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Anonymous 2014-08-06 22:45:45 No.883781

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Do any of you like to take a novel with you on your travels? Say, when you're waiting at a train station or at the beach, just having a nice read always brings joy to me on my trips-- even if it's just to kill some time :)


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Anonymous 2014-08-06 23:00:37 No.883785
>always pack a book or to two to kill time if needed
>never find the moment to open it
>2kg wasted

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Anonymous 2014-08-06 23:10:20 No.883788
Yeah and sometimes pick them specially for the places I am going to be travelling, like Rayuela when I went to Paris or Dubliners when I went to Ireland. I find that I always have time for reading when I'm travelling because all of the trains/buses/flights or the hours spent just chilling

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 01:33:03 No.883853
>>883785
Same here, took 3 books with me on my last trip (2 of them were very light), ended up reading about 15 pages.

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 01:57:36 No.883862
>>883785
>>883853
I know these feels. Got pretty badly hurt on a bicycle tour once, laid up for a week. Still barely read...

> ...barely did anything that week, though.

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 04:05:26 No.883892
>>883862
Where did you go bike touring and what sort of accident did you have?

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 04:46:06 No.883909
>>883892 Arizona and a stupid one. Alcohol and a very sandy road conspired against me. pic related, praise Allah for helmets

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 06:15:34 No.883940
>>883909
is that blood on that thing?

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 07:31:43 No.883945
I do, usually on planes, I read the whole time. I've also found time at night or when I'm in transit or whatever to read. But sometimes, they can be a waste of space. So I usually plan now to only bring small books (well, should be singular: book).

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 07:53:11 No.883952
>books
Fuck that shit.

I bring my GAME BOY, as well as Tetris and a Pokemon game.

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 08:10:39 No.883963
2KG for two books? Have you never heard of paperbacks?

Yeah, I take a book even on my 30-minute commute: Travel time is best reading time

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 09:48:53 No.883990
Do people not know what a kindle is on /trv/?

>light as fuck
>long battery life/quick charge
>all the books you could want

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 10:33:11 No.883996
>>883990
personally I'm bad at reading on screens, and I feel like I strain my eyes a lot

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 10:39:56 No.884000
>>883990
Have you actually tried reading on a kindle? I was a bit apprehensive as well, but the screens are actually really good to read from

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 10:41:47 No.884001
>>883963
A 1000-page book is not likely to be light, whatever the cover.
>>883990
A kindle would indeed be a good investment, provided I actually use it.
>>883996
e-Ink screens cause absolutely no strain though. It's not your typical LCD screen.

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 10:44:35 No.884003
>>884000
I havent actually.
Are they sold in physical stores? I'm currently in Japan (live in EU).

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 10:48:57 No.884005
>>884003
As far as I can see, they are at about 50% cheaper here in Japan than in EU, but is it possible to get one in a physical store or something similar?

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 10:52:30 No.884007
>>883990
I was thinking of getting the first generation kindle, since it's only 50€. Or should I invest the extra money in the paperwhite? The only advantage I see is that it would allow me to read in the dark

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 11:08:28 No.884011
>>883785
>>883853
>>883862
>have clearly not spent 13 hours on the bus....regularly

biggest god send books and headphones

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 11:09:30 No.884013
>>883952
and when there is no battery.

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 11:14:01 No.884016
>>884013
I recharge it?
Just like your phone.

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 11:16:56 No.884019
>>884016
bus does not equal plug ins....sorry man. there are still places and situations, if you can believe where there are no plugs. and you never forget your charger?

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 11:28:38 No.884022
>>884005
Not sure about Kindles, but i got my ereader in a store. Would recommend you check out an e-ink display though. they are great

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 11:39:47 No.884025
>>884007
IMO it's not worth it since you can always just turn a light on instead. I'd look into the built-in dictionaries because those are fucking godsend, specially if you are learning a new language, and I don't know if thr first version has those

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 11:40:25 No.884026
>>884019
I have 2 backpacks when I go on vacations. One for storing all my shit (60+15L) and one I use daily.
For my daily one I have all my necessary chargers and stuff Id want to use during the day.

