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Re: Armitage CD and other electronic wonders

Jim: For pleasure reading, I'll take books anyday over other formats.
But you are right, for research type stuff or just want to know
stuff...one cannot beat the internet or electronic sources. I tend to
use all my gardening books in the same way you do...find the info I want
and get on with other stuff. :-) And you know, we'd never expect you to
agree with a group consensus on anything...that would worry us!!!!

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Wed 11/26, james singer < jsinger@igc.org > wrote:
From: james singer [mailto: jsinger@igc.org]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 15:57:56 -0500
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Armitage CD and other electronic wonders

Guess I'm the only contrarian who thinks most gardening books are
<br>how-to manuals, not something to get teary-eyed over--rather
something <br>to get into, find what you're looking for, and get out of
as quickly as <br>you can. A long time ago, I thought reading the
dictionary was fun but <br>I gave it up once someone invented the
spellchecker. Can't say that I <br>miss it.<br><br>And, of course, there
are many, many books that I enjoy that will <br>likely never become
electronic--in spite of the herculean effort of the <br>Gutenburg
Project. But when I want to remember a passage from <br>Huckleberry
Finn, I go to Gutenburg and do a site search. I don't try <br>to thumb
through the yellowed pages of an old, inexpensive [probably <br>book
club issue], dog-eared copy.<br><br>And, yes, I wandered though the back
stacks, not only at university, <br>but also at the National
Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, MD, <br>before the National
Agricultural Library was built. In those innocent <br>days, I could
check out 17th and 18th century books--even take them <br>home to share
with my children. That stuff [John Gerard's herbal and <br>Philip
Miller's Gardeners' Dictionary] will probably never make the
<br>electronic library. And it's a pity. Because they haven't made the
<br>reprint paper library either. And probably
won't.<br><br>Qualifier--Gerard's herbal was reprinted in facsimile
several years ago <br>at something like $100 per copy; as far as I know,
Miller [the most <br>popular gardening book of its time, and perhaps for
a 100 years <br>thereafter] has never been re-printed on cheap or
expensive paper. My <br>first wife [divorce settlement story] has a
third edition. Seventeen <br>hundred something; bound in
leather.<br><br>I'd settle for it on a web
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