the death of my books have been greatly exaggerated

by Kenny H September. 18, 2013 5840 views

To re-quote writer Christopher Mims, “Tech pundits recently moved up the date for the death of the book, to sometime around 2015…”

Says Bill Hill (former journalist) who led the team that developed ClearType at Microsoft, a technology for rendering text as smoothly as possible on LCD screens..
“The iPad, with a crisp, bright high-resolution screen capable of handling color and video, yet with acceptable battery life, has moved us out of the Dark Ages. It’s the first eBook device I’ve seen that really feels like it’s changed the world. I vastly prefer it to paper. I’ve reached the point where I’d be glad to ditch thousands of paper- and hard-backed books from my bookshelves. I’d rather have them all on an iPad.”

Does a Kindle Fire HD exist in this house?…..Yes.
Are there dozens of books on it?….yes. (books that I don't particularly care to save as much as the physical ones I own), but yes.

I'll probably be dead before I run out of space in THIS house to store them anyway.

Don't even get me started on digital vs. film though…

If I drop it, it won't break…

I'm pretty sure they'll never run out of batteries…

Bury them in the sand at the beach, dig 'em up….read them again.

Terrorists (or Martians for that matter) can't send an electromagnetic pulse down from the skies, and render my copy of “Abraham Lincoln, Zombie Killer” useless.

I can write a message on a fancy piece of paper, date it, stick it just inside the book, give it away as a gift, only to have the person find it later when they go to read it.

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Tatrai Agnes 7 years, 3 months ago

I like your photos and your ideas!

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Jennifer Venter 7 years, 3 months ago

I LOVE my books so I can so relate ! well done !

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Sandra Vermeulen 7 years, 4 months ago

The feel of a real book can't be compared to nothing, and no feeling ever will ...
Love this set.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Francesc 7 years, 4 months ago

Great post and set

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Teo Montana 7 years, 4 months ago

Brilliant post that has an never ending shelf life.....or will it? :))

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Brenda Nelson 7 years, 4 months ago - what a great post and photos! I still like the feeling of a real book in my hands! I love the third shot. (Do you ever read Clive Cussler, Robin Cook, or James Rollins? I've interviewed them and they are a great read!)

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 7 years, 4 months ago

Books always. I do not like to read books in a digital support.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Alison 7 years, 4 months ago

As a fellow bibliophile and one time librarian, I love this post!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Asiamack 7 years, 4 months ago

Love this post. Nice shots that bring out the mood -- the 'warmth' one would feel with a good read in hand and also thought-stirring commentary. Have never compared paper book with e-book but now I share yours.

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Bee 7 years, 4 months ago

I'm with you - and that's why I enjoy volunteering at the library so much.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Dan Ravasio 7 years, 4 months ago

I love #5 Ken.....

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Marsha 7 years, 4 months ago

An ode to, Ken nicely done shots and effective commentary - you really made your point!!! I'm on the fence - can see the benefits of both sides, but certainly the tactile experience of reading a paper book can't be beat.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 7 years, 4 months ago

My iPad has a very large collection of books - all free downloads because I already have print copies of the same - but I still prefer holding, touching and smelling a book. I learnt to read very late (age 8) for various reasons, but I still feel a rush with a new book.

I was having a conversation here with a friend about inverse cultural snobbery - by which I mean proudly placing trash novels alongside some weighty tome about Marxian philosophy. Doesn't quite have the same effect with a tablet PC or book reader, does it?

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Ann Garratty 7 years, 4 months ago

I have a Kindle, but I still love a good old fashioned paper book, I love the way they feel and smell and you are right it is very difficult to break one... I think I will always have real books in my library!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 7 years, 4 months ago

How I love the weight of a book in my hands.
I still buy books rather than read them on my ipad!

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