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Mon May 30, 2022, 02:59 PM

how many du members read physical books in this day and age?

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Reply how many du members read physical books in this day and age? (Original post)
AllaN01Bear May 30 OP
bucolic_frolic May 30 #1
Trueblue1968 May 30 #49
PoindexterOglethorpe May 30 #66
Trueblue1968 May 30 #75
hauckeye May 30 #2
True Blue American May 30 #34
zeusdogmom May 30 #44
True Blue American May 30 #46
zeusdogmom May 30 #60
True Blue American May 31 #78
Ferryboat May 30 #53
wnylib May 30 #70
zeusdogmom May 31 #81
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zeusdogmom May 31 #91
lastlib May 31 #90
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lastlib May 31 #95
question everything May 30 #71
yardwork May 31 #83
CJW May 30 #74
Bluethroughu May 30 #3
Ocelot II May 30 #4
zanana1 May 30 #5
True Blue American May 30 #35
Nululu May 30 #6
Midnight Writer May 30 #7
Shrike47 May 30 #8
dweller May 30 #9
zeusdogmom May 30 #10
True Blue American May 30 #36
Tree-Hugger May 30 #11
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Bristlecone May 30 #13
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Hangingon May 30 #21
snowybirdie May 30 #22
True Blue American May 30 #38
Skittles May 30 #58
snowybirdie May 30 #62
True Blue American May 31 #79
c-rational May 30 #23
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sdfernando May 30 #27
usonian May 30 #28
AllaN01Bear May 30 #52
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PJMcK May 30 #30
Binkie The Clown May 30 #31
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fierywoman May 30 #37
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Solly Mack May 30 #51
BlueGreenLady May 30 #54
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Skittles May 30 #56
GoldandSilver May 30 #57
avebury May 30 #59
Laffy Kat May 30 #61
electric_blue68 May 30 #63
Frostlight May 30 #64
we can do it May 30 #65
Not Heidi May 30 #67
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question everything May 30 #69
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betsuni May 31 #80
yardwork May 31 #82
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True Blue American May 31 #96
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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:00 PM

1. Yes, still prefer them /nt

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #1)

Mon May 30, 2022, 05:41 PM

49. i read on my kindle. can't read books in the dark living room.

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Response to Trueblue1968 (Reply #49)

Mon May 30, 2022, 08:28 PM

66. Have you considered buying a light of some kind?

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #66)

Mon May 30, 2022, 11:49 PM

75. i have a book light but i find the east of reading a kindle to be just great. I get many of my book

for FREE and you can't beat that price.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:01 PM

2. I do- mostly from the library

I prefer a physical book over a kindle version. It’s easier to flip back to refresh my memory about something that happened earlier.

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Response to hauckeye (Reply #2)

Mon May 30, 2022, 04:02 PM

34. I will never give up my books.

The Library is my best friend after I ran out of bookcases.

One of my first memories is waiting in front of my house for the Bookmoble. 8 books. We would all disappear into our bedrooms, read them, exchange with friends, read them.
I have Libby,too.

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Response to True Blue American (Reply #34)

Mon May 30, 2022, 04:57 PM

44. The bookmobile💕💕💕💕

Life saver especially during the summer when the school library was unavailable. Mom would load us up into the station wagon after lunch every other Wednesday. 5 kids and 2 reading parents really racked up the circulation statistics for that stop. (important numbers for libraries). The lumbering vehicle would drive up to the little country store, the door would open and aah! the world of books. At that point I had no idea how big libraries could actually be. School library about the size of today’s family rooms. Only limit - I had to be able to carry the books myself. The librarian would always have a couple of books waiting just for me - made me feel very special.

One of my many librarian jobs thru the years was to drive the bookmobile for a county library system. Sometimes another librarian went with me but usually it was just me. Best. Job. Ever.

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Response to zeusdogmom (Reply #44)

Mon May 30, 2022, 05:12 PM

46. Ours stopped right in front of our house.

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I was so anxious for that day! Took my boys to the Library ever Saturday.

One of my old friends at the Library told me they still have them in rural areas.

