Saturday, April 5, 2014

A to Z April - E: E-books


For the letter E I've chosen to discuss E-books.  First of all, let me say that I will never, ever give up an actual physical book.  One that the cover is there to look at whenever I set the book down, the cover that draws your eyes in, and looks so beautiful on a bookshelf.  That being said, I do own an e-reader, a Nook HD to be specific.  As a part-time employee at Barnes and Noble, I am a pretty loyal person, and so had to support our product.  And I'm pleased with it.  No complaints for what I use it for.

I first made the jump with the original Nook when it had 3G.  It was nice because there was no charge for the 3G and you could then download a book anywhere.  After that I bumped up to the Nook Simple Touch when it went on a really great sale.  Really if figured the only thing I would ever need one for was to read.  So I didn't want to mess with any of the tablets.  Then, once again, there was an awesome deal on the Nook HD, and it was color, so I figured it would be worth the switch.  And I am pretty happy with it.  The one thing I had issues with at first was that it wasn't as easy to side-load like the Simple Touch was.  But I soon figured ways around that, apps that I could download that would send the e-galleys straight to the app on my Nook HD.
My Nook HD in its case.  You can see my puppies are my background picture!

You see, I don't buy many e-books.  Most of the time I am reading e-galleys on my Nook.  Those are like Advanced Reader Copies, (ARCs), but are digital instead.  I can get so many more advanced books that way, and while at a certain point they expire, and it's not like the physical ARC I can keep sitting on my bookshelf, I still get a lot of books to read that way.  Most of the e-books I have that are not advanced copies are either gifts, e-novellas (short stories) that cost very little or were free, or other deals that I find.  I believe there are a few I bought because I wanted to be able to have them available anywhere, like Twilight, but other than that, I haven't spent more than about $4-5 on an e-book.

So those are my thoughts on e-books.  How about you?  Do you have an e-reader?  Or are you adamantly opposed to those newfangled things?

8 comments:

  1. I chose E-books for my "E" post today, too!
    I have a kindle, but I still read many more physical books than E-books. One thing that I didn't anticipate is that it's more difficult for me to remember the titles of the books I read on my kindle--I think it's because I don't see the cover every time I pick it up to read it! For me, the main advantage is the ability to check out-and return--library books without ever leaving the house or worrying about returning them on time. E-books will never totally replace physical books for me!

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    1. I haven't done the library as much as I should with mine, but that is a nice thing to do as well! Thanks for stopping by and glad someone agrees with me!

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  2. I love both e-books and physical books equally. However, e-books are much more convenient. I can put my Nook on the couch and fold laundry while I'm reading. I don't have to hold the book open. I can read with one hand while holding the kiddos. But I do like physical books as well. I love seeing them on my bookshelf. But I read a lot more e-books than physical.

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    1. I agree with the convenience. But I read a physical book, then one on my Nook, then a physical book, then one on my Nook. I try to even it out. I have way more physical books on my shelves than e-books. But the e-books are e-galleys and they will expire, so I must keep up with them.

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  3. I don't have an E-reader, but I do have Kindle Reader installed on both my PC and my cell phone. I have, however, found that I spend too much time with computers and electronic gadgets, and when I read a book, I still prefer to read it printed on paper. Also, paper-books still have the advantage that I can read them on the plane during take off and landing (though I've heard this restriction on E-readers will be relaxed)

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    1. I like that point about already spending too much time on electronic gadgets, paper books are still the best to me. I use my Nook app on my iphone all the time. I heard they took that restriction off for planes. Unfortunately, I can't read on a plane because I get motion sickness, so it doesn't matter. :-(

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  4. I fought the switch to e books but now, I love it. Though I read both still, and kind of go in spurts, I would be lost without my Kindle now. So lost!

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    1. Same here. Can't imagine life without my Nook, even though I do still love physical books as well. Thanks for stopping by!

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