You Tell Me: How Often Do You Buy a New eReader?

You Tell Me: How Often Do You Buy a New eReader? Open Topic

When it comes to mobile devices, some tend to get replaced faster than others. People hang on to laptops for as many as six to eight years, while smartphones tend to get replaced every other year (if not more often).

If we made a spectrum to track device lifespans, ereaders would be listed at the far end with laptops.

eReaders don't change that much from year to year, so as a result people tend to hold on to them. For example, some brands such as Amazon and Kobo have used the same CPUs for years and years (it wasn't until the Oasis that Amazon finally upgraded to a dual-core CPU). And even when the screen resolution improved, it was sometimes hard to see the difference and thus hard to justify replacing a device that worked just fine.

So tell me, how long do you hold on to your e-reading device?

Me, I don't buy ereaders (I prefer to read on tablets) but I did hold on to my Kindle tablet for as long as possible. It ran the same software as later models, and had better hardware.  (Seriously, my Fire HD 8 may have been released more recently but it is crap in comparison.) I also held on to my Android smartphone until it reached the point that the OS was so old that it choked on running basic apps like the Kindle. It was running Android 4.4.2, and I just replaced it last November.

How about you? How long do you hold on to your ereader?

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Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

62 Comments

  1. Carmen Webster Buxton2 January, 2019

    As a rabid exponent of the e-ink reading experience, I have owned a Kindle 1 (when it was just “the Kindle”), a Kindle 3, a Kindle Touch, a Kindle Paperwhite, and a Kindle Voyage. Each model was better than the last. So, since that’s basically 5 Kindles in 11 years, it looks like the answer is every 2.2 years. I keep the Touch to have a Kindle that can read aloud to me, but I have given the others away.

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    1. davemich2 January, 2019

      FWIW, many if not most kindle tablets support read-aloud, and they support bluetooth as well, so that’s an option might want to consider. With that combo you can turn on read-aloud (voice synth, not audio book) and send the output to a comfortable set of bluetooth headphones. You can then do activities such as houswork or gardening while listening. Bluetooth also connects to many later-model car audio systems. You can occasionally get older model fire tablets from Woot for very little money.

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  2. Elaine Normandy2 January, 2019

    I like e-readers like my Paperwhite and I replace one when it breaks. I think the last time was two years ago. Before that, I had a gray Kindle with a chiclet keyboard and before that the original Kindle e-reader that I stole from my husband.

    I also read on my Samsung 8 tablet and occasionally my Moto X(4) phone. Those also get replaced when they break, which usually means the charging cord will no longer stay in the slot.

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  3. Nirmala2 January, 2019

    Pretty long. I had a 2nd generation Kindle with the keyboard, and then upgraded to a Paperwhite, which meets my needs just fine. I like the built in light on the Paperwhite, but otherwise there are no must have features for me on the newer models.

    I also read on my Kindle Fire sometimes when traveling as that is the only device I take with me besides my phone.

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  4. Paul2 January, 2019

    When it breaks. The one device I’ve really stopped using was the Nook, which is a bit ironic as I still think the software on it is better than the kindle.

    PS. Ona phone you should really update that software way more than you’ve been doing (unless you’re using VPN on it).

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  5. Jim2 January, 2019

    I had a paperwhite I loved, then my toddler broke it. I upgraded to the Oasis and it’s uh-may-zing. I’ll use this thing forever, because their minor iterative updates in new devices like bluetooth and audible support and more storage don’t mean anything to me. I read on an e-Ink screen because I only want to do one thing with my ereader: read books. And I’ll keep this one until the battery can no longer hold a charge, or my son figures out a way to break this one, too.

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  6. aus2 January, 2019

    I went Kindle Keyboard > Kindle Paperwhite > Energy Ereader Pro > Fire 7 HDX with a few other cheap eink readers in between.

    The HDX was my older daughter’s then my younger daughter’s but they both now have phones. Just a few weeks ago, I rooted it and installed Lineage OS 14.1. It’s a great little tablet for all types of reading; fast, light and a very good screen. Much, much better than when it had Fire OS.

    I can’t see that I will change it unless the apps I use no longer run on the OS (Android 7.1.1). I much prefer it to the family iPad Mini.

