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Old 03-10-2013, 05:02 AM   #22231
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I'm currently reading Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea: The Definitive, Unabridged Edition Based on the Original French Texts, translated and annotated by Walter James Miller and Frederick Paul Walter (published by the Naval INstitute Press, Annapolis, Maryland and (c) 1993 by the United States Naval Institute. This is a great edition except for one thing: There is no ebook edition!!!

So I bought the paperback version and it arrived in the mail on March 7. This is the second time this year that a book I wanted to read wasn't available in an electronic format and I've been forced to revert back to reading the old-fashioned way my grandparents did it, and it sucks. I don't understand how anyone can prefer paper books to electronic ones. There are so many disadvantages to paper books. The most obvious to those of us with aging eyes is that there's no way to change the size or appearance of the font, but that's only the first item on the list. Any passages quoted as well as the notes that are made on those passages must be painstakingly transcribed by hand before they can be shared. Any unfamiliar word must be looked up in a separate dictionary, and any foreign phrase requires the consultation (for those of us who speak English exclusively) of a foreign-language to English dictionary if we're to understand what's being said. And they're so damned heavy! And the pages stick together. And the book is difficult to keep fully open without causing damage to the spine. So what's left for those who still want to claim "real" (paper) books have an advantage over electronic books? The smell? For the life of me, I can't discern a nickel's worth of difference between the smell of this heavy, cumbersome dinosaur I'm reading and the wonderful aroma of my delightful Paperwhite Kindle, housed as it is in a beautiful Oberon sleeve that puts 99.9% of all book covers ever created since the Middle Ages to shame.

Life is tough, but I'll survive. It all gives me a greater appreciation of the hardships that our ancestors had to go through to read books before the advent of electronic readers.

Viva la ebook!

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Old 03-10-2013, 06:30 AM   #22232
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I was just ranting about the same thing.
Me too . I agree with everything Tom said, having just read my first pbook for a while, particularly the font size thing. I find at night in bed my eyes tend to tear up a bit, and I find reading harder. Being able to adjust font size makes all the difference, as I find squinting and having to reread sentences rather breaks to flow of the narrative.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:32 AM   #22233
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(I'll put some wood on the fire in this discussion......)

I partly agree with Tom Sharpe and Orlok, but for other reasons I think.
Being on the road a few months a year, I cannot and will not take physical books with me as they are too heavy. Since 5 years I put my reading on an ereader.

But I buy lots of physical books as well. This 'bad weather sunday' (snow again ) I'm happily sitting at my kitchen table with a cup of coffee and surrounded by books. I buy them secondhand or new; this month's:
Mapping the Silk Road and beyond. Kenneth Nebenzahl
Uzbekistan, the golden road to Samarkand. Calum Mc.Leod
Xinjiang, China's Central Asia. Jeremy Trednick
Bejing Walks, exploring the heritage. Don J.Cohn
Great Wall of China, Beijing and Northern China. Tammy Evans
Asia Overland, tales of travel on the Trans-Siberian& Silk Road. Bijan Amrani
Lonely Planet China and Lonely Planet Central-Asia

I buy both kinds of books, for different reasons. I wouldn't like to have a travel guide on my ereader/iPad. I like exploring, browsing in books, looking at the pictures, going in the bookshops to see what's new. I collect ancient books as well.

I am a kind of omnivore in reading, so I don't mind bad formatting of ebooks...I just read on....and I don't mind bad light or such.
These days I feel that I have the best of both, especially since I won an ereader in the MR-wintercontest and yes Tom, I have an beautiful (Oberon)cover for it.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:05 PM   #22234
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Any unfamiliar word must be looked up in a separate dictionary, and any foreign phrase requires the consultation (for those of us who speak English exclusively) of a foreign-language to English dictionary if we're to understand what's being said. And they're so damned heavy! And the pages stick together.
Nonsense! You can look up both on your iPhone.
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:02 PM   #22235
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The only advantage I've found with pbooks is the ability to buy used/out of print ones.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:41 PM   #22236
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The only advantage I've found with pbooks is the ability to buy used/out of print ones.
Plus it is very easy to loan to a friend; no pesky DRM to worry about.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:56 AM   #22237
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:40 AM   #22238
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I came back from North Carolina with some sort of bug. It must be going around down there. (By the way, in a couple of weeks I could change my name to BenG_nc.)
Just saw this post -- welcome to NC! The home of the epidemic flu bug that won't die! Bring plenty of Kleen-Ex and prepare for endless fevers!

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Just saw this post -- welcome to NC! The home of the epidemic flu bug that won't die! Bring plenty of Kleen-Ex and prepare for endless fevers!

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