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Why all the Kindle or ebook hate?

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Initial post: Jun 3, 2014 6:07:43 AM PDT
Greg says:
So is there something I don't know about?
I know its not cool to actually admit that I love my Amazon Kindle and reading eBooks almost exclusively for the last few years.
I totally get the awesomeness of going to a brick and mortar bookstore, but there's none of them left except for the big corporate chains and only a couple of those, around here anyways -and the closest of those for me is 30 miles away in a snooty apartment/retail village. Even a used book store is no where close.
That said, as a life-long book lover, I don't know what I'd do without my Kindle.
So what's so evil about eBooks? Don't the authors get paid the same regardless of whether their book is sold as a hard copy or eBook? Seems to me that if anyone is screwing anyone, its by the publishing houses, not the eBook makers. I realize there is a lot of cost I probably don't know about, but there's no way an electronic printing is as much overhead as all the material, equipment, and labor costs, of a making a hard copy book.
So why all the hatin' on Kindle or eReaders in general?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2014 6:11:26 AM PDT
E-books are *~MaGiCaL~*. I adore my Kindles (yes, plural), and never, never want to go back to paper books.

You'll find many, many Kindle lovers here!

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 6:16:18 AM PDT
Greg, some people have nothing better to do than complain about anything and everything. I also love my Kindle Paperwhite, and have several Kindles in our extended family: Fires, Paperwhites etc. We also have iPads and love them and can accept all technology for what it is and does for us.

I also love Amazon - they are one of the few big companies that actually care about their customers. But as I already stated, some people have nothing better to do than complain.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2014 6:19:02 AM PDT
Kindle lovers congregate here. I am never without a kindle.

Love having both kindle and audible books for Whispersync / immersion reading. No more wondering what the characters are up to in that book on the nightstand!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2014 6:21:59 AM PDT
"I know its not cool to actually admit that I love my Amazon Kindle"

1. "Not cool" according to who?
2. Why should I care about the opinion of these hypothetical people?

"So what's so evil about eBooks?"

Absolutely nothing.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 6:22:23 AM PDT
Another thought: Any lover of reading who is older than about 15 may remember finishing a book, say, after supper, then realizing that they had Nothing.To.Read until they could make it back to the Library (or bookstore, but I was a Library gal).

Casting about the house, searching bookshelves, shuffling magazines on the coffee table (this is all pre-internet, of course), desperate to find SOMETHING to READ.

The Kindle (well, for me--there were earlier versions) changed all that. Thousands, millions of books INSTANTANEOUSLY! The glory, the wonder! I still smile, thinking how giddy I was when I realized that I would now never have nothing to read again!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2014 6:23:02 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Many people cannot handle change. I have found that most haters of ereaders have never actually seen one in person. They've not spent even 5 minutes reading from an eInk device.

I think some feel superior by saying they love the smell and feel of a real book. Okay, whatever floats your boat. I feel in love with my first Kindle within minutes of getting it.

We are Kindle Addicts on this forum :)

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 6:28:35 AM PDT
Greg says:
SWEET! Love the positive replies. I saw I had 6 comments already and my first thought I was in for a bashing.

I was just wondering if there was something I didn't know, like if the authors get screwed. I wouldn't think so, not by the ebook makers anyways. If anything I think it would sell more copies of their books. And its the publisher who is paying them so seems like any beef would be with the publishers.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2014 6:33:09 AM PDT
On the other hand, I know you've proselytized several people into the Kindle camp. I have a friend who was vehemently anti-ebook, who made fun of people with e-readers, etc...

Until, as you say, she HELD one, and the possibilities and benefits were explained to her. She went with a Nook (always contrary, that one), and even posted YouTube videos of her making custom covers for them.

So there are converts, although in my friend's case, it was like a Baptist did all the work, and the convert went Episcopalian.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2014 6:34:03 AM PDT
I'm sure if you looked for places where people bash Kindles and e-books in general, that you'd find them. But not here, in a forum filled with ...y'know... Kindle users.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2014 6:57:13 AM PDT
Kindle bashers generally do not get a welcome reception here. ;)

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 6:58:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 3, 2014 6:59:57 AM PDT
Greg says:
I think mostly what I've read in the way of bashing is by like you say, people who haven't tried a good eReader or even given one a chance. They state things like I will miss the smell of a book, or its just not the same as holding a book in your hands, which I had my misgivings about those same things. (Personally, I'm a fool for an awesomely illustrated cover or even some cool fonts, but the once I tried Kindle there was no going back.) Almost like reading an book via a device is sacrilege for a true book lover.
Also with all the BS with the big publishing houses, - it's Hachette books now. They always act like authors are getting ripped-off, but just knowing first hand how big corporations operate; they usually don't give a crap about anyone on their payroll. At least that's my belief.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2014 7:00:43 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
To me the Kindle is so much better than holding a paper book. I sometimes read books that are 1,000 pages long. The print in tiny. The book is heavy. I have to keep up with a bookmark. I have use two hands to keep the book open while reading.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 7:03:54 AM PDT
Miss Carol says:
My friend would read on her iPad Kindle app when she was out and about, but still insisted that she preferred paper books whenever I tried to convert her. Her husband was one of the loyal customers that got the really good deal on Kindles - so he bought a Fire for himself and a Paperwhite for her. I've shown her a couple of tricks with it, but she still seemed like she didn't really care (I could see her thinking, "What's the big deal. I do have my iPad after all.") Then at book club last week she pulls the Paperwhite out of her purse instead of a paper book! She's been reading this month's selection on it every night and finally understands what I've been talking about for 4 years now!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2014 7:10:22 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I kept trying to convert a friend in a book club. She would not even look at the eink readers the rest of us had. She kept saying "I tried to read on my phone but didn't like it". NO! Not your phone, this...this eink reader. Just look, just take a look. No, she preferred carrying 1,000 page books on her bus commute.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2014 7:11:30 AM PDT
What's funny, though, is how some of them end up here.

