Happy Cyber Monday!

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Thanksgiving came and went…well, unless you’re still working on leftovers!  Did you venture out for Black Friday or are you online today, enjoying the now traditional Cyber Monday specials?  Me, I didn’t venture out until yesterday.  The sales before Thanksgiving were enough for me, and I didn’t want to get in the way of the ninja shoppers out this weekend.  Yes, I’m a shopping wimp!

It’s kind of ironic that we finish our look into eReaders with a mostly tongue-in-cheek look at hard-copy books today (the busiest internet shopping day of the year).  I’m not sure I can say that the traditional form of books, ink and paper, is still going strong, but it’s a long way from dead.  So why would you want to invest in one?  Here’s my take…and for the record, the last book I bought was a paperback, not an ebook.

Whirlwind available 12/21/10Which eReader hard copies do you have? How long have you owned it?

I’ve been reading print books for years, decades, actually.

What features do you like best?

Paperback books are my favorite – they’re small, portable, and durable.  I can share them with friends and their batteries never die.  I love to give books as gifts.

How do you load books on your eReader read hard copies? (wirelessly, connect to computer, other?)

One page at a time.  There’s nothing easier than opening a book.

What kinds of eBooks hard copies do you load on your eReader (formats – PDF, epub, other) have? Do you load them from sources other than the default bookstore? (e.g. amazon for Kindle or iBookstore for iPad)

I do have quite a few hard-cover books and magazines.  I pick up books from all kinds of places.  The market; the mall; the airport; and the library, just to name a few.

Where do you use your eReader hard copies? (in the car, outside, at work, at home, traveling)

All of the above. Books are tough, so they go everywhere.  A splash of coffee or being dropped on a busy commuter train doesn’t hurt them.  They may get a little damaged, but remain readable.


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Does it have an annotation feature?  Do you make notes?

I generally only make notes in my non-fiction books, and dog-ear the pages. Otherwise, my notes are few and far between.

Can you read your eBooks hard copies anywhere else? (on your computer or your phone) Do you?

I love taking a paperback to the beach. The sand doesn’t hurt it, and sometimes the salty-sea smell lingers on the pages after I get back home.

Do you share your eReader hard copies with anyone?

I swap books with my friends occasionally.

What else do you do on your eReader with your hard copies? (browse the web, watch videos, read magazines, etc)

There’s no distractions reading a hard-copy book.  No beeping that you have email, no chat requests.  It truly is an escape for me.

How did you get your eReader hard copies? (buy in store, buy online, win it, receive it as a gift, other)

All of the above!

What accessories do you have for your eReader hard copies?

A book light is about the only accessory I use.  A book mark is nice, but any scrap of paper will do.

How many books do you have on your eReader?  How many hard copy books do you have?

I must have a couple hundred books, including several dozen ebooks.

Any other comments about your eReader hard copies?

My bookshelf is much more than a place to store information.  It’s part of my home, my life…something I look at everyday. It holds knick knacks, photos, games, and books.  My home would feel empty without it.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this discussion of various eReaders.  There’s something for everyone…and avid readers I’ve spoken to don’t limit themselves to one format. Whether you escape into a paperback, a Kindle, an iPad or some other for of eReader or media, it doesn’t matter.  In the end, it’s only the READING that matters!

Keep reading!


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2 responses to “Happy Cyber Monday!

  1. Right, so this is how far behind I am—I didn’t know the Monday after Thanksgiving was Cyber Monday! I e-shopped on Friday. D’oh!

    I also don’t have an e-reader yet, but I could see hard copies working this way for me after I do – read it on e-reader and if I like it enough, also by the hard copy. Excellent point about the sandy beach though!

  2. Stopping by on the blog hop! I love eBooks (and not just because I write them). Since I live in a tiny apartment, I had to get rid of most of my beloved books, but now I can carry my entire library with me wherever I go. Although, I can’t quite part with remaining copies of “the real thing” I still have lovingly tucked away on my storage shelves, some of which I bought and first read twenty years ago.

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