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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

I'm a Sucker for Books!

I love a good book, and to be honest I don't seem to be able to read them fast enough. Now the books above are not ALL the books I have yet to read, these are just the ones to hand. All but two of them though have been bought in the last six months (along with others) with a good chunk from a local Library sale with prices between 20-40p another two from Newstead Abbey where the author was selling his ECW fiction so I grabbed a couple. A real mix of history and historical fiction. I have what may well be the rest of the Bernard Cornwell books and some other fiction coming soon as someone at work is selling her father in laws books at 30p a pop. All told about another 20 books.

So the question on my mind is why did we buy a Kindle? Well I will answer that in a future post along with a request for places to find good free History books.


  1. The kindles ok for some books, or if you don't want to take 5 paperbacks with you on holiday, stick to paper, its just easier? I think?

  2. I like my books real, usually have 2 or 3 on the go!

  3. I'm like Fran - usually 2 or 3 books on the go. Also like you - a large pile of books to read.

    I did do a big clear out of books from my shelves a while ago to make space for more recent acquisitions. Well, I sorted out the books to get rid of months ago - it took ages gradually dropping some off at a charity shop once a week.

    I can see where a Kindle would be useful - somewhere to store all those Ospreys, PDFs of rules....

  4. I agree with Tamsin. If I had an eReader it would probably only be used for rules and reference materials. I'm quite old fashioned when it comes to books and newspapers.

  5. When it comes to literature it has to be books. The feel, the smell etc... books have a certain something. I hate Kindles with a passion but would curb my distaste as can see them being useful for pdf rulesets etc..
    Oh and for free books have a look here:

  6. I have a Kindle and I use it and like it. It's really useful for journeys etc., But it's not suitable for all types of book and military history books seem to fare worst.

    I still much prefer the real thing though and, like all serious readers ;O), have a few on the go at once, except for novels or 'literature' where I'll stick to one at a time. I hope I get to read them all before I croak . . . .

  7. Collecting books at a faster rate than can be read is a weakness for me as well. As for electronic formats, I have an iPad but I prefer leisurely reading the old fashioned way.

  8. It's good to have a nice stack of books, especially with winter coming!
    As for digital v. paper, I bought the FoG v2 for use on my wife's iPad it and it was a smashing failure. I'm a paper guy and that's where I'll stay.

  9. If you travel a lot, like I do, then a Kindle is indispensable. When I'm at home or working close to home then its the real thing for me. However, I have a lot of reference books on my Kindle and its nice to have those right at hand when I'm thinking about something. It definitely has its place.

  10. @ Ray, that indeed is a good use. I will take it when away with work, especially when I head off to China which could be in the not distant enough future ;-)

    @ Fran, me too but I was surprised at how easy the Kindle is to read, I can read for longer without it making me sleepy

    @ Tamsin, I would not like having the Ospreys on a Kindle, it's all B&W well the one Cath got us is.

    @ Mike, nothing beats a real book, still very much in that camp but some of the books available on Kindle can not be ignored, such as the one I am reading it's about the medical ailments during the 1812 Russian campaign, really good reading especially as it was written before WWI I believe

    @ Carl, thanks for the link, will check it out. I have to admit I have held a dislike for the Kindle for some time. It's a tool but never want to swap it for the real thing

    @ Gary, well you have one more book for the list LOL, interesting you think history books are not suited, could you explain?

    @ Jonathan, I do love to read in my armchair, reading the next to last Wheel of Time book but they are getting to heavy for me towards the end of day. By that point I no longer have a lot of strength and find after ten minutes I am wanting to put it down as just to tired to bother

    @ Monty, I can't see ANY benefits for rules not in a paper format. It would be a hard sell to get me to buy them.

    @ Kris, The fact you can have so many all stored away waiting for you to take a look at them. I just will need to get past the aversion to buying them, though I really dislike the idea that they cost around the same price as the real thing, though I understand that VAT is charged on Kindle versions as it's not in the zero rate classification of books