I have to laugh at this question... how would the younger people today make it when I was a kid in the 60's ? Technology is a wonderful thing.. But it can also be a hindrance.
Fitness Minutes: (88,546)
11,790 10/6/12 7:34 A
I'm still a book worm. I'm currently reading a heavy book of 1,200 pages and I love it. I have been considering a kindle but hesitate because at my library they only have some of the books set up electronically, I have a better selection in hardback.
Fitness Minutes: (490)
88 10/6/12 12:02 A
I love my Kindle with a ferocity that borders on alarming. I love my Kindle apps on my phone, iPad, and computer. I love them because I do a lot of traveling, and have moved house multiple times over the last few years. I have always loved books as my way to unwind, and my Kindle allows me to do that without being bogged down with shelves of books, or the bulk of three novels in my carry on for a 10 hour flight. I think that book worms will always exist, but the way we consume words will change.
Right now my fiancé and I are reading through the same series, but I read faster than him, so I leave little notes on things I enjoyed for him to find when he gets there. He has a series that he has been begging me to read that he has left notes in as well. There is something peaceful about that to me.
thats interesting I own a Nook and I am not a fan of libraries anymore (since I was a kid) I frequent B&N purchasing both hard and paper back copies. You never know when there will be no power source your electronic device dies then what ( these things have a limited power charge). I am sure that there are places where electronic devices are not the item...........beach, court houses and so on
I have many books AND a Kindle. Must admit, I am old-school and enjoy reading a "real" book over an ebook, but will read either! When I purchase books, if the price is the same, I will most often chose the book over the ebook, unless I am traveling and space and weight are an issue.
I work as a high school librarian and am confronted by the bookworm question often. I do think textbooks will most likely go electronic because of price and space. Reference books are already going digital. Sets of encyclopedias are much cheaper online or on DVD. Class sets of books will most likely end up less expensive as ebooks, so I see a move in that direction eventually.
Hopefully though, books will not go the way of the dinosaurs, but only time will tell. As an almost -fifty year-old, I am sure I will not see their disappearance, but my grandchildren might. The ebooks are becoming more comfortable to use with each upgrade and the pictures and text are getting better all the time. I could see them taking over.
Fitness Minutes: (95,226)
935 6/28/12 10:03 P
I love books. I don't have space for books. And well, the $450 (2 e-readers over 4 years) for me is a much better deal than finding the money to buy a bigger house to store my books. The books are not lost if your e-reader breaks or is stolen. You back them up on your computer, on SD cards and in the accounts of the stores where you purchased them. I currently have close to 1000 books and 10 dictionaries on my e-reader, I can adjust the print size so that I can comfortably read while on the treadmill and I never lose my place because of a breeeze. These are definite advantages over paper.
I do not own a kindle or anything of the sort. I do own many books. I collect them (I have everything John Grisham wrote). I wish I had my own library. My favorite Book-A-Million has closed and I am not happy about it. I enjoyed spending Sunday evening browsing.
I would much rather read a hardback or quality paperback than an ebook.
The thought has crossed my mind.. I am not an avid reader, but I much prefer ro read a book rather than any of the items that are now avaiiable through the computer media.
Fitness Minutes: (17,391)
2,116 6/28/12 8:10 P
That's my biggest fear....I am a book hoarder, love the feel of the book and pages in my hands, scrolling backward to see how much I've read, scrolling forward to see when the next chapter comes. I work at a university and the students don't appreciate the value of a good book, the solid feel of the weight in their hands. I shudder to think what the next few years will bring. Our school actually minimized the university library and went partially digital so they wouldn't have to store so many books. What is this world coming to?
Come over to the dark side (the e reader side) we have cookies. And less expensive books. Once I discovered the Kindle, I will never go back to paper books.
Fitness Minutes: (628)
88 6/28/12 5:19 P
I love the feel of real books, this may seem odd but I also love the way they smell. I am a bookworm and I don't think I'll ever trade my books for ebooks.
Fitness Minutes: (59,551)
2,892 6/28/12 5:10 P
I love my Kindle for PC, I just hate that you can't share everything that you buy. But I still love real books. I am a book freak - read 4-5 books per week - and always have to have a book that can travel without batteries, for places like the doc office, lunchtime at work, or when waiting for someone somewhere.
Now, my Kindle for PC is dangerous in the spending category - you don't even realize how much you spend until you see your bank account, so you have to keep it on a budget.
