Will Book Worms Soon Make the Endangered List?

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Will Book Worms Soon Make the Endangered List?
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Sat, 11-05-2011 - 8:46pm

This is the title of an article by Ancestral Books, LLC that caught my attention and if I may share it with you, it is possible that some of you might share the same opinion.

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Mon, 11-07-2011 - 10:33am

Thanks for sharing the article; it was an interesting read. But from my own perspective, I don't see e-readers as a real threat to printed books. I still purchase paper books and I still use my public library; my e-reader is simply an additional option.

I remember when movie rentals first came about, there was speculation that movie theatres would become non-existant as people would stop attending and wait to rent the movie. As we all know, that never happened; people still flock to the theatres to see a first run movie. While it's not exactly the same thing, it still shows that technology doesn't always overwhelm and replace traditional activities.

Much the same argument could be made for paperback books vs hard back editions. The life expectancy of a hard back book has to be greater than a paperback, but still, there is a market for both. I think it's the same with e-readers; having one doesn't mean I have forsaken physical books. In fact, sampling some free books by a couple of authors I hadn't read before resulted in my purchasing a couple of their paper books as gifts for my sister, who doesn't own an e-reader.

Once a bookworm, always a bookworm, that's my motto! LOL

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"They" also said that radio would disappear when television came out and before that that the stage would disappear when movies came out and movies would disappear when television came out.

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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 10:02am

I like both - I love my e-reader for the simple fact that I can download my next book anywhere, anytime and I do not need to bring multiple books with me on vacation.

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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 10:15am

Having an e-reader hasn't stopped me from buying print books. What is has done is allowed me to take numerous books with me when I travel, without having to weigh down my carry-on. My bookshelves at home still get their fair share of new arrivals. :smileywink:

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Registered: 12-12-1997

I agree with the writer. E-books will always have their place, but nothing will ever replace the experience of a real book. The feel and heft of it, the smell of it, the sight of a beloved book on a shelf, just waiting to be re-read and re-loved. And you'll never start any conversation about a Kindle laying on a table, the way my wall of books does!


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I don't think books will ever disappear. Despite all of the technological advances libraries are still thriving. I go into the library frequently and while parents encourage their kids to use the computers, they also have them check out books. Good luck convincing a parent to let their kid check out an e-reader, especially when the library mentions what it will cost to replace it.

Also there lots of textbooks or books used for research that people actually write in that are thousands of pages. I can't imagine how expensive that would be to download and how irritating it would be to keep separate notes and hopefully remember which page they went with.
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I still like reading the book the regular way,listen to an audio mp3 book , cd book , and I have the *nook* , too.
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Thu, 11-10-2011 - 12:45pm

I love my e-reader for travel but it won't replace my books. I love to browse the shelves of the library and bookstores because it is often a title or a book cover that will

 Kathie

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Registered: 10-07-2008
I love travelling with books , too. I cannot read in the car though.
Audio books are perfect for me on road trips. I read regular ones at home or when the car is stopped. I have the nook too. I will not be extinct.

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