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Subject: Re: Do you prefer ebooks or actually reading a real book?

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Date Posted: 05/02/05 Mon
In reply to: Sammy at Palm Addict 's message, "Do you prefer ebooks or actually reading a real book?" on 05/01/05 Sun

well, i guess it's a draw at the moment. why ebooks?

they're convenient, i can carry a library around with me. and, with plucker i can construct my own interesting things (e.g. sherlock holmes complete WITH original illustrations form the strand magazine)

lots of public domain stuff available. all of those books i should have read when i was seventeen (just downloaded cervantes's don quixote, wish me luck ...)

on the side, does anyone know of an electronic version of nabokov's lectures on don quixote? which brings me to:

why 'real' books?

selection. although modern publishers seem to me to be maddeningly pursuing greenbacks at the expense of quality these days--to paraphrase thoreau: if the purpose of a publisher is NOT that men and women read good books, but only the enrichment of the corporation, then in the end, all we will have will be rich corporations --the selection of in print works simply dwarfs the ebook list into near insignificance.


the SMELL and FEEL of a book. having grown up reading under the covers after bedtime with a flashlight, and foraging through used bookstores for a lifetime, i will always cherish the smell of a book ... and the feel of the pages, the notes in the margins, the odds and ends that i have used for bookmarks over the years, the occasional presence of other readers ... all very analog, eh? :)

happy reading.


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Date Posted: 05/02/05 Mon

I prefer sitting in a arm chair and reading a book rather than an ebook.

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