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Old 2008-02-18, 02:26   Link #21
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Although useful in finding trivial informations quickly, internet just doesn't compare to library or other archives of printed works as an academic resource..
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Old 2008-02-18, 03:03   Link #22
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As much as I love the internet, I have to admit that I always have and always will love the library. If not for the books, but for the setting. I like the smell of books and the quietness and the comfy couches and chairs. It's fun to sometimes bump into another person w/ the same interests because the encounter may turn into a stimulating conversation. Staring at my computer all day long strains my eyes, while reading from a book all day never seems like a burden.
Another advantage to the library, at least from a student's point of view, is that it's harder to be distracted from homework when sitting in the library. It's quiet. Other people are reading. So I blend in and do my homework as well: quietly. But, when I'm in my room with my computer, my mind has a second of being bored and I relieve myself for an hour changing gears and browsing animesuki instead of reading up on linguistics ( not that reading stuff on animesuki is bad).
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Old 2008-02-18, 09:28   Link #23
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I don't think the Internet will eventually replace books and libraries.

Personally, I prefer to hold a book while studying instead of being bound to a LCD screen. And some copyrighted materials will never be available online. The authors of these copyrighted materials will be better off publishing their stuff as books and earning a few bucks.
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Old 2008-02-18, 09:35   Link #24
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books will forever be my favorite thing, compared to reading in the internet. i have a ton of books in my computer but i won't be satisfied until i get the genuine book form. i can also relax better when i'm reading a book, not to mention reading an entire book on one sitting in front of the computer gives me a killer headache. my eyesight got bad too, after staring at the monitor for a long time.

the internet does help quite a bit when i'm studying, though. but being a lazy person in general it's not much to be excited about, either.
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Old 2008-02-18, 10:48   Link #25
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I absolutely hate reading on the internet. You don't get the same satisfaction as you do turning a page, and scrolling doesn't have the same feel as having a book in hand. Also, books are lighter and more portable than a computer. I'd rather carry a 5 oz book than a 3 lb computer. Also, computers get hot, and they have to rest on your lap or on a desk.
I really prefer just sitting in a chair comfortably reading a book than sitting at a desk.
Plus, it's a bit easier to bookmark a page with a book than with a computer.
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Old 2008-02-18, 11:05   Link #26
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I absolutely hate reading on the internet. You don't get the same satisfaction as you do turning a page, and scrolling doesn't have the same feel as having a book in hand. Also, books are lighter and more portable than a computer. I'd rather carry a 5 oz book than a 3 lb computer. Also, computers get hot, and they have to rest on your lap or on a desk.
I really prefer just sitting in a chair comfortably reading a book than sitting at a desk.
Plus, it's a bit easier to bookmark a page with a book than with a computer.
How about this then:

http://www.plasticlogic.com/hi-res.php

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Old 2008-02-18, 11:36   Link #27
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Generally speaking, for tidbits of information: the internet.

For more complex readings: paper.


And about libraries being quite places... It, alas, depends on the library.
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Old 2008-02-18, 11:56   Link #28
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Unlike the rest of the people here, my eyes feel strained when reading off a book, not when reading off the PC monitor. Poor lighting has a lot to do with this, and the exceptional lighting I'd need not to feel any pain is difficult to find. My high school's library sucked in this department--light was too dim, even during the day. Also, the books' pages (especially the newer ones, not so much the older) have this scent that makes me dizzy after being exposed to it for a long amount of time (also happens to me A LOT with plastic-paper magazines...). Reading off the monitor does strain my eyes, but not as much as a book. It's curious, since my eyesight is near perfect... well, it probably means that in the future I'll develop the astigmatism my mom has now and I'll need glasses, but what the heck.

Tip for those who have problems reading off a monitor: set your text processor's colors to black background and white text, and set the monitor's refresh rate to 80 Hz or higher--by default, most CRT models use 60 Hz (slightly more than the rate used by CRT TVs) which, at the close distance you're supposed to use the PC, hurts a lot.
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Old 2008-02-18, 13:46   Link #29
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People claiming that it's easier to work with books vs. digital texts (in terms of notations, bookmarks, etc.) likely are either using e-books that aren't very well set up, or haven't found software that's right for them. An e-book I used had a great system where you could highlight, add notes to yourself anywhere (the length was somewhat limited, but you could type out a lot more than one could write), and it'd track where you'd left off last.

