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Senegalese slippers that I purchased in a market in Nigeria

 

 

 

 

There were some other cool stuff I skipped on.

 

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post #33317 of 46212
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Originally Posted by Teger View Post

no, i just do half.com / amazon. probably $4 - $5 a book. not nothing, but better than full price.

Why not get a kindle/nook/etc and download free ebooks? Could probably get an older model for ~$40.
post #33318 of 46212
i dont know about teger but i much prefer a book in hand than yet another device, be it tablet or reader or laptop or whatever.

nostalgic, antiquated, and you can't capture the same symbolism in burning a bunch of e-readers now can you ? advantage : unsustainable bound paper decaying over time
post #33319 of 46212

I have enough screens in my life last thing i fucking need is a book with wi-fi

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Originally Posted by the shah View Post

i dont know about teger but i much prefer a book in hand than yet another device, be it tablet or reader or laptop or whatever.

nostalgic, antiquated, and you can't capture the same symbolism in burning a bunch of e-readers now can you ? advantage : unsustainable bound paper decaying over time

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Originally Posted by KingJulien View Post

I have enough screens in my life last thing i fucking need is a book with wi-fi

Me too. I absolutely refuse to get one of those things. I love the smell of a book. New books and used books have different scents. I love them both. The only literature I will read on a screen in pornographic.
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post


Me too. I absolutely refuse to get one of those things. I love the smell of a book. New books and used books have different scents. I love them both. The only literature I will read on a screen in pornographic.

I don't blame you. The scent on used pornographic literature is one I would want to distance myself from, too.
post #33322 of 46212
The drawback to real books is storing them. For that reason alone I'm considering an e-reader. I do love that old book smell though, and it's nice to have a sense of how far through you are.
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As someone who has had a Kindle since the first iteration y'all are missing out. Especially when you're reading long novels that are 800+ pages it's so much more convenient than carrying around even paperbacks

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Yeah, actually that's the other big drawback. I frequently carry a bunch of stuff in my bag and having some gigantic hardcover in there doesn't help
post #33325 of 46212
i like real books too but i don't see why people are so insistent on them being better. you can say "it's the feel" or "the smell" or whatever, but it's mainly the fact that we were raised with them that i think people want to keep using them. if a kid was raised with only an e-reader he would probably use those very same points if the reverse happened and society was transitioning from e-books to physical books. i would buy an e-reader but economically a physical book still usually makes more sense (especially with reselling), and e-readers will likely be fully integrated into other mobile technology very soon (they sort of already have - just not that well).
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I'm an English Lit major with a concentration in 19th Century British Lit, having a Kindle has not only paid for itself in terms of not spending money on books, but keeps me so much more organised come essay time. Having all your highlights, bookmarks, etc, sorted and searchable is life changing. They're not without flaws, but the benefits they offer are real, if not tangible ;)

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Originally Posted by wurm View Post

i like real books too but i don't see why people are so insistent on them being better.

It's actually the way books interact with the brain, the kind of changes they effect, the kind of thinking they encourage, that is at stake. Not merely convenience or aesthetics. Take a look at these two books for some interesting/fascinating/horrifying explanations:

Proust and the Squid

The Shallows
post #33328 of 46212
I like books because I can throw them at people, among other things. All those screens are making me crazy man, I'm pretty sure you don't read the same way on a page or on a screen either. I also don't care about the little added convenience, I don't need to have everything available everywhere all the time, people in general are becoming insufferable because of this shit.

Oh yeah, fuck touchscreen-everything too.


edit : noob post, yep
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I like ... the sound the page makes when you turn it and using old postcards for bookmarks makes me happy
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Something very quaint about this conversation being carried out by prolific Internet message board posters
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