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What Ways Are You Reading Books These Days?

The book publisher Random House recently announced that it will be releasing thousands more of its books in digital format over the next few months. The idea is that while the market for regular ol' words-on-paper books is struggling, electronic books have grown by leaps and bounds over the past year, thanks to Amazon's Kindle (Oprah's favorite gadget), among other things.

Still, the overall number of people buying electronic books is still estimated to be pretty small — which got me wondering how you're reading books these days. Have any of you jumped on the e-book bandwagon? Do you download or rent audiobooks? Or are you content with paper?


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karen-zoo karen-zoo 8 years
Paper books definitely. I imagine reading a novel on screen would hurt your eyes. And yeah, just the feel of books is so much better. I agree with Phil though - it would be awesome if texts (the classics anyway) were available online just so I could use the "Find" feature!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I would rather have dead trees then something that is not biodegradable like plastic. You can recycle paper.
Advah Advah 8 years
Paper. I love the feel, the fonts, the smell of real books, and feeling like you're actually making your way through the book when you see all the pages you've read or still have to read. You can't beat that.
Phil Phil 8 years
I will always prefer to turn a page rather than scroll down when it comes to reading. But, if anything, I would love it if every book came with a link and access code or something that would allow me to access the text online. I've learned from using e-textbooks that the "Find" feature is something physical books are in want of. Aside from that, I love turning a page, smelling brand new pages, getting paper shavings on my lap, buying things I really don't want so I can make a bookmark out of a receipt, I love the typeface and art that you can only get from Folio Society editions, books are one thing that I won't ever let go of, no matter how "convenient" computers can make reading! Not big on audio books since they force prose into the confines of a human voice. While they can be read to sound exquisite, many works can lose much of its rhetorical complexity when translated to voice.
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 8 years
I can't imagine staring at a screen any more than I have to. I'm on a computer all day for work and a little bit each night to check news, bank statements, get recipes, etc. I understand the Kindle is more environment-friendly but I can't see myself ever replacing my books with yet another plastic, digital device unless I start traveling more. Plus, at $349, the Kindle is a little out of my budget right now...
kwikwit kwikwit 8 years
I got the Kindle about a month ago. I had the same reservations most people do - I liked the feel of a book in my hands, flipping pages, the smell, etc. However, the Kindle is amazing and I don't miss real books at all. No clutter, no dead trees, cheaper books...awesome. It was the thing that I was most thankful for at Thanksgiving dinner. :)
geebers geebers 8 years
There is nothing like turning pages and feeling paper in your hands. I read books the "old-fashioned" way.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
I'm usually reading 3 books at any given time. I have the paper one I'm reading, the one on CD I listen to in my car during my drive to work, and the one that I listen to while I'm doing housework. Right now I'm reading New Moon (bk 2 twilight series), listening to Lucky Man (Michael J Fox biography) in my car and listening to The Tommyknockers while I do housework.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I read regular and listen to Audio. No digital yet, but i dont think i will because there is nothing like the ruffle of pages, the smell of books, that makes me happy
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
For me, nothing beats holding the actual book in my hands. I get distracted while listening to audiobooks and I don't like reading large amounts of text on screens.
nickysmiles nickysmiles 8 years
just can't let go of the paper books-would like to have a kindle for convienance if i don't have time to get to the store and buy one and just because it's fast, but it is too pricey. plus i can get used books in good condition for much cheaper than downloading them. i love the way a good book feels!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm still an 'old fashioned' paper book reader, but i have to say that i did subscribe to eReader at the airport this past weekend to get the book that i wanted to read on the plane :) since none of the bookstores in the airport had a copy.
rocketgirl rocketgirl 8 years
I like my books the old-fashioned way.
siren6 siren6 8 years
I have bought more books - and checked out more library books - in the last couple years than in the previous decade combined. I hope real books never go anywhere. The tactile satisfaction of turning a page, bending a spine, smelling the paper - that can't be duplicated. Audio books are nifty for long car trips though, I must admit.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Paper books, of course. I love the way they feel and smell, I just love holding it in my hands. The only audiobook I own is Stephen Colbert's "I Am America (and So Can You!)" and it was loaned to me by a friend.
b1uebunn b1uebunn 8 years
I'm getting a Kindle for Christmas from my husband. I couldn't be more excited! I hate paper books--too much clutter. Wasteful! And I'm sorry, but everyone who wants to "cuddle" or "bond" with paper books sounds like they're totally affected. It's a book. It's not the second coming.
insidesusan insidesusan 8 years
The best thing about books is that when you're done, you can pass them along to others, trade them in at a used bookstore, or donate them when you're done reading them. Digital formats can't be passed on without limitations on rights, and it's not the same as giving someone a copy you've already worn through. And I may be crazy, but I love the smell of old books. Used books are the best!
mswender mswender 8 years
My mother has a Kindle and it does give you a book feel and she loves it. She reads so much that it makes a lot of sense for her and if I could afford it, I would probably love it, but I would still need to feel the weight of a book from time to time. I love Harry Potter audiobooks!!!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
Paper. I never could get into audio books, and I just love the feel, smell, etc. of a good old fashioned paper paged book in my hands. It's the romantic in me, I'm sure. It just evokes good feelings to sit curled up with my nose in a book.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
i just love real books. I love when you get a new one and crack it open for the first time. Oh I love reading!
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
Agreed with pretty much everyone here. :) Nothing like a real book. The only things I read online are fanfictions (occasionally) because, obviously, they aren't available in print. :)
Allytta Allytta 8 years
the healthy, tradition, right way - paper :) i love my eyes, so no digital, i have a visual memory and coprehension, so no audio, and i likethe feel of a book in my hands.
Critty Critty 8 years
I can't wait for the Kindle to be available in Canada ... I am a book addicted girl, and the cheaper prices on Kindle books appeal to me but I am not sure I can deal with the non-tactual sensation of reading my book on a device.
Phorrest99 Phorrest99 8 years
Nothing beats saving a paper book in hand, but I will sometimes download an audiobook to listen to for long car trips :)
joiedevivre1028 joiedevivre1028 8 years
there's nothing like curling up and reading a good PAPER book i'd hate to lose that
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