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Old 07-14-2019, 01:19 PM
 
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Yep. Should have been a poll!
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Old 07-14-2019, 01:19 PM
 
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Every day, and I read several non-fiction books on related topics at the same time. E-books are far too clunky if you take notes, underline, etc. as I do and then want to compare stuff...far faster using paper books.

My machine is somewhere on my bookshelves, I should give it to a charity shop.
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Old 07-14-2019, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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I'm not retired. I'm only 35 but I wanted to reply. Yes i think people still read actual books. I do. I think smartphones and reading technology started the decline of books
I read even more books since I got a Kindle.
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Old 07-14-2019, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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I prefer paper instead of pixels and to save money I buy my books at the used book store. I enjoy reading the American classics. Steinbeck, Hemingway
Almost all of the classics are FREE on Kindle.
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Old 07-14-2019, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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Almost every day!

Libraries and real book stores have much better selections than department stores do.

I have listened to a few books on CD and dislike the experience. And I don’t want to power up a device when opening a paper book works just as well.

We rarely make a dedicated drive to just to get books or groceries or whatever. We almost always combine such trips. Whatever extra gas is involved in going to the library is at least partly made up for by not powering a device to read a book. The sunlight is free.
Exactly how much electricity do you think it takes to charge a Kindle for a few hours a month?
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Old 07-14-2019, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Guadalajara, MX
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I prefer paper instead of pixels and to save money I buy my books at the used book store. I enjoy reading the American classics. Steinbeck, Hemingway
As someone mentioned, those are free on Kindle. I've recently reread Moby Dick and Crime and Punishment, both available for free. My local library also has tens of thousands of ebooks available for checkout, haven't paid money for a book in ages.

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Whatever extra gas is involved in going to the library is at least partly made up for by not powering a device to read a book. The sunlight is free.
It would be interesting to calculate the energy used to power up a Kindle. It's probably a lot less than you think though, Kindles were always energy efficient and have gotten better with each generation to where (depending on reading habits) you plug it in once a month. I'd be surprised if "powering up" to read a book was more than a few pennies.
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Old 07-14-2019, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I vastly prefer paper books and read a LOT of them. (We also own a LOT of them.) I've tried reading an e-book and not only is the physical experience not the same, it's not as easy for me to find something I want to go back and re-read because I realize I didn't quite get it the first time.
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Old 07-14-2019, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Wine Country
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I've had 2 Kindles and, at first, I was very excited by the prospect of downloading whatever my heart desired off of Amazon and easily transporting my current read wherever I went. Eventually, my love affair died down and now I only use it for travel. Like others have said, I just prefer the experience of the printed word for leisure reading. I'm perfectly fine reading informational articles online but, for fiction (or biographies), my eyes and my brain relax differently into a paper page.

We have the most excellent free bookmobile in our county. Whenever they park inside our farmer's market I head on over to pick out a couple of new books. The selection is small but phenomenal, I frequently score litrary prize winners, as well as obscure gems. Whenever I finish my books, I donate them back to the drop-off center so it's kind of like a library - one in, one out with the option to own if it's something I truly can't part with.
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Old 07-14-2019, 02:46 PM
 
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Exactly how much electricity do you think it takes to charge a Kindle for a few hours a month?
Exactly how much gas do you think it takes to turn down a side street to the library while in town for other errands?
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Old 07-14-2019, 02:48 PM
 
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As someone mentioned, those are free on Kindle. I've recently reread Moby Dick and Crime and Punishment, both available for free. My local library also has tens of thousands of ebooks available for checkout, haven't paid money for a book in ages.


It would be interesting to calculate the energy used to power up a Kindle. It's probably a lot less than you think though, Kindles were always energy efficient and have gotten better with each generation to where (depending on reading habits) you plug it in once a month. I'd be surprised if "powering up" to read a book was more than a few pennies.
Regardless of dollar cost of powering up, if someone reads many times a day, the irritation factor of powering up has a different kind of cost. Opening a paper book to read costs nothing.
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