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AGM_Cape_Cod Jul 24, 2010 06:39 AM

I mentioned to my husband my plan to buy a new cookbook and his response was 'where are we putting the new shelves?' That lead to a discussion of the possibiltiy of getting cookbooks on a Kindle or other e-reader and could it then be uploaded to a computer. The discussion also touched on whether I could get my magazine subscriptions delivered through that media. Does anyone have any thoughts or plans for moving away from traditional print media to e-readers etc?

  1. katecooksthebooks Sep 3, 2010 12:42 PM

    I am very tempted by the iPad for many reasons, books among them. However, I get most of my books (cookbooks included) from the library so this would actually mean spending MORE money/book.

    I'm sure I'll cave in eventually!

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      SeoulQueen Aug 1, 2010 04:33 PM

      I still like getting print magazines - it's nice to curl up in bed and look at all the glossy, mouth watering pictures of food. Once the issue is several months old/I've had a chance to really go through it, I cut out the recipes I really want. At best, there are a handful per issue that I know I would ever try. The rest gets thrown away, keeping shelf space available for cookbooks.

      I supplement this with my online recipe box at epicurious.com - luckily, my magazines upload all their recipes onto this site.

      1. DiningDiva Jul 25, 2010 01:22 PM

        There are a growing number of cookbooks in Kindle format, but not a lot of new releases. Dorie Greenspan's baking book *is* in Kindle format and I will be downloading that very soon, even though I own the hardback version. I recently went through the available magazines for Kindle and there were no cooking mags. I let my subscription to Savuer run out last year, and while I don't regret that, I thought that if I could get it digitally I would. No such luck. Still, I think it's just a matter of time.

        I don't like reading at my computer but I've found reading on the Kindle oddly compelling. I am looking forward to downloading some cookbooks and trying them. It will certainly save on counter space :-)

        1. JoanN Jul 25, 2010 07:11 AM

          As someone who just bought three new cookbooks this morning although there are still piles on the floor I have yet to make room for, digital doesn't interest me. Yes, I have an extensive database in a word document with recipes not in my books, and I use Epicurious quite a bit if I'm looking for something specific, but I'm not interested in crawling into bed or curling up on the sofa with a database. Maybe I'm just a luddite, but there's a serendipity in turning the pages of a book that I just don't find in digital media. Same, by the way, with a newspaper. I find I read far more of the NYTimes if I'm holding a paper in my hands than I do reading it online.

          1. The Dairy Queen Jul 24, 2010 06:47 AM

            One of the best cooks I know only (except for old church and community cookbooks) owns three hardcopy cookbooks, and two of those were gifts from me (gifts that I now regret giving by the way, because I now realize she never uses them). She's gone completely digital, but I don't know how she does it. I don't think I ever could. I'm looking forward to hearing from those who have.

            ~TDQ

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              JohnE O Jul 25, 2010 06:59 AM

              Most of my most used recipes I have on my Droid via Word Documents To Go. I started the project about a year ago by cutting/pasting to a Word document and then downloading to the phone. In addition to the photos of the food, each recipe has a clickable link that takes me back to the original source.

              One of these days I'll get around to entering in the ones I use from the dead tree cookbooks, but data entry isn't high on my list of fun things to do.

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