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#1 CamelliaMarie

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Posted 01 January 2021 - 09:37 PM

My public library is currently closed (covid) so I've been using the libby app to get my books and reading them on the Kindle app on my phone. I would much rather have a physical book in my hands but I appreciate the convenience of just having it on my phone for a few reasons.

This led me to wonder what other people use. Do you have a kindle? Do you purchase all of your books? Is your library open to the public? How do you get and read your books?
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Posted 01 January 2021 - 09:55 PM

i mostly use the kindle app on my ipad and borrow ebooks/audiobooks from my school's library. i love using the kindle app because it's so easy to define words i don't know. also, listening to audiobooks while reading the book is really helpful for pronunciation imo



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Posted 01 January 2021 - 09:57 PM

Trying to read more is one of mpa new years resolutions. I have 3 books. Not a lot I know. Wintergirls, the book Thin (the complementary book that goes with the YouTube documentary) and on kindle app I have the never binge again book. All ED things I know, but I am not really interested in non ed books unless it is books from youtubers or something. I am boring lol. If you have any good book recommendations at all let me know I am trying to branch out. Anyways, I got 2 of those books for pretty cheap from amazon.


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Posted 01 January 2021 - 09:59 PM

I wanna go get a library card sooo bad! But I need proof of address and I can give them that but this aint my house and I am not at my parents house. Also, stuff with my birth name might get sent to this house like book return reminders or smth and that can't happen soo yeah. Might have my bf get one for me and I will use his card.


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Posted 01 January 2021 - 11:30 PM

I prefer to hold a book and read it. It hurts my eyes to read them on tablets and such. 

 

Our libraries are open, and I also see little free libraries all over the place (little cubbies on the side of the road with books people freely give away in them)

 

I admittedly get my books by just buying them... but I haven't gotten one for months and months because I am still reading them, but it would be wise to probably go to the library!


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Posted 01 January 2021 - 11:46 PM

I buy them used from thriftbooks.com for a good price and cheap US shipping. i love physical books best and im trying to read more.
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Posted 02 January 2021 - 11:31 AM

I buy them in libraries. One of my "goals" is to have a beautiful library in my home and my bookshelf is currently half-filled. Reading physical copies of books is also more enjoyable and comfortable to me. I've read a few books and poetry collections online but it wasn't for me. I already spend the whole day in front of my computer for work so when I want to unwind it's so much nicer to read a physical book. 


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Posted 02 January 2021 - 06:17 PM

i mostly use the kindle app on my ipad and borrow ebooks/audiobooks from my school's library. i love using the kindle app because it's so easy to define words i don't know. also, listening to audiobooks while reading the book is really helpful for pronunciation imo


I'm really starting to enjoy the kindle app because its more customizable. I can change the text size and the font which makes is easier for my to read (dyslexia). I only wish I could see my words per minute.
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Posted 03 January 2021 - 12:51 AM

I have a hard time concentrating on anything longer than a few paragraphs on a screen. I don't know why. Might be an ADHD thing. Might be just a quirk. But whatever the reason, it's hard for me to read books electronically, and if I manage it, I often don't retain what I read very well. Audiobooks are even worse because I don't retain anything well without a visual component.
That combined with my pretentious love for the aesthetic of physical books means that I almost exclusively read physical books.
I haven't gotten books from the library in a long time. I prefer to own my books because I'm a big rereader and I like to underline my favorite passages. I used to go to the library for any book that I wasn't sure I'd like and I want to go back to doing that after COVID. I also sometimes went just because the library in my city is amazing. I'd go just to be there and ended up checking something out and eventually buying my own copy. I do miss that. It's a gorgeous library.
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Posted 03 January 2021 - 12:56 AM

I buy them in libraries. One of my "goals" is to have a beautiful library in my home and my bookshelf is currently half-filled. Reading physical copies of books is also more enjoyable and comfortable to me. I've read a few books and poetry collections online but it wasn't for me. I already spend the whole day in front of my computer for work so when I want to unwind it's so much nicer to read a physical book.


I want a big beautiful home library so badly.

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Posted 10 January 2021 - 05:53 PM

I prefer physical books. E-books just aren't romantic enough for me.

