I've recently been toying with the idea of switching from buying physical copies of books to taking the dive and buying an e-reader. The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, specifically. I'm just looking for some opinions on the matter of e-readers, especially from those who have made the switch. Is it terribly difficult to adjust to reading everything off of a screen or is it not that hard? I don't browse /lit/ often, but I've recently rediscovered my passion for reading and I'd like to get back into it. Again, any input would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
kindles use a sort of magnetic ink system, they aren't like reading on a computer screen at all. They don't produce light either, so in terms of what your eyes are doing they're pretty much the same as reading a book.
I personally don't mind reading on a screen, but if you don't like it due to eyestrain or whatever I can't imagine a Kindle would bother you at all.
I've only had a few days with my paperwhite, and I like it.
It's nothing like reading off a screen. e-ink was developed specifically for that purpose.
the only annoyance with e-ink is that it has a slow refresh rate. so it can take about a second to turn a page. Frustrating if you're in a section with a lot of short dialog.
But the piracy and storage of them more than makes up for their downsides.
I got mine on craigslist for 40 bucks.
I've had a paperwhite for a few months now and I've never had a refresh rate of even close to a second, maybe it's a different model? Anyways as for the device itself it definitely saves a lot of space which is great for someone who drifts around like I do, not to mention pirating books becomes a great way to save money. And the paperwhite does have a backlight which has a lot of different levels suitable for any sort of environment you might be reading in; the only issue I have with the backlight is that it automatically dims over time, which it does quite smoothly, and you don't really notice it until it gets to be too dark to read if you start off at an already low-light level. I'm not sure if there's a way to adjust or disable this feature.
I started reading in my tablet because I have a problem with getting rid of physical books, and between my fiancée and myself, we have about 300 books spread around the house.
Until I build a home with a library, ebooks are a necessity as far am I am concerned.
I had my first, and hopefully last, experience with an ereader recently. It came to me with a 50th rate thriller, preinstalled, by the overrated Michael Chriton called Timeline. To be honest I was unimpressed both with the material I was reading and the ghastly procedure of button pressing which I followed.
Every eink reader has that. With kindle you just usually get the most for your money since they can subsidise them.
Latest for instance has the newest eink version, and pretty decent resolution. One of the best backlight also, but reading with backlight basicly kills the purpose of using eink reader.
Still, no matter what, kindle is 6 inch reader. That's enough for .epubs that most books are in, but for .pdf 6 inch is too small. I was looking into paperwite for a while as well, but then went with 8 incher instead, and it did open the pdf format for me. For the history books that I read, it can still be on a small side in portrait orientation, but when used with inbuilt cropping, they are readable.
Not a lot of selection in this area, thought. Onyx i86 and Pocketbook 840, and then you have even bigger screens, but they get even pricier.
I really like my cybook muse frontlight.
I think it has fewer features than the amazon readers and the OS is less sophisticated. The touch screen is not very sensitive so typing notes in or using some browser feature (not sure if there is one) would be painful, but as opposed to the kindles there are real buttons for turning pages and they have a good feel to them. I only ever use the touch screen when picking a new book to read out of the memory.
I disagree with the previous poster who claimed that a backlit display defeats the purpose of an e-reader. With the light on the very lowest setting I can read in the dark without the feeling of the screen illuminating the room at all, it's very comfortable compared to a reading light or reading from a phone.
Essentially I wanted it to do one thing, and it does that well.
I had a shitty e-reader with an eyeraping screen for years and I still loved it because it was so handy. The kobo I'm on now is also great. I've been able to find 95% of what I wanted to read for free with no trouble so you'll get your money's worth very quickly.