Polls & Quizzes -  Which Would You Rather Give Up? (1138 views) Notify me whenever anyone posts in this discussion.Subscribe
 
From: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host5/25/18 5:47 PM 
To: kizmet1  (16 of 80) 
 3738.16 in reply to 3738.12 

I love my print books ... but I've grown really really fond of my kindle.  Yes, you do have to buy one.  All the book places ..amazon ...barnes & noble ... etc have their own version of an e-reader.  I happen to like amazon because the book choices are jut never ending.  You will need wi-fi.  You order an e-book and seconds later it will download to your kindle.

I know nothing of tablets ..have never had one. SO I'm not sure what you can and cannot do with one.

 
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From: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host5/25/18 5:48 PM 
To: Song~ (_Song_) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (17 of 80) 
 3738.17 in reply to 3738.13 

I can't give up my computer ... I use it for so many things.  And  can download to my kindle ... or to my kindle online.

 

 
From: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host5/25/18 5:48 PM 
To: Tedster (MARCIASC)  (18 of 80) 
 3738.18 in reply to 3738.14 

That seems to be the consensus!  :-)

 

 
From: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host5/25/18 5:49 PM 
To: CelticWarlrd DelphiPlus Member Icon  (19 of 80) 
 3738.19 in reply to 3738.15 

If I could several days without using my computer, I would probably change my answer  :-)

 

 
From: Song~ (_Song_) DelphiPlus Member Icon5/25/18 6:32 PM 
To: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (20 of 80) 
 3738.20 in reply to 3738.17 
When I'd go visit my mother I'd be without my computer for 2-3 weeks at a time and found I didn't really miss it all that much.


 

 

 

 
From: kizmet15/25/18 6:44 PM 
To: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (21 of 80) 
 3738.21 in reply to 3738.16 
Wifi is not an option at this time.
 

 
From: gjones2two5/25/18 8:05 PM 
To: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (22 of 80) 
 3738.22 in reply to 3738.1 

> Which would you give up? Your computer or your books?

What a great question!

I consider the computer and its by-products -- e.g., the internet and ebooks -- to be among the most important achievements in the history of our species on this planet. (I typically wax poetic at this point, and go on for paragraphs about how wonderful they are, but I'll do my best to restrain myself.) On the other hand my house is full of books, accumulated over a lifetime,  in bookcases and even in stacks on the floor in my storage room.

 

 

 
From: gjones2two5/25/18 8:05 PM 
To: All  (23 of 80) 
 3738.23 in reply to 3738.22 

My first inclination was to give up the books, when suddenly I recalled the anthology of family letters that I edited, going back to the 1800s. Besides ancestors I didn't know, it contains the letters of loved ones who are now dead, and is the closest thing I have to still having them with me. To abandon that book would be to abandon them.

Then it occurred to me that I have a plain text file of the letters (and image files of the scanned photos). I could convert them into an ebook. That being so, I'd have no problem giving up the physical book. The same goes for other personal items like school yearbooks (I was a teacher for a few years and have several of those). They could be scanned and viewed in electronic form.

So with the provision that I can scan and retain the contents of whatever books I wish, I'd definitely choose to give up my books and keep my computer.

 

 

 
From: Tedster (MARCIASC)5/25/18 8:06 PM 
To: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (24 of 80) 
 3738.24 in reply to 3738.18 

I just read what you said about your Kindle and I forgot about that.  I read on my Kindle half of the time.  I would need my computer for that and the books I download from the library.  I guess I couldn't give up either one. frown


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From: gjones2two5/25/18 8:47 PM 
To: Linda (LoveToRead) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (25 of 80) 
 3738.25 in reply to 3738.16 

> All the book places ..amazon ...barnes & noble ... etc have their own version of an e-reader.  I happen to like amazon because the book choices are jut never ending.  You will need wi-fi.

Maybe for Kindle, but I have an old Barnes & Noble Nook (Simple Touch model). It has wifi capabilities, but I keep wifi turned off for security reasons and transfer books from my desktop to the Nook though a USB cable (with miniature plug on the Nook) or on a microSD.

I haven't checked the Kindle site lately, but recall that in the past Amazon made many classics available for free in Kindle format. I downloaded hundreds of them at the time (in case they later changed their policy). Once on my desktop, I could use one of various free programs to convert them to a form that my ebook reader can handle.

(Actually I can now read them in the Kindle format itself because I've done something called "rooting" the Nook -- 35916.1, Dictionary.com forum thread about that -- which allows me to break loose from the proprietary software and run other programs. This is totally legal, but it invalidates the Nook warranty, long expired anyway on the Simple Touch.)

 

 

 
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