Some good arguments in support of physical books over their ebook cousins. As someone who is registered blind and unable to read print, I value electronic books as the text to speech facility on my Kindle enables me to have a book (which I would otherwise be unable to read) read aloud to me. While I can read braille and value the hard copy braille books I own, it takes up much greater amounts of shelf space when compared to it’s hard copy (print) counterpart. In addition only a fraction of the books produced in print and/or in electronic format are ever transcribed into braille. Having said all that, I love the scent and feel of real (physical) books and own quite a few which I read using a scanner (something like a photocopier) which is equipped with speech software that turns the scanned text into speech. Had I the ability to read print without the need to scan it, I would, undoubtedly own far more “real” books than is currently the case. Long may the physical book continue say I! Kevin
Let?s be clear, here. When I say ?real,? I actually mean ?physical copies that I own and may do as I please with,? rather than some kind of judgement based on quality or content. In other words, things that aren?t eBooks.
I?ve fought against the eBook revolution for some time. I?ve given all the standard reasons that make me sound like a pretentious hipster twit. ?I love the smell,? ?I love the tactile sensation of turning pages,? ?I prefer to be able to read without having electricity,? etc, etc, ad nauseum. Now, despite my judgement of calling those the bastion of hipster twits, I actually still agree with all of them. Old books dohave a great smell, and the physical sensation isamazing. It?s also nice to have something handy that doesn?t involve a boot up, is not tied to battery life or a wall socket and is less…
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