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Upsides and Downsides of Kindle

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Finally broke down and got a Kindle. I had been very resistant to the idea ever since I heard of them, me being such an old-fashioned, low-tech sort of chick. But I have finally seen the hand writing on the wall. This is where we are going. I work as a librarian and I know e-readers are the future of books. I hope to be working in a library for many years to come and if so I really need to be up on the technology. (Yes, there will still be libraries even when paper books are no more)

So here are my list of likes and dislikes for Kindle or e-readers in general:

Dislikes:
1. Miss the feel of a real book.
2. Can't share books (at least not at the moment) I'm big on sharing books.
3. Has to be plugged in at some point.

Likes:
1. Take as many books with me as I want wherever I go & they all fit in my purse.
2. Classics are very cheap or even free.
3. Instantly get whatever book I want downloaded at no extra charge to wherever I happen to be.
4. Facilitates my habit of reading several books at one time.
5. Make the font size as large as I need!
6. Don't have to hold the book open, handy for when you are reading at the table. (oops, probably not supposed to read and eat!)
7. Can get a free sample of the book before I buy to see if I like it.
8 Like the cool pictures that come on the screen when it goes to sleep!
9. Saves your place for you.
10. Not one, but two built in dictionaries, one American and the other English. As you read if you come to a word you don't know, just put the cursor on it and it shows the pronunciation and definition.

So far, as you can see, there are more ups than downs on my list. I am getting used to it, I wasn't sure I would like it at first, you have to learn to navigate on it.

I also got the American Standard Bible for Kindle. You can look up by book chapter and verse but it takes some time to figure out how to do it, it takes several steps to get where you want to go and feels sort of clumsy when you are doing it. I can look up scriptures much faster in a regular paper bible, but it's nice being able to have one with me that is Old & New Testament and has as large print as I want!

The only people who will have a problem with this is us older people. The kids will never know the difference and won't miss paper books. I suppose when actual books were invented there were old people saying "they'll take my scrolls when the pry my cold dead fingers off them!" (Seen on a chariot bumper) LOL.

It probably won't be long until text books are in digital form and that will be a good thing, even high school text books are so big and heavy now that kids have a set of books they keep at home and another set is in the classroom.

So there does seem to be many more advantages than disadvantages and as the days go by I will learn to love it.

But still, there is just something about having the actual book in your hands...
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  • BAREADER
    I'm almost ashamed to admit how much I like my Kindle. No, it's not perfect and it hasn't replaced books completely but it does have advantages. I have been reading a lot more since I got it. I think having a whole selection of books at my finger tips anytime is what I like most about it. Not being able to share is what I dislike the most. I really like being able to post what I finish on Facebook right from the Kindle.
    3718 days ago
  • KLONG8
    Yeah, the times they are a changin'
    3718 days ago
  • RAIN_SIS
    You got me at "Make the font as large as I need."
    THAT would be nice.
    In my youth I used to read for hours (days!) at a time. Yesterday I decided to stay in and read by the fire. My eyes gave out after a measly 200 pages. I pressed on for awhile but finally had to admit that the eyestrain was taking the luxurious pleasure out of it.
    On the other had there is the price. I just looked and saw that they are $189 and go as low as $139. That is lower than I remember them being but - I can buy a lot of books at the thrift store or library book sale for $139.
    Thanks for the review - and I am sorely tempted - but I guess I will just have to tough it out.
    3766 days ago
  • ASPENHUGGER
    So far I'm WAY resistant to ereaders. I really like the feel of a book in my hand, and also -- if we all go to ereaders, what will happen to all the people who have jobs in the book world -- the printers & editors & graphic designers & the folks who work in & own book stores. I'm sticking with my old fashioned books until I'm forced to change over at gunpoint! And yes, I'm an old folks too, but I do embrace technology when it's a real benefit. I still don't think ereaders are a benefit!
    3769 days ago
  • TISHTOES
    Thanks for the post. I have been wanting to hear from someone who has one. Sounds good to me. But I still like real books too. Am pondering whether to wait for an IPad or get a Kindle (or other brand). It is a handy way to carry a lot of reading. I like the advantages you speak of and I'm sure you will learn to appreciate them more and more and wonder how you lived without it!

    Thanks for sharing.

    3769 days ago
  • 8THTIMEUP
    I never thought I would like an e-reader but it is slowly taking over my life. My favorite thing is that I can pre-order a book that I REALLY want and get it just after mid-night the day it comes out! No more waiting for the book store/library to open.

    I like the search feature while I'm reading. If I need to go back and find a reference in the book I just type in a word/phrase and it gives me every mention in the book. I don't have to frantically flip through pages to find something.

    Libraries and book stores (especially used ones) are still great but I've been adding a lot more reading to my life with this new tool.
    3770 days ago
  • FRAN_CVLRN
    My kids wanted to get me an e-reader for Christmas and I said no, but I may have to change my mind.

    I'm such a library a holic. Love going and browsing the shelves and live CMRAND54, pulling down interesting ones and browsing. I'm also afraid I'd buy too many, but after reading your blog, I guess there are quite a few freebies out there too.

    It would definitely give me more room in my suitcase!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    3771 days ago
  • MYREALANA
    Well, I"m not old, and I'm not tech-phobic.

    But I can't get used to reading books on a screen. My husband got a Nook a few months ago, and while it's got its advantages, it doesn't feel right.

    Plus, it's WAY too expensive for me to take it into the bathtub, and that's where a lot of my reading happens!
    3771 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    Why, thnx for sharing this- I didn't think I'd ever get an e-reader but travel a bit and it sure would be handy.
    I would have been those 'never giving up my scroll' folks.


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    3771 days ago
  • BRIDIE5
    I hope to try one myself soon. but since I adore bookstores both new and used, libraries as they are now, and my own reading corner here at the house, I fear the mystique and the ambience won't be there..
    3771 days ago
  • BAREADER
    You browse right on the Kindle, or on Amazon, this is the dangerous part! I can buy books anytime, anywhere! I purposely got a prepaid visa card to use for my Amazon account so I only had so much I could spend. But there are so many good free ones that I have already downloaded more than I will be able to read in a month!!!

    But I do know what you mean, I love wandering the stacks at the library, and I'm sure I will still do that too.
    3771 days ago
  • BLEGNER1
    Since reading this I believe I will check into a kindle. Thank you so much for the info.
    3771 days ago
  • VALERIENEAL
    I would LOVE a Kindle, I have the free app on my phone and laptop. I also have the Nook too, which will allow you to share books. Don't forget the Kindle will read to you, which is nice for long hot baths.
    3771 days ago
  • CARRAND
    I haven't given in yet, but I will have to eventually. I can see an advantage to travelling with a number of books in very little luggage space, and a bigger font will be useful.

    But I will miss going down the library or bookstore shelves, pulling out things that look interesting. I don't always know what I'm looking for until I see it. How do you browse for books in a digital world?
    3771 days ago
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