16 May 2012

Are you accessing e-books? If so, how?

It is over 6 months since I asked this question and I am interested not only to see what proportion of readers of this blog are using e-books, but also how you are doing it.

First of all look for the poll over on the right and add your answer, Yes or No.
Then come back here and leave a comment.
The number of ways in which people are accessing e-books has increased in the last 12 months.
You might be getting them
  • from Amazon
  • from a bookseller
  • from a service offered by your local library
  • from NetGalley
  • or from some other source

17 comments:

bibliolathas said...

On my Kindle, mostly Amazon but some free old stuff mostly from manybooks.net. I'll be interested to see if there's a big increase in e-usage in your poll.

Kerrie said...

Last time the figure was about 73% and I'm rather assuming it will be similar this time, but I'd like to whether people are now getting them from other sources other than buying them.

Sarah said...

Through Amazon onto my kindle but I'm not enamoured of the whole process. I use my kindle mainly for travelling.

Bernadette said...

I buy epubs for my Sony reader, kindle books to read on my iPad. I've stopped using Net Galley at all and haven't looked into the library's borrowing options (though Adelaide library is offering this service now)

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Thank you for this opportunity. I don't have an ereader, not yet, but I do access a lot of copyright-free ebooks and ecomics on the internet and if I like something I download them on my PC Kindle or as a PDF file on my hard disk. I have downloaded some great stuff I didn't even know existed. These include rare books, fiction and non-fiction, particularly from mid-1800 to mid-1900, a period that spawned diverse literary works, as well as early comic-books and illustrated journals, short stories, and anthologies in nearly every genre I can think of. I might not have the time to read all the ebooks I see or download but it gives me a fair idea of writing during the period mentioned.

Maxine Clarke said...

I use Amazon/Kindle. Like Sarah, it isn't my favourite mode of reading but I will use it if "needs must", eg if I am travelling, or a book I want to read is spectacularly cheap or free in Kindle format cf print, or if it is only available in e-format.

I think times are changing fast as more DRM-free books are available, so people are increasingly reading them on their tablets or other devices. Not sure if that will affect your poll, though.

jiescribano said...

I use Amazon/Kindle

Kay said...

I have a Kindle and that's how I get most of my ebooks. I have used Netgalley, but have not in a while. My library has the capability of checking out ebooks, but I haven't taken advantage of that yet. It always seems like the book I'm interested in is check out already.

Margot Kinberg said...

Kerrie - I access e-books mostly through Amazon and my Kindle software.

Steven J. Wangsness said...

I published a novel as an e-book, but don't have an e-reader myself....

Marce said...

Mostly I download from Amazon to my Kindle, 2nd use NetGalley and 3rd when requested to review I always ask if it is available in ebook form, 70% so far have been.

I prefer reading on my Kindle, some older books are harder to get though but Amazon allows you to request and at times weeks later it is available.

Deb-Canada said...

Wow, I'm certainly in the minority so far. No e-reader and no plans to get one. Still like the feel of paper in my hands. Tempted to get one for travel guides when on trips then discovered mini travel guides by Lonely Planet.

Donna said...

I have a Kindle. 95% of my ebooks are from Amazon. About 75% of my Amazon ebooks were free or under $1.

The rest accessed through my local public library.

Peggy Williams said...

I purchase my ebooks mostly through Amazon. I read them on my iPad and my iPhone. I have apps for Kindle, Nook and iBooks on the iPad, and for Kindle on my iPhone.

Shelleyrae @ Book'd out said...

I use both my iPod and my brand new Kindle, I use Netgalley and Eidelweiss and to access ARC's but I mainly purchase via Amazon. I won't use cloud only services. Unfortunately my library doesn't have ebooks available

TracyK said...

I am another in the minority. I have never read an e-book. I not only prefer paper but love the covers. I collect books for their covers. However, some of these posts have convinced me I should try some books that available for free (or if I cannot find them any other way) if I can view them on my computer.

I used to work for a publisher that put out e-book versions, and I have heard positive experiences related by others, especially for traveling. Not sure how well my eyes would handle an e-reader or reading on the computer.

Peggy Ann said...

I use Project Gutenberg, girlebooks,and manybooks.net for free books. I love vintage books. and pretty much only use the ereader for those. I have a Kobo but recently got an iPad so now I have the Kindle app and can download from Kindle/Amazon. I have 150+ ebooks now and have only paid for one and that was $1.99!

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