I love books. The feel, smell, everything. There isn't anything like having a fresh brewed cup of coffee, a full pipe, and a good book. But... Ebooks are so easy to get! With programs like Adobe viewer, Microsoft literature, and Google books it's easy to read them. I have the G1 phone from Google, it lets me read any book in the public forum, for free, from my phone. I also have an Ipaq pocket computer that holds about 1000 ebooks on an SD card. I own many, many books but I don't want to take many of them out of the man cave. I still feel lazy somehow, convenience for nostalgia. Many things, even here in 'The Art of Manliness' its mentioned, haven't gotten better with time and technology, just more convenient. For instance blade shaving vs an electric razor. I've yet to see an electric razor that shaves as close but I can't blade shave on the way to work. Are ebooks just another electric razor? Change for the sake of convenience. Does anyone else share this guilty pleasure?
It depends. When I read The Sun Also Rises, I feel I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much if I had read it on my Kindle instead of a decades-old hardback. However, if I'm reading technical books then I don't really care. My only gripe is that the e-paper display doesn't show pictures and diagrams in useful detail.
This is merely an issue of preference. Books take up a lot of space, but when people visit your house they can get an idea of what you are interested in by browsing your library. I don't think I would much like reading text off of a screen for that long..the eyes might start to hurt. Regular books don't require charging or batteries. Regular books are just as portable and accessible as E books are. I also like to physically browse a bookstore. Its the same argument as Mp3s Vs. CDs if you think about it. Times change and formats change...its an inevitability.
I have a Kindle and I love it. It saves me tons of space. I live in a tiny apartment and have three full bookshelves that I already don't have room for, I don't need another. I can also essentially bring my entire library with me. I usually have two books going at once and don't know what I may want to read next until it gets to that poitn. Sure, you give up some things with an e-book. You can't skip large sections of a book easily, can't keep your thumb in a page while you go back and check something, but you can do other things like "highlight" passages of text without disfiguring your book, or make notes that are searchable. It's just a trade off.
Maybe you can have a cup of instant decaf and simulated cigarret instead of your fresh brewed and a pipe to go along with your E book. After all, instant coffee and sim cigs are easier and more accessable.
Phooey. Books on paper, blade shaving, tobbacco pipe and Columbian ground- that is what makes life comfortable and friendly. Simple pleasures to relax the mind and body. Slow down dude- what's the hurry?
Oddly enough, I have two E-books. I vastly prefer my Kindle (1st version) to my Sony Reader. Naturally the formats are completely different and don't interchange at all (sigh!*). I love my real books, but space (small house, one spouse, two children) means I don't have much library space. The Kindle is really great to travel with, since all I need is the charger. I've hauled multiple books and magazines on planes and believe me, the Kindle is easier to pack. When I can finally recover a library room (or half room), the real books will re-emerge from their storage exile, along with my chair and side table for beverages, but the KIndle will stay as an intergrated part of the library. I will say that I was extremely jealous of the late writer Louis LAmour...a man who had a personal library with individual title counts in the thousands in his house.
I keep most of my book collection in a repository I call "public library". Although I love the books I have at home, i find the millions more I own would never fit in my den, so I have huge buildings scattered all over the country to house the rest. Perhaps you've seen my collection? I will gladly lend you any book out of my collection for free. Just ask the nice people I pay to take care of my books about borrowing one- I'm sure I have a convenient repository somewhere in a town near you. If they give you any hassle, let me know.
Reading an actual book is a total sensory experience. Reading an eBook is sterile. It's a preference amongst people who read. Much like some writers prefer manual typewriters, or even writing long hand.
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