army and penny buys on Amazon, I’m happiest on team book. Return or donate them when finished so they don’t mount up.
    The exception is when I get a bee in my bonnet that I should read ‘On the Origin of Species’ or some such, or reread old children’s classics, so soothing! gutenberg.org

    • Penny says:

      Re On the Origin of Species, try the audiobook version read by Richard Dawkins. I read the dead tree version and then won a copy of the audiobook. Lucky me! Dawkins admiration for the work comes across in his delivery and his understanding of the subject really brings it to life.
      After listening to the audiobook I set it free on bookcrossing.com. and still get email alerts as it travels around the world.

      • Thank you Penny, I’ll try that! I do tend to fall asleep with audiobooks, but that might not be a problem!

        I used to see Dawkins in my neighbourhood when I lived in London, every inch the mad professor.

  32. Jenny says:

    I’m on both teams, I have to admit. I love having hard copies of books, but we travel to visit family all the time (the curse of being 5+ hours away from everyone) so my husband and I both have kindles so we don’t have to bring stacks with us everywhere. I wish I’d had a kindle when I went overseas for a month back in college–I had to abandon several good books while there! We always buy books for our niece and nephew as presents, and I still remember the year that my sister and I got a hard cover set of 10 classics (Black Beauty, Robinson Crusoe, Little Women, etc.) under the Christmas tree (which I still have). So anyways, in my opinion the portability of the kindle or kindle app is useful but will never truly replace the joy of a real book.

  33. Katie says:

    I’m going to go against everyone and say that I’m Team Audiobook!

    I love reading actual books, but with 1+ hour commute and small children I don’t have any time to sit and read a book. Plus, I have a tiny house with no place to store them. I listen to most books while I’m driving and the nature of my work allows me to listen while I work.

    • Brandy Ballard says:

      I go with audiobooks quite a lot, too. My commute is about 35 minutes but I can also sit at work and listen as well. I’ve also found that it makes the chores of housework go by faster as well. I don’t have young kids but I wonder if that would make them sit while you got something else done if you played the book through a stereo? ๐Ÿ™‚
      P.S. audible is a great place for audiobooks if you haven’t checked it out already

  34. Ana R. says:

    I’m Team Book all the way. I like stacking the books I’m currently reading next to my bed. I like to see the titles and covers, I like to smell them. Most of all, I like finding notes on the margins, newspaper clippings or forgotten grocery lists inside used books. Can’t do that with an e-reader.

  35. Nancy says:

    When my husband bought me a Nook (when they first came out) I thought I would miss the feel of a book and turning the pages, but I LOVE my Nook and use it daily. The convenience of always having it with me, I find I am reading more than ever. I’ve been cleaning out my house and other than a few precious books that I’ll keep always, I love not having book clutter and stacks everywhere. I also find as I get older my eyesight is not what it used to be and I can crank up the font size for easier reading.

  36. Linda says:

    Kindle is in a drawer with a dead battery because I hated the thing. Always take a book when I travel. Always have at least three books on the nightstand.

  37. Tigersmom says:

    Books! Books! Books! The art of reading to me involves much more than just the words on a page. I love paper.

  38. Olivia says:

    Team Kindle! I have the very 1st edition so it’s simple and black and white only (but you can still underline and look up definitions). I love real books for the coffee table and for all things decorating, but my Kindle goes with me everywhere. I even buy purses that will be sure to accommodate it. I use it waiting for the kids to get out of practice, at the doctor’s office waiting for an appt., at the DMV, even in my car occassionally just to get away during lunch hour.

    I see both sides… but I’d really miss my simple Kindle (iPad or iPhone is not the same, don’t care for reading on those).

