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To Kindle or Not to Kindle

I like paperless for almost all things, but for some reason, I still prefer real books. However, I think I'm coming close to breaking down and buying a Kindle. Does any have any strong opinions on the topic?

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    Dustin WIdmann

    I got a kindle a month or two ago, and I love it. It's thinner (more portable), and lighter to hold, you can't lose your page, and IMO it's easier on the eyes than paper. Battery life is fantastic - a month or so on a charge. Downloading is faster and cheaper than shipping or driving to the store. The only thing I really miss is being able to stare at a bookshelf, and then the pretty cover before I start - when considering the other things that isn't really that big of a deal though.

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      Kindle's are great.




      For religious / atheistic / philosophical books, there is something special about having them in paperback AND your bookshelf looks geekily impressive.


      BUT, I have a Sony eReader and I love the fact that I can copy and paste from the books I am reading to quote them in essay, in my own books, or in arguments online.


      That said, my book is available in both formats! You know you want to!!!

      The Little Book of Unholy Questions

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        R Allan Worrell

        Mike -

        I read lots of the replies and from what I saw, nobody said that you can read Kindle books on your computer!

        It's true.  You can download the Kindle PC Reader application for free from Amazon to your PC or Apple and then run the program to read Kindle books.  Granted, unless you already have a tablet PC, then it is NOT portable like a book, or the Kindles are, but then again, you don't have to worry about it getting misplaced, stolen, or the battery running out like you do with the e-readers.  

        One other advantage I see is that you have a nearly unlimited disk on your computer, and your computer is undoubtedly color!   Remember that there are Many Kindle books that are FREE since their copyright has run out.   You can accumulate a nice library of books on your computer, that are relatively easy to manage.

        Of course, you can run the program on your PC and have your Kindle too!  I guess that's having the best of both worlds.   I still love my books and make notes in them that will be viewed by generations to come.

        Al W.