Wednesday, May 30, 2012

How Do You Read?


Wednesday: May I ask you a question?

How do you read? Hardcover? Paperbacks? E-books? A combination?


Where do you get your books? Amazon? B&N? Local indie? Library? 

I never thought I would be into e-books. Honestly, the idea of an e-reader never really appealed to me. My bookshelf is like my personal trophy case, and I like having the books I have read and loved on display in my home, and I don't really travel enough to need the convenience.

But then I got turned on to NetGalley, and I read a book or two on the husband's iPad and I was hooked. Soon after that I started reading books on my phone, and I couldn't believe how convenient it was. I didn't hate it like I thought I would, and now I find myself reading most of books on my phone.

Last week I took the plunge and bought myself my own tablet so I could use it for an e-reader. I love reading on my phone, but it drains the battery and I wanted something a little bigger. I was going to get a Kindle Fire, but this Samsung Galaxy tablet is only $50 more and has tons more features, so it was an easy decision.

I love this thing!

I still don't see myself paying full price for e-books any time soon. I love my hardcovers on my shelf, and if I don't want to keep a book I like being able to donate it to my classroom for my students to read, which I can't do with an e-book. But I love reading e-galleys and Kindle bargain books on the e-reader and on my phone!

I love the library, but I haven't used mine as much recently for whatever reason. I get most of my books through B&N, either in-store or online, because I have a membership and get a discount and free shipping. I love my library's used bookstore and I really wish I had an awesome indie close by, but I always pick up a book or 12 when I trek to an indie for a signing.

So, what about you guys? What are your reading preferences?

15 comments:

  1. I like a combination. For me, it depends on cost and availability. I mostly read library books. If the library doesn't have it or there's a super long wait list, then I will get it on my Nook. I also can't buy a lot of books because I move pretty much every year and I don't have the space. So ebooks are great for that reason. I got rid of a ton of books this year (which you know about) and I hated it! :( But it had to be done. Now I'm pretty much trying to keep my collection to only signed copies and my most favorites.

    I will admit one thing, though... if the book is really long, I definitely prefer the ebook version. There are 2 books I still haven't read because they are just too long & the books are just too big. It is not easy to drag them around or read in bed!

    I would really love to get a tablet someday. Do you have a Kindle app on it, or what did you get?

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    1. I have a Kindle app on there for the Kindle bargain books, and I use Bluefire Reader, which is an e-reader app, for the NetGalley books.

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  2. Last few books I read were hardcover & paperback but the wife is all about the Nook.

    I like the feeling of dogearing the top corner of the page when I have to take a break. Old school I guess.

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    1. I like actual books, too, but MAN it hurts my shoulder to carry them around in my purse.

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  3. I have too many books still on my TBR shelf to justify buying an e-reader. I feel like the minute I make that switch, it will officially "close the door" on reading any physical books again.

    In the meantime, I get most of my books from the library though I did buy 2 books at B&N this year. I'd say I get ~25% of my books from blog contests and the remaining 75% from the library.

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    1. I was always afraid of that, too, but I've still been reading both. I have rules about what I get in e-version, so I have a nice balance.

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  4. I prefer good old-fashioned paper books, but I do have a Kindle (and a Kobo) for reading the occasional e-book. We just went on an overseas trip, and it was extremely convenient to just have a Kindle along. I was even able to purchase new books while I was over there, which was pretty handy. It's also great for reading blog friends' self-published books too.

    In the end, I prefer the sensory experience of paper books, but I can't deny the convenience of an e-reader.

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    1. I'm going to be doing a lot of traveling this summer, and that's why I broke down and bought the tablet. My phone battery isn't going to cut it on the plane to Europe.

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  5. I do both, love the old fashioned books, but e-readers and on my phone is so convenient. If a book is boring me, I can switch without getting out of bed! I actually use my phone more than my nook these days, it's lighter and always by me =)

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    1. Oh man, I can't believe how much I read on my phone! I always thought it was so silly, but I love it!

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  6. I like hard covers (especially to pompously show off on my shelves) but I do use the Kindle app on my phone and I have a lot of samples and books on there. I want to get a tablet for reading, too. Do you find the Samsung is good for reading outside? I know Kindle has the paper look/electronic ink, but I'm not sure if all tablets have that. That might sway my decision, honestly.

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    1. You know, the Samsung tablet is just like the iPad as far as the screen and the display. I don't read a ton outside, and when I do I try to find a shady spot, but it seems to have the same glare issues you would have with your phone / iPad / normal computer screen.

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  7. I'm old fashioned and like to read actual books whether they are hardback or paperback. I have been trying to join the 21st century and read more books on the Kindle app on my phone, but since I literally own hundreds of books, I don't see changing my overall style any time soon.

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    1. It is so dang easy and convenient to read on my phone, but that's mainly because of NetGalley. I can't see myself buying a ton of ebooks ever.

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  8. I tend to get most of my books--hardcovers and paperbacks--from the library. I like actual books because I can read in the tub without worrying too much if they get wet. LOL

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