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How Do You Feel About Buying and Using e-Cookbooks?

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I too prefer hard copies.  I have a bunch on my Kindle, 99% of which I bought on sale for $1.99 and I flip through them when I buy them but I tend to not look at them ever again.  On the other hand, yesterday I was looking something up in my ice cream book put out by Bi-Rite Creamery and before I knew it a good half hour had passed.

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1 hour ago, ElsieD said:

I too prefer hard copies.  I have a bunch on my Kindle, 99% of which I bought on sale for $1.99 and I flip through them when I buy them but I tend to not look at them ever again.  On the other hand, yesterday I was looking something up in my ice cream book put out by Bi-Rite Creamery and before I knew it a good half hour had passed.

 

I find the same with cookbooks. I love reading most books on my e-reader, but with cookbooks, I definitely prefer an actual book. I really like to jump back and forth and that's a pain on an electronic device. And I want colour for the images so that limits me to smartphone, tablet or laptop and none of those are ideal either. 

 

Edited to add: I really still like having some Kindle cookbooks though, because I want the portability! But I wish my Kindle had colour and made it easier to browse around a cookbook's sections. 


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16 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

I have no room for more physical books in my apartment.  I wish that could stop me.  However I am more apt to read a physical book, and far more likely to cook from it.

I have a dear friend who also prefers hardback books as opposed to ebooks. She has lined every room of her condo with book shelves and has stacks of books piled on almost every flat surface. She really could use an ereader but refuses. She also happens to be a member of BookCrossings.com (click)It's a web site that encourages readers to leave books for others to find. Sort of like a Johnny Appleseed to encourage people to read. Members can print out  bookplates/bookmarks and tuck them inside the book explaining to who ever finds the book that the book is free and that they can, in turn, leave the book somewhere for others to find when they're done reading it. There's more involved but it's a little too complicated to go into.

My friend was, at one time, the number 1 "read'em and leave 'em" BookCrossing members in the state of California. :hmmm: It was after seeing inside her condo that I made the decision to never buy hardback books again, if I could help it.

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I appreciate the convenience and space savings of a digital medium. How cool is it you can take a 500-750pg book with you that is no bigger than 5x7 and weighs no more than your phone?! And have it read to you even?!  ... Having said that - I am totally a paper person - I love and appreciate great paper 📝 ... a well bound book printed on heavy, semi glossy stock with beautiful photo or two for each recipe and a description of how and why to get there notes on the side ... then again, I also believe in handwritten notes, etc etc so i am old-fashioned that way ... 

 

I will see recipes on the internet - I transfer them to paper of course ... 

 

my husband, otoh - totally opposite 🙂 digital all the way for him ... if someone died he’d shoot their SO an email 🤨😟😉

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I have upwards of 3,000 books in my Kindle library, probably 500 of them cookbooks. My problem is that once I buy them, then disappear into the depths of the archive, as I see no way, other than by author, to separate Kindle collections into categories. Is there such a creature? If there is, I can see where it'd increase my use of my ebooks exponentially. As it is, I tend to buy them, read them, and then lose them in the depths.

 

I must go back in this thread and see how to copy recipes into copy me that, which I have and use a good bit. 


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1 minute ago, kayb said:

I have upwards of 3,000 books in my Kindle library, probably 500 of them cookbooks. My problem is that once I buy them, then disappear into the depths of the archive, as I see no way, other than by author, to separate Kindle collections into categories. Is there such a creature? If there is, I can see where it'd increase my use of my ebooks exponentially. As it is, I tend to buy them, read them, and then lose them in the depths.

 

I must go back in this thread and see how to copy recipes into copy me that, which I have and use a good bit. 

My Kindle Paperwhite and the iPad app both allow me to put my Kindle books into collections. You can sort each book into multiple collections. That helps somewhat, and you can do batch sorting from the Amazon website (under Account and Lists, choose My Digital Items, or something like that). Spend a little time thinking about how you want to organize your collections before you start.


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7 minutes ago, kayb said:

I have upwards of 3,000 books in my Kindle library, probably 500 of them cookbooks. My problem is that once I buy them, then disappear into the depths of the archive, as I see no way, other than by author, to separate Kindle collections into categories. Is there such a creature? If there is, I can see where it'd increase my use of my ebooks exponentially. As it is, I tend to buy them, read them, and then lose them in the depths.

 

I must go back in this thread and see how to copy recipes into copy me that, which I have and use a good bit. 

 

There's a bit of discussion from @nickrey about the use of this feature to organize cookbooks in this post

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