Tag: eReaders

Just For Fun: eReader or Print?

Posted April 29, 2020 by Casee in Discussions | 10 Comments

Ah, the great eReader vs. print debate. We all have our preferences. What I would like to know is…what’s yours and why?

  • Takes up virtually zero space.
  • You can quickly access your notes and highlights.
  • You have access to millions of books at the click of a button.
  • Did I mention that they take up nearly zero space? It might as well be negative space.
  • Built-in dictionary.
  • Cost effective after the initial investment.
  • There is noting quite like the feeling of holding a book.
  • Books smell good.
  • It’s easier to skim a print book.
  • Very easy to share, if you like sharing your books.
  • Having a bookshelf of books is just satisfying.

What is your reading preference and why? Share!

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New Study: Mobile Reading is Up

Posted November 3, 2014 by Holly in Discussions, News | 8 Comments

mobile readingThis was a UK study, but I found it really interesting. I read books primarily on my e-reader, but I do read on my phone on those rare occasions I’m out and about without my Nook. However, when it comes to blog-hopping, news, social media, etc, I use my phone more than my table, e-reader or even my pc.

Mobile phone book reading boom takes hold

Oxford, UK, 7 October 2014 – We are more likely to use our mobiles to read books than ever before, according to new research by publishing services provider, Publishing Technology.

The survey, which polled 1,500 UK consumers, found that 43 per cent of people read (or have read) ebooks on their mobile. And our love of mobile reading is on the rise, with a huge 59 per cent of people reading more on their phones now than they did last year. Younger people in particular are not just using their mobiles to text, Snapchat and take selfies, they’re also taking to their mobile phones to read more frequently, with 23 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds using their mobiles to read books on a daily basis.

The trend for shorter, snappier online content looks to be changing the way we read books on our phones. The survey shows that we read on our mobiles in short bursts with a growing preference for bite-sized content that is easier to consume on the go.

For example, two thirds of Brits (66 per cent) tend to spend less than 30 minutes reading on their mobile phones in each sitting. And more than a third of young people aged 18-24 said they preferred to read shorter content on their mobiles (38 per cent).

But one thing that doesn’t change just because we’re reading on our mobiles is our favourite genres. As is true in the world of printed books, crime and thriller books are still the most popular genres for readers (27 per cent), followed by autobiographies/biographies (25 per cent), general fiction (20 per cent), sci-fi/fantasy (19 per cent) and romance/erotic fiction (18 per cent).

We all have our favourite places to read too. Relaxation and home comforts are top of the list for young people most of whom prefer to read on their mobiles in the comfort of their homes, either snuggled up on the couch or while taking a long bath (61 per cent). By comparison, older generations (35 and over) are reading around the pressures of busy work lives, mainly reading books secretly on their mobiles at work and during the daily commute on public transport (73 per cent).

Michael Cairns, Publishing Technology’s CEO, said: “As mobile phones become a more intrinsic part of our lives, we are increasingly using them to read our favourite books. Technology is changing the what, where and how of book reading and this survey shows us how significant mobiles, in particular, are going to be to the future of books.”

“We can see that the technology still has a long way to go before it satisfies everyone. But as mobiles continue to improve the user experience, we can expect more people to choose them as a convenient way to read books.”

The Mobile Book Reading Habits survey was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Publishing Technology. The full results can be accessed at www.publishingtechnology.com/research.

I thought it was interesting that romance readers showed the lowest percentile. Since romance is the highest selling fiction genre, I can only conclude that, like me, most romance readers have an e-reader or still prefer print books. I used to read way more print than digital, but in the last couple years my print reading has dwindled to practically nothing. I might read 5 print books a year, which is nothing when I average 200+ books.

Do you read on your mobile phone, or do you prefer to read in print or on your e-reader? What’s your current print vs digital ratio? 

Publishing Technology plc:

Publishing Technology is the world-leading provider of content solutions that transform business.  We cover the publishing process from end to end with content systems, audience development and content delivery software and services. Combining our unmatched publishing knowledge, global operations and perpetual support model with our advance enterprise system, ingentaconnect scholarly portal, pub2web custom hosting platform and PCG (Publishers Communication Group) sales and marketing consultancy, we offer the industry’s only full spectrum of solutions to help publishers move their content forward.  Listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, the company operates jointly from Europe (Oxford) and North America (Boston and New Jersey), with local offices in Brazil, India, China and Australia.  Assisting 400 trade and scholarly publishers for over thirty years, Publishing Technology solves the fundamental issues content providers face.

 Visit publishingtechnology.com, follow @publishingtech on Twitter, or connect with us on LinkedIn.

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This Week Only: Buy a Nook HD and get a Simple Touch Free!!

Posted March 26, 2013 by Holly in Promotions | 1 Comment

Buy a NOOK Tablet, Get an Ereader Free! Get both for Only $269 and Free Shipping! Valid 3/24 – 3/31

This is a screaming deal. Buy a Nook HD for $269 and get a Nook Simple Touch free! The deal includes free shipping. I have a Nook Color and I think I’m going to trade up. I love my reader, but I want something I can use as a tablet, too.

You need to buy now, however, because the deal is only going on through 3/31/13!



Buy a NOOK Tablet, Get an Ereader Free! Get both for Only $269 and Free Shipping! Valid 3/24 – 3/31

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Musings on the nook

Posted March 19, 2010 by Casee in Discussions | 9 Comments

Technology is the name of the game at this day in age. When the Kindle first came out, it was a sizeable amount of money. IIRC it was around $350. For an item that you couldn’t actually touch or test, it was ridiculous and unthinkable to most readers. It was unthinkable for me. I think that Barnes and Noble is genius for not only coming out with the nook, but making it available in stores for customers/readers to actually test.

The Kindle slowly dropped in price and has stayed steady at $259. The nook is the same price. When added to the fact that you can actually LOOK at it before paying, it seems like a no brainer. People love their i-Phones and anything touch screen. That’s another reason that nook is so appealing.

I never would have gotten the Kindle if they hadn’t sent it to me for a free trial. No way in hell. If I didn’t have my Kindle, I would be first in like to get the nook. There are some features I don’t like. Their customer service isn’t the speediest. It’s frozen up on me more than once. However, you have to remember that this is the first model that they’ve put out. Much like the Kindle and the Sony, the bugs and kinks get worked out as newer models come out. Or in B&N’s case, you get wireless updates. That is something I LOVE.

What are some e-Readers you have seen in stores? What did you think/not think? What kind of e-Reader do you have?

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Who wants to win a nook?

Posted March 17, 2010 by Holly in Giveaways, Promotions | 105 Comments

Bookshelves overflowing? Tired of lugging multiple books around with you? Been wanting an e-reader but didn’t want to spend the money one on?

Well, now’s your chance to win one for free. We have a nook to giveaway and it could be yours.

Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Go to the Barnes and Noble website (barnesandnoble.com) and find 1 thing you like about the nook, along with a link to the first book you plan to purchase if you win.

  2. Search through our archives (thebookbinge.com) for your favorite post/review we’ve ever written.

  3. Come back here and leave a comment – or email us at contests@thebookbinge.com, with “nook contest” in the subject – with both links (one from B&N.com with the first book you plan to purchase and one with your favorite post/review from this site), telling us why you want to win.

  4. If you share the contest somewhere public (Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, your blog/website) and leave a link in your comment, we’ll toss your name in for a second time. But it has to be somewhere public..ie, if we follow the link we can see it.

That’s it! Pretty easy, right? This contest will end Sunday, March 21 at 11:59 p.m. Winner will be announced Monday, March 22.

ETA: This giveaway is only available to U.S. residents.

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