Friday, May 24, 2013

The Romanticism of Books...


"A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Every once in a while I consider getting an eReader but then it dawns on me…I just love real books too much. I love going to old-fashioned book stores and libraries. I used to spend hours upon hours at the local library where I grew up…soaking up all the knowledge that I could.
I realize eReaders are convenient, but there's just something about a real book...

·         Holding it in your hands

·         Turning the pages

·         The wonderfully soothing aroma of the paper (particularly the old books)

·         Seeing your bookmark make its way through the progression of the story

·         Seeing the creases develop
With eReaders you just don't get that type of romanticism.

What about you. Do you have a love for real books?

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  1. Yes, and I've not gone to the eReader either. I just can't do it. Now if I traveled a lot I probably would, but I don't. There is nothing quite like the smell of a good book.

    Have a terrific day and weekend. :)

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  2. I DO love real books and I also love my Kindle. There are times when holding a real book is a tad painful....with the Kindle I can just lay it on the arm of the couch and read without holding anything.

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  3. Sorry, I'm an eReader convert. My first iPad three years ago changed that forever. We still have our collection of hardbacks, but most of the paperbacks have been replaced. I just like having them in one place, taking up no room, and being able to buy and read any book I want in less than a minute.
    If print books die, you can all blame me...

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  4. Got to have both. Kindle for trains and suitcases. Books for home.

    Especially old books, so every time I pick one up I remember both the story inside the pages and the story of the book itself - who gave it to me, where it was bought, the holiday when I first read it...

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  5. Agatha Christie wrote books while taking a bath and I read them there. Kindles don't work when they get wet. When I was a teacher I could spot the kids who grew up with books in about five minutes. I hate to see book go, we will lose a lot.Also, I can lend you my book and you can't do that with an e-reader.

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  6. I use my iPad as an e-reader for books I don't anticipate having an emotional connection to. Mostly, textbooks, but also for some self-published authors who only put out e-formats to their stories. Additionally, I'll try out a book on the iPad first because e-formats are significantly cheaper. If I end up really loving it, I can search for the first edition hardcover.

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  7. Basically, I'm starting to treat my iPad like a mass market paperback.

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  8. I love real books for all of those reasons. I like that you mentioned "Seeing your bookmark make its way through the progression of the story: — I love doing that, too!

    Have a great weekend. ☺

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  9. I've already expressed my sentiments on Facebook and am reluctant to rehash it again......but that won't stop me.

    We live in an electronic age which has, in some ways, enhanced our existence - but in many other ways has destroyed it. Golden things from the past are slowly but surely being expunged. I think it's sad to see little children reading ebooks and engaging in mindless video games.

    As I said on Facebook - I want to feel the binding and the joy of actually turning pages. I want my shelves to be crowded with volumes. I never want to lose the extraordinary adventure of delving into the world of REAL books....

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  10. I think one of the reasons ereaders don't get that kind of romanticism is because they're a lot of books in one, and they're electronic and metal. They're cold to us. Not like books.

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  11. I love books - all kinds. But - I also love my Kindle and audio. I use them all. I've know lots of people who say - but I like to HOLD a book. But using an e-reader doesn't mean never holding a book again - and many of those same people have later said, now what was it that was so important about holding an actual book? I like to read while eating lunch in my office - a Kindle is MUCH easier for that. I still love books, though, and switch it up a lot.

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  12. I adore real books. The only problem is that if you're nomadic like I am, a large book collection gets troublesome in a hurry. I've still got a large bin of books waiting for me up in the Northwest.

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  13. there's a photo i saw the other day that summed up how i feel about real books. the picture shows a book with hints of dust and whispers of smoke coming from the pages as the reader opens it, and the caption underneath it says "kindles dont have this kind of magic".(http://pinterest.com/pin/405816616393140162/) if your curious, theres the link.

    books, real books, are full of enchantment. exactly as you said: the smell, the feel, the knowledge that, if its a used book, someone- many someones, have held and cherished it just as much as you have.

    my love for real books is endless. :)

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  14. Yes, there is all of that and I totally agree but there are also other reasons why ebooks suck and real books rock...

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  15. I really do. I love turning the pages. We have boxes of books in storage because there isn't room in the house. Should prob stop buying :) Kindles are convenient but books are romantic!

