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Do you think the closure of a bookstore or a newspaper's print version is a sad thing?

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In an age where everything is almost done with an electronic device, books and other printed media are one of the last things that can exist without electricity. You can't have your device autographed and your book run out of batteries and break from a fall.

15 ( +15 / -0 )

I voted ‘yes’ not because of newspapers going out of print, but because of bookstores closing down. I still love going into a bookstore and and browsing through all the different titles, often finding something I wouldn’t find on Amazon. I love being able to read a few pages before deciding on a purchase. I love the smell of bookstores. I love the calmness.

28 ( +28 / -0 )

Yes, but not for newspapers though, the death of bookshops is tragic.

14 ( +14 / -0 )

I was a book lover from an early age. Loved bookshops and libraries. Had quite a collection of books but when I moved to Japan most were left behind.

Today all of my 1,000+ books are digital and on my iPhone and iPad.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

I'll miss bookshops but new books had become expensive. I think it's a natural death. Most people have either shifted to technology or go to second hand bookstores and libraries like me.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Yes, it's sad we are losing newspapers because it's always sad that good writing, good investigative work, is needed. Nowadays, people can't be bothered to research. Googling isn't research. Don't believe everything you read.

I love bookstores, especially the ones where it's like a library. You find a book you like, sit down and read. The bookstores with blaring noisy music where I don't feel like browsing, I won't miss.

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Yes, but not for newspapers though, the death of bookshops is tragic.

Exactly. I remember years ago when the only english bookstore in Ebisu (Good Day Books) closed down. It was like a knife in my heart, but oh well.

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Yes, I agree, I have always loved the smell and peaceful ambience of both traditional book stores and libraries. In lockdown I have used the electrical books (very steam punk!) available from my local library but it just isn’t the same. I still prefer the feel and experience of a proper book.

Newspapers I will miss, there are so many other uses they are put to once read.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Yes, I love reading books and the smell of a brand new book. You can relax in bed with a good book; less so with Kindle. You can read bedtime stories to your young children with books; hardly the same experience with an e-reader.

And losing a newspaper is absolutely a sad thing, I'll repost something I posted last week on another thread.

The death of a newspaper is always a sad thing, especially if it has a 100-year history or more. Even more so in regional communities. I grew up in regional Australia and the morning paper was part of our lifestyle. Mum and dad would read it in the morning before breakfast and I'd read it after school. They had evening editions in those days. Loved the comics and also the weekend editions which were thicker than usual. You could spend an hour or two on the sofa reading the paper.

Regional papers were always good for the local news which the big city papers rarely publish.

Going digital won't be popular with elderly people. It won't be the same for them.

A newspaper is more than just pages. It represents something in a way a digital version cannot. I always remember a scene from an old Humphrey Bogart movie, "Deadline USA," where he is the editor of a paper, called The Day, which is about to sold and put out of business. An old lady comes in and wants to tell the editor about a murder. When Bogart asks her why she didn't go to the police, she tells him she doesn't know the police. She knows The Day, she has read it for 50 years since emigrating to the U.S. and it helped her to learn English.

That is the importance of newspapers (or at least it used to be).

8 ( +8 / -0 )

My idea of heaven is browsing a bookstore (or in Japan, a bookshelf) so it's a tragedy that there are closures.

That said, many people still enjoy the "feel" of a book and I think there will always be a market (niche, perhaps) for a good yarn on the pages.

I do appreciate the e-book/kindle device because the old eyesight isn't what it used to be. In that way, they are handy...

2 ( +2 / -0 )

A printed newspapers firm, I couldn't give a hoot. A bookstore on the other side. That'd make me very sad if it was to close. A Facebook album will never ever be able to replace a well and professionally made, printed wedding photo album. Same goes for snowboarding, ski, bikes, travel and Cosmopolitan magazines. Yes, I read Cosmopolitan ^_^

Not just magazines, tho. I have a Kindle with tons of e-books but I still love going to a good bookstore for language and cooking books, maps, calendars, stationary, story books for kids and lots of other stuff they sell at bookstores.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Call me old fashioned but I like the feel and touch of paper, especially when it comes to books.

As a teacher, as some might agree, I think students have also gotten lazier because of their electronic dictionaries and they are really missing out on not using a paper dictionary because they do actually learn something when they skim & scan the various word orders and categories. Don't get me wrong, electronic dictionaries also have their place and they're very quick with highly useful & unique functions, but it should be used together with a regular paper dictionary. I've noticed at the university level that many Japanese students don't even bother bringing a paper dictionary with them, and they'll just have their electronic dictionary near them.

Anyway, being able to flip through newspapers, books, dictionaries, etc., does have some benefits. It might even be better for maintaining good eyesight.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Yes.

A personal observation, I've noticed that I don't remember much about the books I read on my phone, but I remember quite a lot about the books which I physically touch and read.

I later discovered from reading neurology article, that when multiple senses are stimulated during an activity, the "learning" effect lasts longer, or leave better impression.

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A personal observation, I've noticed that I don't remember much about the books I read on my phone, but I remember quite a lot about the books which I physically touch and read.

Agreed and then some! I ditched my kindle because I was reading less. Had loads of books on it, just found it hard to get into them. Turning proper pages, the smell of an old book, having a well stocked bookcase and the satisfaction of putting a well-read book back in it is worth the small extra cost. Printed book sales have actually been on the up for a few years now I believe.

I later discovered from reading neurology article, that when multiple senses are stimulated during an activity, the "learning" effect lasts longer, or leave better impression.

That makes sense. I imagine the same senses are stimulated when you put some good vinyl on the record player.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Not in the least. Save the trees, our technology is perfect for just that. Come into the 21st century or go bankrupt.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I always prefer to buy books in person so I can have a little browse to see if it's worth shelling out for and I regularly buy printed publications in Japanese. Unfortunately I have to buy books in English from that well-known site that screws its workers as I can't get them otherwise

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Personally, I like reading so I love the fact that with e-books they are always close to hand, wherever I may be and whatever I may be doing. Once I finish one book, I can buy a new one without a moments delay, no more traipsing into town to one of the few English bookstores that never had much choice and charged about three times the price.

Another advantage of e-books is that they don't take up any space. The floor in my study collapsed under the weight of books and it is a real problem to find where to put them.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Sadly, it is an inevitable part of tech evolution. Just about everybody has the world's largest library in their pocket.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I like book stores too, but I'd like to see more books being available as open source publications meaning they are licensed under creative commons -- and available to people who many not be able to afford a lot of books. The easiest way is to self publish these in digital format and share with the world. It is possible to print a copy at any time.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Books can last hundreds of years. Batteries fail and formats change. Also books are physical, there's nothing more enjoyable than a book. Kindle is a pale imitation

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I'd venture that those who say no don't have a library card and don't actually read that much

0 ( +0 / -0 )

wihout print version books too might disappear sooner.

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there is nothing called Borderless world world, borders are bound to be if not fights might become more- what is in business viable cannot be in political governance; nothing can be extreme; that way i say print editions ought to live for ever, print versions give employment to a several millions too like, writers, journalists, printer, artists.. &so on... i said in my book too i published in 2018 - how we misinterpret our energy.. we can't afford to kill our civilization.. of printing - if we allow demise of print publications how thinking would spread among people across the world. it is printing only saves slaves today. if not who would remember George who was keeled to death just in 8 seconds.. Some might support slavery most would not is valid think today.

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