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#1 Posted by Unilad (582 posts) -

I recently got an Ipad, and I do use it quite often to read my subscriptions and daily newspapers. However, I still have a preference for reading an actual paper book/novel etc.

I was just wondering what you think, and whether you will, have or never will replace a book with screen.

#2 Posted by EXTomar (4991 posts) -

It kind of have for me. I haven't bought a physical book in quite awhile. I don't know if I would use something like a Kindle to replace newspapers or magazines though.

#3 Posted by Sargus (733 posts) -

Replace? No. But I do read a ton on my Kindle, and don't intend to stop. It's way too convenient and comfortable. But I'm also addicted to having a large collection of physical books, and I don't see that ever stopping, either.

#4 Posted by BaneFireLord (2967 posts) -

Unless it becomes literally impossible to get a physical copy of a book, no, e-readers will not supplant paper for me. 
For magazines, though, I'm perfectly fine with digital versions.

#5 Posted by _Zombie_ (1464 posts) -

Considering I'm almost broke enough to not be able to afford books? Not in the foreseeable future, they aren't.

#6 Posted by BraveToaster (12588 posts) -

Yes. I like the idea of buying a book without having to leave my home or wait for delivery.

#7 Posted by Lysergica33 (551 posts) -

Magazines? Sure. Actually booky books? Never. There is no replacement for a nice hardback, leatherbound tome.

#8 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3065 posts) -

Already have, for years now.

#9 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

They haven't yet so I'm guessing they won't.

#10 Posted by BaconAndWaffles (72 posts) -

I don't want to sound condescending, but this is a pretty silly question. The massive popularity of e-reeaders has already answered the question - the reason you buy an e-reader (actual e-ink readers, not tablets) is to replace physical books. I own hundreds of books and I can count on two hands the number of books I have bought since I got my first e-reader (the original Nook) a few years ago.

I used to love physical books, used to love going into a bookstore and broweing (and of course buying! How else do you end up with such a large collection?), but now Amazon is my bookstore of choice and I rarely go to bookstores anymore...

#11 Posted by sissylion (675 posts) -

My Kindle was cool in that it let me read a bunch of classic literature and doctrines for free. Books are cool in that when someone accidentally steps on the bag that I keep them in they aren't instantly rendered useless.

#12 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8609 posts) -

Never for me, but the Kindle/etc is pretty cool nonetheless.

#13 Posted by SuperCycle (334 posts) -

Completely I would much rather have a digital version than a physical copy. Paper is a dying industry. Digital just offers so much more than paper ever could. Could you even imagine a site like Giant Bomb as a newspaper, it just wouldn't work.

#14 Posted by Tonyyj (141 posts) -

I personally love the feel and smell of a good book and the act of flipping pages so no, e-books will never replace physical books for me.

#15 Posted by Hunter5024 (6070 posts) -

I feel like it will, but I am fighting the urge to buy a Kindle as deeply as I can. I like having a big bookcase with my collection of novels on it, but I hate not having room so if I find myself in a situation where I've run out of space I'm sure I'd rather have a Kindle.

#16 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7098 posts) -

There's something about the feel of an actual book in my hands that a Kindle can't recreate so I think I'll stick to nice hardcover books.

#17 Posted by MonetaryDread (2200 posts) -

I'm a lot more receptive to an all digital book future than an all digital game future. My Sony reader (amazon does not have a digital book store where I live) is almost the only device I read on and I will jump on a new one if E-ink fixes its refresh rate problem.

#18 Posted by Nev (568 posts) -

They have for a few years for me already. I got my Kindle in 2010, and haven't bought a non-digital book since.

#19 Posted by Jack268 (3387 posts) -

If I had an iPad, it probably would. Holding books while lying down has always caused a lot of pain, because it's hard to find a good way to hold it where your entire body is in a comfy position without covering the lightsource. Although, a good collection of books does look really good on my shelves. 
For comic books though, definitely. It's infinitely more convenient especially since there's barely any good comic book stores here so it's nigh impossible to keep up.

#20 Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish (1733 posts) -

Nah, I like physical books too damn much.

#21 Posted by wewantsthering (1618 posts) -

My Kindle has replaced all books (expect for the occasional book that just isn't available yet) for me. The iPad doesn't cut it for me because of eye-strain, weight, and battery life. It's fine for a supplemental thing, as in I don't have my Kindle, but I can pick up on a book where I left off on the Kindle app situation.

The one case for an iPad for reading would be comic books, but that's just not a medium I'm all that interested in.

#22 Posted by Venatio (4493 posts) -

This might sound weird, and it even is so a little bit for me but I only read books on my iPhone these days. I know what you're thinking, small screen, but I've gotten so damn used to reading on my 4S now. I love the screen

#23 Posted by binhoker (82 posts) -

No. I have something close to two thousand books in my home and there are literally the only physical media I keep. I'm going around india for a few months and might get a kindle to save space ( normally my luggage is about 60% books) but any book I read on kindle while away I will probably pick up a " real " copy of.

#24 Posted by Scrawnto (2472 posts) -

My iPad has absolutely replaced paperbacks for me. However, I still have a love for art books, coffee table books, and the like, and an iPad won't replace that. My copy of Raising the Bar, which chronicles the art design of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, is one of my favorite possessions. I absolutely love that sort of thing.

#25 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

No. I like writing in my books, I don't like managing data or batteries, I don't like waiting for the device to decide to change the page, I would never read on a regular LCD screen, and I'm a big fuddy-duddy romantic anyway.

#26 Posted by Beforet (2941 posts) -

If all books show up on Kindle, yes.

