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16 June 2012 @ 02:42 pm
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I'm about to cave in and buy a Kindle! I have let my bookshelf know I won't read any book on the Kindle that I already have a paper version of, unless I forget to take my book to work/away with me :).

 
 
 
danae_love on June 17th, 2012 06:43 am (UTC)
Unfortunately most books available for sale here aren't made like they used to be. The way I see it, I'm saving money on cheap acidic paper so I can use that money to buy better quality paper books.

Plus I'm pretty much using it for recipe books at the moment :)

I was against e readers for years, and I still shudder at the thought of someone having NO printed books in their house at all! But I'm noticing a lot of chick lit only readers are getting out there and reading more classics because they're "free", and then realising what they've been missing all this time, and that changed my view on e readers a LOT!
psycobabbler on June 17th, 2012 07:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know that most books aren't made to last anymore. It's sad really. Now, a book that was made to last... Alexander Pope's translations of Homer. We recently had a rare book exhibit at the museum connected to my university, and they had three volumes from that print run. The pages are still a pristine white, and there's so much beautiful white space. It's such a beautiful book, and it really shows the absolute attention to detail Pope put into his printed editions. (I was involved with the set up of that exhibit, so I got to touch them! With gloves on of course :) We also had a first edition of John Locke's An Essay on Human Understanding. It was signed by him. I touched John Locke's signature. I literally almost passed out.)

I would say that I wish all books were like that, but really, they'd be a LOT more expensive, haha.

I have heard of people reading more of the classics because they are now more accessible; however, I've heard horror stories about that as well. One of my professors was talking about one instance in class a while back: a student of hers was reading what was supposed to be a like 800 page book. The ereader version she got was less than half of that. Literally, the "editor" (and yes, I'm using the term sarcastically here) had cut out pretty much all of the exposition and descriptions and left only the dialogue and action. I was horrified. It was one of those free classics. Now, I know that not everything is like that, but yeah.

Please take anything I say about books with a grain of salt, though. I've just had so many bibliographic and book historian stuff beat into me for the last two years that it's become how I think. Meaning, academia has somewhat ruined me, haha. I get nervous when reading editions where I'm not sure who edited it, what editorial interventions have been made, and what edition of the text is being used. In essence, I need the textual history of the text and a note from the editor or I won't touch it, lol. This is, of course, just generally regarding classics and whatnot.

I guess this is all just to say, be careful which editions you download. Know where it's coming from :)

I have nothing against ereaders; I just still prefer the cheap paper for the most part. I really like the built in reward system that page turning gives. :)

Also, I think it's a very good and interesting idea to use it for recipes. I hate printing them. You've got me thinking now, lol.
danae_love on June 17th, 2012 10:57 am (UTC)
Oh gosh no, I love hearing your input!! Books are your thing!!!

Oh wow!!!! I want to see that book! Sounds like Alexander Pope was onto a good thing indeed! And you got to touch it! I'm jealous!!

Hahaha, I would've nearly passed out touching a handwritten signature like that as well!

Oh yes!! It's always something to look out with when it comes to classics! It was easy with books as you just always make sure it's unabridged (though some people don't think to do that and end up with abridged versions). But with e books it'd be so much harder to check and monitor. I'm scared now! Any tips? I usually go through Project Gutenberg or Adelaide Uni's collection which is available online :).

True true, there is something nice about page turning. Much easier to go back to earlier pages too.

I'm definitely loving the Kindle for recipes!! And last night I sat and read every page of The Everyday Happy Herbivore, which is the first time I've ever read a cookbook cover to cover!

I'm glad we've had this chat :)