...I also read a lot of Civil War stuff that requires me to refer to maps all the time and in hard books, I can bookmark those maps and simply flip back to the maps for reference quickly--not sure that is available on e-books...
Most e-book readers have the ability to bookmark pages. Many also have dictionaries for directly looking up any unfamiliar words you may encounter.
So my children tell me but given my total fail manipulating most electronic devices I wonder if bookmarking pages on an e-book would be as fast as a slip of toilet paper on the map page?
I'm still concerned about the cost of these books as compared to used book store prices.
On my e-reader, all it takes is one quick finger poke to bookmark a page. I can't tear off a slip of paper that fast, and I don't even need to be in the bathroom to do it...
Mother Goose is reading a book, genuine paper book.. Power goes out and she's in the dark,, She can no longer read the book, Oh, what do I do.... AH, IDEA
She grabs her Kindle and aiming the glowing screen at the book in her hand she continues to read it by by the light, of the kindle book reader, she still can read, what the power company won't light up. (yes you can sing that last line)
Nothin adds excitment like something that is none of your business
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I was one of those that saw a graphical interface for a computer as unnecessary. I refused to switch to Windows and steadfastly typed in long commands in DOS. I slowly began to realize that there was less and less I could do in DOS because all the really good and useful programs were now being written for the Windows GUI. The printed page will never go totally out of style but the entertainment facet of the industry will adopt and adapt to the one that brings in the most money. I hear many here talk about getting free dead tree books and exchanging them one for one in various venues. How many of you buy a first run, hot off the press, mystery? Paying $25 to $45 for something that will give you a few days entertainment is certainly not unreasonable but many of us simply choose not to do that because other offerings are available for less money or even free and besides, we know that eventually THAT novel will be available in the less expensive venues. Where before a first run might include 100,000 volumes, now it may be more profitable to limit that to 20,000. Eventually authors will see that going straight to electronic media is more profitable. DOS is never coming back, buggy whips are useful only as artifacts. People who pine for the "old days" never really lived in the old days! Electronic books are just in their infancy right now. I envision a day, probably not too distant, where owning a reader will give you access to every printed word in the world, past and present. I don't want to come into that world still typing long commands into DOS!!!
Both retired. Travel with Nicky the Schnoodle. Son graduated and is teaching high school math. We still love our 2006 34' Allegro Bay XB and have 40,000+ miles on her.