I have a Kindle, it's easier to carry around if I travel, and it really doesn't hurt my eyes as much as the monitor or an android tablet would do. And I can upload each doc/pdf from fanfiction.net and read them on it, so that's kind of cool.
But if I have a window open in the summer, and I don't want to turn on the lights because of the mosquitoes I still use my tablet. (So if you are thinking about buying one, think about that too. Maybe an eReader with a background lighting - or how is it called - could be better.)
The transition from physical to digital can be difficult if you're someone like me. 1) I have a collection of physical books that I haven't even read yet! That means there still are a lot of physical books for me to read. And as of now, there is no way for me "import" my physical collection into my Kindle Fire unless I painstakingly scan my physical books and create a Kindle-readable file for them. Not.Gonna.Happen.
2) I have no income. Whatever books I but on my Kindle are just here and there. There are a lot of free books I can read, and I have Prime so I have access to the Lending Library. However, not ALL books are available through that system, and some digital books are just as expensive as regular books.
3) Iam in this weird stage where I want to get more books for my Kindle, but many of my favorite series I already own physical copies of so I want to have physical copies for all of them. (Like above I don't want to "rebuy" copies I already own, and there's no real way to import them.)
I really really like my Kindle Fire, but I am still in the "occasionally" use it category because of the above factors.
That's understandable. I actually only use my nook for fanfiction at this point... XD I download the epubs from Ao3 and put them on my Nook.
I use it for regular books as well, just not as much. Mostly I use it for stuff that I'm not sure if I'm going to like, so I'll get it for cheaper on there and then if I really like it I'll go out and buy a physical copy.
I went with the cheapest reader I could find, because I didn't often read. I read more as a result. Mines not back lit, but I bought one of the reading lights which I actually find easier on my eyes in a dark room. Both turning out to be good buys
I like sending PDFs to it too. That's a nice feature as well.
I just don't understand the point of buying a book twice. (Except for, like, damage reasons. I've done that a few times. Usually happens because of water damage.) I'd say borrow it from a library first if you're not sure you'll like it. But hey, when you grew up low income and are still living in a low income setting, you'll take your book obsession how you can get it. lol. The ladies at my old library knew me by name. One time they were doing this suggestion thing where you read new books and suggested if they should continue to series or get other books like it, and the library manager (who knew our whole family because of school) told me I had to stop suggesting things. I was overshadowing everyone else. lol.
I do it for several reasons. 1) I like owning physical copies of books, but I dislike having to take them with me when I travel (which I do a lot) because they're heavy and easily damaged. 2) It's incredibly hard for me to get to the library from where I live since I don't have a car. 3) I like to support the authors.
lol. Sagging bookshelves. My bookcase back home is a cheap Walmart one, about waist high. It is double layered with books, which is causing the shelves to sag in the middle and causing the whole thing to lean forward.
i have the kindle keyboard and i really really like it ... you dont get the same page flipping action but its definitely easy on the eyes
DONT GET the color ones like the kindle fire or the nook ... get the eink kind because its far easier on the eyes just like a normal book ... i tried using my tablet for ebook reading and it puts real strain on you
i own about 200 books and there so much cheaper and you can also load in PDFs and text files!
I have the Kindle Fire and find that the eye strain isn't all that bad. (And I have terrible eyes, trust me.) The adjustment setting is really, really sensitive, so it can be easily adjusted to your surroundings and needs. Of course, if you're reading it in bright, glaring sunlight, you're gonna have a bad time, but for normal indoor use, it's not bad if you remember to adjust it. Although, I have heard that the Ink is the best version for being most booklike. I've never used one though so I can't compare them. (The Kindle was a hamidown so I'll take what I can get.) I use the off-white cream color setting when reading on my Kindle as well. I think that it also helps with the eye strain rather than reading on bright white. It is more natural because it's is like the aged colored pages some books get.
Yeah. It is indeed entirely individual; different people have different eyes. I find that I have a hard time looking at my phone for long periods (like if I tried reading on the Google Books app), but on my Kindle I'm fine. That's the whole issue with technological devices like phones, computers, tablets, or eReaders. Everyone's different.