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Would you be interested in switching to e-books?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 27, 2006

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“I would say no. I like having my book. I don’t have to rely on a computer, so I’m not limited to when or where I study.”

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“No. I wouldn’t want to be staring at a computer screen all the time. I like the idea of buying textbooks online, but I want a hard copy to take with me.”

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“Economically it sounds great because textbooks are so expensive, but it hurts my eyes to look at a computer screen for extended periods of time.”

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“I might, but I think I would get tired of staring at the computer. I would have to try one out to know for sure.”

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hodgeca 7 years, 7 months ago

One thing that nobody seems to have experienced is an eBook reader. The newest of these are e-Ink devices, that are about the size of a paperback novel, extremely light, and they have innovative display technology that reads like paper (extremely easy on the eyes). These devices can easily hold all of your text books, referrence books, leisure reading, with room left for your favorite music or pictures of your cat wearing your dorm mate's underwear. Plus you can take notes in the margins of your book on the touchscreen, or hook up an external keyboard to really get down every utterance of your favorite professor. eBooks can be downloaded to the device, so that you do not need to be online while you read. I can tell you an obscene amount about eBooks, because I work with an eBook company - but we do not publish textbooks. I beleive that the BEST use of this technology is within the school system. To check out some eBooks for fun, take a look at www.DPPstore.com. To find out more about eBooks, go to www.Teleread.org/blog or check out www.DPPebookstore.blogspot.com.

-Catherine Hodge (DPPstore)

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gccs14r 7 years, 7 months ago

Depends on how they're formatted. I can't stand online docs that are formatted for printing.

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Purell 7 years, 7 months ago

Opps, sorry to get your hopes up. It's still there.

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Purell 7 years, 7 months ago

Guess who isn't here anymore?

Thanks,

Purell

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Pywacket 7 years, 7 months ago

Oh, lord, no. It's bad enough falling asleep in bed while reading a real book and having it fall on your face. Imagine a laptop.

What am I currently reading? "Water for Elephants," by Sara Gruen.

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ms_canada 7 years, 7 months ago

paladin - thanks for providing that info about the Naval school. I did not look it up. All I knew was that Vali Nasr lives in La Jolla. It is an excellent book.

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badger 7 years, 7 months ago

I like e-books. I especially like the gutenberg project (www.gutenberg.org), which prints public domain books online. I can load them onto my Palm and take them anywhere, and the other day I sat through a really dull meeting reading Bronte under the pretext of taking notes.

I'm currently reading "Jane Eyre" (e-book), a Charlaine Harris hardback, and "SQL on SQL Server 2005" (combination of print and electronic media).

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bendaddy 7 years, 7 months ago

I probably couldn't study a course from an ebook because there is so much helpful information in the diagrams and sidebars. For pleasure reading, though, (novels and non-fiction, news stories) I much prefer an e-book. When I read from paper, I am always bending and tilting to get good light on the words. What I've enjoyed about e-books (on a backlit PDA) is always having enough light in a comfortable position, even in bed when my wife is sleeping. Just a mere twitch of a finger to turn the page. . .

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YourItalianPrincess 7 years, 7 months ago

No, because I enjoy sitting on the couch and reading.

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paladin 7 years, 7 months ago

That's an excellent book, by the way.

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paladin 7 years, 7 months ago

The Naval Post Graduate School is in Monterey, in California.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 7 months ago

MS_C, still on last part of #6 of the Camalaud Chronicles...yes, I'll finish it this year as my sis has bought #s 7 & 8 and I'll want to read them. I've also started Ken Follets "Jackdaws" because I've never gotten around to reading that (even though Ken Follet is on of my faves). Also reading Frommer's "Hawaii" for some research I'm doing. Other than that, just researching stuff on the web (kinda like you).

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ms_canada 7 years, 7 months ago

Has anayone noticed that none of us posters has answered the days second question, What are you reading? I am reading the same book as last week, I have been busy. I am reading The Shia Revival: How Conflicts Within Islam will Shape the Future by Vali Nasr, Professor of Middle East and South Asia Studies at the Naval Post Graduate School near San Diego. It is very interesting and explains much of the mind set of the people who our lovely young men and women are being killed by in the Mid East. Yours in Iraq ours in Aphganistan. We lost another one yesterday.

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prospector 7 years, 7 months ago

I started using this and I can see it might work for some. Me, I am having a hard time getting the yellow highlight off my screen.

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paladin 7 years, 7 months ago

Since I'm trying to learn Chinese, it would probly be a good thing. I think Chinese for Weenie, or Weiner, is Weinel.

