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pollsLast week we asked if you would date someone who leaves their iPhone (or any other phone!) ring on default Would You Date Someone Who Leaves Their iPhone Ring On Default? [MakeUseOf Poll] Would You Date Someone Who Leaves Their iPhone Ring On Default? [MakeUseOf Poll] We hear it around us all the time: that annoying/friendly iPhone default ringtone. Some people don’t care about these things or can’t be bothered to find out how to change the ringtone. Others feel that... Read More . In general, MakeUseOf readers don’t see ringtones as a deciding factor, and over half of the voters think it doesn’t make any difference.

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With almost 60% not caring about the default ringtone at all, almost 25% state they do care about it somewhat, and will accept it only under certain conditions or help change it first. Is it the idea of the default ringtone that bothers people, or is it the default iPhone ring itself that’s a little hard to swallow?

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This week’s poll question is: How Do You Prefer To Read Your Books?


The world of books has gone through a dramatic change over the last few years. It started with cheap paper books that ship for free all over the world, continues with e-ink eReaders such as the Kindle and the Nook, and has no evolved to actual tablets that are meant to be used as readers. So how do you like your books?

If you chose paper, why do you prefer it? And what makes a tablet reader better than e-ink? Will paper books vanish off the face of the earth, or is there a fight in them yet? Share your opinions!

  1. Claire
    November 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I started reading e-books on my Palm Pilot, back when I was doing a lot of business flying.  I didn't like to check bags, and this enabled me to keep my carry-on bag small and light. For a while, I read books on my Touch, but my increasing need for reading glasses began to make that uncomfortable. I got an iPad, which I absolutely love. I am in the market for an e-paper e-reader, because I want something I can carry easily in my purse, and although they are smaller than the iPad I still find them very readable. 
    I love books; I love the feel of them in the hand. What e-books have done is allow me to pare my library down to books that are a pleasure to have and hold. The piles of cheap paperbacks have gone to Goodwill. Personally, I think this is the future of books. Basic stories, read for amusement, will be in e-format. Coffee-table books (and anything else that would suffer on a small screen)  will be predominately hardcover. Certain classics will be purchased as hardcovers (we already see nice leather-bound editions in the major bookstores).  "Keepers", books that you want to reread and enjoy in paper form, will be printed by on-demand services. 

    • Yaara
      November 18, 2011 at 7:43 am

      Thanks for the comment! I think you are probably right. I love paper books, but even I've started migrating to eBooks lately, and going back is might hard.

  2. Anonymous
    November 14, 2011 at 1:37 am

    ebooks for me... an opinion from a 3d world country, really its easier to learn now with quality ebooks. I bet no good e-reader/tablet has been made because of market already established practices...  keep reading everybody.

  3. Burn, Kindle, Burn!
    November 11, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Paper beats rock. It beats binary bits any day, too. The question of environmental friendliness or "green reading" is actually a moot point: Paper books do result from the destruction of the Amazon (ironically; pun intended), but e-readers use batteries and need to be charged with electricity; also, there's the issue of the router/Internet requiring constant energy use. Amazon's cloud sure doesn't run on rain water, that's for sure.

    I have downloaded e-books on my netbook hard drive. What I usually end up doing is just printing them anyway, and three-hole-punching the pages to put into binders. Legality aside, I don't go out very often, not even to the library, and ironically, while the Internet has opened up a world of distribution for people like me, it hasn't changed the way I use the material I access.

    A separate issue, but still related to the discussion is the problem of Internet self-publishing. Granted, there have been success stories with regards to things like Lulu and Amazon's own Create Space (Amanda Hocking immediately comes to mind), but by and large, I believe there is still a stigma associated with self-publishing (especially with fiction) versus going through the process of submitting query letters and proposals to agents and editors. Most of the self-published stuff on Amazon et. al. is basically crap. Have not read Hocking's work yet, but her success comes largely from the fact that she is young and tech-savvy and maintains a likeable image via her blog and other social media outlets. Does it make Hocking a writer? I don't know; haven't read her books, but she is an author, and certainly a marketer. Stephen King, meanwhile, is a writer. Self-published she was not, but Stephanie Meyer is an author. Time will tell whether Hocking and Meyer have the staying power of pre-LOL/ADD era writer/authors such as King, John Grisham, James Patterson, and Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb.

