Have you completely migrated to eBooks?


Related but not directly. I use an iPad mini for ebooks and I usually read in bed before going to sleep. The strange thing is that last year I decided to finish a trilogy where I had read the first book a few years before. I tried to read the paperback I had and found it uncomfortable. So I bought the ebook so I could read with my iPad. I wonder how many others have migrated completely. But that’s a different discussion. Bob

The above was in response to the same article as Kirk’s comment above, but I’m curious as to if you read paper books or eBooks, and why?

True story- I read my first eBook on a Psion 3c in 1996, mainly because it had a backlight, and I have never read a paper book since. I read at least one book a month and always have done. I now use a Kindle Paperwhite because I want to avoid staring at normal screens for too long.

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  1. A mix:
    I prefer ebooks,
    But not all books I want are available in eBook form,
    And it is often cheaper to buy books in physical copy: if the price differential is substantial and it is not a book I will read when travelling, I’ll buy the hard copy.

  2. It depends. For magic books (I’m a former pro magician :)), I prefer physical books. That goes with textbooks as well. But for fiction, I like ebooks more.

    • Interesting, I guess there are certain types of books where only paper will do.

      • For magic, it’s more about tradition I guess. It may sound ludicrous but most magicians would agree with it. Almost all pros. primarily learned magic from physical books (those who didn’t tend to have several gaps in their knowledge of magic). That’s why even with the advent of instructional videos, magicians still prefer physical books.

        As for textbooks (higher math books in my case), some of the formulas can be so long that I have to repeatedly scroll around to see them. Also, many textbooks have complicated formats which make them non ebook viewer friendly.

      • Certainly for me. I use my iPad for fiction or even some non-fiction that I consider light reading. On the other hand, books where I’d be constantly flipping pages back and forth, or where I’d want to add post-it notes, I usually go for hard copy. Those are always non-fiction books where I’m trying to learn or study something more long term.

        And yes, for me, this is the same attraction to paper as we’ve discussed in the other thread.

  3. Always ebooks because they’re always with me. In addition it’s easier to hold a phone or tablet to read than a physical book. I’ve been reading digital only since the PalmPilot.

  4. Definitely mostly ebooks for the convenience, but I’ve been thinking my policy should be if it’s a book I might want to share, it might deserve a place as a physical copy, so I’ll buy it again, for my recently Marie Kondo’d bookshelves that are looking a little light.

    • There is that. If not for ebooks I’d either have to build more book shelves, which I have no place for, or cull books from what I have, which I hate doing.

      • So, the rationale I got from Marie Kondo was roughly “wouldn’t it be a delight to see your bookshelf and only see the books that mattered to you?”. Plus, with the weird arrangement I have with my housemate most of my shelves were in the living room which is mostly his space, and I was sick of that.

        http://kirk.is/2015/02/16/ has a photo of what it looked like halfway through. Now I’m mostly down to two tall freestanding bookshelves full of stuff i really dig.

        The main resistance to the culling was that I feel having all those full bookshelves of stuff I had read made me look smart… but that’s pretty shallow.

        Also I’ve been keeping a log of what I’ve read for over a decade now, so I have less need for a reminder of books I had tackled but forgotten…

  5. I’ve moved around so much in my life, countries and all, and I’ve had to leave many physical books behind. At first I started reading them more out of curiosity of what could be done with a pda, but then when I moved to Spain and there were very few English books available where I lived I started relying more and more on ebooks, and now they’re all I read. I get to keep my library where ever I go!

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