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I've been staring at the ads for the new line of Kindles and admiring the pretty. The truth is that having convinced myself to make the leap and spend the cash, I now can't imagine life without my handy eReader extraordinaire. But as I was talking it up with a friend (and yes, convincing them it's worth the price) he made me laugh because I *still* don't use my Kindle as Amazon intended. Is it just me?

The reality is I still use my Kindle Keyboard (WiFi) as a jump drive I can read off of. And I love it to pieces for that very feature. I sometimes use it to play music or audiobooks, and I often use the text-to-speech function, despite the rather amusing voice. But I don't use it to purchase books, magazines, or serial subscriptions from the Kindle store. I don't use the web browser, and I can count on one hand the number of books I've actually bought from Amazon or elsewhere and paid real money for.

As any visitor to my blog or Twitter can catch me regularly rambling on, I love the free personal document conversion service, and I love, absolutely love eReaderIQ.com for its updated lists of free Kindle books. Despite the rather deep well of prejudice toward free eBooks I've found some great reads as well as some bestsellers, both fiction and nonfiction. I tend to use the Kindle for PC app and send most of the books there to hang out in my archive and wait for me to xfer to my handheld and read them. And while these personal habits work for me, they aren't exactly what Amazon had in mind when pricing their eReaders low, expecting to make their money on the book purchases.

So I'm curious. How do you use your eReader? Do you buy DRM-free versions or pdfs and convert them for easy eReader use? Do you scour the free eBook sites to see what's new this week? Or do you use the device to head straight out to Amazon and purchase the latest release to read in an instant? How personal have you made your eReader experience and can you imagine life without it?

*image courtesy of Catie Rhodes @ the Wana Flikr Commons


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Sep. 19th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
I use PDF files a lot on my Nook and (now) my iPad (bought it used---YAY!), and ePub on my Nook. I have Kindle for PC and for iPad, and my Kobo reader is also on my iPad, which is why I'm able to read my mobi, prc, and adobe DRM books on iPad. I also have Dropbox, where all my book files go (unless it's from amazon.com directly), and then it usually opens up easily for PDF and ePUB on my Nook---still learning the iPad and what it's capable of. I usually use amazon for a lot of free books, or certain authors to purchase.
Sep. 20th, 2012 01:15 pm (UTC)
Hi there! It sounds like you have personalized your setup to work well for you, and it's a nice mixture of format and platforms. I have another friend who has a Nook and loves it. And wow, an iPad to play with too! The world of apps fascinates me even though I've not had a chance to play with a lot of them. I rather like the idea of putting the book files out in Dropbox for access from anywhere.
Sep. 21st, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)
I have an HP TouchPad (discontinued tablet about the size of an iPad) that's running Android. I love that, with the wifi, I can read my ebooks from my Dropbox - no cables or SD cards required to transfer books.

I don't buy ebooks or shop via my tablet. I ONLY buy DRM-free ebooks. I also use it to check my email, play a couple of games, and do GRs updates as I read.
Sep. 21st, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
That DRM-free goes a long way, doesn't it? And another vote for Dropbox. I admit I'm really behind on technology when it comes to pads, readers, and tablets. The Kindle was a big step for me to splosh the cash down on what's basically a limited technology and in theory I like the concept of more versatility.
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