Tell us your interests.

自分の場合は電子図書です。これが紙の本のつくりとまったく違うのです。電子図書はレイアウトや文字の大きさ、ページのデザインなど、全部必要なくなりました。いままでのは何だったんだ…くらいの驚きですが、おもしろそうでもあります。
As for me my interest is making ebooks. I had made paper books for a long time. Do you know the difference between ebooks and paper books? Answer: ebooks are vastly more flexible than paper books. Too flexible… they have no pages, no designs, and no font sizes. 😦 Only words… but wouldn’t it be fun if I could challenge?

 

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27 thoughts on “Tell us your interests.

  1. Yes, the ebooks are really more flexible and easy for read. For examples my full time is the music production in my home studio and the ebooks about this field always be Electronic books. I love to read in my kindle all the material interesting for me. I hope soon to go to the library near to my neighborhood called “Biblioteca El Tintal” for read my books in my kindle device soon!

    Excellent topic!

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    • Thanks for visiting IF, Michael! You know we are connected by “e”…eBooks, eMusic, and edX haha. I’m really looking forward to your new tune. 🙂

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  2. My Interests! Um….

    Through my life, I have one with the will of being am interesting person.
    That is, keep trying to know myself. Though my life passed a few decades, I still don’t’ know what kind of character I am.

    Sometimes, I got surprised by my behavior or an action that I took in some case, even I didn’t drink any. As the life goes, I have accepted at all those behavior is also the aspect of me, and had some reasons why I did so. But I’m sure that this trying might be last till the day I die. And what is worse I like it.

    Oh! Now I know why my friend said “You are an argumentative person”.

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  3. Are you an argumentative man? Really? OK, I should look at you carefully next time.
    You always make me laugh and happy though… 🙂

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  4. e-books can create the ambiance of art museum,aquarium , cinema , concert hall.
    If you want to know about El Sistema , for example , e-books can show you many attractive sound and visual experience.

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    • Oh, Thank you for your comment, Shoji. You know I’d love to make El Sistema ebooks with your help. Enjoy visiting this site and tell us El Sistema information much more! 🙂

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  5. 夢とは不思議なものだといつも思う。現実なのか幻なのか。
    Do you have dreams? I am talking about not future aspirations but ones in your sleep. My dreams are mostly very realistic, in which my senses are functioning. Sometimes I pinch my cheek to make sure I am not in a dream, then I confirm it because of the pain, even in my dream. Dreams could be brief perceptions of other parallel worlds which might actually exist. When I was in my childhood, I had a particular dream repeatedly; I was a soldier running on the narrow stone-pavement with 3 to 4 other soldiers, smelling dusts and the air after the rain, hearing the sound of aircrafts in the sky, feeling a bit cold and frustrated by my fight in vain. It seems the view of a small dark town in Europe during the 1st war. I do not know if it had been an influenced scene by a film, or a part of my previous life, if transmigration is going on. Anything will be possible. ‘Real’ world we recognize is a faint trace of whole world. The ranges of visibility and audibility for us are merely a little, and modern scientific knowledge does not cover wide range of phenomena. Certainty might be more fragile than we believe. There are many mysteries beside us. How about your dreams?

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    • Miho , I read again and again what you’ve written i can’t get my eyes off your short but condensed dream , in a certain phase I was interested in the realm of dreams and I read Freud’s the interpretation of dreams and many articles related to the same issue …
      but it wasn’t an easy task to be totally convinced by any 😦 I also think that the most part of ourselves isn’t discovered yet … Maybe dreams are signs of where the human brain could reach , the unknown places that our souls could fly to , and the most important thing is the unexperienced feelings that we discover and face ….

