eReaders :Who has one? Do you like yours? Why or why not? Discuss.
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One big plus for me as a grad student is that the kindle allows me to highlight and write in my margins, and also, to see my highlights and markings without scrolling through the entire book - I can see all of them together. Great research tool (as is the feature of being able to search a book for any keyword I choose).
What are your experiences?
I am the total opposite, though. I think the best thing about the kindle is that the screen is not backlit. I cannot read a computer screen for any huge length of time, and find the eink technology (etch-a-sketch looking) is quite comfortable on the eyes.
Either way, I totally share your enthusiasm for eReaders. I think personally that in the next 15 years, physical books will become virtually obscelete.
i refuse to contemplate a kindle until they hit $99.99.
might be a few years, and a few generations down, but in the end, the fact that the typographic layouts of books in the kindle has caused a few designer screams makes me a skeptic; that's just me.
I have around 30 on my device at present, and I have "archived" 83. The kindle 2 can hold around 1,000 books and any book one deletes is automatically "archived" on amazon.com, and can be redownloaded for free (highlights and all).
Yes, the kindle is on the expensive side. I think it is worth it for me because (a) I hate storting too many books, (b) it is one of the most convenient research tools (as a grad student) I have, (c) I can keep my entire library with me, (d) It has a 'voice' feature on it where I can turn any book into an audiobook, and (e) most books are cheaper in kindle version than in paperback or hardcover (and public domain books are free).
As for print books, I simply don't miss them. Books may be around for several more years, but like CD's, they will probably find their sales decrease steadily when ereader prices drop.
edit: oh, and for those that think books will eventually be replaced by ereaders, I disagree. I think ereaders will probably become more popular because people like gadgets. Book sales may go down, but books themselves will always be around.
in either case, the result in the same, ugly layouts on an e-paper screen.
if you think people don't care about aesthetics enough to, at least subconsciously/pragmatically, realize this, you haven't heard about this whole Apple Computer thing (the overpriced, but beautiful object which proves people will pay for beauty (i do)).
CAUTION: The only books that are archived on Amazon.com are those that you've purchased from Amazon. (This includes books that have been "purchased" from Amazon for $0.00, i.e., books that are freebie give-aways but that have been been downloaded from the Amazon site.)
Amazon does not archive books that have been obtained from other sites, e.g., Feedbooks|Mobile, one of my favorite freebie sites.
My point is, archiving only occurs of books that have originally been acquired through Amazon. Since a lot of graduate students may be using sites like Feedbooks|Mobile to acquire freebie public-domain books, you should be aware that deletion of these books makes them disappear altogether. I'm not sure what effect this might have on annotations that you've made to such books.
And I'd be careful about storing thesis- or dissertation-critical material on Amazon! (Well, duh, does this even require mentioning?) I love Kindle's annotation capabilities, but I'd be sure to have some kind of hard-copy back-up for anything that's of more than transitory (a few weeks or so) value.
Also, on the K1, there's a feature that allows you to turn off Amazon archiving of your annotations (so that annotations are preserved only on your Kindle), presumably to satisfy those of us with privacy concerns. I'm not sure if this feature exists on post-K1 versions, but if it does, then be sure that you've got annotation-archiving turned on before you rely on any archiving by Amazon.
I chose the base model because I decided the fancy, touch-screen version was not worth the pain and suffering (more glare, and I'm not a big fan of touch screens, anyway.) I bought it when they started offering public domain books for free, and it has already paid for itself. While I am reading public-domain books this way, I have not switched for more recent books. They have not dropped below remaindered books, and I'm fairly flexible about what, exactly, I'm reading.
The problems that I have noticed that may be of great interest to the grad-students of the universe are
1.) It does really odd things to footnotes. Scan page one, scan page two, and format as convenient, and the footnotes wind up more or less randomly scattered into an undifferentiated block of text. In two different places.
2.) It does the same with parallel translations (In my case, usually Latin on one side, and English on the other) and depending on where they've split words, that can be confusing, especially after the fourth or fifth hour of study. Always unpleasant to be looking up a word that may not exist in either language.
