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Old 07-11-2012, 01:37 PM
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My wife backs up all of our pictures by printing them out at Walgreens. Looking at photos on a computer feels like something is missing.
I thought that about books. Is something missing when not having an actual book to hold, sliding a book mark in the tight to the binding to hold your page until you return, instead your holding an e-reader (Kindle, ipad, etc...)?

Are the days of actually having a book to read gone, or going, and replaced with electronics for the most part?
Is the tradition of carrying around a book, novel, whatever, that you dare not lend out until you finished, gone?

There was something about watching that bookmark slowly (or quickly) work it's way towards the back. It was like an hour glass.
You knew where you were in the story, beginning, middle, and nearing the end just by the book mark.
Then the final pages were in sight, then you thought, almost done, I'll keep reading and finish it tonight, last page, last paragraph, last sentence.........
there done......
only to find out what you expected all along...........
the butler did it!!!

With the tablet, you just don't get that feeling of almost done.
It doesn't know the difference from the first page to the last page.

I was never a big reader but I do recall seeing people hold their books tight when on vacation, at the airport, beach, maybe the park, as if it were a prized possession.

Going somewhere where you may have a wait or to relax and and someone says, bring something to read! Do you have your book?
Yes, I have it!

I guess the heavy readers prefer the electronic version for all the obvious reasons?
But, maybe not.



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Books won't disappear, but their days as a primary reading source are numbered as electronics increase market share.
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I used to think that too. Took me about 5 minutes to let that go out the window after i got my kindle.
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I have an e-reader on my tablet. It let's me check books out of the library even while I'm on the can (try that with printed books) and after two weeks it will automatically return the books for me without me having to do anything. If I want to know how far along I am, I just tap the center of the screen and it tells me. I went on a recent trip and loaded up a few hundred of my favorite songs, tow movies I hadn't seen, and four books. It takes up far less space in my carry on than four hardcover books, a dozen cd's and two vhs tapes!
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Most of the books I read is done on my tablet. Between Google Books, Amazon app, Nook app, and the library I have access to a ton of books. The only thing I don't like is that the prices are still pretty high, I would have thought the prices would be cheaper for the e-copies. Also, it can be tougher to share books.

But it is nice when you can't find an e-copy of a book and have to get the real thing. Still enjoy that.
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You could always glance over to the page numbers and have something of a digital hour glass to follow?
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As I read mostly pop-up books I find e-readers disappointing.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:32 AM
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hardcopies

I ended reading on a screen whenever possible after retirement
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:03 AM
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I have never been an early adopter of new electronics and using a tablet or e-reader is no exception to that. I can see the benefits and I can see why people use them. However I am going to take my normal laptop with me anywhere, simply for it having a decent keyboard that I need and want. And I don't want to take more than one electronic device with me.
Besides, I like reading a paper book for all the reasons stated and I find it more relaxing than staring at a screen. So no, books are not going to disappear if it is up to me.
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I may be in the slim minority in fact I know I am, but I get books at the library - We have touchpads, playbooks, I pads in the house, but I like to go to the library, check out a book, read it then return it..... I have 2 right now on back pain. Boca has 2 nice libraries and one is right by my house.
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Originally Posted by NJFISH View Post
I used to think that too. Took me about 5 minutes to let that go out the window after i got my kindle.
x2! I bought my first hardcopy yesterday after about 8 months of using the Kindle. I found a sale on a book that was cheaper than buying it as an e-book. I started to get pissed at the pages when they kept trying to flip back to the beginning of the book.
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I consider myself to be a relatively big reader, I probably read 15-20 books a year. I have a Nook Color, and really like it, but I think you are right that some of the "romance" of reading is lost when you don't have an actual book in your hands.

There are a few things I don't like about the Nook, as some one else mentioned the e-books are expensive, more expensive than the actual book a lot of times. The other thing that I don't like is that its very difficult to read in the sun, and impossible to read with poloraized sun glasses.

To me one of the biggest advantages is we used to have so many books laying around the house, overflowing shelves etc. Once a year we were dontating books to schools or Goodwill. Now my Nook can hold 1000's of books with no clutter in the house.
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but I like to go to the library, check out a book, read it then return it..... I have 2 right now on back pain.
Probably got back pain from lugging all those books about!
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I buy only a small percentage of my books (I read a lot) at the new book stores. The rest are either hand me downs, or much reduced prices at the discounters. No reason for me to buy a reader, and then pay the prices they want for the downloads. Without the reader there is one less device for me to worry about and to keep charged, or to upgrade when the next version comes out.
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Originally Posted by Danny33486 View Post
I may be in the slim minority in fact I know I am, but I get books at the library - We have touchpads, playbooks, I pads in the house, but I like to go to the library, check out a book, read it then return it..... I have 2 right now on back pain. Boca has 2 nice libraries and one is right by my house.
You can get library books on your iPad/touchpads etc....the past 5 books I have read have all been checked out from the library and read on my Galaxy Tab.
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Don't you boating folk often drop things in the water?

Nothing better than reading a previously dunked book that has dried out in the sunshine, spine cracked, pages yellowed with more dog ears than a place with lots of dogs.
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Ill stick to the paper copies Ive tried reading a book on my i pad and really didn't like it plus its not any cheaper to buy eBooks so id rather have something tangible to keep
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Originally Posted by Danny33486 View Post
I may be in the slim minority in fact I know I am, but I get books at the library - We have touchpads, playbooks, I pads in the house, but I like to go to the library, check out a book, read it then return it..... I have 2 right now on back pain. Boca has 2 nice libraries and one is right by my house.
Sounds like there's a hot librarian in this story.

My GF reads 2 to 3 books a week (until she starts school again) and loves the Kindle I got her. I'd have to ask her, but it seems a lot of the books were free downloads. Just asked, most are free. The ones she pays for are on average $3 and a max of $6. Plus, it makes gift giving easy. For her birthday, I can do an Amazon gift card for the books she has to pay for.

She still loves the paper copies and belongs to an exchange club. She'll go to the used book shops and come back with 20 books for a couple of dollars for the whole lot. These aren't "romance" novels either (for the most part).
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Originally Posted by davedowneast View Post
Sounds like there's a hot librarian in this story.

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I thought I would be a traditional book reader, but then I got a kindle fire. Especially on a larger book, I find the kindle to be easier to hold and read than a book like Atlas Shrugged. There are other more subtle advantages, such as you don't lose your place when your two year old grabs the book from your hands, and it can sync across multiple devices, so you aren't out if you forget your book, you just pull it up on your phone/laptop/etc.
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