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e-Books Vs normal books..

Discussion in 'e-books and e-readers' started by fanny, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. fanny

    fanny New Member

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    How many of you feel e books can replace the normal books.. i feel all the gadgets and apps in the market are just there to facilitate/enhance the reading.I personally feel none of the e-books nor the apps can ever replace the pleasure that a reader derives from reading a book by holding it in hand.
    I must also say this the it is quite impossible to carry all your books when you travel. this is a point where the e-books and readers come in handy.

    I own a Kindle. It s very useful i admit but never can replace a book. Earlier all the member s of a book club forum meet up at least once in a month to discuss a book they have read. This not only develops the other readers' knowledge about a book's existence but it also helps in face to face interaction. These online communities have made this easy. Apart from online communities there many apps that aid this purpose. With apps like LiveAlbum(LiveAlbum) (which is not an app for book reading) you can at least share the books you have read and discuss through comments.

    So what is your say on this?
     
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    There's something about building a physical library in your home and adding to it every time you finish a book that an e-reader will never provide.

    Nature will always trump technology.
     
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    beer good Well-Known Member

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    Cutting down a tree with a chainsaw, putting it through a wood chipper, pulping the chips using various chemicals, pouring that into a machine that turns it into sheets of paper, printing works written on a computer in artificial ink on that paper, putting that through a machine that cuts and binds it between other pieces of dead tree, boxing a few thousand of those up, putting the boxes on the back of a truck, driving that truck to a bookshop and selling the packs of dead tree to people who drove there in their own cars and pay with their VISA cards (or driving the truck directly to the homes of people who bought their packs of dead tree over the internet) is "nature"? ;) Books are technology; they're just a technology we're used to.

    But yeah, point taken; much as I like my e-reader, there are some books I really want to put on my shelf when I'm done with them.
     
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    I think eventually, like many years down the road, normal books will no longer be published. Everything will migrate to e-form.
     
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    Good grief, I hope not! Much as I love my Kindle I still like the look and feel of paper books. And what of the older people who may not be comfortable with all the modern technology - not everyone has computers and tablets and fancy I-pads or whatever they're called. Sometimes I wish a lot of the modern innovations would vanish, like trying to phone the bank and having to go through a list of options before you get the information you want and if you want a balance typing the 16 digit number of your card onto the phone. Sometimes it just gets to me and I long for (some) of the good old days! :)
     
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    Yeah, for sure
    I don't think so. TV didn't kill the radio, and VHS/DVD/Bluray didn't kill the cinema. There is a place for all.
     
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    I never tried an E-Reader.. maybe this Christmas I may buy one just to see if I like it...

    Right now Im a classic book fanboy.. and I cant think in myself reading lots of books in an ecran..
     
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    i have a nook. it was fun at first.... but i find i don't use it much. i love holding a books in my hands and turning the pages (for real).
    i think they are neat for travel but when i'm at home or work i would much rather have a real book.
    and also ..... i love walking around the library and checking out books
     
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    I'm talking about 10-15-20 years from now. That "Generation" of "old people" who doesn't know modern tech will had died out by then. I didn't say I agree with this. I'm just saying it's most likely going to happen. Publishing companies will stop making tangible books.
     
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    Only if people stop buying them. Publishers like making money.
     
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    If 20 years from now these forums still exist, we will re-live this topic and see who was right :whistling:
     
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    I'm not saying it won't happen. I'm saying it'll only happen if people stop buying paper books. Publishers make a lot more money off paper books, and they aren't going to stop printing them as long as people keep buying them. To paraphrase what someone said about bookshops, the professed love for paper books must be matched with a willingness to pay for them. If that isn't there, then yes, paper books will likely go the way of the compact disc.
     
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    I like both kindle and real books

    I have to say I enjoy both, and one reason is that the library doesn't(as far as I know) give out e-books. I generally like to switch back and forth, but if I'm in a book store and see something, I may want the real thing. I read 1984 and A Game of Thrones on the kindle and it was a great experience, but I just started with some Clive Cussler and have read those in the real version.


    Also when it comes to chess books I would never want to use an E-reader, as having the book is the most effective way of learning(for now at least). Textbooks are the same, I like flipping to the back of the glossary and being able to flip thorugh chapters at ease.
     
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    Library does indeed have eBooks.
     
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    True, but unfortunately the system is set so there is one copy of any given e-book available in my state's system. It seems wrong to wait indefinitely for a book I could request in print and have in my hands, often within a few days. Perhaps when they get the kinks worked out, it will be great.
     
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    Don't get the wrong impression. I love tangible books and hope they never go away... but I can foresee a future with little to no real books left. Only collectors/collection of them. Digital will win :(
     
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    Things are different everywhere I guess. I never had to wait for Kindle books when I could get them. I can't get Kindle books anymore since mobipocket books are no longer supported by OverDrive and Canada doesn't have Kindle books yet. Grrr. However, I've regularly had to wait MONTHS for some DTB on my hold list.
     
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    Hi Alix: I buy all my Kindle books from Amazon.com - the exchange rate isn't all that much and it's good to have them on my Kindle within minutes of the transaction. :)
     
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    I don't mind waiting for the e-books to come in the library. My wishlist is so infinitely long at this point that there's plenty of books to check out that I don't have to wait on. I have 8 or 9 on hold with a queue, but the limit is 10 so I have an opening if I feel in the mood for a book I can get now.

    Now that my TBR pile is getting so low, I imagine I'll be reading a lot more e-books in the coming months.
     
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    Don't forget to check out Project Gutenburg; they add new books all the time. Now that we have an iPad as well as the Kindle, I've been scooping up all kinds of golden oldies.
     

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