I don't ride motorcycles; I'm not an enthusiast. Would I end up in a forum dedicated to Harley customization? No, probably not. But we'll get posters here going on and on about why they won't have a Kindle. Why? Go away.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2014 7:12:29 AM PDT
I have a hardbound copy of Drums of Autumn. Holy cow, it's huge! I certainly couldn't pop that into my handbag to read while I was waiting at the pharmacy!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2014 7:16:04 AM PDT
Miss Carol says:
Every time I told my friend that reading on my Kindle was not the same as reading on her iPad, I could see her thinking, "Yes it is. It's a screen with words on it." I was so excited when she got her new PW - probably more than she was (a chance for me to play with one until I can save up the money for my upgrade!). I'm glad she's happy with it now.

Not having to deal with huge books is one of the biggest advantages to a Kindle I can think of (well - that and the dictionary and the ability to enlarge the text and the . . . ;)

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 7:34:35 AM PDT
Kathy says:
I love my Kindle. I've been reading on the Keyboard then the Paperwhite for over 4 years. (I was initially one of the holdouts who couldn't imagine not reading a "real" book.)
I always went to bookstores and ordered from Amazon to get the new releases and read a rather narrow range of authors.

Now, with the Kindle, I get all my new releases, plus I've discovered a whole new list of authors that I would have never known about.

I was not going to buy a $15+ paper book from an author I had never heard of, now, with the Kindle, I can read a book review, look at the best sellers lists, hear someone mention a book, etc. and get on Amazon and download a sample. If I don't care for the book, no money lost. If I like the book, it's a win-win, I have a new author to read.

I'm not too big on free books, but have picked up several good ones. I like it when an author puts their first book or first book of a series for free. If I like it, I have a whole new list of books to read. If I don't like it, I haven't wasted any money.

If I finish a book, I don't have to go to the bookstore to get another one. I have books on my Amazon wish list and can immediately pick out a new book, download it and start reading.

I am also fortunate to have a local library that has a good selection of e-books, including new releases within a week or two of release. No more trips to the library, I can easily download books to my Kindle. I can put myself on a waiting list if the book is popular and get an e-mail when the book is available.

I have the Kindle App on my iPad and iPhone so I'm never without a book. Great for traveling, I don't have to make space in my suitcase for paper books but I can take all my books with me.

I have downsized my bookshelves in my home, and I no longer have to give away my books or pack them in boxes for storage in the attic. I can keep all of them on my Kindle or the cloud forever.

I cannot think of even one negative thing to say about my Kindle! I love it!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2014 7:37:07 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
"Now, with the Kindle, I get all my new releases, plus I've discovered a whole new list of authors that I would have never known about."

This too! I have discovered genres I didn't think I would like. I tried them because the book was free. Examples: Outlander: A Novel and The Woman in White

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 7:37:23 AM PDT
Tender Moon says:
Some people are hard core technophobes and no amount of convincing/reasoning will ever change their minds. They use a computer at work (grudgingly) but not at home, have no cell phone/tablet and are horrified at the thought of paying bills electronically or reading on an electronic device (the smell, the feel...blah, blah, blah). I work with someone like this and it drives me insane. Life without technology seems so limited to me and I feel very fortunate to be a part of it all. We truly have the world at our fingertips...what a marvel!

In the event of a fire, I'd grab my cat with one hand and my Kindle with the other.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2014 7:40:57 AM PDT
I've been working with Cub Scouts for going on 6 years, now. And every year, there's someone who doesn't have a computer, so they don't get the email blasts, so someone has to remember to call them.

THEN, occasionally one of those doesn't have a cell phone, so they don't get texts with time changes, or what have you. If they're not at home to get the call, they sit in the parking lot wondering why the bus is late or whatever.

Get a freakin' throwaway that at least accepts texts!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2014 7:47:19 AM PDT
You got the Outlander for free?
I thought I did well by picking it up for $1.99

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2014 7:51:49 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Yep, it was my very first book back in October of 2010. I ordered it before my Kindle had arrived. Took me a few months to start it but I was hooked immediately. I'm about to finish up book 7. Book 8 comes out next week!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2014 7:53:19 AM PDT
I don't think I've finished 7, yet. I got ...I dunno... bogged. William does not interest me.
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