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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Old School B




B is for bookstores and books. It's sad to see all of my favorite brick and mortar bookstore branches have closed. There are still some that are open, but for how long? With the recent boom of ebooks and ereaders, real actual books are now too expensive and too heavy to carry.

I miss the days when I step inside a real bookstore and get that happy-feeling of being surrounded by actual books. I love the smell of new books. Well, I do love the smell of the old ones, too. That's why I'm also a fan of the library. Reading an actual book page just doesn't compare to the screen of my phone or tablet.

The thrill of touching each page and turning it excitedly, as the plot unfolds from one page to another, is exquisite. My eyes aren't strained by the matte pages compared to screens. Plus, a lot of indie and self-published books aren't edited like actual books. There are too many grammar errors on ebooks, and they're also too wordy. I still like the traditional route of publication.

Eventually, the green projects would succeed one day in the future. Actual books will be gone, and what we have are all digital copies of classics. I hope this won't be the sign of accepting the grammar-error era. Yikes.

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B is also for Betamax. This was the very first form of movie-viewer I'd experienced. Funny, the projector came second for me. I digress. Betamax came before the VHS, but for me they looked alike (because I was not too technically geeky). I know, I know, they were different. Betamax was physically smaller than the VHS. It was inconvenient to watch a movie with a rewinder. I had to wait for the full rewind to finish. During my unlucky moments in the past, the separate rewinder machine had eaten up the whole betamax tape. No more movie!

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I'm not sorry that Betamax was discontinued. An update was needed to improve movie-viewing. It's not the same feeling towards bookstores, though. Don't you think so?


25 comments:

  1. I've never even heard of Betamax!

    I love books and bookstores, too, but I don't think they're going anywhere. Books have been written down, in some form or another, for centuries and centuries. Writing is a compulsion that cannot be totally overcome by typing. I think (I hope) that things will balance out, and there will always be both digital copies and physical copies, too =)

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    1. With the public libraries open, my fear for books disappearing won't happen. I don't believe people would burn or recycle old books from the library and put up digital libraries. That would be scary. This is why I keep on promoting to my friends to visit their libraries. :-)

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  2. I remember Betamax but I always thought it was a superior machine but they lost out in the marketing. Thankfully they're all defunct now :-)


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    2. Was it superior? I thought, even though they were fragile, the disks were better than the rewinder-dependent betamax tapes. Somehow, they get caught and destroyed by the rewinder machine all the time. LOL

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  3. Bookstores are awesome and yes it's sad to see them close. Although I always felt that Borders was way overpriced. And I admit....I will find books that I want but get them off Amazon b/c they are cheaper. Betamax though....lol. My uncle was a TV repairman and sold TVs, and VCRs/video cameras when they first came out in the late 70s. Back then he saw that Betamax wouldn't last and steered everyone towards the big, clumsy VHS machines with the pop up top.

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    1. That was what I thought so back then. The tapes easily broke down.

      Yes, the books are getting way expensive, and buying them directly becomes convenient and cheaper.

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  4. I miss bookstores too. There are a few near me, but both are within a couple blocks from each other with no other bookstores for miles around in a very densely populated area. The mall near me just got a Books a Million, which is nice, although it's rather cramped and there are a lot of toys and games at the front of the store.

    As long as some book retailers stick around, that's fine with me.

    Hope you're having fun with the A to Z Challenge! Here's mine for today: A Girl and her Diary

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    1. Yes, it's been far so far! Thanks for dropping by. I constantly follow the blogs with the Google Connect link. It's hard to search for a follow link when it's not there.

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  5. I'm a lover of bookstores too! We've got a fantastic independent bookstore just down the street from where I live and even though I do love to go in a couple times a month, I do still end up buying books for my Kindle too (which my husband likes considering the fact that our house is overflowing with books).

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    1. I do have books on my phone and tablet, but they're the free versions of the old classic stories. If I'm in a waiting period with the library book I requested, I read the free books on my gadgets.

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  6. I hadn't heard of Betamax. I think the difference between books and tech advances like Betamax --> VHS --> DVD is that the form of the book changes the experiences. Even color TVs from black and white enhanced the experience, not changed it entirely. But reading a physical book vs. reading an e-book really changes things drastically - at least for us hard-core readers! But watching a VHS tape vs. watching a DVD isn't all that different for me. It only slightly alters one of the senses, while the change in form of books changes two, I guess. Huh, Great thought-provoking post!

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    1. Everything evolves, I guess. I do believe there's a big difference using a DVD than a VHS. The rewind/forward feature. I can skip chapters/scenes from a DVD, not from VHS. The possibility of tape getting eaten by the player is huge. It always happens to me. LOL

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  7. Bookstores and libraries - I could get lost in either location for hours.

    Popped by from the AtoZ Challenge.

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  8. Nothing like the smell of a book and the excitement of turning a new leaf of an exciting rendition. I love books!

    Nice blog!

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    1. Thanks! I do agree. I call it Bookgasms!

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  9. Digital will never replace the sounds and smells of a good book!

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    1. I concur. I haven't tried sniffing my ereader either. *cackles* I'm just a funny gal. :-)

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  10. I'm too much of a book collector to switch to e-books - it's no the same sensory experience - plus, nothing electronic can replace a signed, first-edition:) Great post!

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    1. I used to collect a lot of books. Room-sharing disabled me to do so because of lack of space. Having my own place now, collecting books seems not practical anymore, especially when the library is near. :-)

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  11. I am happy to find you here, I love to be surrounded by books, and a good cup of coffee/tea is enough to make my day, I liked this post, thanks for sharing !

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  12. I love bookstores I can get lost just wandering around the isles. eBooks are still the devil to me(not really) but it feels that way sometimes as I don't own an e-reader. The one cool thing about self published books, which what I assume you mean when you talk about the typos, is create space which allows authors to publish a real book of their work. Anyway new follower here.

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    1. I don't own an ereader as well. But, through my phone, the Kindle app is available. I download free ebooks only. I read them when library books are delayed.

      Thanks for following. I'll definitely check out your blog soon.

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