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12/6/10 8:59 A

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I love books (don't we all...)and often look at flea markets and antic shops to find old ones for my collection. I have two beautiful ones from 1922 my grandmother bought, bound in red leather and the paper of the pages is so thin that you can almost see through it. It is such a pleasure to touch...
I almost always have a book in my handbag whenever I leave the house. My dentist says that I am the only patient he has who reads in his chair.
So, for me personally, books will always be the first choice.

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9/4/10 6:53 P

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Janis, I've been known to sniff books too - especially nice NEW ones!
I guess I'm in the minority here! I own a Kindle and like it a lot - its screen is a different technology from the backlit computer and iPad screens and does not tire the eyes. There's something very cool about being able to just push a button and (for FREE, no wireless charge) order a book you want. I adjusted to it very quickly.
That being said, I have not given up real books! I love them. There are some things I will never want to read on a Kindle, and many books that interest me that aren't available. I still check books out from the library - I don't always want to pay for them on the Kindle.
The convenience is unparalleled. What is already happening is that Kindle owners actually read more & buy more books because of the convenience factor. so I think all the alarmist hoo hah about it is quite misplaced. It will ultimately be a good thing, just an added way to read.
Gosh, didn't mean to go on quite that long! emoticon

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8/29/10 8:42 P

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Jenn,
It's not as if I go around actually sniffing books, but ...can't help noticing it sometimes. LOL I'm happy I made you laugh. I LOVE making people laugh. emoticon

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8/29/10 3:54 P

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CHIPPEE: You just cracked me up!

I agree. I just LOVE old-fashioned books. My home is FULL of them and they are the only possession that I have that I really value.

I love to SMELL THEM. emoticon

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8/28/10 7:34 A

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I guess I am an old-fashioned girl. I prefer an actual book. I tried a Kindle, and ended up returning it. The thing gave me a headache.
I get the largest majority of my books from the library, which I walk to several times a week.



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I couldn't agree with you more Chippee.

Also, the Kindle, Ipad and other gadgets aren't exactly cheap so I don't see books going the way of the 8-track. They've been around for centuries and are affordable to the masses. Eventually, maybe, but I don't see it anytime soon.

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8/27/10 8:18 P

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Never!!! I LOVE books.
I love reading them, touching them, riffling their pages through my fingers, and even the smell of books. I love libraries. (I think maybe you touched a nerve here!) emoticon
I'm all for reading, and kindles are fine. But books...books are wonderful. I love seeing them on the shelves in my living room, family room, kitchen, bedroom...I hope I never see a day when there are no actual books. emoticon emoticon

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There is an appeal for the ebooks on things like iPad and for those with visual or learning differences (like dyslexia) the options for changing the font and background colour are excellent.

I prefer a book though - I like to curl up on the settee or in bed. But then I still buy CDs and lament the passing of vinyl (buying a record was an experience in itslef then!)

Perhaps the book is doomed - not dead yet - but the written word will be as disposable as recorded music - delete and find something new...

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8/26/10 11:09 P

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I actually get bad headaches when I try to read books on the iPad or computer. Not sure why, but I do much better with the real thing. Plus, if I drop a book, I don't risk being out $300 and if I want to take a bath and read I don't have to worry about water damage.

The real thing is so much more convenient so books won't be dead in my world anytime soon.

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8/26/10 7:57 P

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I love ebooks but I am cheap so I only get ebooks for my Sony reader that are free. It is great for travel. Otherwise I would rather have the real thing.

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8/26/10 7:33 P

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Many people that I know are switching to "Kindle" or e-books, as a greener way to read texts.

What are your thoughts about reading *REAL* books versus reading text electronically? Is this a switch that we should make?

Jenn

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