Do you guys read ebooks?

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#1 Edited by Ailwuful (13 posts) -

Where do you usually look for ebooks to read?

On what device do you usually read it?

Can you say any indie books you really enjoyed?

Guys, give me a hand here, I published a book and I could use some information on people's preferences and stuff. I think my book has its downs and ups, there are some great stuff in it, but it might not hold the same quality throughout the whole read. There is plenty I can improve, but like I said I could really use some information or feedback. I believe despite it's flaws it's an interesting and engaging read.

If anyone would be kind enough to give it a chance, it's temporarily free and you can download in any format at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/382782

#2 Edited by ShepardCommandr (1530 posts) -

Nope.

Never read a single book in my entire life.I find them boring.

#3 Edited by johnd13 (7357 posts) -

Never read an ebook. I always preferred physical ones, love the smell and feel.

#4 Edited by bforrester420 (683 posts) -

I had to stop reading for pleasure...it has a seriously negative impact on my sleep. I'll start reading in bed and before I know it, it's 1 am, I'm wide awake, and I don't want to put the damned book down! But I digress...

On topic, I agree with johnd13, I would much rather read an actual book to an eBook.

#5 Edited by lostrib (26306 posts) -

No, not on a regular basis, I prefer reading printed material for both work and pleasure. I have found that comics work rather well on a tablet though

#6 Posted by donmuath (36 posts) -

Yeah i started reading ebooks on my smartphone as early as 4 or 5 years ago, i like a physical book as much as the next guy but you just can't beat the convenience of ebooks.

#7 Edited by AmazonTreeBoa (15952 posts) -

Not unless it is a book to teach me something, but I have been trying to change that. I am about to start reading "The White War". I just finished reading "The Art of Shaving". Was very educational. I just for into DE wet shaving and it taught me a few things.

Oh Ebooks...yes, I am reading "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". I have a ton of Ebooks on my phone.

#8 Posted by thegerg (12992 posts) -

Yes

Amazon

Kindle or iPad

Probably

#9 Posted by Master_Live (12318 posts) -

I prefer paper.

#10 Edited by br0kenrabbit (12260 posts) -

I had to stop reading for pleasure...it has a seriously negative impact on my sleep. I'll start reading in bed and before I know it, it's 1 am, I'm wide awake, and I don't want to put the damned book down! But I digress...

On topic, I agree with johnd13, I would much rather read an actual book to an eBook.

Yeah I've never understood how people can fall asleep reading. Or sitting up, for that matter.

As for the topic, no I don't read E-books. Two reasons:

1. I like the feel of a book in my hand, and as the pile of pages moves from one side to the other I feel like I'm physically progressing, and I can tell roughly how much further I have to go.

2. Library. I don't buy books because I read so damn fast. A 400-page novel is an afternoon, nothing more. No way I'm dropping the cash on that when Steam is a thing.

#11 Posted by Trail_Mix (2021 posts) -

Do comic/graphic novels count?

#12 Edited by helwa1988 (1954 posts) -

since i got my kindle 2 years ago i only buy digital copies of books. saves up space and stop hand cramping from holding a book for too long.

#13 Posted by mattbbpl (10527 posts) -

I usually read print books because I love used book shops. Something about finding a diamond in the rough, I guess.

I've started reading some e-books, though, because I wanted to read a bunch of classics in the public domain. I picked up a Nook (which supports open formats) and away I went.

#14 Edited by theone86 (20438 posts) -

Nope.

Never read a single book in my entire life.I find them boring.

Well then, I guess Zakera Café isn't your favorite store on the Citadel.

Yeah, read a lot of e-books. I love the convienence of not having to carry books around, of being able to note and highlight without mussing up my book, of being able to jump from section to section with ease.

Nook and Play are my favorite apps, they each have things I like and things I don't (mostly related to interface). I hate Kindle's interface, only use it when the book's not available anywhere else. Can't say much about indie books, never really paid much attention to it. I don't read recreationally enough that I take chances on books I don't know if I'll like, I usually just get things that have been recommended to me or catch my eye, and that usually means I don't do a lot of fiction.

#15 Edited by sukraj (20600 posts) -

No

#16 Posted by Planeforger (15319 posts) -

I used to be one of those guys that always said they preferred paper books...but honestly, the Kindle Paperwhite is really quite excellent.

I've converted to e-books now, although I suppose reading them on a shiny screen like a phone or tablet wouldn't be anywhere near as good as reading it on the paper-esque display of my Kindle.

They're cheaper then physical books, they're vastly more convenient (I no longer have to lug around 1000-page novels on trains), and the adjustable backlight means that I can read it pretty much anywhere. Not being able to turn pages is a reasonable price to pay for all that.

