15 Replies Latest reply on Oct 22, 2014 5:55 AM by luvbooksCM
      • Re: Do Readers Choose ebooks Because They Are Cheaper?

        I wouldn't say I'm reading more because it's cheaper.  I'm reading more because it's easier.  I used to run out of books sometimes when I hadn't been to the store in a while.  That never happens anymore.  I think of a book, and I buy it.  Or I see a note of something available at a discount or free.


        Right now, Open Media is killing me.  Every day they offer a new classic for free, and they're nicely edited, well-formatted editions.  Just in the last few weeks I've downloaded Last of the Mohicans, Picture of Dorian Gray, Collected Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe, The Thirty-Nine Steps, Winesburg Ohio, Dorothy Sayers, Agatha Christie.  I need to take a year off just to try to catch up.

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          Another vote for convenience here as well.

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            Yup, convenience has become a huge factor. Though I still read, and occassionally buy DTBs.

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              When I was young I used to carry a book around with me wherever I went.  But I would eventually finish that book, and inevitably that would occasionally happen when I did not have access to a new book.


              Now I can carry around a library of books with a smaller physical footprint than a trade paperback.  If I happen to read everything I had loaded, all I need is WiFi to buy a new book.

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                I like not having books taking up o much space in my small  apt. I like reading at night with out a light. I like being able to take more than one book when I travel-because I may not know what I will want to read. Like being able to buy a book and never leave the house especially in the winter when its cold and icy. I just like everything about my Nook.

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                  For me its totally a convenience and space consideration.  I have more books than I know what to do with and was quickly running out of room on the bookselves.  I always have a book with me and don't have to worry about it weighing my back down if it is especially thick.  There are still books that I think need to be "real" books and will buy as such but most in the last 3-4 years have been ebooks and now that my daughter is actually reading a little more other than being forced for school (she is dyslexic) I can save the space on the bookselves for her since she prefers book books.

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                      Jacquie66 I wonder if your daughter might enjoy one of the kobo devices. They allow you to load your own fonts, including Open Dyslexic, which makes it easier for dyslexic people to read - since the letters are weighted at the bottom, it keeps them from flipping around so much. Just a thought.

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                          My Kobo H20 actually came pre-loaded with two fonts to help dyslexic people, OpenDyslexic and Dyslexie both follow the weighted at the bottom method, though I think Dyslexie may do a better job handling characters like 'e' where it's hard to weight the bottom without obfuscating the letter, the downside is it seems to have achieved that by not weighting as heavily so it's possible other characters will be harder to read.


                          Just wanted to chime in that they no longer need to be sideloaded, the advantage to this being that users can take advantage of Kobos font manipulation without patching the OS.

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                        I agree with everyone in that my Nook makes reading easy and convenient! And being able to read without a lamp at night is a huge plus.


                        I also really like being able to instantly look up words I'm not familiar with.  Rather than just skipping over words because I don't want to drag down the big, heavy dictionary, I find myself looking them up on my Nook!

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                          More than anything, it's convenience for me. I especially like getting library books to read and not having to worry about taking them back and dealing with late fees.

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                            "Do Readers Choose ebooks Because They Are Cheaper?"


                            As someone stated upstream, some books - e.g., art books, photography books, textbooks (IMO), certain children's books - lend themselves better to paper form than ebooks do.  Other books, however, I prefer reading digitally for multiple reasons.


                            My primary reasons for preferring (most) ebooks over paper books include:

                            • Those which other posters have already enumerated upthread (except I don't require accommodations for dyslexia/vision problems)
                            • Having access to digital reference materials that are interactive, always up-to-date, and can be used on-the-spot without having to carry the physical resources around, such as dictionaries (as TarHeelGirl mentioned), encyclopedias, foreign language translators, and calculators/converters (e.g., to translate metric-v-US measurements or foreign exchange)
                            • The ability to bookmark, notate, and highlight ebooks, and to sync those entries and my reading progress across devices


                            Price, in many respects, is a secondary or non-factor because:

                            • I'm fortunate to belong to multiple library systems and can usually borrow any book I want; any published title the library doesn't have I can ask them to order
                            • Publishers and authors inundate me with review copies and desk copies


                            That said, I must admit: I'd own hundreds - maybe thousands - fewer ebooks if I had to pay for them all.  I "buy" multiple free ebooks daily (and occasionally audiobooks) - usually limited-time freebies - either because:

                            • I'd like to read or reread them anyway, at some point (or I'd like someone else to)
                            • I've already read them and want to add them to my digital library (even if a paper version is already on my shelves)
                            • I've encountered an unfamiliar or brand new author whose work I think is worth taking a chance on, and reading their freebie(s) is  a risk-free proposition both money-wise and shelf-space-wise