Kindle - How is the reading experience with it?


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    Seeing that I don’t have much store room anymore, my parents now pressured me to finally stop buying hardback/paperback books (western novels, I’ve never before bought light novels from another seller than J-Novel Club) and buy more ebooks instead. I don’t have any problems with buying western novels as ebooks, but in case of light novels it’s a bit sad, because of the illustrations, but since it’s mostly text... I still can’t decide regarding that.
    Anyway, I want to ask those who read their light novels mostly on kindle how their reading experience is?

    UPDATE: Thank you very much for your comments. I decided to use the kindle and already bought my first two ebooks on it (still no light novels, but western novels). So far, I’m quite happy with the reading experience. It’s definitively more practical than always carrying a bunch of heavy books with me.xD
    I also added a small poll, because I‘m interested in how many of you actually read light novels on a kindle (or the kindle app).


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    As long as you can accept that the image quality is trash I think it is more very acceptable.

    Plenty of font options, small features like page flip help make the experience more enjoyable for me when I go back to re read.

    Also I have an amazon Alexa in my room, so before I go to sleep I just let Alexa read some of whatever book I was last reading.

    This also helps with sleeping cause I am not looking at a screen right before bed, and I still get to enjoy the story.

    Edit: should have mentioned I am not using an actual kindle, I am using the iPhone or iPad app, and I do stand by saying the color and black and white images are trash.


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    @Rahul-Balaggan Out of curiosity, can I ask how many light novels you have/read on your kindle?


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    @Clarabelle

    Around 50-ish

    Last year (November) I reached a point where I decided that going forward all new series I buy will be in ebook format, and series I already started collecting physically I will continue to buy physically.

    So my kindle library only consists of new series that have started since then, like Genius Prince, Reborn Naked, Dirty Way to destroy goddess, etc.


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    I don't think it's so much that the image quality is trash, as the fact that it's in black and white. Also, the images look much nicer on newer versions of Kindle (I have owned 1st gen, 3rd gen, and now have a PaperWhite). I highly recommend one of the versions that is LED lit--even in a poorly lit room, the reading experience is excellent (I have the brightness set to around 50%). The text quality on my PaperWhite is excellent, the image quality is OK; I'm re-reading Smartphone right now on it.

    EDIT: Just taking a look at the Kindle offerings now, I recommend the Paperwhite as opposed to the basic Kindle; the 300 ppi vs 167 ppi will be noticeable. The Oasis looks nice but is overpriced--I'd sooner buy a full-color tablet for that price.

    I also recommend that you buy the DRM-free epubs from J-Novel and use Calibre to convert them to mobi and upload the converted file to your kindle. You can still open the epub on your computer to see the images in full color that way.


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    @Rahul-Balaggan If you started buying them as ebooks only since November, that’s already a lot.
    Unfortunately I can’t finish the western novel series I bought in hardback. The next volumes of them will be kindle ebooks. It will feel a little bit weird to start with the fifth volume. But I don’t want to buy the first volumes again, it’s not really worth it.


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    @Jeffrey-Barrow I already own a PaperWhite, got it some time ago as a gift, but never really used it before. Guess it’s time to change that.
    How many light novels do you have on kindle by the way?


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    @Clarabelle

    That sucks, and I get it, having a series partially be physical and the rest be digital would bother me to no end.


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    @Rahul-Balaggan ...Well, I experienced it quite often, that my father got gifted the first volume(s) of some series, read them, liked them and continued with the ebooks. He is completely fine with it.


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    I've been collecting all my manga and light novel's in ebook format for the last 3 years now. I unfortunately don't have a kindle but instead use a Samsung Nook. It's basically a tablet. I really like it. Picture quality is great and I can take it and all my books with me and get new ones so long as Wi-Fi is available.

    I know it sucks not having a paper copy but I suffered from the same problem that you are facing now and had to make the switch. Once you get used to it you'll probably see more benefits to it than drawbacks.


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    @lighthawk96 said in Kindle - How is the reading experience with it?:

    I know it sucks not having a paper copy but I suffered from the same problem that you are facing now and had to make the switch. Once you get used to it you'll probably see more benefits to it than drawbacks.

    Thanks, you don’t know how your words soothe me right now.


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    I only do eBooks anymore and I now prefer it over paper. Living with less clutter is a real benefit and had opened my life up. I am 46, spent my 20s working in bookstores and reading is my favorite hobby, so the switch to eBooks was not easy to make, but now I can travel the globe (at least I will be able to again when things open up), read in the dark, never have to sell old books to make more space and control font and fontsize. The feel of paper had become less and less important to me as days go by. I have about 450 light novels digital and I love always having them nearby.

    I do however have too many e-readers (they take up probably half as much space in my backpack as my clothes). Kindle Oasis, Nook, iPad and phone and am thinking of going down to just tablet and phone.The digital paper is nice for reading in direct sunlight, but otherwise unnecessary (I thought it was better for eyes, but what I've read about that says it's no longer the case).


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    @Clarabelle said in Kindle - How is the reading experience with it?:

    How many light novels do you have on kindle by the way?