#17 Edited by solidruss (23592 posts) -

Yup, I have a ton of books on my Kindle.. Now I just need to get motivated :P

#18 Posted by brodelin (533 posts) -

I only read Ebooks nowdays. Its way more confortable to hold my phone with one hand, I dont have to worry about having the lights on in my bedroom when girlfriend is sleeping and always being there in my pocket are my reasons.

The great thing is also that here in Sweden we can borrow ebooks for free from the library and I dont even have to get to the library :).

Im currently reading some Swedish authors (I recomend Let the right one in, its really good) and my next to read book is Inferno by Dan Brown.

But when Im spending money on a actual book I rather get the real deal.

#19 Posted by GazaAli (21498 posts) -

I almost exclusively read ebooks given the unavailability of books around here. Fact is, even if books were available I wouldn't have been able to afford them anyway so yea ebooks saved my life.

#20 Posted by GazaAli (21498 posts) -

Yup, I have a ton of books on my Kindle.. Now I just need to get motivated :P

Here's your motivation: You have a decent ebooks' reader and the ability to buy whatever ebook you may fancy. On the other hand, I bust my ass trying to find a book I desire in decent ebook format and I read it on a 3.8" screen that gives me headaches and eye strains.

Now get to reading :P

#21 Posted by Storm_Marine (10645 posts) -

No. Every few months I make a physical order from Amazon. I'm actually quite proud of my book collection, it reflects both taste and class.

#22 Posted by solidruss (23592 posts) -

@GazaAli said:

@solidruss said:

Yup, I have a ton of books on my Kindle.. Now I just need to get motivated :P

Here's your motivation: You have a decent ebooks' reader and the ability to buy whatever ebook you may fancy. On the other hand, I bust my ass trying to find a book I desire in decent ebook format and I read it on a 3.8" screen that gives me headaches and eye strains.

Now get to reading :P

Well damn... touche you win :P

#23 Posted by Namgis (3511 posts) -

I get my ebooks from my library. I read them on my tablet(android). Can't say I have read any indie authors.

I would suggest looking into the demographics of the medium. How many e-readers sold, how many tablets/smartphones used to read etc. In the digital age we live in, I would guess the vast majority of readers still use paper. I like both, if I can't find a copy in one format, I'm sure I'll find it the other.

Who edited your work?

#24 Edited by Ailwuful (13 posts) -

As far as I know, physical books are still vastly more popular, but the ebook commerce is steadly increasing every year.

But there are SO MANY PEOPLE publishing ebooks, it's really hard to get your stuff viewed. I think it needs to start with a few adventurers and then if those guys like it, they recommend to other people and so forth.

And I edited my work. Can't really afford someone else to do it. But after re-reviewing it there were still mistakes to correct -_-

Nonetheless, I very much believe it's worth people's time, it has some pretty interesting stuff in it.

#25 Posted by harry_james_pot (9525 posts) -

I prefer real books, so no. At least not when I can avoid them.. For example when A Dance With Dragons came out I couldn't wait for the book to get here and I read the e-book.

However comics aren't available here at all, so I just read them on my PC.

#26 Edited by destinhpark (4700 posts) -

I own a Kindle, had it for over a year, haven't read a single e-book. I just prefer having hardcopies, it's more fun.

#27 Edited by t1striker (1549 posts) -

I prefer hard copies, but I have gotten a couple of e-books for school just because they are cheaper(currently have 3 e-books for college I'm using right now). Biggest problem with e-books is you have to have a computer around to read it, and another thing that sucks about them at least for me is the fact that I don't own a laptop.

#28 Posted by GazaAli (21498 posts) -

I prefer hard copies, but I have gotten a couple of e-books for school just because they are cheaper(currently have 3 e-books for college I'm using right now). Biggest problem with e-books is you have to have a computer around to read it, and another thing that sucks about them at least for me is the fact that I don't own a laptop.

Even if you had a laptop, it wouldn't have helped a lot. I think that portability is essential when it comes to ebooks. A laptop is still big to carry around in order to read a book on it, too restrictive. Smartphones and tablets are the real platforms to use for reading ebooks. Scientific books can only be effectively read using a tablet, smartphones can only suffice when simply reading pure text.

#29 Posted by t1striker (1549 posts) -

@GazaAli said:

@t1striker said:

I prefer hard copies, but I have gotten a couple of e-books for school just because they are cheaper(currently have 3 e-books for college I'm using right now). Biggest problem with e-books is you have to have a computer around to read it, and another thing that sucks about them at least for me is the fact that I don't own a laptop.

Even if you had a laptop, it wouldn't have helped a lot. I think that portability is essential when it comes to ebooks. A laptop is still big to carry around in order to read a book on it, too restrictive. Smartphones and tablets are the real platforms to use for reading ebooks. Scientific books can only be effectively read using a tablet, smartphones can only suffice when simply reading pure text.

