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Apple



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:57 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

My husband keeps on at me to get one so the house isn't cluttered up with my "bloody books" and that the shelves can be used for something more useful (his definition of useful would probably be computer games and DVDs) but I'm not keen to be honest there is something about books the feel of them and the smell of them its just not the same with a chunk of plastic, plus I'm a little wary of what happens if something goes wrong and you lose the books stored on your reader?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Castorboy wrote:
If I have got those facts wrong, I claim the Himadri Defence, in that if I did any research there wouldn't be time to post anything!


Well, absolutely! Also,when you've got opinions you're rather keen on, research may well turn out facts that render your opinions invalid, and that's a most unfortunate state of affairs.

On the matter of Wodehouseís prose, it was absolutely perfect for what he set out to do, although, Iím sure, many will point out that what he set out to do was narrow in range: it is hard to imagine Wodehouse writing prose that communicates tension, for instance; or which communicates any depth of feeling; or which communicates with clarity difficult ideas; and so on. But for his purposes, it was perfect. Indeed, his humour depends entirely on the language used: you try re-telling one of his comic passages using your own words, and the humour falls completely flat.

As far as e-books are concerned, I have nothing against them in theory, but I remain too emotionally attached to paper books. Itís irrational, I know, but there it is: this is one aspect where I really am too old to change.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re losing books - with the Kindle, at least, Amazon stores the books you buy, and you just download them again for free if you delete or lose them.

But like others, I definitely have a huge emotional attachment to books, and will never prefer reading a computer to holding that satisfying chunk of paper, the feel of it, the ease of use, the smell, as you all say.  As mike js pointed out once, the book is an extremely good piece of technology!  As well as being an object of great aesthetic and sensual delight.


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Jen M



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like everyone here, I love books; I love the feel of them, I enjoy browsing in bookshops, and when reading, I like to be able to see how far I have got, and to be able to flick forward to see if I have time to complete the next chapter.

A colleague of mine has recently bought a Kindle, despite being a bibliophile as described above.  She has now been partly converted; the advantage for her is she has a long commute and can choose what she reads depending on her mood.  Another colleague has a Sony e-Reader; one lunchtime I borrowed both and did a bit of 'test reading'.  For various reasons I preferred the Kindle.

I could, possibly, be tempted to invest in a Kindle because of the space the books take up; like Apple's, my husband is not a reader and just about tolerates my books; a Kindle would enable me to have many books without them taking up space in the house.  Perhaps he could treat me.  But I can't see myself ever doing without actual books, or giving up browsing in bookshops.  And Christmas and birthdays would definitely lose something.



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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never thought I'd say this but my brother got a Kindle for Christmas and has just been giving me a guided tour. I rather liked it... Embarassed For certain circumstances it might be rather useful. Like others above, I am highly attached to the thing-ness of a proper book, even a tatty paperback. But now the evil little techie-manque geek in me is beginning to nag away.
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Ann



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ive just been away to stay with my niece and she lent me her Kindle to try it. She downloaded Phineous Finn for me since I knew it would be free and it is something I was wanting to read.
I quite liked it - especially being able to change the font size. My main annoyance was that I had to be careful how I held it as I could inadvertantly press a button and lose the page I was on, or turn  a page forwards or backwards by mistake. (I am quite a fidgety person and hold my book in lots of different positions as I read.) However I liked that I could pick it up and instantly go to the page I was on without a bookmark that might fall out. I don't think it would replace a book for me, certainly as long as libraries exist. However I think Kindles are an excellent idea for travelling as I have said before.



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