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07/25/2011

The end of the book?

There was a time when all books had pages and they could only bought in stores. Now, everyone uses their iPads, Kindles and Nooks.  Eyewitness News wants to know what you think.  Are you disappointed that books seem to be mostly in electronic form these days? Post your comments (below) and they could appear on Eyewitness News First at 4 p.m.

Comments

Donna Smith

I have read my whole life and never thought I'd say this, but I love my Nook. I also still read my regular books, but it's great to have 300+ books on my nook when I'm traveling so I am never without reading material. I also still go to my book store and check out the regular books to help me decide if I want a book. The other thing is that I've tried a lot of new authors and genres of books because if I can try it for free, why not?

Susan

I prefer the feel of a book in my hand, I guess I'm old fashioned but nothing beats the feeling of opening up a new book and not being able to wait to start reading it and imagining what the characters look like. I love going into a book store and seeing all the book selection waiting for me. I'll just stick with the old fashioned paper book.

Joan from Long Valley

I would dislike seeing the demise of books as we know them. There is something special about wondering what is on the next page. Holding a book is so much more enjoyable than holding an e-reader.

Lisa D'Alessio

I love holding a real book in my hands. I'm very against the e-book readers like Nook and Kindle. I like to have a cover to look at, know where I am with a bookmark and not have to worry about glare, batteries dying out, and spending $140 for it to begin with. My middle son, who's 20, also loves real books and prefers them over modern technology. I feel that real books will NEVER be totally gone--that would be horrendous and the downfall of true intellectualism.

Clovia G Thomas

Another thought. Reading a hard covered book can often open up conversation. Many times someone on the bus or train will ask about a particular book I'm reading. With a kindle they'd never know WHAT I'm reading.

Clovia G Thomas

I am HORRIFIED that hard books may soon disappear. As a child books were my refuge. I could get lost in a book for hours. As a young Mom books were my "quiet time" with my sons. I would read them to sleep. Now as a Grandmother I LOVE bringing my granddaughter on to my lap to sit and read together. A kindle just is NOT the same.

Bonnie Beck

I have been an avid reader since I was a little girl. I feel that eReaders should not replace physical books as I like to actually feel and turn the pages. Also, paperback books are smaller than eReaders and fit in my pocket for ease of reading on-the-go.

Maritza Jurist

I LOVE browsing and purchasing books. There is nothing like the feel of a good book. BUT having an reader device is so much more practical. You can store hundreds of books and not clutter your home with them. It also saves some money because some ebooks are less expensive than an actual book.
For students being able to use a reader device is a blessing.
BUT I regret seeing bookstores close. It is like the end of an era.
Technology is taking over and paper books are falling by wayside.

Bonnie

I will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER use a kindle or nook or any electronic book. I want the real thing. You can't mark special passages or turn down corners or make notes on electronic junk. I HATE all electronics. Including modern cable tv. It doens't work half the time. A book always works. You don't need batteries. It can be recycled. What happens to all the dumped kindles and nooks and I pads ... that just wind up in dumps like old computers. Books are far more green in the long run. They can be shared and passed on and recycled. New trees can be grown. Plastic garbage like the kindle just leaves more landfill that cannot be recycled and may have toxic substances in it. I will always and only read real books.

Haina J-M

There is no replacing the feel and smell and look of a book!! And that's why Libraries are Forever!! But e-readers are fun and convenient....but there is still no replacing real Books.

Linda Antenucci

Although it is convenient to use my ipod touch, phone or laptop to do some of my reading, I would be very upset if books were to disappear from the shelves altogether. I don't think anything can replace curling up with a good book in your hands and doing some reading.

Brian Lemna

I mourn the passing of music and book stores, which were traditionally some of the best places to hang out and search for new artists. I miss the social interaction and the ability to search through real physical objects, to hold them in my hands and look them over before purchasing the ones I chose. I have nothing against technology, but I do miss the big brick and mortar stores.

John

Digital books are no biggie, the price is the same for digital and print. Only when digital books become cheaper (like digital music) will digital books be worth it.

Maureen

I love a good book. There is nothing like cracking open a brand new hardcover. It is sad to think that my children will not get that experience. I think we should be doing more to encourage reading, but I think ereaders are not the way to go.

Anthony "Big Fish" Manzo

There's just something that feels right about holding a good book - and besides, paper books don't need to be recharged every few hours!

Mario

I am very disappointed that people would rather have an electronic form of a work of literature, than a physical one, as it takes away many jobs, along with making people lazy not looking for an actual book, not just searching through the internet for it.

Rachel Nicolette

I use my nook. It's just more convenient. I can store 1,000 books on it so no books piling up in the house. When my favorite author's release new books, I want to read them as soon as possible and my local library never has any copies available do to demand. E-books are slightly cheaper so I save money.

Jerilyn Bryant

As an avid reader I never believed that I would ever use or buy a dedicated e-reader. I've always loved browsing bookstores, being drawn to bookcovers - then reading the first chapters before deciding on a purchase. However, due to a bad back I have taken a second look at e-readers and have found a lot to like such as:
*hundreds of books on a device
*easy to change/enlarge font
*backlit for reading in the dark
*shop for books when brick & mortar stores are closed
*download books practically anywhere

As much as I love the brick and mortar book store my Barnes & Noble Nook Color has opened up a whole new world of books for me. More than even I ever imagined when I roamed, browsed, sat and long overstayed my welcome in their stores. I believe that I have purchased more books since I brought my Nook than I ever did before I owned it.

Jim

I personally love holding a book and turning pages. Technology is getting in the way of the simplest task no one can read a book now without having an electronic device so sad!!

Denise Whelan

I personally prefer books with pages over a Kindle or any other computer viewing item. I also know that technology is changing every day and that soon books with pages will become a thing of the past. They will be considered collectibles, as opposed to just sitting and reading one. Sooner or later we will all have to adapt to new changes.

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