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Why are people so against ebooks?


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Initial post: Aug 27, 2013 5:02:44 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I saw something on Facebook about "real books" being better than ebooks and I commented "ebooks are real books". I just can't understand the people who are so militant against ebooks. I still read paper books. It's not like when you buy an ereader that you are not allowed to ever look at a paper book again.

Any thoughts of how these people think?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 5:14:48 AM PDT
S. Prewitt says:
Yeah, they probably own a small bookstore or work in a library. More jobs being replaced by technology.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 5:23:35 AM PDT
I admit that when I first heard of it, my knee-jerk reaction was, "What?!? Read on a SCREEN? No."

There was an Opus cartoon that showed him cozied up in a wing chair next to a fire, with a quilt, a cup of tea, a BOOK, and a lighted Nook as a reading lamp.

It took me moving 2,000 miles both because of and to improve my financial situation, to find the local library inaccessible much of the time. When I learned that you can borrow library book on e-readers, AND there were lots of free classics, I splurged and got a KK, with the understanding that I'd just blown my play money for many weeks.

I've never looked back. I haven't bought a paper book (except big, beautiful, colorfully photographed gifty books) since then. BUT ... there is something nostalgic about books. We see the covers of childhood favorites and are transported.

When you have shelves full of books all around you, you walk by them daily, and their covers, spines, colors, and letters become familiar friends. I do understand that, when all those titles, and thousands more are "in the cloud", they are not the near friends that we're used to seeing every time we put down or pick up our keys.

I will not go back to paper books; I love my Kindles too much. But I do understand the feeling of loss. Of course it's the WORDS inside that are important, but those of us who have surrounded ourselves with books over a lifetime, they become such a part of the landscape of our lives, that it's a little weird to see them go.

Not bad. Just weird. For me.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 5:27:38 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I have nothing against paper books. I still keep some that are special for me. I know that I wasn't keeping most of the paper books I've read. There are pros and cons to paperbooks and ebooks. I think some books are better in paper format and some are better in ebook format.

But no one took away my paper books when I got my Kindle. They didn't revoke my library card. In fact I went to the library this past weekend. It was pretty busy. Mostly people on computers or with their children.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 5:30:29 AM PDT
I don't think "people" are against ebooks. Some are, some aren't. I know a man who gives every new restaurant a horrible review because he thinks it makes him appear cultured. One woman I know was lecturing me on the evils of ebooks and how she is a traditionalist. I waited patiently for her to run down and said, "Nice digital watch and can I borrow your cell phone?" Of course, that was different.

I have noticed that people who say they prefer paper books tend not to read anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 5:31:32 AM PDT
Sarida says:
I agree with Folina.

Also, I think those of us who read at an early age have fond memories of the whole "FEEL" good that books gave us. I'm now a school librarian, and I see the faces light up from students when they open a picture book and laugh at the illustrations. Those books represent a unit of time when a person was taken away to another place and time. How many of us still have books on our shelves that we may never read again, but the memories behind them are precious? I'm not giving away my complete set of Little House books!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 5:35:12 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I have two sets of Little House - one from my childhood and a hardback set I bought about 15 years ago LOL

I still buy paper books for my great-nephew even though he also has access to an ipad. The two can co-exist.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 5:37:12 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Good comments about the digital watch and cell phone. I wonder how many think nothing of using a microwave along with the stove.

Some people the only "real" books are ones on paper and bound together. Sure that's the dictionary definition but it's an outdated definition.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 5:38:18 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
live music - vinyl - cassette - CD - MP3 (they all have their snobs)

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 5:46:42 AM PDT
I bought the first E-ink Kindle as soon as it came out. I never had any qualms as my house was sinking under the weight of my books. At that time I had no idea that I would have access to so much free reading, I just wanted a way to have more books without taking up more space. Living in a rural area, it also meant I could buy books from my living room. So I didn't do it to save money, I fully expected to spend more! The device itself was really high back then, and I bought a lot of books.

As I got to know my device, I learned about all those free classics in the public domain and have reread some favorites and read some of those books I always thought I should have read by now. I was momentarily distracted by the free and $2.99 and under self pubbed junk but have purged those books from my devices. There may be a jewel in that muck but I don't have the stomach to look for it.

I want to begin borrowing ebooks from various libraries but haven't quite figured that out yet. Bottom line? I love ebooks. I can carry a thousand books in my purse. I can buy the next book in a series right now. I have a built in dictionary, I can change font size.