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  7. Sandra2 January, 2019

    I’ve been using the same Sony PRS T1 since 2011 – I read every day on it.

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    1. Tony3 January, 2019

      Yup, same for me. I wouldn’t mind having a front-lit e-reader (probably a Kobo since it works best with Canadian libraries) but as long as my Sony works, I can’t justify buying a new one.

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  8. Mark2 January, 2019

    old used Paperwhite 2015, then a 7-in Fire, then 8-in fire also tried 10-in fire but returned it because of bad audio.
    I use the 8-in fire most, 6 is not quite right & 7 seems sluggish. I also do most of my reading on 8-in dell venue. And also have an old 9-in polaroid with lousy battery life. & occasional Samsung notetab 9 I think. Also anroid phone moto to read. Use Kindle app occasionally on andoid. I really like the free Zo reader, adfree, bit it’s no longer in the store–disappeared.

    Dell Venue is my preferred reader for epub, damn Kindle for maeing epub harder to read. (I have undergorund epub app on 7-in fire, but don’t like it.)

    Paperwhite has best battery life — use in airplane mode all the time. Also keep wifi off on Venue & Polaroid to preserve batt life.

    long ago swore never to read ebooks because I’ve got a thousand real books or more. Now instead of 500 books piled around my bed I have several tablets and 3 notebooks

    So it goes.

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  9. Apparition2 January, 2019

    About every three years.

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  11. PG2 January, 2019

    I like technology that can do many things well.

    I love, love, love technology that does something important perfectly.

    My Kindle Paperwhite presents books for reading perfectly.

    It’s small, light and completely operable with the right thumb.

    The screen is perfectly legible when the lights are on or they’re off.

    Its battery life approaches infinity.

    It’s better than a paper book because it’s lightweight, it’s simpler to tap the screen with my thumb than to turn a page, I don’t lose my place if you drop it, it’s thinner than any printed book I am interested in reading and I can take as many books as I like on vacation while still using only a single suitcase.

    If I finish a book by a newly-discovered author you really like at 7:00 pm, you can immediately start reading the sequel without going anywhere.

    I bought a plain-vanilla Kindle before the Paperwhite was released and used it with some regularity, but the crisper screen of the Paperwhite together with the ability to use it in dim light or no light made all the difference.

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  12. Richard Hershberger2 January, 2019

    To upgrade, as contrasted with replacing the one I put on the roof of my car while filling the tank, and saw in my rear view mirror flying away a few hundred yards down the road? Never. I started with the Paperwhite about five or so years back and am still with it.

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  13. DaveMich2 January, 2019

    Device history:

    Two 2012 Fire 7 inches. My wife uses hers every day and spurns any other. I only use mine when I have an unread library book that is due. I load it to this tablet and turn off the wifi until I have finished the book. No matter how much others may dislike it I still have a soft spot for the carousel interface.

    Kindle fire 6. My son uses this, mostly for video but I do check out library books to it and force him to read them from time to time. The smaller size and chunky design actually makes this a good kids tablet because it’s hard to break. When I handle it I like the 6 inch easy-to-hold form factor. Just in case, there is a backup unit from woot that cost $20 in a box on a shelf. I might even buy another one if they dredge up some more, because you can’t beat that price.

    NPole 10. Given to me a few years ago by a disgusted co-worker, it is slow but I still keep it around for random web browsing, although I often find it tucked away somewhere, dead. In my opinion 10 inch devices are too heavy for long-form reading.

    Basic Kindle v 6 or 7. Won in a contest 4 or 5 years ago, I used this often until I sat on it and broke it. Although not having a backlight was a minus, it was simple, light, had amazing battery life, and if you didn’t have it in your back pocket when you were sitting in a cast iron chair it was almost indestructible.

    Kindle Voyage, purchased 2 or 3 years ago. I bought a backup when the refurbs were being unloaded. Light. Portable. Excellent screen and backlight. Great case integration. Used everyday I see no reason to buy another e-reader ever. Temperature backlight? Audible support? Piffle.

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  14. Barry Marks2 January, 2019

    I buy most of the new 6″ lighted Kindles when the become available. I keep my old ones and continue to use those as well. I live in a retirement home and from time to time someone needs something to read on so I’ll pass on my oldest Kindle. In the meantime I use the older ones as loaners.

