{technology | a question about books : actual versus digital?}

by roséline


. . . all meetings & appointments, since the beginning of the year, have been written, by hand, in a daybook with gilded edges, while p uses an online calender and his iphone to keep track of things; similarly, still prefer to be lost in the pages of actual books, while p does most of his reading now, on an ipad, and was wondering -- do you still read actual books, or have you switched over to digital?


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Blogger helen tilston said...

I love my books and the texture, art work and smell.
I would use a kindle in a crunch but still love to hug my printed book.

Helen xx

June 18, 2012  
Anonymous Jessica said...

I've slowly been transitioning my datebook to my iPhone and iPad but I still have to read real books and magazines. There's just something about the feeling of paper and turning the page....

June 18, 2012  
Anonymous Sneaux said...

I bought a Kindle... I've been trying to embrace it. And I will admit that when I'm traveling for work it's nice to tuck that little contraption in my bag instead of 2-3 full sized books. However, I'm a purist. I just can't embrace it fully. I love good old fashioned paper books too much. Hardcovers to be exact. I love the feel of the paper in my hands, the smell of them, being able to flip through the book to a later page - or physically see how many pages are left in a chapter, etc. The real book is too embedded in my heart. I just can't fully embrace the e-book format.

June 18, 2012  
Blogger Andrea said...

These photos are so beautiful! Real books will always be better, I cannot stand electronic ones or silly kindles I feel like I should be staring at something else.

June 18, 2012  
Blogger Luli said...

I love my books but I also love my Nook. I have the best of both worlds. I don't feel the need to own every book in hard copy. But I still utilize the public library on a weekly basis.

June 18, 2012  
Blogger Miz.November said...

I choose the printed word over digital. Ten to one. Easy choice. I actually think it's kind of sad that everything is going so high tech.

June 18, 2012  
Blogger 1x1000 said...

Working st a library of course I love books! But I like my Kindle too!

June 18, 2012  
Anonymous Hilary said...

I'm split! I LOVE getting lost in a real, honest to goodness book. Especially an old one, where the pages smell of glue and history, and you can turn the pages while you drink coffee and watch the San Francisco fog roll in.

However, when I travel, which is frequently because of my job, I can't go without my Nook. Plane travel is time consuming and because I'm a fast reader, loading a few library books onto my e-reader beats carrying them around AND I get to catch up on all that reading, instead of just sitting around.

June 18, 2012  
Anonymous naomi said...

Oh Roseline this is a very hard question. I write almost daily in a journal but when I am travelling or meeting with clients I like to have as little paper as possible. When I am home, I love to curl up with a good book. When I'm travelling I can't take all of my books so my iPad and my Nook are in tote with me. I love to write and I love to see my handwriting in a beautiful "planners"...I will always have both! XO

June 18, 2012  
Blogger Kimberly Cooper said...

Computer or paper, I can't seem to consistently use a day planner which so far has worked, but I'm starting to realize I really need a system.
As for reading, I got the kindle for the free classic books and Kindle owner's lending library (more free books!) and library books downloaded right to the kindle (yay free books!). Otherwise, I still prefer paper. Just can't beat a REAL book.

Love your website. Truly inspirational!

June 18, 2012  
Blogger Callie Grayson said...

I do both. I so love the pages, but find it convenient at times to use my iPad.

June 18, 2012  
Blogger Macarena Martínez said...

Totally switched to digital, it's easier and faster. Though, I still enjoy worthy books and favorite magz printed! Xo

June 18, 2012  
Blogger Kate said...

I will always be in favour of print. I love the feel of a printed book or magazine in my hands - an electronic device just isn't the same! But technology is becoming so much easier & more common for sure. x

Kate {Something Fabulous}

June 18, 2012  
Blogger Dale Janeé said...

That is so cool! Great Post!


June 19, 2012  
Blogger lorenabr said...

Love to read books, turning the pages is such a pleasure! I go with both new technology and traditional books!
Love the first image!

