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  •  You make some good points, especially in regards (4+ / 0-)

    to e-journals and libraries.

    And the buyer must beware when purchasing an e-book. I generally check out the paperback or hardback pages on Amazon to get an idea of the length of a book. But The Old Man and the Sea was a pretty short book, IIRC.

    And bottom line, at least for now, the choice is an open one and people can use either method to read a book. For me, I would much rather read a book on a digital device. It is a subjective choice, but someday e-books will become true multi-media experiences.

    And heads will explode.

    We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty - Edward R. Murrow

    by Susan Grigsby on Wed May 08, 2013 at 02:50:31 PM PDT

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    •  they're already becoming multi-media... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... and I'm not sure that's a good thing.  Maybe it is in some ways... but it's going to mutate the reading experience.  We're already getting shorter attention spans because of all the distractions around us.  People are getting dumber because a large chunk of their brains are in their hand now, in the form of a little silicon square.  They don't have to learn things or remember them when they can dial up Wikipiedia.   Kindle and Nook now spend as much time advertising how you can watch movies and surf the web on them, and I'm like, "You guys don't know what I'm looking for from a book."   I don't know if I'm a typical modern reader or not, but when I read, I want no distractions, so I can get absorbed in the story.  If I can go check Twitter every few minutes, that's what I'll be doing.  I think it's robbing something from the reading experience.   For me, anyway.  But, when multimedia creeps in, it's not really going to be a "book" anymore.  What it'll be instead may have some good points, I don't know, but it's not really going to be "reading."

      I dunno.  I hope it'll be a good thing 'cuz I know there's no stopping it, but, I do have reservations.

      "Glenn Beck ends up looking like a fat, stupid child. His face should be wearing a chef's hat on the side of a box of eclairs. " - Doug Stanhope

      by Front Toward Enemy on Thu May 09, 2013 at 07:56:40 AM PDT

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      •  NBC news put out Election Night in 2012 which (2+ / 0-)

        I bought through iBookstore so I could use my iPad to read it. The book included, not just photos of past elections, but actual video of the election return broadcasts going back to the 50s, I believe.

        The book could be read and enjoyed without clicking a single video, viewing only the still illustrations, but the videos added value to it, IMHO. Just like illustrations are not essential to most texts, but they add an extra dimension to those books in which they appear.

        We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty - Edward R. Murrow

        by Susan Grigsby on Thu May 09, 2013 at 12:08:42 PM PDT

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