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Buying New Books

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Doglover, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    I feel your pain, Dipsue, I feel your pain.
    I both love and hate getting book tokens as a gift - they always cost me a fortune because I can never limit myself to the amount I've been given.
    I am a little worried that I'll be suckered in to buying more books because of the Kindle - I almost never look online for books but I might be tempted now.
     
  2. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Bauble's earlier comment about old books having history reminded me of when I opened the cover of an old paperback I'd picked up in my favourite second hand bookshop, and found the previous owner had written his name inside the cover.

    It was Michael Tolkein, son of J R R.

    Not a huge rarity mind you, apparently his whole library had recently been sold off to second-hand book dealers.

    You can't do that on Kindle ;-)
     
  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    Having mentioned him earlier on tonight I've just counted the number of Ed McBain books I have - 32, several of which are penguins dating back to the late 50s to early 60s. I pinched them from my mum when she moved. You can't replace that sort of thing on an electronic gizmo.
     
  4. Exactly the kind of thing i meant ,Magic S.

    I have a book called " Modern Art :1917" with text by Charles Marriott and "Tis". The book is full of wonderful colour plates but underneath each plate is hand written critique by the same hand that has signed the front of the book (what seems to be)..Norman Aard Neils / Dec31st 1917.

    Now if anyone knows who this chap is or even who "Tis" was I would be very grateful. :¬))
     
  5. I should have pointed out in my last post that I love old books too. I love those, increasingly rare, second hand book shops where the books are piled up haphazardly on the shelves and floor necessitating hours of rootling round. I love the smell of old books and the history behind them. A book I once gave to a jumble sale in Bedfordshire about 30 odd years ago resurfaced in Montrose 20 years later! Needless to say I bought it.
     
  6. I am not a huge fan of old books, but I do have some finds that I treasure.
    I have some older copies of Shakespeare texts that I bought in a charity shop - I have much fun reading all the comments in the margin written by whoever it was in the 60s sitting their A level exam (they all seem to be from the same person).
    And I once bought a book here in my local library for € 1,00. It is written by Ulrich Wickert, which may not mean a lot to you, but he is our "Mr. Newsreader" and very famous.
    When I got home and deciphered the dedication written in the front, I realised it was from Herr Wickert himself and he had given the book as a present to someone in Paris in the late 80s.
    Not bad for € 1,00.

     
  7. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I've worked with ICT for most of my career but can find no appeal whatsoever in the thought of using a Kindle. I suppose I don't want to spend most of my life looking at screens, but I suspect I'm also a closet Luddite. My mobile phone is 7 years old and I only use it grudgingly, so Kindle hasn't got a chance in Hell.

    Give me a dog-eared old paperback I've picked up for 50p after a good old root around in a junk shop any day of the week.
     
  8. I buy old and 2nd hand books aswell. There are some real gems to be had occasionally in the likes of Oxfam. The fact that it's now so easy to search for out of print books online is one of the big advantages of the internet.


     
  9. In the world of second hand books, Oxfam is a dirty word. They are killing off the lovely old second book shops that have been described in this thread.
     
  10. They are not the only thing doing so. Supermarkets, cheap remainder stores, Amazon (and their Marketplace) and online antiquarian specialists have all had a part in the decline of nice old bookshops. There isn't the money in it any more - not even enough to support a modest salary.
     
  11. There's nothing like a real book shop. But if you live in a small town, chances are there is nothing like a real bookshop where you live. Oxfam and the like might not be the real McCoy but are better than ASDA, and I've had some real treasures from them.
     
  12. y9840125

    y9840125 Occasional commenter

    Been debating about the value of a kindle. Saw a lady with one on a train and it made my mind up - a definite no. So cold looking...i will stick with my paperback books thanks.
     
  13. A kindle is an expensive way to level a coffee table. :¬))
     
  14. and so thin you'd probably need 2 or 3!
     
  15. marshypops

    marshypops New commenter

    But a boon to people like me who can read 2 foreign languages but rarely gets the chance to read the newspaper in those languages - there either isn't one or a poor choice (and expensive too). I could read them on-line but it isn't the same and I don't carry my laptop everywhere. However with my kindle, I can download all my favourite papers for free and read them where I wish without dicomfort.
     
  16. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    You can't swat a wasp with a Kindle, or go to sleep in the sun with a Kindle over your face. You can't scan along somebody's Kindle shelf if you're bored at their party. You can't stand a mug of tea or coffee on a Kindle. What about all the bookmark and bookshelf manufacturers who'll be cast penniless onto the streets you heartless Kindle fondlers?

    Just say no.
     
  17. I am a bookaholic! There I've said it.
    I converted my attic into a library but still I have too many books.
    Under duress from my husband I joined bookhopper and now swap books but I still have too many books ( not my words my husbands).
    I buy new books, old books. I scour charity shops.
    I love reading books, the smell, the feel. I could never consider buying a kindle or similar device because they just don't feel right. Plus when reading on the bus or train what's going to get stolen? The paperback book or the Kindle?
     
  18. Or hollow out a kindle to smuggle two ounces of snout into Dodgy Derreck who's doing a two stretch in the Green.
     
  19. marshypops

    marshypops New commenter

    I have 20+ bookcases in my home that are full to overflowing with books, there is no way that a bookshelf manufacturer will go bust because I have a kindle, they're probably cheering that they finally can have some time off! :)
     
  20. What most puts me off the Kindle is not being able to share books or pass them on.
     

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