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Title: How do you read?
Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on April 18, 2012, 10:08:54 AM
paperback, kindle, ipad, Barnes & Noble Nook etc?

I use my galaxy tab 10.1 to read.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: Riffman for Hire on April 18, 2012, 11:20:06 AM
Very slowly.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: Tripe on April 18, 2012, 01:04:43 PM
Through a system of varied markings, each representing either a parcle of sound or a variation in the rhythm of the larger sense group it finds itself in.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: Sideswipe on April 18, 2012, 01:42:54 PM
Very slowly.

RVR wants his post back!
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: goflyblind on April 18, 2012, 01:50:27 PM
photons produced in the sun scatter through the atmosphere until the strike the surface on which text is imaged. these photons are then either absorbed (by black ink) or scattered back towards my eyes (for anything that's not black). the scattered photons, if they reach my eyes and pass through the iris, will strike the retina, producing a nervous response. the optic nerve, in conjunction with my brain, will convert these signals into qualia (or some similar concept) of words.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: MontyServo on April 18, 2012, 02:12:06 PM
Lesson for the newbie.  Questions that can be vaguely interpreted will invariably get smartass answers on this forum.

Welcome to the board!

Oh and I generally read items however they are presented to me.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: Tripe on April 18, 2012, 02:14:05 PM
Left to right, top to bottom of the page.

Through a system of varied markings, each representing either a parcle of sound or a variation in the rhythm of the larger sense group it finds itself in.

photons produced in the sun scatter through the atmosphere until the strike the surface on which text is imaged. these photons are then either absorbed (by black ink) or scattered back towards my eyes (for anything that's not black). the scattered photons, if they reach my eyes and pass through the iris, will strike the retina, producing a nervous response. the optic nerve, in conjunction with my brain, will convert these signals into qualia (or some similar concept) of words.

I love these impromptu interdisciplinary conferences.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: Riffman for Hire on April 18, 2012, 03:01:29 PM
Seriously, though, I read hardcovers and paperbacks.  I don't use Kindle.  Not that I don't like it, but if I hate a book at least I can throw it across the room.  Can't do that with a Kindle.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: Tripe on April 18, 2012, 03:16:59 PM
It's a serious answer you'd be wanting then? Ok well I mostly read books but I have the kindle app on my phone for collections of pulp/popular fiction from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century (I have everything by Lovecraft on there for example).
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: MontyServo on April 18, 2012, 03:36:09 PM
It's a serious answer you'd be wanting then? Ok well I mostly read books but I have the kindle app on my phone for collections of pulp/popular fiction from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century (I have everything by Lovecraft on there for example).


I have the Kindle app for my phone and can check out digital books from my local library to read but their selection isn't that great.  Lots of the popular books have long waiting lists for them.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: goflyblind on April 18, 2012, 03:55:30 PM
i haven't read a paper novel since i got a kindle last year. textbooks and graphic novels in whatever print format they come in.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: goflyblind on April 18, 2012, 04:39:29 PM
i was hoping it'd be good for scientific papers, but it doesn't handle pdfs as well as i'd like. novels have been great on it, though.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: wurwolf on April 18, 2012, 05:46:53 PM
I read only paper books, and I prefer hardcover, even if it means lugging them around the city. I don't see myself ever using an e-reader.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: mattwnelson on April 18, 2012, 08:08:55 PM
I read primarily text-based books in just about any form; paperback, hardback, on my tablet, on my phone, on my iPod.

I still can't embrace comics totally on the tablet, though. I LOVE paper graphic novels.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: Sideswipe on April 18, 2012, 08:24:14 PM
I read only paper books, and I prefer hardcover, even if it means lugging them around the city. I don't see myself ever using an e-reader.

My mom said the same thing.  She has a Kindle Fire now.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on April 19, 2012, 02:17:36 PM
Lesson for the newbie.  Questions that can be vaguely interpreted will invariably get smartass answers on this forum.

Welcome to the board!

Oh and I generally read items however they are presented to me.

ROLF, I know, I should have known better!  :-[ ;D
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: wurwolf on April 19, 2012, 02:26:38 PM
I read only paper books, and I prefer hardcover, even if it means lugging them around the city. I don't see myself ever using an e-reader.