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  15. Bill2 January, 2019

    I still have my Kindle Touch that’s so old it doesn’t contact the mothership to buy books. I have to download them and drop them into the Documents folder.

    I did buy a Kindle Fire for my wife, although we don’t use it very much.

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  16. Nathan Lowell2 January, 2019

    I only read on my phone.

    Having a second device to read on seems like carrying a second pair of pants.

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    1. DaveMich2 January, 2019

      Understood. When I’m out of the house I use my phone to read. Nothing wrong with it. When I’m home, I can change into a more comfortable pair of “pants” (my e-ink reader.) One significant positive about using a phone to read is using the volume buttons as page turners. You can hold the phone in such a way as a slight squeeze of the fingers pages you forward. That, I like.

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    2. Harmon2 January, 2019

      One upstairs by my bed, the other downstairs by my reading chair.

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  17. Danny2 January, 2019

    I read short articles via Instapaper on my phone but for books I used my Kindle Keyboard for about 3 years and upgraded to a 2nd gen Kindle Paperwhite in 2014 (so 3-4 year upgrade cycle).

    The main reason keeping me from upgrading to the current waterproof Paperwhite is the ability to have the book cover as the screensaver, that’s the only reason I jailbroke both devices.

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  18. Void2 January, 2019

    I started with a Sony PRS-350 and have yet to find anything with better features to upgrade to. Although party of this has to do with my complete inability to try new stuff in stores and my refusal to buy without trying.

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  19. Steve H.2 January, 2019

    I replace way to often
    Paperwhite, Paperwhite 3, Voyage,Oasis 1 and Oasis 2. The latest Paperwhite made no sense for me. A 8″ or 9″ Oasis will get me to open the wallet again. Incremental improvements may not budge me as the Oasis is close to ideal for me.

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    1. Harmon2 January, 2019

      Thanks for saving me the trouble of posting.

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  20. Linda2 January, 2019

    I have had my two Samsung Nook Tablets for over 4 yrs. One is a 10 inch that sits in my bed room and the other 7inch is my “travler” Nook. Goes with me everywhere so I can have something to read–to watch–to do, etc when stuck on the bus during traffic. And unless the break down, I will never get new ones. I love them.

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  21. Tom Crepeau2 January, 2019

    I’ve had an eight-inch Kindle fire for several years. i write on it, along with a kindle 10-inch that’s fairly new. Because they’re multipurpose, I tend to upgrade them more easily, the eight inch was my third fire in as many years. I couldn’t use the old kindle e-readers as they didn’t resolve into characters when I looked at the dots. So, the Fire was the first thing I could read on without it being difficult. Short battery life lead me upwards and onwards to my current Fire pair. I usually have the eight inch in a pocket in its case, and a folding keyboard with me if I expect to be somewhere waiting. The eight in its case fits in my cargo pocket jeans. (also the keyboard fits in the same lower pocket). I’ll upgrade the fire when they either increase the pixels density, the amount of memory, or the battery life.

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  22. KD2 January, 2019

    Second hand Kindle DX I got from my Dad eight years ago. Still works great. No plans to replace it.

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  23. John2 January, 2019

    My grandmother had the kindle 1 , with the white case,and never upgraded. my mother bought the next one, upgraded once took her 6 years. Then got a paperwhite gen 2. I replaced my first kindle 2 once with a kindle 2, then bought the touch and was about to buy the voyager when I was gifted a paperwhite gen 1. We always opt for no ads and 3g when possible.

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  24. Michael Hardin2 January, 2019

    I had a first generation Fire, it was too heavy to read on, and made a poor Android tablet since it couldn’t access the play store. Sold it and bought a touch for the lighter weight and longer battery life. Bought a 2nd generation Paperwhite mainly for the lighted screen. Kept the touch as a backup and loaner until it quit. No plans to add to or replace the Paperwhite. I do read on my phone occasionally, but prefer the Kindle Paperwhite because reading on the phone burns too much battery.

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  25. Derek Bizier2 January, 2019

    I am still using my Gen 2 Kindle which doesn’t even have a backlight, reading in bed at night while my wife sleeps involves a headlamp, like I’m am a 8 year old again!

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  26. Snow2 January, 2019

    I’m still reading on my Kobo Aura HD. I’m thinking of upgrading to the Kobo Forma, but haven’t gotten myself to a decision yet.