#27 Edited by llamaegg (231 posts) -
One of these two reading contraptions where bought today. Here's a hint; it's the book.
#28 Posted by SockemJetpack (412 posts) -

I prefer the feel and smell of a new book. Also they don't need charging. The only thing that an e-book has over a real book in my mind is the crispness of the lettering. Ever try to read a book at night without having a lamp right beside you? Not fun.

#29 Posted by Brendan (8282 posts) -

I like me some books, but someday if I end up travelling a lot then a thick-ass novel is not going be a great road buddy, so a thin E-reader will be great.

#30 Posted by Ravenlight (8011 posts) -

I think that, right now, both mediums have their place. It's great to be able to carry around and entire library's worth of books on a tablet but I wouldn't trust myself to read on an iPad in the bathtub.

#31 Posted by Breadfan (6590 posts) -
Nah, I like physical books too damn much.
#32 Edited by believer258 (12308 posts) -

The only reason I would actually want physical books is because having a nice and organized shelf of them is nice and feels pretty good, as opposed to just having a little iPad or Kindle.

A way to read books digitally and on the go is logically so much better than having to pick one book and carry it all around with you. Am I saying that physical books have no value? No! It's a lot easier to get attached to a physical book and simply having that new book smell and feeling the paper between your fingers as you thumb through the pages is a joy. Still, it's impossible to escape the fact that you could carry your entire book collection in your back pocket, anywhere you want to go, so I have indeed switched completely to Kindle.

EDIT: Except in the case of libraries. It would still be possible to have stationary Kindles or some sort of computer reading thing set up in libraries, but for now I can go into a library and rent any book for free. No charge. And take it home and read it at my leisure. That sort of thing is priceless when it comes to keeping people educated and keeping people reading, and it's so great for any community to have a public library. Digital reading media hasn't quite figured out how to do this yet, and I doubt it ever will because it isn't exactly profitable, so there is a logical benefit for keeping physical media.

#33 Posted by StrainedEyes (1338 posts) -

Yes. I see no future where I buy another real book. I don't read that often, but I much prefer my Kindle to a physical book.

#34 Posted by SSully (4402 posts) -

Kindle has replaced normal books for me already. I haven't bought a physical book, except for school and programming books, in about 4 years now.

#35 Posted by KoolAid (1056 posts) -

Already did.

The only thing I read before my iPad was RPG rulebooks. Now that I have my digital books, I read a lot more novels and comics and such.

I still have rules books around my house though. All rulebooks should be giant tomes.

#36 Posted by PillClinton (3301 posts) -

Already has! I welcome our paperless future with open arms!

#37 Posted by TehFlan (1928 posts) -

If it's cheaper to buy a book electronically, I usually will. I suppose that means it could replace physical books for me. I do enjoy the smell of a new book though, so it's hard to say.

#38 Posted by BrandonPckrfn (73 posts) -

Already has, I love real books, but between wife and myself we have to many books that are sitting in boxes as is. I love reading on the iPad, the night theme is awesome for bed and not to bad on my eyes. Plus, they are usually much cheaper online.

#39 Posted by MightyDuck (1526 posts) -

I'm still a fan of the tactile feeling of having a book, magazine, or newspaper that I can read in my hands.

#40 Posted by ch3burashka (5310 posts) -

Kinda has. I will hold out and wait for a book to come via the library, but I have no qualms with digi-books.

#41 Posted by Zella (862 posts) -

I use my phone for reading books almost every night/morning, in the night I love having an illuminated screen instead of fussing with my lamp to get in a position that's both possible to read in and comfortable. It's also useful when I am out and have to wait for a few minutes I'll just pull out my phone and read, since I almost always have my phone on me. I still enjoy reading from a physical book but I don't have the love some people do for the feel of the paper, sense of ownership, etc. I'm gonna be getting a tablet soon and can't wait to begin using it to read.

#42 Posted by RE_Player1 (7530 posts) -

I haven't bought a physical book in years and I love it. No more clutter in my room.

#43 Posted by Adaurin (187 posts) -

For text-based books I prefer using my Kindle. For things like Calvin & Hobbes or The Walking Dead, I prefer physical copies for my collection. For magazines I could go either, but I don't have a color kindle and I don't really read magazines.

#44 Posted by casper_ (908 posts) -

i've been trying to read more novels on my kindle recently because its less clutter and there are tons of free public domain books out there but i still prefer physical books for reasons i can't explain.

#45 Posted by mrpandaman (873 posts) -

@Adaurin said:

For text-based books I prefer using my Kindle. For things like Calvin & Hobbes or The Walking Dead, I prefer physical copies for my collection. For magazines I could go either, but I don't have a color kindle and I don't really read magazines.

This is the same answer I have. Anything that is graphic in nature a physical copy to me is always better than a digital one, but books that are predominantly text I like better digitally.

#46 Posted by LordAndrew (14430 posts) -

No, not ever. I prefer owning and having control over my books. There are cases where I may not care, but most of the time I am not willing to surrender control of my books to a single company.

One case where I'm perfectly fine with e-books is for public domain works. I can already get them anywhere, legally, for free. If the book becomes inaccessible for whatever reason, I'll just get it some other way. There is no risk.

#47 Posted by FifiChiaPet (46 posts) -

My Kindle has replaced most books for me at his point. But I still buy a lot comic book issues as I am not yet satisfied with the digital options for those.

#48 Posted by SexyToad (2722 posts) -

For me personally no. But my school is switching to iPads from textbooks this year.

#49 Posted by Digiwth (152 posts) -

My kindle already has.

#50 Posted by phampire (289 posts) -

I am a happy full time kindle user.