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Of Reading and e-reading [Jul. 30th, 2010|12:16 pm]
Tomas Gallucci
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Of Reading
I don't know where it has come from, but I've been bitten by the reading bug. This month alone, I've read The Game, the majority of Sperm Wars, re-read Stephen King's On Writing, Lay Down with Dogs and about half of my old ethics textbook A Gift of Fire.

This does not count my reading (currently 170 pages) of Making of America. There was good motivation plus timing involved in tackling this tome. The motivation is two-fold. First, I spent $40 on the book, (seems like I bought The Real George Washington, The Real Benjamin Franklin, and The Real Thomas Jefferson along with Making of America at the Constitution Seminar last November for a grand total of $60 all in, but that figure seems low. Either way, I paid good money for the tomes, and by God, I ought to read them so I can get my money's worth out of them.

The other, more pressing motivation is that a co-worker showed me a superb video discussing the Fifth Amendment. This sparked in me a renewed interest to know what my rights are which lead to me reading the book I had purchased (Making of America) that had a brief (220+ page) history and overview of the Constitution and then goes through the document clause by clause for the next 500 pages.

The timing aspect is that I don't currently have my American History textbook and I wanted to read a non-secular tome on the subject so I had a point of reference.

Which leads me to…

e-readers
As much as I've personally kicked against e-readers, I want one. Well, actually two, courtesy of Cranky Geeks.

For a while now, I've wanted to go back and do some follow up blogs on e-readers. I gave my initial take on the iPad (you should compare this to Keith 's [of Scrivener fame!] dissertation on the subject) but I want to say more. I wanted to compare the devices and I also wanted to collect and share my thoughts on e-textbooks. Of course, we all know the rule: now that I've said I should write about it, I won't.

So @strages has been bringing his Kindle 2 to B n' B. Having finally been afforded the opportunity to hold the device courtesy of Target, I'm now very much inclined to get an e-reader, specifically the Kindle. Of course, I want an iPad and would be more than willing to swap value for value for my blogging. But the more that I've thought about the iPad, the more I realize that @strages was right: the iPad and Kindle aren't in the same product class. Granted, my biggest hang up on the Kindle right now is that it isn't backlit, thus requiring light to read off of the device; the iPad does not have this handicap. Of course, the iPad's display is LED, but let's not quarrel over such trifles.

Both Tim Bajarin and Rob Enderle made the point that since they have bought their e-readers that they are reading ten times as much content as they did prior to the e-readers. They then went on to say that studies have shown that this is typical for people who adopt e-reader devices.

My plan all along has been to get an e-reader upon going back to school. This isn't about being cool or reading texts on an e-reader. No, this is is about reading in general and consuming the books I want to read faster and easier. Tomes like The Federalist Papers, Atlas Shrugged, A Patriot's History of the United States and Cryptonomicon.

So yeah, I'd like a nice flashy iPad–otherwise known as a portable computer that also functions as an e-reader. But I'll settle for a Kindle given it's price point. I'm just going to bitch about having an electronic device that doesn't have the option to be backlit so I don't have to have lights on to use the damned thing.
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[User Picture]From: gradumacated
2010-07-30 05:44 pm (UTC)

E-readers

What about Barnes & Noble's Nook? I got it for Texas, and it seems to work like a charm.

Of course, now that I've given it to her she hasn't/won't pick it up (though apparently she's a) going to get me one and b) is planning on using it a lot on the way to and from our honeymoon) so I can't say that she's reading more because of it - though with wedding stuff I guess it's understandable. Eh, I'm never going to understand her.

ANYWAYS!

Do you think you'll look into the Nook? However, it sounds like you'll be wanting the iPad for it's dual functions with word-processing and browsing capability, so it may be the best option for you.

