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Old 07-14-2019, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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I will always strongly prefer paper to pixels. Always feel like someone is looking over my shoulder when on a 'puter.
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:20 AM
 
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I just have physical reference/cook books now. All my fiction is on my e-reader. it's so light and easy to handle and makes reading that much more of a pleasure.
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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I was a voracious reader from age six, majored in English as an undergrad and got a Master's in English Literature (hence the Shakespearean user name) (hence the use of the word "hence" ). But in the last couple of years, for reasons I can't explain, I have lost interest in reading books. Fiction just bores me now -- I find I just don't care about the characters or what happens to them. Once in a while I'll read a memoir if it's really well written.

I haven't stopped reading altogether, however. Every day I read for hours on my computer: several newspapers, plus a variety of blogs and internet forums, including of course C-D. Just not so much into the books these days.
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:30 AM
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Location: Scotland
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I will always strongly prefer paper to pixels. Always feel like someone is looking over my shoulder when on a 'puter.
It's not a computer, it's like a small book. So they could look over your shoulder either way.
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:44 AM
 
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DH and I have a large library of books we've collected over our life times. I re-read all of mine, so yes, I still read books. I also have a Kindle and read e-books. I'm not going to spend money replacing all my books with the Kindle version. That would cost WAY too much!
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I had multiple shelves of books before I moved, most of which were antique, but I sold most of them at auction. I kept a select group of them, "old friends" as it were, to bring to this house with me. I read between 6 - 10 books a week, especially now that I have easy access to the centralized library network for several counties. Where I lived before I only had easy access to the local private library. Now I can reserve books from other branches and pick them up at the central main library which is only 5 minutes away. Basically I'm in book heaven! I still occasionally buy antique books at auction though. It's my sole addiction.
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:57 AM
 
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Physical books for me, for sure and forever. Both 'bought' and from the library. In this house my library/computer room is small and so I only have one 10-ft-long x 8 ft high wall of bookshelves (there's an 8'x8' wall of DVDs and CDs also but that's another topic, LOL) but I still manage a few hundred books on them. In my previous houses that room was larger and could fit close to 1000 but I've pared down to the essentials since my last move.

When I buy books I always go for the hardcover version if there is one; I much prefer those over softcovers. Less than 10% of my library is softcover.

I have an iPad Mini and also the Kindle app on my desktop computer, only because one of my favorite authors has recently been publishing a couple of novellas in Kindle-only and I don't want to miss out. That's the only reason I bothered with the Kindle app, actually. I don't like reading book text on a screen, it does bother my eyes if I do it for more than about 20 minutes and yes I have a special pair of prescription glasses that is optimized for "screen distance" so it's not that.

I read myself to sleep at night and would never be able to do that with an e-book. The only screen I view after 9 pm is the television which is 16 feet away from my chair, because I have found that if I don't impose that cutoff I have trouble falling and/or staying asleep. I need a gap of at least 3 hours between viewing any non-tv screen and going to bed, otherwise that night's sleep will be miserable. My phone is set to go into Do Not Disturb mode at 9 pm except for a couple of family members (in case of emergency) and doesn't come back on until 9 am.
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Old 07-14-2019, 08:18 AM
 
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Me. I gave up my kindle years ago. I feel wired when I use electronics. I prefer the peace that goes with turning pages.
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Old 07-14-2019, 08:35 AM
 
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Physical books for me, for sure and forever. Both 'bought' and from the library. In this house my library/computer room is small and so I only have one 10-ft-long x 8 ft high wall of bookshelves (there's an 8'x8' wall of DVDs and CDs also but that's another topic, LOL) but I still manage a few hundred books on them. In my previous houses that room was larger and could fit close to 1000 but I've pared down to the essentials since my last move.

When I buy books I always go for the hardcover version if there is one; I much prefer those over softcovers. Less than 10% of my library is softcover.

I have an iPad Mini and also the Kindle app on my desktop computer, only because one of my favorite authors has recently been publishing a couple of novellas in Kindle-only and I don't want to miss out. That's the only reason I bothered with the Kindle app, actually. I don't like reading book text on a screen, it does bother my eyes if I do it for more than about 20 minutes and yes I have a special pair of prescription glasses that is optimized for "screen distance" so it's not that.

I read myself to sleep at night and would never be able to do that with an e-book. The only screen I view after 9 pm is the television which is 16 feet away from my chair, because I have found that if I don't impose that cutoff I have trouble falling and/or staying asleep. I need a gap of at least 3 hours between viewing any non-tv screen and going to bed, otherwise that night's sleep will be miserable. My phone is set to go into Do Not Disturb mode at 9 pm except for a couple of family members (in case of emergency) and doesn't come back on until 9 am.
I can't read any books on the computer either due to the screen.
My nook though has e-ink and a non glare screen. It's just like reading a physical book to my eyes.

I do keep my collection of ebooks stored on my desktop and use calibre to move them over to my nook.
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Old 07-14-2019, 08:48 AM
 
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I was a voracious reader from age six, majored in English as an undergrad and got a Master's in English Literature (hence the Shakespearean user name) (hence the use of the word "hence" ). But in the last couple of years, for reasons I can't explain, I have lost interest in reading books. Fiction just bores me now -- I find I just don't care about the characters or what happens to them. Once in a while I'll read a memoir if it's really well written.

I haven't stopped reading altogether, however. Every day I read for hours on my computer: several newspapers, plus a variety of blogs and internet forums, including of course C-D. Just not so much into the books these days.

I was a voracious reader and loved to read as well. One reason I rarely read anything anymore is my eyes have gotten very bad. All age related things. But I would read paper books if I could.

Looking for a good ophthalmologist since I have relocated but once that is set up, it may be time to do something serious. If not, audible books may be next for me. Large print doesn't cut it at this point.
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