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Do you prefer reading electronic books (Kindle readers, etc) or a printed  book?

Old fashioned printed book
9 (37.5%)
Electronic books
2 (8.3%)
Both!
7 (29.2%)
Neither. I wait for the movie or tv miniseries to come out.
0 (0%)
Audio books
6 (25%)

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Voting closed: January 16, 2021, 02:59:14 PM

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Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« on: December 17, 2020, 02:59:14 PM »
I’m getting a feel for what people generally like.

Do you like old fashioned books, reading books on an e reader or computer, or are you a fan of audio books? Or all three?

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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2020, 03:09:08 PM »
I enjoy both but lately tend toward Kindle versions when avaliable.
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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2020, 03:28:52 PM »
I enjoy reading the old fashioned printed books and the trip to the library and browsing the "new" books on the shelf.

I suppose if my eyesight deteriorated significantly, I'd switch to the audio books.
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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2020, 03:29:21 PM »
E-books.  I can't abide Audible, for the same reason I don't like videos:  I am hard of hearing.
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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2020, 03:31:23 PM »
E-books.  I can't abide Audible, for the same reason I don't like videos:  I am hard of hearing.

Join the club.  I have a 50% hearing loss ... but that's where a good set of "ear buds" or a headset comes in handy.  I read lips very well and it's been problematic now for me with everyone wearing face masks.
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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2020, 03:34:28 PM »
Join the club.  I have a 50% hearing loss ... but that's where a good set of "ear buds" or a headset comes in handy.  I read lips very well and it's been problematic now for me with everyone wearing face masks.

Dittos.  People are starting to compensate by wildly gesticulating, and it's distracting as all get-out.
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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2020, 03:37:04 PM »
I enjoy both but lately tend toward Kindle versions when avaliable.
Ive been using Kindles for over 10 years now. Donated almost all of my hard bound books to the local library. The Kindle White is awesome.

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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2020, 03:43:33 PM »
Ive been using Kindles for over 10 years now. Donated almost all of my hard bound books to the local library. The Kindle White is awesome.

Getting books from the library though still doesn't cost anything.
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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2020, 03:50:05 PM »
Dittos.  People are starting to compensate by wildly gesticulating, and it's distracting as all get-out.

Indeed.
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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2020, 04:01:34 PM »
I prefer printed, hardbacks when possible
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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2020, 05:12:02 PM »
I like printed books and magazines best too. Something wonderful about holding something and actually flipping pages.

I have to admit I’m also addicted to books on Audible. Listen to them in the car, and when I’m puttering around my apartment
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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2020, 05:49:10 PM »
I read lips very well and it's been problematic now for me with everyone wearing face masks.

I didn't even realize how important that is for me. And I am not particularly hard of hearing. But apparently I read not only lips, but faces too... And I have a hard time understanding without it.

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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2020, 06:11:53 PM »
I’m getting a feel for what people generally like.

Do you like old fashioned books, reading books on an e reader or computer, or are you a fan of audio books? Or all three?

Up to three  votes per person, and guests can vote.

I GREATLY prefer old school. The smell of the book, the texture... The turning of the pages... But now that I use glasses, and since I generally read often in bed, I just can't use em... I will turn over on my side, and the pillow throws my glasses cattywompus... Then I readjust and have to hold my neck just so... which soon enough gives me a crick.

But I am offended by electronic print. I am in front of it all day long as it is, and in that I do not find the pleasure I do from picking up a book. I DO like the font control. I like that I can read it without glasses. But the whole experience feels... well... plastic.

Not to mention the secondary offense - That I must replace my whole library with electronic versions - Paying for them all yet again. I have already done that with my Biblical and religious library for the searchability and the cost was enormous. And most of that was free online.

So I will hold out. Maybe someday Books will go the same way as music, and I will find a media to replace them for free. For now, I just don't read much for fun anymore.

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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2020, 06:30:46 PM »
Lately, I "read books" on the MacBook, using an app called "Calibre" (which they may have for Windows, as well).

I scrounge the books up online, in "epub" format.

One nice thing about using a laptop and app like this is... if the text is a little small for one's aging eyes... it's a snap to "make it bigger". Not so easily done with a "print" book...

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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2020, 07:19:48 PM »
I love a dead-tree book, and I love an electronic book as long as it's on a Kindle e-reader (with e-ink) and not a tablet/computer/phone.  I also love Audible for when I'm out walking, doing chores, etc.
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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2020, 07:21:20 PM »
Join the club.  I have a 50% hearing loss ... but that's where a good set of "ear buds" or a headset comes in handy.  I read lips very well and it's been problematic now for me with everyone wearing face masks.

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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #16 on: December 18, 2020, 04:21:49 AM »
I didn't even realize how important that is for me. And I am not particularly hard of hearing. But apparently I read not only lips, but faces too... And I have a hard time understanding without it.
Lots of us are that way--another reason to hate masks. They seriously interfere with communication.

On topic, I love books, hard copy especially and have some over 250years old. Nothing feels or smells the same. But my eyes aren't what they used to be, and the adjustable contrast of an e-reader makes it easier to read. So, the modern stuff on the kindle, the old books in print.
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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #17 on: December 18, 2020, 07:27:03 AM »
I voted both, because I do enjoy reading. However, most of my reading now is through Kindle. It stores a lot of books and is easy to travel with. With the Kindle app on my phone, I can read anywhere.

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« Reply #18 on: December 18, 2020, 08:22:07 AM »
I didn't even realize how important that is for me. And I am not particularly hard of hearing. But apparently I read not only lips, but faces too... And I have a hard time understanding without it.

Agreed entirely.  I am hard of hearing so there's that. 

And now, we have incessant virtual meetings.  It is amazing how masks interfere with the audio.
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« Reply #19 on: December 18, 2020, 08:26:16 AM »
I prefer books. But our library suks and the used book store closed. so I now mostly read e-books with kindle unlimited. What I save on gas traveling to get a book pays for the kinde subscription.
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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #20 on: December 19, 2020, 12:00:30 AM »
I prefer books, but have read a number of electronic books.

When I first met my wife, she made fun of me because I only had three book cases.  At her parents home, they have bookcases lining every wall of every room.  No exaggeration.  She thought I did not read much.  But I had dozens of boxes of books stacked away here and there throughout my house.  Plus, I get books from the library too.

The irony is that now she reads ONLY electronic books, Kindle, etc, and I have bought about ten more bookcases, still have dozens of boxes filled with books, and have a storeroom filled with shelves of boxed books, and she thinks I am ridiculous with hardcover books, the space they take up, the dirt that collects and needs cleaned periodically, etc.  I love my books.
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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #21 on: December 19, 2020, 01:20:30 AM »
I prefer books, but have read a number of electronic books.

When I first met my wife, she made fun of me because I only had three book cases.  At her parents home, they have bookcases lining every wall of every room.  No exaggeration.  She thought I did not read much.  But I had dozens of boxes of books stacked away here and there throughout my house.  Plus, I get books from the library too.

The irony is that now she reads ONLY electronic books, Kindle, etc, and I have bought about ten more bookcases, still have dozens of boxes filled with books, and have a storeroom filled with shelves of boxed books, and she thinks I am ridiculous with hardcover books, the space they take up, the dirt that collects and needs cleaned periodically, etc.  I love my books.
One thing about hard copy. The words never change when you go back to read it over.
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Re: Do you prefer reading printed books or ebooks ?
« Reply #22 on: December 19, 2020, 08:24:52 AM »
One thing about hard copy. The words never change when you go back to read it over.

And the batteries never die.
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