Poll--Is it Time to Replace the Book?

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Should Ereaders Replace Books:

Yes. The time has come!
Not right now, but in a few years they should
No, never!
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Re: Poll--Is it Time to Replace the Book?

Post by anix67 » 01 Apr 2018, 01:36

I don't think that e readers should ever fully replace real books. It is not the same thing and I hope that never happens

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Post by P0tt3ry » 27 Apr 2018, 22:54

Ironically, serious music lovers have always thought that analog equipment (both recording & playback) are superior to digital. I always assumed that the music recording technology was improving, also, but learned a while ago that the quality of an MP3 is good if you listen to one type of music: pop. But if you listen to complex jazz or classical, the quality deteriorates. CDs are way better than MP3s, but still lack the depth that vinyl has.
The way it was explained to me, vinyl has a groove carved into it that mirrors the original sound's waveform. It's analog and comes out of the sound equipment as analog. CDs, DVDs and MP3 captures bits of the analog waveform--so many bits per second--and records it as digital and then converts it back to analog for the sound equipment. Lots of depth and subtle shifts get lost in the process.

I feel the same way about digital books. Only the words get converted, the texture and heft of the book is gone. The ability to flip back and forth between pages or have it automatically open to your favorite section is part of the experience with a printed book. The font and cover and smell of warm paper on a sunny day--all part of the experience. Digital books are useful tools, printed books are joy.

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