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Kindle or parperbacks/hardbacks

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My wife June has read some of my book on Kindle but remains adamant she will stay loyal to her paperbacks/hardbacks. On the other hand, her sister enjoys reading on Kindle. Do you favour one more than the other?

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I was a fervent supporter of paper over eBooks until my wife got me a Kindle a few years ago, now it's a very rare occasion that I read a paper book these days.  I still have a few bookcases full of books but I have almost as many on my Kindle these days.

 

It's far easier being a commuter or going abroad with an eBook reader, I can carry my entire library with me easily.

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You can read a book in the bath, though!

I read my Kindle in the bath... just have to be bloody careful about it...

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I read my Kindle in the bath... just have to be bloody careful about it...

 

I take it they're not waterproof then.

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I was a fervent supporter of paper over eBooks until my wife got me a Kindle a few years ago, now it's a very rare occasion that I read a paper book these days.  I still have a few bookcases full of books but I have almost as many on my Kindle these days.

 

It's far easier being a commuter or going abroad with an eBook reader, I can carry my entire library with me easily.

 

I find it easy to read with an eBook reader.

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I take it they're not waterproof then.

About as waterproof as a book but significantly more expensive to replace!

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another vote for Kindle here. Now when I go away on business (family holidays I'm too busy to read on) my bag used that have 3 books in weighing it down. Now I've just got the kindle in my hand baggage and its got about 20 books I haven't read on it yet.

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I was a kindle sceptic too, until I actually had a go on one my friend had. Really are a top invention. For those that are a bit weary of it, it isn’t an either/or choice, both can clearly co-exist, happily so. Whilst I think the paperback market has been hit somewhat, I’ve read that the hardback marked has actually grown as people would rather gift something they have read on an e-reader as a hardback. Plus I've read so many books I'd never have touched before by trying out the free sample features.

 

It’s about time physical copies came with some sort of code so you could download an e-copy if you wanted. Even the comics industry in the US has managed to get its head around this – with big titles anyway – and they are usually quite stuck in the past. It seems the big publishers are very reluctant to do this, but something is going to have to be done soon IMO.

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I have had a kindle for about 3 years, my Mrs bought me one for my birthday.

All the books I used to read I used to buy because of the portability of them, light books.

Now with a Kindle I can choose to read thicker books that really interest me.

I have read, among others this year, The Sugar Barons, which in paperback is nearly 2 inches thick, and I am reading The Norman Conquest which is nearly as thick.

I am very, very pro Kindle.

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My Mum has one. I think she likes it. The only down side for her is she's a big lover of going to the library and charity shops for books she likes or thinks she likes. Basically it's the cheap and cheerful turnover she misses, I think she only buys ebooks for pence and has never been one for the best sellers, etc.

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Why are so many ebooks so expensive? It can't be production costs

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Why are so many ebooks so expensive? It can't be production costs

VAT doesn't help.  Physical books have no VAT but removing the 20% VAT from ebooks keeps getting delayed by the government as "we'll get to it eventually, but not now".

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Greed?  Must be partially because if a hardback retails at £8, and the e-book is £3 then hardback sales will fall. I think publishers are scared of ebooks because they haven't a clue what to do or how to structure their business now. I don't mind paying a bit for an ebook really, but I'd like to know more was going to the writer than usual. Someone has still slogged their guts out to write it.

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You''ve still got to pay the mug who spent months writing it.

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Kindles here to, my good lady was reluctant, but got a Kindle Paperwhite and has not looked back.

 

I use a Kindle app, so whilst reading a book on your phone isn't ideal, its come in handy stuck on a train unprepared for delays on many an occasion!

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Greed?  Must be partially because if a hardback retails at £8, and the e-book is £3 then hardback sales will fall. I think publishers are scared of ebooks because they haven't a clue what to do or how to structure their business now. I don't mind paying a bit for an ebook really, but I'd like to know more was going to the writer than usual. Someone has still slogged their guts out to write it.

 

Took me over four years to put mine together and with huge problems along the way. I am still unsure how the vat works with Amazon!. One publisher said don't worry about it. They do take 30%, as well as any profits subject to income tax.

 

Regards paperbacks/hardbacks, such as WH Smiths take a cut of 50%, while the smaller outlets from 25%. Unless you are a top author then there is little to be gained financially, with it being much a labour of love. I have lost track of how much I have forked out over the four years!

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I've completely given up reading. At the moment I'm listening to the "Gold Coast" by Nelson Demille.

As I'm in and out of my car all day I find it great to be able to listen as I go.

I have them on my phone so it's convenient too.

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Kindle for me, I have tolerated books reluctantly all my life. I have recently had a Paperwhite bought for me and get on really well with the whole set up, I can now buy a book and have it to read within seconds.

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Kindle.

 

Great for holidays, take loads of books without baggage weight problems and you don't have to agonise about what you may want to read in two weeks time.

 

My wife got one first and when I had seen how easy they were to read in bright sunlight it was a no brainer.

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I may get one of these Kindles ,but where I live in a retirement apartment community with a library and everyone mucks in and there is a book reading club where books get swapped around and recommended etc.We are out in the sticks and I buy loads online and donate them to the library.

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Both have their uses but what I am finding most useful is the Kindle app on my mobile.

Handy because you can easily use them in lifes waiting moments. You know those little 5 mins here or there.... Waiting for a friends, on transport (not while driving), on lunch at work etc just get the phone out and off you go.

 

Great devices, just don't like paying Amazon with their tax status in this country, would prefer to use a rival with as good prices and range as Amazon but who pays the expected taxes here.

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Both.

 

The Kindle's great for when you're out of the house and can't just browse the bookshelf, but I do love a second-hand bookshop and still enjoy printed books. Also, presentation can suffer on screen, especially when compared to a full-colour illustrated paper book. Kindle does allow you to find specific books and get them almost immediately, and many of the classics are available free. 

 

It's the same with music; if you go to a shop looking for a specific record, they probably won't have it. On the other hand, if you're just browsing to see what you find, a shop is better than a website.

 

There are also still many titles that are not available as eBooks yet.

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I feel quite guilty walking around the places like Waterstones looking at new books and just browsing then taking notes for buying the book from Amazon later.

 

The annoying thing about the Kindle I have, the old one with the keyboard, is that my local library just does not support it.  I used to use the library regularly for new authors and books I wasn't sure about, I'd read it in the library and if I really liked it then I'd often buy it for my own collection.

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