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Does owning a Kindle change your reading habits?

  • 19-11-2014 2:09am
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 2,129 ✭✭✭ Arsemageddon


    It's been hinted that I'm getting a kindle or the like for Christmas. Trouble is I'm not sure if I really want one. After I got an ipod I stopped buying CDs and records and as a consequence tend to listen to a lot less new music, The same thing sort of thing happened when I started streaming/downloading films. I always enjoyed rummaging around music shops and looking for films I really wanted to watch, but I don't seem to do it very often these days.

    I just want to ask whether any of you have found that your reading/shopping habits have changed since getting an e-reader? Do you still browse around bookshops or do you now only but stuff on line? If it's the latter, do you regret making the change?


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,391 ✭✭✭ Brantley Elegant Void


    I actually read a lot more since I started using a kindle, I find it more convenient and for some reason, i get through books faster. Not only that but I read a greater variety of stuff that I would have never considered reading if I was still using hard copy books. This is mainly due to the instantly accessible reviews available in the kindle store. Price is also a factor, ebooks are usually a fair bit cheaper than actual books. I was very sceptical myself in the beginning but it didn't take long to sway my judgement! :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,647 ✭✭✭ nompere


    It has changed some of my habits.

    I keep making, and breaking, resolutions not to buy inexpensive rubbish, based on reviews by what must have been gibbering idiots. A good rule of thumb is not to buy anything that hasn't actually made it into print - and not printed by a vanity publisher. I'm prepared to forego the occasional gem (and I haven't found one yet) in exchange for avoiding rubbish.

    I've got mean, as well! Where I wouldn't think twice about paying €14 or €15 for a new book I wanted to read, I now almost resent paying more than €2.00 for anything. I haunt the "daily deal" and the "monthly deals", and I tend to put books I want into my "wish list" and sort it regualrly by price. Pretty much everything popular makes it to the €2.00 or less level within twelve months.

    I wouldn't be without it though - and when it developed a fault in the charging socket, Amazon had a brand new one on its way to me within minutes of my calling them. I had it less than 24 hours after the call.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,148 ✭✭✭ Wyldwood


    It hasn't changed my reading habits but I do favour my kindle over a real book because of the convenience of use especially for large books. I'm reading A Suitable Boy at the moment which is about 1500 pages long and would be a cumbersome tome to carry around but the kindle is so light is fantastic.

    I read from a wish list made up of recommendations (mostly on this thread) and best sellers lists. My first port of call is always the library and if I can't get it there I check the Kindle store but like nompere I've got mean and will only buy if its below a fiver. There are also so many free classics available on the kindle that you need never be short of reading material. I do still love a browse around a good bookshop however.

    Can I recommend that you suggest to Santa that you'd like the Kindle Paperwhite, great for reading in bed.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Politics Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 81,349 CMod ✭✭✭✭ coffee_cake


    I still buy hard copies of books by my favourite writers, but now I can download and buy loads of stuff for the kindle. I wouldn't say i've stopped looking for new books, just like I haven't stopped looking for new music with my ipod. I may not buy cds but I buy full albums on itunes and probably more than I would have before


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 39,023 ✭✭✭ Permabear


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,071 ✭✭✭ cruizer101


    Regarding rummaging round book shops, nothing to stop you when you get a kindle. My girlfriend and I both have e-readers and still have look in book shops. There is something nicer about browsing through real books seeing them all on display. Any books I like the sound or look of(despite the proverb I judge and base a lot of my decision on the cover) I can remember if its one or two or take pictures with my phone and then look them up later.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,856 ✭✭✭ Valmont


    The Kindle is just too cost-effective and too convenient. I didn't think I would stop reading paper books to the extent that I have but I can't argue with the prices. I got mine as a gift and it is literally the best present anyone has ever bought for me; I carry it everywhere.

