Downtown and Midtown Re: [OT] Hotel suggestions for downtown London

Nic Gibson nicg at
Tue May 1 10:19:10 BST 2007

On May 1, 2007, at 09:42, Jacqui caren wrote:

> Peter Corlett wrote:
>> Anybody want a telly? That space is good for another couple of   
>> hundred books.
> I only have a ~500 books left these days (mostly fiction).
> I have a <100 number of IT and misc reference books but
> most of my books are obtained in digital form and the
> digital now exceeds the paper.

Hmmm. My partner is an editor (copy and production) and proofreader.  
She specialises in academic texts. Her mother ran an anarchist  
bookshop during the 70s. The only thing Em kept when her mother died  
was her books. Three walls of the living room are floor to ceiling  
bookshelves. And seriously obscure some of them are too. The IT and  
reference books are in other bookshelves in the study. I think there  
are around about 4000 books in the living room and about 800 in the  

> I prefer audio fiction as I can listen to a book and work at the  
> same time. Also when you have spent far too long staring at a  
> screen it is nice to stick a set of headphones on and close your  
> eyes while "reading" a good book - especially in the bath ;-)

This has never appealed to me. I listen to music when I work (music  
without words or the above editor gets cross).

> The big question: do peeps still prefer paper over digital forms?

Absolutely. We try to restrict our buying these days (due to full  
bookshelves) and I prefer to have tech books on the laptop as well as  
on the bookshelf.


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