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Smaug says: Ricky Gervais. Lesbian pr0n. Going into a crowded bar, purely because it's crowded. All these things seem to be popular with everybody else, but I just can't work out why. What leaves you cold just as much as it turns everyone else on?

(, Thu 15 Oct 2009, 14:54)
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I like real books dammit.
(, Wed 21 Oct 2009, 6:05, 4 replies)
I agree
I love to read and enjoy the odd book online or downloaded, but wouldn't buy a Sony Reader or whatever.

You have to buy most books for it at publishers' prices. Not cheap, and they hold a lot of books.
Then, are you going to read it in the bath? I wouldn't dare.
Is it safe to use on public transport or in a cafe? I'd worry about being followed and mugged.

Give me a tatty paperback any day.
(, Wed 21 Oct 2009, 8:21, closed)
I use my iPhone to read ebooks using an app called Stanza. They are useful to have. I can carry a large book collection in my pocket and whip it out anytime I need some entertainment on the tube on the way to work.

I would buy a Sony reader as well mind you. I can also convert comic book format CBR and CBZ to LIT format to read on ebook readers.

Thought I do still like to read a real book now and then :)
(, Wed 21 Oct 2009, 10:19, closed)
All I heard was:
"I can [static hiss] whip it out anytime I need some entertainment on the tube on the way to work." hnarf hnarf. Sorry, t'was shameful but I couldn't resist

Personally I like the fact you can buy real books for 20p - £1 in charity shops / markets and give them away to mates when you're done. However, to lend credit to the iPhone whipping gentlemen to whom I reply, I'm currently reading war and peace and it's a bit of a sod to carry around in the pocket. Don't think I could read a book off a screen though...
(, Wed 21 Oct 2009, 12:55, closed)
Yup, you can buy any book you like cheaply eventually
and as you say, cheap can mean pennies.

A big thick book certainly can be a drag to carry around, but most keen readers have more than one book on the go at a time so there's always the other one for travelling with.

I'm no technophobe, but I looked into the ebook business and found that it just didn't compare to conventional books in terms of both cost and 'bookiness'.
(, Wed 21 Oct 2009, 21:29, closed)

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