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  16. I agree with you. While the eReader technology is cool and convenient I love "real" books too. Browsing bookstores, old and used or bright and new, is one of my favorite things to do...coffee in hand. I would hate to see that go away. Browsing a row of shiny Kindles just wouldn't be the same. And the smell of books is one of my favorite things!

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  17. I do hear great things about these e readers. Maybe there is a middle ground. So saying, I have a lot of books and no e-reader yet!

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  18. I love the smell of pages to! I was really sad that they discontinued my book for my Color and Design Theory class. That's going to change things for that class. The book I had explained things in a way, which I made my lectures go hand in hand with.

    Sadly I mostly read just children's books and blogs. I've had this book called Dan Eldon - The Art of Life sitting on my desk for too long. I need to read it. He was a journalist/artist that was stoned to death because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He went to go help a group of people in Africa and people thought he was the enemy. They just started pitching rocks at him and wouldn't stop. :( His sketch books were published after his death. They are very raw, but I love them. I have one in a published book form.

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  19. I also love the smell and the feel of a real book, but I live in a small house and have just ran out of room for all of my books. Therefore, I have switched to my Ipad where I have a couple of hundred books downloaded and one little tiny place.

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  20. ah i have not made that jump either....i rather like the smell and texture of holding a real book in my hands...if only they were scratch n sniff ereaders eh///smiles...i have been tempted though as i have played around with my dads...

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  21. You know that wall of smell that used to hit you when you walked in Barnes and Noble? Page and coffee? It's not as intense anymore now that they're selling toys and stationery and board games as well but it's still there. In some stores more than others.

    Then the independents -- especially sellers of used paperbacks -- have that peculiar smell of aged paper and glue. The smell of yesterday.

    Hell yeah, I'm romantic about books! :D

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    1. They need to make a Barnes and Noble candle. Love that smell!

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  22. I agree that a real book has something that an e-reader can't give you. I especially like the bookmark and sense of progressing through the book. :)

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  23. I agree, print boos are better. But digital ones are way more convenient and take up less room.

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  24. Hi Keith .. I haven't really got into my Kindle yet - I do load it up with books .. so I will be reading it; however I think I prefer serious books to be books and by default that's the way I'm going ...

    Well Cicero would be happy with me ... lots of books around!

    Still I have to learn the Kindle ... soon .. cheers Hilary

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  25. OMG Yes. When I moved last summer I absolutely had to throw away around 400 books...just a small portion of a life-time accumulation of books. I have a kindle but rarely use it. I like the real pages and print and the smell of a book.

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  26. I love my Kindle. But oh, I love the smell and feel of books even more!

    I have a confession to make - I'm a book sniffer and love smelling books...

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  27. Oh yes!!! I love real books for all the reasons you stated. I know the eReaders are convenient but there is just something about holding that book. : )

    I've loved books for as long as I can remember!!

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  28. Yes I do love real books-and have no plans to purchase an ereader. There will be something lost if in the future there no longer are real books being published

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  29. I am a bookworm :) There is nothing like reading the printed book... holding it in your hands and turning the pages is absolutely priceless.

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  30. I've read a few things on my iPhone and iPad, but I don't see myself getting rid of my printed books or bookshelves any time soon. :)

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  31. I love that quote!

    I'm a hybrid reader. I get half my books from the library/physical copy, and half ebook. On a given day I spent 20% of my reading time with real books, and 80 on e-options, but that includes reading blogs. =) As far as JUST books, it's probably a 50/50 split.

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  32. I do, and I agree! Although I was given a tablet as a gift last fall, and I must admit, the ereader feature is pretty handy. (I never, ever thought I would say that!) But it doesn't replace my favorite books on the shelf, or the ones I still want to buy in real form and hand down to the grandkids someday. Or the real live library and bookstore experience.

    Have a great weekend!

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  33. If you have a minute you must watch 'The Last Bookshop' on YouTube that just about says it all.

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  34. I am TOTALLY with you on having a real book in your hands. I cannot get used to ebooks.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  35. I couldn't have said it any better! I could live in a book store and am sad that so many are closing. I love the smell and feel of new books...reading the dust jacket, and yes...seeing how far along I am. With e-readers, there is no sensory pleasure. I do have a few books on my iPad, but only because they were cheaper, I still continue to buy real books. Also there is the great feeling I get when I come home with a bag and a new book in it.