June 19, 2012  
Anonymous Gina DeVee said...

Tech for appointments...real books ALL the way for reading!

June 19, 2012  
Blogger Supal said...

Oh no way, I read real books. I love the feeling of turning a page, the smell of a new book, the sound of the spine cracking. I'm just traditional like that. I actually read Jane Eyre over and over again and have one really beaten up copy. I have coffee rings on the pages from when I was reading it in a cafe in Egypt. A little spot of where I dropped gelato, as I read it on a bench in Italy. And a wine stain on the cover from sitting in Retiro in Madrid. Those add personality to the book I guess and I'd love to share this book [with its adventures] with my kids one day.

June 19, 2012  
Blogger LKF said...

I have switched to digital- it's so much easier with my daily commute. However, I miss the smell of books and the excitement of a brand new planner!

June 19, 2012  
Blogger Teresa Hatfield said...

I love both, but I love holding a book and a newspaper in my hands. Digital is certainly convenient while traveling.
Happy Tuesday.

June 19, 2012  
Blogger Audrey said...

What a glamorous post!!! no, i still love to buy them and read books.

June 19, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find 'digital' reading extremely unromantic. I moved overseas and brought a few kilo's of books with me. Other's might find that to be a waste of weight but I don't care, I will never buy a kindle! Rachael

June 19, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm old school. i like the paper copies. the older the better. with a broken in spine and a dusty smell that lilts off the page. books are romantic. technology not so much.

June 19, 2012  
Blogger pve design said...

both books and e-books, but I of course am a bit partial to a bound book.
a bound sketchbook too~

June 19, 2012  
Blogger Miss WW said...

If all books of today looked like that I wouldn't mind having them.

But I've switched to überdigital. I "read" Audiobooks because they fit into my phone. Don't want to carry an ipad instead of a book. When I carry my phone and it fits into my pocket.

June 19, 2012  
Blogger Carolann DeMatos said...

I love the idea of virtual books - especially as I always seem to be sitting on a train or in a car, and my bag is heavy enough with my laptop, sunglasses lipstick, etc ... and lord knows I don't need to be carrying 1 (or three) books. But to tell you the truth I always end up carrying those books and ignoring the weightless digital versions. I just so much more prefer the tactile experience of holding a book, turning the pages, smelling that library book smell, and just being able to feel the story. I know one day I will cave a get an e-reader, but it will never replace, in my heart, a real live book whom I can pick up and visit again like a friend.

June 19, 2012  
Blogger Grace said...

I do both! I buy beautiful editions of classics and hardcovers of authors I love and those with lots of pictures like illustrated books and cookbooks etc.

For my Kindle, I buy books that I'm unlikely to want to read again and books that are only available in paperback. Sometimes, if I really love a book I buy it in both Kindle and paper versions especially if I want to read it on the go.

June 19, 2012  
Anonymous Alysia @ 1901 said...

I find it interesting the distinction between 'real' and 'not real' that people are making. Is Fitzgerald's prose any less real because of the format it comes in? I think not.

Switching almost entirely to digital has allowed me to consume more books without accumulating more dreaded stuff, while allowing my bookshelves to become a haven for books that have changed me in some way. I now only own physical books if they have impacted my life/way of thinking significantly. With my kindle I'm never without a book to read.

June 20, 2012  
Blogger Deanne Perry said...

Oh I most certainly will always choose a "real" book over an e-book. I do have an e-reader for traveling purposes, but it doesn't give me the same warm, fuzzy feeling that I get when I am curled up with real book--feeling the pages beneath my fingers and smelling the fresh ink on the crisp pages.

June 21, 2012  
Anonymous Ellana said...

Books...books and more books please, never lose the romance of a novels pages flicked through the fingers!

June 22, 2012  
Blogger GlamorousGirl said...

I will be always the biggest fan of the real books - there's nothing like to be lost in a book and to forget about everything and everyone!


June 22, 2012  

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