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    • Miho, Ghyathaa I have similar opinion like you. The most part of ourselves and world isn’t discovered yet by modern scientific knowledge. As for me the fascinating is the place where modern scientific meets philosophy (e.g. body-mind problem in cognitive science or ontological aspects in modern physics – what is the nature of reality, existence, becoming – there are so many question without answer and it’s so fascinating)
      ..And night dreaming is also so fascinating part of our being…
      Sometimes I have strange dreams for example: I wake up in the morning, everything seems normal and suddenly I realize that I’m still dreaming and I wake up again and again (3-4 times) – it wasn’t a good dream, trust me. It was something like in “Inception” movie, but I had dreamed this a long time before this movie was made…

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  6. Hello everyone, I’m Sławek from Kraków, Poland…. I’m glad that I can leave a comment here, especially about books… 🙂
    ……
    When I’m hungry of some idea, thought I can (r)eat(d) from each medium. From plastic-kindle e-ink, from mobile phone LCD, from paper and so on. The Idea, Thought which are hidden behind medium are the most important.

    But….

    Sometimes I need something more than only eating ideas….

    And….

    This “something more” for me are paper books. Real, physical things. They have own size, shape, weight, colour, smell even sounds (something else whispers hardcover book, something another book with thick paper pages). They have cover, typography, illustrations and own history (second hand books). It’s a real “body language” of books which enrich my experience of reading.

    I’ve approximately thousand paper book, now maybe even more than thousand. I don’t know how much exactly because I count my books very rarely. In my library reigns Chaos. I like to make a mess in my Chaos. According to Greek mythology “at first Chaos came to be” and everything were born from Chaos. I like when on my the shelf meet together e.g. “Introduced to the mathematical statistics” with poetry of Baudelaire, Quantum Mechanics with Religion – in physical, palpable sense is possible only with paper books.

    I love paper books, but only ideas are immortal

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    • the chaos of your different books on the shelf is like a dance 🙂
      welcome to IF Slawek , you are at the right place to enjoy reading and sharing your thoughts at the same time as the very cause of establishing this site is sharing the experience of reading .
      you’ve said (ideas are immortal ) so do you think that the form of book whether it is paper book or ebook affects our reading ?!

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      • Thanks for encourage 🙂
        Hehhe I like your methapor with dance… mating dance 🙂

        Several years ago I’ve seen a movie “V for Vendetta” and the good character in the face of death said something like this “You can shoot me, but idea which is behind me is bulletproof” I like this think and I believe that ideas are immortal regardless where they are fastened because they are more important than medium which transports them.
        But otherwise I also believe that “The medium is the message” (McLuhan), and does it matter whether we read ebook or paper book.
        So answering for you question. Hmm. I don’t know.. The truth probably lies somewhere in between 🙂

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      • Hello, Slawek. Nice to meet you.
        You are the first visitor from Poland!

        As you said we use our five senses when we read paper books.

        Last year I bought Kindle tablet and downloaded a detective story in it.
        As a result I couldn’t find out who done it. 😥
        I guess I didn’t read but only “saw” the letters on the tablet.
        (of course I have a problem with my reading ability…)

        Almost Japanese paper books, magazines, newspapers are written from top to bottom(vertically). When they are published as eBooks, they are the same style.
        On the other hand, when we read materials on computers or smartphones, the writing style is from left to right like English language. (Look at “About IF” page.)

        For long publishing history, layouts of paper books have been developed beautifully and functionally.

        I guess eBook is “like a book.”
        How about “eRoll”?
        Actually I’m now scrolling IF site on smartphone.

        IF will welcome to (various style) book lovers!

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      • Hmm.. So, you say that: don’t read detective novels from e-reader? Ok, thanks for advice hahaha 😉

        Right, nowadays there a lot of these “e” around us and sometimes they are only “like a sth” – in my opinion ebooks for example dont have a “soul”. But sometimes if it hadn’t been ebooks I wouldn’t have read some books. Some of paper books are not achievements for me and in these cases I have only a scan in pdf e.g. or so on. Then the idea, I mean content of the book is much more important for me than the medium 🙂

        Haaa, I’m wondering now how it is to read from top to bottom and next from left to right or from right to left. I mean how it is to feel it, experience when you change direction of read and write. I think the only way is learn e.g. Japanese, Arabic or Hebrew language 🙂

        Hej Mami may I ask you something, you are author of this post? I mean are you this person who had been making paper books before started made ebooks?