    But this enigmatic requirement of "platform," unfortunately, is becoming more and more of a requirement for those who choose to traditionally publish their work too. Most writers, I would say, are far more J.D. Salinger and Andy Rooney than Tony Robbins or Rachel Ray in terms of exuberant personality. A lot are very Lillian Jackson Braun and Henry Thoreau when it comes to technology, and use their computers primarily just to write. Without the system of close review in the "traditional" publishing world, anyone and their brother can put up a book on Create Space or Authonomy and cross their fingers hoping it sells. Self-publishing does not a Rowling or Meyer make, because there is still so much chaff that the major houses tend to weed out.

    I think self-pubbing has sort of a watering-down effect in that the immediate access tends to make one a less disciplined writer, one who doesn't feel s/he ought to be subject to the same standards of review and revision because these are "so 20th century." The quality of writing I see on most blogs makes bumper stickers and text messages rival the collected works of Chekhov. Not to sound elitist, because I'm as much a "commercial fiction" fan as the next book-looker (in fact I absolutely HATE "literary fiction" because I find a lot of it too heavy-handed and dull). But the fact that anyone can slap together a Word document or PDF about cats with cheeseburgers, put it on their blog or Create Space -- and very possibly have it be a bestseller, I feel is a slap in the face to people who've worked hard at perfecting or at least developing their craft to be more attractive to the "gatekeepers" of publishing, who (like it or not) do still retain a major foothold in what gives a work the badge of honor for quality marketable writing. Self-pubbing, I believe, reduces the aspiration of the Great American Novel to nothing more than a fast-food tie-in. But apparently, as with seemingly everything nowadays, "there's an app for that, too."

    • Yaara
      November 12, 2011 at 7:44 am

      Wow, thanks for the elaborate comment! You definitely raise some good points.

    • Aibek
      November 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      I second that, 'Paper Beats Rock'. Well said. )

  4. Meena Bassem
    November 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    i was hoping i could ask somebody to read the book for me and tell me the good or interesting points in it.

  5. J P Howde
    November 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Paper although I do have most of my reference books on the PC to save space.

    There's quite a lot of places I want to read where I don't want to take an electronic device costing a hundred quid.

    • Yaara
      November 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      I feel the same way sometimes. If I have a book somewhere in my backpack, I don't have to worry about it. An eReader is quite a different story.

  6. Anonymous
    November 7, 2011 at 6:49 am

    I have a Nook E Ink using pearl technology and find it superior to the iPad 2 for reading large amounts of text. I also use it in mixed lighting scenarios and it's clearly superior (except in low to no lighting, of course). I've got a kindle touch pre-ordered and look forward to using it. I wish that one gadget could handle everything ... but clarity, ease on the eyes and ability to read in sunlight argue against that wish.

    • Yaara
      November 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      I wish someone would come up with an e-ink eReader that would allow you to read with no lighting, like you can do with an iPad. That would truly be everything in one device!

  7. Marte
    November 7, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Although I have an e-reader, I could never afford to buy as many books as I read in a week. It's a rare week when I don't have at least 10 library books waiting on my shelf. Yes, I can "check out" e-books from the library, and I do, but the e-collection is nowhere near the size of the standard collection.

    Plus, if you want to skim through to find something you remember reading or jump ahead in a story, it's a heck of a lot easier to do with a printed book.

    I'm enjoying the e-reader and all the public domain books, and I like having a virtual stack of books in an easy-to-carry "container," but for serious reading of newer material there's nothing that can beat the public library.

    • Yaara
      November 7, 2011 at 5:51 am

      Going back or forward is really a limitation of eReaders. I tend to go back to find things I've already read and it's pretty much impossible with eReaders, as you said. 

  8. Lynn Kauppi
    November 7, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Paper: 1) Easier on my eyes. 2) The binding, dustjacket, etc. contribute to the interpretation of the book. 3) For many kinds of technical and academic reading, books are easier to reference. 4) Publishers can't control your hard copy book the way they can your ebook (think Amazon pulling customers' purchased titles from their Kindles without warning). 5) Privacy. It's too easy for publishers to electronically invade your privacy and start pestering you with either advertising or focused recommendations that tend to limit your browsing of other titles. 6) One damaged book = one damaged book. One damaged ereader = an entirely lost library. 7) Many books are only available in paper. 8) I could keep going but won't.
    I will concede two advantages to ebooks: 1) quick search capability and 2) cheapness (sometimes) and convenience for certain kinds of reference works.

