post-off: do you have an e-reader?

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When it comes to book lists, it’s no secret that you, our power readers, love to keep things organized online using sites like Shelfari and Good Reads. Hearing about your experiences with such tools has motivated me to get organized as far as my wish list goes, but now my want-to-read list is starting to look ominous when I compare it to my tiny apartment, that has little space for my library-sized aspirations. Next month’s book club pick is Room, by Emma Donague (have you read it?) and I’m toying with the idea of taking the plunge and sealing the deal on an e-reader. I don’t fancy myself as the kind of gal who needs the newest, hottest gadget, and in fact, really value the feel of a worn book in my hand, but I’m starting to be swayed. In addition to saving space in my apartment, e-books also tend to be cheaper than the real deal, and can be read on gadgets, like smart phones, that don’t require the purchase of an actual e-reader at all. If do cross over, I plan on still supporting my local independent bookshop for my favorite reads, but I’d love to hear from you: Do you use an e-reader, or some other tool to get your reading in? Sound off in comments! — Sarah C.

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Liz K

I bought a Nook (not a Nook Color, BTW) because I generally check books out of the library instead of buying and my local library does not support Kindle’s proprietary format. As a passionate reader, I hate having a day or two without a book while I wait for my latest read from the library to come in, so now I can just download a new book that day. While I have been somewhat disappointed in the e-book check out system and selection from my local library, I am still thrilled to death with my Nook.

I went on a two-week vacation and saved a ton of space in my carry-on luggage by not bringing a bunch of books. My kids love it, and it really is good at the beach.

Liz H.

I love my Kindle! It’s good for books that I devour. When I read a paperback in 48 hours, it seems crazy to keep it on my bookshelf forever after that. Plus it’s super convenient to keep a whole library with me in my purse, or on vacation.
Thumbs up from me!!

SarahB

The top eReaders on the market are the Kindle and the Nook. It really depends on how much you plan on using it, whether you want a color or b&w screen, and where you planning on getting your eBooks from. Before you purchase an eReader you might want to try out the free versions of each that are available for download onto your computer or smart phone and see which one you like better. I have the free version of each on my computer and prefer the Kindle version over the Nook. However, in the state I live in local libraries offer eBooks for checkout and download, but they are only available for the Nook or Adobe’s eReader software your computer (which I have). I’m currently in a drawing at my local library for a Nook color. If I win it I will definitely use it. If I don’t win the contest I’m looking into getting an ipad as I can use Kindle, Nook and Adobe eReader software on that. I’m lucky to live in city that offers free WiFi just about everywhere including on the public transportation I take to work, so I’m rarely anyplace that doesn’t have WiFi.

js

I have a Kindle and I also love it.
Pros: I have the black & white version, so I can read it in the sun on the beach. You can’t do that with any color eReader on any device because of the glare. My stepdad and I share books through Amazon. It is so much easier to take a vacation’s worth of books on an ereader than it is to pack them or carry them. I have lots of free or cheap games, apps, and language learning programs that keep me entertained when I get bored. I can also download my music, pdfs, and Word documents (yeah, I’m a PC) to my Kindle, which I do a lot with information I want to take with me. The battery lasts a really long time.
Cons: Can’t download free library loaners (I would probably have gotten a Nook if I hadn’t gotten the Kindle as a gift; Amazon has a strangle hold on content for the Kindle at this point). No real Internet access that you’d get on an iPad. That’s about all that I can think of on the cons. I love my Kindle!

Hey js we mac’s have Word docs too :)

For recreational reading I love the community feel of visiting my library and the ability to take home a pile every other week, and then be free of them on the next visit. If it is something I really love, then I am excited for the hunt in used bookstores, the fun things you find in pages, the massive discounts on hardcovers.

Technical papers and news I’m reader all the way.

Karen O

I purchase a Nook Color about a month ago. I am a huge reader and have for the last 15 years gotten most of my books thru the library,. Currently most library formats are good on Nook’s and a couple of other Epub devices (not Kindle) or electronics that you can load Adobe Reader on or the various reader programs on. Amazon has talked about opening their platform to accept EPub’s but in will be with restrictions.
There are so many places to find Epubs (free and shared) libraries and online hosts (Amazon, Google books, torrent host, etc)

Krista

I wasn’t even interested in an e-Reader, but I got a Kindle as a gift and I absolutely love it.

Also, loved Emma Donague’s Room. I was totally riveted from the first paragraph of the first page and I didn’t want to put it down once I started it. Heartbreaking and beautiful and brilliant. The best book I read last year and everyone I know who has read it loved it as well.

DJ

I prefer paper books in general, but for use when traveling, for keeping books that I want to re-read but not store on my overly crowded bookshelves, and for reading while eating, the e-reader works wonderfully.

I love being able to prop it up and eat.

I have a black and white Nook and then some friends gave me a Kindle as a gift. I like both of them. Different things about both devices… wish I could magically combine them into one. ; )

I find the Amazon servers work very quickly and easily when buying books and deliver them almost instantly. However, I usually have trouble getting my books to be delivered to the Nook by the Barnes & Noble servers. I often have to also download a free sample in order to get the servers to deliver a book I just purchased. The built-in feature on the Nook to check for and deliver new content never works for me.