I bet you loved seeing those excited faces coming up the steps. Made life long book lovers!

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Response to True Blue American (Reply #46)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:47 PM

60. Right in front of your house !!!

I could have taken a stack of books into the house and then come back for a second stack.

Yes bookmobiles are still a thing in rural areas. They also make stops at senior living centers in certain areas. A little tidbit - first bookmobile was a horse drawn cart in Washington County Maryland. Librarians on packhorses served remote mountainous areas of the south. Glad I had a regular vehicle, beast that it was.

Faces would always be wearing smiles as people climbed up the steps. Or on occasion I would walk their books to them because the steps were a burden or definite hinderance. Hopefully the new bookmobile was more accessible (after my time in the county).

There were times I would be in the grocery store, etc. and a little voice would say “Mommy. There’s the bookmobile lady”. Kind of felt I had to be on my good behavior when out in public. Public librarian, girl scout neighborhood chair - my face was a public face. It was a good time in my life.

No matter who you are or where you are, you never know when you will make a lasting impact on someone.

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Response to zeusdogmom (Reply #60)

Tue May 31, 2022, 03:16 AM

78. I just happened to be lucky

We lived on a corner. But 8 books was the limit. That is why we all shared. Books took us into places we never heard of.

Today I can visit, chat with people all over the world. Many of the places Ihave been, others I will never see.

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Response to True Blue American (Reply #34)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:10 PM

53. Not only read books, but collect, mostly pre 2000 mountaineering/climbing

Need to downsize, hard to get rid of.

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Response to True Blue American (Reply #34)

Mon May 30, 2022, 09:43 PM

70. My 5th grade teacher introduced our class to

a paperback book club for children. You could buy paperbacks back then for 50 cents and 75 cents. Every 6 weeks we got a brochure listing the available choices, with short descriptions of each book. I poured over them, often wanting more than I could buy with my allowance. I would usually buy 2 or 3 books, but if there were 4 or 5 that I wanted, my mother would chip in for me to get them. If the class ordered enough books, we got one free for the class. I looked forward to each new brochure of choices. I still remember some of the titles.

Today I read only physical, hard copy books. Maybe it's just a matter of what I am used to, but I prefer the feel of a book in my hands over reading on a screen.

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Response to wnylib (Reply #70)

Tue May 31, 2022, 07:59 AM

81. Scholastic Books

We had those fliers, too. I drooled over those flimsy pieces of newsprint. The titles were never those found in our library. Back in the 50’s school library books had to be “quality” literature - no Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, etc. 😡 I earned money to buy and thankfully my parents always found a bit of money to help me and my siblings buy books. My kids did the same in grade school. Think Scholastuc runs book fairs now for the schools. Still a chance for kids to have their own books. I think we sometimes forget how important it is for a child to have a private library of favorite reads.

Can you imagine what a headache those book orders could be for teachers? Yet they passed those fliers out every couple of months.

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Response to zeusdogmom (Reply #81)

Tue May 31, 2022, 01:07 PM

88. Thanks. I didn't know what organization

was behind those book fliers. I had quite a collection, though. I kept them in a box long after I had outgrown them. Planned on saving them for my own children some day, just as my mother had saved her hard cover collection of Louisa May Alcott books, which I read.

But when we moved and my mother was clearing out the attic, she gave them to my younger cousins.


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Response to wnylib (Reply #88)

Tue May 31, 2022, 02:11 PM

91. The younger cousins probably enjoyed them very much

But it was a loss of a dream for you.

I have found the inexpensive paperback books do not age well in storage. The pulp paper used in the paperbacks is high in acid, turns yellow and brittle. The Little House on the Prairie books looked pretty sad and not very appealing to anyone. Some precious hardback books did better. Decided a trip to the local children’s bookstore was necessary. So many good kids books out there despite what the RWNJ say.

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Response to True Blue American (Reply #34)

Tue May 31, 2022, 01:55 PM

90. I will give up my books.....

...when they pry them out of my cold, dead, stiff fingers.

Many of the books in my library don't exist in electronic form. Can't find the 1871 printing of Thomas Cooley's Constitutional Limitations in an e-book. 0r 1908 Constitutional History of England, either.

