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I really do love reading - especially on my ebook reader. It's one of the best eletronic inventions of the past few years. Ereaders aren't feature packed devices, like tablets, but that's one of the things I love about them. They use an uncompromised design for one thing, and one thing only. But time over time, techanalysts are telling us, dedicated ereaders don’t have a bright future ahead. The best years are over. If you think about it, it’s not too far fetched.

Tablets sell very (and I mean VERY) well and are even threatening regular notebook sales. Of course they have an impact on ereader sales too. You can read on tablets too, but of course not as good as on an dedicated reading device. But for most people, that's enough. Not everybody is reading a few hours in one sitdown. It's more common for people to just read an hour before going to bed. With such usage patterns, tablets are doing very well as reading devices. So why not?

But if you're like me and read every chance you get, a tablet isn't good enough. Not only is the reading experience on the LCD display completely different from ebook readers, but the battery life time is just too short. What good is a reading device if it's dying in the middle of an epic battle or romantic love scene? Not to forget the weight of a tablet is significantly higher than that of an ebook reader. And last but not least: You can't read in direct sunlight with a tablet. There is no point in taking the small handheld computer to the beach or swimming pool.

I currently own a Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2, which delivers the best reading experience EVER. Its display is pretty much perfect, as well as the integrated light. Amazon even promises that you can't really tell the e-ink display apart from a regular paper page. I tend to agree. Kindle Paperwhite 2 vs. Paperback
Kindle Paperwhite vs. Paperback
German ebook-site did an extensive review on the Kindle Paperwhite with a couple of great photographs. One of the pictures (see above) shows just how well the Kindle screen is doing in comparison to a real book. I think this is extraordinary. Just think back how the old Kindle looked, with its grey background and now look at the picture above again.

Sure, tablet sales are high and don't seem to be slowing down any time soon, but they won’t replace a good ereader.

So what's the point of all my writing? Well, nothing really. I just wanted to get this out of my head. Many of my friends don't understand why I keep using my "old" Kindle Paperwhite and really don't bother understanding either. So while e-ink display sales might decline, I am absolutely sure that the device class "ebook reader" won't go anywhere.

I will update my diary from time to time, to see where the ebook market is going and where I'm standing in the future. I'm pretty sure we haven't seen the end of cool innovations on the digital reading market.

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  •  I love my paperwhite (4+ / 0-)

    it replaced my Gen 1 Kindle. I have not bought a printed book in years, eBooks are the way to go for me too.

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    by not4morewars on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 01:15:25 PM PST

    •  Do you know if you can put your own ebooks (1+ / 0-)
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      on it without having to pay Amazon to convert them for you?

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      by Throw The Bums Out on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 01:51:07 PM PST

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      •  "There's an app for that!" to paraphrase an (7+ / 0-)

        advertising line that's become a truism.


        calibre – E-book manager

        calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories:

        Library Management

        E-book conversion
        calibre can convert from a huge number of formats to a huge number of formats. It supports all the major e-book formats. The full list of formats can be found here.

        The conversion engine has lots of powerful features. It can rescale all font sizes, ensuring the output e-book is readable no matter what font sizes the input document uses. It can automatically detect/create book structure, like chapters and Table of Contents. It can insert the book metadata into a "Book Jacket" at the start of the book.

        Syncing to e-book reader devices
        calibre has a modular device driver design that makes adding support for different e-reader devices easy. At the moment, it has support for a large number of devices, the complete list of which is here. Syncing supports updating metadata on the device from metadata in the library and creation of collections on the device based on the tags defined in the library. If a book has more than one format available, calibre automatically chooses the best format when uploading to the device. If none of the formats is suitable, calibre will automatically convert the e-book to a format suitable for the device before sending it.

        Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form

        Comprehensive e-book viewer

        Content server for online access to your book collection


        I only expanded the two sections of the website's 'Features' page that apply here.  Believe me, it does a LOT more than that.

        I'm also reminded, though, of a photo a friend posted to Facebook recently of the e-book reader they'd gotten for her Grandma's birthday a few months back.  It was atop a stack of books on her end-table, carefully inserted in one of them as a bookmark.

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        by watercarrier4diogenes on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 02:08:21 PM PST

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    •  I still have my Kindle 3, I love it. (1+ / 0-)
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      At first I thought it was kind of strange reading on a Kindle, but once I got used to it, I think it's great. I have enough books on there to keep me reading for the next 100 years :)

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      by Sorta Randle on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 03:12:25 PM PST

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  •  I have a BN Simple Touch eReader (1+ / 0-)
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    How viable is BN and are the books within the price range of amazon?  Is it ok to keep it for now or one should invest in a Kindle in addition?

