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Tell us your thoughts on e-reading and win a Kobo Arc tablet, plus a signed copy of award-winning author Margaret Drabble's latest novel The Pure Gold Baby

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KatGransnet (GNHQ) Wed 21-May-14 14:15:55

We've teamed up with Canongate and Kobo to offer three lucky gransnetters a Kobo Arc tablet, plus a signed copy of award-winning author Margaret Drabble's latest novel The Pure Gold Baby.

Both personal and political, The Pure Gold Baby is a remarkable portrait of a family, a friendship, and a neighbourhood. A novel of great beauty, wisdom and stealthy power by one of our country's foremost and acclaimed writers, it is published in paperback on 19 June.

The Kobo Arc offers the ultimate reading experience on a cutting-edge 7" HD touchscreen. Kobo's exclusive interface learns what you like, and effortlessly delivers more books, music, movies and web articles that you'll love. With the Kobo Arc, you can also download apps, enjoy 10 hours of battery life on a single charge and keep up with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter and Skype. To find out more about, click here.

How to enter

To get your hands on this incredible prize, simply post your thoughts on e-reading and/or ask Margaret Drabble a question on the thread below. Three winners will be picked at random to win. This competition closes on 20 June.

Free e-books for everyone...

For the duration of this competition, Canongate are also offering several of Margaret Drabble's classic titles - The Millstone, The Peppered Moth, The Radiant Way, A Natural Curiosity and The Gates of Ivory - as free e-books for Gransnet members.

To take advantage of this offer, e-mail [email protected] with the title of your preferred book to receive a free download code. You'll need to register with Kobo and enter your payment details before entering the code (you will have 100% off the purchase so no charge will be made on completion). Code works for all devices, but unfortunately they won't work on Kindles.

Find out more about Margaret Drabble and her books on the Canongate website.

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maryandbuzz1 Wed 21-May-14 15:16:45

How long does it take to write a book and how many hours a day do you write for?

createbeauty Wed 21-May-14 15:20:12

I LOVE reading e-books. I love being able to browse so many books from my couch and choosing the perfect book for me, right from my tablet or e-reader! I never thought I would chose e-books over real books as I have always been passionate about books and bookstores. But now I have so many amazing books and so many incredible worlds at my fingertips, I think it's a brilliant invention.

TracyKNixon Wed 21-May-14 15:21:03

I love the look of a Kobo Arc tablet for myself but I was wondering what age would you recommend letting a child loose with one?. I have four little ones and they all want the latest gadgets but I worry about buying them certain gadgets in case they break them in the first week!

Grannyknot Wed 21-May-14 15:22:40

I find that I can really only read short items on e-readers e.g. articles, blogs, etc.

When I feel like reading a "proper" book, I want to settle down with it and hold it in my hands. My attention seems more focussed when I am reading a print book. I like to flick back and forth and check up on characters, re-read a paragraph, and so far, I've not managed to master that in any satisfactory way on an e-reader. I find too that when I read long books on an e-reader, I am prone to skimming and flicking. I don't immerse myself in the book.

meat1906 Wed 21-May-14 15:40:09

Do you find you have love/hate relationships with some of your characters?

feetlebaum Wed 21-May-14 15:40:41

I have quite a lot of books on my Kindle, that I also possess in paper editions. I find that the one I read (and re-read) is the Kindle version.

I just love having a complete library in my pocket...

ebaydoesntrule Wed 21-May-14 15:42:33

the great thing about e-reading is you can do it anywhere, any-time. A bit like Martini.

My daughter has written a coup[le of books but can't get published. how did you get started?

milli Wed 21-May-14 15:46:54

I find e-books really useful for holiday reading, but still like the feel of an actual book for everyday.

abbyed33 Wed 21-May-14 15:56:28

I love e reading...there's nothing worse than finishing a thrilling read to find out there's another part to it and you have to wait to get to the shops when you get some time...with an ereader you can get the next instalment at the touch of a button

Ritakd Wed 21-May-14 16:09:00

I always thought I'd stick to 'proper books' until a I saw a friend using hers. They're fab, I can't believe how many books my ereader can hold. Sharing is difficult though.

chloe1984 Wed 21-May-14 16:09:49

I mainly use my e reader for holidays to be able to take unlimited reading material on holiday without worrying over luggage weight limits is bliss. However have to say that because I read quickly I find I have to click to turn a page means that I just get comfy and have to click again , then again and I tend to lose concentration so I mix and match. One of the great things of ereading are being able to browse all books on line and have them delivered with just one click.