Has anybody seen John Hobson's 1938 thriller Imperialism: A Study in an e-book?

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Response to lastlib (Reply #90)

Tue May 31, 2022, 05:41 PM

94. I would like to read that

Constutiomal History of England. We have a young man studying to be a Barrister on one of our boards. Right now I am reading Jeffrey Archer,” In Plain Sight.” A series, Barristers and Scotland Yard.

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Response to True Blue American (Reply #94)

Tue May 31, 2022, 05:48 PM

95. .

THE CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY OF ENGLAND, by FREDERICK W. MAITLAND (London: Cambridge University Press), publ. 1908

I'll see if I can find an ISBN for you. I found it in a used bookstore in Lawrence, KS.

on edit: ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1149332405 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/constitutional-history-of-england-a-course-of-lectures-delivered-f-w-maitland/1100685789?ean=9781443729567

$36.99 paperback. I'm not sure it's the same book, maybe a compilation of lectures, but same author (dated 1920)

Hope this helps!

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Response to hauckeye (Reply #2)

Mon May 30, 2022, 09:49 PM

71. Indeed. I am now reading Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time

It is about Richard III and in the first two pages there is the genealogy of the royals those days. So many Richards, and Edwards, and Elizabeths. Thus, reading I constantly go back to that page to better follow who is who.

I will have hard time doing this digitally.

And I certainly flip back reading mysteries. When did the butler announce that dinner was served?



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Response to question everything (Reply #71)

Tue May 31, 2022, 08:06 AM

83. I love that book! Enjoy!

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Response to hauckeye (Reply #2)

Mon May 30, 2022, 10:24 PM

74. I do. a couple a week


… from the library

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:02 PM

3. I prefer a book.

The weight in your hands, the pages turning, and the jackets illustrations.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:02 PM

4. I do, all the time.

I also get e-books and audio books if they are something I might not want to keep - casual reading, murder mysteries and the like - just in order to save space. But for "serious" reading I buy real paper books.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:05 PM

5. I always have an old fashioned paper book to read.

I can't be bookless.

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Response to zanana1 (Reply #5)

Mon May 30, 2022, 04:04 PM

35. Amen!

Reading, “ coddling Of The American Mind now.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:11 PM

6. I do. Need a break from the screens.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:11 PM

7. Read'em every day.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:12 PM

8. Me. Don't use electronic.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:12 PM

9. I do






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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:13 PM

10. Actual paper books - usually library books

But my phone and iPad are loaded with books for those times I am not at home. I frequently have 5-6 different books going at any one time.

I LOVE to read. What a gift my parents and teachers gave me - the love of books and reading. I cannot imagine a day without books.

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Response to zeusdogmom (Reply #10)

Mon May 30, 2022, 04:06 PM

36. So glad to know there is another just like me!

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:13 PM

11. Me

I love the library.

I don't mind reading news, celeb gossip (don't judge), and other non-fiction content online. For novels, I prefer a regular book. I don't even like reading them on Kindles or Nooks.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:16 PM

12. I always have four or five books out from the library, so I won't run out.

I tried an e-book once, but it didn't convince me it was a book. There is a term "abibliophobia." That's the fear of running out of new books to read. It can only be managed by relying on a good public library.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:22 PM

13. I do. I don't do well with ebooks at all. Audio however is great

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:25 PM

14. I do. I read so much on screens otherwise that I do not want to read books that way.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:26 PM

15. I do. I always have a stack of books to read by my bed.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:31 PM

16. I prefer books but use my Kindle .... because I live outside the U.S. LOVE BOOKS!!

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:31 PM

17. I'm a real book reader too.

I've tried downloading books from my library's apps, but it requires me to sit at the computer to read them. I sit at the computer way more than I should anyway so adding e-books to my day is not for me.

Give me a comfy chair, a nice light and a "paper" book and I'm happy.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:32 PM

18. I do. Every day.

I use my county library to get most of my books, but I also buy some. Recently, I bought a copy of The 1619 Project because it was in such demand at the library I knew I wouldn't be able to renew it, once my hold came up. It takes me longer to get through a non fiction book like that, and I wanted to be able to take my time and really digest the information.

