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Do you prefer an Ebook or a Paper book and why?

I would rather read a paper book rather then an ebook. Because it is more comfortable and It does not need electricity.

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  1. [6]
    June
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    I prefer eBook because digital books take up less space and you can always look up words you don't know instantly.

    I prefer eBook because digital books take up less space and you can always look up words you don't know instantly.

    12 votes
    1. [3]
      J-Senior
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      Do you use a Kindle or an ordinary screen? I read books on my laptop and after a long session my eyes are sometimes tired. I'm considering buying a Kindle for the screen but I can never convince...

      Do you use a Kindle or an ordinary screen? I read books on my laptop and after a long session my eyes are sometimes tired. I'm considering buying a Kindle for the screen but I can never convince myself to spend the money.

      1 vote
      1. Trin
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        Kindle is SO worth it. My eyes never get tired on a Kindle like they do with a computer. There's a reason e-ink is a separate technology. Even if you get a model with a backlight, it won't strain...

        Kindle is SO worth it. My eyes never get tired on a Kindle like they do with a computer. There's a reason e-ink is a separate technology. Even if you get a model with a backlight, it won't strain your eyes.

        You can always get a second-hand one if you don't want to spend money on a new one, or wait for when Amazon has them on offer. My husband still uses my Kindle Touch from 2012, and aside from some scratches to the plastic, it works perfectly. I have a Paperwhite from 2013 or 2014, not sure, but it is pretty much as new. And the battery lasts forever.

        3 votes
      2. TonyTorrance
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        I read using a big font, white on black, using the kindle app on my phone. I have to turn the page a lot but it’s actually a very comfortable reading experience.

        I read using a big font, white on black, using the kindle app on my phone. I have to turn the page a lot but it’s actually a very comfortable reading experience.

    2. DonQuixote
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      I have a second Nook Simple Touch bought online for 26$. Because I can take it everywhere. And I do.

      I have a second Nook Simple Touch bought online for 26$. Because I can take it everywhere. And I do.

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    whyarentihigh
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    I prefer paper books too. I just like the feel of them, mostly. Plus I'm too poor to buy an e-reader. I usually read before bed and reading on a computer right before bed would likely give me...

    I prefer paper books too. I just like the feel of them, mostly. Plus I'm too poor to buy an e-reader. I usually read before bed and reading on a computer right before bed would likely give me insomnia (blue light and such)

    6 votes
    1. [4]
      geosmin
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      The cheapest e-reader is the price of 2-3 paper books and would be lit by ambient light, after which you can save where ebooks range from 0 to 70% of the price of their printed equivalent.

      The cheapest e-reader is the price of 2-3 paper books and would be lit by ambient light, after which you can save where ebooks range from 0 to 70% of the price of their printed equivalent.

      5 votes
      1. [3]
        whyarentihigh
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        I am well under the poverty line. All my food comes from charities lol. So an e-reader is well WELL out of my budget.

        I am well under the poverty line. All my food comes from charities lol. So an e-reader is well WELL out of my budget.

        2 votes
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          J-Senior
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          If you don't mind me asking, how do you access ~s? In South Africa, when someone relies on charities they don't usually have a smartphone or computer access.

          If you don't mind me asking, how do you access ~s? In South Africa, when someone relies on charities they don't usually have a smartphone or computer access.

          1 vote
          1. whyarentihigh
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            The place where I live provides internet :>

            The place where I live provides internet :>

            3 votes
  3. Algernon_Asimov
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    I don't know any more. When I was a youngster reading science fiction that included these magical electronic readers which could carry a thousand books, I couldn't wait to get one. As I got older,...

    I don't know any more. When I was a youngster reading science fiction that included these magical electronic readers which could carry a thousand books, I couldn't wait to get one. As I got older, I realised that I prefer the tangibility of reading a print book. As I got even older, I realised that I have too many books and I need to reduce my storage. But I like the look of them on my shelves. But an ebook is lighter to carry in my bag than a print book.

