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The Book Backlog (update 1) – Books Vs Ebooks

07 Feb

The poor weather in Cyprus has done wonders to my reading. I am currently on book number 4 this year (The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak) from my book backlog.

As I am going through this backlog I am also reading paperbacks again instead of ebooks. Comparing my experience with ebooks to that with paperbacks is inevitable and there are some things which I realise i do miss from the physicality of books.

The feeling of a book’s texture and it’s smell for one. Not as enjoyable as that of a high quality magazine but still great! With paperbacks it is much easier to estimate how long it will take to read a book. This is actually quite important as there are times where I am more in the mood to read shorter books and I have not been able to get the hang of this with ebooks. I am never sure when an e-book will end, even after I’ve started reading it.

Also I do miss having the different types of fonts and spacing. It gives the book more “personality”. Finally, when I am looking at The Book Thief lying there on the coffee table (or any other book on the shelf) it makes me think of only that particular book. It generates emotions and thoughts that are directly associated with my experience with it. In contrast when I look at the Kindle I don’t really think of anything specific. Maybe an article or a newspaper I haven’t finished but no more than that. The visual “connection” to what I am reading or have read is not as strong.

However, I appreciate the practicality of ebooks. For example if the fonts are too small or the lines too dense I can fix it. The integration of the dictionary and the ease with which I can look up words is now more obvious to me. I rarely look up words when reading a paperback while i always do it on the Kindle. It’s just there and requires no extra effort. I am also not worried that I am bending the book too much while reading. I am not particularly “anal” about the condition of my books but I still take care that they are in good condition. All in all it’s a much more functional and comfortable way to read on the Kindle.

As a person in general, I am usually inclined to value the practical advantages over any emotional or sentimental aspects and books are no exception. I really can’t see myself going back to buying and reading paperbacks. Given the option I will probably always choose the e-book version.

The Backlog list
(highlighed in bold are books i’ve read)

Kindle edition
Fiction

  1. Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End of The World, by Haruki Murakami
  2. 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami
  3. Snowdrops, by A.D. Miller
  4. The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes
  5. Ender’s Game: Ender Series: Book One , by Orson Scott Card
  6. Black Lung Captain, by Chris Wooding
  7. The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  8. Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories, by
  9. Room, by Emma Donoghue

Non-Fiction

  1. Operation Mincemeat, by Ben Macintyre
  2. Bank 2.0: How Customer Behaviour and Technology Will Change The Future of Financial Services, by Brett King
  3. Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance, By Nouriel Roubini
  4. Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire, by Judith Herrin
  5. The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rules, by Richard Mcgregor
  6. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, by Peter Hessler
  7. Shadow of the Silk Road, by Colin Thurbon
  8. The Making of Modern Britain, by Andrew Marr
  9. With The Old Breed, by Eugene B.Sledge
  10. Havana Nocturne, by T.J. English
  11. The Essential Bertrand Russel Collection, by Bertrand Russel
  12. History of Western Philosophy, by Bertrand Russel
  13. Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism, by Ian Bogost
  14. Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets, by David Simon

Paperback/Hardback edition
Non-fiction

  1. Born To Run, by Christopher McDougall
  2. Once A Runner, by John L.Parker JR.
  3. The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence, by Martin Meredith
  4. After The Prophet, by Lesley Hazleton
  5. Puskas On Puskas, by Ferenc Puskas
  6. What The Dog Saw, by Malcolm Gladwell
  7. Hitler’s Willing Executionaries, by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
  8. We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families, by Philip Gourevitch
  9. The World Cup’s Strangest Moments, by Peter Sheddon
  10. Fermat’s Last Theorem, by Simon Singh
  11. Hitler’s Empire, by Mark Mazower
  12. What i talk about when i talk about running, by Haruki Murakami
  13. The Myth of Sisyphus, by Albert Camus
  14. A long way gone: Memoirs of a child soldier, by Ishmael Beah
  15. Money (Art of Living), by Eric Lonergan
  16. The Gate, by Francois Bizot

Fiction

  1. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradburn
  2. Baudolino, by Umberto Eco
  3. Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie
  4. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
  5. A Quiet Belief in Angels, by R.J. Ellory
  6. Say You’Re One of Them, by Uwem Akpan
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  8. The Fall, by Albert Camus
  9. Small Island, by Andrea Levy
  10. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
  11. Battler Royale, by Koushun Takami
  12. Everything Illuminated, by Safran Foer
  13. The Bookseller of Kabul, by Asne Seierstad
  14. Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Theorem, by Apostolos Doxiadis
  15. Mister Pip, by Lloyd James
  16. The Complete Stories Vol. I, by Isaac Asimov
  17. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
  18. The Black Dahlia, by James Ellroy
  19. American Tabloid, by James Ellroy
  20. The Venus Fix, by M.J.Rose
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