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 12:43:36 No.884037
I bring my kindle everywhere. Actually I'm on my third one now, the first one was stolen by a damn bird while sailing. (Well okay, he snatched at it and the safety strap for the waterproof case broke and it fell in the water, but anyway).

Anyway, I swear by the e-ink ereaders. They hold a shitload of books, the displays on the good quality ones (kindles and so on) do not give ANY eye strain. Battery lasts forever and a half, they can be charged up via USB chargers just like all your other stuff so you don't need a separate charger and cable... And hey, now with the paperwhite you can read comfortably in the dark on a train or plane or whatever without disturbing anyone, and it doesn't suck that much battery either. I didn't use to think the backlight would be a big deal until I got one.

So yeah, I still love physical books, but the difference is my kindle is always with me and since I got my first I have read so much more than I managed to before simply from the convenience.

Okay, rant over.

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 12:58:33 No.884044
>>884037
You've convinced me to at least try one.
I kind of forgot to bring a book on my trip, so I might as well pick one of these up now that I'm here, and they (Japan) dont really offer physical english books.

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 13:15:00 No.884046
>>884044
how much are they in Japan? I was thinking of getting one before the trip, but if they are cheaper there, I might just buy it later. Or are you going to order one through amazon?

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 13:34:17 No.884050
>>884037
>>884044
For those who can read moonrunes, how's the support for Japanese by the way? I found a website (aozorabunko) some time ago with a metric shittton of digitized books in Japanese, classics and more recent ones, generally in simple txt format. Think those would work on a Kindle/other?

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 13:39:58 No.884053
>>884046
I dont know yet. Might find out tomorrow - if I do, I'll report back!
>>884046
I dont think there's a lot of japanese support for e-readers because of major japanese publishers pushing them away.

If I cant get my hands on a e-ink reader with light in Japan, should I skip the purchase then? And is resolution important on such a device? I saw Kindle Fire came in HD

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 14:38:37 No.884084
>>883940 yes

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 16:29:57 No.884110
>>884011

I'm >>883853 and my longest bus ride was 15 hours. The thing is, I get light motion sickness, it's not a big deal like for some people who vomit, but I can't read much when moving. It's easier with screens, I read things on my phone when taking the bus to work but some days (like today actually) I feel very sick after a while.

And then when I'm in hostels I just fuck around on my laptop. Thus leaving no time for books really. Plus I've always had a hard time concentrating when reading. Computers have fried my brain.

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 21:12:05 No.884193
>>884053
please do!

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 21:26:08 No.884197
I generally tote along a light novel and a historical book related to the place I am going.

Usually wind up not reading much while traveling, but I have it with me in case the monsoon sets in or something.

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 22:33:33 No.884212
>always brought at least one book when travelling and usually more like 3 or 4
>bought a kindle 2 years ago and it has been a revelation
>rarely buy paperbacks now

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Anonymous 2014-08-07 22:41:56 No.884216
If the trip will involve a fair bit of time reading: ereader
For casual reading: ebooks on the smartphone
The only physical books I bring are reference guides where I don't want to worry about batteries, and even then I just put them on my phone more often.

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Anonymous 2014-08-08 01:25:56 No.884243
I got a kindle paperwhite in one of Amazon's lightning deals for 15 dollars. Get one. Beautiful screen, backlight, light as a 45 page paperback, battery on aeroplane mode lasts about 2-3 weeks. I'm reading War and Peace at the moment, something I would not have done with a physical book simply because of comfort

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Anonymous 2014-08-08 02:18:15 No.884257
>>884037
This. Absolute godsend when you need to take a 1 hour bus followed by a 5 hour train followed by 3 hours at the airport followed by a 9 hour flight. Or just for traveling in general. I do like books better than e-readers but the ability to have so many books on such a small/light device is wonderful.

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Anonymous 2014-08-08 02:24:56 No.884258
To those that do enjoy reading in their downtime whilst travelling: what kind of stuff do you like to read? History? Science fiction? Novels? Poetry?

I guess I am kind of interested in this because reading is a kind of mental travelling, so it makes me wonder: where do you go when you are already away from home?

