Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Kindles and e-books in general

From: Steve Novak (
Date: 06 Nov 2009

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    Great and thanks. You sum it up very well. Montois

    On 11/6/09 11:19 AM, "dermdocsx2" <> wrote:

    > As a person who has read and collected many books for many years and who
    > currently owns and enjoys a Kindle, I thought I would respond to this thread.
    > I think the best response was from one person who asked does it need to be an
    > either/or situation. I have been reading mysteries/hardboiled material for
    > almost 30 years and have spent literally tens of thousands of dollars in that
    > time at chain bookstores, independent bookstores, and used bookstores. I have
    > collected many first edition hardcovers as well as lots of PBOs of the Gold
    > Medal era and I love them all. But, frankly, I am running out of space and
    > find many of the books I buy not worth keeping. Hence, the Kindle purchase,
    > also out of curiosity.
    > I have downloaded some of the old Chandlers and Hammetts and enjoyed them
    > while waiting for a plane. I continue to frequent independent booksellers in
    > my area as well as some of the chains. I would say my purchases go about 70%
    > books/30% digital and I don't feel bad about either one. Barbara Peters, who
    > owns the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scotssdale, AZ said that if a person bought
    > one hardcover or two PBs from their independent bookseller each month, that
    > could help stave off the demise of these booksellers. I have been doing that
    > as well as enjoying other books, digital and oldfashioned print. In fact, I
    > bought a limited edition hardcover of Otto Penzler's new book The Lineup,
    > signed by each contributing author, from the Poisoned Pen; a pretty penny but
    > a book well worth it.
    > I enjoy books, no doubt. But I also am seeing the advantage, both covnenience
    > and space-wise, of having a Kindle. My hope is that other book lovers will
    > continue to enjoy bookreading while doing what they can to support the old
    > while not shunning the new. I also grew up with newspapers. I have subscribed
    > to the LA Times for 22 years and watched it go from a half a phone book thick
    > bundle for 25 cents to a magazine thick pad for 75 cents. I will try to
    > support it as long as I can because I love to read a newspaper and not get my
    > news from online. I have also watched travel agents disappear, replaced by the
    > internet. And my sister had to retire from the US Postal Service this month
    > because of decreasing revenue, due to the internet and online commerce and
    > email. These are advances of the future as well. For books, we can try to
    > support what we can for as long as we can. Thanks for listening.
    > Patrick Lee

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