lornajk Wed 21-May-14 16:21:50

Hi - Have not tried e-reading yet but am keen to get started! I am always fascinated by plots in books, especially those that weave and turn. It must be difficult, how do you plot out your books? - do you have a definitive plan at the beginning and map it all out, or does it develop as you write? I have great admiration for those who write complicated stories - don't think I could ever do that - I'd better stick to reading!

falconer Wed 21-May-14 16:37:37

e-reading is often cheaper than real books (especially the classics you can hardly get hold of in the shops), and is more portable, especially on holiday, when one book-size tablet can hold hundreds of books). But it doesn't have the same feel as a book ...

sophie56 Wed 21-May-14 16:42:55

I love reading whatever the format and am equally happy e-reading as I am with a paperback. When reading with a small child however, nothing beats a real book, the child enveloped in one's arms and together turning the pages and their chubby little fingers pointing at the pictures.

A question for Drabble if I may - Some people as they age say they feel the same inside as they always have, whereas others, such as myself, feel different. In what ways, if at all has maturity had an impact on what you write, how you write and what you choose to write about?

Ariadne Wed 21-May-14 16:43:50

I cannot imagine life without my e reader! I was one of the "I do like to feel of a real book" contingent (I am a retired English teacher) until someone gave me my first e reader. It goes everywhere with me; I have the complete works of Shakespeare and of Dickens on it, as well as an amazingly eclectic selection of other books.

And no longer do I have to take my body weight (not insignificant!) in books on holiday with me. Brilliant!

hannonle Wed 21-May-14 16:51:12

I enjoy reading ebooks. I find it easier to take them in the garden to read than a traditional paper book. But children's books are much nicer in paper form.

Lilygran Wed 21-May-14 16:51:35

There are so many advantages to an e-book reader! You can carry a whole library around with you which cuts down on the weight of your luggage and means you are never left having finished a book with nothing to read. In my case, arthritis means I find it difficult to hold big thick books but I have no trouble with the reader. I can adjust the size of the type and read without glasses. My reader is back-lit so I can read in quite poor light. No waiting for the book to arrive by post and no more searching through book shops looking for a book you don't find. You can read the next book in a series or get another by an author you like straightaway. I think the advantages outway the disadvantages but there are some. You have to keep an eye on the battery life. Dropping the reader, especially in the bath, is more spectacular than dropping a paperback. I can't lend books I like to my family and friends. You don't accidentally find a wonderful book while you're looking for something else. And I'm spending too much!

Charleygirl Wed 21-May-14 16:55:06

I acquired an elderly e reader for free recently and never thought that I would give up reading a book in bed. I actually find it easier to read the ebook. I have impaired vision and was able to adjust the font size which is a Godsend for me.

It is also so easy to purchase another book at the touch of a button- too easy at times! I have to tell myself that I can only read one book at a time with one spare. I do not need 6 sitting in the wings!

My present book suits right and left handers so I find it so easy to turn a page with either hand but predominantly my left. A fabulous invention.

Galen Wed 21-May-14 16:56:55

Couldn't exist without one! I love sitting out in the sun reading the latest book I've purchased. I'm an avid reader and if not working I'll read an average sized book in a day (not war and peace thoughhmm)

alabaster Wed 21-May-14 17:04:05

To be fair I have never tried an e-book. Rather, I enjoy browsing my public library to find authors and subjects that I have never read. Old fashioned, I guess, but I am still excited by a physical product! smile

Gbear0382 Wed 21-May-14 17:12:30

Bit of a Luddite I'm afraid. Much prefer physical books, and I think there's something rather majestic about holding a proper book in your hand.

comps890 Wed 21-May-14 17:21:55

I love ebooks, great for taking on holiday!

glennamy Wed 21-May-14 17:32:49

I like reading books on eReaders/tablets on holidays, but I still love to buy actual books for my collection.

Best of both worlds!

nutunit Wed 21-May-14 17:35:30

I have never tried reading an ebook and do not really want to. If I tried one I might change my mind, but I am quite happy reading proper books. If everyone changed to ebooks, I wonder what would happen to all the book shops. It really would be a shame if they became like dinosaurs.