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    1. Patrick Cassidy3 January, 2019

      I’m loving the Forma despite the uneven lighting you’ve probably heard about. I read on landscape mode at the largest font size that displays as two columns during the day, and switch it to portrait with a much larger font size at night.

      BEST eink device I’ve owned to date!

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      1. Snow4 January, 2019

        Thanks, Patrick!

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  27. Barbara2 January, 2019

    I just replaced both my paperwhite and my kindle fire HDX with new ones. My paperwhite was 3 years old and my fire was about 5 years old.

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  28. Rj2 January, 2019

    Sony prs 350 in 2010, then the prs t1 in 2012 for the upgraded screen and touch feature. Plus the 350 was S-L-O-W. Then I got a Kindle Gen 3 from my partner at the time in 2014, but I dropped it twice – and it broke both times – and the second time it wasn’t replacable under warranty, so I got a waterproof kobo aura H20 in 2016, and finally upgraded to the aura one last year. I think the tech definitely HAS upgraded, but with my waterproof aura that features built in Overdrive for super easy library borrowing plus an orange light for night reading, I don’t know what else you could hope for.

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  29. MG2 January, 2019

    Still using a Nook Simple Touch. It still does everything I need so, if/when it finally breaks, I’ll replace it with something newer

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  30. Geese12 January, 2019

    Got a Kindle Keyboard for Christmas the year it was released, but never really used it that much. Then my reading habits changed, and I picked up a Paperwhite 3 in 2015 and liked it so much I upgraded to the original Oasis in 2016, and then the Oasis 2 in 2017.

    Didn’t buy one last year as there was nothing new from Amazon to move up to from the Oasis 2. However, I love gadgets, and I love my Kindle, so once Amazon does come out with a replacement for the Oasis 2 I’ll take a serious look at it.?

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  31. QM2 January, 2019

    First ereader was a Sony PRS-T1. Fell asleep one night while reading by candle light. Woke up to a really nasty smell as the ereader was melting. Amazingly enough, it still worked after that. However, when the Kobo Aura HD came out, I gave away my PRS-T1 and no longer needed to read by candle light.

    But I didn’t really like the Aura HD. The back of it was just a bit too gimmicky. I eventually replaced it with an original Aura. That also has the funky back, but because it is a smaller device, I don’t notice it as much. I’ve still got it and use it when traveling. And I’m glad that I did hold onto it now that most newer ereaders seem to lack a card slot.

    Got the Kobo Aura One when it cam out for the bigger screen size. Very nice device. I also really like the comfort light system on it. Will hold onto it until it gives up the ghost. It is the best ereader that I have come across for reading in Japanese.

    I got an Onyx Max for reading PDFs and taking notes/sketching. Don’t use it quite as much as I thought I would, mainly because I got the Onyx Note when it became available which I much prefer.

    Overall, I prefer the size of the Note to all my ereaders. Small enough to carry about; large enough and responsive enough to make PDF viewing pleasurable. And I find it is actually a better size for taking notes and sketching. I also really appreciate that I can install apps on it. A very versatile device.

    I would consider getting an eink phone if they ever develop a decent one at a decent price. Alternatively, I’d consider a 4″ eink reading device if it had acceptable specs. Am even considering the Nova Plus by Onyx if they decide to release it.

    Have had a number of tablets over the years, and still have most of them including one that is running Android 4.1.2 which I still use. I’ve stubbornly held onto that one and another one almost as equally antiquated because they both HDMI ports which makes them very useful for hooking up to a portable projector.

    I prefer tablets for browsing the internet or doing email when I am on the go. I prefer eink ereaders for reading books and taking notes/sketching if they happen to be so equipped. I don’t see myself ever getting down to just one device simply because I like having a variety of different screen sizes for different tasks. However, it would be nice to eventually get down to just three well made, reliable devices.

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  32. DaveMich2 January, 2019

    Nate: follow on question. What do you do with your OLD kindles?

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  33. Teresa J.2 January, 2019

    I gifted a gen 2 Kindle to an co-worker who loved reading. I sold Paperwhite gen 1 to another person on eBay to upgrade to the new waterproof Paperwhite.

