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Thread: Starting A Book Club - Kindle vs A Real Book - Your Opinion Please!

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    Well, the reek of superiority is already coming off your innocently started thread Lola! L

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    Originally Posted by LaHermes
    Well, the reek of superiority is already coming off your innocently started thread Lola! L
    I don't read anyone here reeking of superiority. Where?

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    I read a lot of British novels, and I love hearing the narrator do the different kinds of accents that I would never imagine in a print book.

    It seems that many people like the idea of books and the nostalgia/comfort of them more than the content.

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    Originally Posted by SarahLancaster
    I read a lot of British novels, and I love hearing the narrator do the different kinds of accents that I would never imagine in a print book.

    It seems that many people like the idea of books and the nostalgia/comfort of them more than the content.
    Yes -audio is a different experience. For me it's because I am an avid reader for the last 47 years. I love the content. I always have. I do read some things on screen but not books. I would if I had no other choice. I also love live theater and listening to podcasts including where things are read aloud. For me that has nothing to do with reading a book.

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    Originally Posted by SarahLancaster
    I couldn't care less about how a book smells. It's just freaking paper at the end of the day.
    Hi Sarah!

    I know this seems stupid, but hear me out so I can argue my case!

    I had a best friend along time ago, we're no longer friends, and this may seem insignificant but it proves which camp you're in, or I should say, what type of glasses you view life through. People seem to roughly be divided into two camps.

    I had just bought the house I'm in now with my husband. I was 25. It's an old period town house, we have historic deeds. Old marble fire places and you know, heady ornate plaster work on the ceilings. On viewing it for the first time, she said how lovely it was and everything. A year later she bought her own place with her boyfriend. You couldn't have a bigger contrast. All modern and very normal and lovely all the same, and she said this about her house: "I will never be like, I NEED more character" - she was referring to my house compared to hers, because it has what British people call "character". To sum it all up - she just never saw to appeal, she didn't get it! It wasn't her scene. To her, a fireplace is just a fireplace. In fact, they are bothersome and dusty and why have something like that when it is obsolete in a sense and why especially go to the bother of having chimneys restored and swept to light it now and then in the Winter?

    You could say the same thing about a book. Yes, it is technically just paper. But my husband is just another human. But he's not. Not to me - I place in him all the meaning and soul and history we have and to not be too dramatic but, that is the difference to me between reading words on a screen and holding a book in your hand, turning the page, and placing it down when you've finished. Marking the page the way you want, leaving it spread open down the spine, slipping in a book mark, turning the corner of a page... anything. It is all a ritual, an organic ritual that is ever more non-present in modern life. I guess this is what I admire about Japanese culture - their love of the ritual!

    I know it is pointless to debate this in a way, but I feel like the Kindle or eBooks represent the inevitable - a future of technology replacing what we once knew, and I guess part of me being so in love with the old is a way to try and savour things as we once knew them before the inevitable closes in.

    Lo x

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    Originally Posted by SarahLancaster
    I read a lot of British novels, and I love hearing the narrator do the different kinds of accents that I would never imagine in a print book.

    It seems that many people like the idea of books and the nostalgia/comfort of them more than the content.
    Sarah - this is exactly it! Obviously the content is the same, the argument isn't about the content, rather the experience, it differs so and I am afraid I am team book!

    Thank you for your input though, from readers of eBooks I have no resentment, I am just interested in your point of view.

    Lo x

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    Originally Posted by LaHermes
    Well, the reek of superiority is already coming off your innocently started thread Lola! L
    Wait, but I am superior, durrrr? ;)

    Lo x

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    Originally Posted by ~Seraphim ~
    I prefer paper books. My husband does as well and my son.
    Seraphim - you both have raised your son right ;)

    Lo x

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    Oops--posted this on your duplicate thread:

    I have a lot of books and very little space. I thought I'd never go the route of the kindle (or nook), but not long ago I was seriously considering it.

    I'm like up to my armpits in books. The simple act of cleaning this apartment is like solving a 4x4 sliding puzzle. And books are a b*tch to move.

    But I never caved in to my impulse to buy the kindle. I don't know if I ever will.

    One thing I really like about books (besides the tactile experience of reading them) is the fact that they're not blasting light into my eyeballs.

    My boyfriend has a kindle and he reads comic books on it. THAT is really cool. Kindles and comics work well together.

    Computer screens don't bother my boyfriend's eyes, though.

    As for books on tape... I enjoyed one once. It was called In the Kingdom of Ice and it was fantastic.

    I probably never would have read it in book form. But the audio book was perfect for the long, mindless drives that I was making during that time.
    Last edited by Jibralta; 05-17-2020 at 02:58 PM.

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    Originally Posted by Batya33
    I prefer real books. I would be fine with a book club if some read it on kindle. I wouldn’t. But a few years ago this odd mom on my Facebook moms group wanted me to invite her to my new book club my neighbor started. But she wanted to do audio books. I didn’t feel comfortable inviting a stranger to a neighbors home but on top of that - if you’re not going to read the book then what’s the point. Audio to me is not the same at all. I am a bookworm and been in a number of book clubs. My neighbors ended after a few sessions because of infighting having nothing to do with me. Sad.
    Batya - for once darling, we agree!

    I will leave it there!

    All the best,
    Lo x

    PS - I have heard of these, book club wars! Tell me more? I feel like I am already treading a dark path - LOLZ! I think they would be different things if they were all men. I'm not being sexist here I just think lots of women together have a special talent for turning things a bit dramatic in that feminine way ;)

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