Response to rebecca_herman (Reply #26)
Thu Apr 12, 2012, 03:22 AM
spin (15,484 posts)
43. Where did I say that I have any problem with your reading dead tree books?
I'm sure that some people still prefer to use an old typewriter to compose literature. Others write personal mail in long hand and send it by snail mail. People differ.
If you love a large collection of musty old books cluttering up your house and collecting dust, that is your right. I have merely explained some of the advantages of e-books to those who might be interested in such devices.
Your argument reminds me of the time in our history when horseless carriages or automobiles first came on the scene. Many people disliked them intensely and said that they were loud and ugly and were a passing fad.
While many people at that time loved the beauty of horses and enjoyed traveling in horse drawn carriages, over the years they discovered the advantages of automobiles. Still yet today some people such as the Amish prefer the older life style and find it very worthwhile and rewarding. I have no problem with this as I grew up in Ohio near the areas that the Amish lived in, and while I would not wish to live as they do that is their choice as it should be in a free nation. My experiences with the Amish have been very positive and I feel they are good people who live in a tightly knit community, are very productive and live peacefully. They also prepare some really tasty home cooked meals, pies and cookies.
I grew up in the fifties and sixties and I was quite good at adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing numbers using paper and pencil. I learned how to be efficient and accurate when calculating the square root or even the cube root of a number. Today I use an electronic calculator or a computer to do such tasks. If you believed today that you enjoyed using paper and pencil or a slide rule far better, I would merely point out the advantages of a calculator. If you were to chose to ignore my advice, I wouldn't consider you ignorant by any means.
You do strike me as very defensive about your choice to prefer dead tree books. I'm sure that they will remain around for many years but will gradually be replaced. Even then some people will still have large libraries filled with books and their friends who visit will be impressed with the beauty of these old manuscripts just as many people today find a vintage automobile to be far more attractive than a modern vehicle.
I find it somewhat sad that you feel that I am insulting you. That was not my objective. If I explain the advantages of an e-book in a post and a few people decide to buy one and find it worthwhile, then I have will have made their lives a little more worthwhile and enjoyable. Of course some who do may find they still prefer dead tree books, but since the e-book readers are selling like hotcakes, I suspect many people will agree that they offer significant advantages.
Interestingly enough in the news, I recently read an article that may break your heart.
But it's fairly late and I plan to retire to my bedroom and continue to read a 400 page novel on my Kindle in bed. It's far lighter and less awkward to hold then a paper or hardback book of the same size. If I have any problems remembering who some obscure character is, I will just do a quick search and find out. It's far easily than searching page by page through the book.
Enjoy your dead tree books. I have absolutely no problem with that.
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