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Poll: Do you enjoy reading e-books?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you enjoy reading e-books?".

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Andres & Leticia Enjuto  Identity Verified
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Yes, but... Jun 3, 2007

I enjoy reading, wheter it is a paper book or an e-book. But since I spend all my working hours in fron of the screen, I find very hard to relax in the same place I work at, so I end up grabbing a book.

There's also a romantic issue in flipping the pages of a book, that disappears with e-books.

Good Sunday,

Andrés


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Nesrin  Identity Verified
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Almost impossible Jun 3, 2007

I only gave it one try - downloaded a book I found for free on the internet, something I really wanted to read too, but couldn't get past the first page.
It was a bit of a relief as well. When e-books first appeared, I think a lot of people, like me, worried that they'd spell the end of printed books, but I don't see that happening at all - well, except for electronic versions of scientific books and reference works. But novels? No way. And I don't think it's just a matter of romantic attachment to the printed book.

[Edited at 2007-06-03 13:35]


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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Too hard on the eyes... Jun 3, 2007

....especially after translating all day!

Amy


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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
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Not yet Jun 3, 2007

Some of the new handheld e-book readers are much easier on the eyes than a computer screen, but I still find black ink on white paper easier and more relaxing to read. Besides, do I really want to buy a $350 device to read books I could buy for $6 to $16 apiece?

For now, the only books I'm happy to have in electronic form are dictionaries.

[Edited at 2007-06-04 13:04]


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Evi Wollinger  Identity Verified
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not really... Jun 3, 2007

One of my favourite places to read a book (when I was still a little more limber) was way up high in a tree - awfully hard to lug that laptop up there...

Besides - like has been said before - I stare at the screen enough!!
On this rainy afternoon I am looking forward to reading on the couch when I am done working.

Have a nice Sunday everybody!


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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Speaking of inexpensive books... Jun 3, 2007

Steven Capsuto wrote:

Besides, do I really want to buy a $350 device to read books I could buy for $6 to $16 apiece?



Speaking of the price of books, I have found some unbelievable deals on Amazon, through their partner sellers. I live in Brazil, and it's hard to find books in English here, so when I want one I order it from the U.S. Just last week a book arrived in absolutely perfect, brand new condition, and I had paid only $.85 cents for it. This saves me a lot, since shipping is quite high.

Amy


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Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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No!!! Jun 3, 2007

I already do too many things in front of the computar

Books... they are my friends. I love them. Content and form. I need to hold them, touch them, underline parts I like. Whenever I love a part, I write a note to the writer (¡genio!) which s/he will never write, but it does not matter. I need to express these emotions, then I hug and kiss the book. (not kidding!)

I read in different places of the house: living-room, kitchen, balcony, my studio; I also like to change my seat: chairs, sofas, even on the floor...

I usually read three books at a time: one is in my purse and that is the one I travel with every day (short or long trips), one which is not that fixed as per time schedule and the one for the night. As you can read, this way of living books is not compatible with an e-book.

Au

[Edited at 2007-06-03 17:25]


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Anne Goff  Identity Verified
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Progress is being made Jun 3, 2007

Steven Capsuto wrote:

Some of the new handheld e-book readers are muchy easier on the eyes than a computer screen, but I still find black ink on white paper easier and more relaxing to read. Besides, do I really want to buy a $350 device to read books I could buy for $6 to $16 apiece?

For now, the only books I'm happy to have in electronic form are dictionaries.


I voted no. E-books are hard on the eyes and they lack the appeal of paper books. However I agree with Steven. The new e-book readers are pretty cool (if you haven't seen them you should check them out). They aren't hard on the eyes like a computer screen; they're small and light and a great way to carry around several books at a time without carrying all the weight.

I don't own one (still too expensive) but I would like to have one some day for travel and such. Not to replace paper books for every day use and enjoyment though.


