Do you like books? Do you like to sit by the fireside and get engrossed in your favourite reading material? Do you like the feel of a good book on your lap and let your mind drift into it’s pages. Do you think computers will ever have the same effect on you? I have the Holy Bible in electronic form. The whole book is inside a small hand-held device which looks like a calculator at first glance but it holds all the pages of that book even so. I have the printed version too of course and I much prefer it. Somehow the electronic version is just not the same. Oh yes it is ideal for cross-referencing or finding a certian word or phrase in an instant but it needs to go a long way before it becomes as pleasant to hold as the printed version.

Shirley Anne x


Author: Shirley Anne

Happy to be alive because of Jesus

10 thoughts on “Books”

  1. I am a big fan of e-books… I travel a lot and whilst I carry a big computer bag, it’s always full of the computer and all the bits and pieces one needs to make it work when travelling so carrying a book along just doesn’t work. I read e-books on my iPhone which has a lovely display and it’s just so easy to use that when I have time for a quick read on the MΓ©tro or on the plane.

    However, that said, I’m absolutely crazy about printed books. I’m in the UK today and what was the first thing I did? Yup: Go to the bookshop to bankrupt myself there! E-Books are wonderfully convenient and the interfaces are getting better and better so the experience is really improving, but it just isn’t the same as a printed book.

  2. Hi Emily. I can see why you like eBooks, they are so convenient aren’t they? It would be difficult carrying a case full of books wouldn’t it? LOL. When you say you are in the UK today, do you travel much in your work and to the UK specifically? I suppose you are in London then. If so, what a pity. If you’d been up in the North West, Merseyside, we could have met up. I live in Southport, 20 miles north of Liverpool.
    You must have quite a collection of books then. I have a fair number, not a great amount but they are mostly reference and factual, I rarely read fiction.

    Shirley Anne x

  3. Oh yes, convenience is definitely the best thing with e-books. Just being able to have a library on a small device with a nice screen means I can get so much more reading time in during the day… It’s amazing how many small 5-10 minute ‘gaps’ there are in a day which are best filled with a dip into a good book!!!

    Normally when I visit the UK, it’s either to go to London or to Birmingham. Today it’s Birmingham and it’s one of these horrible fly in in the morning (which means getting up at 4am) and flying back in the evening (which means getting home near midnight). But at least I got my books! πŸ™‚

    Yes, I have a hideously large collection of books (the movers had a heart attack with my last move!!!) and I’m one of those people who cannot ever throw away a book… They become far too personal too me! Anyway, a nice collection of books makes such a lovely way to warm a house up… A decorating element one can actually use! πŸ™‚

  4. I have been in houses in connection with my job where there have been floor to ceiling books on three of the walls. I simply love that in a house, it says something about the owner don’t you think? I have been in other houses where they have amassed not only a library of books but all sorts of bric-a-brac too, so much so that it left only a narrow passage through the room! That tells me something too! It’s funny what people collect but books have got to be the best thing, you could never tire of them. Well I couldn’t.
    Tell me Emily, why do you have to travel to the UK often?

    Shirley Anne x

  5. Although I read most computer manuals and documentation on a computer, no ebook reader could ever replace the feeling of “real” book while sitting in my favorite chair. (My cat and gin and tonic close by πŸ™‚

    Starting reading for pleasure again about five years ago, before that I used to say I have more important stuff to read for work. (More to life than computer manuals.) I leave for work 30 minutes early, sit in a coffee shop and relax with my book.

    Discovering used book shops was also a factor … new books cost so much in Canada. Last year I’m became interested in fresh water issues and was able to acquire 3 books on the subject for a very reasonable cost.
    Picked up a few classic science fiction titles in hard as well. Books and women shoes are a problem for me πŸ™‚
    I tend to all sorts of books … fiction,history,environment, ok not romance.

  6. It would appear then Sandy that we are very much alike with just one slight difference, I am not a great cat lover. Oh I like cats alright, other people’s cats that is but I wouldn’t have another one at home. Now dogs on the other hand, I love them. Really I love all animals. As for the G&T, mine’s a double! We have a couple of bookshops in my town and also a couple of secondhand bookshops. I don’t buy very often but occasionally I will browse and if I see something I like I buy it. Don’t mention women’s shoes….gosh I can’t get enough of them. I must have around fifty pairs! LOL

    Shirley Anne x

  7. I like dogs, too, but I’m afraid that I am a confirmed cat woman and am probably destined to be a crazy cat lady in my dotage, with a half-dozen or so of them roaming around me in a rickety old house as I read my books whilst drinking my wine (G&Ts are also most acceptable!)

    As for shoes, I’m also a terrible addict and intend to replace Imelda Marcos in that department, but this will require a few more pay-increase negotiations with my boss!!!

  8. Sorry Sandy for getting you mixed up with Emily there. I have corrected the name in my reply. Must have been too many G&T’s….LOL

    Shirley Anne x

  9. I guess we got mixed up Emily. I was talking to you but then Sandy chipped in and I replied to her but I am talking to both of you now! I am amazed that this subject has produced such interest. Nice to have you both anyhow. Love

    Shirley Anne x

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