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Old 06-14-2024, 05:59 PM   #181
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What? Listening to music when you read?
No. When you read there must be deathly silence all around you.
How else could you read?
It's called multitasking! If I didn't have my music playing while reading on the subway system I would end up killing someone. But being able to block out everyone else with my music and get absorbed in my book to ignore that I've been sitting still stuck on a train for an hour is the only way I keep my sanity.

I can have anywhere from an hour 1/2 to 3 hour commute depending on what breaks down, who gets sick, what stops working etc.!

On the weekends, my system goes on when I get up and plays all day long while I read to my hearts content. Most of my brain is focused on my book.

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Old 06-14-2024, 06:37 PM   #182
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For my part, I can't stand any background noise at all, at any time, and that includes music. I must have silence at all times, always (unless I specifically watch a movie, a football match, a documentary etc, of course).

I live alone and that means there's nothing I need to block out.
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Old 06-14-2024, 06:43 PM   #183
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For my part, I can't stand any background noise at all, at any time, and that includes music. I must have silence at all times, always (unless I specifically watch a movie, a football match, a documentary etc, of course).

I live alone and that means there's nothing I need to block out.
Be careful with loud noises. Tinnitus isn't fun!
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Old 06-14-2024, 07:17 PM   #184
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Be careful with loud noises. Tinnitus isn't fun!
I never have anything playing loudly - for one thing, I live in an apartment house with neighbors on all sides, secondly, I have a blind cat who relies on hearing and finally, I have a strong aversion to loud noise myself.

When watching a movie/documentary not in my native language, I use subtitles, so I can have it playing relatively quietly.
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Old 06-14-2024, 07:32 PM   #185
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I have a strong aversion to loud noise myself.
Yea, me too. I have learnt to hate noise. Unfortunately I live in an area that is quite noisy, and no-one would have guessed it by just looking at the area - parks, lots of greenery, a slightly semi-rural feel.

Unfortunately I live just off a road that is a main tourist road, and also contains 3 major nurseries, council quarry, council depot, council animal impound. The amount of traffic is just overwhelming for a small residential road. Of course it is hilly so cars and trucks accelerate up the hills, and noise echos through the little valley, and trucks use their compression brakes all the way down the 1.5 km hill which is about 90 seconds worth of noise for each vehicle.

Of course there are also all the idiot neighbours with their backyard accessory, also known as dogs, that are undisciplined and barking day and night.

Oh, lets not forget the flight paths over the house.

Yea, I have learnt to hate noise. I wear ear plugs to bed most nights and on many days when at home I wear ear muffs. If only I could afford to move.
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Old 06-14-2024, 07:58 PM   #186
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There are flight paths over our house as well, but fortunately the air traffic here is pretty sparse (perhaps a couple of airplanes per day, if that). Overall, the noise level is tolerable for a city, and my immediate neighbors are pretty quiet folks (one of them has a dog, but I almost never hear it barking). Many people walk their dogs near the house several times a day, but again, there's seldom any loud barking.

It was worse 20 years ago when I moved to my current home - people used to play extremely loud music with windows open, but since then the general behavior has improved a lot.
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Just like DSNB, I am oblivious to what is going on around me when I am reading. My wife has to call me multiple times just to get my attention.
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I just got back from a cruise where I read three books in a week. The better half read three books and the kid bounced between two books. Between us we had three ereaders weighing about the same as one paperback.
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I haven't picked up a paper book in 14 years.

I'm happy I no longer have to smell molding paper. I'm even happier that I don't have to struggle to read the small print!!!! I love being able to carry 2800+ books with me wherever I go on a variety of machines.

When home I read on my pc, when traveling I read on my phone, and when I get to where I'm going I switch over to either my Kobo or my Samsung tablet.

Life is good when I can read and listen to tunes at the same time!
I picked up a hardcover yesterday because it's a book I've been meaning to read but it's not available as an eBook and never will be.
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Not having to find a place to put 2800+ books is probably another understated benefit.
The advantage of pBooks is that I read all the pBooks I bought. Not so with eBooks.
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No. When you read there must be deathly silence all around you.
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I can read with the TV on.
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The advantage of pBooks is that I read all the pBooks I bought. Not so with eBooks.
Man, I always bought more books than I read.
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Ditto. I also frequently bought a book a second time having forgot that I already had it at home.
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Yes! I have three (paper) copies of The Forge of God by Greg Bear. I guess it sounded good every time I picked up a copy at a used book store
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