    So... ultimately... I don't know if I have a preference. Both formats have their advantages and disadvantages.

    What I do now is decide whether I should buy a particular book in ebook or print form. My sci-fi books tend to be ebooks these days: they're a high volume for me. I have lots and lots of sci-fi paperbacks, and I need to cull them. But some sci-fi books are special enough to buy in print versions - which means they're also special enough to buy in hardcover. On the other hand, reference books and history books tend to be in print, and often hardcover. (Although there's one historical fiction series which I have in both hardcover and ebook because I bought and collected the hardcovers as they were being published, but the ebook versions are easier for actual reading than the thick hardcovers!)

    4 votes
  4. meristele
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    Ebooks, because bookmarks are migratory. Can't keep one in place to save my life. Even post-its. Also I try to minimise the number of physical items I own.

    Ebooks, because bookmarks are migratory. Can't keep one in place to save my life. Even post-its. Also I try to minimise the number of physical items I own.

    4 votes
  5. [8]
    MindsRedMill
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    Paper is better but I use mostly a kindle as I largely get to read when traveling for work and its hugely more convenient for airports, planes, trains and hotels.

    Paper is better but I use mostly a kindle as I largely get to read when traveling for work and its hugely more convenient for airports, planes, trains and hotels.

    3 votes
    1. [7]
      J-Senior
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      Does the Kindle ever make your eyes tired after long reading sessions? Also, do you have the model with the screen light? If yes, is it worth it? Edit: And can you load your own epubs on or do...

      Does the Kindle ever make your eyes tired after long reading sessions? Also, do you have the model with the screen light? If yes, is it worth it?
      Edit: And can you load your own epubs on or do they have to be from the Kindle store?

      1. [5]
        MindsRedMill
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        It doesn't make my eyes hurt. I have backlit version but i leave the backlight very low if at all. I load my own files with Calibre, which is a great FOSS ebook manager/converter/creator.

        It doesn't make my eyes hurt. I have backlit version but i leave the backlight very low if at all.

        I load my own files with Calibre, which is a great FOSS ebook manager/converter/creator.

        2 votes
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          J-Senior
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          Oh nice, I use Calibre as my laptop reader so it should be easy enough to move my files over. I know the screen is supposed to be matte but how does it realistically do outside? Can you sit and...

          Oh nice, I use Calibre as my laptop reader so it should be easy enough to move my files over.
          I know the screen is supposed to be matte but how does it realistically do outside? Can you sit and read in the sun?

          1 vote
          1. [2]
            Trin
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            Yep, it's really no problem. The screen is as matte as they get, it's pretty much like reading a paper book.

            Yep, it's really no problem. The screen is as matte as they get, it's pretty much like reading a paper book.

            1 vote
            1. J-Senior
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              Dammit, you've all convinced me. I was trying to save money...

              Dammit, you've all convinced me. I was trying to save money...

              2 votes
          2. MindsRedMill
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            Seriously no problems at all in full sun. I hand the kindle voyage so e ink but with a backlight (not a regular usable screen). Pricey but really good.

            Seriously no problems at all in full sun. I hand the kindle voyage so e ink but with a backlight (not a regular usable screen). Pricey but really good.

      2. MindsRedMill
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        It doesn't make my eyes hurt. I have backlit version but i leave the backlight very low if at all. I load my own files with Calibre, which is a great FOSS ebook manager/converter/creator.

        It doesn't make my eyes hurt. I have backlit version but i leave the backlight very low if at all.

        I load my own files with Calibre, which is a great FOSS ebook manager/converter/creator.

  6. eyehigh
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    Physical books are a great personal experience, but one that I think is too much hassle compared to digital books. Consider this: a novel that would be read only once or twice permanently etched...

    Physical books are a great personal experience, but one that I think is too much hassle compared to digital books.

