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    Quote Originally Posted by HadleyH View Post
    I am curious about something!

    Why would anybody need 100 books all at the same time? What for? What is the use of that?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ButteMT61 View Post
    You don't. It was an exaggeration of the fact that I may want to have 10 with me on a vacation. 10 books in my bag - even paperbacks - is ridiculous!
    I can take books with me camping - cooking, emergency medical info, maps, you name it. All books aren't fiction - lots of what I have are reference. And one thing about e-books, they can have video and other helpful things paper books don't. I don't read romance novels
    My daughter is in med school - almost all her books are on the iPad now. She's gone from an 80-pound bag to one device plus one or two books. Can't beat that.



    You are talking about specialized circumstances; holidays and your daughter's studies, where reading on screen suits you better.

    I am talking for average home use, where a vast number of people would certainly prefer a proper book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LizzieMaine View Post

    "All the time in the world!"


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    Quote Originally Posted by HadleyH View Post
    You are talking about specialized circumstances; holidays and your daughter's studies, where reading on screen suits you better.

    I am talking for average home use, where a vast number of people would certainly prefer a proper book.
    Don't read books at home

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    Quote Originally Posted by HadleyH View Post
    X2!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HadleyH View Post
    You are talking about specialized circumstances; holidays and your daughter's studies, where reading on screen suits you better.

    I am talking for average home use, where a vast number of people would certainly prefer a proper book.
    Perhaps a person likes to read, but doesn't want the unused books doubling as a decoration? 100 books in my pocket means I don't need to make room for 100 books on a book shelf. If I'm reading one book, and I want to read another, but my chair is so comfy I don't want to get up, I can press a few buttons with my thumb and start another one. I used a similar argument giving away all my videogame consoles in favor of having a hundred or so games on my iPhone. Maybe I've just got a fetish for portability and space saving. Whenever I can combine multiple things into one, I tend to. I no longer like having lots of "stuff".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pompidou View Post
    Perhaps a person likes to read, but doesn't want the unused books doubling as a decoration? 100 books in my pocket means I don't need to make room for 100 books on a book shelf. If I'm reading one book, and I want to read another, but my chair is so comfy I don't want to get up, I can press a few buttons with my thumb and start another one. I used a similar argument giving away all my videogame consoles in favor of having a hundred or so games on my iPhone. Maybe I've just got a fetish for portability and space saving. Whenever I can combine multiple things into one, I tend to. I no longer like having lots of "stuff".
    I respect your opinion, but having said that, this is where some of us go one way and some others go the other way!

    I enjoy being surrounded by books, just looking at books gives me comfort, the more books the merrier (the same goes for pictures on the wall and a few other things)



    Rooms like this spell heaven to me!................ Screen books ? Nah, thank you very much!







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    The tangibility of books is a wonderful thing. I can look at my shelves right now and see books I've had for thirty or forty years right alongside books I just got last week. It's like having your whole life on a shelf, available for immediate review, with no batteries or software upgrades required. And Amazon can't come along in the dark of night and delete them, either.

    Plus, if I don't like a book or the author makes me mad, I can find much gratification by flinging that book across the room. Punching a "delete" button will never produce the same catharsis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pompidou View Post
    Perhaps a person likes to read, but doesn't want the unused books doubling as a decoration? 100 books in my pocket means I don't need to make room for 100 books on a book shelf. If I'm reading one book, and I want to read another, but my chair is so comfy I don't want to get up, I can press a few buttons with my thumb and start another one. I used a similar argument giving away all my videogame consoles in favor of having a hundred or so games on my iPhone. Maybe I've just got a fetish for portability and space saving. Whenever I can combine multiple things into one, I tend to. I no longer like having lots of "stuff".
    I can imagine that living in a small apartment or a dorm room, the convenience of a reader vs a whole bunch of books that you simply do not have room to store would be great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LizzieMaine View Post
    The tangibility of books is a wonderful thing. I can look at my shelves right now and see books I've had for thirty or forty years right alongside books I just got last week. It's like having your whole life on a shelf, available for immediate review, with no batteries or software upgrades required. And Amazon can't come along in the dark of night and delete them, either.

    Plus, if I don't like a book or the author makes me mad, I can find much gratification by flinging that book across the room. Punching a "delete" button will never produce the same catharsis.

    I couldn't agree more!

    Also, how can you tear away in disgust the pages of a book that you hate??????????? (which I have done a couple of times ) you can't do that with an Ebook, and that ain't good!

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