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I agree with your comment in reply to Steve’s comment. It has almost been three years this post. I never pay as $10 on an e-book. If I do it is because it is only $1.99 or .99 and I have really been wanting to read it. Mostly, I just get the free ones and I end up read regular books instead. Now just reading on e-book per month and that is because I joined an e-book challenge. The feel of the paper, the picture on the cover are factors.
And also about the eReaders…I think it is a joke…and you watch…in about 3 years when everyone has a kind of pad like iPad, these eReaders will be gone because they aren't as versatile or have as many features so why not buy the good book that we all have loved. I know I won't give mine up as I like the feel of a real book and have enough electronic stuff to read all day without getting into my joy of reading!
So many good articles this time, Vera. Thanks! When I got my Oprah this month(my one magazine I do get mainly for the books news) I saw the article about the books and it was the day before I reviewed and gave away GLORIOUS and I let Bernice McFadden know. She said she just herself found out and that her "people" had turned it in to Oprah never suspecting it would be picked. I think that is amazing and also that Bernice doesn't realize how important a writer she is..how refreshing.
I have been so busy lately I havent been around much. Now getting a chance to catch up on your posts I remember how much I love your book news posts.I enjoyed reading about the 5 Books to watch and of course the why bloggers love books – but my favorite is truly the mom who refuses to return racy book to I passed that link on to a friend of mine. Thanks Vera :)
I agree with that comparison Steve. Besides the fact that I just like holding paper books, I don't see myself spending around $10 on each and every book I read. I often buy books at the bargain section of B&N, or trade them at PaperBackSwap, and those are not options with the eReaders.
I want to comment on Kobo Reader and more importantly Ereader market in general. I haven’t purchased an Ereader. The article stated that the Kobo will be the cheapest reader on the market … that may be true. My concern is not so much the cost of the Ereaders but the cost of the electronic media.
Look at this example of the novel Get Lucky by: Katherine Center.
Kobo cost of electronic addition of this book $9.89Kindle cost of electronic addition of this book $9.99Amazon (Paperback Version) $4.38 (Several sellers are offering this for under $5.00)
Until the electronic media prices compete with paper copies I will most likely stay with paper. The reason I picked Get Lucky is because I recently purchased this book from Amazon and I am now reading the novel.
I want to first comment on the Mother who checked out racy teen books from the library. I completely understand her concern about keeping some books out of reach of teens, but keeping books and not returning the books is not a legal way to address her concern. I am glad that she stated that she doesn’t want them banned but branded. Each book would be branded with a warning label on the book. They do that today with video games and videos and am sure the next step is to label books as well. Our library has a young adult section and I would hope that the books in the section are good for young adults, but without a label I would guess some racy type books may slip into this area and secondly librarians do not police what someone wishes to check out of the library.
My stance: I feel that young adult is truly diverse; there are books that I would deem appropriate for seventh graders and ones that I definitely feel should only be read by eighth graders and above. But I think it should be left to the reader or parent's discretion to allow a book to be read or not. But how does a parent decide without a label? That being said, I think it might be beneficial to include visible labels on the spines of books. Overall, I feel the Young Adult section is entirely too big of area and includes broad age group from pre-teens to adult readers. Bottom line … I am for a label that would allow a mother and father to know that the book their child is reading is appropriate material for the age of their child.
Oh, geez, that mom. "If I turn them in, they will be put back into circulation and they'll be available for more young girls to read," said the mother of three, who keeps the four books hidden in a closet. Some material is inappropriate for minors."
Maybe she should just worry about what her daughters are reading and let everyone else make decisions about their own kids.
So she's teaching her daughters that it's okay to refuse to return someone else's property – basically stealing from the library? She sounds like a total crackpot.
I just did my current event article in journalism class yesterday on the crazy library lady (:I was actually thinking about blogging it, because its so crazy but now I dont have to (:
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