I wished that all of my textbooks were like that. It'd be so much lighter to carry a single computer than to carry the huge textbooks for chemistry, biology, and so forth...
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Old 2008-02-18, 13:51   Link #30
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Internet is great but personally watching an LCD screen for too long just does my eyes in, whereas a book is easy on the eyes so I can spend much longer reading a book in a library then say studying on the computer. Overall I think neither will take one over which is a good thing.
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Old 2008-02-18, 15:28   Link #31
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That looks extremely futuristic. But, I'd be kind of afraid of dropping it, and I can't flip a page, and if I lose it, it's a lot of money that I lost as opposed to like $5-$30 for a book. Plus, it doesn't look to be very flexible either, and I tend to need flexibility with a book...

Also, it's always fun to close a book when your done. Much more than turning something off.
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Old 2008-02-18, 16:41   Link #32
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Like I said earlier, paperbacks and hardcovers have become more of a novelty, rather than how they used to be the only means of effectively containing and mass producing literature.

Incidentally, did you know that lighters were invented before matches? Apply that here for a good ironic laugh.
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Old 2008-02-18, 16:43   Link #33
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As much as I love the internet, I have to admit that I always have and always will love the library. If not for the books, but for the setting. I like the smell of books and the quietness and the comfy couches and chairs. It's fun to sometimes bump into another person w/ the same interests because the encounter may turn into a stimulating conversation. Staring at my computer all day long strains my eyes, while reading from a book all day never seems like a burden.
Another advantage to the library, at least from a student's point of view, is that it's harder to be distracted from homework when sitting in the library. It's quiet. Other people are reading. So I blend in and do my homework as well: quietly. But, when I'm in my room with my computer, my mind has a second of being bored and I relieve myself for an hour changing gears and browsing animesuki instead of reading up on linguistics ( not that reading stuff on animesuki is bad).
I also have good memories of the library. As much as I love my computer, there's nothing better than reading a few pages before bed or if people on forums piss you off.
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Old 2008-02-18, 17:38   Link #34
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Sorta reminds me of the e-book concept ^^

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That looks extremely futuristic. But, I'd be kind of afraid of dropping it, and I can't flip a page, and if I lose it, it's a lot of money that I lost as opposed to like $5-$30 for a book. Plus, it doesn't look to be very flexible either, and I tend to need flexibility with a book...

Also, it's always fun to close a book when your done. Much more than turning something off.
Slamming the book is pretty fun too.
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Old 2008-02-18, 17:39   Link #35
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Slamming the book is pretty fun too.
It can also make for a nice bludgeoning weapon.
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Old 2008-02-18, 22:50   Link #36
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Sorta reminds me of the e-book concept ^^



Slamming the book is pretty fun too.
And if someone's annoying me, I'd rather throw a book at them than a laptop.

Besides, I think the president taking the oath of office on a laptop would look a little silly.
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Old 2008-02-18, 23:32   Link #37
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I do believe that the internet could successful replace the public libraries. The libraries gets funding from the states. If it can be proven that the libraries do not contribute to education then the libraries could be shut down. I know the one I used to frequent has closed it doors. Actually 6 libraries closed down, or better phrased incorporated into one main library. Personally for me I'm not a fan of libraries, however I do enjoy a book when reading for pleasure. RA Salvatore, Tracey & Hickman, but for research, for schooling, text book, I much prefer PDF format, cntrl-f for quick searches, and wikipedia is your friend when writing an essay and needing quick info.
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Old 2008-02-19, 08:01   Link #38
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And if someone's annoying me, I'd rather throw a book at them than a laptop.

Besides, I think the president taking the oath of office on a laptop would look a little silly.
Okay, okay ^^' I got it. The book allows for certain things and can deliver emotions an e-device cannot. I just wouldn't have thought that throwing books on someone is important or closing a book loudly.
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