    • Yaara
      November 7, 2011 at 5:50 am

      Good arguments! I actually agree with most of them. About 6, your book collection is actually in the cloud, so you don't lose it when your eReader is damaged. And some companies (I know Amazon do) will replace the eReader for you with no charge too (if it just stopped working on you).

      Thanks for the comment!

  9. smeeker
    November 7, 2011 at 2:02 am

    I love my Kindle, but for textbooks I need to have a paper copy. It's much easier to look for what I'm referencing. 

    • Yaara
      November 7, 2011 at 5:48 am

      Textbooks really would be hard on the Kindle. Tablet readers might do a better job with those, but for now, paper it is. :)

  10. Anonymous
    November 7, 2011 at 1:05 am

    There is no choice for reading on your phone. I read 95% of my books on my iPhone.

    • Yaara
      November 7, 2011 at 5:47 am

      You're right. I actually didn't think people use their phones as their primary reading device. This comes as a surprise to me! Do you find it a good reading experience?

      • Anonymous
        November 7, 2011 at 7:35 am

        Yes, I have been reading ebooks for over 12 years on various Palm devices and now on my iPhone. I love reading on these devices as it is the most convenient as I always have my books with me.

  11. Colleen Russell
    November 7, 2011 at 12:57 am

    This is a funny poll! I mean, what's the difference? Whether the guy puts his ringtone on Default or not, I won't care. Besides, it doesn't really define who that person is.

  12. Woodogg18
    November 7, 2011 at 12:45 am

    I could never get into e-books. I've tried multiple apparently and found that there is no beating holding and having the actual book. However, I am also a book collector and like the look of a full bookcase in my house full of rares and first editions. Also, you will never lose your books due to some technological error and many books appreciate in value where as e-books have no value at all. I like to consider my library as a sort of asset or investment. The total value of my books is upwards of $3000.

    • Yaara
      November 7, 2011 at 5:45 am

      That's awesome! I can definitely relate to wanting to have a full bookcase. And value it a really good point, if you collect books.

  13. Gabriel Rodriguez
    November 7, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Kindle hands down. I haven't bought a paper version of a book in 2 years. If it's not an ebook why bother.

    • Yaara
      November 7, 2011 at 5:44 am

      The one thing that I like about paper books is being able to see exactly where I am in the book. In the Kindle, I feel disoriented with just those percentages. But it's something to get used to, I guess.

  14. E G Ken
    November 7, 2011 at 12:01 am

    I like buying paper books for the fun of it and reading them if they're special books but I tend to use my iPhone otherwise

    • Yaara
      November 7, 2011 at 5:43 am

      You read regularly on the iPhone? That's interesting. Don't you find the screen really small?

  15. Carol Garner
    November 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I turn to paper from my library when either the book isn't available in ebook format or I don't have any money left in my book budget ;) Otherwise I turn to my Kindle at home, my smartphone when traveling around, & looking forward to the Fire

    • Yaara
      November 7, 2011 at 5:41 am

      Do you like reading books on your smartphone? That's one thing I haven't tried yet. The screen seems so small to me. Which phone do you use?

      If you're a Prime Amazon user, you can try the Kindle library they just launched. Or even better, your local library might have eBooks.

  16. Fossul
    November 6, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    I have always been a voracious reader. My home, handbag etc were cluttered with books. I also had piles of library books around. I tried an e-ink e-reader and was very happy with the quality of the print etc. I loved being able to travel with my e-reader instead of a stack of books. A year ago I was given an iPad and haven't looked at my e-reader since. I find the iPad just as satisfying in quality of print and readability. I use Kobo and love this app for being able to share my reading experiences with friends. I still buy the occasional paper book but the bulk of my reading is on my iPad which offers more functionality than my e-reader. I also love being able to buy the next book without needing to travel to a book store and hoping they have what I want in stock. E-books also (usually) have a price advantage over the paper versions which doesn't hurt my budget.

    • Yaara
      November 7, 2011 at 5:40 am

      That's interesting that you prefer your iPad over e-ink. I was also surprised at how good the reading experience is on the iPad, and there are many things about it which are actually better than a regular eReader, but just for readability I still  prefer e-ink.

      Thanks for sharing!

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