We are avid readers and have just purchased Kindles to take with us on our trip to Mexico. We are tired of schlepping books around the world. Certainly, wish we had one for our around the world trip in 2007.
Good thread MJ, had been thinking about posting something myself as I'm considering getting an e-book reader - would be good to hear what the preferred models are.
I liked the looks of the Nook book that Barnes and Noble puts out but in my research I learned that you cannot download while you are out of the country. That won't do us any good.
We want to wait for the next generation ipad so we ended up with the kindle and so far love it! It is very easy to download the books.
I was gifted a 1st generation Kindle a year-and-a-half ago and received it with bookworm skepticism. Who would sacrifice the smell of a well-loved book or the satisfaction of flipping crisp pages in a new paperback? But, lo and behold, I ended up moving to the dark side.
My father bought both Kindle and Nook, and the greatest differences we found were the following:
(1) Nook has color (so you can see book covers as they're meant to be seen)
(2) Kindle has a matte screen with little glare (good to keep in mind if you'll be reading on the beach)
Since you can't judge a book by it's cover, I do lean towards the Kindle.
I met a couple on my last trip where the husband was reading a bounded version of Lord of the Rings
and the wife was reading Shantaram
, both hefty sized books. I remember carrying the 900-page Shantaram
on my travels, and it's so much easier to store, hold, and read a kindle. The couple had already considered the kindle, but were determined to buy two after they had tested mine out.
We are as romantic as you are about having books to hold in our hands and enjoy the smell but you've made the point on why we are making the switch. I've traveled with copies of Don Quixote, Atlas Shrugged and My Life by Bill Clinton. Each of these books were around a 1,000 pages and could have been used as weapons. We will be at the beach trying out our kindles in less than two weeks and after a long and snowy winter can honestly say.....bring on the glare from the sun!
I'm actually using the Stanza app on my iPod as an ebook reader.
It's not as easy to read as a kindle for a variety of reasons, tiny screen, backlit, glossy screen, short battery life. When I started I thought "I'm never going to ge used to this" but it didn't take long, and now it's fine. It does have some benefits... I have literally thousands of free books and not only that but I always have it on me, not only when I think I might read a book. I read in doctors waiting rooms, embassy waiting areas, queue at supermarkets etc... Even if it's only for 15 minutes. The backlit thing is useful as I can read in bed without needing a light on, and thus not disturbing the wife. Also I have all the Lonely Planet guide books I need on it as well as a host of Other free PDF guides freely available on line.
I've played with my dads Kindle though and I still really want one. And an iPad... My iPod can do everything but I still want it all! I do love my gadgets! 😊
The fact that you can carry a 1,000 page book with ease is a plus. Having the ability to carry a 1,000+ of these 1,000 page books in one hand is a bibliophile's paradise.
I'm all for the traditional method of exchanging books while traveling, but now can download recommendations AND have all my favorites in one place. Confession: I still carry one small paperback with me (just in case), but have been carrying the same one for a while without needing to read it . . . ;]
I was thinking about getting one, because I'm also tired of lugging around books. The best use I saw for it was to store my language books. I wouldn't have to carry around tons of dictionaries, grammar, or self teaching books for the different languages I'm studying. I asked a sales associate at Barnes and Noble if you could download self teaching books or anything like that, but they couldn't give me any useful, non-brochure information. I think I'd miss reading an actual book though, even if it does save trees. And what do you do when the battery dies and you're at the best part??
I'll still be thinking about it. If I could get those language books though, I'd be sold on it :D
I have an ipad and i do love it. I use ibooks. But thanks michael for recommending Stanza. But when travelling its a little too inconvenient to bring something as big as an ipad so i use my ipod touch. With an apple device you dont just get a bookreader. You get a game console, an excellent web browser when wifi is available. And best of all you can make skype video calls! Im posting this with my ipod touch btw
If you know the name of the texts you are looking for, you can check amazon.com's "Kindle Store" search. The Kindle comes with a built in dictionary (English) and quick buttons to use wikipedia/google, which are very useful, but I don't know much about language texts.
The Kindle's battery-life has been fantastic so far (as long as the wifi is used sparingly because, like any other electronic gadget, it drains the battery quicker). Like I said, I carry around a spare book, but in the past year-and-a-half, I've never had a problem with the battery dying, so my "just in case" book remains in my bag unread. ;]
I cannot disagree with the article that technology potentially will widen the gap. I also believe that economically challenged people find ways to buy the things they want. They mention that the African American community has more cell phones than the white Americans. I think in a short period of time all phones will be e- book readers and the current specific e-book readers will be less popular except for us older folks who need a larger screen because of eyesight issues. There seems to be a market for all of these items. Plus the price is bound to drop in the next five years.
I'm trying to figure out how the libraries of the future will loan out e-books. I'm sure it will happen eventually and none of us will need to purchase the books.
I am considering getting a Kindle,my neighbour was visiting me last night and was going on about his new one and the fact that it has such a good battery life.we have been swapping books for a number of years and it looks like there will be very few coming from him in the future so I will just have to join the e-book revolution.
Wow - I must be in the minority here! I have absolutely no wish for a kindle or anything similar. I can see the advantage of guide books and so on, especially if touring from country to country, but when it comes to reading for pleasure... nope! It just doesn't work. Sure I read on the computer a lot - whether the news or travelblogs or stories - but it's not the same experience. There's nothing to compare with curling up with a book, with holding pages and reading the printed word. I must just be really old fashioned! It's also though that I spend so much time looking at screens, especially when travelling or living abroad. Uploading, editing and organising photos, chatting on skype, watching tv, writing travelblogs, lesson planning, emailing, researching on the net, booking hotels or flights, procrastinating on facebook and so on ... reading should be a break from all that technology!
Then again, even at home... what would I use to decorate the walls with without all those books and bookcases?
i actually have a Nook and I LOVE IT! I got one of the non-color Nooks and it's so easy to read and take with me while I'm out and about. It also holds up to 1,500 books! This way I can actually read real and trashy books while I travel. The power adapter is really small and easy to carry with me while I'm packing. I can also put pictures on it and connect it to my laptop via USB.
I didn't know that you couldn't download books out of the country though. I'll have to remember that. I usually just buy books before my trips and when I finish those, I start rereading a book I've already read. It works really well for me.
Glad to hear a report on the Nook. I thought it looked like a good product.
after reading this thread I decided to download Kindle for the PC,absolutely no problems there and I even downloaded a free book,so now have South: the story of Shackleton's 1914-1917 expedition,and am looking forward to reading it.
I've been to Antarctica and have been inside Shackleton's shack located at McMurdo Base on the Ross Sea. You are in store for a very good read. Another book that will give you perspective on a more present day view of Antarctica is called Southlight. It is a pretty good read. Enjoy.
thanks for that.There was aTV programme about the Shackletons expedition,it was a very good watch.
I don't know if I am allowed to post links but here is one and I will take a slap on the wrist later,don't know if you will be able to see it outside the UK though.
BTW as a new usuer I am limited to a few posts a day so if a dissapear you know why.
@ Craig - your forum posting limit has been removed.