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  36. I'm a pack rat when it comes to my books, BUT, I do love reading on my Ipad - especially while traveling - so much easier to carry.

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  37. I'm of both worlds. I adore, adore, adore books of all kinds, and I still splurge on them when I go to Goodwill, but I also love my Kindle. I can get a lot of books for free and carry hundreds around with me all the time. Literally, my Kindle has over 100 books. I love both ways.

    But there is that smell and feeling of a real book that I shall always love. And then there is the sheer love of bookstores, just walking around in them. -le sigh-

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  38. I bought a nook...it's collecting dust in a drawer. I just can't convert. Sometimes I wish I could because books are so very expensive...but I love my books too much. And I find it depressing to not use a bookmark

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  39. I will always love "real" books, and I'll always read them. But I do have an e-reader, and I love that, too. I love the way I can learn about a new book and almost instantly download it and start reading it. So I read real books and books on my Nook. I just love books period. :-)

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  40. I'm definitely a real books girl! I pretty much spend all my time reading...

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  41. I do love real books. But I love my Kindle more. It's much easier on my eyes to read from my Kindle, and the books are cheaper, too. For me that's a win-win.

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  42. i love the smell of books.
    apparently old books grow a sort of fungus if you smell that long enough you can get high...just saying

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  43. I love books, always have, even when I was small. But my Kindle is awesome! I carry it everywhere with me.

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  44. I don't have an ereader and don't plan on getting one. I love reading books and like being able to flip through the book and read a few pages to see if it's written in a way I like.

    I've won a couple of ebooks and some were poorly written, way too short with typos and spelling mistakes. I'd rather have a real book.

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  45. the smell of old and a new books - there is nothing like that. and lovely bookmarks.

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  46. There's nothing, nothing at all, like a real book in your hands.

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  47. I loooove real books...infact, a huge bundle of real amazing books stacked in my room, keeps my blood running and happy :)

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  48. I'll never convert! I'm too fond of turning a book's sleeve upside down while reading in public. The looks! And it's just one book at a time you lose if you're careless like me. Seriously, though, you can't beat hards and paperbacks. I've not been to many eReader signings either.

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  49. I love a real book - there is nothing like a real book - and I am sad that they seem to be on the wane........ sandie

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  50. Welcome to the club! :-) I have, too, toyed with the idea of getting an e-reader, especially as I'm getting on a bit now, but... a book is a book is a book is a book, isn't it?

    Beautiful post.

    Greetings from London.

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  51. I have a Nook but I much prefer a real book in my hands!

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  52. This reminded me of Renée from The Elegance of a Hedgehog. She is a character that had a secret room entirely devoted to her books. I recently watched the movie adaptation of this book, which I enjoyed tremendously.

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  53. oh and yes, I prefer real books- never read one of any electronic reader.

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  54. I do have an e-reader and enjoy it......but for some things, such as poetry, I definitely prefer 'real books.'

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  55. I love books... I used to read so much, I went to the local library regularly.. I miss those days, my life is so busy... when I am able to find time, I love to spend a day in bed reading :)

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  56. I agree with you. I don't even have a kindle to be honest. I love physical books. I think it's great that e-books exist but it's more challenging to read e-books. I can't absorb the words in the same way. I don't know why but I need to put much more effort into the task if I read from a computer.

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  57. I know how you feel about books. Have always loved the feel, smell, authenticity of them. Purchased a Kindle a few years ago ....something that I said I would never do. It is now one of my most prized possessions. Go for it!

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  58. Oh, yes! I am definitely a "book person." I love turning the pages. All of my recipes are in paper form, too. I don't have any kind of file on the computer where I store them. It seems much easier to just thumb through the paper files. I don't have to be sure to have electronics available in the kitchen.:-)

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  59. I have a Kindle, something I never imagined I would have, and honestly, I love it. It's good for travel, for instantly acquiring a book I don't want to wait to read, and totally easy to take anywhere.

    I also buy the real thing often because I love books for all the reasons you posted. I have books everywhere in my house, on many bookcases and shelves and on tables and in baskets and containers. I will never be without books...or my Kindle tablet.