There is no downside.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 5:50:23 AM PDT
Norwenna says:
"I have noticed that people who say they prefer paper books tend not to read anyway."

I've noticed that too and I think it's weird. If they like books so much, why don't they read them? Maybe they don't like paper books so much, they just *dislike* paper books less than they dislike e-books.

No, it's still weird.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 5:50:59 AM PDT
Surveyah says:
The only hard cover books I still read are my professional textbooks and reference books. I find it easier to leaf back and forth, and to make notes. Other than that, if its just straight reading, i am on my KK all the time :)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 5:53:58 AM PDT
Ahah. Good point. It's one thing to SAY you're a purist or somesuch, but it's stuff and nonsense if you apply it to ONE aspect of life and not the others.

I'm sure the same people have washers & dryers & microwaves, too.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 6:02:05 AM PDT
My son has a loaded Kindle. But for his birthday, I got him The Big Book of Boy Stuff which NEEDS to be a physical book, if you ask me.

It's in article form, made to read a little here, a little there. Not linear at all. With goofy drawings and stuff. It just simply wouldn't be as fun on a Kindle. You can't open a Kindle randomly at 1/3, 9/10, 3/4, etc...

The other day, driving to somewhere, he was reading jokes out of it to me, then science experiments, then gross facts, and it was joyous to watch him love his book.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 6:20:00 AM PDT
Meya says:
Books are very tactile. Those of who grew up with them, appreciate the look, feel, and smell of books. The very smell can bring back some wonderful memories. I love books. Everything about them, but due to bad vision, and other physical issues, reading paper books had become difficult if not impossible. I had to find a place to sit that offered a LOT of light. Then I need a pillow or something to prop the heavy hard back on. Paperbacks became impossible to manage, due to the small fonts.

So, I made the switch. And I love my Kindles. But I do miss the tactile experience of paper books. I encourage my son's to use "real" books with their children, to give them that love of the whole experience. I believe that is necessary to process of teaching them to love reading, to want to read. Once that love of reading is instilled, the medium that you read from becomes less of an issue.

The people who don't want to try e-readers in many cases are basing their opinion on this tactile experience. Many will figure that the main experience of reading is the story, and you can become immersed in the story, even from the screen of e-ink. But there needs to be a motivation to try them in the first place. Even a practical motive is sometimes enough for a person who is new to e-readers.

I know people who refuse to use a bank debit card. They still write checks for everything. For some, it is a resistance to technology. For some, it is just a refusal to try something new. For some, it's a belief that resistance to technology makes them enlightened. The latter are the hardest won, as they tend to dig their heels in when confronted with their hypocrisy.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 6:24:50 AM PDT
For those people, they use books as decorations and to make people think they read.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 6:31:50 AM PDT
"I know people who refuse to use a bank debit card. They still write checks for everything."

The ones I know like that always say they worry about their information being seen by unauthorized people. So, instead of putting a card number on a secure (not perfect, no, but secure) site, they send a piece of paper that probably has their name, address, phone number, bank routing number and account number to an entity where it can be seen by anyone at any time.

When someone tells me they only want "real" books, I tell them that Shakespeare, the Bible, Mark Twain and Jane Austen are "real" enough for me - and I not only have them all with me, I got them for free.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 6:32:52 AM PDT
I just read some of the 1 star reviews.
Other than the woman relating her son's opinion, they really need to find a sense of humor.
I wish mine were still young enough for this one.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 6:33:22 AM PDT
Meya says:
My MIL is still worried about us for using online banking. We've been doing that for 15 years or so now, and have never had one issue.

You are correct that many folks don't realize that is their routing number AND account number on that check. When mentioned, they tend to look back at you as if you have 3 heads.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 6:34:30 AM PDT
The list of things many folks don't realize gets longer by the hour.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 6:38:50 AM PDT
They also don't realize that they are using online banking, whether they think they are or not. Almost everyone of those transactions is being conducted over the internet.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 7:02:05 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Most stores run your check through as you stand there and then hand you back the check. No more float!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 7:12:25 AM PDT
+473.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 7:14:03 AM PDT
Some people STILL print their driver's license on their checks. Eeeek!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 7:15:10 AM PDT
Omigosh! I forgot about that; I was just commenting on him loving a physical book, and it being more rewarding (in this case) than e-ink.

But it was the whinnying naysayers that convinced me that my son would love this book!
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