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e-book reading

PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:31 am
by Oldtimer
This link was posted to me today. I thought it was interesting. What do you think?


Re: e-book reading

PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:36 pm
by cynicalwanderer
It'd be nice to see a print renaissance, to be sure. I do miss the old tactile pleasure of reading a paperback.

That said though, I can't see myself giving up e-books and going back to the impracticality of trying to find bookshelf space for my collection, even though the reading experience feels better with print. When I moved to the UK, I went mostly digital only (these days I only buy a handful of print books each year, the rest on Kindle) and left behind a dozen boxes of must-keeps and gave the rest to the Op Shop. Not just for the efficiency of space, but often e-books are priced more cheaply, so I get more book for my buck.

Mind you, I dropped my Kindle in the sink the other week when I was washing the dishes and reading at the same time, and it has developed a wonky back button since then, so if it dies completely I might have to resort to print books for a while until I can replace it!

Re: e-book reading

PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:49 pm
by Oldtimer

Re: e-book reading

PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:59 pm
by shadowwalker
It doesn't surprise me that ebook sales are slowing - partly the "fatique" thing (a lot of people are becoming more aware of how much time they spend on their electronics; just look at the latest McDonald's ads ;) ). But the novelty is wearing off, as well. People were buying books "cheap" or free, and by the hundreds. Problem was, they never got to reading all of them - they just had them. And then there's the technology itself - show me an electronic device and I'll show you glitches and disasters waiting to happen. I certainly don't expect ebook sales to die, but the leveling off should have been expected.

Personally, I'll keep building and filling the bookshelves. :D

Re: e-book reading

PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:12 am
by Aaron J Kaplan
I like the idea of using ebooks for first-time reads, and then buying the hard-copies for collections and later reads if I enjoy the book.

I definitely understand the desire to be away from the electronics, especially among the younger generations (which I myself fit into) who still want to see the world before settling down.. and with the low cost of ebooks, so much more reading is accessible, which surely must not only overwhelm the reader, but confuse them as well as to what they want to read, leaving the easy decision to simply put down the ereader and go outside to "play," or whatever the non-writer people my age do for fun.. :lol:

Re: e-book reading

PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:37 am
by Loren Killdeer
Printed books are incredible expensive where I live, and something finding a novel it's quite hard. My city it's not too big, and it only has two importat libraries: and they miss many of the books I would like to read. That's why I won't give up e-books!

And I have never had digital fatigue. And I don't even have a kindle or a e-book reader, I use my phone (yeah, dumb, but it works).

If you ask me, digital selling didn't low because of fatigue. It lowered because of piracy.

Re: e-book reading

PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 6:05 pm
by G.E.Plum
Do either of your libraries offer interlibrary loan? Most public libraries do. If a book you want is not in your library, or your regional library system, they should be able to get it from another library/another library system on interlibrary loan. This service greatly expands the number of books available to library patrons. All most libraries need is the title, author, year of publication, and ISBN (you can find all those online, often at Amazon).

Re: e-book reading

PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:30 am
by Grumpy Mike