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Jul 19, 2011 12:01 PM

Are you buying cookbooks for Kindle (or Kindle for PC)

I don't buy books to read on "Kindle" hardware. But I do download Kindle books to my PC. I like to read on a larger screen and manage books on my larger screen computer.

So far I have not downloaded Kindle COOKbooks, but I find and have heard that maps are not as good as one would wish on history books. Some history books I have downloaded have not even illustrations - I know because I have paper and kindle in the same book.

I notice that a book I am about to purchase, Mario Batali's Italian Grill, is on Kindle, downloadable/uploadable to my PC. There is a price difference, but that is not my concern with this particular book.

Just wondering how many people are buying Kindle-able cook books.

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  1. I buy all my books for kindle EXCEPT cookbooks. Ive bought one or two and been disappointed, its much nicer to be able to hold a cookbook, look at the pictures, and carry it into your kitchen.

    1. I'm not, because I want to have the books themselves - and the photography isn't up to much in b&w.
      My husband has a nook color and it came preloaded with a sample of the new Good Housekeeping cookbook - with embedded videos. Now that's cool.

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      1. re: buttertart

        Perhaps the sample of the Good Housekeeping cookbooks is only available for Nook, although I may have missed some looking for Good Housekeeping Kindle to download a sample. No matter.

        I've oft wondered about cookbooks for Kindle/Nook/etc. in that one would certainly want one of the little music-type/camera-type stands to prop it up for cooking.

        I love an open book myself, and just today making lavash, I was lucky enough to have recorded Alton Brown's "Crackers" episode and was able to watch the nuances of it on my laptop close to the table while rolling it out.

        1. re: Rella

          I'm leery of having it or a computer in the kitchen, myself. Too much stuff flying about.

          1. re: buttertart

            Visions of Alton Brown's program with his notorious items 'flying' throughout the kitchen. :-))

            1. re: buttertart

              Exactly the reason I don't load cookbooks onto my Kindle. I am afraid of ruining it.

        2. Nope. I bought a Kindle when I was doing some solo travelling and needed to pack light and for that, it was a godsend. I keep it in my bag for my subway commute for times when I'm in between library books. But I'm still a page-turning-book reader, and with cookbooks, like browsing too much for it to be enjoyable on the Kindle.

          1. I've been tempted, just for the instant gratification, but I've resisted because:

            * I've seen a fair amount of negative Amazon reviews saying that the Kindle version of a book is not as good (errors, hard to navigate, etc.).

            * No color photos on the Kindle. Deal breaker.

            * I like flipping through the pages of a cookbook and seeing what catches my eye.

            * Seeing cookbooks lined up on a shelf are a visual reminder of my options. For me, digital stuff is "out of sight, out of mind".

            * +1 to buttertart's comment re: "stuff flying around". Just this afternoon I was mixing brownie batter, got overly enthusiastic, and ended up with batter on the floor, on my shoe, and ALL down the front of my shirt. ::shakes head::

            * It's harder to jot down notes. I tend to write in most of my cookbooks.

            If you did want to bring an e-reader or something into the kitchen, I suppose you could put it in a ziploc bag to keep it clean and dry. And I like the idea of the cookbook for the Nook - in color, with embedded video. Nifty.

            1. Love my Kindle, but positively HATE cookbooks in this format.

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