E-readers or books?

Last time I had this conversation was years ago when I used to write my deaf blog. Then, I loved to hold books (and still do) even though I owned a  Kindle. When I owned a Kindle, it was when they started to get smaller and before the paper white version came out. I had my Kindle for some years until I sold it, being faithful to paper books instead. But also paper books were  out-waying the Kindle and I wasn’t using the Kindle much, as well as not wanting to be committed to Amazon. (Although the last part, I may have understood wrong about that years ago, or things have changed since. So you may be able to help me with that question. Keep reading.) So with the Kindle being pushed to one side, I decided it was time to sell.

Fast forward to present. As I say, I still prefer paper books, but I either buy mostly second-hand, or use the library. The last book I bought new, was “The Highly Sensitive Person,” by Elaine N. Aron, Ph. D, then before that, “Lagom.”

Being in a smaller place, means I have no intention of buying a new book I intend to keep, unless another book is removed to put in its place. But with the books I am currently happy with, means I have no need to buy.
I will still buy second-hand now and again, but this is because once I have read it, it will be put back into a bag for charity.
I also have the library where I can read a book from too.

I have been thinking whether it’s worth me buying an e-reader again. But do I buy a Kindle that I have experienced before, but a newer model? If so, does buying a Kindle mean I have to commit myself to Amazon, or can I get a book for it from anywhere? as I don’t want to join Amazon.

If I don’t buy a Kindle, what other e-reader is good?

I have thought about e-readers again, because I know you can get free books too for them, as I used to mostly read free books before, when I had the Kindle. But whether in the end I will buy one, I don’t know. I want to make sure it would be something I’d carry on using and not put away again after so many years.

Can you help/advise?

Maybe my readers read from e-readers. What e-reader do you use? Maybe you can also answer my above question regarding the Kindle?

Maybe you are just a paper book fan and avoid. Maybe you like both.

Do share your thoughts and I hope you are able to advise too.

Thank you in advance.

21 thoughts on “E-readers or books?

  1. I read both. Since 99 percent of what I read are advanced copies I prefer Kindle. It’s easy to carry all of my books in a purse that way. But I also am a big library reader. I am trying not to add anything to my new home. Downsize.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I will probably remain the same when it comes to reading books. It was why I sold my Kindle last time, because I just like the feel of books and smell. If I stick to buying second-hand, I can help the charity shop I buy it from. x

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  2. I have a Kobo ereader. You can get books directly from Kobo, or they list on their website the various booksellers that have Kobo format ebooks. I’ve had mine for a number of years and it has its random hiccups, but it’s so convenient for doing any reading away from home.

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  3. Wish I could help you, but I am almost exclusively a physical book reader. For the few ebooks I read, use the kindle app on my iPhone or my computer. No e-reader. My husband is just the opposite, but he still does all his reading on his iPhone.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I think this post makes a good conversation about what we prefer when it comes to reading books and how we read them. 🙂

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  4. I love books and am definitely a paper book fan. I have bought e-books occasionally and read them on my computer using the free kindle reader for PC, but I really don’t enjoy reading them like that. I much prefer to hold a physical book in my hands.

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    1. I know my decision on an whether I have an e-reader again won’t be rushed, because of me knowing I like to hold a book.
      I have some books on my computer that I transferred, that I had for free. I have never got round to reading them though, which were originally on my iPad before I sold it. Between a computer and an e-reader though, sitting at a computer to read a book doesn’t work for me either. I think that’s because you’re not relaxed as you would on a settee. It reminds me though, that I do have some free books to read.


    1. Thank you for your comment. Yes, getting a good deal in a sale and then just using it for free books, works out well. Especially when most books that are read, are only read once. 🙂

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  5. I’m sorry I won’t be much help as I’m a ‘real’ book person myself. However, my mum used to love her Kindle paperwhite. She had it for years but it was starting to show its age and I bought her an Amazon Fire tablet for Christmas last year. It allows for a little more flexibility so she can read books on the Kindle app, while being able to use other apps she likes (she seems to be addicted to the Daily Mail app for some reason!) and a few word games, along with the likes of TV catch up apps and YouTube. You can get e-books elsewhere, or just wait to find freebie bargains on Amazon. There’s also the Kobo e-reader. I found a page on Moneysavingexpert you might want to take a look at 🙂
    Caz xx

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  6. Hi Liz,

    I don’t know the answer to your question, but I had a thought for you to consider. My library offers ebooks so perhaps if yours does too, the library staff could tell you if they work on any ereader or just a particular brand.

    Love, Sarah

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    1. Thanks Sarah for your view on this. Not sure if my library does ebooks, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they do. Certainly worth asking when next in the library.
      From conversations here by readers, I see I was right with a particular choice of e-reader I would choose, if I do have one and further confirmed when reading elsewhere on make of e-reader I would pick, due to libraries only using certain formats.


  7. I tried a Sony eReader, years ago. It was a gift. I didn’t like how the ‘viewing screen’ made my eyes feel. Never felt ‘comfy’ while reading the reader. Similar to you, it sat in its box for a long time. Got rid of it!

    I want to hold the book. I feel more in touch/in tune with the author, when I can thumb thru the pages. I believe a piece of the author’s consciousness is embedded into their writings. That is why some books seem to ‘call out to you’, maybe even jump/fall off the shelf to catch your attention. And I felt like THAT experience got lost through the electronic version.

    Yes, sure, the eReader is convenient! But like you said, you plan not to keep books. I also made that decision during my last move. Our libraries often have a place where you can get free books and leave a book too.

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    1. Although I had this thought of maybe considering an e-reader and even knowing the make that would be ideal for me and think on it it a bit more. I still feel that I better not buy one again, as it may just be stuck in a box for a while after using it for so long. So I have no plans anytime soon and I have a feeling it won’t change.

      I know that feeling of when a book can like ‘jump off the shelf’ type feeling. I have had that with a few books.
      I like the feel of a book and I do remember after using an e-reader for a few years, which was the Kindle, I was craving to touch a book.
      The library has been used a lot this year for me as in terms of using WiFi. But I can see me using it more for books too, when I have read the few books on my book shelf.
      The Kindle I have been alright with and as long as there is no backlight, I’m fine. But if it starts to feel like I am viewing from a phone, or computer, where there is a backlight, it doesn’t matter how dim I make it, I find it doesn’t work for me, as I like to rest my eyes. 🙂


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