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Before we get into last week’s poll, I owe all of you an apology. It seemed that due to some script glitch, the poll itself disappeared from the page a day after it was published, meaning only a handful of you got to vote before it was gone. Therefore, the results we got for this poll are not as accurate or as representative of our readers as they usually are. What can I say, no one’s perfect!

In the 24 hours the poll was around, over 200 of you managed to vote. Here is how you voted:

8% say they use BitCoin often, 13% have used BitCoin once or twice, 31% never used BitCoint but want to, and 48% have never used BitCoin and are not interested in trying.

Who knows what would have happened if the poll actually stayed around the whole week? We’ll just have to repeat this poll in a while and see what we get.


Comment Of The Week

Even though the poll wasn’t around to vote on, you guys outdid yourself with some really interesting comments. I’d like to give an honorable mention to Tech S, Joe and Robert O who all wrote comments worth reading. If I had more than one t-shirt to give away, you guys would have won one easily!


After much debate, the winner of best comment for last week is chris j! While Chris didn’t write a long and elaborate comment, he managed to give an interesting perspective to the subject in just a couple of sentences. For this comment, Chris wins Comment Of The Week:

well I have read all the comments. What I want to say is, when paper money was introduced instead of the gold coins or copper coins (based on the value of metal), There was a lot of objections but eventually paper money or coins wilth legal value dominated the market. Bit coin(e-money) Is the future, many will criticise it but I feel that this will be the next factor which will control world economy.

How Many Books Do You Have On Your eReader?

Love our t-shirts? The best comment in this poll will get one of our geeky t-shirts. That’s right, for free! So get commenting!

eReaders are an established fact in our world. While paper books are still abundant, even those who don’t own a Kindle or Nook will often read a book on their tablet or smartphone. eBook collections can range from a few books you bought on Amazon, to hundreds of free books you’ve downloaded from websites like Project Gutenberg. And this is what we want to know about today. How big is your eBook collection?

You can answer this poll even if you don’t own a designated eReader. Have a couple of books on your phone? That counts too! Have too many books to count? An estimation is more than enough. Let the voting begin!

Once you’ve voted, hit the comments and tell us what device you read your eBooks on. Where do you usually get your eBooks? How many of the books you own have you actually read? If you don’t own any eBooks, why not?

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  1. Gabbar Singh
    February 5, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I have about 6000 ebooks and about the same number of physical books. I read at least one book every two days. My Asus tablet supports a 128gb sdxc and my collection is about 80gb. No ebook reader will work for me, they all crash instantly on things like Remington's Practice of Pharmacy, which weighs 12 pounds in physical form. The Asus tablet is a 4-core 1.2ghz device.

  2. Denise K
    May 10, 2014 at 2:50 am

    I have over 8000 books on my rooted Nook HD+ . I get most of my books from an email group that I've shared books with for years. I've read alot of them, probably half. I'm running CM 11 and using Calibre Companion and Aldiko premium. Using CC is the only way to go with big libraries. It works perfectly with the Calibre app on my laptop.

  3. Horusbedhetys
    April 16, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I am a voracious reader but I was resistant to e-books. I thought I was a "purist" who liked the tactile sensation of holding and reading a paper book, until...a few years back, I bought an Archos tablet and when I finally figured out how to download an e-book, I took the plunge. I started with the final book in the "Sookie Stackhouse" books (True Blood) just to make sure my attention wouldn't wander and that I would see it all the way through. Hooked! It took me a few days to get used to having to activate my book, rather than just open it. By the time I went on vacation, I had probably 100+ books and by the time I bought my second tablet (HP Slate 7HD) I was, and am currently well over the 1000+ mark. Some are novels, some are short stories, instructional, and I even have "The Walking Dead" graphic novels. I have read many, but I didn't keep count. If I were to estimate how many e-books I have read in the last two years, I'd have to say it was more than 300 easily.

  4. Aibek E
    April 15, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Thumbs up to the best comment from the Bitcoin poll

  5. Igor S
    April 15, 2014 at 3:53 am

    give me a book and I'll tell......... ^)

  6. diogenes
    April 15, 2014 at 3:51 am

    I use both a Nexus 7 and a Kobo Aura HD -I read whenever I am not immediately occupied with other tasks. during ads on tv for example. I have about 5500 on the kobo and perhaps 2000 on the nexus. I use calibre as an overall manager and there are more than 8000 in that library.

