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#1 dorkalicious

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:12 PM

So I love a good book. I like holding a book in my hands and making notes in the margin. So I always fobbed off e-readers BUT I do love the idea of having all my books in my hands........

So tell me about your e-reader? Love it? Loathe it? What brand/model would you go for?


#2 Funwith3

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:16 PM

Nothing beats that smell when you have a new book and you fan through the pages with a big inhale through the nose sniiiiiiifffffffff... I love the smell  rolleyes.gif

#3 Isolabella

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:17 PM

Love. Carrying over 1,300 books in my pocket is happiness.

Sony e reader for me. wub.gif

Eta you can use the stylus to underline and make notes too.

Edited by lsolaBella, 03 December 2012 - 09:27 PM.

#4 mitty82

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:19 PM

Kindle ereader here, was a bit dubious at first. But after getting one havent been back to the library, the amount of books i have read is greater as i can get them with a couple of presses of a button. I didnt get the touch cos it seemed to lag to me. Plus the buttons to turn the page is great position when lying in bed. where most of my reading is done.

Dont regret getting one at all. I have only ever paid for about 6 of my 50 books so far.

#5 FiveAus

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:20 PM

I've had my Kindle since they first became available to Australia over 3 years ago. I haven't bought or borrowed a novel since. So yeah, I love it. I love the portability, the ease of buying new books, the fact that all books are the same size, the fact that they take up NO space at home.
I still love my reference books and my big photography books but for novels, which I always got as paperbacks, read once then gave away, the Kindle is fantastic.

And you can write notes, it has a fantastic notation feature, you just start typing at the point in the book that you want to refer to and it saves and numbers it as a footnote

#6 mitty82

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:23 PM

QUOTE (FiveAus @ 03/12/2012, 09:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've had my Kindle since they first became available to Australia over 3 years ago. I haven't bought or borrowed a novel since. So yeah, I love it. I love the portability, the ease of buying new books, the fact that all books are the same size, the fact that they take up NO space at home.
I still love my reference books and my big photography books but for novels, which I always got as paperbacks, read once then gave away, the Kindle is fantastic.

And you can write notes, it has a fantastic notation feature, you just start typing at the point in the book that you want to refer to and it saves and numbers it as a footnote

oh really, didnt know that. probably cos im too busy reading lol. Will try it out tonight.

#7 Oriental lily

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:27 PM

I have been completely been converted to e books. I read them on my iPad but I also have a kindle.

The reason I live e books is because.

I read ( at least a book a week) DH reads and my eldest dd is big reader.

The three of us being constant readers means our House GROANS under the weight f books.

Thousands of them stored under beds, stuffed in to book cases.


So now I am building up my collection of e books. I love it. And slowly donating my ridiculously large hard copy collection to charity.

Annoyingly DH is not a convert. So his mountains of books are still growing.

What I love about e books is that my collection is always with me. No wayward books going missing. No lst pages.
I can control the word size.

It's brilliant.

I do have some books I will always keep.

But not the thousand and thousands of paper backs.

#8 EsmeLennox

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:46 PM

Love my eReader. I was rather resistant to the idea myself initially, but now I could not go back. I actually get annoyed when I have to read a paper book, they are so cumbersome!  laughing2.gif

#9 puddina

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:54 PM

I was one of those "oh but I love books..the smell of books blah blah...."
I LOVE my Sony E Reader!

#10 jayskette

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:56 PM

I personally is yet to be convinced.

My DH however loves it. No more lost library books, having to buy a book practically every week and now our house are literally drowning in paperbacks (and also no more reading my copies and dogearring them). He also loves gadgets in general.

#11 Phascogale

Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:02 PM

I'm a bit meh about it.  I haven't got a dedicated ereader but am using the kobo app on my tablet.  It's okay.  But doesn't compare the to feel of a real book.  And harder to flick through!

#12 SeaPrincess

Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:10 PM

I love my ereader (Sony). It's light, I take it everywhere in even my smallest bag. Plenty of books in case I finish one unexpectedly.  I have a cover with a light so that I can read in bed and not disturb DH.

I do have a few books that I will keep, and there are still a few that I've wanted that I haven't been able to get in electronic format, but overall, it's fantastic!

#13 antsy

Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:44 PM

Love my kindle. I much prefer holding it rather than a clunky cumbersome book. And I love how everything is at your fingertips, you decide you want to read a certain book and can download it straight away. It is so much easier to hold while in bed too.

The only thing I dont like about the kindle is that my local library doesnt have the kindle format for borrowing. But i am told they will in the next year or so, fingers crossed. So if you borrow a lot of books, ring up your local libraries and see if they have ebooks for borrowing, and find out which format they are in.

#14 domestically~challenged

Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:49 PM

Love my Sony ereader original.gif

#15 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:51 PM

Love it. I have a Kobo, which is rubbish as I haven't been able to download any books onto it, however, my Kindle is fantastic. I still love reading 'real' books, but the Kindle is great too.

#16 (feral)epg

Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:55 PM

I have a Kobo - have only downloaded books from the Kobo store.  It was a choice of either buy a bigger house to accommodate more books, or get rid of half my collection, or stop buying new ones (as if!).  It's great - especially for going away where I used to have to limit myself to just one or 2 books, and would always end up buying something overpriced at the airport.
The only problem I have is that you generally can't use them on take off and landing in aeroplanes - so I still have to have something printed!

#17 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:09 PM

Love my kindle, love print books as well.  They are two different things which meet different needs.

#18 Feral Madam Mim

Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:24 PM

Love it, I have a kindle, and FYI it still allows you to make notes etc  original.gif

#19 LeggyBlonde

Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:48 PM

re this:  Is there a real risk my next Sydney-Melbourne flight could land in Kazakhstan if I use my Kindle during ascent or descent?

QUOTE (epg @ 03/12/2012, 11:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The only problem I have is that you generally can't use them on take off and landing in aeroplanes - so I still have to have something printed!

#20 FiveAus

Posted 04 December 2012 - 04:48 AM

QUOTE (LeggyBlonde @ 04/12/2012, 12:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
re this:  Is there a real risk my next Sydney-Melbourne flight could land in Kazakhstan if I use my Kindle during ascent or descent?

They aren't mobile phones. If the wireless feature is turned off, it's just like a book.

#21 livvie7586

Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:21 AM

I am one of the few on here who actually hates their e-reader.  I have a sony, and i'm really pleased i won it, as i hate the thing.

i don't mind google play on my galaxy tab, but i still prefer to pick up a book and read it

#22 brazen

Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:31 AM

love love love

#23 Chchgirl

Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:48 AM

I like books, real ones..no e-readers here...

I like that my decidedly unfashionable coffee table is covered with about 8 books I am reading at the moment, the latest being my latest Lonely Planet guide. I cannot imagine my Lonely planets via e reader!

#24 tothebeach

Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:55 AM

Love them.  I've had a Kindle for about 4 years.  I love reading, rather than loving books.   And with a Kindle, I am never ever without something to read.  So easy to throw into my bag.  

I actually have two - one lives in the car for the inevitable wait for children at playgrounds, gym, swimming lessons etc.

#25 Team Awesome

Posted 04 December 2012 - 07:08 AM

I have a kindle and still buy books mostly for the kids original.gif

Our forever house has to have a library but it's slowed my book buying for me which has made DH happy wink.gif

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