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

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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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              1. I bought one cookbook for my Kindle and quickly undid the transaction. It is impossible to use a cookbook for actual cooking when it is in Kindle format. You can't see all the ingredients at once, or scan quickly thru the steps. It's fine if you're reading a cookbook as literature (as with Claudia Roden's fine cookbooks), but not if you actually want to attempt the recipes.

                And I write all over my cookbooks, crossing out things, adding others, changing quantities as I adapt the recipes. Obviously, you can't do this with an electronic reader.

                1. I have a Kindle, and I like it for reading novels and such, but I don't get cookbooks on it. I did get a couple at first, but it just doesn't work for me. I also have an iPad, and I have bought many cookbooks from iBooks. With the iBooks version, I get the full color photos, and everything is linked up - the table of contents, index - to the recipes, so navigation is easy and fast. I set the iPad on a cookbook stand in the kitchen to keep it out of harms way.

                  1. No, sounds cheesy but I find the book in the library and copy recipes I like. I have a scrap book with them inside in addition to ones I find online or tv. I just got tired of buying books in general just so they can sit on a shelf collecting dust. If I want them, I check them out with my library card til I get sick of them. Kindle sounds great if you can afford it since it won't be collecting dust and taking up space for sure

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                    1. re: crowmuncher

                      Not cheesy at all. Today here at 99 degrees (at my house it's 102-outside) I am boxing up boxes of attic books that I'm giving to a local library. There are plenty of nice cookbooks, that I hope will be put on their shelves. But to my consternation, library directors make the decision in regard to donated books whether to sell or shelve. I guess they decide if they have enough space, whether it is a copy of a book they already have, whether it is of no interest to the community, and whether it is in good shape.

                      Alas, it feels I'm just dumping these poor souls that were bought with good intention, but put aside for other newcomers. Sigh! I hope you run across one of my books someday.

                      1. re: Rella

                        I did the same. One day last year I put like 95% of my book collection in my trunk and off to the library I went. I figured I could check them out online if I want to see them again. For some reason I read more when I check out the books than when I "own" them.

                        1. re: crowmuncher

                          I think when one checks out library books, one feels somehow obligated to read it, or get it back to the library for others, otherwise you've deprived the next person in line for the book, etc etc. Or perhaps you'll never get a chance again - or, or, or, something like that :-))

                        2. re: Rella

                          Don't feel bad if the library sells the books. That is what they do with most donated books, from what I can tell. But if you like the idea of having a public library, then you shouldn't mind your book getting sold to help it continue its existence. And there are a lot of eager buyers at library book sales, especially for cookbooks. I'm sure your books that get sold will find a good, appreciative home, and your library will benefit from the fundraiser.

                          1. re: MelMM

                            What a sweet reply. I'll try to think of it more in this light. Dear Husband feels the same as you do. I always see a book of mine sitting on a shelf at a library; I'll try to think of it sitting in someone's home.

                            Some years ago (perhaps 5 or so), I decided to buy my own books instead of going to the library; I suppose that is the reason I have more than a share of books.