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Originally Posted by Fang66 View Post

After you finish reading a book just give it to someone else. If you feel like reading it again in 6 months, a year, ten years buy another copy. Clutter solved.

but what if you like having stacks of books all over my house, spending hours trying to find something that you want to reread and stumbling upon books you forgot about that you loved.
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Originally Posted by steveoffice View Post

but what if you like having stacks of books all over my house, spending hours trying to find something that you want to reread and stumbling upon books you forgot about that you loved.

True this is also good, and I have in the past existed like this. In my current life in Japan English language books are a rare and precious commodity that only the most base capitalist would hoard. Giving someone a good book is only slightly less welcome than giving them imported small goods or cheese.

Also there is one thing better than finding a long lost and loved book in your own collection and that is finding a long lost and loved book in a musty second hand book store.
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Fang I'm sure you have some really good points but i can't get through any of them because your avatar is so distracting

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I'm an enormous hypocrite when it comes to this discussion as I absolutely despise physical media when it comes to CDs and DVDs and have quite happily transferred the entirety of my music and movie/tv show collection into the digital realm. But there's just something about books that seems different. It's probably a combination of some of the romantic notions others mentioned and quite a bit of completely irrational thought at work. Oh well, I'm 34 and am happily settled into my home, complete with bookshelves so might as well fill 'em up!

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Originally Posted by slstr View Post

Fang I'm sure you have some really good points but i can't get through any of them because your avatar is so distracting

Apple oggies
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Originally Posted by ipractice View Post

This stupid argument came up at least once a quarter while in college.

It's ok guys, we can still have both books and ereaders ffffuuuu.gif

serious though, everyone has their own preferences. don't see anything wrong with liking one over the other.

I dont think anyone is saying that one is objectively better than the other, and one of them needs to be done away with, everyone is just expressing their thoughts on the matter as this topic tends to be quite divided for various reasons. Personally I prefer actual books, I just find it more enjoyable. I also dont want to buy a tablet or kindle.

That being said, recent purchases thread probably isn't the best place for this discussion so
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I recently purchased the kindle paperwhite and love it. it is a thousand times better than reading on the iPad. I picked it up because I had a bunch of amazon gift cards, and I am glad I did. Easier on the eyes, I can adjust the lighting to go way down while reading in bed and my wife is asleep (unlike ipad), smaller, lighter, better.

Probably my favorite part, aside from not having to hold up an 800 page book while I read it (IQ84, I am looking at you) is that it's incredibly easy to look up a word while I am reading. I sometimes would have a dictionary around when I was reading, but often wouldn't, and having the ability to look up word definitions seamlessly is helpful.
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^Part of the reason I haven't read that is because I don't want to bring it everywhere
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Originally Posted by dotcomzzz View Post

Okay, here goes.

Aside from Fok’s point already made about smell, there’s the feel, as others have touched on (sorry, puns rule). I like dog earing my books. I like feeling the heft of a Russian classic. I also like annotating books and enjoy deciphering the cursive script of who knows who from who knows when along the margins of a faintly ochered page culled from the stacks of a campus library.

So what do I get in exchange for these two vastly critical elements of a real book? I get convenience. Convenience for me, sure. But also convenience for the people who want me to buy more books. I really don’t care that I can download the complete Mark Twain library for only $2 (which incidentally feels like an insult to Mark Twain). No, what I’m giving up is more than money. I’m giving up data that will be used to market more books to me. More books that I won’t read and I don’t really want. Kind of like all the albums on my itunes. Except an e-book isn’t like itunes; you can’t just parse together all the stuff you really like and make a playlist.

But some people would disagree. About the parsing part. And it’s not customers. In essence when you download a book you’re basically letting quite a few greedy folks stand over your shoulder while you read whatever they’ve sold you. Yes. I don’t blame them. If I were trying to sell you books I would be very interested to know what pages you highlight, what sections you return to again and again, what words you look up, and so forth. You know, in order to hone what suggestions I make for you to purchase next. The only thing better would be to have some way of taking an EEG reading while you ‘enjoy’ my product that we both find so mutually convenient. Then I could really zero in on what emotes and what doesn’t for you. And all of it I’ll market under some greasy euphemism like ‘getting to know our readers’ or ‘building relationships’.


Actual books on the other hand are not as insidious. They just take up space. And unless you’re still one of those people who buys titles and then puts them in certain highly visible spots in your place in order to bed girls (which by the way e-books fail completely at) chances are by the time you’re out of college and have moved a few times, you’re going to think twice about what titles you pick up. Duh, that’s why there’s libraries.

So yeah. I take real books. No question.

I'm like 99% sure that Mark Twain is completely in public domain and thus you shouldn't pay anything for it if you go to the right places (Project Gutenberg).

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Wanted to try out non-skinny jeans. Didn't think 17.5oz denim would be such a significant difference, although it probably doesn't help that they're still very stiff.
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Originally Posted by brad-t View Post

Something very quaint about this conversation being carried out by prolific Internet message board posters

How so ?
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^Yeah.
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Originally Posted by MichaelPemulis View Post

I recently purchased the kindle paperwhite and love it. it is a thousand times better than reading on the iPad. I picked it up because I had a bunch of amazon gift cards, and I am glad I did. Easier on the eyes, I can adjust the lighting to go way down while reading in bed and my wife is asleep (unlike ipad), smaller, lighter, better.

Probably my favorite part, aside from not having to hold up an 800 page book while I read it (IQ84, I am looking at you) is that it's incredibly easy to look up a word while I am reading. I sometimes would have a dictionary around when I was reading, but often wouldn't, and having the ability to look up word definitions seamlessly is helpful.


Michael Pemulis is sitting at home in Allston right now reading your post. Yachting cap tipped over his brow, shaking his head. Just you wait. It all begins with Year of the Kindle.
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Originally Posted by nicelynice View Post

I like being able to read the terrible 800 page sci-fi books I'm into without my arms getting tired 15 minutes into the book

If you're in a New York coffee shop reading all 400 pages of the latest Zadie Smith novel or whatever I hear ya but I don't wanna be seen reading something shaped like a brick called A DEEPNESS IN THE SKY with a picture of a spaceship on it in public

That, and the nearest Half-Price Books is across the Pacific Ocean



Also, eBooks are adding more social aspects to reading that are way cooler than a couple discolored pages and highlighted words from some undergrad somewhere. I'm sure it annoys some people, but the option to see what passages other readers have highlighted in eBooks is definitely one reason I enjoy reading on my Kindle. I'm sure further advances to e-reader technology is going keep changing the ways we enjoy books in a positive direction.

I can't use ipads / kindles to read, it just strains my eyes way too much. That's why I only read books.

As for embarrassing reading or what not, sometimes I read this out in public with pride. 991 pages of science fiction. Cover is more steampunkish, which is odd, and also slightly more embarrassing than spaceships.

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Book person right here. Too many memories of rolling around while reading a book to purchase an e-reader, it sterilizes the reading experience. The feel of the cover, turning pages physically, the weight of the book, the layout of the chapters, the summary at the back. Especially if it's a fantasy or fiction. Same argument as streaming movies vs. going to the theaters, it's a physical experience vs. just the content.
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I like books but carrying around textbooks gets to be a giant drag.
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