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Do you read books on a Kindle or other tablet?

Hi, my  name is Sharon Kunz and I'm writing an article for a magazine with national distribution about different ways people are using tablet computers. I want to include people of all different ages, but so far only young people are emailing me! If you enjoy reading books (or doing anything else) with a tablet computer, I would love to hear from you. I will then give you more information about the article and I can send you a sample of a piece I did recently for the same publication. Thank you for your time and consideration! 
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My name is Carolyn. I'm 72 and I love my Kindle.  I do most of my readiing on the Kindle now. Depending upon where I am, I also read books on my tablet and android phone with the Kindle app.   I take my phone everywhere; so I can read a page or two no matter where I am, standing in line at the grocery store, the bank, the post office, etc.  Reading in those circumstances helps me with patience as I await my turn. When I'm exercising on the treadmill I read using my phone.  When I get home, I pick up where I left off with the Kindle.  I love that the books are available on all the platforms at the same time. I like the fact that i can have another book to read immediatly after I finish one without having to carry around 2 or 3 books.  There are times when I still use an actual book too.  I love to read and will use any and all formats to feed my habit.

 

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Hello Sharon,

 

I am not sure if I qualify as young at 52, but I read books & magazine and other things on my kindle tablet.  I also own a Nook fire and use and iPad for work.  So, I would say I am technically connected.  Please let me know if I may be of assistance.

 

Thakn you for your time,

Nichelle Ritterhoff

nhallritterhoff@gmail.com

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Hi Sharon, I am 65 years of age with 3 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  I began reading on a Kindle reader around 2007.  I had a smart phone, and also stored and read books from the phone before I bought the Kindle.  I graduated to an iPad and iPhone and have been pleased with them since 2010.  I had the Kindle reader program on two past laptops and now, on my Macbook Pro I have Kindle, iBooks, and also use eBrary and a couple of other links from a university library.  I just subscribed to BookBub after a neighbor told me of the free and low-cost books.  I also read professional journal articles on all three current devices:  MBookPro, iPad, and iPhone.  The Kindle is not as user-friendly for journal articles.  I hang onto my Kindle as a spare resource, but never really use it anymore since I always have my iPhone with me.  The 6S Plus is very convenient and adequate for my eyesight needs.  I have no current interest in using traditional books.  However, I am packing to retire and move south.  My husband prefers traditional books, though he also uses his laptop, iPad, and iPhone for everything but readiing books.  We decided to keep our many traditional professional books and leisure hardbacks and paperbacks, JIC.  An EMT can wipe out all our precious devices, and neither of us can imagine not having something to read at our fingertips.  Therefore, we will have a functional library in our retirement home - just for storage.  Sad to require the extra room in our retirement home, but when books are that important to professionalism and leisure, it would be folly to put all our faith in electronics.  I look forward to reading the results of your study.

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I'm 67 and I love electronic gadgets as it is. I do read various publications, mostly books, on my Kindle. I also order some household supplies thru Amazon that often helps a lot. I still have a love for the books I've purchased in the past and many are great for reference and I won't be replacing paper for digital materials.
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Hi Sharon. I find that reading on a computerized devise is not as satisfiying as a real book.  The smell of the paper.  Turning the pages.  The feel of the pages.  If you don't own the book, going to the library & looking through all the books to choose one.  I personally don't find a computer as  satisfying as a real book.

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I received a first generation Kindle & fell in love with it immediately. The ease & convenience of having my favorite or current book at my fingertips ALL the time was great.  Received the next generation for Christmas, gave the first to my son, who still has & uses it,.  Received the Kindle Fire the nex Christmas & gave the second to my husband.  I now have 2 Kindles & and Ipad, my husband has graduated to the newest Kindle & they are indispensible.  They go on our motorcycles & in our cars whenever we are travelling.  Love them

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I got a PaperWhite Kindle three years ago and, for the most part, I love it.  I don't use the Kindle for anything other than reading, and I like that I can highlight words to get the meaning and make notes that will keep on my Kindle.  What I don't like is you can't "skip back" easily when you want to check something out that you already read, and you can't keep the book a couple of extra days to finish it if you're willing to pay the fine, like with a real book.  

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Hi Dory - I have a Kindle too.

 

" What I don't like is you can't "skip back" easily when you want to check something out that you already read, and you can't keep the book a couple of extra days to finish it if you're willing to pay the fine, like with a real book.  "

 

A couple of questions:  Why can't you just click "Previous Page" to 'skip back'?

 

Why can't you keep the book ?  Are you renting the books?

 

Puzzled.

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The last time I moved I had 28 boxes of books!  And that was even after I had donated 200 books to the library book sale.  

 

I swore I would use the library more, and try to keep the acquisitions down.  It didn't work as well as I hoped.  The books kept coming.  