My mom said the same thing.  She has a Kindle Fire now.

I like the things you get with books that you don't get with an e-reader. I like the feel of the paper and turning the page. I like looking at the cover designs. I like the way books smell and the weight of a good book in your hands. And I like the way they look on shelves. I have four bookcases in my living room and dining room alone.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: wurwolf on April 19, 2012, 07:45:40 PM
I was the only one in my family who read. My mother never did, nor did any of my sisters. I read everything I could get my hands on, from kid's books to encyclopedias. More than any other form of entertainment, I think, books are a part of my past. I still fondly remember books from when I was kid the way some kids remember toys. Those books were old friends of mine who helped me escape into a world that I could understand. They were always something magical.

Maybe that's why I still cling to the paper books. They're a comforting memory from my childhood. When everything around me was going to hell, I just had to find a quiet corner with a book and everything would be fine, for at least a little while.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: wurwolf on April 19, 2012, 08:22:52 PM
That is sad. I don't understand it, but then not everyone is a reader.

Another thing I like about paper books is that you can mark them. I have loads of books with highlighted passages that were especially meaningful to me, page numbers cross-referenced with other page numbers where a similar passage or a call back shows up, and, negatively, the number of times an author will use a word or a phrase to the point that it irritates me and I want to keep track of it, just for my own personal outrage.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: wurwolf on April 20, 2012, 05:34:55 AM
I guess. I just like leaving my mark on them, just like they've left their mark on me.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: a pretty girl is like on April 20, 2012, 01:42:23 PM
By candlelight.

(oh, are we not doing that answering facetiously thing anymore?)
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: Gandalf Lundgren on April 20, 2012, 04:53:53 PM
By candlelight.

(oh, are we not doing that answering facetiously thing anymore?)


Charles Dickens is that you?

Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: Raefire on April 21, 2012, 10:03:23 AM
I still read old-fashioned books. I don't have to awkwardly hold them (seriously, tablet makers, I know sleek form is nice and pretty, but how `bout a goddamn HANDLE?), and I don't have to pay a giant sum of money to replace them if I accidentaly drop one in a puddle.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: goflyblind on April 21, 2012, 10:13:00 AM
I still read old-fashioned books. I don't have to awkwardly hold them (seriously, tablet makers, I know sleek form is nice and pretty, but how `bout a goddamn HANDLE?), and I don't have to pay a giant sum of money to replace them if I accidentaly drop one in a puddle.

so what you're saying is that you lack the ability to grip things.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: Tripe on April 21, 2012, 08:00:51 PM
Perhaps a ridge along the back that  mimics the spine of a hardback when it's open?
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: Danecho1967 on April 21, 2012, 08:26:33 PM
I read, for the most part now, with my iPad, and occasionally with my iPhone.  Sitting in waiting rooms, it's nice to have a library of books available on a device that fits easily in my pocket and that I have with me all the time anyway.

I've sold most of my paper books.  I rarely read a book more than once anyway, except for Lord of the Rings and a few other personal favorites.  It's good to know I don't have to have a bunch of books collecting dust and taking up space.  I don't have a very big place.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: Coragale on April 22, 2012, 12:26:43 PM
I have a nook color that I rooted and install CM7 on. I got the nook app from the market and use it periodically. If I had the funds, I'd probably buy more paperbacks, though. I have a relative with a nook, but she still buys hard copies of all her books. Woman can read a novel in her lunch break. While I was living with her, she gave me boxes of books to take to used bookstores to sell.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND? BITCH BE TRIPPIN' BOOKS.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: mattwnelson on April 22, 2012, 02:03:33 PM
I have a nook color that I rooted and install CM7 on. I got the nook app from the market and use it periodically. If I had the funds, I'd probably buy more paperbacks, though. I have a relative with a nook, but she still buys hard copies of all her books. Woman can read a novel in her lunch break. While I was living with her, she gave me boxes of books to take to used bookstores to sell.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND? BITCH BE TRIPPIN' BOOKS.