    Consider this: a novel that would be read only once or twice permanently etched in paper, destined to stay on a shelf and take up storage room. You can carry too much, until you can't carry any more. You probably own just one copy.

    The same novel saved in epub is 800 kB, can be infinitely backed up and copied, and modern phones can save tens of thousands of them at a time.

    Both formats can be damaged in different ways, so neither is invulnerable. Still, the digital book is the more robust solution. Physical books are fun, but they're not as sensible a possession as digital copies any more IMHO.

    3 votes
  7. nor
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    Definitely paper. I underline and tag on a lot of notes and writing to my books and it's pretty tedious in e-format. I also find having only the book in hand allows for longer reading sessions as...

    Definitely paper. I underline and tag on a lot of notes and writing to my books and it's pretty tedious in e-format. I also find having only the book in hand allows for longer reading sessions as I'm not distracted by my phone, or my tablet/e-reader.

    I do read PDFs on my phone and laptop on occasion but I'd always have a physical copy if I could because of how I learn and go about studying my books.

    2 votes
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    evye
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    For books I care about, only the real thing will do. I use ebooks for recipes, other non-fiction that I won't be using for regular reference, anything that isn't worth taking up physical space in...

    For books I care about, only the real thing will do. I use ebooks for recipes, other non-fiction that I won't be using for regular reference, anything that isn't worth taking up physical space in my library. I listen to audiobooks too (although I do have physical copies of several of my audiobooks)

    2 votes
    1. aki
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      This. I’m willing to buy a book a second time physically if i like it enough. But the ability to from the comfort of my chair buy a new book and load it into my kindle and start reading in seconds...

      This. I’m willing to buy a book a second time physically if i like it enough. But the ability to from the comfort of my chair buy a new book and load it into my kindle and start reading in seconds has actually gotten me to read a lot more often. Not to mention the portability of the kindle. But when it’s a book that i’ve grown attached to and i’ve found a really nice printing of it i’m buying that instantly. Nothing beats physical in the end.

      1 vote
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    BBBence1111
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    I use my phone to read, most of the time. It means I don't have to carry a crapton of books wherever I go, and if I have a moment where I'm doing nothing else I can just grab my phone and finish a...

    I use my phone to read, most of the time. It means I don't have to carry a crapton of books wherever I go, and if I have a moment where I'm doing nothing else I can just grab my phone and finish a few pages.

    1 vote
    1. [2]
      eyehigh
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      I've only begun to read on my phone recently. AMOLED displays, huge storage capacities, pixel-dimming filters, and bare-bones book readers make phones a very solid reading solution. I love going...

      I've only begun to read on my phone recently. AMOLED displays, huge storage capacities, pixel-dimming filters, and bare-bones book readers make phones a very solid reading solution. I love going some couple hundred phone-sized pages in 30% of a battery life, and power banks can always top off the phone enough to keep going for much longer.

      1. BBBence1111
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        While reading my phone usually lasts through the day. And just to be safe I carry 2 powerbanks :D What makes it a lot better is the alivability of books. I don't have to go to the library if I ran...

        While reading my phone usually lasts through the day. And just to be safe I carry 2 powerbanks :D

        What makes it a lot better is the alivability of books. I don't have to go to the library if I ran out of reading material, I can just grab the next one from the web.

        1 vote
  10. [3]
    Trin
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    I used to be a die hard physical book fan, and then I had to move my collection of sci-fi and fantasy paperbacks to another flat. Four times. These days I'm all about that Kindle. Has all of my...

    I used to be a die hard physical book fan, and then I had to move my collection of sci-fi and fantasy paperbacks to another flat. Four times.

    These days I'm all about that Kindle. Has all of my books on there, lasts well for a piece of electronics (my husband still uses my old Kindle Touch from 2012), super portable, book stays open where you left it, you can look up words in the dictionary, you can read at night with no light, you can make the font as big or small as you want. It also means I never have to decide between clothes and books when I travel.

