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Any book lovers here around? by Holle on 14 March 2009 3:51pm
Yesterday we spent a day on the annual Leipzig Book Fair, an event where publishers show their latest products and you can watch and read and talk a lot.

While Amazon and Co. try to tell us how wonderful ebooks are and want to sell us their DRM protected rubbish that only runs on their very own, 'sadly' a bit pricy ebook reader, it was just great to see so many real books. Actually, beside all announcements, I haven't seen much of the ebook rush there.

Of course I can see that such technology has its advantage when it comes to scientific texts or technical libraries for students, easy to carry and quickly searchable. But for private use, I don't think I will ever enjoy sitting im my reading corner pushing buttons to scroll through a digital text instead of having a real book in my hands, what do you think?

I have a few impressions captured on the fair, if you like, have a look:


Re: Any book lovers here around? by Spursfan on 14 March 2009 5:58pm
Great pictures, Holger.

Yes I agree with you. E-books would be great as academic textbooks/research material, but for personal use give me a real book any day.

A few years ago I was shocked to see that you could get a computer game of LEGO!! What is the point of that?! Don't get me wrong, I like to play games on the computer or whatever as much as the next person, but LEGO...?! Isn't the fun of that particular toy actually building things??

It'll be e-creme eggs next..... :(
Re: Any book lovers here around? by mrsthing on 14 March 2009 7:36pm
You can make Lego animations with the computer program, like the Lego "Knights of the Round Table" song and dance number. It would be much harder doing it stop-action with the actual pieces.

Mr. Thing works for a technical publisher that is finding that more and more techies want ebooks, so the publisher is looking into that. But for a lot of reasons, my recreational reading will be from "dead tree" books for as long as possible.

* I love the heft of a real book; the smell; the crackle of a virgin binding.
* They don't come with a complicated instruction manual.
* I don't need to plug it in, replace the batteries, or turn it off.
* My magnetic bookmark won't erase the contents.
* If I doze off reading and it falls on the floor, all that happens is a page might get a tear.
* If it's lost or stolen, I'm only out $20 or so, and it's not usually hard to find another.
* I don't mind lending it to a friend, knowing it might be weeks before I get it back.
* I can use it on a plane without a problem.
* I can stuff it in my pocketbook and take it anywhere I want.
* It only hurts my eyes if I'm reading in the sun.
* I don't have to worry about radiation from it.
* It never needs to be upgraded, and will never be obsolete.
* A good one gets MORE valuable with age, and my children and grandchildren will be able to use one just as easily as I did.
* If I no longer want my book, I can donate it to a library, sell it on eBay, donate it to a book program for poor people, or use it for a door stop or to prop up a short leg on a chair or table. Try THAT with a Kindle!

Re: Any book lovers here around? by Spursfan on 14 March 2009 8:02pm
You may be able to make animations with it - but that is not the REAL point of LEGO, is it?!

The real point is to make (in simplest form) houses or whatever they make with it nowadays though that brings up another annoyance.

In my day (late 18th century hahaha) you got a box of Lego (or in my case Betta Builda) and you built houses or used your imagination to make other things. Our 2 kids had Lego and used their imagination. Now you buy a lego car or a steam engine or whatever - the lego is bought in packs to make certain things and that's it!!

Incidentally we asked our son about 1989 where he would most like to go to in the whole world and his answer was Legoland (this is years before UK one)! So we went on a weekend visit to Denmark and to Legoland which was brilliant.

The best part was when our son went on the 'driving course' which was the main thing he'd wanted to do. He was actually a year too old, but we lied (shhhh!!) about his age. The kids were in cars that looked like lego, driving around streets with a Danish 'policeman' in a lego police car. They had the flag of their country on the front of the car, and had to stop at the lights etc etc. Laugh? Our daughter and I didn't stop all the time he was driving - and luckily the husband filmed it so I can watch it sometimes!!

Re: Any book lovers here around? by kazzzz on 14 March 2009 10:59pm
Nice one Holger!!

I have never read an e book and I doubt that I ever will, the concept does not appeal to me whatsoever.

As far as Lego. I love the Knights animated version. But I must say, when my kids were little the three failsafe things that they never tired of were,a colouring book and pencils, the trampoline and the Lego, which has reemerged for Ava (well she has Kathryn's old Duplo which is little kid's Lego, unable to be swallowed lol).

Just back to the e books, a friend of mine is an avid comic collector and has been since we were at school. He is currently transferring them all onto CDs and selling the actual comics. I am just horrified.
Re: Any book lovers here around? by geordiegirl on 15 March 2009 4:25pm
I can't access your links, Holger, but i have always admired the many Book Fairs in germany - Frankfurt is another fine example, i believe.

Speaking as one who lives in a house with 2000-plus books in it, now it's a case of one in, one out.

Husband & I have always been compulsive readers, though. Major leisure activity, reading is, for us.
Re: Any book lovers here around? by Holle on 15 March 2009 5:46pm
I'm sorry to hear you have difficulties with the links Linda. Can you give us a hint what happens when you try them, maybe we can sort it out? There is nothing special about them and so far I haven't heared that somebody else had trouble with them.

You see, that will never happen with a good, oldfashioned book... it never comes up with cryptic error messages when you try to open it ;-).

I don't think we have that many books on our shelfs, but there are quite a few and I just enjoy grabbing one and start reading.

And that's exactly the point, why I'm very cautious about buying digital content in none standard file fomats. You just depend on one manufacturer. And if he decides a few years later to abandon the whole system because it's not bringing enough money, you are lost.

For private use I will stay with real books, enjoy like Judy the feeling of real paper. For technical things in business I already have always my laptop with me and prefer PDF files. I can do what I like with these files and open them at any machine I want to. Why should I buy an extra reader that can nothing else than read, not even copy and paste text bits when I need them???
Re: Any book lovers here around? by Lounge Trekker on 15 March 2009 6:15pm
I love that concept for an indoor public space...bright with a feeling of being outside. Does it get hot in the summer or do the air conditioners work well enough?

I must get one of those lighted globes.

Books are timeless and new technology will never render the book obsolete. It is nice to have a book read to you if you need to travel long distances.

Perusing Trekker
Re: Any book lovers here around? by peripatetically on 15 March 2009 9:50pm
Pete, I have a lighted globe. It's at least 25 years old, but it's a beauty. Unfortunately, some of the borders and countries have changed again since then, but I guess we'll always have that problem with maps and globes and such.
Re: Any book lovers here around? by mrsteabag on 16 March 2009 1:08am
I vastly prefer real books, too. Sigh.
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