    Best of both worlds, I guess, because really, it comes down to reading, not the tool that gets you there...

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  60. I have gone over to the dark side and adore my Kindle. My favorite thing about it is that I now have a library of over 400 to be read books along with 200 all ready read books, tucked away in a small 5X7 device on my night stand. The adjustable font size, light weight and if my eyes are tired, text to voice feature are solid pluses. That I can obtain any book I want, free, borrowed or paid for while in my living room is the icing on a tasty cake. The perfect solution for the older person. Sorry Keith, I have totally sold out.

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  61. I have a few old books, and love going into used bookstores. Those new-fangled things might have their uses, but they just don't smell the way a book does. And, right up there with a room full of spices or an evergreen forest waking from winter's slumber, it's amongst my favorite scents in the world.

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  62. I do love real books that make me think!! Classic books inspired me to write and publish my own book!! :)

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  63. I could HAVE TOTALLY written this post until January this year ... when Hubby bought me a Kindle Fire!!! I am an avid reader (a book a day used to be my average) -- but then full time work, kids, hubby, other hobbies etc. took that book time away ... I didn't always go to the book store, and the library, no time for that! LOL!! So now with my Kindle, I am a TOTAL avid reader again!!! I buy the cheap daily deals/monthly deals books ... and have over 100 books on it all ready, and have read all but 5 of them! :) I really thought I would miss "real" books ... but my Kindle actually makes it easier for me to read (lightweight, don't need light etc) ... so yes, I conformed to reading electronically :)

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  64. I don't have an eReader, and have no plans to get one. I love books too much to give them up to an electronic gadget. The feel, the smell, the look...everything is appealing about books. The convenience of an eReader is tempting, but I really don't want to go there!

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  65. Hi Keith,

    I don't have any of those e-book thingy ma jigs or Kindle or whatever. I'm a dude who likes to sniff his books and stare at the real thing in my bookcase. Something tangible, but I reckon that technology may make real books a thing of the past to be cherished.

    A peaceful weekend to you.

    Gary

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  66. I love real books too, but I absolutely love my Kindle. On it, I have all of my favorite books, right in my hand. At night it's my security blanket. It's right there, no light needed.

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  67. Ah. You're a book sniffer too. I thought as much :)

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  68. I do love books and going to bookstores is a favorite pastime.

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  69. I love real books and the book store. I used to go to the library constantly, but since I relocated, I don't even know where it is here. Kind of sad really. Oh well, I have a million books I need to read anyways haha.

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  70. I love real books too and lament the closing of so many of my favorite bookstores. I think I miss the browsing as much as the actual books. I do love having a library on my Ipad, especially when I travel. It's comforting to have a large selection with me wherever I go...and my suitcase is much lighter now!

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  71. O yesssss, I LOVE books. I definitely do not plan to get an e-reader or whatever. I'm not even into ipads and apps and all those other weird techy things. Actual books are just too wonderful -- there's a kind of magic in just holding them and flipping the pages :)

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  72. My books are my friends ...

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  73. I've read a few books on the iPad but I agree, I love real books way more.

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  74. Real books. I'm not bringing an eReader with me into the bathroom.

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  75. Passionate. They are irreplaceable.

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  76. I recently sold my Kindle to get back to "real" books. :

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  77. Just had a new set of book shelves installed - I use the term "visceral pleasure" when I describe putting a book on (or taking a book off) the shelf. So,so much more pleasurable than just a click.

    I have wondered about the male female balance of bloggers - I have no answers, but have noticed it as well!

    cheers

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  78. I don't think I'll ever have an e-reader! I'm with you on the book thing. I like to feel it in my hands and turn each page. There is just something about actual books. We are building some bookshelves this summer and I can't wait because all my books have been in boxes for two years!

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  79. I actually use to read a lot growing up but as I got older I found that my attention span is much shorter. When I try to read before bed I end up falling asleep.

    I would love to try an e-reader but not sure I could afford it.

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  80. i love real books. i read a lot of my uni books in pdf or in any electronic form, but it's never the same as having a proper book in your hands. an ereader might be practical, but i think i'll stick to actual books! x

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  81. Yes, especially cook books. : )

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  82. I'm completely with you on this one. To turn the pages, hear the sound....even in church now, you don't hear the pages being turned you see lights being lit up on a bible app on their phone. It's kind of sad....

