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Thread: Paper or Pixel: How do you read?

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    Default Paper or Pixel: How do you read?


    In the current digital age, e-readers are popping up every which way we look! How do you prefer to read - with the convenience of a tablet, or the sentiment of flipping pages between your fingers?
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    When I'm reading a book I prefer to have the actual book in my hands flipping the pages. I can't read a full novel on a computer screen.

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    I prefer books to e-readers, mostly because I can't afford an e-reader (or, rather, I can't justify the cost for how rarely I read novels).
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    I never understood the attachment to physical mediums. I read the story, not the book and/or e-reader itself.

    I feel that both have their pros and cons. A book will never run out of batteries, for example. And you can read it when the plane is taking off without getting dirty looks from the flight attendants.

    But on the other hand, you also can't download a new story to your paperback book-- whilst you're lying in bed-- with the press of a button. (That last bit is a pretty big plus and my Kindle is the best thing that has ever happened just because of that)

    P.S. I understand the sentiment behind not wanting to read on a computer screen but e-reader screens look just like paper and it's pretty fantastic.

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    There is one advantage physical books have over electronic: If it's trout, you can throw it across the room quite safely.

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    I like reading. It doesn't matter what form the book is in, really. I like physical copies just for the sake of collecting, but that doesn't really matter when it comes to actually reading. In the end I just go with whichever is cheapest.

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    I go with a physical copy, only because if I use anything electronic I'll get distracted by other doodads and won't actually read. I won't sit and just read if I'm not doing plain paper.

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    I second everything Pike said, and I'd like to add: you can also more comfortably read e-readers in bed. It's easier to get into a position when your e-reader is able to be held with one hand and is so light.

    I like both. I generally read more paper books because I go to the library a couple of times a week. I like the free factor. But I have a lot of books on my e-reader, and I've found some great websites that sell books for under $3. Not all of them are top-of-the-line, but I've found some books that are virtually unheard of that turned out to be AMAZING.



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    I agree with Pike, although I've never actually tried an e-reader (it's on my wish list!) so I can't say for sure how I'd feel about it when I'm actually holding one.
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    Both are fine, but I never used anything electronic to read a full book or whatever. I just wouldn't be opposed to it if I had the option.

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    I love having physical copies of things. It looks nice on my shelf.

    I love having like 100 books in a device that weighs less than any singular book.

    I will buy physical copies of books I really want, although, will probably look into a way to have an e-reader copy as well, to save myself carrying it around. :3

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    I like a book, but I absolutely love my Kindle. It's convenient, and e-books tend to be much cheaper than the actual paperback/hardback versions. I like taking my kindle everywhere I go. Where as with a paperback, I wouldn't - extra weight and also because I wouldn't want it to get all crumpled and ruined in my bag.

    Also, once I've read something, I don't usually re-read it. So once I finish with an actual book, it just sits on a shelf gathering dust until I donate it to charity or give it to a friend.

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    I love physical books. The weight of them is comforting, the smell of new and old books is incredible, and the sound as I turn each page is incredibly calming. But I've moved house twice in the past six months and dragging stacks of books around is not the most pleasant thing in the world.

    I still buy physical copies of books, but having an eReader is excellent. I wouldn't say it's perfect -- I find the navigation a bit clumsy at times -- but I took thirty odd books with me on my trip to Adelaide, as opposed to the one or two I could fit in a bag whenever I went anywhere else.

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    Omg. Moving books. xD I have two or three large boxes of books, and they probably each way over 50 pounds. So heavy.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ToriJ View Post
    When I'm reading a book I prefer to have the actual book in my hands flipping the pages. I can't read a full novel on a computer screen.
    Reading on a e-paper is actually completely different than reading on a regular backlit computer screen.

    I like actual books because they don't rely on a power source. Well, except daylight but whatever.
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