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ebook readers "swiftly" replacing books..are we setting ourselves up for failure! (video)

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posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 09:00 AM
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I am or shall I say was enamored by the HUGE increase in tech the past 15yrs or so..I was out buying and keeping up with the 21st century version of the "Jones" being a good little consumer BUT I have AWOKE in the past 2 years and I SEE TROUBLE!

Are we allowing technology to steal or physical man made possessions for digital convenient version's? I live in a Bigger city in western NY and we Have NO bookstores near us anymore the last one closed last April! This is Disturbing to me especially after the news yesterday from the US Govt...



CHAMP or a Solar flare could be the end to BOOKS as we know them!
Why are we so WILLING to give up our physical objects in exchange for non existent digital versions?
How will we retain knowledge for future generations if we no longer put it in print and rely solely on digital media with all these threats on loosing it!?! What are we doing to ourselves??? Music is the Second victim in this...
I say SUPPORT your local bookstores keep them selling so the books will be printed otherwise I think we are selling our selves out, and we are participating willingly in the Destruction of our "Modern" Knowledge! ('
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posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 09:11 AM
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While pretty much everyone else in my family and circle of friends has taken to the modern convenience of e-readers, I and one of my daughters have decided to buck the system and stick to our real books. If the power goes out we don't have to worry about being able to re-charge them, don't have to worry about them getting accidentally erased, and don't have to worry about not having enough download space for more.



posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 09:22 AM
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Books will never disappear. Never. Too many people simply prefer the feel and smell of a good book. And you cannot get that from a tablet or kindle. Not to mention how atrocious things like amazon are in terms of customer treatment, they closed one ladies account and deleted all her purchases off her kindle, and refused to give her an explanation.

www.guardian.co.uk...


An Amazon Kindle user has had her account wiped and all her paid-for books deleted by Amazon without warning or explanation.

The Norwegian woman, identified only as Linn on media commentator Martin Bekkelund's blog, approached Amazon when she realised her Kindle had been wiped.

She was informed by a customer relations executive that her account had been closed, all open orders had been cancelled and all her content had been removed, but has been unable to find out why.

The move, which will shock ebook fans, highlights the power digital rights management (DRM) offers blue-chip companies. DRM is used by hardware manufacturers and publishers to limit the use of digital content once it has been purchased by consumers; in Amazon's case, it means the company can prevent you from reading content you have bought at the Kindle store on a rival device.


Too many people still prefer books. I know I do, and where I live there are still a number of physical book stores.

They will dwindle down, without doubt, but unlike records or old tapes, people will hang onto books as they've seen other things disappear with technology. I still have a record player, for some reason.. but no records..

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posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 09:23 AM
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Personally, I will always opt for a hardcover or softcover - I refuse to read digitally.

To me, this is a maneuver to more readily monitor and censor the public at large, under the guise of convenience. Its pretty sad we live in a culture that lacks even the patience to turn a page, or invest in a bookshelf.

Additionally, TPTB don't like what you're reading... remote erase.

Also, due to the nerfed earning potential under the current pricing model of ebooks, aspiring authors will have a very hard time making a living by solely relying on 'ebook' sales.

Start buying physical books while you can! I actually recognized this trend years ago and have stacked up quite a collection.
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posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 09:25 AM
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I HOPE hope hope hope your are right that Books will NEVER disappear but I think the great "culling" of our books has begun! Sorry to say... ('
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posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 09:25 AM
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I much prefer the physical book and still buy about 90% of mine that way. The only time I buy a digital book is when I'm stuck somewhere unexpectedly and buy one on my phone to pass some time.



posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 09:26 AM
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Really good thread on this here...

www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 09:29 AM
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Originally posted by blupblup
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Really good thread on this here...

www.abovetopsecret.com...


DANG IT! I was hoping this was an original thread! well count down to being placed in that forum.. Nah this is a bit different with the CHAMP INFO so MODS please leave this Thread!!! ('
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posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 09:32 AM
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Originally posted by DjembeJedi
Why are we so WILLING to give up our physical objects in exchange for non existent digital versions?
How will we retain knowledge for future generations if we no longer put it in print and rely solely on digital media with all these threats on loosing it!?! What are we doing to ourselves??? Music is the Second victim in this...
I say SUPPORT your local bookstores keep them selling so the books will be printed otherwise I think we are selling our selves out, and we are participating willingly in the Destruction of our "Modern" Knowledge! ('
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Why? Because we are stupid and lazy. Walking to our bookself to get another book takes effort. It's far easier to just browse thru the e-reader's library. It's also an inconvenience for us to carry around so many books. And blah blah blah...and more blah that the marketing people tell us as reasons to get an e-reader.

Personally, I don't own one and I hope I never have to get one. I much prefer regular paper books. Ever tried smelling the pages of an e-reader?
Just not the same!

We need a reboot.
We are becoming way too obsessed with technology. It's making us soul-less.



posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 09:35 AM
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Originally posted by OratoryHeist


Why? Because we are stupid and lazy. Walking to our bookself to get another book takes effort. It's far easier to just browse thru the e-reader's library. It's also an inconvenience for us to carry around so many books. And blah blah blah...and more blah that the marketing people tell us as reasons to get an e-reader.

Personally, I don't own one and I hope I never have to get one. I much prefer regular paper books. Ever tried smelling the pages of an e-reader?
Just not the same!