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average 7 years, 7 months ago

No. Either I own something I or don't. With a physical book, I can keep it indefinetly, or I can sell it to someone (even aside from the used-book racket... even out-of-date... I am allowed to sell it to a third party).

Many of the e-books out there, you own nothing. The content expires at the end of the semester. You are not allowed to sell it. Even if the content doesn't expire, the chances are very good that you won't be able to access the content... only readable (rights-managed) by some crappy software written by a ten-year-defunct company for a fifteen year old computer.

What I would like to see is more readings for classes... handouts, public domain, and fair use cuttings... provided online as part of the class. I for one don't mind reading on the computer.

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Thrag 7 years, 7 months ago

Hard buks gud but for studi E-buks betr. Old buks gud and gud for reading.

Thrag lik mysteri buks, histery buks, crim buks.

Thrag lik old buks.

Librari not go way.

Old buks gud but e-buks betr for studi.

Thrag e-publish 2 buks. Get many shini stones. Hard buk guy sez no print Thrag buk so Thrag print own buk.

Wer hard buk guy? No wer!

Thrag Neanderthal!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 7 months ago

OMB, All I see on your shelves are fomites.....

By not destroying those old books, you are unwittingly keeping vectors for pestilence at the ready.

E-books would help to stop the spread of horrific diseases.

It's too hard to turn a page with your elbow.

I don't wouldn't want to carry a bottle of purell on my keychain like your everyday weenie roaster.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 7 months ago

Thrag, We would never acuse you of being "stoopid." Some of us just love being able to "snuggle in" with a good book. Some of us like to see it standing on a shelf next to other favorite books...looking all pretty.

I do think that there is a place for e-books. The ? merely asked us if we wanted to "switch." Vague, at best. My daughter is getting a "smart board" in her classroom. The teacher can ask a ? and every child is given a remote control. The teacher will be able to monitor which children are participating in class and which ones are actually understanding the subject. The other students in class will not know who is who. Now this, I think is pretty cool. No chalk dust and it gives all the students equal opportunity to participate...not just the one who gets "called on."

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paladin 7 years, 7 months ago

I think you would roast a weenie any chance you got.

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Thrag 7 years, 7 months ago

Thrag sez E-buks gud. When Thrag yung coleg cave man hurt bak toting hard buks. Nic to hav CD-ROM with buk then only print pags needed for klas that day. Can always print what need to study harder. Nice tu go tu klas with only notbuk, pen an laptop.

Also can tak laptop to girlfrens cave an study between tims.

Werld go e-buk anyway so wi fite it?

Thrag Neanderthal not reziztant tu chang an not stoopid.

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one_more_bob 7 years, 7 months ago

There are books in my shelves as old as 160 years. They require no power source other than enough visible light to make the pages readable. With reasonable care, they will be good for another 50 years. There is a sort of tactile thrill to turn the pages of a book that was printed a century or so ago & connect with all the other people who's hands have turned those same pages.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 7 months ago

How would Lawrence hold it's annual book burning celebration? It would require too much fuel to ignite all those laptops and the smell would simply be awful. Plus, I wouldn't want to roast a weenie over those toxic flames.

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ms_canada 7 years, 7 months ago

Although I do a lot of reading online, it is mostly reference study of history and stuff. I would not want to do all of my reading sitting in front of a computor. I like to lie down on the couch and read or sit in a deck chair in the sun. (or shade) When reading historical novels, I usually turn to the computor to check out the veracity of the historical inclusions in the novel.

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bmwjhawk 7 years, 7 months ago

No way. Words have less power when shown on a screen. They can be deleted and altered with hardly any effort at all. Books, somehow, feel like something of substance. Wouldn't you find a book more powerful if it were engraved on a stone tablet? Well, it would be heavy, at least. Books are more practical than stone tablets, but they hold an aura of substance. Computer images are fleeting.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 7 months ago

If one would "hit the books", wouldn't that break something?

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H_Lecter 7 years, 7 months ago

I want to get ebooks programmed into the heads-up display on my car so I can read them while I'm driving.

It is so hard to hold a book, especially while I'm on the phone and trying to navigate a roundabout.

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Nikki May 7 years, 7 months ago

Well, I'm not a student right now, but either way, I'd not do it. It might not be so bad if you had a laptop, but no, not my idea of easy.

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goatdog 7 years, 7 months ago

So tell me christian pigs! When will your darling George Bush enjoy his opencar motorcade parade through the downtown streets of your "liberated" Baghdad? Isn't he brave? Doesn't he make you proud? I sure hope it's televised live.

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