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  83. I caved awhile ago and got myself a Nook. I do like it but I do miss holding and feeling a real book.

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  84. I love real books. Nothing can compare.. but when i can afford it I will jump on the E reader band wagon. There's something thrilling about being able to carry around 1000's of books at once.

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  85. I completely agree. I admit I have a Kindle Fire HD and i LOVE it. But I also admit I have never once read a book on it and have four bookshelves dedicated to all of my favorite reads so far. I love garage sales because you can find so many good books for 25 cents each! Have a happy and safe weekend, Keith!

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  86. I read some books as pdf files on my computer and the rest as dead-tree. ereaders are kind of useless in my opinion.

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  87. I just figured out one advantage of my e-reader over the paper book (I still prefer the real books though) - it is easier to read in bed! Books tend to have to many sharp corners and they close and the two page layout is just not good for reading in bed!:):)

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  88. I can see the draw for E-readers if a person does a lot of traveling. It's the words that matter, yet personally I far prefer cradling an actual book in my hands.

    I guess I'm old-fashioned, but I'm just not a fan of E-readers. If I traveled a lot, I might feel differently.

    Kristin

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  89. You said it all. I love books. The smell. The pages. Physically holding it in my hand. My mom was a children's librarian so I grew up with books before birth! I have 3 apps on my ipad for books. And I have downloaded some freebie classics off of ibooks. And I have the Denver Public Library app to download ebooks. I may load up on the ebooks when I travel overseas. That way I don't have to load my backpack up with books, but that may be the only time I use it as a reader. Although, I may have to give it a go a night in bed when hubby goes to bed before me.

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  90. I prefer books, but I think if I was ever going to travel the world, I might get one of those gadgets because of the weight and size of them. I'm always a late adopter when it comes to technology...

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  91. Acknowledging the advantages of e-readers, I adore the look, smell and feel of a book. A home without a collection of books?? unimaginable! :)

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  92. My daughter gave me a Kindle for Christmas, two years ago, and I have not used it yet. I have so many books and many I have not read yet so I’d like to read them first before I give them away. The problem is that I keep buying more when I go to a book sale or second-hand stores. I stopped counting but I would think I may have 3000 or more, actually much more since one bookshelf holds 450 and I have books in each room of the house.

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  93. Yes, I have always loved books, and always will, but I'm enjoying a wonderful affair with my Kindle, too.

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  94. Hi Keith,

    I do have a love for real books...most of the stuff I read are non fiction, self help and optimistic material.

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  95. I prefer books, and I love old books. I'm not averse to having an e-reader, just haven't made the leap yet. Will always have books on paper though.

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  96. I love real books....I especially love the hand worn childrens books. So much is inside those books for the imaginative child. I cannot hold an elctronic device and get the same feeling. Cheers!

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  97. Ah, you are a man after my own heart! Some might call it old-fashioned to prefer paper over e-book, but you've perfectly described everything the "old-fashioned" book has over the computer. Long live (real) books!!!

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  98. I've had a Kindle for about 3 years now. In fact, it's probably on its last legs and needs replacing. I'm tempted by the Kindle Fire, but I really love the small size and light weight of my original Kindle.

    The last real, hardback book I read, I kept dropping. Seriously. It was hard to hold, and my eyes watered from reading the small print. Yes, I know that is a sad, sad statement coming from someone who read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire balanced on a "Boppy" while nursing my baby.

    But I LOVE the lightweight feel of the Kindle and how I can magnify the print.

    That said, it is a PAIN to scan backwards through an e-text for something I missed or want to review. Those are the times I miss a real, paper book.

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  99. All of what you said, Keith. I will always want to hold books in my hand. Not a piece of equipment. And to teach a child to read from an e reader? A machine? Let their little hands turn the page! Teach them to love books and reading. We must support authors and bookbinders and cherish the old school way of reading real books! I work at a library. I see it all first hand, and I don't like where it's all going. I don't call that progress.

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  100. I love that tactile sensation which comes from reading a real book.
    I hope I never see the day arrive when the only reading you can do is on an e-reader.

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  101. I'm with you. I like holding books rather than e-books.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  102. I don't have a ereader, I've really been enjoying going to the library and getting books. However, when travelling a lot, I really can see the benefit of an ereader, books are heavy!

