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The end of print has been predicted for about 30 years now. But books are still very popular and there is no shortage of people wanting to write them.
Electronic readers have their place and will co-exist with books. The problem is that such readers have built in obsolescence: new models will come out and people will feel left behind if they don't upgrade.... the same as with mobile phones, MP3 players and the like.
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Quote: So that's why those word processors never caught on and we stayed with the typewriter.
In a sense, we have done just that. I'm using a QWERTY keyboard............... are you?
With the Kindle we are not talking about one machine supplanting another but replacing paper with a machine.
When the computer age started to take off, paper companies feared for their future. In fact, they did very well - because people just will not ditch their printers!
Quote: So the thing you just typed is that onto paper or a screen?
Doesn't matter! We are still, in general, tapping away on keyboards similar to ones used back in the 1870s! The mechanisms have changed, and we don't type direct onto paper (but still print out quite a bit), but fundamentally little has changed.
I'm sure electronic readers have their place - especially for pulp fiction etc. But I know several book enthusiasts and they regard the idea of these readers ever totally replacing books as laughable. They go on about the "feel" of a book in your hands etc etc.
I would consider getting one of these devices when the price dives down low enough! But, after the initial novelty, I suspect it might well gather dust in a cupboard.........
Maybe I'd be more keen if I needed glasses for reading! Perhaps I will do, one day................in the dim and distant future.
But, for those needing reading glasses, I can see it must be a boon to be able to increase print size on a Kindle (or whatever) and avoid having to scrabble around for your specs.
I am hugely against many things that I don't have also.
I have a slight resistance to things I feel I won't use after the initial excitement of ownership!
I have developed this resistance through costly experience over the years.....
I have a low-end Sony Reader. I find it great to be able to turn pages with only the flick of a thumb, stop whenever you want and start off where you were, have a couple of books on the go at once: and occasionally boost the print size when the eyes get tired. When more and more choice of material becomes available for it and prices go down a bit it'll be better and better..
I love technology and, given how much I read, have no doubt that I will eventually travel everywhere armed with a reader. Before I do however, they need to:
- be powered by light (artificial or solar, like my Citizen watch)
- be readable in all lighting conditions
- allow books to be loaded at my local library (4 week licence)
Quote: But I know several book enthusiasts and they regard the idea of these readers ever totally replacing books as laughable. They go on about the "feel" of a book in your hands etc etc.
The same was said about vinyl when CDs came out.
There seem to be a large number of ebook formats and, if you look at the table at the end of this article, there appear to be significant incompatibilities.
That's something else which, perhaps, needs to be sorted out (VHS v. Betamax anyone? )
When you've finished with your Kindle, can you use it for lighting the fire ?
It sounds like you could ?
Can you save anything on a Kindle, including the AZW format files, to your computer?
Ta Chris. In truth the fact that I get all my books from the library limits the ability to justify spending £200 (I would need to buy 2 as Robbie and I share books )
Do you work for Kindle?
Quote: When you've finished with your Kindle, can you use it for lighting the fire ?
It sounds like you could ?
Nah, that's kindling! But then again, ...........
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