I've tried it on my phone, and found it terrible(Samsung Stellar), but I get what your saying about a tablet working well for e-books(the whole point of Amazon's Kindle). Still a hard copy of the book would be significantly better imo.

#30 Posted by theone86 (20438 posts) -

No. Every few months I make a physical order from Amazon. I'm actually quite proud of my book collection, it reflects both taste and class.

So do you lend your books to someone with taste and class?

#31 Posted by Storm_Marine (10645 posts) -

@theone86 said:

@Storm_Marine said:

No. Every few months I make a physical order from Amazon. I'm actually quite proud of my book collection, it reflects both taste and class.

So do you lend your books to someone with taste and class?

Ha, ha, ha. Ha, ha, ha.

#32 Posted by theone86 (20438 posts) -

@theone86 said:

@Storm_Marine said:

No. Every few months I make a physical order from Amazon. I'm actually quite proud of my book collection, it reflects both taste and class.

So do you lend your books to someone with taste and class?

Ha, ha, ha. Ha, ha, ha.

I'll be here all week.

#33 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (14765 posts) -

If you mean electronic copies of books on say, XML or MySQL/PHP, then sure.

#34 Posted by theycallmeRP (1656 posts) -

I read about 1-3 books a month on my kindle. I also use the Kindle app on my phone on my lunch break or slow days at work.

#35 Posted by iampenguin (223 posts) -

eh, no.

#36 Posted by Ailwuful (13 posts) -

If you mean electronic copies of books on say, XML or MySQL/PHP, then sure.

what? O_o

#37 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (14765 posts) -

@ailwuful said:

@jun_aka_pekto said:

If you mean electronic copies of books on say, XML or MySQL/PHP, then sure.

what? O_o

Why not? Some of those text books can be 4" thick. Better to use electronic copies of them and view from the laptop. Leave the hard copy at home.

#38 Posted by CountBleck12 (22481 posts) -

No thanks, I rather read an actual book then using a tablet and besides I don't own one anyway nor am I in a rush to get one either.

#39 Posted by Korvus (1018 posts) -

I had to stop reading for pleasure...it has a seriously negative impact on my sleep. I'll start reading in bed and before I know it, it's 1 am, I'm wide awake, and I don't want to put the damned book down! But I digress...

On topic, I agree with johnd13, I would much rather read an actual book to an eBook.

I'm exactly the same as you; no matter how early I go to bed I end up reading until 3am and have 4 hours sleep...that is also the reason why I started reading ebooks; I much prefer the real deal, the smell, the feel, but with me not being able to stop reading I'd read about 4-5 books a week and I can't stand giving books away...after a while I ran out of space and had to switch to digital; now I only buy the really good books.

#40 Posted by Ailwuful (13 posts) -

I'm impressed how some people really devour books quickly.

I plan on writing another book that I will really insist on others to read, by how worth it it should be.

#41 Posted by Stranger_36 (438 posts) -

No.

#42 Posted by MsDefibrillator (10 posts) -

I've dabbled in the reading of e-books for shits and giggles. But, i enjoy a book i can hold, turn the page and smell the pages.Specially the old books are by far my favorites.

#43 Edited by Zlurodirom (719 posts) -

At school I get ebooks from home because it's easier than dealing with the library here. I think ebooks are pretty convenient, I can read them on my laptop and phone at any time. However I prefer a physical book if I can get one.

I rarely purchase books, only if the library wait is way too long, or if I have a gift certificate.

#44 Posted by Ailwuful (13 posts) -

I'm making my book free if anyone would give it a chance, I'm in need of opinions and comments about it. If anyone does check it out, thank you.

#45 Posted by Serraph105 (27226 posts) -

Generally these days I'll start with an eBook and around halfway through I'll buy a hard copy if I'm enjoying it and read the rest that way.

#46 Edited by Ailwuful (13 posts) -

I got a question for readers. If you're looking for something to read, but you don't know what is good, what do you do? Do you usually just go with friend's recommendations? Is there some website that you look for high rated books or something?

#47 Posted by chessmaster1989 (28626 posts) -

Nope, I'll won't ever read ebooks unless they stop printing paperbacks.

#48 Posted by Cynical_Buzzard (216 posts) -

I prefer the physical form of a book over a e-book form.

#49 Posted by bobaban (10448 posts) -

yup all the books that i read now are ebooks. I might get a physical copy if I really really enjoy the title - like Harry Potter. If there are new ones coming I will buy the hardcopy.

#50 Edited by TheFlush (5326 posts) -

Yes, all of the books I'm reading now are eBooks. I'm done with physical media, it's so much more convenient to have digital media.

I especially read a lot when I'm on holiday, but to stuff 4 or 5 books into your suitcase, that's a hassle and a lot of weight. Now I only need to bring my iPad mini, it has everything I need on it.