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Old 06-20-2011, 09:12 PM   #406
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Old 06-21-2011, 02:45 AM   #407
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I've been reading some of the books I bought.

Bought in June: 16
Read out of these in June: 7 reading book no. 8 right now.

TBR of bought books since August 2010: 16
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:42 AM   #408
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I've been reading some of the books I bought.

Bought in June: 16
Read out of these in June: 7 reading book no. 8 right now.

TBR of bought books since August 2010: 16
Well, that's not too bad. My figures for the same time periods are:

Bought in June: 2
Read out of these in June: 2
TBR of bought books since August 2010: about 100.
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:43 AM   #409
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i keep borrowing ebooks instead of reading the ones i got. something must be wrong with me D;
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:48 AM   #410
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:50 AM   #411
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i keep borrowing ebooks instead of reading the ones i got. something must be wrong with me D;
Borrowing from a library's fine. Free books are fine. It's buying ebooks when you already have plenty to read that's the problem. My TBR is currently over 400. And that's not counting the numerous freebies I have.
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:14 AM   #412
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so it turns out that the used book i wanted to buy is dyed red on the edges. someone told me that books with dyed edges don't really keep very well aesthetically, but i don't think the book would be reissued anytime soon ! and the condition is very good, according to the seller D;
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:33 AM   #413
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Talking I'm edicted to ebooks too

Me too.
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Im an addict of both the books and the machines . Im adding to it almost everyday .
I dare not have a to buy list. My TBR list is huge lost count how many books are in it. I keep just a few on my Kindle otherwise I spent more time choosing that reading.

I have around 15,000 maybe more know periodically I check to see how many. They date back to the late 90's when I switched from paper to electronic.

As for gadgets pretty much had them all Illiad, Cool-er ereader, Sony Touch, I'll no doubt buy a Nook when I'm in the US again. Though I'm tempted very much by the new tablets.. I've read ebooks on Palms, smart phones and my 10 in laptop.. love that it goes everywhere with me...

I never leave home without my Kindle
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:05 AM   #414
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so it turns out that the used book i wanted to buy is dyed red on the edges. someone told me that books with dyed edges don't really keep very well aesthetically, but i don't think the book would be reissued anytime soon ! and the condition is very good, according to the seller D;
That someone told you BS. The edges were gilded to minimize demage done to books by dust. Bibles do almost always have gilt edges. Today most of the gilding is done with dye only but for expensive books it is still done with gold.

If you are interested in book binding I recommend J. Mark Bertrand's blog

http://www.bibledesignblog.com/

it is shock full of information about binding, paper qualities and type faces/ type setting. It also contains information about different leathers. Bibles are one of the last books today to be handbound and done with craftmanship, for example smythe-sewn. Only a hundred years ago this was different.

The HC sold today will have a shelf life of approximately 20 - 30 years due to inferior paper qualities. I have books from 1908 - 1958 that look brand new. The paper as white as it was back than. Have a look at the books on your shelf. I bet there are books you bought 10 years ago whose pages are already yellowing.

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GILDING is the most beautiful method of ornamenting the edges of books; it suits almost any colour and any binding, and may be carried out in a variety of ways so as to produce many beautiful effects. Gilding is not mere ornamentation; it is also the best preservative that can be applied to book edges. Dust cannot penetrate between the leaves of gilt edged books, decay is retarded if not altogether prevented, and the action of fire is resisted to a remarkable extent; it is for this last reason that the edges of ledgers are sometimes very thickly gilt. Among the many varieties of gilding may be mentioned gilt on colour, in which the edges are fanned out and colored, and then gilt. Red is the colour most generally preferred, hence the com*mon expression" gilt on red," or " red under gold" but other colors are used. Gilding is also done on marble; it is called marbling under gilt, and as may be imagined, when well done is very beautiful. Book edges are also gilt and tooled, tools of a fine pattern being chosen and used warm.

The tools used by the edge gilder for ordinary plain gilding are the gilding press, which has long screws, a steel scraper, a gold cushion, gold knife, tip, burnisher, and a flat brush. The materials required are gum, Armenian bole, diluted glaire, and gold leaf.
from: www.aboutbookbinding.com

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Old 06-21-2011, 08:18 AM   #415
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@popp: thanks so much! I've made up my mind and will get the book after all this is great info as well
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:47 AM   #416
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Not entirely true... depends on paper used, many hardbacks have acid-free paper and will last equally well and are rated as at least 100+years without any deterioration...


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Old 06-21-2011, 08:49 AM   #417
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Not entirely true... depends on paper used, many hardbacks have acid-free paper and will last equally well and are rated as at least 100+years without any deterioration...
well, the seller stated that the book is in "very good" condition, and the seller has a very positive rep, so i trust them...hopefully xP
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:04 AM   #418
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I'm clean now have bought NO eBooks for at least 1 month,

My Dr has me signed up on a PROGRAM ... Buying only pBooks!

My Probation Officer has me visiting dialy,

Anymore eBooks and I go down for the Long Stretch!
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:27 PM   #419
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I actually dug into my TBR pile & found a book I bought months ago. It was quite good.... I wonder how many more I have that are buried deep in all the books I've purchased.

Got to admit I miss looking for more books to buy... I think this buying books is an addiction I'm not going to overcome... Got to stay away from the new & upcoming books notifications. I always leave with a book that is already out & snuck into the new & upcoming books....Honestly I haven't looked lately....
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I bought two books yesterday. Read one of them at once and went back to one of my other purchases. But they don't count anyway as they are of the single-handed-reading variety and will be consummated rather fast

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