    Note that I'm talking about the BW e-ink readers, not tablets.

  •  I love my 2nd. gen kindle (6+ / 0-)

    I practically read for a living, I am a prof. I divide my reading into 3 categories by device. Dead tree, Good old fashioned books, texts that I need to review, assign or set on the shelf for reference (Usually birding guides these days)...

    .pdf's..Papers, monographs, articles..Things I assign, edit etc..Tablet, it does a phenomenal job I use a gen 2 ipad. It also lets me do work whilst traveling or on a plane.

    My relaxing reading, usually sci-fi, novels, non fiction, etc. That goes on my Kindle. I don't leave home without it. I always do an hour or so of the relaxing reading in bed before lights out. It was the best Christmas present my daughters gave me...


    by profewalt on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 01:50:13 PM PST

  •  Love my kindle (3+ / 0-)

    So much better than reading from a tablet - not only lighter but my eyes don't tire out as quickly.  And as you say, the battery life is phenomenal.  I only have to charge it twice a month.

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    by Dem Beans on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 01:55:21 PM PST

    •  gutenberg, aka Project Gutenberg says do not (0+ / 0-)

      buy a kindle, I presume because it is so difficult / impossible to unlock their free e-books. I have so much I can read that is in public domain, and can easily get the e-pub version to i-pad, I am afraid the kindle will become a slot machine (tempting me to pump in money for titles I am not sure I will finish). I'd rather go to library or to for the physical book. When you wait a few months, new titles are reasonably priced as used or overstock. I do not like the weight of the i-pad,  however. Yet in one device, I also have all the news apps and probably spend more time on those.  

      •  they say not to buy a Fire, specifically (2+ / 0-)
        Don't buy a Kindle Fire, buy a Nexus 7 instead.

        Or buy one of the not-Fire Kindle models if you can live with an e-ink screen.


        I can, and I do -- although if someone gave me a Nexus, too, I would not complain too bitterly.

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        by HudsonValleyMark on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 07:03:29 PM PST

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      •  I have been able to get the Project Gutenberg (1+ / 0-)
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        books on Kindle for free, from the amazon site. My daughter has a tablet, and sometimes I wish I'd gotten her a Fire or a windows tablet, because while her tablet can't play flash at all. The tablet is flash enabled, but shortly after she got it the re-engineered flash so that it wasn't android compatible, and the work arounds for that have stopped working. So that really limits what she can do. We also haven't found a good text to speech reader for it, not that will read longer texts other than what you just type into a box. So if she wants to read, she gets CD's from the library or she borrows my kindle.

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        by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:19:47 PM PST

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  •  Books will always be my preference (6+ / 0-)

    I like how they feel and smell, and I carry them with me everywhere (always one in my purse).

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    by mahakali overdrive on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 02:06:14 PM PST

  •  Basic Kindle reader suits me fine (3+ / 0-)

    I had one, and then was gifted with a Kindle Fire. When the basic reader got broken I started using the tablet for reading. It was not good. Too heavy, and as you note difficult depending on light source conditions. I finally bought a new basic reader. I rarely use the Fire for anything, since I'm not into apps and games and videos.
    That said, I'm charging it up right now because we are under winter storm warning. If power goes out I can't read the basic Kindle in the dark, but the Fire wills serve well as long as the battery lasts. ;)

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    by Catte Nappe on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 02:30:34 PM PST

  •  Have to agree... (1+ / 0-)
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    Hardcore readers are increasingly on the Kindle and other dedicated reading devices.

    One of the reviewers for my novel Causality confessed that he read the ebook in two's a 140,000 word novel.

    I read both The Club Dumas and Cryptonomicon on my old-school Kindle DX, though not in two days, along with a virtualized truck-load of other ebooks.  I own a fair number of real books as well, but from now on, I'll always have a kindle or some other reading device handy.

    Join Essa in a revolt against the gods. Continue the fight, Causality.

    by rbird on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 03:49:04 PM PST

  •  My basic Kindle (2+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, Sorta Randle

    is the best investment I ever made. I usually read from 2 - 4 hours a day and find it a joy to use.  Plus, purchasing E-books from Amazon has the advantage of their recommending others based on your buying history. I have found many enjoyable books this way that I would not have found via the library or a bookstore.