3.) Non Latin alphabets wind up rendered as pictures (scans of the page) and take a lot of time and memory.
My own project--400+ pages, all Latin Alphabet--is also very easy to export to the reader, and it saves me having to haul the pages around in a box. I happen to appreciate the fact that I am the only one involved in this project.
I am not sure why you call the layout "ugly." It is quite the same layout as a regular book (with the obvious exception that instead of pages, there are locations), and that the text is left-justified rather than lef-and-right-justified.
Have you ever read a book with e-ink technology? If not, I assure you that it is every bit as comfortable as reading paper. (The color of the e-ink screen is about the same color as the mass-market paperback page in a medium gray.)
Like you, I am not impressed by apple's flashiness, and I don't buy a lot of technology based on its aesthetic beauty. I know some people do, but I like my kindle for its functionality.
Very insightful comments! You are right that one should always stores copies of any stuff you may want to hold onto. There is always a chance that it could be lost somewhere, but this is always the case (even with hardcopies).
And, yes, amazon does not backup stuff not gotten from them. But most of the books you can get for free elsewhere, you can also get for free from amazon (and if you can't, you can save them to your desktop in whatever format you downloaded them in.)
I am not sure about the 'disable the archiving' feature. I have never really had the urge to stop archiving my material, but it is something to look into.
If I've gotten, say, Adam Bede from Feedbooks|Mobile, there's really no need to save it to my desktop in the event I delete it from my Kindle. I can always get it again from Feedbooks|Mobile or from some other source.
BUT!!! if I've gotten Adam Bede from Feedbooks|Mobile, substantially annotated it, and then deleted it from my Kindle, I'm not sure that my annotations are going to be backed up on Amazon. That's the caution I was trying to make, a caution regarding annotations.
I think #12's point is correct. If you buy or download a book from an outsdie source, I do not think it is archived on your amazon "kindle page." You may want to go to your kindle page and verify that it is archived there. None of the books I've bought elsewhere are archived on my kindle page.
But, as I said, that is no problem because books gotten elsewhere are usually gotten not in azw format, but in pdf or word format, which means that they can be saved to the desktop.
FYI: You can also save azw to your desktop and download them to your kindle from the desktop (rather than from amzon). The only thing you can't do with azw files from the desktop is open them and read them; the kindle is the only thing that can do that.
But long story short: one can also "archive" one's kindle books on the desktop if one prefers.
Personally, I have very little interest in PDFs. (I want the convenience of the Brontes, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, etc., on a portable device with search capabilities and that will let me annotate my texts without marking valuable treeware editions.)
Given my lack of interest in PDFs, Kindle-DX definitely wouldn't be for me because I don't like this device's larger size, which won't fit as conveniently into my pocketbook. If you can go with the larger size, though, you might want to take a look at the DX. Here's one on-line review I've found, and bear in mind that Amazon has a very generous, no-questions-asked thirty-day return policy so you might want to try it out.
On the other hand, K-DX has an awfully hefty price tag, especially now that K2 has been price-reduced to under $300.
PDF files are not hard to annotate, highlight, etc on the kindle. They show up and are displayed as any other file. I am sorry to say that tables are iffy. Sometimes, the formatting translates well and sometimes it does not. AS CurrerBell said, the Kindle DX is very much designed for and geared to those (businesspeople, students) who may be dealing with many PDF and business documents. It has a larger screen that can handle tables quite well. It also handles regular books as well as the regular kindle.
When the KindleDX was available I bought that one and love the larger screen. I also really like the native PDF reader built-in as a lot of my periodical refs for my dissertation are in PDF format.
I archive all of my ebooks/PDFs on an external hard drive.
The biggest downside of the Kindle(s) are the price(s).
I believe I would like the Kindle but it's content is not yet available in my country. Bummer.
I read from a screen all day and have no problem with it, though I can't imagine reading a screen -- backlit or not -- without lots of ambient light.
I work with academic texts that are often only available in academic libraries (or out of my reach for £20, £30, £40 per copy) - are 'books' downloaded cheaper / easy to order? Or am I limited to the out of copyright classics and recent bestsellers?