Monday, January 16, 2012
Musing Mondays January 16, 2012
This week’s musing 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?
I started reading ebooks on my computer. It was not my favorite way to read but I used my laptop and purchased books from Baen for a really good price. I still read on the computer occasionally, mostly where I have downloaded something short.
I now have two e-readers. I purchased a eBookwise reader 4 or 5 years ago. It is limited in the formats that can be loaded or it would still be my only e-reader. It is simple to use, has a good font, and is backlit. I still use it when a book comes in one of the formats that will load on it.
My second e-reader is the original Nook. I purchased it because it used epub and epub is available almost everywhere except Amazon. I love the ease of purchasing books from Barnes and Noble and side loading for other publishers is not difficult.
I like to read on both of my e-readers but it does have some drawbacks. It is easy to forget about a book once it has been downloaded. It is hard to flip through the pages to find something you want to re-read. I also dislike the price difference between ebooks and paper copies. If the paper copy is cheaper I will always go paper. On the plus side there are a lot of books being released on in electronic form and having an e-reader makes it easy to purchase and read those. Another plus is the ability to check ebooks out from my local library. I have found that a good way to get books I might not find on the shelves.
I am thinking about getting an iPad to use when I travel and to download from Amazon. I think I would like reading on the iPad but battery life could be a problem.