Those stupid new kindle things and electronic book things are so stupid, they defeat the purpose of a book
Because it friggin electronic, it's stupid a book is like supposed to et you away from electronics but making the ebooks is just sad
Wait, do what away from electronics?
And personally I'm pro electronic, think of how much trees could be saved!
Yes, because trees are an endangered species, and we can't plant more!
That wasn't what I meant smartass...
What did you mean then?
Something doesn't need to be scarce or endangered for you to start being careful. The less trees we use for books, papers, newspapers, and all that stuff the better. That's my personal opinion. Although I'm just saying that, because I have to buy a lot of textbooks for my classes and I really don't want to, that and I'm not really that fond of reading
Well, trees are mostly a renewable resource, so I'm pretty sure we wouldn't have to be careful about using them. Plus, I love reading--especially tangible pages.
Speaking of tangible resources, am I the only one excited about next Bastille Day? ;]
And not exactly, if you're using up faster than you're producing (or reproducing if you know what I mean ;]) then you can still run out of the resource. Take animals for example, they become extinct. Why? Do they stop reproducing?
I'm sure there were way less animals in say some extinct species, then there are trees.
Pffft, I'm so excited for next Bastille Day. In celebration for the French, I will be getting wasted. :D
So you're saying, you're turning 18 AND you're going to be drunk? Where exactly is this party going to be at?
Asking where I'll be whilst I'm drunk? Sounds like rape to me.
It's not rape if the raper is hawt, that's like date rape rule number 1
So, you're saying you're hot?
And modest ;]
You couldn't tell?
Nope, but I realize I was being obtuse. It's so apparent!
This is true, I dunno I just would never get one or recommend people to get one
"Whats paper Granddad/ma?"
I like the new book smell.
An electronic book may be more convenient, but it totally defeats the purpose of a BOOK.
I skimmed this. Trees are not extinct. If we put more work into nature restoration, this can still work.
How would that defeat the purpose of a book?
Definition of books:
a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together); "I am reading a good book on economics"
physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together; "he used a large book as a doorstop"
If it was electronic, I don't think it could be considered a book. I guess I just like the novelty of something I can hold in my hands and flip manually.
Okay, so it's not a book, it's an eBook. It's like a book, only it doesn't kill trees, it's easier to find and access, you can use Ctrl+F to find what you want, it doesn't take up shelf space, it's cheaper and quicker to produce and spread (making it more likely to be written), it's easier to take a large collection of them with you on vacation (making it more likely to be read), it's indestructible, it doesn't feel awkward to hold the pages open in a reclined position, it can be read in the dark without straining the eyes, and it basically takes advantage of every positive purpose of a "book" while using every other modern development in electronic technology to eliminate the negative properties. I will be happy to tell the next generation that they don't have to put up with what we did to read books, and that we've helped make finding and reading their favorite books as easy as, say, turning on the TV.
Sounds a lot like lazy to me.
Trees are a renewable resource; they're important, yeah, but not really much of a concern of them dying out or some shit like that. I like my shelves stuffed with books; I guess that's just me.
What if your Kindle breaks? Or you back it up on the computer and it crashes or gets a virus? Money wasted. At least if you lose a book, you'll have something tangible to look for and it can't break.
If someone actually wants to read on vacation, it wouldn't be such a problem to take a few books. Who takes a library with them on vacation anyway?
It doesn't feel awkward to me to hold pages open in a reclined position.
If computers can strain your eyes, Kindles can too.
I'd be disappointed to tell the next generation that, no, don't walk to the library to check out a book, buy a Kindle! No, the new Harry Potter isn't going to be at Walmart, but it will be available for purchase for your Kindle!
Trees are renewable, but that doesn't make them free; far from it.
Only in the rare occurance that a Kindle breaks AND you get a virus on your computer would you lose your books, assuming Amazon doesn't back up what you bought online, which I think they might or will soon. But a paper book, which you're probably more likely to lose because there are more of them, waste money EVERY time, because it costs money to make. Which is unfortunate for authors who have a book which some people would love, but not enough that a publishing company would publish it, so it never actually makes it in print... consider all the good stuff on YouTube that you would never find on TV.
I never know what I'll feel like reading at the time; it would be nice not to have to leave any books at home...
Books take two hands to hold open, neither in a very relaxing position; an e-book reader takes no hands.
It doesn't strain your eyes, just as the iPod touch doesn't, unlike reading a book in the dark. If you want to read a paper book in the car at night, too bad...
WalMart? Everyone I know buys books online anyways, because WalMart carries a grand total of like 20 books at a time...
And I'm sure our grandparents thought it was crazy that we no longer have to go to the record store to get music. After all, who doesn't like that new record smell? But we all got mp3 players anyways. In the same way we no longer have to go to WalMart to get the latest Music (nor do we have to choose from the narrow selection there), our kids won't have to wait to go to the store or wait 3-5 days for shipping every time they run out of something to read. Great for them!
becuase its electronic, a book is supossed to be paper
The purpose of a book is to have something to read, not to have a bunch of pieces of paper bound together.@860140 (Anonymous):
Not really buddy
Then, what is the purpose of books?
Like tictac man said pages of paper bound together, it's not supposed to be friggin electronic
"when i was your age there was a thing called a book"
I would hate to say that. D:
I'll never get a kindle. Like the others said, it defeats the purpose of a book.
Besides, if you have all your books on one Kindle, and then you lose it, you're screwed.
Actually, you can back them up on a computer. If you lose a paper book, however, it is gone.
Well, yeah, but you'd have to buy a whole new kindle, a lot more money than a book.
An e-book reader pays for itself, though, if you read enough. A bunch of e-books + an e-book reader, and even + a replacement e-book reader, still costs less than a bunch of the same books in print.
Hmmm. You raise a good argument. :)
But still, a Kindle sort of defeats the purpose of a book, to me.
I like paper.
that's legit, though sometimes I just hope we don't all turn out to be as technophobic as our parents someday...
I don't see what would be so bad about that. Now, it would be sad if books were completely phased out. Kindles are just a convenient device to read them.
I don't read a book and say "This is so enjoyable and special, because it's printed on paper."
But people will be saying that when all books are electronic, and a book printed on actual paper is a rare occurrence.
kids in 20 years
what the fuck is paper dad?
Kids in 20 years
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I think it's better for the environment. I love books but think about it, if it's electronic it's easier to have multiple books and doesn't kill trees
Kindles being better for the environment is a questionable theory. Yes, less trees are cut down for the production of paper. However, electricity used in the production of the Kindle, which far exceeds the electricity used in the production of books, is the most wasteful use of energy on the planet.
The majority of electricity (in the U.S.) is produced by coal. Coal as an energy source is one of the highest carbon dioxide emitters. As we all know increased carbon dioxide heats up the atmosphere. This increase in temperature has caused an explosion of invasive species to desimate plant population and forests in many parts of the world.
I believe every student should be supplied with a Kindle instead of six 5-10 lb textbooks that they have to carry in their backpack and schools have to replace (and throw away) every few years. But for me, using something for leisure that increases pollution when I have a pollution free alternative just doesn't make sense.
I was the 1000 person to vote this up!