Photograph of the Day – Old and new

*ahem* a little light reading

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  • RepublicanStones

    Don’t see the attraction of those things. Sure you can probably store hundreds of books on them, but batteries tend not to run out on the old fashioned kind. I tend to highlight quite a bit as well, not sure the screen could hold up !

  • Funny i though about the detrimental affect of a highlighter too.

  • Michael

    I’m a bit of a book freak myself, I only have a few dozen signed first editions, mostly from my favourite authors. But when it comes to technical books, I love my kindle.

    I guess I see a good novel as something best experienced with a physical book, with all the finger licking, page turning, print sniffing goodness that paper brings.

    My kindle on the other hand gives me dozens and dozens of 600+ page plus computer manuals in a easy portable format that stresses access over experience.
    If you know what I mean.

  • RepublicanStones

    Anyone know of any book restorers round Belfast? I have a very early edition of Plutarch’s Lives which is in need of some TLC.

  • There’s a book binders at the business park at the bottom of Duncairn Gardens he might be able to help

  • ForkHandles

    book restorers? i think there is one near corn market, just between the candle stick makers shop and the black smiths 🙂 or you could just get it scanned into a pdf and embrace the future!
    on battery life, i was reading something a while ago about a type of screen used in one of these readers, it only uses power to change the screen. so if you leave it on one page for a while it doesn’t use any power, only when you change to display the next page is any power used.
    the main problem i can see with readers is that you couldn’t take one down to the beach as the sand would destroy it. there are plenty of other situations like that where you dont mind if your paper book gets a bit wrecked.
    as with music and video, the future for books is the same. they will just be files held on some mass storage system. old books have value simply because they are a rare old physical object. im sure printed books will continue for quite a while and they will have value as objects for the foreseeable.

  • joeCanuck

    And how do you pass it on to your friends? I only buy about 1/3 of the many books I read (2 or 3 a week). I share with fellow readers.

  • lamhdearg

    All that scrolling down na give me paper.

  • Frankie12

    Kinda contravenes the old “u never lend a book, u gift it” idiom…