Feature & Follow #19 ~ How Does Your Book Collection Grow?


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Q: What is your preferred reading format? Hardcover, eBooks, paperback, etc? 

I was so against eReaders when they first came out, determined never to own one. I changed my mind when my friend let me borrow hers, and my husband bought me a Kindle Touch for Christmas in 2011. At first, I struggled reading with it. I don't know why, but it seemed like it was harder to assimilate the book I was reading as if I had never read a book before! After a few books, I got used to it. 

I prefer paperbacks over hardcover and ebooks, however, some hardcovers have such pretty covers, lol! I don't mind them as much as I used to even though they can be a bit heavy to read in bed. I actually read ebooks most of the time since that's the format my review books come in. I'm so glad to have an eReader because otherwise I would've missed out on a ton of indie authors and the opportunity to review. 

I thought about buying a Kindle Fire, but my daughter has one as well as a few of our friends and they all have trouble keeping them charged. My daughter's Kindle Fire barely holds a charge. I think we should've waited until a later model comes out - I really hope Amazon fixes this since this seems to be a widespread problem.         

Before I knew they can't hold a charge, I had decided to keep my Kindle Touch because I like that it feels as though I'm reading an actual book rather than looking at a computer screen, which I do enough of that as it is, lol! 

Which format do you prefer? Do you have a Kindle Fire? Does it have trouble staying charged? 

28 comments:

  1. Nice! I was against ebooks as well. Still not a total convert though even with my kindle. I always buy the real book since a good chunk of my books are mass market paperbacks and they're the same price for physical or ebook. But I get member discount at B&N, so there's some savings that goes to more books!

    The kindle does come in handy for those earcs and novellas though!

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    Have a GREAT weekend!

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    1. I do buy a lot of the real books, much to my husband's horror, lol. It's super handy for reviewing, I agree! Thanks for stopping by! :D

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  2. Happy Friday! I prefer reading paperbacks. I love the feel of real pages in my hand. I read eBooks sometimes, though. I think they're always faster to finish and you can easily highlight the passages you like.

    Old follower.

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    1. I love paperbacks, and I'm sure I always will. :D That's funny you mention reading eBooks faster - I just saw this article today you might be interested in. :) Here's the link: Do You Read eBooks Faster Than Print?

      Thanks for stopping by, Kaykay! :D

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  3. I was an ebook hold out too. But now I primarily read in ebook format although I prefer a physical book. I just like holding a book, turning the pages, etc.

    Enjoy the weekend!

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    1. Yep, I'm the same way. Though I prefer physical books, I read more ebooks. I love bookstores, too. I couldn't imagine not walking into a bookstore or a library. :) Thanks for stopping by, Brandee! :D

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  4. I prefer reading eink over the tablets, even though they have games and full browsers. Plus my kindle touch and now paperwhite lasts for weeks without charging. Still not going to survive a zombie apocalypse, but it's better than a tablet, heh.

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    1. The next time I have to buy an ereader, like if mine ever bit the dust lol, I'd get a paperwhite. My Kindle touch has never had a problem holding a charge, too, thank goodness. Those Kindle Fires need fixed, lol.

      Thanks so much for following me by Bloglovin! :D

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  5. I was determined to not like them at first too! After a while it grew on me. Following via bloglovin

    Julianna Smith // Reading In Twilight - FFF

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    1. I'm glad I wasn't the only one against them at first, lol. Thanks for following by Bloglovin and stopping by! :D

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  6. I use my IPad which has an ok charge time. But I carry a portable battery when I travel so it never runs low! Old follower hopping through.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. That's cool you don't run out of battery time - I didn't think of a second battery. There's something so wrong with the Kindle Fire battery - my daughter basically has to leave hers plugged in all the time. :P Thanks for hopping through! :D

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  7. I was resistant to an e-reader at first too. When they first started coming out there was no way that I was going to get one. Then I started reading more and more series that had been out for a while and the only way I could get some of the title was digitally, so I got a Nook. Once I got used to it I loved it and now I'm predominately e-books. I've been considering a tablet, so I can have a Nook AND Kindle apps, but with connectivity issues where I live I haven't made that switch yet.