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lexical  Identity Verified
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eat your heart out, B*ll G*t*s Jun 3, 2007

There's a remarkable technological reading device which is totally portable, lightweight, go-anywhere, with its own independent power supply, random access, instantly bootable and uncrashable - and it's called the paperback book.

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Steven Sidore  Identity Verified
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Absolutely, on the right screen Jun 3, 2007

My Sony Clie, at 4 years old practically ancient by gadget standards, for some reason makes for an excellent ebook reader. I read the entire 'Count of Monte Cristo' last month during spare moments on the subway, doctor's office, etc.

My Blackberry is terrible, though, and I have no intention of buying a dedicated eReader until the price drops.


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William [Bill] Gray  Identity Verified
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I'm lost without my Palm... Jun 3, 2007

...it is literally my mobile office! It's a Tungsten T5.

I use it for appointments and contacts, for checking my petrol consumption, all my paper books are in a database on it where I can log out/in the books being lent to others who enjoy a paper version still. I even have an English-Norwegian-English dicitionary on board, along with two English-English dictionaries. I can read and edit (basic editing only, I admit, but good when necessary) any Word, Excel or PowerPoint file on the run, and have my unread email downloaded every morning so that it can be read (and replied to and later uploaded for sending when I get home again) in spare moments of waiting. My portable i70 Canon Inkjet printer means that I can have printouts if I really need to when on a trip, through the infrared connection.

Because of my "other" side of life (see my main ProZ.com page at www.proz.com/profile/130405 to learn more about this!!) I have the Bible on my Palm, in 7 different translations in English, and 5 different Norwegian translations, as well as two Bible dictionaries, a whole bible commentary, and the original Greek and Hebrew texts of New and Old Testaments.

I have several electronic book reading programs on my Palm to give me a wider selection of eBooks which are available. When I go shopping with my wife (especially to the clothing store) I can get several "pages" (smaller on a Palm, you see ) read while sitting on those wonderful old armchairs they have started having in these shops! Interestingly enough, for me the screen is no problem - Palm screens are much more flicker free than computer screens. I page forwards and backwards with the touch of a button with my left thumb. Palm is held in my left hand. One interesting point worth noting here is that I used to have a "flip cover", i.e. opened UPWARDS like a journalists notebook. Something happened psychologically when I changed to a side opening cover; it felt more like a "book", I guess.

My Palm warns me of birthdays, every day for the prior 3 (or more if I customise it so) days, so I (almost) NEVER forget. I have a Travel Tracker which records all my trips with flights, trains, hotels, meals, expenses, etc, and then automatically inserts all the relevant information into my diary, going even as far as warning me when I change time zones, and automatically adjusting for summer time standards in whatever country I am travelling to/in/from!

Get yourself a Palm (or another pocket computer); I couldn't be without mine now. And it takes up SO much less room than a Filofax (except an A6 size, which is terribly limiting anyway); yet you get TONS more extras with the Pocket PC.

Oh, and did I mention that I responded "YES" in the Quick Poll!

Cheers,
Bill

[Edited at 2007-06-03 20:51]


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David Russi  Identity Verified
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Please... Jun 4, 2007

oh, please, can I spend all day in front of a computer screen, and then just relax by reading on a screen???

There will never be a good substitute for the pleasure of reading printed material, especially on nice paper... or am I the only one who smells the paper before starting to read a book?

Ever tried to smell your monitor?


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Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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Same here! Jun 4, 2007

David Russi wrote:

or am I the only one who smells the paper before starting to read a book?



Not the only one at least.

Au


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Evi Wollinger  Identity Verified
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love the old books for that... Jun 4, 2007

Aurora Humarán wrote:

David Russi wrote:

or am I the only one who smells the paper before starting to read a book?



Not the only one at least.

Au


without the smell they would loose half their appeal...and I also love the feel of old paper. I also love really really thin pages in an old book, they are so awsome and no computer could ever convey how they feel - impossible, like explaining colours to a person who has been born blind!


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