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The end of print

MikeRC Plus
12 3.6k United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 3:56PM

Quote:Print versions of best sellers are likely to cost more too.

...not for me ...since I retired 10 years ago, the most I've paid for a book is 10p. these being sold off at my local library where I can borrow the books of my choice completely FREE of charge.

The public library represents almost as good value as EPZ.

I read a book a week, 2 a week when I'm on holiday, I dread the thought of loading a Kindle with six books prior to going on holiday and then it crashes on the first day...what a nightmare.

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MikeRC Plus
12 3.6k United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 4:08PM

Quote:you can download books for free with a membership to any library in the world.

I'm gonna' check this out at my local library....If it's true, which I doubt Smile I'm buying a Kindle.

Big Bri 16 16.2k United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 4:30PM
My local library has downloadable books, but...
a) they use DRM and are only valid for 3 weeks
b) they don't support Kindles (which is bloody stupid)
strawman 13 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 5:02PM
That was the main reason I bought a Kobo Bri lots of free library books. And it would look to be that not all the books time out. You can just extend the books. I guess DRM is an issue but they need some way of controlling the books and Amazon could choose to make the Kindles support the standard.
ErictheViking 4 124 102 Scotland
31 Dec 2012 5:47PM
As a Dyslexic i thought I could give people the benefit of my thoughts, e Books have made my reading so much more possible. I have owned a Kindle for the last 2 years and with its variations in print and style I can have books in a format which helps me read. This Christmas a treated myself to a paperwhite and it has improved things again, however print will always be there for me and everybody else for I like to feel paper and it is still the easiest way I find of having things explained to me for I can just read it again and again flicking forward and back without the need to remember what's where and were did I write my notes?

I can hear the cries off get a tablet, iPad etc well like many in this world and perhaps in this community my money goes on useful things like cameras, lenses, software and big monitors to help my poor old eyes see my handy work.

Hurrah for Kindle and all its children
Long live the printed word. GrinGrin

Eric Grin
User_Removed 13 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 8:47PM

Quote:In the meantime - I will stick to my old ways

Brian you should go back to stone tablets and tapestries for the authentic story-reading experience. I suppose you print ePz out because you prefer to read from paper? Or maybe, in reality, you and the others who are anti-ebook are in actual fact quite good at reading from screen Grin
brian1208 Plus
14 11.2k 12 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 10:20PM
I got me a tablet but darn me if it weren't made out of plastics stuff Tongue

Its not a question if being unable to read from the screen but of not wanting to see books disappear both from the emotive sense that I love to handle a good book and enjoy the process of reading from one much more than from a screen and, to me, more importantly, I believe we should keep the original documents as source material rather than having everything abridged to fit on the web / screen.
StrayCat Plus
13 18.4k 3 Canada
31 Dec 2012 10:24PM
Strawman (John), which model of Kobo did you get? I have the Kobo Glo, and it is so easy to read with that light. I've had 6 Sonys and one Kindle, and this little reader is superior by far for comfort, and ease of use. Almost every night I read it in bed with no lights on, easy on the eyes.Smile

With an ereader, I'm not stuck with feeling I have to read a book just because I bought it. In some cases I might start 10 books before I find one I want to finish. The Kobo saves all my spots in all the books, and when I view the books on the reader on the PC with Calibre, it shows me which books I've started, and which books I've finished.
strawman 13 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 9:32PM

Quote:Strawman (John), which model of Kobo did you get?
Hi I bought a touch a few months back before the glow came out but I cannot complain it was at a low price and works well. The choice of fonts are good and it is easy to use. The Glo looks to be very similar and I can imagine for evening use that glow screen works well.
StrayCat Plus
13 18.4k 3 Canada
5 Jan 2013 1:04AM
Yes, the screen is excellent, I use the light all the time, highly recommend it. I looked at your model also, and the price was good, almost bought it. I think its easier to use than the Sonys I've been using for about 3 years, and it's way ahead of the Kindle that I had home for a tryout. Are you using Calibre with it?
Chris_L 3 3.9k United Kingdom
12 Feb 2016 1:28AM
I started this topic a few years ago after getting my first Kindle. I think the days of chopping down trees to turn into paper to slap ink on in order to convey information are slowly, but surely, coming to an end.

Looks like the Independent will cease printing in favour of online only

Quote:Assuming the sale of the i goes through, Lebedev is expected to seek to invest the proceeds into further developing the independent.co.uk website into an international digital news brand while stopping printing the newspapers.

lobsterboy Plus
13 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2016 10:53AM
i'm not surprised, i picked up a paper a few weeks back and really couldn't see the point of a giant printout of the previous day on Twitter....
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
12 Feb 2016 11:00AM
Well I won't be abandoning print. I don't have roaming turned on on my phone or tablet, and anyway, I find it hard to read screens to any great extent. I can't be bothered to scroll through and read whole stories on a screen so I'd miss a lot of detail. The only thing I do like is my Kindle which I read on the train or underground.

I like being able to flick through a paper, tear bits out or do the crosswords etc. Long live print.
seahawk 10 1.1k United Kingdom
12 Feb 2016 11:27AM
I agree with SlowSong - one of the great pleasures of life is reading the morning paper while I have my coffee (and the wife would go berserk if she couldn't do the crossword), and though my Kindle is great for taking on holiday nothing beats the sheer pleasure of picking up a book. We have hundreds of books and hate disposing of old ones to clear shelf space for new ones.
Long live print (one of the greatest inventions of human kind).
davidburleson Plus
10 3.0k 3 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2016 12:01PM

Quote:I agree with SlowSong - one of the great pleasures of life is reading the morning paper while I have my coffee (and the wife would go berserk if she couldn't do the crossword),

I do a similar thing every morning, except with an iPad and load up the 'Flipboard' app. Essentially its a like a newspaper, but much more realtime.

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