Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2015 10:07 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] zappo.livejournal.com
So many interesting books... maybe one should look into this ebook thing to save shelf volume? *rrrgh I can resist I_can_!*

Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2015 03:12 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] catdesk.livejournal.com
Resist interesting books or resist using ebooks? ;-)

No shame in going electronic for some reading ... I have and there are advantages to it. I've been able to buy e-editions of long-coveted older books and short stories that haven't been in print in paper form for ages. I've sampled new authors who don't have anything in print yet but are publishing online first to see if they can gain an audience. Plus long-time favourite authors have taken to self-publishing and selling the occasional story online and it's great to be able to acquire and read those as they appear instead of having to wait years until they have enough for an anthology. One of the major fanfic sites allows downloading into a reader and it's nice to be able to read some stories from there away from the computer. I also now have electronic editions of some of my most favourite titles from my print library so that I can take them with me when traveling without having to lug their great weight in my luggage (and I don't have to try to predict what I'll be in the mood to read ... I can take 'em ALL with me!)

I've found that I don't like reading nonfiction in electronic form, aside from essay collections ... I do quite a bit of flipping back and forth to confirm and compare when I read nonfiction and that's just not convenient with an ebook (not to mention when the text referring to a particular diagram or map carries on to the next page but you still need to keep looking at it as you read ... easy with paper, awkward and annoying with electronic.

So yeah, it's just another means of being selective in my book buying ... is it worthy of my finite shelf space or just of a bit of data storage space?

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