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1272 clicks; posted to Business » on 14 May 2021 at 4:35 PM (4 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-05-14 4:29:10 PM  
...you're out of paper?
 
2021-05-14 4:54:09 PM  
Makes a good Father's day gift. It's basically a collection of 'digestible' stories, facts, articles that can be read in one sitting.
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2021-05-14 4:54:11 PM  
Books I only intend to read once get read on the Kindle. Anything that has a chance at being revisited gets a physical copy.

Got my signed copy of the new Jeff Vandermeer novel in the mail yesterday. Looking forward to it.
 
2021-05-14 5:37:03 PM  
One of our bathrooms has 12 year old Popular Mechanics magazines in it.  It's currently the only bathroom since the other one is being redone.  It's fascinating how many of the websites in ads are no longer there.  Some have survived and are healthy companies, some are ghosts of themselves and just aren't active, and most redirect to buythisdomainname sites.
 
2021-05-14 5:43:39 PM  
I've found that the uncut edition of Stephen King's The Stand is an excellent shiat book.  Even if you're fairly regular, it'll last you at least a year.
 
2021-05-14 6:02:42 PM  
Since 2 American states have made critical race studies illegal, I am shocked anyone is buying ebooks still.
 
2021-05-14 6:17:42 PM  
I'd figure in america reading is more of a status symbol really, so of course you need the physical copy to have laying around to be seen or you can't really garner the status.
Won't work out to try and show off your ebook collection purposefully, that's not the same kind of status garnering.
 
2021-05-14 6:22:59 PM  

PvtStash: I'd figure in america reading is more of a status symbol really, so of course you need the physical copy to have laying around to be seen or you can't really garner the status.
Won't work out to try and show off your ebook collection purposefully, that's not the same kind of status garnering.


The Irish comic writer Flann O'Brien wrote a newspaper column under the pen name of Myles na Gopaleen, They're the funniest material of its kind I've ever seen. In one set of columns he proposes a service to mishandle books so that they'll look read. He asks, reasonably, why an illiterate tycoon should take the time to actually read books.
 
2021-05-14 6:27:22 PM  
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2021-05-14 6:46:11 PM  
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2021-05-14 6:50:51 PM  
I've owned an iRex Illiad, a Kobo, an HP TouchPad, and an Amazon Fire.  I've never purchased an ebook to read on any of them.  Everything came from Gutenberg or other online libraries.

/or acquired through other means
 
2021-05-14 6:57:29 PM  
I read a paper novel for the fist time in years this week. I already owned it from back before I bought ebooks and I needed to refresh my memory before reading the sequel which I bought as an ebook.
 
2021-05-14 7:02:48 PM  

I Ate Shergar: ...you're out of paper?


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I'd be fine with a supply of just the cover.
 
2021-05-14 7:15:50 PM  
I'm not opposed to ebooks, I have several loaded on my phone right now, and yet I never read them. At all. Not a page.

I'll stick with actual books until I die.
 
2021-05-14 7:18:13 PM  
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2021-05-14 7:23:28 PM  
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2021-05-14 7:26:21 PM  
Okay. So. *nerd hat on* I have a large collection of aviation books and recently I've tried to go digital. I have a bunch of books on my iPad to peruse but it's not the same. My real books are easier to see the whole page and don't have formatting issues. At the same time my real books are outsized (way bigger than a novel) and are cumbersome to rest on my chest when laying in bed. But digital doesn't take up space on my shelves, and I won't destroy them like I did as a kid.

/bought fresh copies of the ones I destroyed when I was young
//"Modern Military Aircraft" 1978 by Bill Gunston was my hands down favorite as a kid, I spilled yogurt on the F-4 Phantom cutaway drawing in the book.
///Digital doesn't have my yogurt stains or outlines of me trying to doodle the plane pictures
 
2021-05-14 7:37:25 PM  
kozlo:

Heh. Yogurt stains. Before any of you can make a joke.
 
2021-05-14 7:54:46 PM  
Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars.  Obits of rockers (and a few more) from 1965 or so until 2011.  Open it anywhere and there's probably an interesting story.  A little bio and the cause of death, from Elvis to just about anybody you can think of, and usually someone you can't.
 
2021-05-14 9:57:45 PM  
Most of what I read is on an ebook reader.  All of what I buy is in print.  My preference is e-ink as I can hold it with one hand while doing something else with the other hand (eating, drinking, smoking, you perverts).  What I read in print form is either old obscure books that I cannot find for free, or prepublication books that publishers send me in hopes that I will write something about it to create a "buzz."  What I will never do is read a book on a phone or tablet.  Print, e-ink, or GTFO.  Whatever works for you though.
 
2021-05-14 11:43:10 PM  
I will say the print to demand books that come from Amazon, are shockingly good quality.
 
2021-05-15 12:11:13 AM  
It seems that someone who reads voraciously on an electronic device is still a bibliophile.
 
2021-05-15 12:41:43 AM  
The Bachman Books in the bathroom.

Priachett's Pyramids in the bedroom.

Semiconductor datasheets on the phone.

'Tis the way it is.
 
2021-05-15 1:26:48 PM  
I will never go the e-reader route, I just enjoy the various sensory interactions with physical books.  The variety of fonts and page colors from different editions, the smell of old paper, the feeling of the page edges (straight or rough), and even the little history associated with a used book (why was that sentence underlined?  This came from a Rutledge library?).

There have been studies done that say he use of other senses while reading helps the reader interact with text more in print versus digital.  This makes sense, especially considering our sense of smell has a strong connection with memory.
 
2021-05-15 3:31:16 PM  

Lodger: I will never go the e-reader route, I just enjoy the various sensory interactions with physical books.  The variety of fonts and page colors from different editions, the smell of old paper, the feeling of the page edges (straight or rough), and even the little history associated with a used book (why was that sentence underlined?  This came from a Rutledge library?).

There have been studies done that say he use of other senses while reading helps the reader interact with text more in print versus digital.  This makes sense, especially considering our sense of smell has a strong connection with memory.


You'll never stumble upon a signed e-reader edition, either.  One night I got Irvine Welsh's autograph on his latest book at the time (not really a big deal at signings anymore).  But I also got him to sign a piece he'd written some years before for a British magazine about the time he threw up on the train going home to Edinburgh.  Got a chuckle out of him when he saw what it was he was signing.   That one's framed.
 
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