    I've got 53 J-Novel LN's on my Kindle so far.
    I also have a bunch of scifi & fantasy books on there.
    The main menu is 73 pages long now.
    (Ok, some of those pages are webnovel fan translations)


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    I only buy ebooks now, for space reasons and because I like that ebooks use less resources: the energy to create one additional copy is close to zero compared to printing, shipping to the warehouse, storing, then packaging and shipping to me.

    I have 132 JNC premium editions, 30-50 LNs from other publishers, and 170-190 western SF & fantasy novels.

    I had Kindle 2nd generation with keyboard, then finally replaced it with a much nicer Kindle Voyage 3 years ago.

    The Voyage is great for text and I don't mind that the images are black and white on the Kindle. If I want to see them in color I can also open the book on another Kindle app.

    For JNC you can buy the premium editions here, then copy them to the Kindle with the free Calibre app by clicking on "send to device." That's better than print editions because you get the bonus stories and textless art.



  • @Clarabelle said in Kindle - How is the reading experience with it?:

    Seeing that I don’t have much store room anymore, my parents now pressured me to stop buying hardback/paperback books (western novels and light novels). Fortunately I am still allowed to buy physical copies of japanese manga (and finish the one japanese light novel series I’m still collecting) and german manga, but english light novels I must buy on kindle. It’s a bit sad, because of the illustrations, but since it’s mostly text...
    Anyway, I want to ask those who read their light novels mostly on kindle how their reading experience is?

    I never owned a kindle, so I may be wrong in my opinion on this matter. But I believe that getting a regular pad will provide you with greater assortment of options regarding where to get your books from.
    About a year and half ago I considered getting a kindle for reading purposes, went for Galaxy Pad instead, best choice I've ever made. I can get all kinds of apps on it, bookwalker app, epub reader for j-novel premium novels and of course, kindle books. Not to mention I can surf the internet on it.


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    I use the amazon browser app to read my kindle library. Remember thinking it was beautiful the First time I used it


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    @Zing said in Kindle - How is the reading experience with it?:

    @Clarabelle said in Kindle - How is the reading experience with it?:

    Seeing that I don’t have much store room anymore, my parents now pressured me to stop buying hardback/paperback books (western novels and light novels). Fortunately I am still allowed to buy physical copies of japanese manga (and finish the one japanese light novel series I’m still collecting) and german manga, but english light novels I must buy on kindle. It’s a bit sad, because of the illustrations, but since it’s mostly text...
    Anyway, I want to ask those who read their light novels mostly on kindle how their reading experience is?

    I never owned a kindle, so I may be wrong in my opinion on this matter. But I believe that getting a regular pad will provide you with greater assortment of options regarding where to get your books from.
    About a year and half ago I considered getting a kindle for reading purposes, went for Galaxy Pad instead, best choice I've ever made. I can get all kinds of apps on it, bookwalker app, epub reader for j-novel premium novels and of course, kindle books. Not to mention I can surf the internet on it.

    I have a Lenovo 10" tablet along with my Kindle Voyage. The tablet works well for reading the JNC prepubs and it's how I read my local newspaper, but for complete books the Kindle is much nicer.

    The $130 Paperwhite model is 300 pixels / inch, the e-ink is reflective like a paper book instead of a projecting light, and the weight is 6.4 oz which is less than most tablets unless you buy a $400 iPad Mini.


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    How many books can you have on a kindle? My library is over 250, but how many are on each of the kindles at one time is probably around 100. If I'm near wifi, any book that isn't loaded at the moment just needs to be tapped upon, and it starts loading.

    I've read over 100 books on the paperwhite. I've lent my first PW to my sister, and replaced it with a 64gb water-resistant PW.

    Manga... That I read on tablets with the kindle app. Manga on the PW sucks. Type is too small.


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    Being a Nook-user, this conversation is quite entertaining.


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    I've had several kindles over the years, starting with the first model. My current model is a Paperwhite. My library passed 500 books sometime last year, it's probably about 550 or so now. I buy a lot of books, obviously! I love it and I especially love that my house is not cluttered with 500+ books. The one thing that's important is to get the highest ppi for your price range. In fact, I think the 167ppi isn't worth it and it's better to save up a little longer for a better model.

    It is mainly made for books, so I don't recommend manga on it. The illustrations in light novels and similar MG books are fine. It takes about a half hour to get used to the way kindles "turn pages" so don't let your initial impression turn you off of it. I bought an iPad last holiday season and I've been testing the Kindle app (and other third party booksellers) for western graphic novels or manga. I used to buy GN, manga, and cookbooks physically but I like the experience on the tablet so much the only series I'm buying physically from now on are ones I've invested 10+ volumes in.

    tl;dr I love reading digitally and the kindle paperwhite is the best cheap model (if you want to splurge for an oasis, I've used it in stores and it is absolutely divine BUT the price of it was not worth it. I made up the difference between the two in books ;) If Urano had an e-reader, would Myne we know still exist? lololol

    edit: out of curiosity I checked my current number....it's close to 700........ lolololol wow talk about an addict lying


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