I average a book/week, mostly fiction, with some memoirs and political books, all hard copies.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:33 PM

19. I like the feel of a book in my hands.

And, as hauckeye said above in post #2, you can easily flip back to earlier pages if there is a detail you want to check on. With a physical book, I'll have a sense of where to flip back to - early, middle, near the end. With an e-book, I have no sense of where I am in the book.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:33 PM

20. I do.

I don’t like audiobooks or kindle.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:34 PM

21. I do. And printed newspapers

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:40 PM

22. Not any more

After retirement and moves, I use my Kindle and Audible these days. Has anyone tried to get rid of volumes and volumes of books? No one wants them. I tried libraries, nursing homes and just giving to friends, but its hard these days.

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Response to snowybirdie (Reply #22)

Mon May 30, 2022, 04:08 PM

38. Donate them

One stack at a time. I am purging.

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Response to snowybirdie (Reply #22)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:37 PM

58. do you have a Half Price book store near you

that's where mine go (I get a lot from them too)

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Response to Skittles (Reply #58)

Mon May 30, 2022, 07:02 PM

62. This was about ten years ago

It took real effort in a small town. I finally got them all good homes, but that's why I do kindle and library e-books now. I can enjoy books without the physical books. And I don't accrue fines for late returns. LOL!

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Response to snowybirdie (Reply #62)

Tue May 31, 2022, 03:23 AM

79. Libraries quit charging for over due books.:)

I get a notice email every week as to how much time I have.

Libby is bad about returning them. They give you notice. If some one else is waiting you lose the book.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:45 PM

23. Yes, actually I only read 'real' books. I like turning pages.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:47 PM

24. Many "real" books

Many from the library, plus many others. Also electronic versions when traveling. Currently in Europe, using Libby for most reading.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:49 PM

25. I do

why?

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:52 PM

26. I still love reading a book. Also the Sunday paper.

I love my kindle but still enjoying grabbing a book and reading it cover to cover. It is often my airport guilty pleasure. Some people have a couple drinks before flying I like to hit the airport magazine stand and grab a book.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:53 PM

27. I still read REAL books

I like to hold it and feel the paper as I turn the page.

I do enough reading on electric media during the work day. The eyes need a break.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:54 PM

28. I typed a long-ish reply

but somehow accidentally backed up to the previous page and lost my typing.

TBH, I draft serious/longer stuff in Evernote app, which rarely loses any typing, unlike web forms, which can and do lose typing all the time.

Damn, that was a nice post while it lasted.

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Response to usonian (Reply #28)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:06 PM

52. dont feel too bad. i accidently hit a button or delete complety. thanks for you thoughts .

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:57 PM

29. I love books. I've written a few, but I only buy specific hardcover books to add to my library.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:58 PM

30. I read real books

My library is part of my life. I have hundreds of books. They're my friends. Many of the non-fiction books are useful references.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:59 PM

31. I read the first book of a trilogy on Kindle, but then ordered the boxed set...

... so that I could read them for real. I prefer paper and ink to ebooks.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:59 PM

32. Only way I read them.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 03:59 PM

33. I prefer physical books.

Nothing beats the smell of paper.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 04:06 PM

37. I do. Yards of 'em.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 04:11 PM

39. I do. Working on about 5 at the same time. nt

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 04:11 PM

40. Exclusively. n/t

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 04:12 PM

41. Me!

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 04:14 PM

42. Me, solely, all the time, every day. nt

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 04:14 PM

43. With long treks on busses in South America

Books are what kept me sane. There are gringo hangouts all along the gringo trail with 2 for one trade policies on books in English also to be found in airports and big cities. I’ve stil got a copy of “7 Years in Tibet,” that I picked up in southern Ecuador.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 05:11 PM

45. I suppose eBooks are good for disposable commodity literature and technical manuals ...

... not for a comfy, leisurely read that's genuinely worth it.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 05:29 PM

47. Not as often as I'd like, but I prefer reading physical books and likewise find things faster

in reference and technical (medical) books than trying to search ebook versions. But, the latter are so convenient and transportable and be readily updated.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 05:35 PM

48. Yes indeedy

Much more satisfying than swiping a backlit screen. And I can do what Mad Magazine called marginalia.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 05:51 PM

50. I do

I read e-books, too. I always have a physical book near the toilet for ease of reading.