    Additionally, there are so many good books, essays, articles, or out-of-print books that you cannot buy except at great expense; with the Kindle all you need to do is download the free (mostly) .EPUB files, convert them in Calibre and drag them onto your Kindle. This is how the Kindle has changed my reading habits; I read more essays, old books, and new works that may have been self-published.


  • Registered Users Posts: 68 ✭✭✭ frippy


    Valmont wrote: »
    Additionally, there are so many good books, essays, articles, or out-of-print books that you cannot buy except at great expense; with the Kindle all you need to do is download the free (mostly) .EPUB files, convert them in Calibre and drag them onto your Kindle. This is how the Kindle has changed my reading habits; I read more essays, old books, and new works that may have been self-published.

    Same for me.

    Best purchase I have ever made.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 470 ✭✭ CeannRua


    I read a lot more now with the Kindle and finally finished A Suitable Boy about a decade after buying the paperback. I'm reading a lot more out of copyright stuff as well. The Kindle is great for travelling; you don't have to bring that 'just in case' book. It's great as well when you don't live near a decent bookshop. I listen to audiobooks driving a bit as well so use Audible and plug the Kindle into the car speakers. Much less fiddly than cds. I've given up browsing in bookshops though. Miss this but I probably choose better books after reading around them online.


  • Registered Users Posts: 622 ✭✭✭ greenbicycle


    I love my kindle, i really didnt want one and was against this new technology that was going to rob me of the look and feel and smell of a good book but then santa brought one to me three years ago and i havent year ed after a real book since. I do sometimes buy a hard back copy of books i love and consider books for life however.

    Like someone else on this thread having the kindle has made me buy way more books because they are so cheap but it has also made me a bit careless and i just click away buying book after book with little thorough consideration for what I am actually buying, i have acquired an attitude of "sure if i dont like it i will just stop reading it and move on to the next book" and i have done that countless times. But i have also gone back to books more easily too, probably because they are more accessible.

    Lastly, i know have far more room in my house, i always found it hard to get rid of books i had read and finished with, even ones i didn't like. Now its just not an issue, i keep all books but they don't take up any space.

    Kindles are brilliant, don't think about how it will change you just let it happen....


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  • Registered Users Posts: 31,559 ✭✭✭✭ Mars Bar


    For me it did. I read less than I did.

    If I was to get a kindle again, I'd get one that isn't a tablet like the Fire I have now. The internet is way too distracting.
    It's backlit so I now read in the dark. I turn the backlight down fairly low and I just drift off to sleep as I read. No tossing and turning to turn off the beside lamp or anything. I don't mind that coz I'm getting more sleep.


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,134 ✭✭✭✭ Candie


    I couldn't live without my Paperwhite. It's convenient, cost-effective, much easier on the eyes than a tablet, you can acquire a book you're interested in within 2 minutes, you can read in bed with the light off, you can fit thousands of books in your pocket, you don't use your baggage allowance on filling a suitcase with books for a holiday, classics that weigh a ton in paper weigh nothing but grams, you can sync across devices (I keep one in my bag and one by the bed) so you're always on the same page, Amazon customer service is fantastic if you've any issues, and what you spend on the device you save in a few months on book prices if you're an avid reader.

    And I was slow to convert, I actually hated the idea of a Kindle. Because of the Kindle I read more than ever.

    The one and only downside is it doesn't smell like a book, but I got over that!

    Where's my tea?



  • Registered Users Posts: 170 ✭✭ rainemac


    I don't think owning a kindle has changed my reading habits that much, I'll get a burst of using the kindle for reading a few books and then not use it for 6 months but would have been reading paperbacks. I love love love browsing books shops so a kindle could never change that but I would also order books online, so I still use a variety of methods to get my hands on books, The best thing about a kindle is say on a bank holiday weekend / at christmas time, and you hear about a book you really want and want to start it right away, theres no hanging around, or when you finish the first book of a series at 10pm and want to keep reading into the 2nd book, its just a click or 2 and you have it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,252 ✭✭✭ echo beach


