What Are You Reading On?

What Are You Reading On? Book Culture Open Topic

This Thursday morning finds me sitting here, waiting for my Kindle to install the latest firmware update. I'm looking forward to the new options for sizes and boldness, but while I am waiting I thought it would be fun to discuss what we are all reading on.

This is a question I like to ask every once in  while, and it is always fun to read the answers.

Here's mine.

In October 2017, I find myself reading almost as much on paper this year as before. I'm not buying very many paper books, but thanks to agency pricing I am checking a lot of paper books out of the library.

When it comes to digital reading, I am reading more on my smartphone than before. I spend more time out and about now, so whenever I am stuck in line somewhere I pull out my smartphone and read either articles I have queued up in Instapaper or whichever book is open in my Kindle app.

When I am at home, my current favorite reading device is the Onyx Boox Max Carta. When I first put my hands on on of Onyx's 13.3" devices a couple years ago, I thought they were simply too large to use as a traditional ereader. Now that I have had one for  couple months I don't think it is good for much else.

This 13.3" ereader is unfortunately crippled by its single-core CPU and lack of a touchscreen (it has a stylus, instead). This severely limits what you can do with it, but it does make for an acceptable (but very expensive) no-frills ereader.

It's especially nice to read in bed; the screen is huge and the device is so light that it is easy to hold with one hand.


So that’s what I am reading on; how about you?

Are you reading on a tablet, smartphone, or ereader? The comments are open.



Nate Hoffelder

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  1. Becki12 October, 2017

    I tend to read more on my smart phone now, as it is always with me (at the car repair shop, doctor’s office, lunch at work, etc.). My library just started offering ebooks through Axis360 so I use that app, plus Kindle for ebooks I buy or find for free. At home I use both my phone and my new Kindle Fire 8, using the latter more when my eyes are tired (usually at the end of the day).

    1. Becki12 October, 2017

      Oops, forgot to add that I still read paper materials, too. But because I tend to be busy with other stuff at home, I find that I’m more likely to read when I’m away from home (and hence away from the printed books). I cannot read from a gadget just before I go to sleep, so that is the only time I only read paper books.

  2. Robert N12 October, 2017

    I read exclusively on my Kobo Aura One. I haven’t read a print book in over two years, since I bought my Kindle Voyage and then the Kobo.

    I really don’t like reading anything of significant length on my phone or tablet(s). The screens are too bright, too reflective. I use my phone and iPad too much all day long anyway. My eReader is my anti-gadget gadget.

  3. Bill Peschel12 October, 2017

    Kindle Touch, which I bought new and see no reason to replace, even if I have to sideload everything.

  4. Ed Bear12 October, 2017

    My phone is loaded with Marvin 3, Marvin, Hyphen, Kindle for iOS.
    “Date Night on Union Station”: Marvin 3
    “Delucca’s Marriage Contract”: Marvin
    “To-Do List Formula”: Hyphen
    “The Shipshape Miracle and Other Stories”: Kindle

    There’s no rule that says you can’t have more than one book “live” at the same time. 🙂

  5. Randy Lea12 October, 2017

    I’m using an older tablet, my fairly new Amazon Fire 8 tablet just died.

  6. Beverly Klotzkin12 October, 2017

    I normally read on my Kindle, but since I traded mine in yesterday to get money for the new Oasis…

    I’m reading a physical book.

  7. DaveMich12 October, 2017

    Usually: Kindle Voyage, especially when outside.
    Sometimes: Kindle 7 (2012)
    When I’m on the go: Android phone
    When I’m stuck at work: Kindle Cloud reader
    When I’m encouraging son to read: His Kindle 6

    The voyage has an origami case, and I like that.

    EPUBs go into the Kindle 7 to be read on Aldiko. This device represents well even though it is 5 years old.

    The Kindle 6 is a great form factor – a 7 inch tablet needs to be cradled in the crook of your hand, but the 6 allows you to grasp the edges with your fingers. It is currently available on woot for a bargain price.

    I don’t use my phone much, so I have a very tiny one – a Zinger ZTE that I picked up for $35. This phone is 1/2 the size of a Kindle ereader and can easily be cradled entirely within your palm. The android version of the Kindle software runs fine on it, and by repurposing the volume control you can use the large volume control buttons it has to page forward and back. Effectively this means I can page through a book just by gently squeezing the phone in my hand, and paging is so easy that the small screen size really isn’t a problem.

  8. Carmen Webster Buxton12 October, 2017

    I read novels every night on my Kindle Voyage; right now I’m reading Terry Pratchett’s THE THIEF OF TIME. The only print reading I have done in the last few years have been illustrated books, usually kids’ books.

    I read my own manuscripts on my PC, of course, but I don’t generally like to read longer works on it, even though I have both the Kindle and the Nook apps. If I get a non-Amazon ebook, I convert it to mobi and send it to my Voyage.

  9. MrsMac12 October, 2017

    My Kindle Voyage is what I use to read. When I bought my new purse, I made sure it had space for my Kindle; and when I leave the house, I tuck my Kindle in to that space and off I go. I will read on my iPhone when I get caught somewhere unexpectedly, but I really don’t like the bright screen of phones and tablets for reading. Print wise, I do read a few books: my Bible, my old and precious copy of “Mrs. Mike”, and cookbooks and gardening books.

