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Shall we let print books get burned at the stake ?

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Initial post: Mar 13, 2012 9:55:14 AM PDT
Kindle is great and convenient, but U don't get a flip thru panoramic view with it. With the solar flare thing, communications and Kindle was perhaps disrupted. We can't put the precious markings from diligent studies of old books in a kindle without living life all over again. Amazon has paid their dues, so deserves a commendation, but cannot be the be-all end-all in their mainline of operations. We need an informal network of REAL PEOPLE, like the original Arpanet, or book burning as a result of weather fluctuations will become a national pasttime. Amazon is the central core of education in America, but the big boys can't solve every nitpicky thing from folks that make only a minor commitment. Check some of me out at 8 amazon accounts, see James Dugundji "Topology" book reviews for some of them. See St. Nick look-alikes in perhaps 40 places of participation on the internet. Kids are our future, and grown kids that have never read a book are in dire straits if a narrow path ends in a dead-end street. W

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 10:20:33 AM PDT
D. Nickels says:
I like to have a book with pages, ink. I like my book to sit on the shelf and wear over time. I like my book to always open to page 110 when I open it to page 110.
I fear the whole kindle thing will degenerate into ads, pay per chapter, oops your account has been inactivated, etc.. etc...
Give me a real book any day.

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 12:09:46 PM PDT
Well, I forgot one thing -- Kindle stuff can sometimes download to your PC, supposedly. AND, you can UPLOAD your stuff to the kindle at minimal charge. On the first, follow via download further to offload onto external USB harddrive for safekeeping followed by paper print. Bingo -- some of the "freebie" Kindle stuff is available in hardcopy, e.g. for failing eyes like mine that require conversion in the loop to particular fonts e.g. with bold features. Motive: there have been several good books in my lifetime even when eyes OK, that somehow the font was a major major problem. Was that a harbinger of later eye problems? I don't know, but at least I get to read "one chapter" without flipping out and perhaps decide a particular book with worth a 2nd-mile effort of night-vision goggles or something. This would be analagous to reindeer, who are the only creatures who can see in blinding blizzards, of sun's UV lights without harm. Works for me, so I'll try both ways and report back to "amazon client collective community". Got it? Get it!
fyi: the "!" overusage in ads is horrendously overblown, so here I am again, a hypocrit breaking my own rules -- but at least it is for the benefit of humanity .

Posted on Mar 17, 2012 5:51:04 PM PDT
Bark Twain says:
Literally, should we let print books be burnt at the stake like this poor book of poetry:

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 3:48:53 AM PDT
Kamohomoho says:
Kindle has opened up access to the volumes on such sites as the Guttenburg Project. You don't have to buy kindle books from Amazon, there are thousands of books available in kindle format for free elsewhere. I love my kindle. I have read many volumes of books published in the 19 century that would have cost me considerably, even in reproduction formats. I don't have to store the books on a shelf, I can read them in light weight format, and my knowledge is expanded. A few of them I might seek to buy in original format, but not many.

The point is that kindle will expand the demand for older out of print books as now people will have access to what's in them. Many will decide they like the book so much they want it in hard copy.

I've been duped by many format changes over the last thirty years of personal computers, and lost a great amount of information to incompatibilities of hardware and software. But I can still pick up the manuals, and hard copies of my work from that era. Books won't die as a result of kindle, but they will change. With 'print on demand' publishing hard copy is optional and can be supplied readily.

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 4:21:35 AM PDT
Bark Twain says:
@Kamohomoho, I wish I loved my Kindle. The truth is, I don't have one, yet. And that's a big yet. I live abroad right now, in Guatemala. I have lived here for four years but only have a few months left and.... DAMN, I wish I had gotten a kindle before I arrived. I have, somehow, acquired bout 400 books since moving here and most of them I will not be able to take with me.

I love the book as a physical object and really don't feel that the Kindle and other such readers are going to interfere with that. (And though this is going to make me sound like a virgin), even in Star Trek The Next Generation Captian Piccard opts to replicate real books then read them on his tablet.

Books will always be books. But having a Kindle is about instant access, it's about taking your library with you... and like any personal library, it contains the books that have helped shaped who you are.

Because if I believe one thing about books, I don't care about the medium they are presented in, I love how they influence us and how smalls parts of them become parts of who we are.

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2012 11:12:37 AM PDT
D. Nickels says:
Well I really hope you are right, I hope books don't disappear. It would be a terrible shame.

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 9:28:49 AM PDT
If it helps, I still buy books in paper. Most of my paperback collection are out-of-print and have been for so long (20 yrs) that I don't expect to see them in kindle format ever.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2012 10:32:54 AM PDT
your most precious one you might want to pack in see-thru sleeves like those used in comic book stores.

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 3:18:21 PM PDT
Knightmare94 says:
I don't see print ever becoming extinct. POD will continue to increase, however. It makes more sense to print upon order than to do so based on projections. It's already getting to the point that publishers are reluctant to have large print distribution for anyone but major authors. With the industry even harder to crack, emerging writers will have to turn to electronic and POD options in order to find their audience. So while printed novels may shrink in number, I don't think they're ever just go out of style...

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Posted on Apr 4, 2012 4:24:24 PM PDT
Also, I have to keep my favorite used bookstore open. It's a small indie Mom and Pop shop. The lady who runs it is really nice and I want to keep her employed. Besides, she knows me and my taste in books and she can make excellent recommendations. Just doing my bit to keep the economy going. And feed my addiction. Win/Win.
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