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Yet More Conversation about Reading Print Books or Ebooks . . .

E-books and Print books This discussion began on October 1st and continued on Oct. 3rd, 5th, and 8th

If you’re somewhat interested in the question of which is better for you—print or e-book—or, you’re contemplating whether or not both are equally worthy, you might consider taking those four links up there and checking out what’s been said so far in this discussion…

The first reader comment came from the post back on the 3rd—some folks arrive at the table later than others; but, the meal isn’t over yet :-)

Our commenter is an author from Canada:

“There’s a place for both in my home and life. Most of my pleasure reads and other novels are on my Kindle. All books pertaining to writing are always purchased in paperback, especially reference books. I must have a physical copy to leave notes, red marks, and dog eared pages for quick reference. I don’t feel that ease electronically. :-) “

It’s certainly true that we don’t (yet) have all those features on e-readers; though, if the world leaders don’t wreck everything, we could happily do to an e-book everything we do to a print book…

Sure, humanity’s habits usually die prolonged deaths; yet, as far as I know, very few folks still use a horse and buggy for daily travel

Our next commenter arrived early to the table and does publishing and authoring in Germany:

“I find that I tend to try to press my finger on the page of my printed book when I’m tired and too lazy to get a dictionary. But … nothing happens… When I first noticed this behaviour, I laughed out loud ( to my husband’s confusion ). Maybe this means that I have reached a new stage on digital migration…”

Let’s check a dictionary of the future:

“Digital Migration” — the transference of functions considered natural to e-readers to print books.

Can technology provide such things?

I’ve seen sci-fi movies where the books have digital pages—so do the newspapers; and, even though they’re electronic, they feel and act like our normal paper…

Wait a minute—gotta look something up…


Folks have already been experimenting with E-paper


Do you like print and E-books equally…?

Do you use both for different reasons and/or occasions…?

Will you Never use one of them again…?

Are there features of e-books you wish were also feature of print books…?

Are there features of print books you wish were also features of e-books…?

Will you be the first reader to share a comment and allow this discussion to continue…?
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11 responses to “Yet More Conversation about Reading Print Books or Ebooks . . .

  1. martinaseveckepohlen October 11, 2018 at 4:38 am

    There was a time when I could define the contexts for reading e-books and reading printed books. E-Books were exclusively for non-fiction, printed books for fiction. Reading fiction involved emotions, and holding a book, feeling the pages – the physical aspect of a printed book that has been mentioned here before – together with the possibility to choose any comfortable reading position made the choice obvious. When I got my first e-reader I feel in love with it. It felt different but attractive to the touch, I could carry it anywhere, read on the sofa, on the garden bench, in bed, on the lawn and also at my desk. Since then the reading contexts have merged.

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  3. dgkaye October 15, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    So true Alex, if the world leaders don’t ruin everything! :)


    • Alexander M Zoltai October 15, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      Yes, so true…

      And, Dear Friend, since your comment doesn’t bear “directly” on the main theme of the conversation; and, since the conversation ended last Friday, I won’t create a separate post to contain your comment…

      I hope you understand… :-)

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      • dgkaye October 16, 2018 at 9:37 am

        Sorry, I believe I was responding to your reply to my comment highlighted in your post. :)


        • Alexander M Zoltai October 16, 2018 at 12:26 pm

          You were responding to my replying to part of your comment; yet, the conversation did end; and, I can’t in all good conscience create a post about Reading Print or E-books on one of the re-blogs days because your comment, even though you did respond to part of my words in a past post, doesn’t refer directly to the topic…

          I fear now that I’ve hurt your feelings…

          I am only trying to let you know that including comments in a *new* post for an ongoing or even finished conversation has to include comments that bear directly on the main topic,,,

          And, while I’ve written posts that would be places to respond to the world leaders wrecking things, the posts in the Reading Print or E-books posts aren’t speaking to that issue… It was merely a very subordinate adjectival utterance not directly related to the topic at hand…

          I deeply hope you can know I have no animus toward you or your comment…

          I only hope you can understand my words about my decision………

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          • dgkaye October 17, 2018 at 8:24 am

            I think there was a bit of confusion. I thought I was replying to a comment, sorry if it was the wrong thread. No worries. :)


            • Alexander M Zoltai October 17, 2018 at 10:33 am

              You were, in fact replying to part of a comment; but, it was an adjectival phrase that was not directly related to the discussion—it wasn’t the “wrong thread” it was in the comments of this post that has that “aside” of mine—the aside, “if the world leaders don’t wreck everything”, is supplemental at best, not at all directly related to the topic at hand; still, this doesn’t make your comment “wrong” by any means of the word—it’s just not strongly related enough to the topic for me to have written another post in the conversation…

              I know you say, “No worries”; but, when someone appears to not understand decisions I make in these conversations, it does trouble me………

              And, again, I am sorry if my descriptions, in any way, troubled you.

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