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I prefer analog books

E-books are on the rise, causing some publishers to abandon analog printing altogether, in a world where half the planet's population can't even read, let alone access e-books. E-readers are expensive, and e-books are so ephemeral, it's so easy to wipe them from existence. I prefer analog books, and always will. Even though some books - like Twilight or anything by Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin - are a blasphemous waste of trees, I still say we should stick to analog books. (I might rethink my stance on e-books if someone comes up with a standard e-book format, the e-book equivalent of MP3s, but I'd still prefer analog books.) Here is my opinion of e-books:



Crossposted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org

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janetmiles
Oct. 13th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
I would like to see both analog and digital books. Analogs are more fun to read and own; digitals are easier to carry around lots of in a small space.
kengr
Oct. 13th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
I'm unfortunately limited in that my Nokia 770 won't take cards bigger than 1 gig (in theory, you can make a 2 gig card work, but it's more hassle than I want to deal with).

So I can't get all the Baen books I have on there anymore.
fayanora
Oct. 13th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Problem with e-books is, there's no standard e-book format. Lots of proprietary formats for Kindles and so on, which are expensive. Only e-books I can read are those in RTF, txt, Word, or ODF format, and I can't read on computer screens that great. Oh sure, I can see the words, but something about the computer light makes my mind more prone to wander off than usual.

What I look forward to is something the new memristor technology will someday bring us: e-book readers and other computers with instant-on/instant-off that save data in such a way that even an unexpected loss of power won't bother; once you restore power, everything will pop up just as it was.

I even have something similar in my published novel, "I'll Tell You No Lies," before I'd ever heard of memristors: it was called "digital paper." Cheap, disposable, paper-thin computer, basically.
kengr
Oct. 13th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
There are *several* "standard ebook formats".

Something with an epub extension seems to be catching on, but both rtf and HTML are readable on a *lot* of things. I use html on the Nokia, and RTF on the Dana.
elven_ranger
Oct. 13th, 2010 10:31 am (UTC)
I cant stand ebooks, I like having the real printed book in my hand.
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