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Old 08-12-2017, 07:45 PM   #376 (permalink)
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:12 PM   #377 (permalink)
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Old 08-13-2017, 12:15 AM   #378 (permalink)
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Of course we lost all but the last non-used bookstore years ago. Barnes & Noble is still hanging on by the skin of it's teeth.

People are moving to downloadable en masse. It's also tough to get cassette tapes here too, and is getting harder to get CDs. Welcome to the modern age.
I'm slowly getting caught up in this thread, so please forgive the age of the post to which I'm replying.

I will be sad to see printed media go. I am one of those old fogeys who appreciates handling a physical book, pulling one down off the shelf, giving it a sniff, and flipping through its pages. I can never settle into a comfortable chair with a tablet and read it for hours at a time. At the very least, one thought that would occupy my mind is, what happens when the charge runs out on this thing?


I also buy CDs, though admittedly the first thing I do when I get them home is rip them to MP3s and store the CDs somewhere safe. Since Amazon offers MP3s in high variable bitrates, I do buy those as well. I will not be sad to see cassettes go, however. They were always cantankerous beasts that have been more trouble than they're worth. But if I should get the unlikely urge, the used record store here also sells tapes. And CDs.
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Old 08-13-2017, 12:20 AM   #379 (permalink)
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As far as books go, they're doing ok.

Real books are back. E-book sales plunge nearly 20% - Apr. 27, 2017
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Old 08-13-2017, 12:32 AM   #380 (permalink)
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Check out The Cars debut album though~
I've got all of them, including the one they released a few years ago.
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Old 08-13-2017, 06:19 AM   #381 (permalink)
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:18 AM   #382 (permalink)
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When I was a tween getting into comics in the 80s, it wasn't this bad. The guy who ran the comic shop was totally cool and he would let me spend hours reading. Of course, I was also buying a good bit, but all that I wanted to read, he let me. I never felt uncomfortable in a shop back then. What the heck happened?
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I will be sad to see printed media go. I am one of those old fogeys who appreciates handling a physical book, pulling one down off the shelf, giving it a sniff, and flipping through its pages.
I have a pretty extensive set of bookshelves. Some books I would happily replace with e-books, because their content is far more important than their physical aspect (but see below for a caveat).

There are others where I really want the physical book, for one reason or another. For example, I have a copy of Dante's Inferno with illustrations by Gustave Dore. It is a mighty tome -- about 1.5 ft by 2 ft I think -- and I love it and would hate to ever part with it. Others are simply easier to read in physical form.

I could slim down my physical library considerably, and would love to replace a lot of my books with e-books ... except that I refuse to buy anything which has DRM, and that pretty much eliminates anything which isn't out of copyright (with a few honourable exceptions).
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Not only is there the problem with the decor for a lot of these places, but before our local comic shopped moved and started having female management, the clientele was pretty horribad and I hated going in - its still not completely comfortable for me, but its not nearly so bad; maybe because I'm not the only chick in the joint.
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I could slim down my physical library considerably, and would love to replace a lot of my books with e-books ... except that I refuse to buy anything which has DRM, and that pretty much eliminates anything which isn't out of copyright (with a few honourable exceptions).
That's how I feel as well. That's another reason I like physical books and CDs, though thankfully many music retailers like Amazon and Google Play have seen the light regarding how draconian DRM in music is and switched to MP3s. Server-based DRM is the worst, because if the authentication server ever goes offline (say, the company you "bought" the media through goes out of business). then you lose everything you paid for.
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I'm slowly getting caught up in this thread, so please forgive the age of the post to which I'm replying.

I will be sad to see printed media go. I am one of those old fogeys who appreciates handling a physical book, pulling one down off the shelf, giving it a sniff, and flipping through its pages. I can never settle into a comfortable chair with a tablet and read it for hours at a time. At the very least, one thought that would occupy my mind is, what happens when the charge runs out on this thing?


I also buy CDs, though admittedly the first thing I do when I get them home is rip them to MP3s and store the CDs somewhere safe. Since Amazon offers MP3s in high variable bitrates, I do buy those as well. I will not be sad to see cassettes go, however. They were always cantankerous beasts that have been more trouble than they're worth. But if I should get the unlikely urge, the used record store here also sells tapes. And CDs.
I'm pretty sure you're a US resident (don't know the situation in other countries) so there should be a Public Library near you, thanks to Ben Franklin. It's true, you have to be patient with new releases that are popular—they get on a bunch of people's lists so you may have to wait a while for one of those.

On the other hand when you just select a book at random because something about it calls to you (surely I am not the only person who does that), then really like the book and wonder if that person has written anything else, there's always the chance you'll hunt down the name in the stacks and see a bunch of other books by them.

That's the best present of all.
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On the other hand when you just select a book at random because something about it calls to you (surely I am not the only person who does that), then really like the book and wonder if that person has written anything else, there's always the chance you'll hunt down the name in the stacks and see a bunch of other books by them.
I'm the opposite, I have no more room for physical books, but have found lots of new authors and new works through my Kindle - I average around 50 a year. In fact getting a Kindle has re-ignited a love of the written word I used to have when I commuted for a couple of hours a day (by train), and got through 3 or 4 books a week, largely from the local library.
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