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Comment author: [deleted] 03 March 2015 08:53:45PM 9 points [-]

I want a leatherbound hardcopy. This is not fanboyism. I very, very bad at reading on my tablet or laptop, too many distractions. I take a paper book, go to bed, shut out everything, and read even the hardest topics. The leatherbound part is part sentimental, part rational: I think I want to leave a heirloom of great books in durable versions to my daughter.

Comment author: Coscott 04 March 2015 03:28:04AM 12 points [-]

I want a leatherbound hardcopy. This is fanboyism.

Comment author: Vaniver 04 March 2015 05:34:50PM *  2 points [-]

I very, very bad at reading on my tablet or laptop, too many distractions. I take a paper book, go to bed, shut out everything, and read even the hardest topics.

I am a book fanboy, who has a deep and abiding admiration for physical libraries. Nevertheless, I have found the e-ink Kindle to be an adequate book substitute, and this is particularly true for long-form books. Among other things, there's no backlight, so I can use a red lamp and not inhibit melatonin production. Since Amazon is running a sale on it now, I think it's worth getting a Kindle to try it out--if you end up liking it enough to switch, the eventual savings of buying cheaper versions of books will pay for the Kindle fairly quickly.

I'm reading through the Romance of Three Kingdoms right now, and while my translation (downloaded for free!) occupies well over a thousand pages, the Kindle takes up the same amount of hand-space as always. And when I want to switch to any of the other books I'm reading, they're a few button presses away.

Comment author: [deleted] 05 March 2015 09:26:13AM *  3 points [-]

Thanks for the idea. I don't actually buy much paper books as my mother has thousands of old ones, and already we moved about five hundred into our apartment, and for newer stuff that is occasionally interesting I rather I tend to pirate e-books, not buy them, partially out of anti-IP principle and partially as savings. Although less and less, as for learning things it seems there is less and less need to get books as they are put into online articles etc. and as for literature IMHO the older was better anyway. Still, I avoid any device with DRM or generally not being very open for a wide variety of pirated file formats, and I am not sure about Kindle in this regard. Generally I am suspicious about major manufacturers like Apple or Amazon, they tend to like DRM / anti-piracy and try to enforce it one way or another. I like cheap Chinese products who don't give a hoot about it because their culture is sensible enough to find IP violations normal, in fact the manufacturers themselves often "stealing" (i.e. ignoring the artificial monopoly of) patents and suchlike.