- From: White Spirit <wspirit@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 13:36:46 +0100
On 25/07/2011 18:59, DGDevin wrote:
"White Spirit" wrote in message news:j0jhqi$dc2$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
The problem with eBooks is that you can't read them in the bath. I
much prefer books in the same way that I prefer CDs - you have
something tangible besides the content. Electronic media is utterly
I can see an e-reader for someone who travels a lot, one little device
full of hundreds of books would be handy. That could also work for
technicians who could have a reference library in their tool kit. I
remember reading about how U.S. Navy submarines eliminated a couple of
tons weight by replacing tech manuals with CD-ROMs, and space is a
precious thing on a sub.
I can see the advantages and the appeal of the convenience. When it comes to books, I just don't enjoy reading electronic books in the same way that I do real ones, and real books are a lot easier on my eyes.
Of course, books and CDs do take up an enormous amount of space, but I
pretty much horde everything that's worth having.
My wife and I have given away or sold probably fifty boxes of boxes in
the past few years just to make room for what we buy, and we have
bookcases in every room (all full). I'm now mulling over designs for new
CD shelves, as the current ones are full and we have stacks of CDs all
over the house. I figure by eliminating wasted space between shelves
(and going higher) I can make room for another thousand CDs in the
existing location, but I need to build the shelves myself because I
can't find any commercial designs that will do the trick. Of course that
will justify some new tools....
I think I'm going to have to do the same at some point. Fortunately, I have a cellar that can hold boxes of books without them getting damp or being subject to mould.