  7. David O
    April 15, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Ahhh, Books! with reverence to the written word, do l comment on my E Book experience. It is a tale of loss, struggle and joy.
    I have a been a book worm for ever, one of my earliest childhood memories is of being constantly scolded for reading at the dinner table, my book concealed on my lap under the table. If l did not have a tome with me every hour of the day l truly felt naked, sweeping novel to popular mechanics manual, l devoured anything written on paper!
    And then in my early adolescence my love affair with books was cruelly curtailed. A spinal injury left me paralyzed from the shoulders down. I could not hold a book, let alone turn the pages. There were various reading machines but they were cumbersome, difficult to use -requiring sustained blowing through a tube - and were limited to 5 or 6 titles. Reading was no longer the joy of the old days, but a tiresome and frustrating process.
    Around that time I started investigating computers and found a new and exciting world, where my physical limitations no longer presented any barriers. Soon after, the E Book revolution began and I rediscovered my old friend!
    Now using my computer l can once again embrace the delights of the literary world with ease. And a truly vast world it is, there is so much available.
    I use the Kindle desktop app for Mac, and the excellent Calibre for cataloging my 1000 plus collection.
    I imagine l shall always miss the feel and smell of paper in my hands, but the joy of the E Book experience more than compensates! ... now, what page was l on ...

  8. James Howde
    April 15, 2014 at 12:55 am

    I've got 40 odd, about evenly split between what you might call 'reference books' and fiction that I'm going to get round to reading any day now, honest.

  9. Carol Elkins
    April 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Although I have 50 or so books stored on my Kindle Fire, I read mostly books that I've checked out from my library. The library uses the OverDrive system, which provides books in both Kindle and ePub formats. In addition, I subscribe to almost a dozen magazines via the library's electronic magazine option, Zimeo. These are all free, as well. I'm 60, and I find it much easier to read books on my Kindle because I can increase the typeface size. In addition, a lot of my reading is done in poorly lit areas and the Kindle allows me to read without eyestrain. I'm slowly selling my hardcopy library of over 1000 books because if I have to move, it will be a lot easier to pack the Kindle than dozens of heavy boxes of books.

  10. Gp W
    April 14, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Some of us have more than one reader: one for person things and another for business/professional (big screen) reading. Putting those together pushes me over 1000, but opened and actively begun to read brings the number down to less than 100. The 'impulse reader' effect leads me to gather things into folders on my kindle and kindleDX but not always follow through to open and read right away. The majority of my titles come from the Chrome Extension "send to kindle" for articles of MakeUseOf, InsideHigherEd, and others, though. Thanks for casting a light into the collective eReading patterns out here!

  11. laura
    April 14, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I don't have a e-reader yet. Any recommendations?

    • Dave P
      April 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      I've just got the Kindle Paperwhite and it's a thing of beauty.

    • Dave
      April 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      I purchased and returned a Kobo Glo and returned it. I now have a Kindle Paper White and am very pleased. Also a bit cheaper than the Kobo.

  12. Bruce E
    April 14, 2014 at 6:27 am

    1495 and counting.

  13. Saikat B
    April 14, 2014 at 5:47 am

    I have just three. I load them in batches of three, because don't want to just pile them in and not read them. Read the three and then load the next one I want to read.

  14. Jamesrichards1964
    April 14, 2014 at 3:53 am

    I use bookbub, and dowload a lot of free ebooks that look good to me, they are normally the first in a series. Of the ones I have read I buy the rest of maybe 90%. I also download a lot of free tech books for my workwork.

  15. W. Moore
    April 14, 2014 at 12:49 am

    I read books on my iPad. I don't own any ebooks, and probably won't buy any. There are thousands of free ebooks available and those are the ones I get. When I'm finished reading a book, I usually delete it.

  16. Darl S
    April 13, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    5,583 ebooks (803 folders) mainly in epub, mobi and txt formats on my Note3 (cellphone).
    I figure I may as well keep them with me as I consume 2 or 3 books per week on average, and having complete series means I can re-read, cross-reference etc.
    Moonreader's my choice of e-reader, Baen's my choice of e-Store (Tor and some of their affiliated publishers are worth checking out also).
    The collection only takes up 5.6 GB, so its not like its a space hog.
    @likefunbutnot: my (growing) eBook collection has outlasted every electronic device I've owned to date: 15 devices since the early '90's, not including my present one.

    • dragonmouth
      April 14, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      "5,583 ebooks (803 folders)"
      Do you think you'll ever read any of them? Or do you collect them just for bragging purposes? If you read one book per day and if you did not acquire more books in the meantime, it would take you 15 years and four months to read them all. If you add toilet breaks, food breaks and sleep breaks, that would add 5-10 years.

  17. Dave P
    April 13, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Only 35 so far, but then I've only had my Kindle for one week. They're all free too, and mostly classics such as A Tale Of Two Cities and Moby Dick. I'm sure I'll actually pay for an eBook one day, but not today.

  18. Félix D
    April 13, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    People can convince me if you have more than 100+ books on an iPad, unless they add/remove books.