On edit, I found that I'm perfectly comfortable reading a book on my phone. I actually prefer it to my Kindle, which gets kind of heavy after a while. I use the Kindle for games and sometimes surfing DU.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 05:57 PM

51. I do

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:11 PM

54. My town library holds library night at the local pub.

Once a month I order 3-4 books to read through the month. This event introduces people to new books I would not have thought to check out. Good wine and a good book. It’s close to heaven. 🍷

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:16 PM

55. A couple, but I'm more of an audiobook person

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:34 PM

56. ME, lots of them

I have always been an avid reader, and very much prefer real books. I spend thirteen hour shifts staring at five consoles with dozens of logical partitions, I want a PAPER book.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:37 PM

57. Avid book reader here.

Prefer hardbacks but paperbacks will do in a pinch.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:40 PM

59. I am an avid ebook and

ebook reader.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:55 PM

61. I do.

I can concentrate better while holding a book. I don't know why.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 07:48 PM

63. I have both NYC's Cloud Library for books, and physical books...

I picked up the ebooks service because of covid Summer of '20. I read on my cell phone - the only pace I have wifi. I'm pretty fine with it. My sis gave me her old Kindle with lots of books on it. I have no idea where it went to!

I have mostly fiction in paperback. Some trade paper back for art and craft stuff.
I have a bunch of hard cover for nature books, the "Art of"___ (various movies), a few SF novels.

I 💖 love my books. Had to downsize. Will also again as I am moving to a smaller place.

Right now I'm e reading the news Watergate book. I don't think I'll finish it in time (doubt I can renew it for now). I'll have to get back to it later.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 08:18 PM

64. Nowhere NEAR what I used to.

 

I read most everything online or Kindle.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 08:20 PM

65. I do, though not as often as I used to.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 08:36 PM

67. When I find my book on the history of aviation

(it's somewhere in the garage), I'll reread it. If it's available electronically, I can't find it.

Other than that, it's an e-reader for me.

(Wings: A History of Aviation from Kites to the Space Age, by Tom Crouch, a former Smithsonian Air & Space Museum director.)

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 08:43 PM

68. I've been reading e-books only for at least 10 years, maybe longer

I'll admit that it takes a little bit of patience to train yourself to read the digital format.

My sister is almost my age - only a few years younger and she buys printed books constantly. Then she gives them away because she runs out of room. My tablet e-book reader holds several hundred books at a time, and I can always replenish with the books I have stored on my computer. I'll never run out of books. Also I read newspapers and magazines in digital format.

You guys should understand that I spent my entire 40+ year career working in the printing industry. I was a typesetter, a proofreader, a production manager, and then I graduated up into sales, customer service and sales management. I saw this e-book trend coming a long time ago and I embraced it readily.

By the time our grandchildren reach their golden years, there will be no ink-on-paper printing any more, it will be all digital by then.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 09:21 PM

69. I do. Prefer them unless the ebook is the only one available from the library

Interesting, though, the catalog indicates whether a book - in any format - is available and if not, how many are waiting on how many copies.

I just got a "physical" book the other day, there were plenty of copies while the eBook had several waiting..

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 09:57 PM

72. I do!

I’m on a Stephen King kick right now.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 10:14 PM

73. Love my life collection - many science math and nature books n/t.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Tue May 31, 2022, 12:55 AM

76. I prefer them

To either Kindle or audio

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Tue May 31, 2022, 01:15 AM

77. I read everything.

I love paper books. But I sometimes get a Kindle book if it’s throwaway reading. And I listen to audiobooks while driving. Different genres, different media.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Tue May 31, 2022, 07:58 AM

80. I decided about seven years ago to buy new releases of books for the first time in my life

because I'm old with one foot in the grave, don't want to wait until the paperback comes out because might be dead. No reading or eating after you're dead.

