Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

Arlo and Janis

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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, about 3 years 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, about 3 years ago

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

  3. ontheroadagain

    ontheroadagain said, about 3 years 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, about 3 years 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, about 3 years 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, about 3 years ago

    My iPad is paperback…

  7. Bontebok

    Bontebok said, about 3 years 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. Jean

    Jean said, about 3 years 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.

  9. BradyB66

    BradyB66 said, about 3 years 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.

  10. kea

    kea said, about 3 years ago


    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.

  11. kea

    kea said, about 3 years 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.

  12. QuietStorm27

    QuietStorm27 said, about 3 years ago

    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.

  13. Dampwaffle

    Dampwaffle said, about 3 years 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.

  14. KEStuck

    KEStuck said, about 3 years ago

    I have an iPad and use iBooks plus the Nook and Kindle apps. Mostly download free books and the occasional discounted or digital only books. But I mostly still buy and read paperbacks (rarely do I buy hardcover anymore; too expensive— although I just picked up the hardcover for “Drood” at the Dollar Store).

  15. GreatOHera

    GreatOHera GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    I carry my iPhone in my jeans pocket and have been reading my Kindled way through Sue Grafton’s alphabet mysteries, up to “R”. So handy, generally cheap, and I wouldn’t be buying these as “real” books as I have thousands of THEM which I treasure and have no shelf space left for more. Also like reading in bed in the dark with iPhone in my hand, lightweight, if I fall asleep it just nestles in.

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