  •  I hate hate hate - Loc 23594 (2+ / 0-)

    Or minutes left in the chapter.

    Please please please give me page numbers. Page 1 till page 1 is over, page 1/2 for that little bit between, then page 2 -- and so on.  

    I know what a page is. I know how long it takes me to read a page. I know how long it will take me to finish a chapter if I know how many pages are left.

    I will never figure out what Loc 23594 is where it is, or what it means to me.

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    by 88kathy on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 05:56:23 PM PST

    •  but realize that people change the font sizes (2+ / 0-)
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      which changes how many "pages" there are and where the "page breaks" are.

      I prefer pages too, but it works OK for me to use the % meter at the bottom.

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      by USHomeopath on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 06:33:07 PM PST

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      •  I know but there still are pages no matter how (0+ / 0-)

        many kindle screens you need to display the page.

        Kindle just got wrapped around the axle trying to make it work.

        * put a sign at the bottom of each page. there's 350 of them per book. Kindle should be able to figure out where the particular * is that you are displaying is in the line of 350 *s.

        Doesn't seem that hard for Kindle to be able to figure out which side of * your are on, how many back - how many forward equals your page.

        Why is it easier to buy a gun than it is to register to vote in most states?

        by 88kathy on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 06:47:16 PM PST

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  •  I love my kindle (2+ / 0-)
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    Sorta Randle, HudsonValleyMark

    but I prefer the 'traditional' e-ink to the paperwhite. The contrast of the black on grey is better for my eyes and my head, I get fewer headaches reading on the Kindle than anything else, and where I can on my computer I have my screen changed to black on grey as well.

    Usually if I'm reading a paper book it's from the library or one not available on Kindle.

    Other advantages of the kindle: I can raise or lower the font size to suit the lighting/how tired I am/who's using it (my daughter and my other half both have vision issues). I can also put most books on text to speech if I have a migraine (so I can lay in the dark and not be bored) or if I'm in the hospital having a test (which has saved me from claustrophobic panic attacks more than once).

    It's also easier on my hands between carpal tunnel, pinched nerves, and arthritis. Some days I can't read a book from the library simply because I can't pick it up and hold it. I've never had that problem with the Kindle because I don't have to hold it open, and it's lighter.

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    by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 06:16:35 PM PST

    •  I'm very happy with my (last-gen) Paperwhite (1+ / 0-)
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      I haven't played with a classic Kindle, but it seems to me that I can get a pretty similar effect by lowering the backlight. Some people always leave it at one setting, but I vary it quite a bit depending on lighting conditions. On the other hand, the text-to-speech is a nice bonus that the Paperwhite lacks. Either way, they're really very handy.

      "I am not sure how we got here, but then, I am not really sure where we are." -Susan from 29

      by HudsonValleyMark on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 07:00:28 PM PST

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  •  I much prefer the e-ink of my Kindle (2+ / 0-)
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    Sorta Randle, FloridaSNMOM

    but find I prefer my phone when reading away from home. It's just more convenient to grab during my sardine-experience commute and to stuff in my pocket when it's time to fight my way to the door at my bus stop.

    Thanks to all the free and low-cost Kindle books, I've read so many things I'd never have sought out in physical-book form but thoroughly enjoyed. (Who knew I'd love Jules Verne?) And a friend was working to find all Dickens' works in book form while I had his complete works, including some lecture notes and letters for $1.99 on my Kindle. I was able to finish while my friend was still trying to find some of the books.

    I heartily agree that a dedicated ebook reader is one of the best electronic inventions of recent years.

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    by EverGrateful on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 06:20:03 PM PST

  •  I love my Kindle Paperwhite (1+ / 0-)
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    I also have a Kindle Fire and can read books on it as well. But the Paperwhite has the huge advantage that I can read it outside and in sunlight, which I can't do on the Kindle Fire.

    I read it at night in bed when my husband is sleeping and when the lights are off in the bedroom. The Kindle Fire can do this as well.

    I use the Kindle Fire for reading magazines that I subscribe to electronically, because I enjoy the color pictures. But,  outside or poolside or at the beach, I use the Paperwhite, as I find the Kindle Fire pretty much useless in those places.

    I was the first e-reader fan in my circle of friends, and it's fun to see how many others have picked up the habit over the last five years or so.

    One of my friends, who has a way with words, says he feels the e-reader is like having the Library of Alexandria at his fingertips.

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