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Do you read eBooks?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Just curious if anyone does. Or, even if you don't, would you if you had the option?

I prefer to read hard copies but the convenience of carrying tons of books in one is appealing.
post #2 of 21
They want your hair.
post #3 of 21
I read them because they're free (Gutenburg, torrents, etc).

I don't enjoy reading them all that much though - I generally only read the ones I can't check out of the public library, and if I find myself constantly referring back to a particular book I'll buy a hard copy.

Considering a Kindle or iRex if the price comes down, until then I'll just have to put up with holding my laptop sideways and setting Adobe Reader to rotate the document.
post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by v0rtex View Post
I read them because they're free (Gutenburg, torrents, etc).

I don't enjoy reading them all that much though - I generally only read the ones I can't check out of the public library, and if I find myself constantly referring back to a particular book I'll buy a hard copy.

Considering a Kindle or iRex if the price comes down, until then I'll just have to put up with holding my laptop sideways and setting Adobe Reader to rotate the document.

Yeah, that's the thing. I've considered getting a reader but I really don't enjoy it nearly as much as a regular book. On my laptop anyway since I've never tried a reader other than the tiny screen of my PDA. That really sucked.
post #5 of 21
i find that it is difficult on a screen
post #6 of 21
to elaborate, I feel that the paper absorbs light, whereas a screen emits light, and I'm not entirely happy with the reading experience on a screen
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by supercarl View Post
to elaborate, I feel that the paper absorbs light, whereas a screen emits light, and I'm not entirely happy with the reading experience on a screen

The electronic paper used in some of the newer e-book readers is nice and doesn't emit any light.

I used to use an old Palm Vx for reading e-books, the mono LCD screen was much nicer on the eyes than a TFT or CRT monitor.
post #8 of 21
I find that my speed of reading is much faster on a screen, but I hate it. I prefer the good solid feel of a book (esp. hardcover), lounging back in a couch or lawn chair, and enjoying a beverage or cigar while reading.

It's probably rare for my age group (early 20's).
post #9 of 21
I don't really like reading books on a computer screen.
post #10 of 21
I read much faster and more easily if I have paper in front of me. I have no idea why. With documents or books on screen, I find myself losing my place regularly, needing to reread passages, etc. I usually end up printing out anything important so I can read it carefully and make notes on it as I do so.

That isn't to say I can't read on screen books or documents, just that I prefer to read paper. On occasion I'll read a book online (classic works out of copyright that I don't see a need to pay for), but usually only do a chapter a day or so to limit the time I spend trying to read on screen.
post #11 of 21
I hate them
post #12 of 21
Hate hate hate hate ebooks, pdf files, reading shit on jstor, etc... I have to print it out and read it or it never gets done or at least i don't remember anything. Plus, most all of the online reading i had were primary texts from the middle ages or articles and dissertations from history journals. I had to make my own notes, highlight shit, and other stuff so i can synthesize the information properly for discussion, my own papers, and just for knowledge.
post #13 of 21
Yes, I don't really like reading eBooks but the technical books I need often aren't available locally and I'd rather not deal with shipping dead trees. Also I read the entire last Harry Potter book on my Treo, mostly while on the crapper.
post #14 of 21
I voted yes but I only read essays and short stories online; novels are too much.
post #15 of 21
No. Books are cheap and easily portable, ebooks just seem pointless.
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