About the ads

Ebook reader/Tablet

Discussion in 'Allopathic' started by AMH0505, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. SDN is a nonprofit organization. Services are made possible through the generous support of SDN members and sponsors. Thank you.
  1. AMH0505

    AMH0505

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2009
    Messages:
    323
    Status:
    Medical Student
    SDN 5+ Year Member

    SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads)
    I've been debating whether it would be worthwhile to invest in an ebook reader/tablet. A quick scan of prices suggested to me that ebooks aren't actually that cheap compared to textbooks (particularly when you can get the latter used), but physical books also weigh a fair amount and take up space...

    So anyway, I was wondering how those useful those of you with tablets/readers have found them.
  2. D elegans

    D elegans Cheers

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2011
    Messages:
    760
    Location:
    Flyover Country
    Status:
    Medical Student
    SDN 2+ Year Member
    I've had a Kindle 3 for a little over a year now, and LOVE it. But I would never use it for a textbook; eBooks are currently best for long-form reading (like a novel) and not for textbooks. There are too many formatting and navigation issues. I expect this to be resolved in few years, but I would recommend against it for now.

    I can't speak for tablets, but I wouldn't want to read an illuminated screen for a textbook.
  3. XReflection

    XReflection

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2009
    Messages:
    45
    Status:
    Pre-Medical
    SDN 2+ Year Member
    I have the newest Kindle (non-touch version) and it's great for reading novels. But I would never ever ever use it for textbook reading. I wouldn't use ebooks for textbooks ever. For me, it's just not the same and I don't absorb the information as well. There is something about having the physical book in your hands/on a table when you are reading. Plus you can't highlight as easily on an ebook.
  4. Sheldor

    Sheldor

    Joined:
    May 21, 2011
    Messages:
    994
    Status:
    Medical Student
    SDN 2+ Year Member
    I buy any review book I can for kindle and then access it from my iPad, I love that I don't have to carry around a bunch of books!
  5. armybound

    armybound future urologist. Moderator Emeritus

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2007
    Messages:
    4,660
    Location:
    Uranus
    Status:
    Resident [Any Field]
    Physician SDN 7+ Year Member
    can't resell or give away a e-textbook. reason enough for me not to switch.
  6. TACMON

    TACMON

    Joined:
    May 27, 2010
    Messages:
    163
    Status:
    Medical Student
    SDN 2+ Year Member
    i use a tablet (non-Pad to save $$$) all i use it for is reading ebooks and it's good, not perfect. You can't replace the feel of a textbook and the ease of turning pages, but lugging 4-5 texts is reason enough to switch.
  7. AMH0505

    AMH0505

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2009
    Messages:
    323
    Status:
    Medical Student
    SDN 5+ Year Member
    Thanks for your feedback. I think for now I'll stick with actual paper books...I like being able to annotate in the margins. Most of the way through first year, I've rarely had to carry that many books on any given day (if I'm studying at school, I generally choose one or two areas to focus on and bring only materials for that...plus a number of texts these days come with complementary access online). If that changes (or if a tablet with my dream combination of features appears/drops in price) I will reconsider.
  8. codepink

    codepink

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2012
    Messages:
    4
    Status:
    Medical Student
    I hate carrying books around, so I love Kindle books. They're also usually cheaper than the paper books. But one really big disadvantage (as someone above pointed out) is that you can't resell them. If you really like annotating, stick with paper. I don't annotate, only highlight, so Kindle books work fine for me.

    I'd still recommend a Kindle if you like leisure reading. :]

Share This Page


About the ads