I have boxes and boxes of books I need to pull faves from and donate or resell. But I always keep the ones that are more meaningful to me, or the older books from childhood.
I doubt that... I have access to a plethora of devices to read on but still chose and buy paperback books!
Fitness Minutes: (4,954)
132 6/28/12 3:06 P
i think those are great devices for stuff like that. my main concern, being a college student, would be the fact that if my device broke, i would have NO access to my text books AT ALL and who knows how long it would take to fix. so, i love the idea, but im too worried about tech failures.
I use my Nook for those books that sound interesting but I wouldn't necessarily want to own and some freebies that I have found through B&N... the ones that I will read over and over and want to keep, I get them in hard copy... I think as long as there are people who love to read, there will still be "real" books...
I think the whole notion is ridiculous. There will *always* be people who prefer real books over ebooks, and there will always be people who won't even touch an e-reader. Heck, newspapers are still around. I don't think books are going anywhere. I have a kindle, but I rarely use it. I use it when I don't have room to pack more than one book and for large series to save space and to test books out to see if I want to buy them.
I totally agree Vanlenore, if I am not careful. I will spend way to much money on books for my Kindle. Way to easy since my Kindle is attached to my Amazon account.
Fitness Minutes: (14,283)
390 6/28/12 1:34 P
I like both, especially the Amazon Fire when it comes to eReaders, since it's a color, android tablet so it has dual functionality. Change is good.
Fitness Minutes: (75,640)
4,857 6/28/12 1:29 P
I always have a book on the go and I read all the time. I have bought 3 ereaders and have had technical problems with all three (the last one didn't even last a month before it stopped working).
About the time the last one died, I bought an Android smartphone, and now I read all my books on my cell phone! It was a bit awkward at first, but now I am used to it. It was great when I was on vacation - no books to pack or lug around.
I agree that the electronic books are not as easy to flip around in as "real" books, and illustrations and maps are hard to see (or they don't show up at all), but overall the convenience is worth it. In fact it is TOO convenient to buy books - I have to watch my book budget. You can look up a book, buy it and be reading it in less than 5 minutes.
I felt the same way about books, until I received a NOOK as a gift. I LOVE being able to purchase a book from the convenience of my home and have it instantly ready to read. I also like that it has saved me considerable space storage wise. I can swap books with my friends that own NOOK's, down load free or bargain books for a little bit of nothing, or check ebooks from my local library. I have been an avid reader all of my life, and I think for me, my NOOK has only added to the pleasure of reading.
Unless computers and electronic book readers (kindles and nooks) become free there will be a market for bound books. Having access to either of those things in a household is not the 'norm' for most people. E-books reach a finite audience where as a book can be published, printed and sent all over the world and be made available to everyone who can read not just those who have access to and can afford the technology.
Fitness Minutes: (34,953)
2,323 6/28/12 11:13 A
I love to read...I like magazines, books and just to browse them. I also love technology. I have both. When I go to the library, I will check out the physical book. I also have a link on my Facebook to the Nook sites for free books. I like both.
I served Jury Duty on Monday and I carried ten books on my Kindle. Imagine carrying two Dictionaries and eight paperback books. I can put over 3000 books on my Kindle. So with a 5x7 E reader I can carry an entire library in the palm of my hand, if that is my desire.
If I am reading a book and decide to quit and I turn it off. When I go back to that book. It opens where I left off, so no need for a bookmark.
If I am reading and I don't know the definition of a word. All I have to do is put the cursor in front of the word and it takes the definition from one of the two dictionaries and puts it right on my screen.
The Kindle Edition of a book is cheaper and sometimes free. Who doesn't like a free or cheap book?
People can publish books on Kindle and make money to support themselves When a traditional publisher wouldn't give them the time of day.
I don't think real books will ever go away. They will just get moldy, smelly and be carriers of allergens.
I am enjoying my Kindle touch (didn't want the Fire version) much more than I thought I would. But I still love a good "hard copy" book.
The nice thing about the Kindle is that I always have it with me, so if I'm waiting at the doctors, or at a restaurant for a friend, I pull out my Kindle and read, no more reading magazines I have no interest in. Also, I am trying very hard to read the Bible through in a year. With the Kindle I have been able to keep up with that. I also use the Kindle while riding my stationary bike.
But I will never give up my love of "real" books :)
Fitness Minutes: (102,665)
1,404 6/28/12 9:10 A
Oh, I hope not. Nothing better than a good book in my hand.