Best of luck to you, sir!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-07-30 05:56 pm (UTC)

Re: E-readers

I do intend to blog about this, but the short answer is, I don't like the Nook. It's too heavy. Too big for one-handed holding, to small for two. The screen won't rotate and the touch screen at the bottom needs work (plan to expound on this point in my upcoming blog which will run on The Watchful.

I plan on getting a Kindle with birthday money/student loans AFTER I secure a Time Capsule.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2010-07-30 07:06 pm (UTC)
Now I'm by no means a god, but I can't remember in all my years of reading that I've ever had a reason to create light from darkness to read, other than flipping on a goddamn lightswitch.

This is one of those things where you're going to miss out on something fantastic because you get caught up in the stupid.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-07-31 02:49 pm (UTC)
I didn't say I wouldn't buy a Kindle. What I said was that to me, one of the CONs of the device is that it doesn't provide it's own light source. This means that if you're in a situation where there's poor lighting, like, for instance, riding in a car at night, turning on a light may be disadvantageous. Early morning or late night reads in bed when you don't want to wake your spouse or the rest of the house come to mind as well.

I'm simply saying that since this is an electronic device, the fact that it doesn't produce illumination ought to go in the minus column.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2010-07-30 07:55 pm (UTC)
In looking at the difference between the Nook and Kobo for my wife, I've decided on the Kobo because, as you know the Kobo is sold at Border's and the Nook is sold at Barnes & Noble and even though I like Barnes & Noble better AND they are integrated with Amazon which is a real plus, I was in Barnes & Noble at the mall one day and I saw some skate rats thumbing through the manga section and you know how much I dislike skate rats. Oh, and there was a Asian dude there picking his nose! HELLO! No thank you to the Asian man so you see why the Kobo is a better purchase.
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[User Picture]From: celtmanx
2010-07-31 02:01 am (UTC)
Frankly no. It seems all convoluted and confusing to me. You should just compare the devices attributes, positive and negative and then make your decision.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2010-07-31 04:06 am (UTC)
There's this new book I want to read, but because it doesn't glow in the dark, they can go fuck themselves if they think I'm going to buy it.

Why the *fuck* should I have to have lights on to read a book? Its like the ENTIRE WORLD HAS GONE INSANE!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-01-10 10:27 pm (UTC)
Barnes and Nobel isn't integrated with Amazon: Amazon is their direct competitor!
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[User Picture]From: celtmanx
2010-07-31 02:08 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you are reading. Reading is good for the mind and soul. I'm almost finished with The Three Musketeers myself.

By the way, there is a funny video here you should watch it.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2010-07-31 04:06 am (UTC)
I love your avatar. You're so cool.
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[User Picture]From: celtmanx
2010-07-31 04:10 am (UTC)
Thanks I like yours too!!! This avatar has that kid from Home Alone in it. Have you seen that video yet???

Edited at 2010-07-31 04:12 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2010-07-31 04:25 am (UTC)
Not yet.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-07-31 02:52 pm (UTC)
Paul Avery: What do you do for fun?
Robert Graysmith: I love to read.
Paul Avery: Mhmm.
Robert Graysmith: Umm, I enjoy books.
Paul Avery: Those are the same things.



Edited at 2010-07-31 02:53 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-07-31 02:53 pm (UTC)
By the way, there is a funny video here you should watch it.
*yawns*
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[User Picture]From: celtmanx
2010-07-31 04:39 pm (UTC)
See this is how you FAIL!!! You have no sense of humor.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-07-31 04:46 pm (UTC)
The clip wasn't a belly laugh.
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[User Picture]From: celtmanx
2010-07-31 06:08 pm (UTC)
I see now. The humor was too complex for you. You should start with the Three Stooges then.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfGWPpPy0uw

Look I used one of my Macaulay Culkin avatars.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-07-31 02:59 pm (UTC)
I've tried to get through the unabridged Count of Monte Cristo. I got about a third of the way in. It's a tough read. Thankfully, though, it's not as bad as trying to read Herman Melville or Lew Wallace.
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