    1 vote
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      Algernon_Asimov
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      I hear you! I've had to move a few times in the past 5-6 years, and I'm not a fan of lugging around boxes and boxes and boxes of sci-fi paperbacks any more. The only thing that has stopped me...

      then I had to move my collection of sci-fi and fantasy paperbacks to another flat. Four times.

      I hear you! I've had to move a few times in the past 5-6 years, and I'm not a fan of lugging around boxes and boxes and boxes of sci-fi paperbacks any more.

      The only thing that has stopped me replacing them all with ebooks is cost: I would basically have to pay full price to buy them all again. :(

      1 vote
      1. Trin
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        Yeah, that's what I dislike as well. I got a lot of my ebooks through Amazon deals when they're £2 per title.

        Yeah, that's what I dislike as well. I got a lot of my ebooks through Amazon deals when they're £2 per title.

  11. szferi
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    Both. For literature and books with texts only content, I prefer ebooks. For Math and diagram heavy science books I prefer physical ones. I also make distinguishes books on a potential long-term...

    Both. For literature and books with texts only content, I prefer ebooks. For Math and diagram heavy science books I prefer physical ones. I also make distinguishes books on a potential long-term value, for high-long-term value books I prefer a physical copy. These are the one for example which I would recommend to my children to read later on. Usually, 1-2 books fall into this category per year.

  12. eitaporra
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    I like e-readers because I do most of my reading during commute, and inside a crowded train car using an e-reader is much more practical. With it I can read a book with only one hand while with a...

    I like e-readers because I do most of my reading during commute, and inside a crowded train car using an e-reader is much more practical. With it I can read a book with only one hand while with a physical book I'd have to periodically let go of the handrails to flip the page.

  13. brighteyes720
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    Lean towards ebooks. Font size adjustment is a plus for me. And so is the dictionary feature. I don't care about the weight or anything of the books and smell of the books never did anything for...

    Lean towards ebooks. Font size adjustment is a plus for me. And so is the dictionary feature.

    I don't care about the weight or anything of the books and smell of the books never did anything for me. Although, I still purchase physical books of some of the books I really loved.

    For example, when reading ASoIaF, Kindle has this feature called X-Ray where you could just hold a name of a character or place, and it would show you who they were. That really helps in few books with a million different characters with similar names.

  14. vakieh
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    I hard switched to e-books about 4 years ago now. I was motivated by international travel with weight limits, and haven't gone back. Part of this was due to the fact that I read a shittonne of...

    I hard switched to e-books about 4 years ago now. I was motivated by international travel with weight limits, and haven't gone back. Part of this was due to the fact that I read a shittonne of books, and couldn't carry them. Part of it as I was travelling my money was going to the sorts of sins associated with travel, and libgen is just too good when you don't have $20 per book each week.

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    sundubu
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    Paper! Feels best in my hands. Love cover art. I like the convenience of e-books (instant downloads, storage capacity, great for travel), but the device isn’t as comfortable to hold as a paper...

    Paper! Feels best in my hands. Love cover art. I like the convenience of e-books (instant downloads, storage capacity, great for travel), but the device isn’t as comfortable to hold as a paper book. And I keep losing my charger. And I know, it’s an easy fix, I need to keep the charger in one place. I kept moving it between rooms and now I can’t find it. When I find it someday, I’ll keep it in one place, haha.

    1. mat
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      What kind of ereader do you have that doesn't charge over USB? My very first ereader - way back in 2008 - had a proprietary power socket but everything I've owned since then just uses usb. Almost...

      What kind of ereader do you have that doesn't charge over USB?

      My very first ereader - way back in 2008 - had a proprietary power socket but everything I've owned since then just uses usb. Almost everything I own charges from usb. Mind you, I actively avoid buying things which don't, so that's probably a factor.

