E-readers


#1

Does anyone use an e-reader these days (lets be honest, I probably mean Kindle because who’s using a KoBo or Nook)?

Been thinking about getting one recently because I’m reading way less than I used to, and I feel like a pocket-sized gadget like a Kindle might help with that, just for having it there and being available, rather than some big hardback sat on my bedside table which I forget to take in my bag for commuting.

£110 for the a Paperwhite (with a backlight) is a bit spenny though, the bog standard is only £60 - would I regret not having a backlight?

NB: Yes we all know Amazon is evil, we can have a separate thread for that though.


#2

I used my Kindle all the time when I had a train commute, have barely touched it since which is disappointing.

EDIT: And you would regret not having a backlight IMO


#3

Yo.

I have one and I love it. I’ve been a fusty old “nothing will ever be as good as an actual book” naysayer for years, but I got a Kobo last year and I’ve never read as much as I have since.


#4

Sometimes I go to read and remember I don’t have a backlight and it’s a shame but then I remember regular books don’t have backlights either. Be good if they did though.


#5

got a kindle voyage, it’s great. prefer it to actual books #dealwithit

if it was waterproof it would be the perfect device.


#6

I use my Kobo quite a bit when on the tube.

Whatever you go for, definitely get one with a backlight.


#7

do you listen to your zune while reading?


#8

I still use my 11 year old, iPod touch.


#9

Was reading in bed last night thinking I wish the light was a bit brighter… probably makes my argument for me…


#10

I had a Paperwhite and I loved the backlight… but I broke it and replaced it with a standard Kindle and I haven’t been bothered by it since.


#11

Just use the Kindle app on my phone/tablet.


#12

Tried reading on my phone but I can’t hack it, too small, too fiddly, too distracted by other things. I did have a tablet (a super cheap Amazon one) but it didn’t really do anything my phone didn’t (and in many cases did them worse) so it’s just gathering dust somewhere. Yay technology!


#13

I’ve had a Paperwhite for about 6 years (Maybe? Pretty much since they came out anyway). And I’d definitely recommend that model if you can spare the extra bunse @hip_young_gunslinger

I tend to use the library more these days but still use it every few months. I’ve noticed the battery is pretty bad now though. Has anyone replaced one? There’s a decent looking place near me which might do the job.


#14

The tv bought me a kindle paper white for my birthday last year. At first I found it a bit foreign and weird and didn’t like that feeling of not physically running pages. But now I LOVE it. Idk especially living abroad where books are expensive as shit and not as readily available (e.g. only a limited selection in shops and libraries), when I can just go “click” and a book is ready to go, it’s fantastic.

Get the backlight.


#15

I am currently reading a heavy hardback book. Every time I pick it up I go “I wish I had a kindle” then I remember my dad gave me an old Kindle but i’ve not used it. Should I use it? Yes. I will try on my next book.

Whats the backlight situation? Wouldn’t it be like having an ipad? I’d worry that’ll stimulate me too much and I am a delicate soul.


#16

I got my paperwhite with backlight for a lot less than that. You just missd Prime day, you prune!


#17

I haven’t used one but apparently the backlight is very gentle and natural and nothing like the glow of a computer / tablet screen.


#18

Yup, got an old school non-touch, non-backlight Kindle. Does the job fine; I can see why people like having a backlight, but I don’t regret not spending the extra for one at all.

Tend to buy around 2 or 3 kindle books for every paper one I get these days and probably read them in that ratio as well.


#19

I know, but Amazon were very inconsiderate in not planning Prime Day around when I was going to get some bunce for my birthday.


#20

Hmm. That may be for me. But I don’t want to use Amazon all of the time!