Kindles or books

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by rea1, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. rea1

    rea1 New Member

    My ex partner bought me a Kindle for christmas !and though they are compact,you can download a lot of books onto them-free ones as well. I still prefer to have a book in my hand. As anyone else got a kindle and which do you prefer-book or kindle ?.
     
  2. aej1

    aej1 Active Member

    I would love a Kindle. I thin they are great and look at all the paper they save. Lucky you
    Ann
     
  3. rea1

    rea1 New Member

    I'm getting used to it Ann,you can go into the kindle shop on line and down load upto an 100 free books.


    Liz
     
  4. aej1

    aej1 Active Member

    I really must get one. I have been looking at them on-line just now but notsure if I can justify the expense just now.
    Ann
     
  5. owencj

    owencj New Member

    I also got a Kindle for Christmas but I only really wanted it so that I could see what my book, ROUGH CUT, looked like on it. But then, after downloading and reading a couple of books on it, I have found that it is a perfectly OK way to read books so I'll probably mostly buy books on Kindle in future. I was surprised - I didn't expect to find it an acceptable experience!
     
  6. cherrilman

    cherrilman New Member

    I have thought about getting one, My brother bought a Kobo ereader which has a touch screen, he thinks they are better and they have a huge online book store. these are selling in Argos for £75.
     
  7. halliclone

    halliclone New Member

    They are better. I have had a Kindle for a couple of years now and I bought my wife a Kobo for Christmas so that I could get my hands back on my Kindle! My wife is now trying to get my hands of her Kobo. :icon_neutral:
     
  8. Alkan

    Alkan New Member

    Love my Kindle but reference books are much easier to use in the old fashioned way.
     
  9. SandraB

    SandraB New Member

    I've had a Kindle for about a year now and I love it. I love books, in fact I love them too much because I'm out of space for them which is why I decided on the Kindle. I like that I can keep it in my bag so that I've always got something to read (I hate being without something to do for ten minutes so having that is great). I also like that I can sit in my living room, see a great book and have it available to read within one minute. One thing that puzzles me though is why some books are more expensive than hard copies when there is no paper, printing, distribution, etc involved. Now I only buy hard copies if it's cheaper than the Kindle version or it's a series I've already got hard copies for or if there are colour pics I want to see because images on Kindle are in black & white. Oh and I also like the Search function, that comes in very handy from time to time.
     
  10. Xisgil

    Xisgil New Member

    I still love the hard bound books but Kindle is tempting to use too...
     
  11. AncientGardener

    AncientGardener New Member

    For novels I think a Kindle is as good if not better than paper - more compact, keeps track of where you are up to etc.
    But the images/diagrams are pretty dire so not much good (yet) for books that need pics/tables, etc.
     
  12. SandraB

    SandraB New Member

    If you have a Kindle you can download, for free, Kindle Reading Apps (go to your Amazon Kindle account) for your pc, ipad, etc etc and when reading on those you get the colour images instead of the black and white you see on your Kindle reader.
     
  13. keith

    keith New Member

    I did a lot of searching around and ended up buying a Sony PRS ebook reader. Much much better than kindle and just works like a memory stick. You drag and drop from your computer. However, I still can't resist buying the odd book!
     
  14. harrygarner

    harrygarner Member

    Books forever kindles never ever
     
  15. octopusuk

    octopusuk New Member

    We have to pay +20% VAT on e-books but not on paper books.
     
  16. aej1

    aej1 Active Member

    I have now got a \kindle and love it. and saves on the trees being cut down. On saying that I have still some Stephen King huge books to read.
    Ann
     
  17. JerryChicken

    JerryChicken New Member

    One really important consideration for Leeds residents is the fact that as a Leeds resident you're entitled to join the Leeds Library Service for free and as a memebr of the Leeds Library Service you're entitled to download and loan library books onto an eReader in the ePub and PDF formats - for free.

    (and no, I don't work for the library :biggrin: )

    Its worth a visit to the Leeds Libraries web site before you consider which eReader you're going to purchase to check against their list of compatible devices - when I bought my Sony Reader 18 months ago the Kindle devices weren't compatible at all due to their non-support of the ePUB format which is the licensing method that allows public libraries to loan eBooks on a time limited basis (currently three weeks like paper books).

    Check the Kindle specs and see if they now support ePUB, they may have changed but if they haven't and you're a Leeds Libraries ticket holder (or a Leeds resident) then you're turning down the chance to never have to actually buy a new release book again - I've read a hundred or so eBooks on my Sony and haven't had to pay for any of them :icon_smile:
     
  18. Grif

    Grif New Member

    I'm in the same boat here.

    Bought a Sony PRS T1 at Christmas. Rejected the kindle because I don't like to be locked in to things, and at the time the Kobo was at £169 (yes) in Smiths. I've used the Leeds library and also the many free ebook sites.

    I use Calibre occasionally, to convert the odd free book from Kindle, and have a number of the old classics loaded for the odd occasion where I've read my limit of four library books and cannot connect to download new ones. I've even got a few of the Just William books :icon_smile:.

    A point to note regarding the ebooks from the library, is that you can choose a loan period of up to 21 days, and can return the book early to download new books. But the great bit for me is that the books are automagically returned when they are due, so NO MORE LIBRARY FINES :D
     
  19. esposa

    esposa New Member

    I don't have a reader but I use my smart phone to read ebooks. I have the kindle app and various others are available free to read epub and pdf ebooks.

    I only ever buy paper books now to read in the bath and even if the phone was waterproof I don't think I would change that. The holding and feel of the book is part of my relax time lol
     
  20. Gordon Glazebrook

    Gordon Glazebrook New Member

    Apart from the point made regarding paper and the environment, there are so many other advantages in a Kindle type machine.
    I go to dialysis three times a week and find it useful. Of the other people there at the same time, one or two take the actual books, whereas more take the reader.
    While you can get many books on to your reader, what would it be like carrying the same amount around??
    Check out various readers at Amazon.
     
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2013

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