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Anonymous 2014-08-08 02:55:57 No.884262
>>884193
Just came back with a Kindle Paperwhite in my hand.
They cost 10238¥ in Bic Camera (4GB, WIFI).

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Anonymous 2014-08-08 04:01:13 No.884281
>>884262
Nice buy

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Anonymous 2014-08-08 04:20:28 No.884286
>>884281
Yeah, and I already love it.
It doesnt strain my eyes at all, and it's a perfect size for travelling.

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Anonymous 2014-08-08 08:35:34 No.884353
>>883990
Can someone tell me about getting books for free on the Kindle? Deciding between the kobo, nook, and Kindle and it comes down to whichever one would be the easiest to get free books on.

I know that you can get classics and stuff pretty easily... But how about random or obscure books?

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Anonymous 2014-08-08 08:38:49 No.884354
>>883781

i always read like 3 books whenever i take an extended trip (2 weeks or more). There's a lot of downtime when traveling whether it's at an airport/plane, trainstation/train, or just waiting to see shit.

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Anonymous 2014-08-08 08:42:55 No.884355
>>884353
Well, I'm pretty sure you can just pirate books and transfer them, no?

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Anonymous 2014-08-08 09:46:09 No.884374
>>884050
Well, according to some quick internet searches it seems good - at least for ones sold in Japan, no idea if you can mix and match.

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Anonymous 2014-08-08 09:50:22 No.884376
>>884353
Obscure books can be a bitch to find in a good format, but using calibre on the PC you can convert almost anything into something readable by your kindle, and sync it right up there.
You can find many books on the major torrent sites, or just by googling
>book name (epub|mobi|kindle)
and slogging through the results a bit. PDFs are unfortunately a very common format for pirated books still, and it absolutely sucks for ereader use... but it works in a pinch - just look for better formats first.

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Anonymous 2014-08-08 13:25:40 No.884432
>>884376
Sweet... Thanks. That settles it, then. I'm so tempted to get the Kindle here in Australia but if I wait 1 more week, it'll be cheaper to buy in the states.

Pretty excited, to be honest. Being able to read books in the dark is a game-changer!

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Anonymous 2014-08-08 20:53:19 No.884555
I have a Kindle that I usually carry with me, but I don't feel like reading when I'm travelling

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Anonymous 2014-08-10 01:53:49 No.884916

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Anonymous 2014-08-10 03:33:15 No.884922
>>884916 dude what?

polite sage

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Anonymous 2014-08-10 03:59:06 No.884927
>>884037
If I had 2 dicks, I would sell one of them for a kindle.

I, literally, have own 4-5 e-readers. Feels good bro.

The average person will spend something like 653 hours waiting for train. How about sitting on a train/bus 40 minutes every day going to work?

I read somewhere that if you commute 1 hour a day, you spend about 2-3 years of your life commuting.

Anyways, I bring my kindle every where I go.

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Anonymous 2014-08-10 04:03:07 No.884930
>>884353
>Can someone tell me about getting books for free on the Kindle?

You get the kobo because you can download books for free in .epub, while kindle doesn't support .epub because they're jews.

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Anonymous 2014-08-10 04:08:06 No.884933
>>884927
So I did the calculation.

For simplicity sake, we assume you spend 1 hour a day commuting on a bus. During your life time, you will spend 487 days on the bus.

Imagine how many books you can read.

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Anonymous 2014-08-10 04:57:30 No.884939
>>884930
>You get the kobo

Are you really this stupid, or are you trolling?

>kindle doesn't support .epub because they're jews.

Yep, confirmed for stupid.

Kobo is a mediocre product (made in Canada with maple syrup! hurr!) that likely won't be around for long. The Kindle is superior and you can read free epub books on the Kindle all day, every day. Calibre -- a free product that's useful with all e-readers -- converts files back and forth pretty much between all common e-publishing formats.

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Anonymous 2014-08-10 05:04:17 No.884940
>>884930
Most of the books I download for my kindle are epubs, and they are converted without problems to mobiformat in calibre - automaticallly - when I tell it to upload the books to my kindle.

So no, that's not a valid reason not to get a kindle, considering it is a better product than the kobo quality-wise.







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