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.



About Nate Hoffelder (9906 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

20 Comments on What Are You Reading On?

  1. Nonfiction books and articles, for work: paper
    Fiction books, for pleasure: Paperwhite
    Blogs and news, for pleasure: Moto X Pure (5.5″ screen)

  2. I;m still on my PRS-350 because I have yet to find another that handles syncing from Calibre so well.

  3. Software: Bookari for Android (iOS version is not very good working for me, they don’t have Mac/Web version), all alternative (like Kindle) either doesn’t handle sync (like non-working collections/Personal Documents on Kindle for Mac) and notes very good or very limited.
    I take notes a lot and use hierarchial collections a lot in Bookari.

    – Nexus 10 when I at my table (it just sitting on it’s table) with BT keyboard attached.
    – Nexus 9 when I am on going somewhere on bus,etc or just lie in bed.
    – Galaxy Tab Active when I have reasonable suspection that Nexus 9 will be broken very due to env. conditions (rain or just in bathroom).
    – Galaxy A3 2017 when I don’t have anything other with me

    I do have e-Ink Kindle but I use it very sparingly.
    I sometimes listen to english-language audiobooks, I use Audible or Kindle.app-in-immersive-reading-mode for this (I considered using separate player and inAudible but it’s just easier to use Audible).

  4. Kindle 3 (2010). I read from an iPad for about a year, but having gone back to the Kindle while I was on a camping holiday this summer, I’ve stayed there because the screen is so restful to read. I rarely read paper formats unless it’s a contributor copy of a anthology I’m in (and that’s just showing off to myself) or occasionally a borrow from the library.

  5. For leisure: Pocketbook 360+, paper
    For work: TFT LCD-monitor, paper

    Was considering a Onyx Boox Max or Sony DTP (but neither the reviews about the Max models nor the ones about DTP S1 or DTP RP1 did convince me).

  6. Energy Sistem eReader Pro from a few years ago. Easily the best eInk reader I have owned as it’s Android so I can easily customise it (including rooting).

    I was using my Paperwhite for a while (bought lots of stuff from Amazon) but went back to the eReader Pro after I properly set up the Kindle Windows reader and Calibre on my Ubuntu laptop. I store my Calibre library in Dropbox and use Calibe Companion to access it.

  7. I trade off between Kobo Aura One, Kobo Aura, Kindle 8th gen and latest Kindle PW. Now that the PW finally looks better than the Basic, I might ditch the Basic.

    I recently picked up a Kindle Fire 8 inch since I had alot of store credit. I haven’t owned a Fire since the original. With autobrightness and an IPS screen and vast improvements in UI, I have to say it’s much better and significantly cheaper than most of the eink Kindles.

    I’m so impressed with what the Fire can do at it’s price point that I’m seriously on the fence about the new Kindle. I mean the official cover costs just $5 less than the Kindle Fire 7 inch. It just seems too much when you compare the two.

    I had eye strain on the original Fire, but I have no eye strain on the new one. And the low pixel density is not an issue either.

  8. Work reading: Laptop (lots of technical forums, documentation, blogs and mail)
    Fiction Books: Aura HD (bed or around the house) or Aura Edition 1 on the go (it lives in my bag)
    Blogs, web articles, mail, etc: Android Tablet
    Paper books: I keep buying pretty editions of books I know I’m going to like which don’t have electronic versions, but I tend to continue reading on my e-reader, so the ones I have begun are around the house waiting to be finished, while the others waiting to be read are piled in one shelf. Lately I only manage to finish comic books that I can read in one stand.
    I have an Android phone and I do casual/less than five minutes reading there. Both the tablet and the phone have my books, I use Calibre Companion in combination with Bookari, the Kindle app, Comixology… But I don’t read much Fiction Books or comics there, I have only used the Kindle App once or twice for a much expected book I’ve just bought that I didn’t want to wait to process to have it on the eInk readers.
    So, being an OCD person, I go to the bother of passing my books to four devices, although the Android devices aren’t as frecuently updated as the e-ink devices.

  9. 99% of my fiction on a Voyage. I do keep 2-3 collections of short stories on my android phone for when I’m in the mood for them or when I don’t want to carry the Voyage.

    I find it hard to believe that I haven’t read fiction on paper in more than eight years but it’s true.

    I don’t read much non-fiction for fun but I’m finding that I’m reading in more and more on the Voyage rather than on paper. Images and footnotes are still a pain but I manage.

  10. I read books on a 7th gen Kindle and strictly at home. If I’m out and about, I’ll listen to music or an audiobook.

    My book consumption is about 80% audiobooks and 20% ebooks.

  11. Almost exclusively on an Oasis. Sometimes on a Voyage when I’m charging the Oasis. I do read Scribd books on an iPad because I have no choice, but Scribd has a great reading app. The only time I read actual print books is from the library if a book is really expensive in Kindle format and I cannot get it from Overdrive or Scribd. If they were priced more reasonably, I would buy more of them. I will be getting the new Oasis.

  12. Most of my reading is on my 7″ Galaxy Tab, using Moonreader (love its scroll feature!), but I also use my phone (Moonreader again). Recently I’ve been getting more ebooks from the library via Overdrive, which is still clunky but getting better. Perhaps once a month I read something in paper because it’s not available as an ebook or because someone lends it to me.

  13. Kobo Aura One, obviously. I say obviously because anyone who has one will of course be using it since it is far better than any other e-reader. If you don’t think so, you haven’t tried it. As for the O2, I have one ordered — mainly for the page buttons and the 32GB of storage — but I’m expecting that the A1 will stil be my preferred device.

    As far as paper goes, I think I last read a physical book in about 2012.

  14. I never thought I would abandon my Kindle, but now I read on an iPad mini at home and my iPhone when I’m away from home. I like the sharper print and that print size is more adjustable on the iPad. I also like the bigger page size. I also like the way page flip works on the iPad. It’s easy to search and skim through pages.

  15. Almost exclusively eInk. Kindle Paperwhite. I read som stuff that I store in Pocket on my iPad or laptop as time warrants, but for any sit down series reading, all ereader.

  16. Kindle Paperwhite (2nd gen)- about 3 books a week or so, at all hours, day or night. DH is a sleep diva, so the Paperwhite is a lifesaver for when I can’t sleep so I don’t have to leave my comfy bed to read.

    I check a lot of ebooks out of the library (in Germany via Florida, isn’t the world great?) and I buy quite a few as well.

    Paperbacks – mostly research books and many of those in hardback (currently reading The Templars by Dan Jones). Sometimes I have a pb in addition to the hardback so I can mark it up (e.g. The Creatures of Celtic Myth, that I bought used in pb and a pristine hardback version that I want to keep that way).

    I could read on my Nexus but why would I when I have a Paperwhite?

  17. 8″ european einker as main device.
    4th gen Kindle as backup or out of house device.
    Desktop with SumatraPDF and MS Edge as third option. Can’t stand Edge as browser, but it’s surprisingly good for epubs.

  18. I use a Nook ST, (rooted)Old Nook 7 inch tablet, and Nook HD+ (Different OS) with the Nook App. For some reason, I tend to go back to the Nook 7 Inch tablet. I did get around to finally getting a Kobo Aura HD, because the price was right.

    If I had my way, the Nook ST software would be on the Kobo Aura HD.

  19. Original Kobo H2O, still going strong after 3 years (at which point my much-beloved Sony T1 was acting kinda squirrelly).

    I really want an eink tablet no larger than 7″ with Android 4.4 or higher so I can use Hoopla to check out books from my public library, but no such animal exists yet. Soon, I hope.

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