Post by Dorothy J Heydt Post by J. Clarke
On Sun, 15 Apr 2018 14:16:48 -0700 (PDT), Robert Carnegie
Post by Robert Carnegie Post by David Johnston Post by Dorothy J Heydt Post by Ted Nolan <tednolan> Post by David Johnston Post by J. Clarke
On Sun, 15 Apr 2018 01:49:37 -0500, David DeLaney
Post by David DeLaney Post by David Johnston Post by J. Clarke
And it seems we are heading in that direction, with bigger and bigger
televisions with more and more channels of crappier and crappier
entertainment, and loss of interest in reading.
*bullshit*. There is no loss of interest in reading.
Agreed; people just are doing it on their phones now, rather
than in paper
Post by Robert Carnegie Post by David Johnston Post by Dorothy J Heydt Post by Ted Nolan <tednolan> Post by David Johnston Post by J. Clarke Post by David DeLaney
books, newspapers, and magazines.
Dave, the which have declining circulation, yes
Do you have statistics? And do you include newspapers and magazines?
I find it curious that so many (in their survey) still prefer
I got my
Post by Robert Carnegie Post by David Johnston Post by Dorothy J Heydt Post by Ted Nolan <tednolan>
kindle. The only stuff I buy in paper now is comic books/comic strip
collections and reference books.
I don't trust Kindle books not to evaporate suddenly because
Amazon felt like it.
...don't synch your Kindle. That's all it takes. Even if Amazon had
done that, to one of my books it wouldn't make any different at all
because I don't synch my Kindle.
Until your Kindle breaks. Then you can buy another Kindle and
get back books that Amazon says you can get back, I guess.
I synch my phone, my desktop, and my two tablets. Can usually stop
reading on one and pick up where I left off on another. Can even do
that going from audiobook to written book in some cases. If they go
away, then they do--if it's something I really really want to revisit
then I can always look for a paper copy.
See, this is (one of the) reason(s) I buy paper copies in the
first place. Another is that my vision is getting fuzzy* and I
can hold the page a couple inches from my good eye and read it.
I don't know how well that would work with a handheld of any kind
-- it takes some squirming to get my eye close enough to the PC
Books disappearing has not actually been an issue for me--most of the
ones I read I don't find to be worth more than one reread if that
anyway--my house is _full_ of books that I have realized that I am
probably not going to read again. I'm more concerned about losing
books to leaky pipes and mice than to Amazon deciding to take them
With regard to vision, in Kindle on an Android device lay two fingers
on the screen and spread them and the text gets bigger. Do the same
and squeeze them together and it gets smaller (for some reason this
does not work so well with Kindle on platforms other than Android,
including Amazon's own).
My desktop screen is 40 inches diagonally--text can get _real_ big
there (note--this is not horribly expensive anymore--I expect to see
good quality 40 inch 4K TVs drop below 300 bucks some time this year)
The tablets are 9 inch and 12.5 inch--about the size of a trade
paperback page and a piece of notebook paper respectively, and can be
used as a substitute for a notebook (_that_ synchs too). They aren't
any harder to bring close to my eye than a book is.
Funny thing is, I thought the phone would be too small but it's not.
At least not yet.
Oh, if you are having trouble seeing, the phone has another
trick--there's a free app (or something like 5 bucks if you want to
eliminate about a quarter inch of advertising at the edge) that turns
it into a really nice magnifying glass. That also works on android
tablets--I'm sure there are similar ones for Windows and IOS tablets.