Skip to comments.Dead Tree OR Electrons - What are you reading? [Sat. Vanity]
Posted on 09/21/2013 6:53:41 AM PDT by SES1066
I have always been a reader and one of my snobbish instincts has been to shun people who do not read. Houses without books or magazines leave me cold. Yet now I realize that I have not bought a dead tree book in months and I have hit that Amazon link "Tell the publisher" many many times!
On my iPad I have more than 240 books plus several Bible versions and multiple periodicals. Now I find myself refreshing my mind about a particular passage in a book in minutes instead of almost never. Additionally, I am privileged to be able to audit Professor Donald Kagan's Yale course on Ancient Greece.
HOWEVER that is a danger in and of itself, is it not? When we self-isolate from our fellows, are we risking fellowship and interaction not taken? Many of us mourn the "Good Old Days" of when people sat on the porch in the evening and were neighborly! How much worse is this isolating electronics than the former villans of radio and TV that killed the above 'tradition?
At Winter’s End—Robert Silverberg
My 37th dead tree this year.
Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design
That's me too. I'm all in for reading on my iPad. My latest book and one that I can certainly recommend:
I prefer dead tree reading. I’m in the library a minimum of once a month, but now with winter on its way, that will become more like 2-3 times a month.
I am currently reading “War & Peace” in the “dead tree version”.
My nightly Bible readings are also dead tree style.
I Love the weight of the book in my hands, the texture of the pages, the smell of the oxidizing paper and cardboard, and in the case of the Bible, the aroma and tactile pleasure of the pliable leather and gold tipped pages of onion-skin that caress my fingers as I turn the pages. It is like playing the real guitar instead of a “Guitar Hero” Midi controller.
Reading, for me, is a totally sensual experience! LOL!
a household of bibliophiles here
We moved recently and took only one bed room and no family room furniture and it was still a 25,000 lb. move.
Didn’t break down and do electronic for a long time, but in ‘09 I decided that between the air travel and always wanting five books minimum with me, that was the way to buy SOME of my purchases. Plus if you read by the pool or on a boat dock, e-readers are great.
Certain books require the physical item itself. Reference, of course, and books to be referred to later such as a tome on the bard’s histories.
I ended up spending a career in construction and as a youngster I told myself, well maybe I will build the largest book store in town. Sure enough, twenty some years ago I built the first Borders Books when the first started to leave their university store Michigan market.
Of course, selling out ruined them and eventually I got a Barnes and Noble discount card. The wife spoke to their corporate office one time and found out what we had spent as logged on that card and it was obscene — we have few other vices.
I am suspicious of a book that can update (revise) itself every time I turn it on. I want my books to stay the same, always. Trees grow back. No harm done.
For me it’s dead trees and electrons. Reading “A Thread of Grace” in the electron version, and a handful in the dead tree version.
Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty
Just finished the 11th “Dresden Files” novel on my iPad.
Boks on taep for the illetr, iliter, folks how cant reed.
When I got to the cliff hanger ending of Enemies Foreign and Domestic late one night, the other two books of the trilogy were on my Kindle two minutes later.
I still have hundreds of paper books and lots of magazines. I am sold on the Kindle.
Nothing beats a full-color field guide held in the hand.
Right now, in the likely order I will read them:
Cathedral, Forge and Waterwheel, by Frances and Joseph Gies
Thomas Telford, by LTC Rolt
Although somewhat mathematically dyslexic, I have always liked things mechanical; pre-20th Century engineering and manufacturing techniques fascinate me. I checked out a copy of Rolt's A Short History of Machine Tools (which was removed from my public library; they needed more room for the free Wi-Fi loafer's lounge and the ever-expanding Black Empowerment section) and was hooked; I have since purchased a number of his books, which I enjoy immensely. He and Dorothy Hartley (author of Made in England, etc) are two people whose writing styles fit me like a pair of comfortable shoes.
Reading paper books is kind of annoying now. I’m reading a Chronicles of Narnia book to my son that I got off the shelf, I would rather read it on my Nexus but I’m too cheap to buy it again.
War And Peace was a good book, but I had to put it down two times to read two different books to change things up.
All dead tree here, I have no e-reader I have no intent of ever getting an e-reader. I get pleasure from books above their content. I love walking into a room full of books, both ones that are already mine and ones that CAN be mine for some amount of cash. I love touching books, I love the smell of books, I love knowing books are there. And I like to read them.
And being an anti-social person I like the isolation, it means less people are hassling me trying to get me to engage in their group.
“I have always been a reader and one of my snobbish instincts has been to shun people who do not read.”
Dead trees for me, although I really do need to get an e-reader for when I travel. Any recommendations, Kindle, Nook, other? Currently finishing (today) “A Feast For Crows” - George R.R. Martin book 4 of The Game of Thrones series.
I have been reading mostly digital for the last 3-4 years. We have two iPads and a Asus Transformer but the device I use to read is my 5” Samsung phone, very crisp screen, screen big enough to read but small enough that it is the device I have on my person when I have time to read.
I have read hundreds of books on it and the phone I had before it.
I still read both. My son gave me a beautifully-made edition of “The Border Trilogy” by Cormac McCarthy, and it is a pleasure to hold and look at. I like Kindle for access to old, out-of-print books that I can get for free or only a few bucks. I also like it for its convenience. There are no bookstores around here anymore, so if I want a hard copy of a book, I have to wait for an Amazon order. With Kindle, if a book or a certain author comes to mind, I can look up the books and have them right away. It is also handy for while I’m sitting at the mechanic’s or the doctor’s waiting room — I don’t have to decide before I leave what I am going to read, and I can switch to something else if the wait is long. And, when I sit on the porch to read, I don’t have the annoyance of wind blowing the pages or having to worry about losing the light when dusk comes.
