Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

Arlo and Janis

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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, 11 months ago

    Real books are the only books I read. With one of those gadgets, I could have a whole bunch of books on it at one time. But I only read one at a time anyway, so why bother.

    I might have two, if almost done with one, and I know I’ll have time to start a new one.

  2. pbarnrob

    pbarnrob said, 11 months ago

    You do, however, need a light source.
    And the larger ones can be a hassle in bed.

  3. ontheroadagain

    ontheroadagain said, 11 months ago

    Ah, simpsonfan2, must be nice to be (a) a really slow reader and/or (b) never be far from ones library.

    Unfortunately, some of us tend to read fast, and actually leave the house occasionally. I’ve found my e-reader to be invaluable. It’s nice to be able to carry a whole set of books with me just in case I go through the 2 I used to carry with me before these new-fangled gadgets were available.

    I do still enjoy reading “real” books though. Funny enough, I used to consider paperbacks to not be “real books”, being a fan of proper book binders arts. To whit – leather covers, proper stitching, quality paper, and so on. To me, e-readers are a modern equivalent of the paperback. Just something to read, not something that has an intrinsic beauty to it. Darn useful though.

  4. curmudgeon68

    curmudgeon68 said, 11 months ago

    I’ve found the Kindle to be useful if I’m sitting in a waiting room or such, or on an airplane. That’s the only time I use it. I much prefer printed and bound.

  5. knittyditty

    knittyditty said, 11 months ago

    I WAS the same way…only print books, however I also only bought used books (budget minded). Then I got a kindle and discovered all the great free books and greatly reduced price books! I’m reading more books and different genres than ever before.

  6. CPO CG

    CPO CG said, 11 months ago

    My iPad is paperback…

  7. Bontebok

    Bontebok said, 11 months ago

    I’m sorry but ebooks ARE “real” books. The only important thing about a book is it’s content. The packaging is immaterial. Do you make the distinction between a paperback and hardback by saying to someone reading a hardback, “I see you’re reading a real book”. Of course not. Those that make that distinction with ebooks simply haven’t made it into the 21st century yet. So yes, when I’m using my Kindle, I’m reading a book rather than doing something not nearly as important.

  8. Dave W

    Dave W said, 11 months ago

    Well said, Bontebok!
    An added advantage to my Kindle is, when I finish reading my ebook, I don’t have it sitting on a shelve gathering dust for ever. How many times do you ever read the same book?

  9. Jean

    Jean said, 11 months ago

    I have a nook and I love it. I have found a load of books that are old enough to not be in a book store anymore, even Half Price Books doesn’t have them. Plus I have been able to read an entire series where some of the books were published in 2006 and 2007 and I can get them on a e-reader but not in paper version…….so I LOVE my nook.

  10. BradyB66

    BradyB66 said, 11 months ago

    Plus, when I go on a trip, I can take as many books as I like without worrying if they fit in my luggage. The nook fits just fine in my purse.

  11. kea

    kea said, 11 months ago

    @simpsonfan2

    The advantage is having a whole collection on books on a mobile device that’s always with you, so that if you have spare moments with nothing to do you can catch up on whatever reading you’d like to do. That, and no matter how many books one has, the (physical) space taken up is zero.

  12. kea

    kea said, 11 months ago

    Comment #2: The real question for any ‘book’ is… do you have it to read, or do you have it as an object? There is a place for both. There’s no way I’d have my "Art of Disney’ as an ePub, but neither would I buy a time-filler novel in hardback.

  13. Ceeg22

    Ceeg22 GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @Bontebok

    I figured that’s what Janis meant; that so many people don’t seem to realize that Yes, the books on my Kindle are Real Books, too. I’m saving on clutter!

  14. QuietStorm27

    QuietStorm27 GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @Dave W

    To each his own. I’m not interested in reading e-books. I think I spend enough time looking at a screen and there’s something about holding a bound book. I can’t speak for anyone else but I do reread books after awhile.

  15. Dampwaffle

    Dampwaffle said, 11 months ago

    I like the touch and feel of physical books. I take comfort in having mountains of books around me. If the power goes out, I can still light a candle and read. I can read in bright sunlight, too. Maybe I’m just old fashioned.

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