Anyone getting rid of their physical library of books and replacing it with the iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jjahshik32, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    I'm curious as to how many people are replacing their physical book collection with the iPad?

    It is awesome to just have all your books in one device in the palm of your hands.
  2. ngenerator macrumors 68000


    May 12, 2009
    USG Ishimura
    Superfreakonomics thus far, the rest are all up on Amazon :)
  3. wombat888 macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2008
    I doubt too many people are going to throw out their physical books, it's probably more a matter of getting new books digitally, and maybe buying a few favorites in digital format in addition to hardcopy. But it would be interesting to know if Kindles, Nooks and iPads have any effect on the number of books donated to libraries or sold to used bookstores ...
  4. Wimmachine macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    I tend to write a lot in most books I read, as well as read books on the beach -- two things I can't/won't do with the iPad. Sand + iPad screen sounds like a bad combo to me...
  5. rtay macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2010
    I thought about this, but its not worth it. You are trapped with apple for the rest of your life with books. I did this early with music and movies, and i regret it. Fool me once...
  6. ZombiePete macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Ziplock bag. I use one with my nook when using it around water; a big freezerbag should work with the iPad. Kind of ghetto I guess, but whatever works.
  7. bgribin macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2010
    Yep, I'm burning all my books when my iPad arrives in a week.

  8. Soulcrux macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2008

    No, I won't be "Replacing" my books. I'll still keep my small shelf of books I bought. i only buy books that i think will be really interesting/are worth it, so I'll probably still buy physical copies of those books.
  9. TheScappian macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2007
    Death to all physical media! I have already digitized all my movies and CDs. I just sold bunch of my books to textbooksrus and powers. I sold my DVDs to Second Spin and DVD Pawn. The rest of the books that wouldn't sell I donated to goodwill for a nice tax break next year.
  10. ob81 macrumors 65816


    Jun 11, 2007
    Virginia Beach
    I wont throw out books that i already have, but I have decided not to buy anymore paper/hard backs. Enjoy being mobile with books and buying on the fly.
  11. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    Yes, I have replaced my book with an iBook version.
  12. danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    yeah, the new stuff, if any.

    I'm also one to make notes in the non-fiction books.

    I may dupe some books like WEB Griffin, Tom Clancy stuff just to have 'on hand'.

    But overall it's nice to have a hardcopy, no batteries, no glare, no updates, etc.
  13. iKwick7 macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2004
    The Wood of Spots, NJ
    I'm not really a book reader, personally. I read two books on my iPhone though since i've bought it - "A Day in Old Athens" and "The Count of Monty Cristo" (I do have a physical copy of it too though, great book!). Two books on my iPhone is more books ice read at all since college!

    That being said, I am LOVING iBooks! I have about a dozen books that I doenloaded from and I have maybe 6 samples of books from the iBooks store that I will be buying.

    So yeah, I don't own many physical books, but the iPad has got me into actually reading books!
  14. MacToddB macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2007
    Rochester, NY
  15. macpluslaptop macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    After getting a Kindle 2 I find myself buying and reading more books - it's an easy impulse buy at $9.99 (if prices increase to $14.99 I will buy fewer). I also get frustrated if a book I want isn't in digital format, and I usually don't buy it. So my preference is to get the digital version. It feels very retro to haul a real paperback around. I've been buying books for decades, and the switch to digital wasn't difficult at all.

    But you do lose some capabilities that are important, like moving back and forth easily through a book, or jumping ahead easily. E-readers are best for long linear reads, so far.
  16. f00f macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2009
    New Yawk
    Wouldn't replace all my books, just a few (reference material in particular) that would be good to have in digital format. Haven't been enjoying extended reading on the iPad; the screen is far too bright in dark environments (iBooks = a flashlight app) & far too glossy in bright environments. Reading in the sun has been nearly impossible and for this reason alone paper books and *gasp* an EInk reader shall remain in my library.

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