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  34. Sarah Smith2 January, 2019

    Still using a 2d generation Kindle. I also have a Fire (a pass-on), but I prefer the Kindle because even when I’m reading all day, the battery will last several days. Maybe a Paperwhite will come into my life, but I’m in no hurry.

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  35. DKH2 January, 2019

    Kindle keyboard here. I would buy a new kindle if it were 10 inches. Ereaders are all too small. Those few larger ones are priced as premium devices. Just a kindle paper white xl please.

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  36. Machele3 January, 2019

    I have a cellphone with 128gig of memory. That said…no e-reader needed. Lol

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  37. Machele3 January, 2019

    My cellphone has 128 gig of memory, that said…no e-reader needed. Lol

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  38. julia lester3 January, 2019

    Loyal Kobo customer- I have upgraded multiple times with the most recent being the Forma. I just love new gadgets and well, new stuff in general. It’s worth it to me to invest in an ereader since I read every day

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    1. Jacob3 January, 2019

      Same here Julia! Except for the first time in… ever I decided to skip the Forma due to the lighting issues, I just can’t stand the Kobo lottery any more. Currently sitting happy with an Oasis 2, but the battery is so poor. I will upgrade to an Oasis 3 the moment it becomes available!!!

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  39. Mike Cane3 January, 2019

    Another follow-up question: How many people borrow eBooks from their public library?

    I’ve been noticing that the NYPL will often have an eBook edition of a title and not its print edition! I wonder if this will be a trend.

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    1. Steve H.3 January, 2019

      I use the Maryland and D.C. libraries….it really is an easy and cheap way to read.

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    2. DaveMich3 January, 2019

      I have 5 library cards. Most California libraries will issue you a card if you live in the state, regardless of your city of residence. That means that besides 3 local systems I have San Francisco and Los Angeles public library cards. The difference in offerings is significant, and it’s also convenient because a book that is on hold everywhere might come up sooner at a smaller system, or vice versa.

      If you use Overdrive, you should check around for eligibility requirements. If you don’t, you should start at your local library website, because it’s a great way to get TradPub ebooks that are otherwise overpriced.

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  40. Robert Nagle3 January, 2019

    Every two or three years used to be normal for me, but in 2015 I bought a 12 inch Samsung tablet that has rocked my world. I have used it on average 4 hours a day every day since. Despite the ext SD card and having removed all frivolous apps, the device is rapidly running out of memory. The main bugaboo is Google Play Books which seems to take a massive amount of space (6 gig) on my internal drive. Apparently Widevine — Google Play’s DRM engine consumes a good 900 mb of space on my internal drive! I probably have about the same number of ebooks stored in my Kindle app as GPB, and the Kindle app claims only 1.5 gig of space.

    I am probably in the market for a Paperwhite — though frankly it would be only for on-the-run situations.

    Now that I think about it, I held onto my ebookwise for a good 4 years — possibly longer

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  41. lilythemoo3 January, 2019

    I usually buy a new Kindle (tablet not ebook reader, though TBH the tab really only works for reading too) about every five years. If I could find a good e-reader that has color display and good resolution I’d buy it in a heartbeat. But until then, I use my Samsung Galaxy tab s4 for reading and that gets replaced about once a year or so. I keep my Kindle just to remind myself how much I hate it!

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  42. Nellbell3 January, 2019

    I have had a Kindle for the last 11years. I love my Kindle with keyboard it has the text to speech function. But in total I own about 13 Kindles and we use them all. If I find a good deal on a Kindle I will pick it up all my friends are readers and some have not had the pleasure of using a digital reader. I believe we also have 3 nooks but 2 are solely used for d&d books for game nights. The third is my son’s he wanted to be different. I’m thinking about getting one of the new Kindles because they are audible accessable and water resistant. (Hubby likes to read in the tub)

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  43. Mekomeko3 January, 2019

    Sony t3 i lurvee it … best 40 quid i spent… but it cant run legimi app or scribid so im looking for an ereader that can run both or legimi at least. And i want it cheap though i might end up forking out couple of hundred unless i tinker / root a device so it does what i need it to. So in my case upgrade is necessitated by change in how i access books i.e legimi is a bit like a paid for library with new Polish books and i want the same from scribid. I buy some books via google play too. My library doesnt ve what i need sadly. So in my case it took about 3 years.

