Chuck, I've got a favorite corner of the small couch with a reading lamp and a stack of books I'm currently reading. One of my friends who likes her e-book for fiction says it's easier to read in bed than a book, especially anything larger than a mass market paperback. She's got a point--I don't even try to read hardbound books in bed.
I agree about the look, feel and smell of a printed book, Ann. I have a favorite chair with a reading lamp where I read books. Electronic books could probably work just as well in that chair and under that lamp, but it wouldn't feel the same.
That's a funny story, Chuck. Maybe you will lose the second one, too :) I like the way books look, feel and smell--I love the smell of new print, especially aggregated in a book store. It beats the heck out of the smell of new electronics.
I've been given two e-book readers as presents, Ann. I lost the first and have gone seven months without reading a book on the second. Maybe it's just a matter of cultivating a new habit, but I still like my paper books.
I'm a paper book lover too, Rob. I don't thin k this is just generational: I know several people older than me who really like Kindle. But they read mostly popular fiction and are happy they don't need to keep copies of the books since they don't plan to re-read them. Most of my books are non-fiction, plus some fiction I definitely want to read again.
If you like books that offer an engineer's perspective with an artistic touch, taimoortariq, look for a book called, "To Engineer Is Human." It was written by Henry Petroski, who also wrote a blog for Design News a couple of years ago. One of my favorite engineering books.
Quite an interesting article rob, it is almost nostalgic to me. With all the information shared, we engineers have gone through the same thing, it would be nice to read something we can relate to directly, it always adds interest. And to read both the engineers perspective with an artistic touch seems very interesting. Looking forward to reading it.
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