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  •  How about the feeling of a book in your hands? (9+ / 0-)

    The feeling of flipping through the pages yourself?  The smell of the pages themselves?  I'm very much a tech person, but this is one area where I like the old-fashioned better.  There really is just something about holding a real book in your hand and flipping through the pages.

    Oh, and that's in addition to the excellent points you make in your diary.  Tipped and rec'd.

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    by Mets102 on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 07:02:06 AM PDT

    •  I agree with you, the tactile sensation is very (9+ / 0-)

      important to me when I'm reading. Not only that, the look of a cover.

      It's funny -- with a printed book, I have a better feeling of its geography, of its pacing. If I'm looking for something, I have a general sense of where in the book it might be, and on what part of the page it might be.

      With digital, I have lost that spacial sense.

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      by David Harris Gershon on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 07:06:35 AM PDT

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      •  I feel the same way--however, the Kindle offers (3+ / 0-)
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        its own neat sensations:  it's extremely light, thin, smooth to the touch, and a veritable treasure trove of books, magazines, articles, with just the touch of a button. It's a heady feeling that any book you desire (almost) is available to you at any moment you choose.  It's a whole different high than holding a lovely book, but it's still a high, let me tell you.

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        by livjack on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 08:56:51 AM PDT

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    •  love that too...sometimes (0+ / 0-)

      Other times, oy: the book's too heavy, it doesn't open all the way, it feels awkward if I'm lying down reading, the print's too small (or as with Cherie Priest's Boneshaker, too light against a not-white page), it's dusty or it smells funny...

      I like that amazon offers a kindle app for the computer. I love reading on my laptop, find that it's become as comfortable and usual-seeming to me as having a book in my hand (which I generally still like a lot, despite my complaints above).

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