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      • Yes, Slawek, I did! Fortunately I could have much experience from letterpress printing to CTS (computerized typesetting system) and InDesign. I love the smell of ink, the sound of printing press, the touch of emboss, and creating data bindings. 😉

        For example, Japanese language textbooks are put in type with top-to-bottom writing style. But other textbooks―math, science, geography, English language, and so on―are left-to right writing style. Perhaps young people prefer left-to-right. They are more familiar with computers/smartphones.

        I made (paper/digital) textbooks for Japanese students.

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      • Yes i watched this movie before and by your comment about idea you remind me of a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” it is a long one don’t say i didn’t tell you …. Read it and then tell me the implied idea haha

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  7. Hello every one 😀 Glad to be a part of this discussion, my name is Katia I study MSc. of Human Biology at CPH university, originally from Syria.
    For me, reading from a book is much more exciting and realistic than from a computer or a tablet, I tried both, but the feeling I get when reading an actual book is much more meaningful to me, I become one with the book and let my imagination create its contents, if I really really liked it, then I don’t mind reading it again.
    But also the environment, and the paper industry effect on it…..

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    • Hi Katia 🙂
      You mentioned that you study majoring in Human Biology. What do you think is there any difference for humans in a biology sense whether they read paper book or ebook? I mean how works our brain when we read (or learn) from paper or from screen – is there any difference? Although maybe this question would be more proper for neuroscience, cognitive science or cognitive psychology…. What do you think?

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      • 🙂 Well, I think it is psychologically different in a sense that if you are used to reading from papers or books since you are a child, then you will unconsciously prefer to read a novel, for example, from a book (unless you had some unpleasant memories concerning reading from a book), it is a habit in a way, and I am sure that people these days are used to high tech gadgets, so reading from a tablet or a computer is not a problem especially for younger generations.
        Also I think it is better for the eyesight to read from a book, than from a screen.

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    • Hello Katusha and welcome to IF 🙂 we’re happy to have your participation …
      Paper books have this charm that associated with senses .. we see words , touch , smell and hear the pages … But as we tend to things that are easier , cheaper ( as a material ) , and more up to date so we go to ebook option that is available at anytime , in everywhere and from all over the world …

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      • So, Ghaythaa maybe these universality, availability, ease to make excellent copy (cloning?), cheaper maybe these features of ebooks makes that real paper books will becomes something unique? Real treasure? Then, I become a rich man 😀

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      • 😀 yup, it is cheaper especially for textbooks, and the hardcopies of the book might not be available in some countries (like in Syria), so it is a way to be able to read the book if you are so eager to read it 😉

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    • Nice to meet you, Katia. I love your expression “I become one with the book.” Me too. I’d like to grab my favorite book and fly to Kumejima… (See ”Tell me your favorite places”) 😉

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      • Thank you Mami, yes I do become one with the book, and sometimes I forget about time as well 😀 off to read “Tell me your favorite places” 🙂

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  8. I love swimming, I think it is a sport where you move all your body and you can relax as well. I like to play the piano as well. I think the moments I enjoyed the most it was when I was the pianist for a choir a while ago. Transmitting the songs to the audience it was great.

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    • Hello Jazmin, your name reminds me of my home town Damascus, which is known for its Jasmine flowers that have a remarkable scent and found in almost all of the traditional houses 🙂
      I used to play the violin, and I love the Piano, I listen to classical music and I find it simply beautiful.
      Actually swimming is one of the few sports that is used as a physical therapy, because it loosen the tension on the joints and bones as well as strengthening the muscles 🙂

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    • Hi, Jazmin, you must be a active and talented person. I envy you because I cannot play any musical instruments. Playing the piano means that you have a way to express yourself (to convey what you feel or think etc). Music has a special power to bring great feelings for both sides; musicians and also audience. Enjoy your performance!

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