Why the hate?

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Re: Why the hate?

Post by Bluebird03 » 06 Feb 2019, 07:12

I was skeptical at first, until several of my friends got e-readers. I saw how convenient they were. You can carry more than one book - in your purse. You can also use it for more than just reading books...all in one small package.

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Post by PepperedPenelope » 17 Feb 2019, 13:15

I think it all depends on your relationship to the book, and what is right for you personally. I never really thought about an e-reader (you have to pay for a device and then pay for the book? whatt?? when I could just pay for the book and use my eyeballs?). But then I challenged myself to read 100 books in a year. I had to get creative with my method of book acquisition - I couldn't always get to the library, and I wanted to be selective about which books I purchase (what if I spent 15$ and hated the book? or even 5$? it quickly adds up). I learned that you could rent library books (and there are sites where you can access free public domain books you can download to your kindle) on the kindle and was sold. Now that being said, there are books that I only want in physical format (you will have to pry my Harry Potter books from my cold dead hands) but, having my kindle (and my kindle app) has made reading so much easier - I no longer have to worry about ending up somewhere without a book.

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Post by Chikari » 07 Mar 2019, 04:06

I think people get defensive because reading is so intertwined with how they see themselves. It's part of their identity and people can be slow to accept change.
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Post by Choine » 14 Mar 2019, 18:12

Human beings hate change. We love what is familiar to us and when someone suggests an "improvement" a lot of us are skeptical. I used to hate eReaders too, but then I discovered how convenient they are when I travel or if I'm short on shelf space.

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Post by lisalynn » 18 Apr 2019, 11:38

Books replaced spoken word stories. Now ereaders are replacing books. Both are simply tools to help communicate a writer's ideas. The ideas are the important part, not the format they take.

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Post by Alison Alissa » 25 May 2019, 09:54

I guess the word is not hate but the inability for people to spare some to comprehend the new innovations.I feel at one we will have to comply because the world is enhancing day by day and I love that factor of development.

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Post by Femi05 » 25 May 2019, 10:20

I loved my paperbacks but i found a new love in technology with the many ebooks and platforms for reading i eould never have had access to.

Invariably it has made me more of a reader than i could ever have been and this reading has directly impacted on my writing significantly.

But then, not everybody embraces change. Not immediately anyway and this is one change that has come to stay. We must either adapt or get left behind.

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Post by beccabecky » 29 May 2019, 11:21

I guess because reading awakens passion in those who love doing it, so that might be why people react so vehemently to changes.

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Post by Lady-of-Literature » 30 May 2019, 14:43

That's a really good question! I'm sure there are several possible answers and even more variables to consider to reach a plausible conclusion. From my perspective, I would argue that the reason for this hate toward e-books(for example) is misplaced hate towards change. People have always and will always be reluctant to change. It's unfamiliar and rattles the consistency of the now and challenges our comfortable boundaries, e-books may provide us with stories but it does so in a new and scary format. We don't have to travel anymore to bet books, they are instantly available at our fingertips through ebooks. We also have access to creating and publishing original content and forums such as these, in the past, this was not so commonplace. I believe the hate and hesitantly is a natural feeling for people and like before I believe we shall more past this onto better things without forgetting where we've been. Paperbacks aren't going anywhere and more than campfire stories.

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Post by Jennz123 » 02 Jun 2019, 07:12

I too avoided getting an ereader for ages but now I’ve surpassed it and gone audible, it’s great with some Bluetooth headphones!

The reason I was so anti ebooks was that I worried if everyone jumped ship they would eventually stop making paper books. I have fond memories of paper books from my childhood and it felt like this issue was undermining that emotional attachment

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Post by Leyla Ann » 19 Dec 2019, 09:36

Being among the last generation, I haven't really stumbled upon anyone with such hate.

My theory is that maybe the older generation feels threatened by the fast and yet vast amount of change.

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