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Initial post: 12 Jul 2010 19:46:03 BDT
Does anyone else feel daunted by the sheer weight of some books these days? I like to read in bed, but my present tome is far too heavy ,and I have a constant struggle to stop it from sliding off the bed.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2010 17:43:20 BDT
Yes, I was given "The Kindly Ones" a few months ago but have had to give up on it as it is far too heavy for me. (I have arthritis.) I was enjoying it so much I even tried to buy an e-book copy of it for my Sony Reader; found the e-book in the Sony Store but only available for sale in the U.S. and I cannot find it anywhere else for U.K. delivery.
Another swizz!

Posted on 13 Jul 2010 20:12:16 BDT
Raven says:
Fat books by day and thin books by night....just a thought....

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2010 08:29:38 BDT
"Night or day..." (I think there's a song about that) <g>
Unfortunately pain stays the same and I simply can't cope with heavy tomes. I bought the Sony Reader hoping to solve the problem but there's a sad lack of books available in the UK for it. Having said that, it's saved me a fortune on some classics/out of copyright books I've downloaded from project Gutenberg.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2010 10:31:58 BDT
Absouletly! But sometimes the thinner tomes are less meaty.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2010 18:52:26 BDT
Raven says:
That's very true! And Billy I love Project Gutenberg as well...

Posted on 14 Jul 2010 21:52:49 BDT
The Crusader says:
Billy - there are quite a few ebooks available on Ebay that I can't find in the usual stores.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2010 09:02:31 BDT
Thanks for the tip. I've been a buyer on eBay for years (if looking for a secondhand book I always check the prices on the Bay and here on Amazon, Amazon usually wins) but I've never thought of checking for e-books there. Had a quick look and whilst the one I'm after does not appear to be available, there are more than a few hours of book browsing to get through.

I'd so much like to finish this book (hardly started it really) that I even got the audio version of it. I knew it would be a mistake as I've never, ever successfully listened to a complete audio book. I always fall asleep while listening and then get fed up of scrolling through the story the following night to find the place I last remember.

Lots of problems being a book lover, eh? LOL!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2010 12:58:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jul 2010 13:02:54 BDT
man says:
oh certainly mrs newton,
i know exactly what you mean, some books just seem to weigh a ton that becomes a task just to hold let alone read.
obviously the answer to that is to buy books that have less i don't know about you mrs newton, but i prefer books that have more than 500 means that if it's a book on a subject that is of interest to the reader then you can read and leave and go back to it another time.
whereas a small book one can read in less than a day
and sometime's that leaves one wanting a bit more.
i also prefer to buy hard back books...i just prefer the hardcover rather than softback.
what book are you reading at present?
i'm at the start of a book about the tour de looks very interesting...i only started reading it after buying it about 2 years ago...i'm terrible in that way
i buy books and often don't attempt to read them for years...i have a cupboard full of unread books...but i will read them!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2010 13:07:15 BDT
Hi! I can see what you mean...Hardbacks are generally much meatier then paperbacks . I have another problem which I don`t know if you`ve encountered? If a book is too interesting then I am less able to fall asleep , so I generally keep a quite boring tome just to peruse at night. At the moment I am reading The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham. It`s heavy and not very interesting. Ideal bedtime reading! What is your preferred reading matter?

Posted on 17 Jul 2010 13:08:30 BDT
The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham

Posted on 17 Jul 2010 14:18:30 BDT
man says:
hi thanks for your fast response!
i actually had attempted to post my response but my internet connection was disconnected ; (
never sign up with talk talk broadband mrs newton...
i have to be quick before i am disconnected again...i like history music and art....

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2010 14:20:20 BDT
man says:
hi again ; )
while i am still connected i will ask you why the book you are reading is boring?
is it lacking in details about mr somerset?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2010 14:24:19 BDT
man says:
mrs newton
may i suggest to you a book to buy and read?
rex harrison's auto bio is most interesting and funny too...when i last read it i was in stiches(sorry about spelling mistake)
you will be creased up with laughter when you read the bit about rex losing his penguin!
i never read a nicer funnier book than that!
and that was way over 15 years ago...i borrowed from brent town hall library.
i'm still a member but i prefer to buy my books now rather than borrow them.
how about you mrs newton?

Posted on 17 Jul 2010 14:26:42 BDT
man says:
the history i like to read about is of london...and art from leonarndo to other famous painters...and music from big band jazz bands to jack dejohnette...he is a famous jazz drummer.

Posted on 17 Jul 2010 14:31:53 BDT
man says:
here are some links to rex harrson's auto bio
and jack dejohnette's music

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2010 14:39:20 BDT
Dear man, I agree Rex Harrison was superbly understated actor. I have two biographies of him. The Incomparable Rex by Patrick Garland and Rex Harrison by Nicholas Wapshott. Have you read the other side of the story though? The Journals of Rachel Roberts by Alexander Walker? She loved her life with him and tragically when they divorced she couldn`t forget himNo Bells on Sunday: Journals of Rachel Roberts

Posted on 17 Jul 2010 14:39:26 BDT
man says:
sorry mrs newton
i got the links wrong...the rex harrison book is called fatal charm...its on sale for a mere 1p!
not sure if jack dejohnette is your type of music?
but if it is...sorcery(thats the name of the album) is a brilliant cd...i brought it in 2003 but threw it away after a while...i regret it now
as it is a really good cd...excellent music from 1974...jack is a really good drummer...he's still drumming...although he is about 68 yrs old now.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2010 14:43:32 BDT
It is neither fish nor fowl. It skated around the issue of his sexuality,relationship and bitterness towards his ex-wife Syrie, and gave only sketchy details on his published work.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2010 14:47:08 BDT
Nice one Jack! Yes I`ve read Fatal Charm,isn`t that by Alexander Walker too ? He got all the inside scandal on Rex's` ex Rachel Roberts

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2010 14:49:02 BDT
I don`t know much about the history of London I`m afraid. I have lived most of my life in Derbyshire

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2010 14:51:06 BDT
Hi did you know you can go to the library and log on for free? I`ve done it a couple of times, but like the books my PC is too heavy to handle

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2010 15:04:11 BDT
man says:
no i have not but now you have mentioned it i will try to remember to look it up as a book to buy and read.
thanks mrs newton....btw you can call me trevor...its better than man lol...
it is sad when a relationships ends...mine did recently and i'm still not over it rachel, i loved my girlfriend and wish we were still together.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2010 15:06:34 BDT
man says:
yes someone told me it is possible to borrow books via the i remember the days carrying plastic bags full of books on the bus back to willesden library...i could not do that anymore!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2010 15:09:19 BDT
man says:
oh london has a very interesting history,
i particulary find reading about the 1660's interesting.
i recently brought the audio book version of the pepys diaries...very interesting!
if you get the chance i recomend buying the unequalled self by claire tomalin...
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