    The best advice I got on the subject was, 'if you love books stick with them but if you love reading get an e-reader.'
    I love books so I still browse in bookshops and buy far too many but I also love reading and wouldn't be without my kindle. Most of my reading on the kindle (usually non-fiction, hard to get books and free or dirt cheap ones) is in addition to my normal paper book reading, not instead of it.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 17,475 Mod ✭✭✭✭ ixoy


    I read more. It's cheaper and it's far more convenient so it also means I can rotate books around and not just read one book at the same time.
    It's also introduced me to new authors who didn't start down the traditional publishing route (and a number of whom have gotten great success from having the Kindle as a platform from which to display their talent).
    The downside initially was buying books that were just cheap but not ones I wanted (this was also due to being stuck at first with a pretty limited selection on Amazon US before they let us use the far greater range of the UK store). I've stopped that now and am happily purchasing titles at lower prices and getting them even quicker than I would have otherwise.


  • Registered Users Posts: 875 ✭✭✭ scriba


    I have to say I was unsure of how I'd take to a Kindle before I got bought one earlier this year. It's definitely changed my reading habits, probably for the better. I find I'm much more likely to bring it in a bag than I would a book. I end up reading everywhere with it.

    I normally try to keep a maximum of two to three books on it, to keep my reading somewhat focused. Before the Kindle, I used to like switching my reading two or three books (like a fiction, non-fiction and maybe an old favourite), so that hasn't changed.

    In short, I love it. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,314 ✭✭✭ lazeedaisy


    I love my kindle, am on my second, since getting a gift of one years ago. I remember thinking how I did not need one,

    I love it, love the act that you could be browsing for books and buy them immediately.

    I have recently gone part time in work and have lots of time on my hands and have since joined my local library. They don't do e books, but I juggle between audio books, kindle books and paper books for the hell of it.

    We both own kindles and have always been big readers, I get a kick out of the discussion forums on kindle daily for free books, I now read outside my zone by reading free books and love the challenges of it,

    The pricing structures can be weird, occasionally you will nearly pay as much for a printed version, but mostly reading is cheaper.

    I used to commute for hours every day and where the kindle came into itself was when you finished one book, you could start another without lugging them around,

    You will rise to the challenge ad enjoy it,


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,314 ✭✭✭ lazeedaisy


    My kindle currently has 800 books on it,

    After reading above it seems overkill, but they don't weigh anymore


  • Registered Users Posts: 31,559 ✭✭✭✭ Mars Bar


    I'd love my Kindle more if there was the option to categorise books in folders


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,252 ✭✭✭ echo beach


    An interesting article discussing the differences in how people read on paper or from e-readers.
    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/53d3096a-f792-11e3-90fa-00144feabdc0.html


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,501 ✭✭✭ Outkast_IRE


    Mars Bar wrote: »
    I'd love my Kindle more if there was the option to categorise books in folders
    There sort of is you can create collections, name them and place whatever books you want in that folder, that way on the homepage on the screen it displays folders/collections first then books that arent in collections


  • Registered Users Posts: 31,559 ✭✭✭✭ Mars Bar


    There sort of is you can create collections, name them and place whatever books you want in that folder, that way on the homepage on the screen it displays folders/collections first then books that arent in collections

    On the Kindle Fire?


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,501 ✭✭✭ Outkast_IRE


    Mars Bar wrote: »
    On the Kindle Fire?
    Getting a kindle fire for christmas, but from the quick look i had at my one i didnt see any obvious option for it, i was talking about the kindle e-readers.


  • Administrators Posts: 33,521 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ dudara


    I don't have a Kindle, but used to have a Barnes & Noble nook, which I rooted and installed the Kindle app. I then received an iPad mini for Christmas last year and again installed the Kindle app.

    I definitely read more, and I love the fact that I can get issues of specialist magazines using the Newsstand app. I still buy physical books too, but only ones that I want to keep forever. All the "filler" books that I had creaking on the shelves are now read on Kindle.