  16. tegla
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    Depends. Mostly ebooks, i use an app called UB Reader and fill it with books i get from libg.. i mean ones that i purchase legitimately. I mostly read on my commute and find it more practical than...

    Depends.

    Mostly ebooks, i use an app called UB Reader and fill it with books i get from libg.. i mean ones that i purchase legitimately.
    I mostly read on my commute and find it more practical than a physical book. I just put it in my pocked instead of hauling an actual book around.

    However i do enjoy reading physical books more when i'm at home or, say, on a beach.

  17. mat
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    ebooks every time. At first it was because I had physical issues holding books open (yay, severe RSI!) but as the years passed that got better (woohoo!) but I have felt no need to return to paper....

    ebooks every time. At first it was because I had physical issues holding books open (yay, severe RSI!) but as the years passed that got better (woohoo!) but I have felt no need to return to paper.

    I like that I have a lit screen - and finally not in cold blue light, in nice warm orange; I like that no matter how weighty the text i'm reading is, the book still weighs the same; I like that I can choose my own typeface, spacing and margins; I like that I can visit, and borrow from, my local library without even getting out of bed.

  18. NamelessThirteenth
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    eBooks. I used to prefer physical books but when it came time for me to move...the amount of weight and boxes required for them all was ridiculous.

    eBooks. I used to prefer physical books but when it came time for me to move...the amount of weight and boxes required for them all was ridiculous.

  19. dice
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    I prefer ebooks for fiction and paper for studying. If I need to remember something I like to have a tactile feedback. If I'm reading for fun I want to be able to easily read while I poo.

    I prefer ebooks for fiction and paper for studying. If I need to remember something I like to have a tactile feedback. If I'm reading for fun I want to be able to easily read while I poo.

  20. tamarack
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    I think I might prefer paper, but I just can't do paper books anymore. I want a tidy and uncluttered home, and that isn't possible when every bookshelf is stuffed full and there are piles of books...

    I think I might prefer paper, but I just can't do paper books anymore. I want a tidy and uncluttered home, and that isn't possible when every bookshelf is stuffed full and there are piles of books on the floor of every room as well. That had to stop.

    So now it's ebooks for me, as much as possible.

  21. timtam1us
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    Depends on the type of books you like to read. Fiction is almost always better as an e-book, except for those with lots of pictures/maps. Programming books are okay for reading on tablets and...

    Depends on the type of books you like to read.
    Fiction is almost always better as an e-book, except for those with lots of pictures/maps.
    Programming books are okay for reading on tablets and computers, but almost impossible with e-ink devices and small phones.

  22. Elusive
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    I like books on my shelf, but if I'm honest with myself, I tend to read so much more on my phone these days. Also, you can't search in paper books effectively, which is a huge problem for me. I...

    I like books on my shelf, but if I'm honest with myself, I tend to read so much more on my phone these days. Also, you can't search in paper books effectively, which is a huge problem for me. I actually prefer audiobooks for fiction and electronic formats for everything else, due to time constraints.

  23. acr
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    If I am traveling, hard copy for sure. At home, eBooks. I have a Lenovo tab 4 8 inch that I read on.

    If I am traveling, hard copy for sure. At home, eBooks. I have a Lenovo tab 4 8 inch that I read on.

  24. nailkitty
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    It really depends. I love the look and feel and smell of books. I like having them on my shelves to gaze at lovingly and with fond remembrance of the stories within. I cannot read a book on the...

    It really depends. I love the look and feel and smell of books. I like having them on my shelves to gaze at lovingly and with fond remembrance of the stories within. I cannot read a book on the bus or in a car. I can, however, read on my tablet on the bus.

    I like being able to increase font size and adjust brightness. Not having to use a physical bookmark (or bending the corner) to mark my place. Just turn on tablet and continue where I left off. Also it's so much easier to take ebooks out of the library!

    I still buy physical books, and then download the epub. I do prefer physical books for pictures and maps.