Books On Paper

I know I have talked about e-readers in the past and I could tell you a million reasons to have one. But today I am going old school and I am going to tell you why it is also nice to have a paper book.

On Tuesday I had the great pleasure of meeting and hearing a author in person. I have been reading her books for years and always waiting for the next book in the series to be released.

After the talk there was a book signing. Now if I had my handy dandy e-reader where would she have signed it. What happens one day when I buy a new e-reader? What happens if my e-reader breaks? These are all the thoughts that ran through my head as I was buying two of her books. The author by the way is J.A. Jance.

My hard back books are like treasures to me. I keep them all of them on book shelfs even though I will most likely never re-read them. Now I have one with a autograph.

I still love my kindle and I read it everyday. It is nice to travel with such a collection of books. It even allows me to sometimes read two books at once. I will have a good fiction going the same time I have a important non-fiction going to learn something new.

At the end of the day, Kindle, E-Readers or Books as long as you have something in your hands and you are pouring knowledge or just enjoyment into your brain then you are doing well. I feel if we don’t excise it then it may just stop working to soon. Reading this blog each day also helps. At least I hope to get the mind churning.

Kindle Books

 

Audio Books

I don’t know if you currently read books? But I have been reading a lot lately part of my up coming New Years Resolution is to read more novels this year. I am normally lucky to read eight books a year and this coming year I am shooting for fifteen.

With that said; I have been playing around a little with audio books. Once called books on tape these have not become books on MP3’s. I wanted to give you some of my thoughts on this media.

Let’s begin with the price. If you sign up for the major audio book dealer on the Internet, you know their name they advertise everywhere. You will be shelling out about fifteen dollars a month for one book. I have searched and search the Internet and the price is pretty much set in stone. I guess they have a lot of people to pay out of that money. The author, the talent who reads and then of course the company selling the audio book.

You can burrow audio books from your local library, all you need is a library card. You can also burrow them from friends.

My issue with my love and hate relationship with audio books. First they are extremely slow. Most books seem like a minute or more per sentence. Sometimes the reader will be mono tone, but other times you will get an upbeat reader who uses voices for each character in the book. I do enjoy the convince of being able to listen to my books while driving, cooking dinner and even mowing the grass. If you have never tried an audio book then I urge you to grab something and tune in.

Audio Books

EReaders Or Not

This has always been one of those cross roads for me. I have a ereader which is my second that I have owned and I am looking forward to my third. Unlike books them selfs the ereader always gets better and better all of the time. They are in fact just like any technology they get upgraded and then you feel that you want the newest one.

Is the ereader really what you want in your hands? Let’s dig into some reasons you may want one and some of the reasons you may not want one.

The ereader can hold many many books at one time. So when you leave the house you will never be with out something to read. Also you can find free books from Google books or just by doing a Google search. You will also find FREE books at the site where you bought your ereader from. The downside is that you have to remember to charge your ereader. When you travel you have to remember to pack another power plug.

The paper book is the old stand by. I have talked to many people concerning this topic and a lot still prefer the paper book over the ereader. One reason I hear is that you can buy a lot of books for the cost of the ereader alone. Although this is true you would need a large bag and strong arms to carry all the books you maybe taking on a trip. At this time I have maybe 15 books on my ereader. I have a friend that has over 500 books on her ereader.

At the end of the day it is really your choice. I don’t think that you will see the paper books go away anytime soon like what happened to the vinyl records. I still enjoy both and I have as I said my second ereader my first was a nook and it never held up after 7 months of use. But I still buys paper books for my collection. Books are many times like old friends and the make us feel safe and somehow secure when we wrap up in a blanket on a cool evening and sit by the fire to read. As long as you are reading you are making a positive movement to your future.

EReaders