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Difference between kindle books and physical books?

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Initial post: Jun 10, 2014 6:16:09 PM PDT
JoanneWD says:
Difference between kindle and physical books?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2014 6:22:21 PM PDT
One is digital and one is made of paper. Other than that, unless it states differently on the product page, they are the same.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2014 6:25:20 PM PDT
The weight for one. Turning pages is faster and easier on a Kindle. The physical space to store all those books. The convience is a biggie. I can carry a lot of books around with me on the Kindle and I can have a new book in hand much faster with the Kindle than with a paper book.

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 10:14:37 PM PDT
Lplady says:
I can highlight sections and copy them to Evernote.

I can immediately look up a new word.

I can flip to a footnote and return to my reading, whether the note is at the end of the chapter, or at the end of the book.

I can order the next book by an author at 2a.m. and read it in a minute.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2014 10:52:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 10, 2014 11:05:34 PM PDT
Miss Carol says:
You can easily adjust the font of the Kindle books - something that is impossible for paper books. Any book can become a large print edition - you don't have to wait for the publisher to release it that way.

The device itself stays open at the last page you were at without any need for bookmarks. No more pieces of paper dropping out of the book while you're carrying it around.

ETA: You know those books that have everything an author wrote in them - all of Charles Dickens, Doyle, Shakespeare, etc.? The ones that are so bulky they're hard to use effectively? Well as long as they have an active table of contents - they're extremely user friendly in the Kindle version.

Also it's never a problem to keep your book open - no more wedging it under your plate or something like that. You just need to prop it up if you can't hold it and it's clear as a bell.

Not to mention that there are hundreds of public domain books that are free every day (what bookstore gives them away to you?) and publishers and authors can also make their ebooks free as well.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 3:51:52 AM PDT
Renata says:
You need less bookshelf space with a kindle book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 3:59:51 AM PDT
CatChat says:
I can carry my entire library in my purse.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 4:17:20 AM PDT
I will never again be casting about the house looking for something, anything to read when I've run out of Library books.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 4:47:00 AM PDT
No dusting ebooks.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 6:12:25 AM PDT
Don Johnson says:
The ability to read news, weather, stock prices at touch of a button.
Never having to wonder about the meaning of a word or how to pronounce it.
The ability to further research any topic mentioned in your book by simply highlighting it then searching Wikipedia.
Knowing that Johannes Gutenberg would eat his heart out to own this little miracle. I can imagine him holding an e-book and declaring "ACH DER LIEBER"!

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 6:13:59 AM PDT
Never again dropping a heavy hardbound book on my nose while reading in bed.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 6:15:53 AM PDT
CatChat says:
or loosing your place when you fall asleep (unless you fall asleep with your hand on the kindle and wake up to find you're at the end of the book)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 6:18:27 AM PDT

I dropped a huge Stephen King hardback on my face one night.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 6:21:21 AM PDT
I've done that while listening to an audio book. "What now? Where? Who?"

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 6:21:34 AM PDT
Drums of Autumn. Ouch.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 6:23:17 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I don't know how anyone can fall asleep reading. If I am that tired I wouldn't be able to concentrate on reading to begin with. I would just go to sleep.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 6:34:56 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I also can't fall asleep reading. When I get that tired, I just put the book down.
Until I got my kindle I seldom even read in bed. I preferred the couch or recliner.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 6:38:23 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
last time I did that (I had a bad habit of putting them down facedown to keep my place) when I picked it up to read again as I hadn't fallen asleep, there was a black widow spider under it - needless to say, I was across the room, screaming and cowering in a corner in a second or two when Mr CBR and our roommate came running into the room

so I'll add that no bugs/insects/spiders come with kindle books

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 6:55:19 AM PDT
K L says:
The only downside is that the Kindle goes by location instead of page number and makes it very difficult to find the same location in the ebook that was in the paper book. And also when using some ebooks, tables, graphs, photos, etc may not be usable unless you have a large screen to view them on. I cannot read the tables on some of my books without a computer. My phone, tablet, kindle paperwhite, are all too small. But on the positive, I can carry a whole library on my phone, and make the text bigger easily if I need it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 6:59:54 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
the page number thing depends on the publisher - lots of my books have page numbers

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 8:18:21 AM PDT
Uncut version of The Stand.
That thing could be used as a doorstop.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 9:59:50 AM PDT
With E-Books, I store 2700 books in the shelf space that one paperback novel would take up.

I have 7 days to return a Kindle e-book for full refund...with no shipping & handling costs involved.

I can download an e-book, and have it on my Kindle, within seconds of buying it online.

I can adjust the font style in an E-Book.

I can adjust the font size in an E-book.

Many of the public domain items which are out of print in paper book form, are available as e-books.

Go to a book store, even a used book store, and pick up only old, in the public domain, classic stories, and you will pay something for them...a quarter, fifty cents, a dollar, or whatever. On Amazon, most of the e-book versions of them are available for no cost.

With paper books, each book you carry around-in a back pack, in your hand, in carry on luggage aboard a plane, etc-has it's own weight, and applies to weight limits. On the plane you pay extra for heavier items after a certain point, and your hands / back, feel the strain of carrying more / heavier items. With e-books, 2,000 e-books in a reader / tablet weigh no more than does one e-book, and you pay no more luggage charges for having 2,000 e-books in your reader / tablet than you would pay for having one in it, when boarding a plane. E-books let you haul an entire library around with you for no more cost / inconvenience than carrying one lone book would entail.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 6:48:30 PM PDT
Most of my books have page numbers.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2014 9:26:51 PM PDT
Sue says:
Under the Dome is over 1000 pages. The book is huge. I have the DTB so my son could read it at work. With my Kindle I can carry Under the Dome and a lot of other books around with me.

Another perk is that you can choose the color of the cover you want on your kindle--you can't do that with a book.
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