We need a reboot.
We are becoming way too obsessed with technology. It's making us soul-less.



I could not AGREE more!! I feel we are being systematically destroyed by "Convenience"..('
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posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 09:37 AM
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I don't like reading from a screen. I have tons of books and do nor will own a reader. I get my readings from second hand stores, giving me ten times the amount of books for the buck. The older the book, the more it feels like a book. I like to joke that a good book houses at least one lice.

Hell, I would prefer ATS shelved between my fiction collection, just to make sure they'll get residents.



posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 09:48 AM
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I read almost exclusively on my Kindle. The reason is at 48, my eyes are not what they once were, so the ability to adjust font size is a huge factor. Also I have a 40 minute commute to and from work so I will let my Kindle read to me as I drive. Another advantage to my Kindle is the price of books in most cases (not all) are cheaper to buy in the didgital format all books in the public domain are free or for a dollar or less.

That being said, I will still buy hard copies of certain books because I like to have them in my library. I love perusing book stores, and I hope they never go away, but I recognize that in some ways I am helping them towards their demise.



posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 09:48 AM
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I'm with most here.
I still prefer real books. I don't even have a reader.
I get mad that some things I want to read are only available as e-books.
Since I have taken over my sons old room, and made wall bookshelves, not all the books will disappear!



posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 09:53 AM
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I was worried about this at some point as well, but then I realized that there are still books being printed no matter how many people buy digital books. For every digital book there are paper copies printed and kept. There are always going to be a part of the population that prefer paper books over digital. Libraries are still around and if the poo flies books will become extremely important part of society again. People will have to learn how to live differently and books will supply the knowledge we need in order to do that. I have quite an extensive collection of old literary works such as "Catcher in the Rye" "To Kill a Mockingbird" and Fahrenheit 451" and the like, and looking to expand it, just for this reason. I've also saved most of my college texts like biology, chemistry, microbiology, soil mechanics, geography, geology...the list goes on. On my hard drive I have many articles regarding bushcraft, small engine repair, herbal medicines, wild edibles, farming, animal husbandry, and bio fuels that are slowly being printed out and put in a binder.
In essence, it is up to each of us to save the knowledge however we can.
On the other hand I do believe the world would be a better place without Snookie's new book and that atrocity we call 50 Shades...



posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 10:17 AM
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Originally posted by Felyn
I was worried about this at some point as well, but then I realized that there are still books being printed no matter how many people buy digital books. For every digital book there are paper copies printed and kept. There are always going to be a part of the population that prefer paper books over digital. Libraries are still around and if the poo flies books will become extremely important part of society again. People will have to learn how to live differently and books will supply the knowledge we need in order to do that. I have quite an extensive collection of old literary works such as "Catcher in the Rye" "To Kill a Mockingbird" and Fahrenheit 451" and the like, and looking to expand it, just for this reason. I've also saved most of my college texts like biology, chemistry, microbiology, soil mechanics, geography, geology...the list goes on. On my hard drive I have many articles regarding bushcraft, small engine repair, herbal medicines, wild edibles, farming, animal husbandry, and bio fuels that are slowly being printed out and put in a binder.
In essence, it is up to each of us to save the knowledge however we can.
On the other hand I do believe the world would be a better place without Snookie's new book and that atrocity we call 50 Shades...


I hope you are correct on the continuation of printing and binding of books..as for your collection WoW! Its sounds like you are well prepared to "teach" your entire community if SHTF! Good on you!
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posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 10:22 AM
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I like my ipad for reading, I can read a full length novel in pretty much a day (yes I read that fast and that much), and it makes it convenient for me to carry my favorite books with me when i go somewhere



posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 10:39 AM
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I have always liked technology. And admittedly, I like the idea of a digital and paperless society. Unfortunately, a digital society comes with some nasty caveats. Not the least of which is the complete and total lack of trust I have of those behind that technology, and how they utilize it. Beyond what you mention in the OP, digital media in general opens up a door for a whole new realm of nefarious activity by those who have sold the public on the ease and convenience of it.

What they don't tell you is what they can do with it. Books on millions of digital readers can be "revised" or deleted in an instant. Rights to music and movies you've purchased can be revoked at any time. TV and radio broadcasts can now be edited in near real time. History can be rewritten in a moment. The list could go on and on...

The caveats outweigh the benefits by far. There are already books I can't find hard copies of, and others I can only find "revised". At some point new books will only come in digital, without the ability to print them. As well, all digital media will be sold by "rights to use" instead of ownership.



posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 11:09 AM
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one good thing about people using digital books is that they are getting rid of their real books. the second hand stores are overflowing with books and we have been finding some really good ones for 25 cents. also the university where i work has been selling used books by the pound.



posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 11:33 AM
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Everything worth keeping is written...LOL

I mean come on Twilight? If there is a solar flare and we are back to the steam age and we lost all those books would it be so awful? I have felt since the 90's we needed a reboot anyway we did not really make the kind of progress I wanted to see like flying cars and eco homes!

I say hurray if we loose most of the junk that has been created in the last 10-15 years!



posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 12:52 PM
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One of the ideas that actually scares me is the notion that ebooks will replace paper books to the extent that those who can not afford the somewhat expensive ebook readers, will then not be able to get their hands on knowledge-- effectively keeping the poor stupid for financial reasons.

Regarding EMP -- lately I've been slacking a bit, but often when I'm not using it, my kindle rests in a faraday cage.

No joke.







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