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    would you read a 'nook'?

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by mammamaia, Jun 21, 2010.

    add that b&n gem to the list of 'silly new names' that already includes the barfing-noise-like 'blook'!

    who/what comes up with these things, anyway? [where's an upchuck smiley when i need one?]
     
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    I might sit in a nook to read a book
    But I would not deign to read a nook.
     
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    Anything proclaiming itself a "nook" or "blook" or any other stupid name, would be ignored by me.

    As for a serialised novel on a blog, it would depend. If it was good quality, and the posts of a reasonably short length, I may be interested, and tune in regularly for the updates. But it would have to be good quality to keep my interest for the whole thing.
     
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    It's a little too pricey.... I'll stick with the good old fashioned book, thank you very much. You can get those at the library for free.
     
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    Huh? Who's charging to view blog content? :confused:
     
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    I'm confused.... Isn't the Nook this eBook reader thingy? Yes, you can use it to read blogs, but the Nook itself costs big bank.
     
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    I've heard some negative things about the Nook, though I'm an Amazon Kindle owner. The only reason I decided to buy it is because owning a few hundred books is more of a hassle than a blessing right now. My library is still sitting in a box somewhere in my closet, yet to be opened purely because I have nowhere to put them.

    I imagine one day have a nice house with a library of sorts, but until then I'm stuck in a tiny apartment. Admittedly, while the Kindle does the job, I prefer a normal book.
     
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    Heh :redface: I assumed it was another of these stupid names for a novel on a blog. Guess I should check before I comment.


    As a more informed comment, no, I probably wouldn't bother with one. Aside from the expense of one, I don't really like the idea of an electronic book in general. I blogged about it a while ago, but there's just something missing from the overall experience.
     
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    Diary of a Pornstore Clerk and The Bartender Diaries are two highly popular blooks (stands for blog book right guys?) that were published.

    I say we only have more of this in the future. We should kill ourselves now so we won't have to face the day when our kid's homework include materials from blogs.
     
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    Glad I'm not the only one who made that error.
     
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    ^@Nobeler Than Lettuce, One of my A-level english language exams was based on a blog-post, entitled 'Baghdad Burning'. It's already happening, dude.

    Personally I wouldn't get the same satisfaction reading a novel in Ebook format as I would with a paperback. I just love the feeling I get as I turn the last page, and it's always great to have some reading material in my bag when I go out. I don't like digital reading formats unless it's blogs or flashfiction, really. Anything I can read quickly in one sititng.
     
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    Bah. Well, what I said still kind of makes sense. They both got paper publication. Which I found interesting, especially since these "diaries" are likely embellished or at worst, completely fictitious.

    But you know, I would LOVE myself an IPad with a library of public domain books. They have free book reader apps, and some free apps which come with something close to 35,000 books. Since I mostly don't follow contemporary authors anyway, a searchable, holdable (squeezable) bunch of old classics would be all I need.
     
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    There is something wonderful about actually holding and feeling a book; also, is it strange that I love the way books smell? I get bored reading things online which is why I'm such a big fan of tl;dr. There's something about text on a screen that can't hold my attention.

    Also, it is a lot easier, lighter, and cheaper to carry around a book than it is to lug around a laptop or any of that new fangled technology. Pleh.
     
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    Let's not judge a blook by its cover ;)
     
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    I would never read a "nook". Electronic books take away from the experience of reading a book. It makes it too tech-y. Books are about the story, not the technology. Let's keep it that way.
     
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    hear, hear!

    ok, so i know the argument for technology that goes something like this:

    well, first humans wrote their stories on their cave walls, then parchment and paper came along, so they started using ink on portable mss... then the printing press started turning out books, so the nook/kindle abomination is merely the next step in an unstoppable process of evolution...

    and y'know what?... i'm just happy that i'm so much older than 99.9% of you that i won't have to see the day arrive when more people read on a machine, then from a printed page!
     
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    To slightly digress (and hopefully not bump the post), where do you stand on audio books?
     
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    That's a pretty good point, but just how some people prefer Vinyl over MP3's, I think there will always be a substantial amount of people who will prefer written, ink and paper books.

    I'm not at all a fan of audio books. The voice sort of ruins it for me, I'm used to having everyone have the voice I give them in my head and not something else. I do, however, deeply appreciate the technology.
     
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    Well, if a 'nook' is one of those electronic book reader thingies, they are incredibly useful since it is so expensive and time consuming to order books by post. I often go all the way through the ordering process to then be told 'we do not deliver to your area' (Turkey). It is much easier to keep up to date with recent publications nowadays. There is also a lot of interesting stuff out there to read electronically--speaking here about academic writing as well as blogs.

    However, they will never never never replace the comfort and thrill of having an actual book in my hand, so they are certainly not a replacement. I love the look of lines of full bookshelves in my house as well. I would never be forced to use electronic ghizmos if I lived in mainland Europe.
     
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    I love audio books, but that's probably because I learn best through hearing things (auditory learner). Some readers/narrators can ruin a book, others can enhance it.
     
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    I think some audio books are so well read they add depth to the written text.
     
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    I like audio books. Well. I listen to a lot of podcasts, of short stories. It's great for when you can't be bothered to actually read it yourself. On the train I can just sit back and enjoy.
     
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    And probably the the most important step was oral tradition. People learned stories and songs by heart so they could recount them (perhaps that is why verse was so important; it made it harder to leave out a word or two by mistake).

    There were those in antiquity who complained that people used this new invention, writing, and neglected training their memory.
     
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    I never liked audiobooks because I always read at a faster speed than the narrator.
     
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    i would never resort to audio books, unless i lost my sight and couldn't learn braille... i don't want to hear someone else's interpretation of the text, want to be able to 'hear' the words in my head in my own 'voice' and with my own take on how it should be heard...
     

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