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  44. John3 January, 2019

    I still use an old Palm lllxe, using aaa batteries. I use the archive online to access ePub books and then convert them to the pdb format. The screen is small but easy on the eyes.

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  45. Woody3 January, 2019

    I started with a Sony PRS-505 in 2008 (I miss the PRS+ hack), then the mini-USB port died, so I couldn’t sideload more books and couldn’t charge it.

    I then bought the PRS-T2 in 2012, which I gave to my mom one year later and bought the PRS-T3 which I’m still using to that day.

    I want to buy a new model but I keep waiting for new features that don’t seem to come:
    – nested collections (ex: Asimov > Foundation > Original trilogy)
    – USB-C charging (not that an e-reader needs that fast charging, just to be up to date and not have multiple cables)
    – micro-SD support (although if 32/64GB becomes standard I won’t need it)

    I do want a HD new e-ink screen and light, but I want the features mentioned above too!

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  46. Patrick Cassidy3 January, 2019

    Between my wife and I, we’ve owned 8 Kobo eink devices, and the only two that are “retired” were due to broken backplanes…

    I upgraded to a Forma 32G from a Glo HD recently but I’m away for the week and left the Forma home and traveled with the Glo. Mini goes EVERYWHERE that I go.

    She still uses an original Glo which was the first ereader we bought.

    I think it’s been 6 or 7 years since I switched to rereading, and we’ve had the Glo, FOUR Minis, the Original Aura, a Glo HD, and now the Forma.

    Probably won’t upgrade for a few years now, although if Kobo releases a new Mini, I’ll probably buy 2 or 3 of those IMMEDIATELY.

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  47. Starry3 January, 2019

    when it breaks. I owned a kindle paperwhite for 5 years and love it.

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  48. William Towne4 January, 2019

    Only when I break them. First I had a nook which I stepped on. Then I got a second nook which broke – the “n” button would pop out and when my son used it once, it fell out and was lost. Now I have a Kobo Glo HD. I have only ever bought them second hand, so I am not on m for third eReader in about ten years.

    I won’t say that I will never by a Kindle, but I probably won’t.

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  49. Thomas5 January, 2019

    I buy a new device when I see something with features that I like at a good price.

    My first e-reader was a Polaroid 701i. I used it for about three years until I replaced it with a Fire 7, which I’m still using. I kept using the Polaroid sometimes for a few years until the battery expanded and cracked the case.

    I’ve also bought a refurbed e-ink Sony Pocket Reader, but I don’t care much for the text sizes, so I only use when I expect to be outdoors.

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  50. Jeremy5 January, 2019

    Every 3 years or so.

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  51. up2echo8 January, 2019

    It was at least 10 years ago that I got my first e-reader, a Sony PRS-505, then the Sony PRS-700 around 2009, the Sony PRS-T1 in 2011, Sony PRS-T2 in 2013, and the Kobo Aura One in 2016. I passed on my old ereaders to my husband, and he’s now on the PRS-T2 with no urge to upgrade since he doesn’t read as much as I do and is very content with the T2.

    As you can see, I was a loyal Sony ereader customer until their store transferred to Kobo, where my loyalty now lies.

    One of the main reasons why I was so loyal to Sony, besides really liking the quality of the Sony ereaders, and why I personally shun Kindle (I’m apparently one of the exceptions to the rule) is that from the start Sony was very unrestrictive in ebook formats and even made it possible to borrow books from the public library, while Amazon had it’s limiting proprietary format and didn’t allow public library access for a very long time and then, in my opinion, only very grudgingly offered it.

    That resistance/lack of openness/need for control is something I’ve noticed in other aspects of Amazon’s services and is a major reason why I will not buy Amazon’s ereaders. Though I admittedly buy a lot of their ebooks, simply because they dominate the market so much that some of my favorite author’s publish mostly there.

    I also didn’t like the physical keyboard that was part of the Amazon ereaders early on; I thought it took away valuable space from reading books, while Sony was all about the reading experience.

    Kobo has similarly been very reader-focused in their service, which works very well for me, I find, and I really like the quality of the Aura One. So for now, I am very happy with my Kobo ereader and don’t expect to buy another one unless mine breaks or some new, noticeable improvement comes along.

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