I remember writer Jane Smiley saying how after she had a bestseller she could finally afford newly released hardback books and what a luxury. They're not even that expensive anymore, not much more than paperbacks if you just wait for mark-down on Amazon (don't live in the U.S., no library, favorite used book store here went out of business).

Right now reading a wonderful book, Edward Lee's "Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef's Journey to Discover America's New Melting-Pot Cuisine." Guy who travels long distances for meals, never waste an appetite, will eat two chili dogs before eight o'clock in the morning, steals menus. I love him.

"Finally, I order the cafe's Lagman Soup. It has broad flour noodles in a rich meat broth with garlic, red bell pepper, celery, tomatoes, cabbage, and long beans. ... I don't like it -- not because it isn't delicious, but because my mind can't reconcile the flavors. ... Noodles in lamb broth -- a combination I've never tasted before. The aggressive flavor of wet earth and blood paralyses me. The broth from a typical Chinese cook is viscous but masked with spices and medicine. His hands work fast and light, like those of a piano player, and you can taste that fast work in his broth. This broth, however, is heavy and slow. There is more than just lamb in here. I can taste the ancient cutting board, the hammered tin pot, the heat, the bleating animal, the veined, arthritic hands of a cook moving with pain and tension."

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Tue May 31, 2022, 08:05 AM

82. Me!

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Tue May 31, 2022, 09:03 AM

84. Retired truck driver and I still prefer audio books. I love

having a professional reader reading to me.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Tue May 31, 2022, 10:10 AM

85. i am a dyslexic reader. and since i started doing estate sales i have found so many good OLD books.

i used to read mysteries, a few classics. but then i got 4 free 1921 encyclopedia britannica + F was SO GOOD pre-science. i stopped reading new fiction. and my hunt for a complete Eb set began. wish i got the 1921 set, but i found a 1891 set i found w/ 26 vol i think. i am rereading f. i went to art school + would buy stuff at our library. reading 1908 famour orations. except greek + bede. ick poo. i grabbed a EXCELLENT WW1 book. floyd gibbons-and they said we wouldn't fight. studs terkel books. OOH! my deco decameron i bought for the illustration. 'best' translation. so good i have 3 or 4 now. i really need to get to my memoirs of caninova. found some teddy roosevelts. AND! two govt memorial books. i read some of sen taft's. then i found fighting bob lafollate's. then my family books........i just finished grant's memoirs. had to google tree-calf binding.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Tue May 31, 2022, 10:26 AM

86. Our house would collapse if we added any more physical books to our home library.

We have literally thousands of them.

My wife and I read a lot.

We buy physical copies of the books we really like and give away old books, trying to achieve some balance.

If you've ever seen the book bins at the "buy by the pound" Goodwill outlet-distribution centers it's really depressing. There's only a few customers regularly checking for treasure in there.

"One man's trash is another man's treasure," isn't really true about books.

Theodore Sturgeon had it right when he said "ninety percent of everything is crap."

Most of our home library was acquired before ebooks. When I'm making room for new books I don't feel bad anymore recycling books that didn't age well, either physically or by content. I'm also pretty ruthless with books I despised, even those "that made me think." Die, book, die! Off to the cardboard factory! Most of my books about economics ended that way.

Our local library has a little used book store. They get more books than they can put on the "for sale shelves." Books that don't get shelved go into the "free" bin or put aside for the annual book sale where they get piled on tables for people to sort through. Books that don't survive that sorting get recycled.

When I'm donating books I aim for the "for sale" shelves.

I sometimes check the internet to see if an electronic edition of a book exists before I get rid of it. If it does I don't feel bad about recycling slightly tattered books that I think are important.

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Response to hunter (Reply #86)

Tue May 31, 2022, 05:49 PM

96. That Goodwill bin is when I decided to start giving them away.

I began to purge. I watched The Hoarders a few times and knew it was time to purge. I could never tolerate that. I feel so light and free!

