1 EAGLETON NOTES: To Kindle or Not To Kindle?

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Saturday, 8 October 2011

To Kindle or Not To Kindle?


That is the question.  I bought C'est La Folie by Michael Wright and enjoyed it very much indeed and it was the first book I wrote about on Eagleton Book Notes.  Now his second book Je t'aime à la Folie has appeared in paperback.  It is also on Kindle.  It's a series I'd like to collect and so my natural inclination is to buy it in paperback and put it on my bookshelf.  But buying it in Kindle format makes much more sense.  I can read it anywhere anytime.  Oh dear.  Decisions.  Wasn't life easy once upon a time.

10 comments:

  1. Surely life is now easier in that you could own hundreds more books with no extra shelf space required?

    Not that I've contemplated getting a kindle, but I'm sure it will happen to us all at some point.

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  2. Having bought a Kindle and loving it...if there was a series, or exceptional book that I wanted to keep, I would buy the real thing to put on a shelf. :)

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  3. i have a few unread books on my ipad... and my book shelves. I have little time to read them at the moment, but I know they are there when I feel the urge... but after reading this, I realised that when I was in Whitcoulls buying a present I saw the latest Lee Child's and promptly grabbed a copy - which I will read with relish over my holidays. The odd thing it never crossed my mind to consider getting an e copy as I have all of his on my shelves already - i clean forgot I have a choice!

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  4. I have so many boxes of books in the loft that I have decided there are few more books I need to buy in 'real' form but that doesn't stop me wanting to feel and hold the genuine article.

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  5. One wonders if in 500 years time Kindle will still be as fresh as Pencil drawings and Paintings from then look now

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  6. Good point Helen though I'm not sure I find it quite that simple because, like all the commenters, I like books. Dad I'm sure you are correct. But then I'm not expecting to be around then either so, from a purely personal and immediate point of view, my decision will be rather more selfish.

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  7. I have not yet started to Kindle but with a few favourites I have ended up buying them both as books and audio books. I can imagine that one feeling that's hard to quite replace also in Kindle format is the quick paging through a book to find a favourite passage, for example. (I'm sure there are electronic ways of marking things - but if you haven't!) And also... it's not the same thing to browse through a list of files, as to browse a bookshelf... Tough decision!

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  8. I have a lovely i-river - better than the kindle (but I would say that!). I am a convert - it is easier to carry and the screen really does resemble the page of a book.

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  9. It's Thursday and no posting since Saturday - Where are you???

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  10. Monica the Kindle has a search facility like a computer and also provision for highlighting and making notes. I have a cover/stand (CJ had one and it was so good I had to copy him) which means that you don't even have to hold it all the time.

    I hadn't heard of an i-river until your comment. Odd that given the size of the company. The e-ink paper-like page of the i-river and the Kindle does make it so much easier in the sunlight and less intrusive on your neighbours when you are on a long-haul flight at night.

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