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  103. There was a time when I said that I would never read an eBook or own an eReader. Now I am in love with them! I still get physical books when it comes to my favorite authors, like Anita Shreve, Sarah Dessen and Haruki Murakami, but that's mostly because when I first got an eReader I wanted to collect their books in a physical form because I still had that romantic notion, so now I continue to. There are also some books that I know my mom will want to read, too, so if they're a new release and I know that I won't be able to lend a digital copy, I buy the actual book.

    But I love, love, love my eReader. It's so light to carry around and the books that I have on my eReader don't take up room in my house. A majority of my books are in totes and are difficult to find if I want them because my bookshelves are full. I love that I can look for a book while I'm at home, find one that I want to read, buy it and have it right away. I'm much more motivated by knowing what percentage of the way through a book I am than by knowing the page number or looking to see how many pages are left. And it's so much easier to hold an eReader than an actual book. I can also lay it down and not worry about the pages closing. If I fall asleep while reading, I don't lose my place. I started with an iPad, then got a Kindle when I started working downtown last year (I didn't feel like taking my iPad with me every day). Once the Paperwhite came out and my coworker got it, I got it too. It has so many handy features, like a backlight so that when it gets dark I don't have to turn a light on. If the book allows it, you can get a list of the characters in the book and read a summary about them, which definitely helps in longer books. And my favorite feature is that it calculates my reading speed. It's really accurate, too. I've always lived with that late night dilemma of, "Do I read the next chapter or not?" and the Paperwhite is so nice because I can check to see approximately how long it will take me to read the next chapter so I can decide if I can take the time to or not. I used to be concerned about book signings but you can bring your Kindle, Nook or iPad cover and the author will generally sign it.

    I can't rave about them enough! I am a total eBook convert and realized just how true that was over the holidays last year. I was reading Gone Girl, which I had a physical copy of because I knew my mom would want to read it. The entire time that I was reading it I was moaning about the fact that I didn't have it on my eReader because it was so heavy that I just couldn't get comfortable.

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  104. True that.
    Real books are way better than e-books. Every book leaves an impact, a story and a smell around.
    Like there was this Alchemist of Paulo Coelho, that I had read on a road trip, my mind gets filled with those green images when I look at that book.
    Its like you're talking to that person, examining his version of a reality.
    Books are the best friends who never judge. Rightly said by them.

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  105. I would say, I love both. Books are wonderful and I love to use my ipad to download books from kindle. The kindle is easy to take to work and during my travels. Have a happy Memorial Day weekend!

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  106. Devices die. I've had my books for many years. Even the sight of them can be a comfort ... and can trigger a memory about where to find what I need.

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  107. Undoubtedly. I like living in a room where books live...no eReaders for me, at least, not yet...I'm fond of the bookends even if I don't open the books for months.

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  108. I love real books! eBooks are convenient but there is nothing that quite feels like the pages of a new book..a new adventure to get lost in. :)

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  109. Books are like friends, old and new. They are tactile companions which I would not want to change or exchange. They fill our shelves from ceiling to floor, lie on coffee tables and bedside tables, and are never ignored.The excitment of finding a second hand book in a tucked away book shop or on line will always thrill me in a way that e-readers never could. I will be more than happy to end up with disgarded books from people who no longer want them, and they will find a good home with me where they will be cared for and loved.

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  110. I am not much into ebooks... I love the feel of real paper :D

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  111. I like both, but books are a better feel

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  112. Totally agree with you! I'm always late to adhere new technologies, but this one... will be the hardest. I can't even keep my attention in a story through the screen.

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  113. Definitely a bookie. I don't think I'll ever convert!

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  114. Absolutely agree! Ebooks are convenient but we can’t feel much of reading.

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  115. I love books, I have some in my house.
    To read an ebook, it is not quite the same :)
    I agree with you on that matter
    I am glad to see a new post from you :D

    Respectfully,

    ~ Life

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  116. And the smell of them! I love proper books :)

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  117. Oh yes, the smell is definitely something I love. I also like being able to flip backwards and forwards when I realise I've misread/forgotten an important plot point. It's also much easier to turn to the end and read it first - I love reading the last page of a book first!

