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Old Today, 07:38 AM   #121
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Too bad that the argument for physical paper books was butchered in such a fashion. I think there's much to be said for reading paper books, especially concerning memory (I remember reading some studies proving that people remembered/recalled information read on paper much better than on screens (not e-ink, so could be irrelevant for e-readers)).

I would prefer reading only paper books, but the constraints of real life have me doing pretty much the opposite. There are some significant advantages to ebooks that are hard to ignore.

1. They are free! (Most of my reading is PD and the rest I can get from the library. I refuse to buy ebooks. They are too expensive for me; and I would never buy anything with DRM.)
2. I can carry my whole library in my pocket and switch books whenever I feel like it. (I have a Hisense A5 Pro that I use as my main phone, audio player, book reader, etc.)
3. Foreign language reading. (This is probably the main reason. I read in several languages and the physical books I want are simply not available.)
4. Dictionary. (Definitely helps when reading in other languages. Tap a word, get a definition instantly. I don't mind browsing a dictionary manually, but not having to lug a 2kg dictionary with me for every book I read is a huge plus.)

Many of the PDFs I read would also be nicer on an e-ink screen, if I just had one big enough.

The paper books I read are such that I find at second hand stores. Only titles that are in good condition with fonts and design I like. And I make sure not to buy too many since I move a lot and don't want to carry too many books with me.
Those are good reasons. None of them applies to me personally, however. I don't read public domain or library books. I buy almost all my ebooks (DRM gets removed, of course). I don't carry my ereaders or books around with me (I read only at home). I don't read in foreign languages (except for English).

The main reasons I prefer ebooks are the light weight of eink readers (when compared to paper doorstoppers) and their better ergonomics; the ability to change fonts and formatting; price (local books are expensive and the English-language paper books are expensive to import, second-hand or not); storage space (I live in a small apartment).

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Old Today, 09:52 AM   #122
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One thing I should point out, though, is that what annoys me about the original article is what always annoys me about the buffoons who write for The Atlantic. Who friggin' cares about their opinion?
Obviously you do and quite a lot at that.

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Read what you want to read and read it how you want to read it.The dipsh*t who wrote that poorly researched Atlantic article, Ian Bogost, is quick to pretentiously mention all the highbrow artsy-fartsy crap he reads. Bully for him.
Pot, meet kettle. You’re doing exactly what you denigrate the author of the article for doing.

I thought this a poor article because the author denounced ereaders while knowing virtually nothing about them. However, I’ll do him the justice of assuming that he enjoys reading what he reads and that’s why he reads it. Just like you, in fact.

A mild admonition: Please clean up your language. Asterisks are not sufficient sanitization. Thanks.
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