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Response to True Blue American (Reply #96)

Tue May 31, 2022, 11:13 PM

97. I hoard ebooks now. They don't take up any room at all.

I've got most of the computers I've ever used, going back to the 'seventies emulated on my Linux desktop. I've only kept a few physical computers, mostly my Atari 800 stuff.

I'm trying to cut down on the physical books. If I don't do it before I'm dead my kids will probably grab a few books for themselves and recycle the rest.

My grandma was a hardcore hoarder, and quite insane as well. Unfortunately there was a lot of money and other valuable stuff mixed in with her trash. You could find a hundred dollar bill in a plastic foam hamburger box, and a mummified half eaten hamburger in another. She hoarded those containers.

That was when a hundred dollars was a lot of money, I could fill the tank of my truck for less than ten.

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Response to hunter (Reply #97)

Wed Jun 1, 2022, 03:20 AM

98. Everyone said," Oh, have a garage sale."

I just make charities happy, 2 van loads of exercise equipment to the Boy Scouts sale, Church Bazaar, Vets, family.

We were Auction goers for years. My Son restored many for me. Some,we did not touch..An Engineer, he can design anything from jewelry boxes to furniture to restored cars. That talent did not come from me. My Dad and Grandfather.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Tue May 31, 2022, 11:38 AM

87. If they want my books, they'll have to pry them from my cold, dead hands. n/t

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Tue May 31, 2022, 01:33 PM

89. When at home, I prefer to read actual books

Especially since these days I am mostly re-reading my collection of science fiction books, most of which I acquired as first paperback editions in the 1970s and 80s - some even date to the 1960s from my husband's collection. A lot of those are not available on the Kindle, some because they were never republished, some just because.

When traveling, though I find the Kindle app to be great. On our trip to the UK, I didn't have to carry a whole suitcase of books to keep me reading for the three and a half months we were gone. Plus, I discovered an Amazon secret - there are Mega-packs of very old science fictions stories for only $0.99 per pack. Stories that date back to the 1930s all the way through the 1950s and a few in the 60s.

Since I love the old science fiction, I've read up through about the 30th collection in that series of mega-packs. Many I had read before, but the collections by authors give an enjoyable view of their careers,

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Tue May 31, 2022, 02:28 PM

92. I prefer them

Especially for books I am most interested in. I buy some e-books for on the side reading.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Tue May 31, 2022, 02:40 PM

93. I prefer them, preferably hard cover. Currently working my way through the Jack Reacher

series. Can't recommend it enough to crime buffs.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2022, 07:14 AM

99. I prefer them.

As long as the print isn't too small, they're easier on the eyes.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2022, 08:39 AM

100. I do.

There is something about holding something tangible in your hands.

I tend to skim if reading on a computer or other device.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2022, 11:40 AM

101. I prefer paper.

I have always had a book going. A big library user. My father used to yell at me for reading instead of watching TV.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2022, 11:48 AM

102. My entire family prefers books nt

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2022, 11:49 AM

103. I do both real books + Nook + Kindle.

Not to long ago I spent more than a day looking for a book I wanted to send to send to my daughter before I realized I had read it on my Nook. So then I bought the actual book to send to her.

Does this happen to others? When I read on the Nook or Kindle and later think about what I am reading, I always visualize an actual book.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2022, 12:43 PM

104. I do.

With physical books, you can give them away when finished, including to a place like Better World Books.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2022, 01:45 PM

105. I read a book occassionally

A vision problem tires my eyes, so I listen to audio books more than read.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Wed Jun 1, 2022, 05:48 PM

106. "In this day and age"?

Uh...hard copy is still very much a thing.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Thu Jun 2, 2022, 09:54 PM

107. I do, exclusively.

I like to read in bed and usually fall asleep with just my booklight on. I just prefer them. I spend lots of time at the library, looking for interesting new non-fiction. If there's not much there, I go upstairs and look for older books (biographies) that I've missed.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Original post)

Fri Jun 3, 2022, 06:50 PM

108. I have a fondness of physical books.

Generally, I check books out at the public library.


I recently purchased a few James Patterson hardcovers for .99 each at the Salvation Army and I ordered a beloved children's book called A Horse Came Running.

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