I'm not that bad, but I've got a similar issue - I read very quickly. It's why I started going digital on more novels; I simply have no space to do anything more than store the books I really, really want to keep.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: lassieface on May 14, 2012, 03:59:08 PM
I've found that my speed completely depends on what I'm reading. Not the genre per se, but more the level it's written on. I also listen to music sometimes.
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: Lembach on June 14, 2012, 11:11:34 PM
I read only paper books, and I prefer hardcover, even if it means lugging them around the city. I don't see myself ever using an e-reader.

My mom said the same thing.  She has a Kindle Fire now.

I like the things you get with books that you don't get with an e-reader. I like the feel of the paper and turning the page. I like looking at the cover designs. I like the way books smell and the weight of a good book in your hands. And I like the way they look on shelves. I have four bookcases in my living room and dining room alone.

I work for a certain company named after a very large river in South America. Specifically in the division that deals with their popular e-reader. I can tell you that they were specifically designed to approximate the same weight as a paperback book (though the generation 6 is the same weight as a small hardcover book or trade paperback...but it also does alot more). Cover designs do come with the e-books. Can't help you with musty book smells.......wait a sec....

*mental note: suggest "musty book smell spray" to R&D*

Anyway, I felt the same way you do once. I would spend all day in the bookstore. Literally, sometimes. You know, when they started putting in comfy chairs and selling espresso.
It was GETTING me to the book store that was rare. I have acute agoraphobia. I can't deal with large crowds and the only book store near me is in a mall.  :speechless:
Mom gave me a Kindle one Christmas. I was skeptical. 15 minutes after starting my first e-book, I forgot I wasn't holding an actual book.
The e-reader gives me the freedom to have any book I want instantly. I can't beat that. I still spend hours browsing, reading samples and I can also study user reviews. I haven't bought a book yet I felt bad about buying. And even if I did, they will refund you with no complaints (unless you abuse the system.). Bookstores don't do that with physical books.

I know my opinion is biased. Believe me, though, I'm just talking as an e-reader convert.
Oh, and I still have shelves of books. But now my precious shelf space is used for collectable books and gaming stuff (D&D rulebooks, etc.).
Title: Re: How do you read?
Post by: wurwolf on June 21, 2012, 05:00:02 PM
I read only paper books, and I prefer hardcover, even if it means lugging them around the city. I don't see myself ever using an e-reader.

My mom said the same thing.  She has a Kindle Fire now.

I like the things you get with books that you don't get with an e-reader. I like the feel of the paper and turning the page. I like looking at the cover designs. I like the way books smell and the weight of a good book in your hands. And I like the way they look on shelves. I have four bookcases in my living room and dining room alone.

I work for a certain company named after a very large river in South America. Specifically in the division that deals with their popular e-reader. I can tell you that they were specifically designed to approximate the same weight as a paperback book (though the generation 6 is the same weight as a small hardcover book or trade paperback...but it also does alot more). Cover designs do come with the e-books. Can't help you with musty book smells.......wait a sec....

*mental note: suggest "musty book smell spray" to R&D*

Anyway, I felt the same way you do once. I would spend all day in the bookstore. Literally, sometimes. You know, when they started putting in comfy chairs and selling espresso.
It was GETTING me to the book store that was rare. I have acute agoraphobia. I can't deal with large crowds and the only book store near me is in a mall.  :speechless:
Mom gave me a Kindle one Christmas. I was skeptical. 15 minutes after starting my first e-book, I forgot I wasn't holding an actual book.
The e-reader gives me the freedom to have any book I want instantly. I can't beat that. I still spend hours browsing, reading samples and I can also study user reviews. I haven't bought a book yet I felt bad about buying. And even if I did, they will refund you with no complaints (unless you abuse the system.). Bookstores don't do that with physical books.

I know my opinion is biased. Believe me, though, I'm just talking as an e-reader convert.
Oh, and I still have shelves of books. But now my precious shelf space is used for collectable books and gaming stuff (D&D rulebooks, etc.).


Well, I'm not faulting you for preferring an e-reader. My husband has a Kindle Fire and loves it. To each his own, you know?

I am just an old crank who is skeptical of progress -- it's amazing I've embraced the internet as much as I have. Books are old friends to me. E-readers, I don't know them and I'm not interested in getting to know them.