posted on Apr, 15 2012 @ 03:09 PM
reply to post by AK907ICECOLD
Interesting theory. But I think there will always be a market for physical books, and I don't think there is a conspiracy to make them obsolete.
After a lot of research I got a Nook, and with much excitement, began downloading old books to my Nook (free on the net). Much to my dismay, I
discovered that even when reading EPUB formatted books, the type was either too small or too large, and that the small screen allowed only a couple of
paragraphs at most to show. Charts, illustrations, etc. look terrible on the Nook (though they'd probably reproduce okay on an IPAD). Most
distressing of all, I found that after an hour of ebook reading, my eyes were tired, and sort of burned a bit. So much for ease of reading.
Real books are typeset, with thought given to things like line spacing, kerning, choice of font, and even old fashioned things like "widows" and
"orphans." With a real book, you can skim the pages in one fell swoop, and visually mark your progress. Illustrations are large enough to be read.
The graphic design of the book comes through. I wouldn't give up paper books for anything.
It's really cool to see this thread because just last night, I had a dream about getting a paperback book. It was a novel of some kind . . . I think
a Russian novel, and the idea of getting the book was imperative! When I awoke, I realized that I had stopped reading books like I used to because of
the internet, and my addiction to it. So, back to books.
Long Live REAL BOOKS!