Thursday, 11 January 2018

Chuckles Chat #51 E-Readers

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This week I'm looking at e-readers and how we use them.

When I first got an e-reader I was worried that it was going to send my TBR into an uncontrollable meltdown but I figured I could keep that under control. *guffaws* The plan was that I wouldn't buy anything priced more than £1 and I stuck to that pretty well to start with. I have adapted it now to a £2 limit which I've only went over a few times for a new release I REALLY want-ten times last year I think, so at least my buying isn't costing me a fortune! 

I admit that I am a paperback fan. I love the new book smell, the beautiful shiny cover, the rustle of turning pages, plus it's easy to see how much you have to read or go back a few chapters to check on something. I love my towering bookshelves creaking under the strain and just looking around at my comforting Book Cave! Why get an e-reader then? Well it was a gift from my parents and a nice surprise.

I decided to use it mainly for bargains. If I see an apocalypse book by an author I haven't tried before, I love snapping it up at 99p or something. If I don't like it I delete it and forget about it. If I like it and might look at it at a later date I keep it on the e-reader. If I love it I go and try to buy a paperback copy for my collection. There is also the added bonus of finding freebies to try. Yes some of them are free for a reason-because they are utter crap-but others are a marketing tool to entice you to try it without being out of pocket and if you are patient, you do find a few hidden gems amongst them. I've found a few favourite authors through Amazon freebies in the last few years!

It is a very useful tool in other ways too. If you are using things like Netgalley or getting review copies straight from the author or publisher, it is dead easy to just download from an email or a site onto your e-reader and off you go. It is also very handy if you have a Kindle as you can download a sample of most books. I love this option which I started using last year. Samples can give you an idea of the writing style of the author, or perhaps give you the chance to see if the story moves fast and what the MCs are like. Most samples I've had have helped me make a decision on whether or not to buy the ebook which has saved me money and possibly saved a few authors a low star rating in a book review! I write about samples on my blog but I never rate and review them on Goodreads or Amazon. That would be very unfair! I used Smashwords in the past but not so much now to get the freebies. There is also ebook bike which has been good for picking up a few recent fantasy grabs but most freebies I get now are from Amazon.

Do you use e-readers for all your books or just for bargains and samples? Where do you get free and bargain books?

21 comments:

  1. I only use my ereader for free stuff. I’m a pro at bargain shopping for books, so if I’m patient, I can usually get a paperback for less than an ebook. My Kindle is nice, but I prefer reading physical books.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I prefer the physical books as well. It is nice to pick up the ebook bargains though!

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  2. yup I also use it msotly for freebies and ARCs. I used to only read physical, then only ebooks,, and now I'm back at loving physical. I just fall sleep to easy with the kindle LOL very helpful post Chuckles!

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    1. I like getting the free or cheap books and the prequels and samples for the ereader. It is great for that! But at night I do love to be curled up with a paperback!

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  3. I'm such a fan of physical books that I was leery about getting an e-reader. That being said, I LOVE mine. It has opened up a new world with ARCs and such and makes it really easy to grab bargains. I am pretty guilty about grabbing freebies and never looking at them again so I need a better system for that. However, I will always read books in all kinds of form but I think my husband would prefer I buy books on my ereader rather than having them all over the house. Oh well!

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    1. My fear about the ereader was how many more books I'd load onto it! It was like that to start with until I got some kind of control over it! I use the word 'control' loosely! What I need to do this year is look at GR reviews and be really sure I want to read it before downloading, even if it is free!

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  4. I don't currently have an e-reader, but there are times when I really wish I did. Especially when a book I really want to read is only available as an ebook. :)

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    1. I do find that annoying when a book isn't released in all formats so that everyone can enjoy it. It is a bit unfair on those without ereaders that they can't enjoy the short stories from a favourite series. I think more short stories should be released in anthologies for each series or be printed in the back of the paperbacks as well as in ebook form. Then everyone can read them. The Morganville Vampires series did both of these which I liked.

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  5. I love my e-reader. I mostly use it these days for NetGalley and Edelweiss, and it's so handy to carry thousands of books everywhere and not to have to lug a heavy hardcover around!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Ereaders are very useful for travel, whether it is work or holidays. As long as you remember to take the charger with you!

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  6. I love my kindles! Yes I said kindles. I actually have 5 eink kindles. I do actually use all of them. I love the deals and the ability to adjust the font. I am noticing that some print books have such tiny font that my old eyes are starting to have trouble. Of course, I still have plenty of paper books sitting on my shelves.

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    1. Five??? Eek! I dread to think how many books I could store on them! I don't like paperbacks with that really tiny writing as it takes longer for me to read each line. Changing fonts is a big advantage for the digital side.

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  7. I use mine for free books, Netgalley and Edelweiss, and books I can only get in digital format. I'm a print fan and always will be. The great thing is, like you mentioned. grabbing a cheap ebook and finding some amazing authors! Great article!

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    1. Ereaders do encourage you to try more authors you haven't hear of. If you can try a new series for 99p you are more likely to look at it than if you had to risk £8 on it!

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  8. I like my e-reader but I'll always love paperbacks (and the occasional hardcover) the most. Something about holding a book. The e- reader is nice though when I'm on the go, or vacation , or whatever and I have books available to read like that.

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    1. I think both formats have their place in the reading world and I like using both.There's nothing like the sights, smells and sounds of reading a paperback!

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  9. People who are kneejerk anti-ereader annoy me. If you don't like 'em, don't use 'em, and as you say, there's many ways in which they're convenient and handy! Not to mention for people with early-stage sight loss, like my mother. There's a couple of independent booksellers who get really angry about ereaders and ban people who use them from their shops, etc... What asshats!

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    1. Totally agree! Ereaders might not be too everyone's tastes but I think they have a place for the book lover! Changing fonts and lighting is a great thing for people who struggle to read paperbacks. These places actually BAN ereader users??? That's crazy! They might be checking out samples ready to buy books in the shop!

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  10. I much prefer paperbacks. I can touch them, trade them, share them with my friends. I use an Ipad with the Kindle app and I hate reading on it. I use the computer all day at work and then reading on the app hurts my eyes. I only use it for ARC's and freebies and for books I buy that aren't available in paper.

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    1. I'll always be a paperback fan, I admit it. Nothing like having the book in your hand! It is nice to have the best of both worlds though!

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  11. I use my e-reader for bargain books, free books, and when it is easier for authors to send me e-books when they request reviews. I also prefer the feel and smell of physicial books.

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