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For Father’s Day Mrs. Cohn Zohn bought me a Kindle Paperwhite. This is my first ever Kindle. I never have read a book on Kindle although I read all the time. I have stuck with books because I love them, love the ¬†feel, love the smell. Love paper. My temperatment is conservative and I hold onto the past. I have lots of books and walk by my bookshelf and look and linger.

Still, I’m ready to try reading books on a small screen. Have you gone through the same transition? How did it work for you?

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  1. Mark M

    I appreciate the value and economy of space the kindle represents. But I’m still holding out and sticking with paper.

    June 17th, 2014 3:59 pm

  2. Jason

    No longer have to hunt for big print books. Every book can be in big fonts. Downside is harder or impossible to lend and borrow electronic books with friends and family.

    June 17th, 2014 4:11 pm

  3. Streetglide

    Nope. It’s paper all the way for me. But it’s still a wonderful gift for you on Father’s Day.

    June 17th, 2014 5:21 pm

  4. Johnc

    I like the feel and smell of newspapers in the morning and books at night. If I want instant info I go to the Internet.
    Using Kindle strains your eyes I believe and for that reason alone I pass on it.

    June 17th, 2014 5:56 pm

  5. Dr Feelgood

    Many friends are voracious readers. Some have Kindles and swear by them. Great for travel.
    Major point is to get one that is readable outdoors n sunlight.

    June 17th, 2014 6:21 pm

  6. Steve the cat rescuer

    Don’t have a Kindle but went through the transition when I got an iPad a few years ago. I still own and read some paper books, but I do love reading on my iPad. You can borrow books from the library, many of which are now either unavailable or inaccessible in print. Nothing beats it when traveling. Once you get used to it, I think you’ll like it.

    June 17th, 2014 10:11 pm

  7. TonyT

    Haven’t made the jump yet; I’ve used the Kindle on-line (web) reader a bit, and PDFs a lot for some things (like manuals, not for pleasure reading).

    I think the readers are too small; I want to see more content on a page, but the only decent sized e-Reader (Kindle DX) is old and pricey. Maybe I’ll try using my tablet, but then you lose the e-Ink screen.

    Also, Kindle formatting seems hit and miss (not as good as a real book or PDF); maybe it’s the publisher’s fault, but it seems hard to get everything looking good through out a book.

    Many times real books are cheaper (often much cheaper), because you can buy them used (and re-sell them), but you can only buy new eBooks.

    I still love physical books (and used books stores; there’s a serendipity factor in them that Amazon doesn’t have), but I can see a place for eBooks, especially for technical books (but with some publishers such as Manning, you get the best of both worlds: physical book + PDF, Kindle, and ePub).

    June 18th, 2014 9:05 am

  8. Brian in Oakland

    I’m not conservative at all, and I have a tendency to forget the past. I digitized all of my CD’s and then donated them to charity. I’m typically an early adopter of technology. “Early Adoption” is a hobby of mine — somewhat of an adventure and not everything works out, but some does and that’s the fun of it.

    I’ve read books on eReaders like the Kindle — though I use an iPad which more and more replaces my laptop for work. For me the only advantage of reading on an eReader is in the context of travel. I travel a lot like you and if I can stuff a lot of reading material on my iPad — many many books and magazines at once, that’s an advantage simply because it reduces travel weight and bulk.

    There is one other advantage: any book you buy with an eReader can be instantly downloaded.

    I do still like books too. I like the way they look. I like mid century modern furniture too, but it’s much more about aesthetics for me than nostalgia.

    Enjoy playing around with your Kindle, I bet you still real books…

    June 18th, 2014 2:36 pm

  9. Brian in Oakland

    *read real books..

    June 18th, 2014 2:37 pm

  10. parnell

    I still read actual printed books and prefer them but the Kindle adds convenience, especially if you’re stuck somewhere killing time. Prior to owning a Kindle if the book I had brought turned out to be a dud time was less easily killed.

    Another huge advantage of the Kindle is access to free books in Kindle format on gutenberg.org. A very large collection of classic literature along with a fair amount of non-fiction. And all free and essentially weightless.

    June 19th, 2014 5:39 pm

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