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  118. Well yes, I love REAL books too. Is it something to do with not wanting to deal with the coldness of Ereaders? I feel that something is lost, as with the CD and REAL records. My age perhaps as I slip gently into the older generation?

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  119. I love 'real' books - on whatever subject. Books are the pillars of our civilization and the seat of all learning

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  120. I love real books too. I love the way bookstores and library smell. However, I do love my ereader as well. Sometimes holding big books hurts my hands which are prone to arthritis, so that is where I prefer an ereader over a real book.

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  121. they closed each and every bookstore in my town... I love books.

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  122. I have to have books! I love everything about them. Love to re-read them, love the scent of them, love how they look lining the bookshelves, love to learn from them, love to hold them, treasure the antique ones. Love, love books! xx

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  123. My Mom took me to our old country library (which always smelled of old books) when I was 4. I went every other week til I was married. Ebooks are ok for some, but there is nothing like having that book in your hand, excited to turn the next page. My Mom is gone now, but I will always thank her for instilling the love of reading in me. Reading has taken me places I'll never go and put me in situations I'll never be in. Great question!

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  124. I use the kindle app to project books on a whiteboard in school which is really useful, but for my own leisure reading I'd much rather have a real book, as you say the feel of the paper and the smell (especially of new books for me) can't be beaten.

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  125. We love books so much that we had built-ins put in to make a library in our home. It's our favorite room.

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  126. I got a Kindle for the convenience of travel, but I do love tree books. I am a readaholic, and proud of that status!

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  127. I love real books and as you mentioned especially the fragrance! I look at photos on my ipad, but will always read a real live book..hope that never changes!

    I also like to check out at the library to see who likes what I like

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  128. "Seeing your bookmark make its way through the progression of the story"

    This. And it wasn't until I read that that I knew how true it was.

    I still love nothing more than waking up early on a Saturday morning, reaching up to the shelf above my bed, flipping through the pages and picking up where I left off on whatever book I was reading late the last night.

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  129. There's nothing like a real book. They will always be my preference. I was resistant to buying a Kindle, but my significant other, knowing how much I love books, talked me into it a couple of years ago. I'm glad I did. I have found that it has only supplemented my real book reading. I have read many books I may not have come across if not for my Kindle browsing. When I find or remember titles, I always try the library first.

    So, ultimately, for me, real books and e-readers work together; and if anything, I read more real books as a result of owning my Kindle.

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  130. Real books make me happy :) Just like a real letter coming through the letterbox.

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  131. I love them both! I like having a real book in my hands with the feel and smell of paper and when I look at all my books stacked willy nilly around more than 1 room - I feel I'm among old friends.
    I like reading books on my kindle fire because it is so much easier to highlight and take notes. The storage is efficient and the paper usage is limited. I thought it would be hard to transition to an e-reader but it was so smooth.
    It's like choosing between peanut butter and chocolate. They are different and yet both wonderful at the same time and together.
    For me it isn't either or but what am I in the mood for right now?
    Fabulous post and provocative question Keith.

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  132. We're entering a social phase that looks down on paper books. Trends are often olfactory. People think old books stink. People think I stink. But bookstores don't go out of business if I still smoke my pipe outdoors --never in public, but they can tell. Bookstores let people go and then we have unemployment. And, since every used bookstore is required by law to have a cat in it, the cats go homeless. Ultimately there will be no bibliophiles in nicotinic meditation, no danderous bookstore cats, no stinky old books. Just plastic squares to curl up with and read until their batteries die. Utopia? Maybe. Certainly more sanitary than learning used to be.

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  133. I love real books but I love my Kindle too. If I had to pick one over the other though, give me paper, still. There is something about a real book that will never (hopefully) be replaced.

    But think of all the trees that get saved, with ereaders. ;<)

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  134. I do love real books and I wish we still had typewriters :)

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  135. i'm going to miss real books, esp the sharing of them! and seeing, even feeling how big or small they are. magnitude is not as apparent in eform. but ebooks are so convenient! i will also miss bookstore browsing. love the bookstore!

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  136. i too feel romantic about books--my first job was as a page in my local library :)

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  137. I own an ereader, I use it for my work, but really, nothing can ever replace books. I'm like you, I love visiting the library and walking up and down the book shelves. I love the smells and holding books and feeling the pages. Ereaders are nice...but they don't come close to real books.

