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Digital vs Physical: Books vs Kindle
Posted: Posted May 16th by S.O.H.
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So about a month ago I made this thread:
http://gtx0.com/read/looking-to-buy-new-tech-
And while we had a great discussion regarding what my next laptop purchase should be. (probrably picking it up some time in June/ July) I did mention that I was going to buy a Kindle.

I bought said Kindle....

Initially I was very hesitant when it came to picking it up. Dropping a pretty penny for a device that reads digital books (said penny does not factor the price of the books) rubbed me the wrong way." Why purchase said device for $130 when I could buy a crap ton a physical books instead? "

I told this to my self as I was debating whether or not I should make said purchase. I looked around my room for inspiration. And the bloody physical mess of useless material things and over all clutter reinforced my decision that it was worth the cost.

Ive had it for almost a month now. Ive read 2-3 books on it so far. (Enders Game, Cyber Storm, not sure about the 3rd) I am rereading 11-22-63.

Here are my thoughts.

It is light weight, fits a lot of books (mine has 6 gbs of space free after loading 38 books) initially I was worried about the screen but by god it looks beautiful. I got the ad free version so the background wall paper changes when it is not in use. I catch myself admiring just how great the "ink" looks on the screen.

Reading wise it is comfortable. I really like that I am able to see how much I am progressing in a book. I also like that you can highlight certain words to fine their definitions or highlight certain passages to quote later on. Ive been able to download some EPUB and PDF titles. The process was simple enough.

I am doing this thing where if the price is reasonable I iwll purchase the digital copy. But if it is absurdly expensive. ($15+ when I can buy a used physical copy for $3/?????) I will fine a digital copy. It really depends on the book and author I guess.

cons: this thing is a finger print magnet. if you are in direct light there can be some heavy glare. I wish I got the white version. The official amazon cases are ridiculously expensive. The highlight option can be very finnicky at times.

Pros: Light weight, can pack a lot of books, comfortable, waterproof.

Over all: I am happy with my decision. I love physical books. I prefer the feel, look, and smell of them. (And they are great conversation starters when the cute star bucks barista wants to know what you are reading!) but the Kindle is a dam good compromise.

I am trying to live a minimalist life style of sorts where I am moving my entire life from physical to digital and so far this is working.

When it comes to research for school I will always go physical. (Im the type of person that marks up books and fills them with sticky notes) But for everything else. there is mastercard digital.

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What kind of Kindle did you get? I can't totally remember which one mine is, but the screen isn't like your typical screen (I think Kindle Fires are more like tablets), and so fingerprints aren't really an issue. There's also a backlight on this one, which is better than my old one (which has had some trouble with the battery, which is one downside to the tech book - gotta keep it charged and kinda screwed if the tech fails).

I like mine quite a lot. I love having a collection of books, and I find - apart from the convenience - the money I've saved from buying digital versus hard-copy has made it worth it, too. Granted, I also tend to read mostly these 400-500 page history books, so it's substantially lighter to bring around. (Though, I admit, I do like lugging around a Ron Chernow book.) I kiiiinda wish it was just slightly bigger, but I don't ultimately have a problem with the size. Being able to adjust the font and size is a godsend.

Posted May 16th by Jet Presto
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Dropping a pretty penny for a device that reads digital books (said penny does not factor the price of the books) rubbed me the wrong way.


I bought a $50 RCA tablet from Wal-Mart and then torrented all the books I wanted. It doesn't matter if PirateBay is a honeypot now if you're using a dedicated device with no personal information on it on public wifi.

I found there to be some nice benefits to using a tablet over physical books but I soon went back to physical books for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is that I like having a physical representation of certain works of literature.

Posted May 16th by Cruinn-Annuin
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What kind of Kindle did you get?

I have the newest iteration of the kindle paperweight. I bought a 3rd party case for it ($10) after I made this post.

Granted, I also tend to read mostly these 400-500 page history books, so it's substantially lighter to bring around. (Though, I admit, I do like lugging around a Ron Chernow book.) I kiiiinda wish it was just slightly bigger, but I don't ultimately have a problem with the size. Being able to adjust the font and size is a godsend.

I feel you. I almost bought the luxury OASIS version for the screen. But I realized that would be stupid to do right now as it is a little bit pricer and I just wanted an entry level device to test the waters/ use for my peace corps service (if it goes through)

I made a list of all the books on my amazon wishlist that have a Kindle Variant for me to purchase. Several are history book. I am trying to get a good balance between fiction and non fiction for my digital collection.

I bought a $50 RCA tablet from Wal-Mart and then torrented all the books I wanted. It doesn't matter if PirateBay is a honeypot now if you're using a dedicated device with no personal information on it on public wifi.