  19. Amy
    April 13, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    1261 *>_<

  20. Utomo
    April 13, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    I have more than 12.000 ebooks.
    I did not find the option

    And is there any prize for me ;)

  21. Gaurav T
    April 13, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    I read a lot and currently (am) on mission of one book or one E-book per week. I have 388 e-books in my calibre library and 64 in Kindle for PC. I have not less than 40 hard-copies of fiction books, over 90 syllabus related guides and 50+ other non-fiction books in personal library. I usually prefer e-books over books because they have lower price rates at amazon and are almost indestructible. As a math graduate, I read & write at least 11 hours a day. This includes, 4 hours of regular (math), 90 minutes of Feedly & remaining five and a half hours of fiction + non-fiction reading.

  22. Afspdx
    April 13, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    A lot of people use calibre to manage their ebooks. Keep most of the ebooks on the PC at home and only go out with a few on the reader. Calibre is an excellent example of free software that it's job better than any commercial competition.

    Just dumped my kindle and switched to Kobo Glo. Just switched to epub format. Only have 25 so far

  23. likefunbutnot
    April 13, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    My father only sleeps about five hours a night because he's such an avid reader, a habit he's kept for at least my entire life. His best guess is that he's read somewhere between 3000 and 3500 books in his 67 years. Given that, it seems a little silly to deal with thousands of books on a device with a lifespan of perhaps five years.

    I have a standard library of Ebook titles I add to tablets along with everything else I put on them. Some of them are books I wouldn't mind re-reading and some are books that I aspire to read some day.

  24. Ashish C
    April 13, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    5870 and counting. Let the learning begin.

  25. Dan
    April 13, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I have 1,000+ ebooks on my harddrive but only keep about 200+ on Google Books for reading on my tablet.

    I have 500+ physical books gathering dust in my library, and I've only read 1/3 of them all.

  26. Vladislav G
    April 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I have 1424 ebooks and I think it will be more.

  27. David
    April 13, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I have somewhere between 11-30 books on my iPad mini. These are textbooks that I occasionally reference while at work. It's incredible to think that these huge books, each of which weigh 3-8 pounds on their own, are essentially held in my pocket. Even better, I can run a search for terms and search all of the books simultaneously.

    I've used the iPad to check out books from the library, too. It's very convenient. Aside from saving physical trips to the library, the book is automatically deleted from my device when the borrow period is up. I usually finish the books before then and manually "return" them to the library, but this makes late fees a thing of the past. One final benefit worth noting again has to do with lack of need for physical trips. There was a period where I was living between two cities that were about 400 miles apart. Both had an e-book catalog, and I could check out books from either city's library regardless of where I was at the time.

  28. dragonmouth
    April 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    None, zip, zilch, nada, zero. I prefer hardcopy, or books on tape/CD.
    There are too many advantages to the dead tree kind and too many disadvantages to ebooks/ereaders.

  29. fred
    April 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    zero. I have a life.

    • EM
      April 13, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      You do realise that reading books and "having a life" aren't mutually exclusive? Considering how long books have been around, I'm pretty sure we would have died out by now if they weren't.

    • Gaurav T
      April 13, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Life with books? #StoneAger

    • Gaurav T
      April 13, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Life without books? #StoneAger

    • Dave P
      April 13, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      I've seen this comment posted on articles about gaming, watching films, and spending too long browsing the Web, but never about reading books. I'd argue that if you don't read books it's you who is missing out on an important part of life.

    • Justin P
      April 14, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      I don't understand this at all, because discussing ideas is my favourite thing to do with other people, and books are the deepest source of ideas. What do you do during your so-called life? I'm sincerely curious.

  30. Bruce G
    April 13, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Needs more levels on the poll!
    1807 books on my e-reader as of this morning. (Granted, about 100 of them are craft patterns or magazines). And yes, I've read most of them, although some were in paper and I haven't reread the ebooks yet. Probably about 1/2 of the books have been read or viewed as ebooks. Some are there for reference, some are "when I get around to it" (Like Churchill's WWII set - have to be in a specific frame of mind to read that set).

    Readers used: Ipad/Iphone - using Marvin for most of the e-books (it only does EPUB) , IBooks and Adobe for the PDFs. Dedicated reader: Kobo (since it has an expansion slot, I can fit everything on there).

    Where bought: A lot of them are from the Gutenberg Project or Purchases mostly via Amazon. Baen books for anything they sell (I'll pay their higher prices to go direct to support the authors).

    • Yaara L
      April 13, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Alright, I added a new "1000+" option! Didn't think anyone would have so many, but looks like I was wrong. :)

      Thanks for the comment!

    • Justin P
      April 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      How many have you actually read, Bruce?