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    Default Are books finally outdated?

    I've recently seen tablet PCs and Kindles everywhere. It's almost like I'm the only one who routinely carries at least one hardcover around with me. What do you prefer to read with?



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    Default Re: Are books finally outdated?

    outdated? probably

    but there's still something about hardbacks that I think will always be around just because they have that certain kind of nuance.

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    Default Re: Are books finally outdated?

    If we're smart, they'll never be deemed outdated. Electronics fail. Anything electronic will fail given time. Once they do what's on them is lost forever. Books wont. Only way they can lose what's on them is if it's destroyed. So books should never be considered outdated. All records should have some booked version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GameGeeks View Post
    If we're smart, they'll never be deemed outdated. Electronics fail. Anything electronic will fail given time. Once they do what's on them is lost forever. Books wont. Only way they can lose what's on them is if it's destroyed. So books should never be considered outdated. All records should have some booked version.
    Books have a fairly short half life of a hundred or so years, assuming books not built of cheap fiber like most paperbacks and you don't go to heroic lengths to preserve them. The internet hypothetically has an infinite lifespan, assuming there are always people around to service/replace the machines that it runs on and someone always cares enough to mirror the books.

    Most of the reading I do now-a-days is on my Sony Reader, it's got a great battery life and I can keep various books on hand in case I finish one with out hauling a ton of paper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manhattan_Project_2000 View Post
    Books have a fairly short half life of a hundred or so years, assuming books not built of cheap fiber like most paperbacks and you don't go to heroic lengths to preserve them. The internet hypothetically has an infinite lifespan, assuming there are always people around to service/replace the machines that it runs on and someone always cares enough to mirror the books.

    Most of the reading I do now-a-days is on my Sony Reader, it's got a great battery life and I can keep various books on hand in case I finish one with out hauling a ton of paper.
    That's if you use paper. We have the ability to make a material similar to paper that could age quite well. Though it could also end up being bacteria is the long term solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GameGeeks View Post
    That's if you use paper. We have the ability to make a material similar to paper that could age quite well. Though it could also end up being bacteria is the long term solution.

    http://www.computerworld.com/s/artic...rce=rss_news50
    There are plenty of materials you can suggest other then paper, the problem is that people would still complain that X doesn't look/smell/feel like paper. And every solution that I've heard other then using the replaceable, decentralized internetospheres and cheap, portable playback devices is still either too expensive (engrave everything in precious metal of choice like on the Voyager) and/or has massive scaling issues like, for example, Library of Congress sized Bacteria Farms.
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    @Manhattan_Project_2000 Yes you would. I'd be one of those people with random novels I read. But for long term people shouldn't use that as an excuse since it's not like they'd be reading the records for pleasure. It's more storing knowledge for the future. I'm more thinking synthetic materials then precious metals which would, as you said, be too expensive. And as for bacteria, depends how much they can put on one bacteria. could end up filling a box, but there's no way to know for sure.

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    Default Re: Are books finally outdated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Manhattan_Project_2000 View Post
    Books have a fairly short half life of a hundred or so years, assuming books not built of cheap fiber like most paperbacks and you don't go to heroic lengths to preserve them.
    I have a 105 year old, German, Greek and Roman Mythology book. I've yet to have a flash drive that lasted more than 5 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manhattan_Project_2000 View Post
    Books have a fairly short half life of a hundred or so years, assuming books not built of cheap fiber like most paperbacks and you don't go to heroic lengths to preserve them. The internet hypothetically has an infinite lifespan, assuming there are always people around to service/replace the machines that it runs on and someone always cares enough to mirror the books.
    Electronic files are always more lasting, assuming they're backed up to account for hardware failures, but distribution and consumption or study of the texts can be made into a real pain if non-standard formats are used, like many commercial e-books use for new releases. (The same can be said of file formats which work with obsolete, unavailable software suites.) The problem comes from their (in)compatibility with select pieces of hardware and software.

    In the long run electronic files are nicer for texts' survival, but given the choice between limited reader compatibility and a physical copy for my own use, I'd still take the hardcopy. With a standard or ubiquitous file format, though- PDF, HTML plain-text, etc.- I have no problems with e-books, and in fact prefer them that way.

