Melissa Walker

Monday, April 21st, 2014 Melissa Walker

Kindle Questions

kindle.jpgOkay, so I got a Kindle. I read The Hunger Games on it, but that’s the only book I’ve bought so far, and I kind of wish I owned the actual book so I could have the complete set on my shelf (I have hard copies of the other two).
I purchased the Kindle mainly because sometimes I read author friends’ books before they’re published, and I like to download them to the Kindle so I don’t have to read them on screen. I thought I’d be able to make notes on it — and I can — but then when I try to import the notes back to the computer, it won’t do that. So any comments or edits I’ve made, I have to re-input. That is annoying.
Does anyone else have a Kindle? Are you liking it? I find myself still wanting to buy real books. As anyone who reads this blog knows, too, I cannot abide by the loss of the cover that happens when you get an e-book. Sad!
Thoughts? Oh, and anyone have an idea for a good Kindle case? I can’t find one I like.
PS-Just read an essay on why paperbacks are better than e-readers, and I especially agree with the illustrations point. A children’s book could never translate!

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  1. Ashley says:

    I just got a Kobo for my birthday, so it’s not quite the same… I think it will take me a while to get fully into eReading. I don’t think I would have bought an eReader myself, but I really appreciated it as a gift. I’m liking the fact that I can get ARCs for review from NetGalley, and I can download books from the library. I actually just bought my first eBook, but that’s because it’s harder to find in print (I would have to pay a lot in shipping), and it was really cheap online. But would I go out and buy an eBook over a hard copy? No, I probably wouldn’t. I think it has a lot of advantages, especially when you’re going on vacation and only need to bring 1 thing instead of 10 physical books in your suitcase. But I definitely wouldn’t spend a lot for an eBook when I can get an “actual” book for the same price.

  2. Sarah says:

    While I am totally enjoying my Kindle, I’m using it differently than you. I read and buy a lot of category romances (the Harlequin Presents line in particular.) For a space issue, it’s much easier for me to download these books to my Kindle than buy copies of the books just because I’d rather save the space for other books. I adore Harlequin Presents but I don’t necessarily care anymore if I have the paper copies.
    On the other hand, I bought Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour this summer (SO GOOD!) and I couldn’t imagine that being a Kindle book because on the pages there are receipts, post cards, and fun memorabilia of the states Amy and Roger have visited and I wouldn’t want to miss out on that at all.

  3. I read almost everything on Kindle for iPad now. I loved my Kindle, but the iPad is easier to read in bed without a booklight. Let my sister use the Kindle.
    As for your notes, they are synced online to your Amazon account, so you can go into them there and Copy+Paste them out. It’s a bit of a workaround, but it’s better than retyping them all. :)

  4. alaska. says:

    i am contemplating purchasing an eReader myself (and leaning toward the kindle), mostly for travel. this is because i tend to pack more books than clothes when i go places, and that makes my suitcase REALLY heavy!
    but i love books. so much. so i’m torn.
    a lot. sigh.

  5. Hannah S. says:

    I don’t have a Kindle, but I feel like I’d start missing flipping the pages of a real book. And I’d consider one (am still, actually!) if the price was considerably cheaper, but paperbacks and e-books retail at a relatively same price, no? Not so sure, but I think so!
    Either way, my books are my babies, and they look awesome on my book shelf!
    Love, Hannah
    P.s. I loved todays Iheartdaily post. I’m currently rocking the orange lipstick on my eyelids as I type this. :)

  6. Dottie says:

    I recently purchased a Nook and it’s great for reading E-ARC’s, notes again are hard to make, the Kindle’s functionality may be better? The problem is that I still buy the books I want as keepers even if I’ve read an E-ARC or not! Not sure I’m saving money, but I do love my Nook for car travel, and I purchased a cover w/an attached backlight (Kindle offers a similar cover @ around $30-50, depending on what you want). I’ve considering getting an iPad, but the investment of $500 is a little more than I want to pay right now… if the price should drop though…. I’d be first in line!
    Dottie :)

  7. Genevieve says:

    I’m still a hard copy sort of person. I’ve relaxed a bit on the idea of an ereader. I wouldn’t mind to have one but they are too pricey for my tastes. And an ebook is still the price of the average paperback. And I’m such a blogger, I love ARCs and signed books — can’t really get your ereader signed!

  8. Interesting, you guys! I think there are lots of mixed feelings out there. Though I did love being able to cram for Book Club by just downloading the book a day ahead last time….

  9. S says:

    I had a discussion about ebooks with someone the other day.
    It’s just not the same.
    I like to have the actual book in my hands, there’s something about it that I love :)
    I also used to have to own books, borrowing from the library was hard because I’d get attached but I’m used to it now and have read so many more books than when I would wait to buy them.

  10. Esther says:

    I can see the use of a Kindle: when I was a child we would would go on 6 week long summer holidays and by the end of 2nd week I’d have finished all my books and either had to reread or borrow books from our frequently non-English hosts (this led to an awful lot of inappropriate reading)
    With a Kindle I could have carried my whole library with me.
    On the other hand I love my books. Only recently have I come to the conclusion that with books piled on every horizontal surface I must give away those I have read and will never read again.
    I work in the library and always have at least haf a dozen books out even though I have over 300 unread books on my shelves at home!

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