Great and thanks. You sum it up very well.
On 11/6/09 11:19 AM, "dermdocsx2" <email@example.com> 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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