So far, so good. This makes me happy! I am digging the sh*t out of our new beer. Glad to see other people are too! (Even though I’m so “over” review websites like Yelp and the people on BA are scary-intense most of the time.)
Unless i can find someone who wants to buy my 1st gen iPad [craigslist + ebay = hives of scum & villainy] i think i’ll hold off on getting an iPad 2: “iPad Harder”, and wait for iPad 3: “iPad With A Vengeance”
i can honestly say that my blood pressure shot up as i started reading this [lol internet] argument. yet vindicated by the last three posts; the most intelligent, balanced opinions. which is why i’m sad i really haven’t hung out with Lauren [bibliogrrl] since we met, like two years ago :-/
You know what doesn’t suck? ANOTHER MEDIUM FOR READING, THAT IS IN NO WAY A SUBSTITUTE, BUT AN ALTERNATIVE TO BOOKS.
you know what i cant carry around with me
you know what i could
also frankly i don’t know why it’s that big of a deal if there’s a decline in reading novels and shit? i’m presumably biased because i don’t really give a shit about novels but if people don’t like reading them thennnnnn why should they
Man, you know, I am super fucking privileged when it comes to books, and a kindle would make even MY life easier. I always figure the people who rant about this think the only books that matter are novels, because you know what would help me a lot? BEING ABLE TO BUY DISCOUNTED TEXTBOOKS THAT I CAN FIT ONTO ONE LIGHTWEIGHT DEVICE SO I DON’T HAVE TO LUG AROUND A 50-60 LB BAG EVERY SINGLE DAY.
What is so horrifying about making books of every type more readily accessible, I don’t understand it.
But books are *romantic* and a Kindle isn’t waaa technology!
I’m starting to think the people who complain about Kindles don’t actually read that much and have never tried one.
I used to be one of those ppl who thought he was too cool for kindle reading school. I’ve tried it, and it’s wonderful. Reading way more now. Hell of a lot easy to bring to work/downtown/whereever.
I read way more now that I have my Kindle, too. It’s been over a year since I got it and, frankly, it has reinvigorated me. I can carry around a multitude of books AND REFERENCE MATERIALS! I can,in most cases, download what I need almost instantly for less than the printed book would cost me so my book buying budget goes further AND I get the instant gratification of “what the hell was that book? here it is!” at 2am.
I don’t think ereaders will ever fully replace books. But books are objects. It’s the story, the narrative that matter to me. My Harlequin Blaze romance novels are no one’s example of book arts.
Mass market paperbacks are printed on shitty pulpy paper with smelly ink that is a pollutant. I’m more in love with finely crafted books than your average bear but COME ON. The latest Jackie Collins is not a finely crafted book.
I understand that some people don’t like reading screens. That’s totes understandable. That’s one reason I like my Kindle - it isn’t a computer or other backlit screen - but I don’t expect what works for me to work for everyone. And you know what I’m not seeing? Kindle lovers posting about how terrible and useless printed books are.
Having a Kindle is definitely an economic privilege for a lot of people. Buying books in general is an economic privilege. I wish Amazon was more on the ball with libraries, for example. But I swear, every time I see a post about how ereaders are just NOT THE SAME I hear this song from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast animated film: We don’t like what we don’t understand, in fact it scares us.
The book I am currently reading is 1152 pages long. I am carrying it around in my purse. It was cheaper than the kindle version, and is just as easy to use. And when I am done with it I will lend it to my friends and they can read it.
I am a total luddite about books. Sometimes I just want to engage in an activity for which no electricity is required. Until I have no choice in the matter I will not own or use a kindle, this is my personal choice.
However, someday it is going to be very hard for me to get cheap books without using an electrical device. Someday, I will not have a choice. Someday I wont even be able to get the books I want in paper and I will be forced to buy a stupid e-reader and remember to charge it, and pay more for books that I can’t then just toss in piles to my friends or family.
The reason I am thretened by the kindle is the same reason CD player owners were threatened by the mp3. The Kindle and other e-readers are the thing that will kill my access to paper books.
And I can think of about a billion things about the kindle that are awesome, so I’m not saying it is necessary a bad thing for the world. I am just saying that is not a thing I personally want, ever, but unfortunately will some day probably have to have just to engage in my favorite past time.
That’s why its popularity makes me sad.
It’s funny to me that you use the CD—>mp3 comparison. Because people have had this conversation in the music world around every single format change. People moaned about cassettes versus record albums. People moaned about the disappearance of 8-tracks. People were SERIOUSLY upset about the conversation to digital when CDs first appeared.
8-tracks and cassettes have largely disappeared but CDs, records, and mp3s all co-exist. In part because - given the expense of technology - there is still a market for those formats and there will be for a long time. I think records will outlast the CD, in fact, because there IS a difference between sound quality and characteristics.
Ereaders are not the things that will kill access to printed books. They are solutions - but they are not in and of themselves the threat. The thing about the publishing industry is that it is a speculative industry and it is on the verge of collapse. What will kill access to paper books is the way the publishing industry functions RIGHT NOW.
Ereaders are actively increasing the amount of reading that gets done. I love printed books - at one point I considered making the study and production of the printed book a considerable part of my life’s work. I do not believe it will disappear.
Nor do I believe that my enjoyment of the object as a general concept is a justification for the pollution and resource waste that comes out of the publishing industry.
I understand the desire for the book. I don’t understand the rampant need to villify the new technology that is making reading easier for people. As I said in another response to this upthread, what I value most is the narrative. When people go on these sprees talking about how shitty ereaders are (and I don’t mean the person I’m reblogging - I’m talking about some of the other reblogs because I’ve read quite a bit of the thread of this post) it just makes me think that it isn’t reading they really value.
The other things that irritates me is the “my books are cheaper” argument. That’s only true past a certain point - should you actually record and graph it out over time, the cost of the ereader is made up in discounted book prices. I actually buy way more books so that would be a hypothetical comparison for me. *grin*
Did I say this before? Ok, well I’m saying it again.
Ereaders will not replace books in my lifetime. Or yours. Books will not go away. I work in a used bookshop, and I do not worry about my job, or books as a general item going away any time soon.
I have an ereader. I have many many many books. I can carry more books with a reader than I can without.
Books aren’t going away. They have existed for thousands of years. They’ll still be around.
It doesn’t matter who you are, you look smarter rocking a beard like that. That beard is all class. Seriously, look at it. I’ll bet it likes to unwind by listening to Chopin and drinking a snifter of brandy.