E-reader

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Are any of you using an e-reader? I bought the model they sell at Borders, the Kobo. It’s cool: simple to use (most of the functions are in one multi-directional button at lower right) and easy on the eyes with its e-ink screen, similar to the Kindle and Nook. And very thin and light; it’s the dimensions of a mass-market paperback but much slimmer.

The Kobo came loaded with 100 public domain (past their copyright) classics. I was already reading “The Return of Sherlock Holmes,” which is on the Kobo, so I’ve switched from my paperback to the electronic version. The e-reader should be especially useful when I’m traveling and don’t want to pack books.

If you have one, what do you think of its pluses and minuses?

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  • Warren

    Well, David,

    I don’t have an e-reader, but I do have an android phone that has a Kindle application. I purchased a book to be downloaded and the cost was about half of the hardcopy. For me that’s a big plus. I will buy books and then they go on the bookshelf after I read them. The only minus I have found is the size of the print on the droid. I know the e-reader has got to be much bigger.

    Warren

    [The type size can be adjusted, which is convenient. — DA]

  • Joey Catuara

    I’ve been using my Nook (Barnes & Noble) since I received it as a gift Christmas 2009. I travel weekly, and it’s so much more portable than library books. It’s also nice for reading while eating in restaurants (important when traveling alone) because you’re not trying to keep a book propped open. And best of all, twice I found myself finishing my current book, but thanks to the Nook’s 3G feature, it took me less than 60 seconds to add a new book — once while waiting at the airport. By the way — I also have the Nook app on my iPhone, so occasionally I catch a few pages (from the same book) when I don’t have the Nook with me. I love it.

  • nancy

    I have the Nook. At Barnes’ website you can type in 0.00 and the genre you are looking for. Up pops a long list of free books to download.

  • judi

    You have an e-reader but no cell phone? Wouldn’t that be considered an unnatural leap in mankind’s evolution?

    [It was, but, recognizing the absurdity, I got a cell phone a few days later. — DA]

  • Ted M

    I don’t have one either but I was impressed with Apple’s new commercial for the iPad.

  • Ms. Lois

    What???? David Allen has a cell phone???

    [That’s a lotta question marks. — DA]

  • John Clifford

    David,

    Welcome to the 21st Century. Now people can bug you anywhere you are. Don’t you just love your new electronic leash? (the cell phone).

    While I love books, I’m looking forward to getting a reader. I see a lot of them when I’m on the train and I must say that I’m a bit envious.

  • Doug Evans

    Here’s the question nobody’s asked yet, so I will ask it:

    HOW WILL YOU TAKE PICTURES OF THE BOOKS YOU READ IF THEY’RE LOADED ONTO YOUR KOBO?

    As for me: I’ve had my iPad since last May, and I love it. I’ve heard, though, and, alas, from personal experience this is true, the iPad is probably the worst of the eReaders to buy, if you’re buying a device primarily to read books: not only is it the most expensive (by a long shot), but since the internet and a couple thousand-plus apps are RIGHT THERE for the clicking, it’s easy to get distracted. You think, “Maybe I’ll check facebook real quick… real quick for reals, this time… just to see what’s been updated. I’ll get right back to the book.” An hour later, there you are, still on the internet. SO MUCH TO READ ON THE INTERNET. So it takes self-discipline.

    But… shout-out to my iPad!… man, is it a cool looking machine. And it does so much stuff. Love you, my iPad!! Ignore what I said about you in that paragraph above.

    I have, by the way, the Kobo app on my iPad, along with the pre-loaded Apple iBooks app, the Kindle app, the Nook app, the Borders app (really the Kobo app under a different name), the Google Books app, and something called the Bluefire Reader app. If I would spend as much time reading as I do downloading book apps, I’d probably equal your yearly book-reading totals.

    Hey, that David Copperfield you mentioned in your previous post is public domain, right there for downloading on your Kobo! Get cracking!!

    [I’m more worried how to take a spine-only books photo if all you’ll see is my Kobo’s wafer-thin side. Did anyone notice that Daryl on “The Office” got a Kobo a couple of episodes ago? By the way, after your comments, your iPad got in touch with my Kobo and says to tell you “whatever” because it’s not currently speaking to you. — DA]

  • Betty Cowin

    I started with the Kindle right after it came out — I thought it was the greatest technological leap in years — since I commuted by train 3 hours per day, I could carry a shelf full of books and never be without reading material. I still love that Kindle for reading in sunlight. BUT…

    When the iPad was introduced, my first reaction was that it was pretty silly and I had no use for it — until someone actually put one in my hands. After 10 minutes of using it, I ordered my own. It is now my favorite piece of technology ever, and it goes everywhere I go.

    I can still carry that shelf full of books, but I can also deal with email, surf the web, watch a Britcom on Netflix, get turn by turn directions to anywhere, and keep track of where I parked my car (you don’t know how important that last one is until you’ve gone anywhere with me).

    And I can make skype calls on the iPad, so theoretically, I don’t even need to carry a cell phone. You haven’t joined the 21st century until you’re carrying a tablet computer.

    [Really? And I was so happy at the thought that I’d joined the 21st century. I guess I was a fool. — DA]