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« Reply #100 on: April 04, 2017, 07:31:55 AM »
I consider used book stores a treasure. I'm thrilled to see there's data out there showing them coming back. There's one in my city (and only one, darn it, unless you count the college bookstore). I especially find them great places to seek research matter--especially info that's not necessarily mainstream. And yes, like so many of the replies above have stated, I still love the look and feel of a print book in my hands.
That said, I must come clean and say that almost of all of my reading these days--fiction and nonfiction--is done on my Kindles. The devices help me multi-task in ways not possible with paper, like reading at meals despite the culinary demands on my hands, while using exercise machines, etc. I especially like that when traveling, I carry a virtual library with me--with the ability to instantly acquire books I suddenly fancy--in the same compact device that provides my on-the-road email and internet access.
People often tell us our house looks like a library and nowadays, we take that as a compliment (in the early days of our marriage, I can still hear my mother's disparaging comment "You two use books as furniture." And she said it like it was a bad thing).
So yes, we own thousands of titles in print--but still love and depend on our ereaders.
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« Reply #101 on: April 05, 2017, 04:43:42 AM »
Hmm. Paperbacks. Not really. I haven't bought a single paperback since I got my first kindle in 2012. It's easy to download a pdf on Amazon or read books online on sites like Bartleby. But I'll definitely visit one of these stores to get some books for my mom. She loves her books the old way.

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« Reply #102 on: April 05, 2017, 06:33:47 AM »
Why not?! I pride new technologies of book readers. But I haven't find a good replacement of my paperback books. I can convey them in flexible ways anywhere you think.
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« Reply #103 on: April 05, 2017, 03:22:31 PM »
Yes, I still buy paper books. I love my Kindle and the convenience of ebooks, but sometimes I just want the experience of holding and flipping through a paper book. The feel, sound, and smell of a real book can never really be replaced totally. There is some tactile nostalgic thing going on there that I still enjoy from time to time.

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« Reply #104 on: April 05, 2017, 11:11:58 PM »
Yes, I still buy paper books. I love my Kindle and the convenience of ebooks, but sometimes I just want the experience of holding and flipping through a paper book. The feel, sound, and smell of a real book can never really be replaced totally. There is some tactile nostalgic thing going on there that I still enjoy from time to time.

Kenny, I agree!  I love paperbacks, as long as the print is not too small.  (Full disclosure...that seems to be more of a problem recently than it used to be.)  I should add that my books are not in paper, but that's only because I am new to all this and saving up to buy my ISBN numbers!

Browsing in a used book store and finding the perfect book is a wonderful experience.  I am so happy to see that paper is not being phased out.  Ideally, having both gives everyone the most options...but paper cannot be updated or changed.  I keep thinking of that episode of Original Star Trek, where Kirk's attorney had all those old-fashioned, hard cover law books.  Something to be said for that! :)
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« Reply #105 on: April 06, 2017, 04:51:07 AM »
I have a kindle, and it's used exclusively for games and streaming shows.  I read one ebook and that was it for me, there's something about holding a paperback in my hand that I'm not sure ill ever get over.

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« Reply #106 on: April 06, 2017, 12:37:56 PM »
I have a kindle, and it's used exclusively for games and streaming shows.  I read one ebook and that was it for me, there's something about holding a paperback in my hand that I'm not sure ill ever get over.

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« Reply #107 on: April 21, 2017, 06:05:50 PM »
^^^ What she said plus all the free books you can get for the Kindle.

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« Reply #108 on: April 30, 2017, 07:26:26 AM »
I publish hardcovers and some paperback, and I must tell you that MY sales in the eBook format have declined since 2008-9 especially the Nook and iBook reader. I am a reprint publisher. Even my Kindle sales have experienced decline while my hardcover books have increased by around 11% per Ingram. So, when you write to the Kindle, it is wise to keep real book publishing in your wishlist. Someone (a Publisher) may pick up your book for either foreign translation or print rights however remote that possibility is.

Oh yes, I also buy real books! Kindle is only to introduce your work and get some exposure IMHO.    :)
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« Reply #109 on: April 30, 2017, 07:57:30 AM »
I read around 100 books a year, almost never read kindle only published or self published books on kindle.  Learned early I just don't like the quality of most so don't spend my time on them.  Almost all the books I read are kindle versions unless it isn't available.  I have a BA in Literature so maybe I just got over the paper feel thing. To me it is quality of writing and convenience of the kindle. I like have so many books at my fingertips, being able to control font and lighting, and the translation option is nice as well. To each their own. But I don't aagreecat all with the person who thought kindle was just to introduce to readers. But then again maybe it's a genre thing.
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I love going to used bookstores. And new bookstores. And digital bookstores! lol

Sometimes I need to close all technology and just soak in the words of a great book. I love my kindle, but I'm horrible at keeping it charged. And since I work behind a screen all day it's nice to look at something completely different.