  10. Julie12 October, 2017

    A Kindle Voyage, but TTS fan I am, I’ll also use my phone with another app that will allow me to use TTS. I’d love it if the Android Kindle app added TTS!

  11. James12 October, 2017

    I read exclusively on e-ink. Currently it’s an original 6″ Kobo Aura, a replacement for my Nook STwG.

    Since I bought that Nook, I haven’t read a paper book.

  12. Frank12 October, 2017

    Usually: Kindle Paperwhite 3
    When I’m on the go: Android Kindle app

  13. Michael Anderson12 October, 2017

    I mostly use my Kindle Paperwhite (2nd gen), and absolutely love it. But I don’t read nearly enough … I also read some magazines using my iPad Pro and all sorts of random stuff on my iPhone 7Plus. Need to do more basic reading …

  14. Robin Brooker12 October, 2017

    For ‘text-only’ books I use my Paperwhite. For highly illustrated books I buy the print versions.

  15. Steve H.12 October, 2017

    I have an Oasis and a Voyage…and have ordered the new Oasis with 32 gigs. I doubt I will upgrade again until they bring out a color Kindle. To me they seem to have listened to feedback and knocked it out of the park.
    I went with 32 gigs for the recent mega file size home improvement, reference books with graphics and a few cookbooks that don’t all fit on one device currently-not for audible…my phone works for that.
    I don’t find that Kindles slow down when they are maxed out on storage…contrary to all rumors.

  16. Steve H.12 October, 2017

    I now prefer Kindle over printed books to read on…the main thing lacking was a larger screen.

  17. Cynthia12 October, 2017

    I read primarily on my Kobo Aura One. It goes everywhere with me. Almost never read paper books anymore, my eyes don’t do smaller print well.

    I keep a Kindle Vogage around for proofreading, being able to back up correction notes is good. But other than that, I don’t use it much because the screen size is so small. Perhaps when there’s a decent refurb deal at some future point, I’ll consider upgrading that device to an Oasis 2. Meanwhile, I am looking forward to seeing more font size options, though I don’t care about bold options.

    But the screen size on the Kobo is just right. And I love the Comfort Pro lighting.

  18. Tony12 October, 2017

    Kobo H2o (first Gen) 80% and print novels that I cant get on Eink. All mostly NYRB publishing!

  19. Scott12 October, 2017

    Currently I read on my Kindle Voyage. But I’ve ordered one of the new Oasis models.

  20. Mackay Bell12 October, 2017

    I never really thought I would do much reading on a smart phone, but the bigger screen on my iPhone 7 plus generally wins out, particularly since I do most of my reading when I’m in line or waiting for something. On planes I use a Kindle Paperwhite (mostly to save my iPhone battery).

  21. Liza12 October, 2017

    I go back and forth between my Kindle Paperwhite and my Samsung Nook S2. Sometimes I will read ebooks on my iPad but not often. I generally read magazines on my iPad.

  22. Greg Weeks12 October, 2017

    Most of my reading is still on a monitor connected to a desktop. Technical literature though, not for fun. My fun reading is mostly with a Kindle Paperwhite 3 with most of the rest on my phone. The kindle mostly stays at home unless I’m expecting to read for more than just a little bit where ever I’m going.

  23. Suz12 October, 2017

    Even though I have the Kobo Aura One I still find myself doing the majority of my reading on the IPad Mini 4. The anti-glare coating and the night shift makes long reading sessions very comfortable for my old eyes. I use my phone if I am running errands and use an older Kindle or Kobo Aura if I am at doctor appointments.

  24. Feda12 October, 2017

    Onyx Boox i86

  25. Steve12 October, 2017

    I do most of my actual reading on a Kobo Aura One – the screen size just seems to present the right amount of text at one time. If I didn’t have that, I would probably jump at the new larger-screen Kindle.

    Whatever ever book I’m reading, I keep the same one on my phone and have gotten into the habit, at the end of each reading session, of scanning for an odd word or phrase that I can search for on the other device to pick up from where I left off.

    I don’t actually read on my phone much (only when I’m stuck standing in line somewhere), but when I’m driving to/from work, Moon+ Reader and Ivona’s Amy TTS are reading to me from my phone. Much more interesting than listening to the news on radio.

  26. Marky12 October, 2017

    Used to be Moonreader on my Galaxy Tab S2 for as long as I can remember but now reading more books on my Kobo Aura One and magazines on the S2. Best thing I have bought in a while.

  27. Juli Monroe12 October, 2017

    Kobo Aura One. I thought that tablet screens didn’t bother my eyes, but when I went back to eInk, turned out I was wrong. I can read news and blogs on my iPad, but for books it’s the Kobo. I also have a Paperwhite as a backup when the Aura is charging.

  28. Basem12 October, 2017

    I read on the Kobo Aura One and the basic Kindle. I prefer Kindle’s software to Nickel and primarily use the Aura One for its size. I might replace my basic Kindle with the Oasis when it is released.

  29. Peter Winkler12 October, 2017

    Apple 12″ MacBook running OS X El Capitan and Amazon’s Kindle reading app.

  30. Chris12 October, 2017

    Almost all my reading is done on my Kindle Oasis. I only have one or two series that I still buy the print books for, and that’s mostly because I started them before owning my Kindle.

    The only exceptions to this are comics/manga, which I read either on my computer (if fan translated), or from ComiXology on my iPad (if a professionally published work).

    Already preordered the new Oasis as well, and hoping for a nice upgrade over the current model, which I love.


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