    IMO, Olivia

  39. Caroline Bedard says:

    I love books, and I love having books to refer to as needed – especially home repair/DIY manuals, sewing books, crafts books and books with beautiful images like children’s picture books, gardening books and art books.
    My husband has had kindles for years, and kept encouraging me to get one. I had been reading kindle books on my Ipad on travel and in bed for a few years, believing that was sufficient, but decided to try a kindle paperwhite.
    The kindle really is less painful for me to hold than a book, because I too have arthritis. It is much easier to travel with, and now that devices are permitted during takeoff and landing, I don’t need to pack a paperback in my carryon. Traveling light has become more necessary because of the arthritis as well as tendonitis in my shoulder.
    Because it is a paperwhite, I don’t need a reading light in bed, and I do not disturb my husband. It is much more comfortable to read in bed on my kindle, too.
    I borrow library books, try to get on the waiting list for bestsellers enough in advance so I have a favorite to read as soon as I finish each book, and I also get free books on Amazon, even though they may not be my favorites. I no longer have to rush downtown to the library for a good book.
    I still go to the library for reference and how-to books, along with the occasional new release or bestseller, and I do prefer browsing through actual books to using the library ebooks section.

  40. QuietLady says:

    Team Kindle.

    I have always loved to read. I don’t recall being “bookless” since age 8! As a commuter, I would usually have my handbag and a tote to carry my lunch and book (and whatever else was deemed necessary for the day). I read both soft cover and hard cover, so the weight of the book varied. When the first generation Kindle was released, I was thrilled. However, the reviews were terrible; there were much needed improvements. When the Kindle 2 was released and addressed the deficiencies of Kindle 1, I placed my order and have not looked back. Although I love the actual feel of a book, I enjoy the convenience of carrying the Kindle and having immediate access to the next book as I finish a current reading. I still visit Barnes and Noble to look at some books prior to purchase. However, I am hooked on my Kindle and cannot go back to the days of carrying a 3-pound book.

  41. Erika says:

    Team both! I’m not a format snob, but it really depends on the book. I like reading physical books, and some books I ONLY buy in print. But there are a lot of independent authors and publishers that only publish electronically, and I don’t want to miss out on those. Also, I have a fondness for early 20th century and before books, many of which can only be found as ebooks, if they are found at all. Or maybe I just want to read a book, but not own it, and the library doesn’t have it in print.

    I have an Android 7″ tablet, which can use pretty much every reading app on the market – including kindle, nook, kobo, adobe, epub, and overdrive. I use kindle and overdrive – kindle for stuff through amazon or the library ebooks, and overdrive for ebooks from Project Gutenberg and other sources which offer a lot of free ebooks. I have several hundred books on each app. The tablet has wifi, so it can search the internet, but I can also download games, apps, pretty much everything you can do on a computer. In fact, I haven’t used my laptop since I bought the tablet, and this is my second one. I won’t give up my books for anything, but I also won’t give up my tablet.

  42. Connie says:

    Wow, what a lot of comments! It’s wonderful to see so many readers. And the best thing about readers is they know how to spell and use grammar and string whole sentences together!

    I’m TEAM BOOK. I realize electronic books are more convenient, maybe someday I’ll embrace the technology.

    And regarding dog-earing pages, an English teacher once told my class that when you bend the pages of a book, the book cries. I simply cannot bend a page, or even write in a book. I probably need therapy….

    • TucsonPatty says:

      One of my favorite memories…I babysat my daughter’s best friend and his siblings. The friend was careless with toys, books, walked on things, brought sand from the sand box into the house then the books on the floor and walking on them…I gave him a little talk one day about “…ruining, no, spoiling the books…” And his momma told me weeks later that while she was reading to all three kids and then putting the book on the floor, he said “Mama, don’t do that. You will break Aunt Patty’s heart!” I died.

  43. Erin says:

    Solid team book. One look in our house, and that’s evident!

    Howeverโ€ฆI would love to get all of my gardening/homesteading/permaculture books in digital form so I could reference them to problem solve while outside. I still want to own the actual book. I just want to be able to easily search several at once for specific information.

    Great discussion.

