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July 31, 2010


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That makes two of us. Something about the smell, and the feel of a good book in your hands. Not to mention I stare at a computer monitor a lot - and sometimes you've just got to un-plug as it were.

This is the spirit! Modern society seems to spend more time looking at a screen than doing anything else. Think of laying in the grass reading a book versus laying in the grass reading a kindle. I'm hoping a new generation will come along and go back to smelling the roses and experiencing the real things ins life.

I have to jump in here and be the third person in agreeance. We need to stick with the... "real things in life" as Terry put it! Some things shouldn't be simplified.

Sorry guys, I like both. I have my kindle for traveling. Much easier to pack and I do not have to buy new books while I am at my destination. Perfect for Hawaii and Palm Springs! But I do love the book store and the feel of new books.

Sorry, but I have to totally disagree with (most) of you. I love my Kindle because I don't have the time to go to the bookstore. I couldn't indulge in my favorite hobby, because I didn't have time to buy myself the books I love to read so much. Now I'm a reading machine! After about 15 minutes with the Kindle, you get used to holding it, in fact it's less awkward than holding a book. It doesn't feel like you're reading off a computer screen, it really feels like you're reading from a book. Plus you can download samples of books before you buy, so you can decide whether or not you really want to commit. The only thing I don't like is that you can't share your books with a friend like you can the old fashioned kind. Try it, and I bet you'll like it.

Another reason: When flying, you have to turn it off when the plane pushes back and on long final. That's when I most want to bury my head in my book: When the babies are screaming and the drunks are at their most belligerent.

I like to read in the bathtub. If a paperback falls out of my hands and gets soaked, I'm only out a couple of bucks. Not so with a Kindle. Not only do I not own a Kindle, I have never even seen one.

You can't beat a real book. Of course I write this sitting in a room with bookshelves on three walls filled floor to ceiling......

I don't even read books, but if I did, it would NOT be on an electronic book. Seems like crap to me. But whatever.


I absolutely love my Kindle. I never used to leave home without a book in my purse but sometimes a 1,000 page book was a little daunting to carry. But now, regardless of the size I can still have my "book" and more handy at all times. Also, if I finish one while out and about, I have the next one ready.

Don't get me wrong, I still love books and have collected many thru the years, but for sheer reading you can't beat this. I also share an Amazon account with a few others and that way we can share books. Little known fact not widely publicized - you can have up to 6 people on an account and if one buys the book, all can read it and at the same time.

I use the Free Kindle app for my Droid and love it!

The NEW books all cost around $10. I can read on my Droid anytime, it bookmarks and I can pick up where I left off on my Notebook, PC at office or home... Was not a big fan until I got the app...

Sorry will Never buy the hardware for Kindle..Amazon is winning..Last Quarter sales were $6 Billion, $1 Billion of which were downloads to Smart phones (Iphone, Droid, etc..)

Unfortunately for those of us that want to hang on to those "real" things we grew up with, the same thing happened to Vinyl records. Remember? In your statement Dave, you could substitute vinyl records for the word book in alot of it. As in the "smell" of opening a new LP, browsing for hours in a record store, etc. It's inevitable. As our generation grows older and dies out, the new generations will look back at reading real books like they do listening to LP's on a turntable. Now I have an 160gb IPOD that holds 40 thousand songs. The size of a credit card. Amazing.

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