Do you have an E-Reader?

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Do you have an E-Reader?
Sat, 08-24-2013 - 9:36pm

If so, which one? Where do you get your content? Amazon, or some other source? Do you view magazines or newspapers on the device? Do you still read books or magazines in print editions? 

If not, are you considering getting one?

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 08-24-2013 - 10:01pm

I have an iPad mini. The first tablet that we got was a Nexus, recommended by our ds. We got it mainly to read the news....we canceled the subscription to our local print newspaper and got a digital subscription to the NYTimes. The tablet would allow us to read the "paper" anywhere we got wifi, as opposed to only on our computers.

Dh really liked the tablet and wanted it all to himself LOL. He decided to surprise me with an iPad for Christmas. Since I am a long time Mac user it was great, I am more comfortable in that platform than in Android. I also like the size of the mini, its the size of a trade paperback so handy for reading in my lap. I have to admit that I held off on getting an e-reader for several years....I thought that I would really miss the feel of paper beneath my fingers when reading. I was a little surprised at how easily I adopted the tablet once it was in front of me. It did help to get a device that could do more than just show books...the tablets were really nice while traveling for checking email and searching for restaurants etc---much easier than booting up the laptop.

I downloaded the Kindle app to both devices and have been purchasing books on Amazon. The iPad also has iBooks but I haven't used it yet...actually there is one book on it that I don't recall buying, maybe they gave me an introductory free book? Amazon sends me emails about sales on digital books, and occasionally has promotions too. Today I qualified for one that offered my choice of 65 titles for $1.00 each. Most of them were not of interest but I found one that I was willing to check out, and for a buck I'm not losing much if I don't like it.

I still receive print editions of several magazines. I was reading one today and noticed that several articles mentioned additional exclusive content in the tablet edition, which I get for free as a subscriber. I don't usually view the magazines on the tablet but I did open this one to see the extra content. Right now I still prefer to read magazines in print....but since I am getting used to books on the tablet I suppose I'll eventually get used to the magazines on there too.

I've seen that some publisher's website offer their books in digital form, has anybody every bought digital directly from the publisher? I haven't looked around to see where else digital books are sold, have you found any sources besides those I've mentioned?

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Sat, 08-24-2013 - 11:22pm

The kids have Kindle Fires, Samsung Galalxie's and Rae has a ChromeBook, too.  I find my Galaxie too small to read books on, altho it does have that capability, from Google Play.  I certainly read much of my news on it, and the rest on my desktop.  We haven't had a newspaper or magazine (except AARP) delivered since 2004.  That was when Lolo moved to Virginia, and she began to read the hometown papers on her laptop, so she could keep up with us.  We ended up switching, too. 

My friends all have Fires, except for one, who has a Nook.  I know I will get a Fire eventually.  But I still like books, and if I drop a paperback in the sea, leave it in a hotel, or it falls in the toilet, I will not cry.  I cannot say the same about an E-reader. 

Also, I read a lot of books to Aubrey, and it wouldn't be the same if it wasn't paper.  She likes to HOLD them, and turn the pages.  The other morning, I was sitting up in bed reading, while she slept next to me.  When she woke and sat up, she pointed to what I was reading and said, "BOOK!"

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-22-2009
Sun, 08-25-2013 - 12:00am

I have a tablet, a Toshiba Thrive.  I down load from both Amazon and Barnes and Noble,  both books and magazines.   I also still read in paper form. 

Avatar for suzyk2118
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Registered: 07-30-1997
Mon, 08-26-2013 - 8:56am

Nope, and remember I still don't have a cell phone either.  I can text and get pdf e-books from the library on my laptop, either at work or home, so see no need for the extra expense.  Our library is truly great - has lots of great books (audio or pdf) we can 'check out' for up to 3 weeks.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2009
Mon, 08-26-2013 - 11:58am

Funny.. It tends to be the truly "techie" people who don't get the electronic gadgets.

Like Suzy.. no e-readers here. I love books.  I also don't have a cell phone.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-24-1997
Sun, 09-01-2013 - 7:51pm

Yes, I do have an e reader.  Staples used to carry all e readers.  As the market changed, Staples switched out the brands to keep up with new products.  So I purchased the Sony e reader which was being discontinued.  The only way to shop at Staples stores is to wait for stuff to go on clearance.  My e reader was $90.  The cool feature of Sony e readers is I can access books directly from my public library without going thru special features like on the Kindle or Nook.  Also Sony e readers don't require a subscription service like the Kindle does.