  44. BamaCarol says:

    I just love reading, doesn’t matter how I do it. I have so many physical books and had to get rid of some not long ago or they threatened to overtake us. Donated 31 boxes of hardback books! Mostly books that I had already read, I was just holding on to them. I also have a Kindle and use it mostly at bedtime as it is lighter weight in bed than a heavy book. I also love audiobooks when bike riding or walking. Just as long as I am consuming a book, the way I do it doesn’t really matter to me!

  45. Su says:

    I’m team book – except when I travel…. I love the uninterrupted reading on planes and having a kindle is very convenient for me. I don’t have to haul around three or four books for the trip. I love curling up with a book and turning the pages….. savoring the read….
    However I do not like the prices that are charged for ebooks. I think it’s bullshit that we pay almost as much for a digital version that cost next to nothing to produce. I want the authors to be paid but I think the publishers and Amazon and Barnes and Noble are sticking it to us readers….
    Plus I can’t ‘loan’ my books as easily as a print version or to whomever. I paid for it I should be able to ‘give’ to anyone!!
    ok jumping off of THAT bandwagon….
    On a different reading note… I will ONLY read magazines in print. I absolutely, positively cannot stand reading magazines in the digital format. Tried it and hate it. There is something so real about a glossy magazine, ripping out the recipes, pinning the pictures on my bulletin board that you cannot get in a digital version.

    • Brandy Ballard says:

      If you have a kindle you can actually loan books if the author has permitted it. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a small PITA as it is only for, I think, 2 weeks increments, but they can be read on any kindle app on a smart phone, kindle, computer, tablet, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Mary W says:

    Books!!! I read in bed and before falling asleep. Usually, the book falls into my face when my hands and eyes go to sleep before my brain. The Kindle would hurt!!!!

  47. Rondina says:

    Team Book. I tried the Kindle and sent it back to Amazon. I also write in margins, underline, and dogear the pages. I thought that I would be able to read my journals and magazines on the Kindle. I hate the way things reflow. Wired no longer looked like Wired and my journals were in PDFs. I couldn’t turn the Kindle for a horizontal view when reading those. There is no way I’d fall asleep with a Kindle in my hand and that light blinding me.

  48. Manisha says:

    I resisted the e-books for many, many years then a friend loaned me her old Kindle. I fell in love the very first night. I read a lot and have a huge library of my own. But now I’m painstakingly clearing it out (but not giving up my favorites and have to tell myself that not everything can be a favorite). The best thing about my Kindle is that I can borrow from the library. The waitlist are usually shorter for the e-books. Also, I have a case that allows me to open and shut like a regular book. If you happen to decide to buy one, consider not getting the latest and greatest. My Kindle is only for reading books. It won’t let me get distracted by being able to get on the internet. I find the paperwhite kindles to be very affordable.

  49. chris says:

    I LOVE my books! I could never be convinced to abandon them completely. However, I do also use my Kindle. I use my Kindle to check out emerging authors or books I’ve never heard of. I’d rather pay a minimal amount (or nothing at all) for a read that may end up being a dud. If I find an author that I really like, I then proceed to buy everything I can get my hands on. I also like my Kindle for reading in bed before sleep. Instead of having a light (which keeps me alert), I can adjust the screen coloration and brightness so that I actually start to get tired while reading. That’s a big deal for an insomniac!

    • Brandy Ballard says:

      I also like that you can adjust it to black background with white words which I find to be easier on my eyes when reading at night ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Carolyne says:

    forget kindle, forget kobo. the best ereader is the Sony e-reader. BUT, they have stopped making them. Why is it the best? You are not limited to any single format, it can use any epub, pdf, etc. It is not tied to an online platform that needs to sync. It lasts forever on one charge. It is not backlit, so it does not interfere with sleep patterns. It is bigger, than some and is the same as a paperback. It weights almost nothing.

    I have had one for years with no problems at all. I bought 2 on ebay as backups just in case.

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