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E-books. Good or bad?

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Now then, these new fangled E-book things. Any good, if so, why?

I like to read a book, sitting (preferably in the sun) and when finished, put it aside ready to swap with a buddy.

Can you do this with the e-books? Part of the fun is passing the book on. Plus I like turning the pages. Indeed, I still use a Filofax rather than an electronic organiser thing. Is it possible to download 'copied' books, as it is with music and movies? Allegedly.

But, I do like the idea of just being able to sit/lie there and hold the reader in one hand, using a thumb to turn the page, or whatever.

So, as pressie season is coming, please discuss! :p
 

Bond509

Banned
I got a Amazon Kindle e book reader, it came with a free guardian membership.... lol shit im only joking.

I love my e book reader, its still not the same as actually owning a book and i think anyone that places any emotional value in thier favourite book will likely have a proper paper copy, but I love mine. its small lightweight and with its new fangled E-Paper it looks good too (no eye strain). £150 for the 3GS version.

You can do all of the things that you have asked and they are not just limited to ebooks, they support pdf's and many other formats. They also play mp3s and have a usb memory stick like functionality.

Bondy
 

jockpopeye

Lantern Swinger
Book Reviewer
I have hundreds upon hundreds of good old fashioned paper books, and normally have one in transit with me everywhere I go.

I cannot make a mental leap to having what is effectively a book ipod, some of my books are getting on for 150 years old, I have most of the original issue Pan Paperbacks of Bond and a large number of other first edditions many of which have been signed. The idea of ditching this for a battery powered thingy is abhorrent to me.

But then again I am a deeply sad individual who is probably unable to embrace technological development.

I have seen people using them on the train, they look nice, but not for me.
 

Bond509

Banned
and yes! if you are that way inclined it "seems" you could potentially never pay for a book again....of course that would make you morally defucnktefijie and an utter asshat.
 

Bond509

Banned
No, you can buy one tho. they make a huge selection of varying qualities, some even have lights that charge by day. Awseomsauce
 

Bond509

Banned
jockpopeye said:
I have hundreds upon hundreds of good old fashioned paper books, and normally have one in transit with me everywhere I go.

I cannot make a mental leap to having what is effectively a book ipod, some of my books are getting on for 150 years old, I have most of the original issue Pan Paperbacks of Bond and a large number of other first edditions many of which have been signed. The idea of ditching this for a battery powered thingy is abhorrent to me.

But then again I am a deeply sad individual who is probably unable to embrace technological development.

I have seen people using them on the train, they look nice, but not for me.

I agree paper books will never be obsolete. however there is not a single book now that is not in digital form.
 

Bond509

Banned
Polto said:
Books are still free from the library...as my missus keeps reminding me :roll: .

But that means you have to go out in public to retreive them, not ideal in some of our cases.
 

Polto

War Hero
Bond509 said:
Polto said:
Books are still free from the library...as my missus keeps reminding me :roll: .

But that means you have to go out in public to retreive them, not ideal in some of our cases.

I see your point however my missus does the retrieving whilst I spend the money I've just saved on not buying a book...
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Holy Thread Resurrection - but it was MY thread!!

Anyway, I did get a Kindle and even a leather case, many years ago, and I still like a real book, but that's not what this is about.

I'll normally stick with a book to the bitter end - I finished 'Red Sailor' FFS! And that was dross.

But I've just had to give up on a 'classic' - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Now, I DID know that it was not primarily about looking after motor bikes! I went onto Wiki and some other specific 'story' sites for guidance. But I've struggled and skip read bits and today - binned it. Couple of KK (Kindle Klicks!) and I'm into a good old Harry Bosch book.

Happily I have literally thousands of books on DVDs and a Calibre site full too. As mentioned way back - need never buy another book again!
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
I've got roughly 10,000 books on DVD and about 150 on the Kindle but,like you, I do prefer a real book.

I also read The Red Sailor from start to finish and I don't know what all the fuss is about. The story is pants, it's badly written and has a crap ending.
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
Best thing with the Kindle is the free stuff and of course you can also borrow from your local library. Been very handy of the lockdown as well.
 

Waspie

War Hero
I have some 28Gb of books on disc. (Best not ask how).
TBH, only have a few paper books. Kindle is great. Found some really great authors via a few free Kindle book sites. JC Ryan, Christofer Cartwright, Nick Thacker et al. Kept me busy over the long night shifts.

However!!

Announcement time.
I fcuking retired as of tonight!!!!! Goodbye shithole -hello living!!!!
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
I have some 28Gb of books on disc. (Best not ask how).
TBH, only have a few paper books. Kindle is great. Found some really great authors via a few free Kindle book sites. JC Ryan, Christofer Cartwright, Nick Thacker et al. Kept me busy over the long night shifts.

However!!

Announcement time.
I fcuking retired as of tonight!!!!! Goodbye shithole -hello living!!!!

Has Lady Waspie presented you with your list of jobs to do yet? Have a good retirement mate.
 
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