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Power Outage due to Storms

Post by Clinical1 » 22 Mar 2018, 13:28

I read almost exclusively on Kindle app on phone or MS surface. We have been 24 hours without power. I have a generator, so my devices stay charged. Not everyone does. Do you worry you won't have access to books when power is out?

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Post by EllieA » 24 Mar 2018, 21:09

I keep a pretty large physical library as well, so I don't worry too much about what to read when the power goes out. But in this digital age, one great thing I have noticed is how neighbors come together-- there is always someone offering their power for others to charge phones or necessary devices. I hope that if anyone needed a quick charge, someone in their neighborhood would offer a "charging station!"

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Post by ValBookReviews » 28 Mar 2018, 18:51

Unfortunately that is my concern. I some time worry due to this digital age. Especially if it interferes with my reading goals.
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Post by KasieMiehlke » 23 Apr 2018, 10:08

EllieA wrote:
24 Mar 2018, 21:09
I keep a pretty large physical library as well, so I don't worry too much about what to read when the power goes out. But in this digital age, one great thing I have noticed is how neighbors come together-- there is always someone offering their power for others to charge phones or necessary devices. I hope that if anyone needed a quick charge, someone in their neighborhood would offer a "charging station!"
I live in Michigan so power outages are a norm, so I have a large physical library as well. I also notice people coming together. We lost power for days before, some areas not having power for over a week and everyone helped each other out. It was refreshing to see.

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Post by Tzara Drusak » 27 Apr 2018, 14:27

Power outages caused by storms are frequent where I live too. It used to be extremely annoying because I'd have tons of things I would need to do digitally and the batteries would be mostly dead. I got two generators to minimize the inconvenience caused but before I did, I would charge the batteries beforehand, take them out of the devices and use the laptop with the cord plugged in.

This was hell on my electricity bill, so that had a more negative impact than anything else, and the other devices like the PC and the tablets couldn't do the same thing. I do have an extensive physical library but I've read every book there and only some were worth rereading. Like I said, I got the generator to fix my problems, and invested in some really good portable chargers.
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Post by P0tt3ry » 27 Apr 2018, 22:36

If you live in the American Midwest, power outages are part of life. We have a lot of thunderstorms and high winds. I charge everything in the evening and have several spare batteries--those externals that have USB and micro ports. There are also two physical libraries; one in my office and one in my husband's.

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Post by Shrabastee » 02 May 2018, 03:13

That's one of the reasons why I still haven't gotten around reading the few printed books I bought months ago. I mostly read in my cell phone or laptop, since I can carry them anywhere, but I tend to save my printed books for such 'bad weather' days, when I cannot access the ebooks. People do not understand this behaviour, they are always like- 'why do you buy books if you're not reading them?' (and I am reading, but only the electronic versions). I think it is some kind of a survival strategy from my part- to tide over bad days.Is it weird?

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Post by Nanig83006 » 07 Jul 2018, 17:49

We don't have many power outages here and we're lucky they don't last long when they do occur, but we've yet to face a low charge issues. I have a love of physical books so I don't have to worry about being without, but I would hate to be in the middle of an ebook with low battery and the power cut out. :lol2:

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Post by Eryn Bradshaw » 07 Jul 2018, 18:09

I think my biggest concern with a power outage is having no internet to buy more books! Just thankful we have internet on a phone so we have some internet in case power does go out. I'd think if I ran out of power though, I'd have to sit in the car for a while to recharge my phone. No backup generators here.
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Post by Lil Reads » 12 Jul 2018, 00:36

Aryastark wrote:
02 May 2018, 03:13
That's one of the reasons why I still haven't gotten around reading the few printed books I bought months ago. I mostly read in my cell phone or laptop, since I can carry them anywhere, but I tend to save my printed books for such 'bad weather' days, when I cannot access the ebooks. People do not understand this behaviour, they are always like- 'why do you buy books if you're not reading them?' (and I am reading, but only the electronic versions). I think it is some kind of a survival strategy from my part- to tide over bad days.Is it weird?
It is not weird; especially when storm damage can really limit access to the internet or even just the ability to recharge something to read a saved book.

The only problem is making sure there are enough batteries for booklights; I've burned through too many booklights to count.
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Post by acupofsubtletea » 16 Jul 2018, 19:46

As someone who lives in Florida and has experienced lots of long power outages thanks to hurricanes, this is often a fear of mine. I always have a ton of ebooks on my phone, but I also have quite a large library of physical books. They may not always be as high of priority books for me to read, but I’ve always got a stack of books ready to be read when physical books are the better way to go.

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Post by Bukari » 19 Jul 2018, 14:57

Oh! It is clear that most of us have a challenge when there is a power outage.
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Post by history100 » 19 Jul 2018, 15:15

If I know that storms are coming I make a point of charging my devices. I want to make sure that I start off with a full charge all around.

I also have "real" books but that isn't enough if the power goes out at night. I have a few book light readers so I can still read in the dark. A flashlight works but using a clip-on LED book light is more comfortable.
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Post by kinjoz » 14 Aug 2018, 16:04

I don't really worry whenever there is a power outage. This is where paperbacks come in handy. I just pick one and read instead of going for the ebooks to conserve the remaining charge on my devices. I have almost always made sure I had a new book on my shelves for moments when something like that happens or when I simply wish to rest my eyes a bit.

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Post by Oulababe » 12 Sep 2018, 14:56

Sometimes I do worry about power outages but I usually have a hard copy of a different book to keep me busy if that happens.

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