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Petty Hates

Post 13761

KB

This is a bit more than a PH. It's actually really annoying (and I also think we've probably mentioned it before, either me or someone else).

But it's when you keep getting interrupted with a certain book, so much that it completely ruins your flow and you don't know where you are in it. What you'd really need to do is go back to the start and give it a clean sweep, but somehow you can't bring yourself to wade through the bubbles of familiarity you keep encountering.


Petty Hates

Post 13762

Cheerful Dragon

Conversely, reading a novel that's a real slog, but being determined to get to the end of it. As you get close to the end, you find yourself wondering if it's worth the hassle of finishing, but you'll miss the climax of the story if you don't finish it. (I'm going through this right now with Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis.)


Petty Hates

Post 13763

You can call me TC (Granny AND Granny-to-be)

Doesn't happen with a Kindle! The entire universe knows where you've got to. Wherever you are, if you switch on the Kindle, it will open at the page you last finished on, and if you are reading on another device, it will search the ether and tell you.

Which is a rather sinister thought, but so what? It's convenient.


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Post 13764

Cheerful Dragon

That only works if you have Airplane Mode off or Wi-fi on (newer models call it Airplane Mode, older ones Wi-fi). I don't always, so my Kindles get out of sync, although my apps don't (much). You also need to be within range of, and connected to, a wi-fi service.


Petty Hates

Post 13765

Pastey

I'm starting to get tempted to get a Kindle, but I don't buy enough new books to warrant it.


Petty Hates

Post 13766

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Isn't the point here the problem about getting interrupted? It doesn't matter if you know exactly where you've got to, the 'flow' is ruined.


Petty Hates

Post 13767

KB

Yeah, that's it. If you keep getting distracted you end up at the stage where your eyes automatically follow the lines and you turn the pages, but you haven't taken anything in. Or rather, you haven't taken enough in to follow the book. You've just taken in enough to make it annoying to read again.

It's a bit like when you suddenly become aware that you've read the same line about seven times, and just think "Oh for smiley - bleep SAKE!" smiley - laugh


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