Good Old Fashion Reading vs modern technology

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  1. ARTiculationS profile image77
    ARTiculationSposted 8 years ago

    is there a great need in society for independent magazines?

    1. profile image0
      sheilamyersposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I prefer the "old fashioned" print versions of books. Even if I forget to bookmark a page, I find it's much easier to relocate quotes, character descriptions, or facts than it is when the material is in ebook format. As for the need for independent magazines, I'd say that depends on the people who would read it. If you find a market for the printed version, go for it. However, it does seem most people (even those like me who prefer paper and ink) get most of their news and other articles on-line.

      1. ARTiculationS profile image77
        ARTiculationSposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Very true. With all the influence of modern technology it did make me question, Is there a great demand for independent magazine. I would only hope there is a large margin. But I am thrilled  to see that more and more people appreciate the  paper-backs, and reading.

    2. psycheskinner profile image81
      psycheskinnerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I read books and magazines in paper and digital formats.  The diversity of options only allows more creative people to put out a greater variety of materials.  I love it all.

    3. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I have a kindle for some of my books; however, the majority of my books are in paper form.  I do enjoy reading so much.  My shelves are also overflowing..........

    4. prosetrainee profile image61
      prosetraineeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      you can share digital books with your friends instantly.

      good old books are personal, and maybe donated later, depending how much you enjoyed reading the book?

      1. Jean Bakula profile image94
        Jean Bakulaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I find it's hard to get anyone to take used books, even if they are in great shape. Libraries have a lot and don't want more. Organizations may want them if you have books on whatever topics interest them. But I've had little luck giving away books, even to hospitals or convalescent centers.

        1. prosetrainee profile image61
          prosetraineeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          have you ever joined a book club?

          1. ARTiculationS profile image77
            ARTiculationSposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            no I havent.

  2. paradigmsearch profile image61
    paradigmsearchposted 8 years ago

    I so prefer reading words on paper. In bed with a good book is so much better than any computer monitor can ever be. Not to mention that a real book is probably only one-tenth the eye strain.

    1. ARTiculationS profile image77
      ARTiculationSposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Oh yes, I whole-heartily agree. Reading book form is to me more engaging, and as you mentioned it is definitely less strain on the eyes.

    2. ronbergeron profile image85
      ronbergeronposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I find there's no eye strain with my Kindle (NOT the Fire). It's much lighter than a paper book, so it's easier to hold. I really like it for novels, biographies, and things like that. It's not as good for technical information like programming manuals. One thing that I miss is the site of lots of books on my bookshelves, but I ran out of room a long time ago.

  3. lmoyer92 profile image61
    lmoyer92posted 8 years ago

    I love good ol' fashion books. Not only are they better for your eyes, but there's just something about the books themselves. It's just not the same when it's a tablet or computer of some sort.

    1. ARTiculationS profile image77
      ARTiculationSposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Very true, society has really let all of these devices take over. I am with the good ol' fashion reading.

  4. cheeluarv profile image81
    cheeluarvposted 8 years ago

    My vote is for  good old fashion of reading because I don''t like to miss ,the simple pleasures like touching the crisp paper,when your eyes are strained ,the prospect of  closing the book and roll over the  eyes on book cover,design,glancing the back of the book ,and holding your favorite book in hand and staring at it with awesome feeling are not possible in modern technology.

    1. ARTiculationS profile image77
      ARTiculationSposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, so true.  I feel that all of this technology etc, has caused us to really lose touch of the simple things. Which made me really question, do people in society today still read magazines or books, or is it all about the future with technology. Im glad to hear that there are those who still see the joy in picking up a book.

  5. Nell Rose profile image89
    Nell Roseposted 8 years ago

    I tried the Kindle and just can't get on with it. I much prefer books and magazines. you can sit there reading with a cup of tea, and get totally involved. I think we technology to read I am always scared that the page is going to crash!

  6. dearabbysmom profile image70
    dearabbysmomposted 8 years ago

    I like the feeling of a book in my hands, and especially enjoy relaxing and reading in book stores. But I also like the instant accessibility to news, etc. with reading via technology.

  7. wilderness profile image94
    wildernessposted 8 years ago

    I went with a tablet when I got cataracts, and it was a godsend.  I had not read a book for over a year, down from 2-3 per week, and really missed the pleasure of reading.  The table restored that.

    Now, however, the cataracts are fixed and I can read again without pain.  And with some 50 or so books on the tablet, I begin to be real concerned about lifespan; one day the tablet will die, or technology will advance to where I can no longer access those books.  What then?  Are those books gone forever, or at least in need of re-purchasing?  I have so many books, bought from so many sources, that I would never be able to assemble even the small library again from records of the vendors.  And it isn't a drop compared to what is in my paper library!

  8. psycheskinner profile image81
    psycheskinnerposted 8 years ago

    If you bought them from a place like Amazon, the books are always available to download again from your account.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image61
      paradigmsearchposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You are a keeper. smile

    2. wilderness profile image94
      wildernessposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Unfortunately I've bought them from a half dozen places (or more).  And have no idea where they all were, as some were bought and put onto another site's reader.  I've stopped doing that, but will still lose quite a few when it all takes a dump.

      1. Jean Bakula profile image94
        Jean Bakulaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I never thought I would love my Kindle more than an old fashioned book, but I do. I read about 2 or 3 books a week, and my bookshelves are overflowing. I have no more room for more shelves.

        I have back problems and love the way the Kindle is backlit, so I can read lying down if the lighting in the room is not facing the pages. Plus it's very light to hold up. As soon as a book is available, I can have a copy in seconds. My local library has a list I have to go on to get a newly released book, and it can take months to get a popular one.

        I still love the feel of an old, paperback or hard cover book, and have plenty of them. So I love both ways of reading, but e-reader is slowly becoming my favorite. I love being able to keep the books too, as I often go back to re read certain books or passages, especially if I am writing about them. But if you belong to Amazon Prime, you may borrow the books for free.

        I do worry if I will lose all my books if my unit burns out, as Wilderness has concerns. I have bought all my books from Amazon though, so believe they can restore them.

  9. jhehe profile image89
    jheheposted 8 years ago

    Yep I agree, still prefer a paper copy over digital. I commute a lot so I tried reading on my phone only it doesn't work out so well worth the brightness adjustments and so on.  Perhaps it's because I've never tried the Kindle e-ink technology to get that paper like feel, but right now is much rather have the inconvenience and carry a book with me.

  10. profile image48
    sheifsapanaposted 8 years ago



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