I mean I know that e-reading does no good service to the printed books....but I didn't imagine that the Amazon would be such a peril...
Wel, this article shows more eloquently than I could ever think of what Amazon trust is really like, and I must say I agree, When downloading free books and reading them on my Kindle I sometimes feel like cheating, and as a lover of the printed word I have to say that I totally support book shops, they actually are my main source of material....as I am an avid book collector. Still, I have to admit that my Kindle allows me to save a lot of money, and if that helps me, an obessed with old books, what would it do to people who don't like collectig?
Well this is a strange and difficult subject, I must admit! As for the thaught of registering my kindle, I had an attempt, but afterwords I decided it would be better to stay offline, and it seems from this article that I was right. How is it possible to sell at an auction your clients database?? hmmm.....It's bad enough that I lost the wonderful initial wallpapers I had on when the kindle was in sleep mode, and now I have to stare at the unsufferable line "register your kindle bla bla..."
I have to admit that I didn't want to think until now at all the bad e-books would cause the editors, but I never dreamt about the other reasons Amazon accused of in this article. I was just glad that people still read books, I never thaught about the consequences this will have in the long term, but of course I wouldn't want to have all my second hand books retailers out of bussiness, not for a million free e-books!
In support of the above, here are some links for my Romanian readers:
and although this is not a second-hand book shop, this is the site of my favourite editor, Prietenii Cartii, wherefrom I have almost all the beautiful, leather bound, quality paper collection books which ought to be in every book lover's library! They also have a vast collection of CD's from which I have bought almost all the Classical music ones! I just adore this editor!
Well, I am quite decided not to stop buying printed books, I am just more selective about what I should spend my money on, as I do not think it is worth spending a lot of money on new printed books, when you can get the same content at a better price, even though second-hand.
Of course there are tomes that just scream to be had, like the ones in my previous post, but apart from that I must add that I think an used book has a story of its own, a personality, as compared to new editions. On the other hand, a full new collection can look mighty handsome in one's library...
On another thaught... here's some cat lovin' for all my dear readers:
As for the main idea of this post, what do my readers think? Do you prefer old used books or shiny new ones?
Bisous and thanks for stopping by!