A book on Kindle is a book. I don’t find it any more isolating than any other book. It is some of the other applications that may discourage interaction with others.
I don’t care for magazines on Kindle.
I have a houseful of books. I like to underline and write notes in the margin. E-readers allow me to do that, but not so easily. Still, the physical books take up too much space. If someone came out with a gizmo where you throw a book in a hopper and a digitized file came out the other end, I’d use it and get rid of most of my books. You can make files by scanning, but that would take me forever. What I want is a mechinical system to turn the pages for me.
I am waiting for book six in the dead tree format.
Both. It depends where I am, and which I feel like reading. I’ve got 3 books on the go right now, 2 on the e-reader, and one dead tree.
Oh Yes...I am doing that too!
Free downloads of books out of copyright in various formats.
My dead tree right now is Room 1219. The Life Of Fatty Arbuckle, The Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, And The Scandal That Changed Hollywood.
St. Francis of Assisi by G. K. Chesterton
Always the dead tree version......go out and plant a tree.
Many of the books in my "pending" pile are from FR Reading Threads; I find the most wonderful recommendations on these reading threads! Keep 'em coming, folks.
Currently reading "The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains" by Owen Wister. This 1902 book was the prototype of all Western novels that followed. Mr. Wister is a great story-teller and there are numerous hilarious subplots.
It’s paper for me, except for current events. Then, of course, it’s FreeRepublic. I would be reading a lot more books if not for FreeRepublic.
Here’s my favorite of recently read books:
Darwin’s Doubt by Stephen C. Meyer
The problem with dead trees is they can drive you out of your house and bankrupt you very quickly. One seven shelf bookcase, 7 feet tall by 2 feet wide from Office Depot costs about $285.00. It holds about 140 books. There are now four in my living room at a total cost of a little less than $1,200 and there’s no more wall spac for any more. They can hold a total of 560 DTBs (Dead Tree Books). OTOH a single $150.00 Kindle holds 1,100 electronic books and can access and additional infinite number in the Amazon cloud. If it’s an iPad or similar advanced device it can do an infinity of additional tasks.
Thanks for the tip! That looks interesting.
Expensive, but you can immerse yourself for days in the mechanical wonders. I still remember learning about Geneva Mechanisms in the book. All that is gone now, of course, replaced with electronic control of motion.
Not the least is keeping up with FR late at night or first thing in the AM!
New one to the tech minded. My Brother is a quad and in July a subcutaneous abscess suddenly manifested that required him to be in bed rest for all but a couple hours of the day. Unfortunately, it wasn't till the end of August that I discovered that the iPad had several apps for 'virtual machine' control of the desktop computers. Not to wish misfortune upon any of you, but this technology is so very great for those of us who cannot handle things normally. This is the great promise of technology, how it enables those who otherwise cannot!
Just as some of the other responders have discussed the intimate feel of holding a book, similarly is the feel of fine machinery. A while back I indulged myself in buying one of the finest pieces of excellent machining that I believe exists; the Curta Calculator. I have not regretted this rather unnecessary purchase as every so often I exercise my mind while 'feeling' the sensuous synchronization of fine gearing. An amazing piece of machinery with an equally amazing history.
I prefer actual books. Just another way in which I don’t belong in the world anymore.
Right now I’m re-reading by beat up old copy of David G. Chandler’s Campaigns of Napoleon. Got it for Christmas when I was 12 years old and finished it by the end of the following summer vacation. Paying more attention to the political aspects of the Corsican’s career this time through.
Uh, which one? ;’)
This is the darndest thing.
I picked up some books at a used book sale a couple of weeks ago. A couple of days ago, I started reading one I THOUGHT was by Kurt Vonnegut. Just now, I looked at it and noticed it was NOT by him. For 101 pages, I thought I was reading Kurt Vonnegut. Geez.
It’s by Kim Wozencraft. Her first novel called “Rush.”
Very well written for a first novel.
The Screwtape Letters
All the books at your fingertips until the power goes out.
And I have some photographic memory recall. Thumbing through a book, I can often (but not always) find a historical passage or quote I want to cite.
There are word searches in digital media I know, but I don’t file things in my head that way.
Being able to go to google and search for something isn’t the same as knowing it yourself and having the recall. I reference the books for FR and elsewhere to provide exact wording vs. my memory recall.
I just finished a book on the mafia, MCA, the music business, the justice department, the IRS, and LA courts.
Not sure what I’ll pick up next. I’ve got far more reading “to tackle” so I’m not looking at buying something right now.
I have a Kindle, and it’s still in the box. Was a Christmas present 2012.
Jack Vance’s Planet of Adventure. The best classic lasers and swords planetary sci-fi ever written, all with the unique Jack Vance take on it. Actual book, a whopping big collection with all the books in the series. I might have to go electronic eventually to get some of the harder to find stuff from Vance.
Ghosts of the Broads by Charles Sampson. The author not only has collected many very old ghost stories of England’s Norfolk coast area but wrote them in incredibly historical and entertaining way.
The stories are hundreds of years old and often capture the medieval tales that otherwise would be forgotten. Ancient Saxon battles, ships of pirates floating in phosphorescence, lady of the lake phenomena, Roman battles, an ancient religious ceremony repeated every year in ghostly haze for whoever is sensitive enough to ‘see’...much more.
Very entertaining. All tales sworn to be true.
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