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Poll Question: What is your book preference?
Paperback
 
36.4% (4 votes)
Hardcover
 
63.6% (7 votes)
Amazon Kindle
 
0% (0 votes)
B&N Nook
 
0% (0 votes)
E-Reader that isn't Nook/Kindle
 
0% (0 votes)
What's a book?
 
0% (0 votes)
Total Votes: 11
andrew
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Message Posted On Monday, February 13th 2012 at 8:40 pm

With the rising popularity of e-readers such as the Kindle (best selling item on Amazon in 2011, if memory serves me right, over books!) and the Nook, books seem to be a dying breed.

Local bookstores are closing and even Borders went out of business. Thank God we still have Barnes & Noble.

So what do you think? Do you like e-Books? Or do you prefer classic books, where you can hold them in your hands.

If you do prefer e-books, what e-reader do you prefer? Kindle or Nook? Some less popular third option?

calicow
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Message Posted On Monday, February 13th 2012 at 9:26 pm
I don't have an e-reader - yet. I keep saying that I want to get an iPad so I can download both the nook and kindle software on it, but so far I've been able to live without getting one. If the day ever comes and I do get an e-reader, I might still buy the "classic" book that you can hold in your hand.

But at the moment, I still enjoy buying (at Barnes & Noble or Target) or borrowing books from friends and the library.
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Message Posted On Monday, February 13th 2012 at 11:02 pm
There's something about sitting down and holding on to a book thats very relaxing. Thats why I think books will never die. Plus I think havings e-Books is dumb and unholy. lol
KYLEd
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Message Posted On Tuesday, February 14th 2012 at 8:02 pm
I received a Nook Tablet for Christmas but have yet to use it to actually read on. I've read a few sample books but a not full one yet.

I still have some books to read before I need to purchase any more and there are some that I can find cheaper on e-books than through Amazon so I'll just get them through the Nook.

The only problem I can potentially see with the Nook is I can't take it with work with me so I can read during my lunch and break since it's not recommended leaving it in a hot car in the summer like I can with a paperback not to mention if you drop a paperback aside from possibly a bent page, nothing happens.
Although I leave my phone in my car all the time throughout the winter and summer and it still works fine.

I work at Barnes & Noble and when the Nook first came out we all thought it was odd how heavily we were promoting it because we were essentially giving customers no reason to return to the store.
Thankfully we've laid off the heavy sell, even with the introduction of the Tablet.
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Message Posted On Friday, February 17th 2012 at 11:20 am
Audiobooks!
guytwo

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Message Posted On Tuesday, February 21st 2012 at 9:14 pm
Sometimes I loan my books and I would never loan a Kindle - if I even had one. Also my niece likes the same stuff I do, history and science, so I often give her my books when I finish them.

Besides a Kindle edition isn't that much cheaper from the paperback version so why bother with it? And what happens if you lose your kindle or it's stolen??? You've lost maybe dozens of books. (hundreds?)
KYLEd
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Message Posted On Tuesday, February 21st 2012 at 10:19 pm
On Tuesday, February 21st 2012 9:14 pm, guytwo wrote:
Sometimes I loan my books and I would never loan a Kindle - if I even had one. Also my niece likes the same stuff I do, history and science, so I often give her my books when I finish them.

Besides a Kindle edition isn't that much cheaper from the paperback version so why bother with it? And what happens if you lose your kindle or it's stolen??? You've lost maybe dozens of books. (hundreds?)


If the Kindle is anything like the Nook, you wouldn't loan the actual Kindle, you'd simply loan the e-book. Whoever you want to loan it to would get an email saying that you wanted to load it to them.
You wouldn't lose your collection if it was stolen, your Kindle/Amazon account would still have all the books so all you'd have to do is get another Kindle and register it to the same account info and you'd still be able to access your books.

I do agree though, it would be nicer if e-books were cheaper than an actual paperback.
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Message Posted On Wednesday, February 22nd 2012 at 7:59 am
On Tuesday, February 21st 2012 10:19 pm, KYLEd wrote:
...If the Kindle is anything like the Nook, you wouldn't loan the actual Kindle, you'd simply loan the e-book. Whoever you want to loan it to would get an email saying that you wanted to load it to them.
You wouldn't lose your collection if it was stolen, your Kindle/Amazon account would still have all the books so all you'd have to do is get another Kindle and register it to the same account info and you'd still be able to access your books.

I do agree though, it would be nicer if e-books were cheaper than an actual paperback.


I didn't know that, thanks for the FYI. But I still prefer real books, just old fashioned I guess.

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Message Posted On Tuesday, February 28th 2012 at 9:03 am
I bought my mother a Kindle for Christmas and she loves it. I'll be getting one someday but for now.. hardcovers for me.
Bajim

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Message Posted On Monday, April 30th 2012 at 1:21 pm
For me it has to be books. I love the feel of holding a book It feels much more personal.
holophonor
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Message Posted On Tuesday, May 1st 2012 at 12:15 am
Same here, Bajim! Anyway, I don't feel like I need an e-reader. I only ever read one book at a time, and I don't travel enough to justify needing to carry my entire library on a single device.

But to each his own.

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Message Posted On Wednesday, May 2nd 2012 at 5:04 pm
I hated the idea of an e-reader at first, but changed my mind when I got a Kindle as a gift from my parents. I like it because I can load lots of books on it when I travel on a long trip. Sure beats carrying 5 books on a 2 week vacation.

I also like that I can download a sample of any book first to see if I like it, and the immediacy of being able to download any book RIGHT NOW with no wait is really great. Amazon runs a daily Kindle deal with a really cheap book, sometimes only 99 cents. I've bought quite a few of those, and almost all the classics (Count of Monte Christo, Little Women, that kind of stuff) are free.

That being said, I still buy some real books, especially art books. Those just aren't the same on an e-reader.
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Message Posted On Friday, May 11th 2012 at 6:37 am
use my tablets to read comics and books lately. i'm more interested in ease. if someone has the book and lends it to me... good. if i need to buy and knock out ibook or kindle... then that's fine to.

oh, and you can't play mahjongg on a bound book.
cindy
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Message Posted On Wednesday, May 16th 2012 at 8:33 pm
On Friday, May 11th 2012 6:37 am, Cokebeard wrote:
you can't play mahjongg on a bound book.

Sure you can. Come over, I'll pull out the MahJongg tiles, and I'll show you how I can stack them on my coffee table books.

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