    The iPad is in my handbag every day and I read anywhere I can. Plus I love the fact that I can have a book in two minutes, if I so want.


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,134 ✭✭✭✭ Candie


    Strangely, I can organise books into collections on both the Kindle app on my tablet and on my Paperwhite, but not on my Kindle Fire.

    I'd advise anyone thinking of buying a Fire to consider another Android tablet instead; the Fire is just a shopfront for Amazon with many limitations and the Kindle android app is superior to the experience on the Fire as you can organise properly. For reading alone the Paperwhite is vastly superior to any tablet.

    Where's my tea?



  • Registered Users Posts: 31,559 ✭✭✭✭ Mars Bar


    Candie wrote: »
    Strangely, I can organise books into collections on both the Kindle app on my tablet and on my Paperwhite, but not on my Kindle Fire.

    I'd advise anyone thinking of buying a Fire to consider another Android tablet instead; the Fire is just a shopfront for Amazon with many limitations and the Kindle android app is superior to the experience on the Fire as you can organise properly. For reading alone the Paperwhite is vastly superior to any tablet.

    I agree with this. I wouldn't get a fire again. I'd get a paperwhite or go all out on a really good tablet and install the app. I do love my Kindle though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,605 ✭✭✭ OakeyDokey


    I was skeptical at first but I do love my Kindle. I am on my second one after receiving the Paperwhite version for my birthday it's awesome and I can read with the lamp off :D

    It has made me read more to be honest, I love the integration with Goodreads.com I use that a lot as well. I have discovered more authors from having one. When you way up how cost effective and the general convenience of it it then it makes so much sense.

    I still have my library card for when I want the old paper book experience :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 983 ✭✭✭ gutenberg


    I have one and I love it. Like others I was sceptical at first, but I have been converted over the past year or so. I just have one of the bog-standard e-readers (not a Paperwhite or the Fire), but I find it easy to read on and it doesn't strain my eyes at all. Where it really shines is when going on holiday, or any situation where bringing a lot of books is impractical. On holidays, I could read almost a book a day, depending on the kind of holiday it is & how long the books are, and having all of them on one small device is amazing. I usually do a big shop beforehand and download them all once, but it's nice knowing I can also hook it up to wi-fi and have more books at my disposal that way. Having moved house three times in the last 4 years (life of a postgraduate student!), it's also great not to have to cart tons of fiction books around each time I move, or give them away to charity. I do still feel tempted to buy physical copies, but I can usually resist!

    In terms of reading habits, I don't know if that has fundamentally changed. I would perhaps tackle longer books via the Kindle, whereas I would perhaps be put off with the physical volume, even just for portability reasons. For example, I read Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries via Kindle, and while I knew it was a long book, having seen the actual book in shops, I couldn't believe how big it was! I would probably only have read it when I was at home, whereas with the Kindle, I brought it with me everywhere and thus stayed interested and finished it much quicker.


  • Registered Users Posts: 157 ✭✭ apieceofcake


    Am thinking of getting a Kindle/e-reader at some stage, but the fact that you're looking at a screen is kinda off-putting.

    I work at a computer all day, so the last thing I want to do when I come home is to turn on another device for reading.

    Reading is what I do to relax and it doesn't sound very relaxing to be honest.

    However, the ease of access to new authors and new books immediately is very appealing. :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 983 ✭✭✭ gutenberg


    Am thinking of getting a Kindle/e-reader at some stage, but the fact that you're looking at a screen is kinda off-putting.

    I work at a computer all day, so the last thing I want to do when I come home is to turn on another device for reading.

    Reading is what I do to relax and it doesn't sound very relaxing to be honest.

    However, the ease of access to new authors and new books immediately is very appealing. :)

    With mine, it doesn't feel like a screen. As I said in my earlier posts, I have one of the non-fancy ones, so it's not backlit, so no strain on the eyes. I also work at a computer a lot, and I also read a lot (I'm a student as I said), but I don't find the Kindle off-putting for 'relaxation' reading.


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