 

Lately I've been obsessed with thriftbooks.com. They have a massive collection of used books, often for under 5 bucks


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Posted 13 January 2021 - 03:08 PM

I cannot do E-books or audio books, I need a physical copy.

 

Our library is doing curbside pickup.  You order your book, they put it in a sealed bag with your name on it and call you when it is ready.

I have only done that once this year, I am not adapting to these changes well.  I need to be able to go into the library or a bookstore and hold the book, read the book jacket and decide then if I want to check it out or buy it.

 

So, since all this started I have been reading books I already own, and trust me I have plenty of unread books.  I have also bought a few from Target.


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Posted 17 January 2021 - 04:55 AM

I think my library might be open to the public now but I've gotten so used to checking out books online that I honestly prefer that. The nearest library is a small town library and I think they're sort of limited when it comes to stuff that I like so I use my old library accounts for Sunflower e-library and Hoopla. I used to prefer reading books the old fashioned way but now I prefer reading them online because I feel more connected that way and it's great if I need to google something while I'm reading. 


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Posted 17 January 2021 - 11:33 AM

I cannot do E-books or audio books, I need a physical copy.

Our library is doing curbside pickup. You order your book, they put it in a sealed bag with your name on it and call you when it is ready.
I have only done that once this year, I am not adapting to these changes well. I need to be able to go into the library or a bookstore and hold the book, read the book jacket and decide then if I want to check it out or buy it.

So, since all this started I have been reading books I already own, and trust me I have plenty of unread books. I have also bought a few from Target.


My two favorite book stores are open to the public, one by 30 minute appointment and one normally. But I've been trying to do the responsible thing and order from their websites, but it's just not the same. I've just HAD to go in person a couple times. I need the wandering, the choosing.
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Posted 17 January 2021 - 11:42 AM

My two favorite book stores are open to the public, one by 30 minute appointment and one normally. But I've been trying to do the responsible thing and order from their websites, but it's just not the same. I've just HAD to go in person a couple times. I need the wandering, the choosing.

Yes!  There is something about the process of skimming the shelves and being in the atmosphere that e-books and online purchases just cannot replace!


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Posted 05 February 2021 - 09:08 AM

I much much prefer physical books. I usually get the them from charity stores, bc I'm a book hoarder and don't like to part with books I love. But they have been shut for months now so I may have accidentally ordered a few batches of new books online... books are so expensive but im not spending my money on anything else in lockdown and reading is my one true love so may as well.

 

I've read a few e-books and they are okay, if the book is really good I dont mind, but do find it harder to get into a book if its not a physical copy.

 

I've recently started getting into audiobooks, I find non-fiction and biographies are great on audio! And I can pace round my city endlessly whilst still 'reading'! I find it harder to get into fiction audiobooks though, unless the voices are phenomenal. Sometimes I'll listen to the audio whilst reading the book, I'm doing this with American Gods at the moment bc its slowly killing me, it can be helpful for big books when you've already read some of it.


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Posted 06 February 2021 - 09:32 AM

I used to read physical books only - sourced from libraries and secondhand shops, mostly - but when I started moving a lot (I changed countries six times in 2018) I switched over to an e-reader and I haven't looked back. I still read physical library books when I visit family (because they all live in countries with English-language libraries, hah), but I also read many many many library ebooks. I still prefer the feel of a real book, of course, but my e-reader has been a game-changer in terms of travel (...in the days when travel was a thing) and living abroad.



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Posted 06 February 2021 - 11:02 AM

buy used books on amazon and sell them back

i like the actual paper and turning pages


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Posted 07 February 2021 - 02:01 AM

My favourite way is a brand new paper back (hard backs are a little awkward) picked up in my local Waterstones (we don't have an independent bookstore in my area :L. 

 

This isn't really sustainable though I guess it's not good for the planet but more importantly for me storage space wise or financially. 

 

I'm grateful for my kindle as it feels as close to a book without being a book and low prices with instant delivery (I have an old one without the ads as well).

 

Audible / Libro fm have also been good this year. I like the background noise while doing things but I don't take the book in as well.

They have meant I can take part in my book group socially distanced though and support bookstores through lockdown with libro. 

 

I also like secondhand on amazon / eBay too as it feels less wasteful and is a little cheaper but I still get a physical book.

 

As for location I'm not fussy literally anywhere it's acceptable to read. 


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