I don’t mind reading on either device, I find the Amazon screen seems cleaner to me, but the Nook screen has more white space around the text (usually) which I prefer… again, wish I could combine the two into one.

zzipper

I love my book collection but am very limited on space so have many ebooks on my reading list. I have every book reading app available on my iphone but reading outside on the phone or laptop (where I have the same book reading apps) is difficult with the glare.

I got a Kindle for a gift and love it! No glare! Happy dance for me. I can now sit outside reading my book with my morning coffee or while waiting for the kids to finish up their sports activity. No need to carry a bulky book with me and I can hand it over to the kids so they can read their books while I am driving.

I’m looking forward to the Kindle supporting Overdrive for my library books but have no issues getting a library book – it just doesn’t seem to leave home with me when I’m out and about anymore.

riye

I don’t have an e-reader and have no plans to get one. Not because I’m a minimalist–I just know I’d probably drop the thing or leave it someplace. If I do that with a paperback I can deal with it but a Nook or a Kindle? Uh uh. Plus I’m an editor and I’m already reading off a screen most days– I don’t want to do any more when I get home. :-) I’ve got no problem lugging a book around. Last time I went to NYC I filled half my suitcase with books I bought there–so happy!

I currently read the old-fashioned way, but I got my mom a Kindle for mother’s day and she LOVES it. She’s a big reader, too.

I am a big book nerd, and I take my status as library patron very seriously. I also struggle with this e-reader question. If I can’t check out books from the library, it’s not relevant to me (goodbye, kindle). I would love to be able to read in bed at night without a lamp. Currently I read books on my android phone (g2x) using the google bookstore app and my library’s e-book software. it is small and not very pleasant to cuddle with, but it is backlit and connects with the systems I want. There is a new Iriver/Google e-reader on the market (for sale at Target right now. I saw them last weekend). It is very, very cute, but I don’t think it has backlighting. I guess if it does, it would be my first choice.

Re: ROOM. The first half of the book is great. The second half is…. less great. I wrote a goodreads review of course, with no spoilers.

Pencils

No, not yet. For one thing I work in publishing, something I got into because of my deep love of books. Actual books. I spend so much time producing them I don’t want to lose the tactile sensation of reading a book. And I happen to know that a lot of ebooks are a mess with conversion problems and other issues. Finally, we’re just not *there* yet–the ultimate device for me just doesn’t exist yet. Someday soon!

OTOH, I’ve been reading Dance with Dragons on the train on the way to work, and I’ve been thinking that a Kindle would be a great thing instead of that giant, heavy book!

Carol

I still prefer books, but do love my kindle and it would be great for trips to not have to haul a bunch of books with you.

It also comes in handy for my husband’s school work, you can send a PDF to the kindle email address and have it convert it to the kindle format, beats reading on a computer screen!

Lee

I love my Kindle! I was dead set against buying one, until a friend of mine started raving about hers and I started doing reseplace about them. My problem with print is that I am a voracious reader and carrying enough books to get me through a vacation usually means carrying a piece of luggage just for the books and my husband is the same way. The portability and ease of use is just amazing.

Jen

I don’t have one. I work at a library, for one thing – I can get all my books for free! And I know there are free books for e-readers, but not many of them are things I would choose to read, free or not. And secondly, if I buy books, I almost always buy them at Goodwill for $1-$3 each – I really balk at the idea of paying full price for books. And thirdly, most of the books that I really need an e-book reader for (heavy ones that I read multiple times) are books that I already own. I REALLY don’t want to pay for my books twice!

I can’t remember the last time I bought a paper book. I do all my fiction reading on an ipad and ipod. I am addicted to being able to buy books on a whim, middle of the night, from the tub, any time, any place and being able to read them immediately! Plus having tons of books on such little devices makes my heart go pitty pat.

Francesca

I was given a Kindle for Christmas. I didn’t think I would like using it before I got one, but I absolutely love it.

I am OBSESSED with my Kindle. I just finished grad school, and I’m seriously bummed I didn’t have an eReader for all of my post-high school education. I adore real life books, but for some reason, have a huge problem highlighting and writing in them. On my Kindle, I highlight all the time, and the best part is being able to seplace the book and my highlights later, rather than trying to remember which side of the book it was on and giving up in frustration. I hear the Kindle is getting close to having library availability, so I’m pretty excited about that as well.

If you’re torn between a Kindle and a Nook Color, if you decide not to get the Kindle, I would just go with an iPad or similar tablet instead. I went with Kindle instead of a tablet because I wanted the no-glare. It really does look like the page of a book, which is awesome because I sit in front of a computer all day and love reading on something other than a backlit screen.

I am OBSESSED with my Kindle. I just finished grad school, and I’m seriously bummed I didn’t have an eReader for all of my post-high school education. I adore real life books, but for some reason, have a huge problem highlighting and writing in them. On my Kindle, I highlight all the time, and the best part is being able to seplace the book and my highlights later, rather than trying to remember which side of the book it was on and giving up in frustration. I hear the Kindle is getting close to having library availability, so I’m pretty excited about that as well.

If you’re torn between a Kindle and a Nook Color, if you decide not to get the Kindle, I would just go with an iPad or similar tablet instead. I went with Kindle instead of a tablet because I wanted the no-glare. It really does look like the page of a book, which is awesome because I sit in front of a computer all day and love reading on something other than a backlit screen.