Wednesday, February 11, 2015


I know the sentiment. I do a lot of reading on the computer, but there's something about a book that my Kindle app can't replace. Not yet, anyway.


At February 11, 2015 7:49 PM, Blogger Sandee said...

You and I are alike in this respect. I too still carry around a book. I love the smell of a good book.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

At February 12, 2015 6:20 AM, Blogger Granny Annie said...

My Kindle Fire has enabled me to do just that and I love being able to continue reading a great tale while I am waiting somewhere.

At February 12, 2015 6:42 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Stephen King rocks!

I highly recommend his book On Writing. I use the information therein in all my composition classes -- and students win award after award.

At February 12, 2015 9:57 AM, Blogger cube said...

Sandee: I love technology and do a lot of reading on screens, but I'm addicted to books... their feel, their smell, the way I can dog- ear a page I want to revisit, the way I can write in the margins.

At February 12, 2015 10:01 AM, Blogger cube said...

Granny Annie: I get it. Kindles are very handy. My husband's great aunt loves how, on vacation, she can carry an armload of books in her purse. I think there will still be some of us who will use the new technology, but still use books because we prefer them.

At February 12, 2015 10:05 AM, Blogger cube said...

Always On Watch: I've read a lot of SK's fiction and non-fiction including "On Writing," and "Danse Macabre." Both excellent reads.

Some people pooh-pooh his style, but I don't listen to the haters.

At February 12, 2015 2:41 PM, Anonymous jan said...

It is great to hear from others who are book addicts. I can remember from early days of TV when people said that the written word was dead. We would all just be watching TV from now on.

How wrong was that?

At February 13, 2015 5:59 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

The Kindle is a great reading tool. No doubt about it.

But I still prefer hard copies. Must be an age thing.

At February 13, 2015 11:21 AM, Blogger cube said...

Jan: I have lots of books that I just can't part with. Some are out of print and not available anywhere else. If something happens to the power grid, my house will be an invaluable source of knowledge... instead of just cluttered with lots of books.

At February 13, 2015 11:22 AM, Blogger cube said...

Always On Watch: Yes, oldies but goodies ;)

At February 13, 2015 1:46 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Wasn't there something last year or the year before with Amazon yanking back an Orwell book that people had purchased for their Kindles?

At February 13, 2015 2:08 PM, Blogger cube said...

Always On Watch: I don't know, but if it did happen, I'd be really upset over it. We should look into it.

At February 13, 2015 2:49 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

HERE is what I was thinking of: "Big Brother Amazon Remotely Deletes Purchased Copies of 1984 and Animal Farm From Thousands of Kindles." Don't know the follow-up, however.

At February 14, 2015 1:20 PM, Blogger cube said...

Always On Watch: Unbelievable. Ironic that it happened to Orwell's 1984.

I read the following from the NYT:

"An Amazon spokesman, Drew Herdener, said in an e-mail message that the books were added to the Kindle store by a company that did not have rights to them, using a self-service function. "When we were notified of this by the rights holder, we removed the illegal copies from our systems and from customers’ devices, and refunded customers," he said.

Amazon effectively acknowledged that the deletions were a bad idea. "We are changing our systems so that in the future we will not remove books from customers’ devices in these circumstances," Mr. Herdener said."

I heard they've also done it to Harry Potter and Ayn Rand's books for the same reason.

I think I'll stick with my books for now.

At February 14, 2015 2:36 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Harry Potter and Ayn Rand's books??? I hadn't heard that!

At February 14, 2015 3:12 PM, Blogger cube said...

Always On Watch: I read it in the NYT article referenced in the article you sent me. Basically for the same reason. Some middleman company sold rights to the books that wasn't theirs to sell.

If Amazon doesn't want to get sued and/or lose Kindle market share, it had better do a better job of vetting the companies from which they get books.


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