Musing Mondays — E-Readers

Today’s Musing Mondays question asks, “What devices –if any– do you read books on? Do you find it enjoyable, or still somewhat bothersome? Or: If you only read the print books, why haven’t you chosen to read on any devices?”

Hwell. I may have mentioned here before that I’m not a big e-book person right now, largely because I do not own an e-reader. And I do not own an e-reader because I’m not really excited about any of the ones that exist. I want something without too many DRM restrictions, so the Kindle is out, and I want something with an e-ink screen, so all those new tablets and such are out, and the few options that I’m left with are just not enticing me to part with a hundred dollars or so. Certainly if one fell into my hands I would embrace it and use it all the time, like I did with the iPod my parents bought for me five years ago and which I still use, but I’m still largely content with my paper reading experience. When they start making books better formatted to e-readers and perhaps give me some reason other than storage density to make the switch, I’ll look into it more seriously.

Of course, I still have read e-books, just on my computer and on my phone, neither of which experience was terribly exciting because it is just difficult for me to read things on a backlit screen for any length of time. I did appreciate the ability to read 13 Little Blue Envelopes while I was standing in lines or sitting in waiting rooms, since it was just right there on my phone, but I tried to read another book on my phone during a practically errand-free spell and I just couldn’t be bothered when I could be playing Cut the Rope instead. Ah, well.

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4 thoughts on “Musing Mondays — E-Readers

  1. Tina says:

    I wasn’t convinced until the Kindle price dropped so low. $79 is cheap enough I’m fine with the other issues. As for formats, you can pretty much send yourself whatever document you want. I don’t understand it entirely, but I’ve gotten books off Project Gutenburg and third party sellers and they work just fine. E Ink is heaven.

    • Alison says:

      That’s fair. I probably wouldn’t do much more than read library books with an e-reader, so perhaps when the price comes even lower (as I’ve heard it will) I’ll take a look into the Kindle. Until then, I will enjoy the teetering stack of books in my house! 🙂

  2. Steph says:

    I hate reading books on my computer. Thankfully we have an iPad and Sony ereaders which are wonderful… but I still prefer reading paper books anyway. The one way ereaders have changed my life for the better is that my library does have an awesome selection (both epub/pdf & kindle formats) so that I can borrow tons of books and never leave my house (but also not pay for them). Also, no late fees!

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