I'm also one of those people who love the feel and smell of books.  8)


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I swore off hardbacks when I got my Kindle, because they're not portable or easy to handle. i occasionally buy a paperback, and it's almost always at a secondhand book store, because that's almost all that's available. We have a Books a Million a few miles away (in a high traffic area) and our one and only Barnes & Noble is clear across town so far away, that for all intents and purposes, it IS out of town. Of course, ebooks on Kindle are my main reads now. But I'll get nostalgic and buy a paperback every now and then.

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I have two Kindles, and I still from time to time read paperbacks/hardcovers. I can't seem to give them up. There's nothing like holding a book in your hand. But, Kindles/ereaders are great for portability and storage (if I had 3,000 paperbacks here at home? We'd have no room for anything else!).

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With the price of Kindle books going up and up and up it's becoming more and more beneficial to shop the used book stores for paperbacks to save money.

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I still prefer a paperback and often get them in the charity shops - they are really well-priced and when I've read it I can donate it back again.
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« Reply #115 on: June 06, 2017, 08:58:51 AM »
I personally purchase more book digitally out of sheer convenience. But I will stay buy hardcovers and paperback from time to time. Just not as frequently. I think one of the biggest edges that the digital format has is quite frankly storage space. For example I am a voracious reader and in my reader I can store about 400 books. If I tries to do that with paperback, I really would not have the storage space. So that is one big advantage over digital not to mention in the end it is more cost effective as well.

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« Reply #116 on: June 10, 2017, 02:26:03 PM »
I still love paper books. I like to hold them, smell them and read them. We have a library in our home and we have a ton of books. We have been collecting for a long time though. My husband and I both have two Kindles and we love them. We have hundreds of books on them and we love to take them on vacation or just out and about town. Much better than taking a paper book. We have a couple used bookstores in our town and we love to go in from time to time and browse. I am happy to see that maybe they want go away. I grew up with my dad and I getting up on a Saturday morning and heading to the two used bookstores in our town. My mom did not read so it was a special time for us to be able to spend it together. He and I were both avid readers so I have a special love for bookstores. I grew up on Nancy Drew books. My dad loved science fiction and fantasy which i have never really liked. But yes,I will always buy and surround myself with paper books even though I love my Kindles.

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« Reply #117 on: June 11, 2017, 06:56:27 AM »
Comeback is a strong word. I don't know if it's true, i can tell you that in my home town there is a new store that sells used books for low prices.
I for once like to read real books I find it really hard reading articles or books from digital screen it simply easier to read from a paper than from a screen.
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« Reply #118 on: July 19, 2017, 09:10:55 AM »
I do still buy paper books, I love my e reader its handy for when I am at appointments or travelling somewhere so I don't have to carry something bulky with e and hope it doesn't rip or get damaged, I still love paper books too, for some reason it helps me to relax more at night when i'm reading a paper book just before bed.

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« Reply #119 on: July 25, 2017, 07:42:34 PM »
I love paper, but after moving and having to pack and haul my book collection, I'm sticking to electronic wherever possible.

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« Reply #120 on: July 26, 2017, 06:33:08 PM »
The return of old school bookstores is awesome news. Really.

I love paperback books.

I love the texture.

I love the slight scent when I turn the page.

While I read mostly digital books nowadays, when I read a paperback or hardcover book, I get nostalgic.

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« Reply #121 on: July 27, 2017, 12:26:52 PM »
I personally do, I love it! While having an ereader is great for taking with me on the bus/to uni etc, I have a dream of one day having a house with a room I'll make into a library, so I'm always collecting books. As for used book stores, I am ALL about them! I was just at one yesterday that lets you bring in old books for store credit. I ended up getting $70 worth of books for free! 

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« Reply #122 on: July 28, 2017, 06:07:35 AM »
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I don`t know maybe it sounds funny but a paper book is the best one for the reading. I like touching the book I`m reading!  ;D
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« Reply #123 on: July 29, 2017, 07:25:34 AM »
I love used book stores. As a child and young teen my Dad and I would get up ever Saturday morning and head down to the 2 used bookstores in our town. He was a avid reader as was I. My mother did not like to read at all so this was a special time for just me and my Dad. We would spend several hours looking through all the books. I love the smell of the books and just holding the book in my hand. I guess for me it is a nostalgic thing. We have a huge book library in our home. When I find a author I like I would always get all their books especially a series type and over the years we have collected tons. We are now looking to down size since we are retired and I am hating the thought of getting rid of my books. We will probably donate to our library because they have a used book room. We both have 2 Kindles and really enjoy them but to me I will always love the paper book.

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« Reply #124 on: July 29, 2017, 07:33:10 PM »
As much as I like kindle, there's something I like about having a physical book in my hands. I have 4 book cases in my house - including a floor to ceiling one - and they are all full. At last count I had something on the order of 400 books - non-fiction, fiction, music scores etc etc . I am a prolific collector of the old EU of Star Wars, the post-Nemesis novels of Star Trek, Tom Clancy, J K Rowling, Stephen King and Peter Hamilton.

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