    I will say that it's easier for me to work from a hardcopy for a class, though.

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    Default Re: Are books finally outdated?

    I'd prefer reading paperback and hardcover. Don't particularly like reading books or even mangas online or on electronics like the kindle. Plus, electronics/internet can't produce that nice book smell when you open the book. Also you don't get adverts in your book, that luminous light glaring at your face, and ,to me, it feels authentic or more real. I can't really explain it.

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    Default Re: Are books finally outdated?

    In my case yes, though in other people's opinions probably not. The only time I ever read books was when I was forced to in school. Does that make me reach the level of moron? Nah, I still feel actually smart even though the last book I read on my own was about 2001.

    I've always liked hard covers better though.
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    Default Re: Are books finally outdated?

    i work in a bookshop so no

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    Default Re: Are books finally outdated?

    I always considered books to be outdated as a form of the sit and relax entertainment since almost everyone I met hasn't read a book unless forced when they went to school.
    But as a way to read, I think books can still match the popularity of ebooks and tablets since like most posters above said, there is a feeling in reading a hardcover that can't be compared to the digital version. Also, you don't have to worry about battery (I always lose track of time when reading) and the glare from the sun when reading outside.
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    I like adapting to new things, e-readers can carry multiple books instead of just one plus they're fun, I have one even thought I NEVER read books.
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    Nah, I prefernbooks unless they're expensive. Also, I mistook kindle for kindling xD

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    Default Re: Are books finally outdated?

    I was thinking of buying an Amazon Kindle to get my text books instead of spending $200 or more on books every semester. Didn't happen; the only book I could find was $20 more than the hard-copy. I would definitely be open to "upgrading" to an electronic reading device, but it's just not worth it right now. However, I have seriously been considering buying A Dance with Dragons on iTunes. $35 for a 3 day read is really not worth it.

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    Default Re: Are books finally outdated?

    No. Never. E-readers can die a burny death.

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    Default Re: Are books finally outdated?

    In my opinion: No. My only thing is if there's a power outage, you'll only be able to use it for a limited amount of time. Plus i loose track of time reading, so i don't think a Kindle would be good for me. Even though i have a few gigabyte's of books/comics/manga on my laptop and my flashdrive, i'd rather much have some hardcover or paperback books lying around. Like what's been said already, something about actually holding that book in your hands seems so much better than reading on a screen.
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    Default Re: Are books finally outdated?

    I prefer to read with hardcover books, but I read paperback books as well. I also always have at least one paperback or hardcover on me whenever I'm out.
    @Ensifer , I know exactly what you mean when you say that

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    Default Re: Are books finally outdated?

    i dont think so , but then again i still support books. i like paperbacks.



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    Default Re: Are books finally outdated?

    Nope. never. i wouold prefer a hardcover over some electronic book any day. as Gamegeeks said "Electronics fail. Anything electronic will fail given time. "

    I completely agree with this.

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    Default Re: Are books finally outdated?

    Old fashioned perhaps, but I wouldn't say they're obsolete quite yet. I love e-books and online reading. The ease of use, sharing and convenience is just too much to deny, especially to a student. Sitting down and actually sharing a couple of hours with a nice hard cover book is an entirely different experience for me though. It's getting really difficult lately to find anyone around me that reads for enjoyment, regardless of the medium. If we are talking reading for pleasure, I prefer hard cover/paperback copies.

    I was actually able to pick up a half dozen hard cover sci-fi novels last week for next to nothing...at a Borders "Going out of business" sale. Bitter-sweet.

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    Default Re: Are books finally outdated?

    Books are definitely not outdated yet.
    However, I personally prefer to read on the internet.

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    Default Re: Are books finally outdated?

    I still use books.
    Hardback and paper back. I just like the feeling of caring a book around with me. Also I love to collect them, we have a sort or a library in my sisters room.

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    Default Re: Are books finally outdated?

    It's true that I use ebooks more often than traditional books. But i still prefer traditional ones it's more relaxing and there's something about it that makes it more special. Thing is though ebooks are cheap and easy to get. Much easier than going to the bookstore to buy or going to the library to borrow. Besides, if I have a copy of all the books I've read, my room would have been swamped by now.

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