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Thread: Time to get an e-reader?

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    Time to get an e-reader?

    Apparently, now, libraries are having trouble with bedbugs hitching rides in the bindings of books.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/ga...anted=all&_r=0

    Is there no end of things to worry about?

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    I have seen both bed bugs and roaches come back to the library in books when I worked there. Yuck! We had a few people that we knew were a problem. When they returned books, we politely accepted them. As soon as they left we zipped the books into giant zip lock bags for a few days to see if any creepies came out before shelving them.

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    Wow! I never thought of that!
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    I saw that on my news the other night. Kind of creepy because the little buggers are so small and can infest your house before you discover them. So I say, yes, yes, get an e-reader! You won't have to worry about that problem anymore.

    I might add that I'm a bit biased as I have six books available for e-readers. LOL

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    Years ago my daughter said she didn't like library books because they were germy & touched by so many others. I laughed at her as I was an avid library goer. Looks like she was right! I have an iPad & now download books from my local library. Still a patron, but I hardly ever go there in person anymore.

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    I'll stick with books from the library. However, I will probably check with my librarian about the bugs and will put them in a plastic bag for a day or two to see if anything crawls out.

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    Getting rid of bedbugs is very expensive. And all it takes is one little bug and you are infested in no time. Yuk!

    I started with the basic first Kindle and never looked back. I'm now using the Kindle Fire. I watch quilt shows, read quilt magazines, store quilt patterns, watch movies, tv, and of course read books.
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    this is terrible. I wouldn't be surprised about roaches because they love paper but never thought about bedbugs. Makes me even happier that I have my Nook color.
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    Years ago my Husband worked on the 17th floor of a bldg in Houston, Tx. and they had to keep their stamps in a metal container to keep the roaches from eating the stamps. UGH!

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    Love books and my love my e-reader but not the bugs. Did not know about the plastic bag trick but may try that when I buy garage sale books before they come in the house, just in case. PS I also download lots of free library audio books to my Mp3 and listen to them as I sew. Gotta love the technology.

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    never an end to bugs!!! I love my ereader but if it had not been a very unexpected gift from my DD, I would have eventually bought an Ipad so I could get kindle and nook books on the same device...BUT I LOVE IT!

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    I argued with my DH about his insistance on a Kindle. Now I am hooked!

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    if you use the free calibre software coversion you can use kindle or nook books on both devices.

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    I've owned my Kindle for a year or so and I love it. I especially enjoy reading on it at night. They have come out with an updated one so that must be even better!! When mine "dies" I would certainly buy another.

    I do love real books and still buy them too...depends on what kind of book it is.
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    I never thought of bugs in books....yuck.......guess I will use my kindle more and now try to figure out how to do library downloads on the iPad......and we just voted for a new,bigger library in our town.......could have saved on our tax bills!!!!!!! Someday all things will be only electronically accessible..........

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    Never thought about this problem, but see how it could happen. Now I can justify never going to the library. I never thought I'd be that way, but some things just gross me out!!!

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    ick. yep, roaches love glue. i used to live in Houston. reading this, more to worry about with my books from the library than just them being damaged when i ck them out. i got blamed for one book having damage because they didn't find it until i returned it. Grrrr. i did not pay!! sigh. now must ck for bugs, double ick.

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    I forgot to add that I haven't been in a library in years.
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    I bought the inexpensive Kindle and gave it as birthday presents to the school kids in the family. All the required reading books for school are all in one place and most of them are free. The basic Kindle doesn't have games or go online so it's great for kids just for reading.
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    I am a library retiree, I have never seen roaches or bed bugs. This is all new to me that it happens. I believe in libraries and will always support them. Libraries are much more than the books you take home with you.
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    Another reason to love my Kindle!

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    I work in a big city hospital and we have a constant battle with bed bugs. I see bites on my patients all the time in the office and I know when they come in to deliver that they will bring bugs in. I never thought about books though.

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