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Tuesday, 19 April 2011

P: Proper Books


You can keep your Kindles and your iPads,

After all you can't enjoy sniffing a piece of cold, hard technology, like you can an favourite, old book.
Proper books are easier on the eyes
And you can curl up with them better.

And they add that certain something special to your home

Don't you agree?


  1. I do agree, even though I'm not meant to as a modern-day librarian gal :D I can't handle eBooks, not for reading pleasure anyway!

  2. I do love proper books. I really love that picture of the house with the floor to ceiling bookshelves. I need something like that because the books are really starting to take over the entire house.

    That said, I am looking at getting a Kindle because there are some books I want to read that are only available in eBook format. It won't stop me from buying books though... much to my significant other's dismay.

  3. Agreed. Nothing like the smell of real books - old or new.

    Life on The Farm

  4. I agree, but not sure it will make much difference. Everything seems to be heading in the ebook direction.

    Moody Writing

  5. My houses testifies to my love of real books. I swore I would never buy a Kindle but I'm slowly weakening since more and more 'books' are only available as e-books.
    However I chose to submit my novel a publisher which does both e-books and printed books - and my book will come out in both formats, so I'm getting the best of both worlds!

  6. I own a Kindle and have to say that it is no substitute for the real thing! It will never replace my books. However, as someone who suffers from occular migraines, I should point out the Kindle does not cause eye strain. The screen is what is called electronic ink - there is no backlight or flashing LCD.

    Long live books!

    Ellie Garratt

  7. I agree - electronic readers don't look, feel or smell the same as Proper books. Still, if they provide more outlets for new work, maybe they're not to be sniffed at (but in a good way ...)
    Enjoyed your P thoughts :-)

  8. Agree with you that nothing can substitute for the original (a proper book). Not only is it easy on the eyes, there is so much pleasure in holding a book between one's hands and touching the pages.

  9. I so agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yay for print books!!!! :-)

    Take care

  10. Paper books are an experience! I'll be sticking with them for a long time.

  11. Absolutely agree - you can't beat the smell of a good book. Plus I read in the bath a lot, and I really don't fancy dipping an e-reader when I nod off!

  12. LOL! Yes Laura, the dripping Kindle in the bath, I hadn't thought of that one.

    Interesting to know the screen doesn't glare or flicker, Ellie. :O)

  13. YES, I definitely agree!!! I have no interest in those harsh metal book thingys. Give me an ink & paper book every time! :)

  14. Hi Madeleine .. absolutely agree - have one volume of my uncle's encyclopedia out now .. to look at a subject - smells wonderful .. it's 85 years old .. leather bound.

    I've got books open all over the place - but I use the net too, don't own a kindle or ipad ..

    So give me books books proper books please!!

    I love your photos here - they match SO WELL ..

    Cheers Hilary

  15. I definitely agree! I have an e-reader but I don't read it nearly as much as I read PROPER books!

  16. Since I got Gizmo (my Kindle) a nice leather cover, he's much easier to cuddle up with now -- and no eye strain because there's no glowing glare with the Kindle.

  17. Must admit, I'm kind of falling out of love with my Christmas Kindle. Think I'll do a blog post about it one of these days.


  18. alas, I'm an e-reader convert. I love kindle because it uses a technology that doesn't require back lighting, so it's easy on the eyes. And, because it's light and small, I find it easier to curl up with. Oh and one more thing-- I'm running out of bookshelf space. I actually find proper books a tad clunky now um-ah! (never thought I'd say that)

  19. As a matter of fact I do agree. I adore books and I have hundreds of them. My dream is to have an extra room in my future home that I can turn into a gentleman's library. Dark paneled, mahogany on the walls and with tons of shelves. A burgundy chesterfield leather sofa and two matching wing chairs. An oriental hand-made rug on the hardwood floor and carved mahogany tables. And of course a carved ball and claw mahogany antique desk.

    I'm not asking for much.... am I?

  20. Totally agree with your love of books in the hand. My post today was on a similar theme. Must be the P-factor.

  21. Hi Madeleine,
    Must agree. Nothing like gently caressing the binding on a book. And nothing like staring at the books I never read in my bookcase :)
    And now, I, shy and humble Gary, shall 'queue' up for the next posting in this amazing 'alphabet challenge'.
    Take care and have fun :)

  22. I totally agree. I have a Kindle, but I still love holding, turning the pages and breathing in the pages of a book. Love the first photo!!!


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