I did this a few years back. I bought an amazon fire tablet for $50 when they were on sale for the intention of using it as a streaming/ pdf reader. It wasnt the best IMO as the tablet battery life was terrible (5 hours?) and the screen was just as bad. I opted this time around to go with a dedicated EREADER and not a tablet.

I found there to be some nice benefits to using a tablet over physical books but I soon went back to physical books for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is that I like having a physical representation of certain works of literature.

I still have the majority of books from my undergrad + physical iterations of my favorite books. Moving forward I will only buy physical for when I need to do research but I too will have physical copies of some works of literature. (Mostly the ones I enjoy/ love/ had a huge impact on me)

If I can I would like to get physical hard cover leather bound copies of these books to have on a shelf one day.

Later on I will also like to do the same with Vinyl records. (That will be a hobby for another period of my life)

Edited May 16th by S.O.H.
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What kind of works will be in your collection? What I'm working on is collecting the works of Stephen King. Lately, I've been obsessed with the idea of becoming a loremaster. King's work, over 60 books that all take place across a multiverse, is a very attractive target, especially since I already read and loved many of them before I knew about the wider implications.

Posted May 16th by Cruinn-Annuin
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Later on I will also like to do the same with Vinyl records


I dabbled in vinyl, but it wasn't my cup of tea. Vinyl is temperamental. I love collecting cassettes, though. Easier to handle, store and transport. They also have a very specific import for the kind of music I'm into, as well. Legit metal bands love making small runs of cassettes for their hardcore fans.

Posted May 16th by Cruinn-Annuin
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Nice! I am reading 11-22-63 and they mention Derry and a couple of the kids from IT. I am not too big on Stephen King. Cujo was a good read. 11-22-63 made me bawl my eyes out when I finished it. I have it listed that I should read the Shining. I could not finish the Stand (terrible book imo) and did not get into the Gun slinger ( I am willing to retry the series) if there is naything in particular you recommend please let me know.

The Harry Potter Collection
The Enders Shadow Series
Enders Game
The First Formic War
Second Formic War
The Expanse series (I havent read the books yet, but I did enjoy the show)
Possibly A Song of Fire and Ice (same boat as above but I did not enjoy the show)
Chronicles of Narnia
His Dark Materials
Potentially 11-22-63 and American Gods

the collected works of Gabriel García Márquez


A lot of this stuff is insanely popular but it has impacted me in some way shape or form. I havent read the HP series in years though. I got 4 books in not that long ago and found it extremely boring as an adult.


I love collecting cassettes

I keep meaning to check into this as well. My car is a 1998 Buick so it has a functioning cassette player.

Edited May 16th by S.O.H.
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I'm in the process of reading 11-22-63 myself. About halfway through and enjoying the hell out of it. I've been distracted by Dan Simmons' work, though. His Hyperion Cantos is some of the most literarily substantive sci-fi I've ever read (and features what is quite possibly the most complex, mysterious and frightening antagonist I've ever read). I'd recommend checking it out if you feel like a little space opera.

Edited May 16th by Cruinn-Annuin
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Since I'm practicing minimalism, I'm going the digital route for almost everything. I have some manga (being my all time favorite and all) and a few anime. (Same deal). It feels really nice to have an empty room. I could also go to my local library and borrow books from them as well.

I use the kindle app on my phone, but I may pick up a kindle again one of these days.

@Cruinn: My mom has a bookshelf dedicated to Stephen King books and I've only ever read two I think. Lol. Pet Cemetery and Salem's Lot.

Edited May 16th by Castrael
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My mom has a bookshelf dedicated to Stephen King books and I've only ever read two I think. Lol. Pet Cemetery and Salem's Lot.


Not bad novels. If you want another of his along that oldschool vibe, his recent Revival is stunning.

Posted May 16th by Cruinn-Annuin
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A true minimalist would use the library! (Teasing here, although the library is certainly a great thing, especially if costs are a factor. Can always borrow a book for free.)


I like vinyl, but I prefer it for jazz. I don't know what it is, but I kind of love the way it sounds on a record. I've got nothing against cassette tapes, but I've definitely had worse luck with them, from a player eating the tape to the audio quality decreasing from wear or age, most of my tapes don't seem to hold up the way my records have.

Posted May 16th by Jet Presto
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A true minimalist would use the library! (Teasing here, although the library is certainly a great thing, especially if costs are a factor. Can always borrow a book for free.)


Unfortunately library hours dont work with my schedule.

Posted May 16th by S.O.H.
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@Cruinn: I've been wanting to read Dreamcatcher and Dark Towers series. All of his books, including Brandon Sanderson, are daunting. Lol.

@S.O.H: I'm part-time and my library is open from 9a to 9p.



Edited May 17th by Castrael
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@S.O.H: I'm part-time and my library is open from 9a to 9p.


you should use your library

Posted May 17th by S.O.H.
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