Fitness Minutes: (173,402)
3,941 6/28/12 8:34 A
I hope not. I ate the electronic readers, I prefer a book anyday!
As another stated, I too do not intend to buy an e-reader, I much prefer the physical book. I often mark up my books by underlining or highlighting good quotes or parts I'd like to go back and re-read. I know there is a highlight option on the e-readers but it's just not the same. I also love seeing my very very stocked bookcases in my living room - I can't imagine an e-reader giving that same sense of satisfaction.
the guys at work laugh at my husband because he brings in a book to read at lunch, they keep telling him to get an electronic one , but he says no i love the turning of the page. Technology is okay, but if you stopped and thought about all the jobs that have been lost because of the internet it's very sad... A postal job meant u were set for life not anymore! people rather write an email then sit and write a letter, you can look up info (soon no more libraries) , music a lot of the stores have closed cause of downloading, now soon book makers will lose their jobs, newspapers will soon be extinct all the jobs lost there you can go on and on and on ....
Fitness Minutes: (4,837)
61 6/27/12 11:20 P
I LOVE real books, and if I find a book that qualifies as a "Keeper" then I buy it in paperback. I DO read some books on my reader, but just the free ones through the local library, mainly b/c it's easy, free, and less of a wait than if I went in to request the paper copy (not to mention, some books aren't even available through the library b/c they haven't purchased it (not yet anyways) for the book system your library uses.
I won't buy them from Barnes and Nobles or anywhere for my reader, strictly freebies.
That said, I have several bookshelves of keepers, and, I have MANY more bookshelves of books I've been trying to sell or trade in the book-trade-site I'm a part of, & they don't move, even at 5 for $1 on a rummage sale! It is extremely sad, but people DON'T read anymore, and when they do, I think the E-reader is an easy out for them; there's no dedication or requirement, there isn't a physical book to read & then store or get rid of, it's all there in their little reader, and if they like it, great, if not, they poke a button and it's gone. If they want, they don't have to read the book right now, & it's not laying around their house, reminding them. You can easily carry multiple books all on one form, and it's easy to tote around in a purse or laptop bag or book bag.
But REAL books...I love those, and don't want them to ever stop being printed, or, go up to such a high cost I cannot afford them.
Fitness Minutes: (34,361)
6,094 6/27/12 10:57 P
It's so hard to flip through an electronic book. I rarely use my Kindle :(
I love books with paper. I don't own an e-reader and don't intend to. I like browsing for books, picking them up, flipping through them. It's always pleasant to see how far you've gotten in a book based on where the marker is. I just have to have a real book if I'm going to be reading.
Fitness Minutes: (3,589)
105 6/27/12 10:10 P
Let me put it this way: A physical book, with pages, needs no batteries or charger. Its also ridiculously easy to set aside with your place marked, and you can tell just by the way it falls open EXACTLY where your favorite parts are.
They will ALWAYS have a place with me.
Fitness Minutes: (77,975)
6,718 6/27/12 10:00 P
I'm a dedicated bibliophile and I read constantly. I don't really think there's much difference between a paperback and book I read on my nook. My enjoyment of both are the same, and my ability to carry as many books as I want around in something smaller and thinner than your average paperback makes my nook far more convenient. It doesn't affect that sense of escape into the "pages" of the story.
I have to say though, reading on my laptop or ipad isn't the same - the glow of the screen negates some of the soothing effects of the book. I like to read before bed, and the backlit screen isn't good for pre-bedtime reading. On a dedicated e-ink ereader though, it really feels quite similar to a hard copy book.
Fitness Minutes: (167,691)
11,304 6/27/12 8:45 P
I guess I see books as a great escape or way to pass time no matter if they're in paperback or electronic format. The tangible pages really never got me excited but a good story does.
Fitness Minutes: (0)
1 6/27/12 7:46 P
I have just read this article from a website and I think that it is an interesting subject. It is about those electronic books threatening the extinction of old good paperback or hardback. This article brings out the fact that some people, like the book lovers, the ones that read to escape the everyday life struggles, those who crave the feeling of turning the pages by licking their fingers with the anticipation that they are progressing through, in general it states that even tough electronic books have almost taking over, those people will always have that foyer where they retire in the middle of the day or the end, depending on your habits, to feel those pages.
Personally, I agree and even though I own several electronic books, mostly work related, but when I need to read a good thriller or a new novel, I head to Barnes and Noble. The electronic novels just don’t do it for me.
You can read the entire article at www.ancestralbooks.com
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.