    Have a great weekend!!!

    Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

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    1. I'm the same way. I never thought I'd end up reading more eBooks than physical books. It's crazy, lol! I think if my eReader bites the dust, then I would probably buy a paperwhite. I like feeling like I'm reading a physical book. :) Thanks for stopping by! :D

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  8. I started reading ebooks when my bookcases began overflowing. I enjoy reading self published writers and many don't have a print copy available.
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    Kimberly @ Once Upon a YA Book

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    1. Lol, I think that's a huge reason my husband bought me one. I still can't help buying physical books, much to my husband's chagrin, lol. Yes, that's so true - I wouldn't have been able to discover so many self published writers without my Kindle. :) Thanks so much for following and stopping by! :D

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  9. I agree with you. I have a Kindle Touch, and it feels much more like looking at a book page than a screen. I guess that's why my eyes don't suffer as much as some people say theirs do while reading an ebook. I also really like how well my Kindle holds it's charge. I don't have to plug it in very often.

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    1. I think the Touch definitely helps keep me from experiencing eye strain. If I looked at a lit up screen all the time, well, I'm not sure I could do it or would want to. I like my Kindle's charge time, too. :) Thanks for stopping by! :D

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  10. I'm with you when it comes to pretty covers, but I don't buy many books these days, and my library has an excellent ebook selection. There's no way to get charged any overdue fees! Still, I'll take a great read any way I can get it (but I really can't wait until I have my books in print).

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    1. I shouldn't buy too many books, but I still do...think I have a serious problem, lol! That's awesome you don't get charged fees! Sweet! I agree fully - I'll get a book any way I can get it. :D Thanks for stopping by, Robyn!

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  11. im always having a battle about this issue on one hand you cant top the feeling of reading an actual book, and then getting to put it on a shelf ... its just awesome, but on the other hand i love it when i am reading a book on my kindle . (i have a kindle fire) reading at night is soooo much easier, and the text to speech really is nice when i have my hands full cleaning. so its give and take, i usually alternate between the too.. i don't find too much trouble with my battery on the kindle fire.i charge it every couple of days. thanks for the follow. follwoing you back on bloglovin. Katie @ Inkk

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    1. I agree with ya - there's no feeling like reading a physical book, but there's also the convenience of eBooks. I haven't used the text to speech feature, but my aunt does and loves it. She showed me how to use it last time she was here. :) You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by! :D

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  12. That was one of my hardest choices when I finally decided to take the plunge and buy an ereader - which one to get! I researched like mad and it came down between a kobo or a sony. After returning two lemon Kobo's within a week I finally went and got the sony and I have never looked back :) I luuurv it so much. I've had kindle recommended to me before but one of my main reasons for choosing between kobo and sony was that I could use my libraries online download system (hurray for not having to take a trip down to the library!) and kindle can't do that in Canada for some reason. Or at least it couldn't.

    Anyways thanks for following my blog. I have followed you back via bloglovin'! Love the name of your blog by the way. Donnie darko was a weird but good movie :)

    krissy
    www.bookratreads.com

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    1. I had no idea which one to get; I can definitely relate. If I lived in Canada, I would've gotten a Sony, too. Glad you love it! :D

      Thanks for stopping by and following back! :D Thanks - it was a strange and different movie for sure, but I love it soooo much!

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  13. I am starting to come around to the paperwhite as opposed to the tablet as well, Old follower. My FF

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    1. What's the paperwhite like compared to the Kindle Touch, do you know? I think I'll buy a paperwhite if my Touch ever bites the dust, lol. Thanks for stopping by! :D

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  14. Since I mostly just read eBooks getting an ereader was a must. I went for the Kindle and loved it! Now I have the Kindle Paperwhite and it's even better. I have a huge problem with reading on the pc, the screen kills my eyes so the eink is awesome :)

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    1. What's the difference between the Touch and the Paperwhite? I think I'd really like the Paperwhite, so if my Touch dies, I'll probably buy one. If I look at a computer screen for too long, it kills my eyes, too. Thanks for stopping by! :D

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