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  138. Well said Keith....... The smell, feel and sound of a book and it's pages


    Wonderful xxx

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  139. I can't remember the last time I read a book I couldn't put down, and that... that makes me sad.

    Perhaps a recommendation? And yes, hard, flimsy, throw the book when you're mad.. the only way to go.

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  140. I completely agree with you! I have an huge collection of books, I love the smell and the feel and (now, sort of) the nostalgia.

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  141. I feel the same way. I love having the book in my hands and turning the pages. That quote is one of my favorites:) I actually feel empty when I don't have a book in my purse haha

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  142. I love real books, real magazines, real newspapers. There's something about holding the pages in your hands, also it's good to get away from the screen...

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  143. I still love and buy real books. They are my favorite. But for traveling, my Kindle is wonderful.

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  144. I don't think I have a room in this house without books...not even the bathrooms! I love real books so much, I can't imagine getting an eReader. You described the feeling of holding a book perfectly. In fact, I miss the really old library-in-a-house that was near our cottage when I was a kid. They replaced it with a modern library and it's just not the same!

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  145. I may have briefly thought about an eReader when they first emerged. There is nothing like the feel of a book and the smell of the pages, especially older books. I had quite a collection when I was younger. I loved to go to antique stores and flea markets in search of those hard bound books before cover jackets. My best find was an 1930s edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Quite a treasure!

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  146. I do love the feeling of holding a book. And I adore finding used books. Like yr getting the feeling of enjoyment from the previous reader ;-)

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  147. After a while, you get tired of the dust and space these books take up ~ Believe me, once you try e-reader, you will wonder how you didn't try it earlier ~ Though I still enjoy reading books, after a while if you have a house, where will you keep all of them ~ Smiles ~

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  148. Hey, Keith, I missed this post ...

    I've always loved books since I was a little girl, an avid reader and writer.

    Unfortunately, books and print media will soon become completely obsolete. Everything is online--the internet has taken over.

    I still like having a few old books around. I have a prized collection of poetry books, all the classic poets and love it.

    Good night, sweet dreams :)

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  149. Real books all the way for me....
    There is enough virtual in this world. I shudder to think that libraries and book shops may become obsolete.
    Long live books! :))
    Have a great weekend, Keith!
    - Irina

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  150. Real Paperback books are my first love. I still read them travelling or at home. Not to forget my growing collection :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  151. I could never get into reading on a device...I have books all over my home, and there is nothing like the feel of a wonderful book in your hands.I can get lost in bookshops and libraries for an eternity....Like Irina (hi!) I too would die if libraries and bookshops became obsolete.
    Nathalie

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  152. i've thought about an ereader a lot too - all of those books i can take with me in my bag. but there's something about bookshelves and marking pages and the feel of them between my fingers.

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  153. I love both e-reader and books :) I never really take the time to decide which to use, if im browsing my kindle and buy one on there, cool. If i'm out i'll always wander myself into bookshops and come out with a hundred. it doesnt matter to me :) and if i find a book on kindle i really love, i buy the hard copy :D

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  154. I have both but so far, I haven't used my Kindle. My to-be-read pile of real books comes first.

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  155. I do love real books, I have loved them since I can remember. And I think that I have read something every single day of my life since I learnt how to do it. I have also an e-reader and I like it but for different reasons, it give me the chance to have the books I want without being worry about the economic cost and this is great!. However, often I quit reading my e-reader and go back to real books, I miss them so much!

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  156. I just heard on the news that they are thinking about closing 2 branches of libraries. So sad! I messaged them on Facebook explaining that it would be great if they could combine libraries as a part of some schools. Then kids would have more access to them. They could lock up separately, so their hours could be extended. The upkeep would be better because everything is one one ground. I kind of feel like joint things have to be done more to save things. Fast food chains and grocery stores have teamed up to save their selves.

    Anyway my idea must not of been too far off because they messaged me back and said they already did that with one library out west.

    I've often thought of starting my own business (if I were rich) that would be a bakery/art gallery. All the baked things would look like art pieces themselves. I'd want a gluten free section as well. The floor would be art prints with thick glass over it. You'd be walking on art. I have no business skills, so I don't think that would work.

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