 

So I got myself a Kindle a few years ago and started loading it with "the classics":  the complete collections of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, etc.  These were usually very inexpensive (public domain) and then I was able to donate my hard copies to schools.   These are all books that I have read & intend to read again, or intend to read at some point.  I add to the collections when I can, but I set a dollar limit for the year.  

 

I am borrowing from the library onto the Kindle, and that is great because I don't have to go to the library to borrow or return.  I also signed up for Bookbub.com and occasionally buy something for under $4 that looks interesting.  

 

The best part is that I can take my digital library with me wherever I go.  

 

My original Kindle is good, but I later bought the Paperwhite so that I could read in the dark when necessary.  The lighting on the bus for my morning & evening commutes was lousy. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am 62 & have been an avid reader since the age of 10. I do my reading mostly on my Kindle HD reader, with the larger screen. I love the instant downloading & the font size adhustment. Hopefully my next one ( this is my 3rd) will have a better organizer program & constant backlighting.
I always had a couple of bookcases full of books & spent a lot of time gathering up beers to take to the used book stores, so I could get more books!! As my age advanced, that became harder & harder. Also we moved when we retired, & we now have our books down to 2 bookcases which are 1/2 filled with pictures!!! My husband is older, & we are both making an effort to downsize as we age, & ebooks help me a lot in that respect.
I do look forward to them making the kindle lighter, as the arthritis in my hands & arms is an issue I often have to deal with. Also, it does make my purse a bit heavy.
I also have a tablet & a smartphone, which I also love. My smartphone is a lot lighter than my day timer used to be!! No more separate address book at home, either.
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I am 62 and I have a Kindle Fire. I am an IT person so I spend a lot of time on laptops and desktops. I first got involved in Kindle when my wife got one for a present, I needed an IT book quickly for a job and I downloaded it from Amazon. Since then I haven't bought a "real" book. I get books from Amazon and the library all the time. I use the tablet occassionally when we are traveling, but never otherwise. I do love e-readers and really would rather have an ebook. Joe Wolfe Charlotte, NC

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I was gifted a kindle for Christmas 2 years ago after trying my daughter's kindle fire. I was hooked. I have a bad back and holding a hardback copy of a book became impossible. I switched to paperbacks but that only helped a little. My time reading, which I love, was limited. So when I got my kindle I was overjoyed. I can hold it and read for as long as I want as it is so much lighter than a paperback. I still obtain paperbacks for my own private "library" because I love the feel and smell of books and the "written word". 

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I do not like to read any more than a few lines online. In work when they would send a document, I would always print it out and read the printed copy. If you have not grown up with books I can understand how you might not appreciate the difference, but there is nothing like holding the printed word in your hand and anticipating what would jump out at you as you turned the pages and moved on it the story or article. If you have no other choice I suppose reading from a screen is okay, but it would not be for me.

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Most of the time I use my Kindle Fire but occasionally I use my tablet or smartphone.

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I am 77 and I read almost all my books on Nook.  I have the Glowlight plus, which is small & thin & easy to put into my purse. I also have the latest Nook tablet, bigger then the reader but still small enough to put into a purse. The tablet is good because I can also check & write email, play games, surf the web, listen to music, checking weather, etc.  I also have the Nook app on my I Pad, not as easy to take out of the house, but very useful at home, with many,many apps. You can adjust the font size & the brightness on all of these machines. I mostly use my phone for phoning, texting, and taking pictures. I find it difficult to email on the phone because the emails & print are so small.

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I read on a Kindle Paperwhite and play a few games on it also.  I have an older Laptop.  I'm 72.  I don't want a computer that I have to hold.  I have arthritis in my hands (and most of my joints.  I may upgrade my Paperwhite to one of the color Kindles.  I love Tetris and you need color to play that.

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I have a kindle fire. I like reading books on kindle.I have many books.

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I've had 3 Kindles over the last 8 years and have loved them all. We retired 3 years ago and travel most of the year in our motor home.  My Kindle Fire is ideal for this lifestyle!  I generally have 3-4 books I'm reading at anyone time.  Love knowing I have a full library on hand and no storage issues; plus I can download at anytime or check out my email.  I still love a good hardback in my hands, but for now, I am  very pleased with my Kindle Fire.

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I use both
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I certainly do! I bought a Kindle 2 and wore it out, now have a newer one. Although I have the Kindle app on my iPad (which I'm using right now!) I prefer the size and weight of the Kindle for longer periods of reading. I buy some books, also enjoy some of the free ones. Our church has a great app (LDS) with all our scriptures, lessons, conference addresses, etc., so my iPad goes to church every Sunday. 

 

I LOVE my iPad! I bought it three years ago with my first Social Security check :). I find I use my desktop computer rarely now. The iPad is so convenient and useable. I check email, play a few games, and use it for Internet searches. I have a lot of apps, a couple with recipes, and then the iPad travels to the kitchen. I use maps a lot too. Just yesterday I was using it to plan a trip. Often my husband and have a question, and then I just go on Safari and find the answer.

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