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POLL: Do You Use an E-Reader?

Electronic books are beginning to outsell print books in some categories. Where do you stand on the future of reading?

Although Amazon doesn't release specific sales numbers, the company reported last week that it had sold more than a million Kindles a week in December, according to the Huffington Post.

Barnes and Noble's Nook and Apple's iPad have also had banner years for sales as more and more people switch over to e-readers to consume books.

But not everyone is enamored of holding (and charging) an electronic device to read the latest mystery or magazine. Some people complain about the background lighting and formatting, while others just can't give up the feel, weight, even the smell of paper.

So where do you fall? Are you addicted to your e-reader? Do you buy more books than ever because of the ease of purchase? Or do you swear you'll never own one because you're worried that print books will go the way of the cassette tape?

Patrice Fitzgerald January 10, 2012 at 01:53 AM
There's no need to frame it as either/or. I've had a Kindle since the first one came out four years ago (an antique, now!) and recently bought a Kindle Fire. I'm a great proponent, since I'm an electronic publisher, and my political thriller RUNNING became a best-seller over the holiday, with more than 14,000 downloads during the last two weeks. But I also read "tree" books and appreciate them. Clearly e-readers are particularly wonderful for reading on the run, on vacation, and more cheaply (once you buy the device). I agree that they will encourage more reading rather than less. They also save trees, because so many print books are produced, returned to the publishers, and "pulped," or destroyed, so that they won't be sold at a lower price. Sadly for those in the traditional publishing industry, the world is changing rapidly, and some will need to look for other ways to continue to earn money on books. Eventually, electronic books and readers will spread throughout the world and permit more and more individuals to read economically.
FiremanDave41 January 10, 2012 at 06:48 AM
Use it all the time but still love reading books.
Henry Dutcher January 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Glad to see some of you know about borrowing e-books and audio books from the library for you e-devices. However, for those of you interested in this area you might want to know that many of the major book publishers are opting out of providing e-materials for library use. Unlike a paper book they can retain control of e-materials and are trying to get a per use price for use of the materials. The library pays for each and every circulation. Or, you may only circulate this item X times and then you must by a new one to continue to lend it. Can you imagine libraries trying to budget for that? Try and prepare a budget almost a year ahead of time to cover to cost of future unknown circulation! Until that is worked out between publishers and libraries many major publishers’ offerings will just not be available at libraries. If you do not know about using e-materials at the library come to a Techno Topics program on February 13th, 7 PM at the Enfield Public Library. The whole program is on using your devices to borrow from the library’s collection.
Rebecca Smith August 28, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Funny you should end your question with a reference to cassette tapes because I'm listening to one right now! (Great thing about obsolete technology: it becomes really cheap!) I love having a free e-reader program on my phone to read free public-domain books (catching up on all those high school literature-class books teachers recommended that I never got around to!). But as long as publishers are charging highway-robbery prices (e.g.$12) for digital books that cost them next to nothing once they've been created--i'll either borrow the digital one from the library or continue to buy & trade the old-fashioned kind. I love the convenience of having something to read when I encounter unexpected down time & all I have with me is my phone, & I love how small that is. And I love the thought that ereaders may be getting more people of all ages to read more. But I still see plenty of buying & trading going on in the used book market. I'm also sad to see a business like Borders go out of business, which I assume was partly due to this electronic conversion.
A Tolland Resident August 28, 2012 at 11:57 AM
I have always preferred to read real paper books. E-readers are fine, but not for me. I feel that I don't retain what I read as easily when I use an e-reader or a computer.

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