Before Kindle I used to pick up the odd paperback in Tescos or book shops if I went to town, I used my local library regularly & received books as gifts at Christmas & birthdays. Since Kindle I find I'm downloading not just a book but sets of books by the same author, something I never would have done if I was physically standing looking at titles. I've gone past buying the stage of just buying the cheapie 99p offers, though I still do buy them if they sound good. The only thing I miss about reading a conventional book is seeing the title. I always forget the title.
I definitely don't visit the library as much and have downloaded non fiction which would take up too much storage space if I had the real thing. I made the mistake of downloading a travel guide - stupid as you can't flick beteen pages in the same way. I can't resist buying real new books from my favourite authors though.
I've always been someone who reads one author once I find a book I like so from that perspective no. But from a packing to go on holiday perspective ... what a change! I'm a fast reader so would need to take four books for a week's holiday at least. And a two week holiday was hard. If have a limit my reading time or my case would be full of books. I love that you don't have to read "that" book because its only one you've got left.
Mind you I've read some amazing books simply because someone else had left them in the hotel or villa.
My local garden centre has a free book shelf and I do still pick up one or two randoms to read.
I'm lucky enough though to have a kindle "library". I have about 5000 books that my then IT guys downloaded from somewhere. I do buy books for the kindle but most of the classics are tucked in there. I read the phantom of the opera recently. Never read that before.
I can't do without a book so pre kindle I would pack a book a day plus one for the flights and 'encourage' my boys to take at least one book in their stash that I would enjoy. I also benefited from an injection of kindle books from a CD - the best was the whole of 'The Famous Five' which I had not read being a 'Secret Seven' reader as a child. Mr FP sticks to the paper and can make one book last a whole holiday! I also take my iPod with a selection of audio books to listen to.
I had a huge book clearout when I realised Kindle was the way I was going to go. The local charity shops did well as did the local Primary school. There were some books I could not part with so they are still sitting on bookshelves. I have no idea how may books I have on my Kindle. I don't think I would have the shelf space to store them all as I was struggling before.
I updated recently to the paperwhite- it fits in your handbag more easily and the software is better and the battery does not need charging up as often.I chose a cover to match the one on my iPad. In theory I can get my kindle on my iPhone, iPad as well which is useful if you don't take your Kindle and then have an unexpected delay like waiting for a puncture to be mended. Because the books are sitting in the cloud for most of the time it doesn't take up too much space on your devices.
Good question Mim. Yes it has changed my reading habits, because over the past several years my book reading had slowed down a lot. I began to find the print in books less easy to read, their style does vary greatly and some paperbacks have very close fine print.
With the my original Kindle, altering the size of font to suit and that has made a big difference. On the Amazon website, because you can download samples, it has allowed me to try out so many authors I would never have come across in the local library. I mostly still use the old unlit Kindle because it is lightweight and no strain on the eyes without back lighting, but I do also have a Kindle Fire HD which is easier and quicker at looking for new books on the website and purchasing. Seeing things in colour is nice, plus it's a mini tablet with lots of other functions.
Yes I like the option of changing the font size. I also like the fact I can prop it up on a small pillow when laying on my side reading in bed and I do not have to hold the pages back in order to stop the book closing anymore. I was a book spine cracker.
I have the Kindle app on my IPad, but TBH, I think I've only read one of the books Ive downloaded, and am part way through a book I started last year.
I still prefer to read a book, I like the feel of it in my hands, if that makes sense. I have been known to get through 7-10 books on a relaxing holiday, and fortunately ships have good libraries, as well as the books people leave behind when they've read them.
Both have their place in my life - especially as the airlines won't let you take the weight anymore. I had to share mine out among all the family suitcases. Good for days out when arthur itis tells me the ankle has had enough and Mr FP goes for a wander on his own. Going to sleep at night though I like my hardback murder.
I'm very torn. I love to read but hate technology.
I too get through an enormous number of books on holiday and am usually searching around for remaindered books or second hand bookshops to top up what I've taken with me and have discovered authors I wouldn't ordinarily have read.
I do, however, like the sound of the iPad Kindle App - surprisingly I didn't know such a thing existed LOL