Do You Prefer E-book Readers Or Having The Physical Book?

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  1. Rrty
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    Interesting question. I prefer physical books. But here's something you may find surprising.

    Even though I prefer physical books, I am getting to the point where I want to purchase digital comic books because whenever I find an old comic book or an old Mad/Cracked/Crazy magazine (I really love the latter three), I've lately noticed that many of my finds from the comic-book store have really strong odors that I am allergic to. Plus, they just look too dirty these days (for whatever reason). I'm getting increasingly afraid of germs as I get older, so buying digital comics is one area where I might prefer a non-physical copy. Of course, it would be great if they could create a print-on-demand business for old issues of Mad, Tales From The Crypt, etc. (Seriously, why isn't this being done?)

    And here's something else: I find it very difficult these days to check books out of the library. Whenever I do, I always wipe them down with an alcohol cloth. Anyone else do that? (A fear of library books -- there has to be a Stephen King story in there somewhere.)
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  2. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I think we have all become "germ-phobic" unfortunately but it did give me pause when a story surfaced about bed bugs being found in old library books! Yikes - who doesn't like to read in bed? [shudder]
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  3. king family fan
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    king family fan Prolific member

    Oh I love physical books but makes me wonder about library books now. Yuck.
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  4. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I wonder KFF - if you put a library book in the microwave would it burst into flames? That might kill the little buggers! (Don't try this at home, kids!) ;-D
  5. king family fan
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    well maybe I shall draw out a cheap book and give it a try.:biggrin-new::cheerful:
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  6. lenona
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    I have a Kindle. I like reading it. It has several advantages that books don't have. Light weight, I can shop for a new story to read anywhere there is wifi and it is a space saver to name a obvious few. I love books. Books don't need electricity unless your in a dark room. If ever trapped on a isolated island I want a book.
  7. Chuggs
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    I don't hate e-readers or anything, and I love some of the book prices on e-readers...but I'll take a physical book any day of the week.
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  8. The Nameless
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    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    I'm going to be the boring guy again I think.....Microwaves work by vibrating water molocules in your food or water, the friction heats it up. Without water molocules I don't think much would happen to a book. Your e-reader on the other hand, the electronics would cause a pretty light show.
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  9. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    So it would not kill the bed bugs?
  10. king family fan
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    Well that bugs the creeps out of me. Not so sure ,I want to use the library any more.
  11. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Actually no one did answer the question of whether microwaving a book would kill the bugs or not dunno.gif (Maybe an exterminator would know the answer)
  12. VultureLvr45
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    I just looked it up on Google. Check it out for yourself. Ask if microwaves will kill bed bugs inside books. I seem to remember something about prolonged heat baking them to death.
  13. Haunted
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    Although I prefer a book, I have found that I can find older books in the e-library where I can't find them in the regular library or second hand book stores, i.e., McCammon's Swan Song, prices are good too!
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  15. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I looked it up on Google too and ended up with lots of different answers and opinions.

    Talk about "cooking the books", eh? One method involves putting books in large zip lock bags and leaving them in the hot sun for a long time to kill the bugs?
  16. Haunted
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    Surely a bug that lives in a book, can't be all that bad.
  17. lenona
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    Well.... this last bit of conversation kinda creeped me out. The bedbugs living in books thing does not give me a warm fuzzy feeling. I buy books on ebay and second hand stores. Argghh.... Scary. Sooo trying to be optimistic, I will rationalize that if you can kill a cat by putting it in the microwave, which I hear has been done (the poor thing), a bedbug must suffer the same result if microwaved. What is gross... having bedbug guts in my book while reading it. But then again, I have no problem with food or drink stains in the used books I I bought. Heck, I put some there myself.
  18. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    :snowman::biglove::laugh:

    I think maybe you're thinking of book worms ;)

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  19. DiO'Bolic
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    DiO'Bolic Simply Stated

    I love the feel of a real book in the morning. It feels like periphery.
  20. doowopgirl
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    I do love a real book, but My brother has sent me books from his Kindle to mine as has my sons girlfriend. So they do come in handy. Also there are SK books I could only get on my Kindle. So aren't we lucky to have the choice?

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