Surprising question from me, I know. My bf has tossed the idea of an e-reader around for a while. You know me. You know what I think. But, if he's thinking about one, thought I'd take my opinion for a spin. if you all promise not to laugh at me, I'll tell you where I am in that journey.
The first thing I tried was the Kindle app on my phone. I've mis-placed a book and I'm really annoyed about that. So, I got that one. After I tried a sample book. Not bad. Didn't hurt my eyes like I feared. Easy to read, not hard to navigate. Announced findings to the bf.
We agreed that, if we do go down this route, we're not giving up real books. But, we both admit we see the benefit as far as travel now. Not that we'd be able to amass our current physical library, not by a long shot. We're at almost 900 books! (Goal is 1K and then 2K and so on) But we gave the e-readers 1 point for that.
Another point was given in the "oh crap, I'm at work and forgot my book" category.
So, now, I've checked a Kindle (very basic, no touch screen, not a tablet) out from the local library. It comes pre-loaded with some select titles. I picked one at random at started reading.
Not bad. The screen does not hurt my eyes. It isn't a book, but it looks like one. My interest is kept as it is with a real book.
So, once the bf can experiment with the loaned Kindle (we have it for two weeks), I suspect we'll be looking.
Here's what I want:
The ability to have books if I want (see above reasons). Office (this is essential). Web browsing. Ability to attach a keyboard.
I understand there are differences reading on an actual tablet versus an e-reader. Noticed the Kindle HDX has what I want. Not sure about Nook.
Also, could I plug in a USB? Or an SD card?
So...I won't say I'm reformed yet. But I'm testing my hatred of e-books. I'm starting to think it was misplaced. I still won't give up real books (see above goals). But even this old curmudgeon has to admit there might be something to these new-fangled ebooks after all.