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Ned Kelly

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Encouraging observations about E-Books
Posted: Dec 30, 2017 2:35 PM
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Happy New Year to everyone (New years eve here in OZ)

Just returned from 10 days of driving around the pacific in a floating shopping mall (those big ships have lost their "ship" appeal and this will be our last in 150,000 tons of glitter design to part one from their $$$) However it was interesting - we do a cruise each Christmas and what makes it interesting is the people we meet. Eavry year for the past 5, I've observed the number of reading devices growing - this year I saw more "oldies" have overcome their love affair with traditional paper and are using a variety of e-readers. There was also an apparent increase in the number of the younger groups (under 50's) also using e-readers.

While I don't know "official" figures - Kindles of all types seemed to dominate, c;losely followed by Ipads (mini and full size ) When asked most now love their devices and have realised (amazing) that it saves them lugging books around and also they could purchase while at sea.

Some also realised they could play Scrabble and poker on their devices, which made it all-round remarkable.

While this might not be startling news it's interesting to make comparisons over the eyars, using actual human beings. So I figure e-books still have a great future as more take to them. Sure "paper" will still sell, but I belive as technolgy advances the scope for enhance e-books will also lead to the emergence of a new type of "literature" (Entertainment)

So keep at it.

The voyage also gave me an idea for a new book...you think the Positioned adventure was fun.

Cheers and here's to a great 2018

Ned
Jonathan B

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Re: Encouraging observations about E-Books
Posted: Dec 30, 2017 3:14 PM   in response to: Ned Kelly in response to: Ned Kelly
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THanks for sharing, Ned, and I'm wishing you a great 2018!
resteasy

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Posted: Dec 30, 2017 4:31 PM   in response to: Ned Kelly in response to: Ned Kelly
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My other half - un-PC phrase apology - and me have also enjoyed cruises on the Atlantic and Med. Those gave me an idea for a story. How passengers who daily reserve sunbeds for themselves with towels suddenly disappear. The denouement is when it's finally discovered they were all thrown overboard. Instead of the culprit being arrested, he/she is given a medal. Happy New Year.
Brad the wronger

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Posted: Dec 30, 2017 4:33 PM   in response to: Ned Kelly in response to: Ned Kelly
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Happy New Year, Ned.
I'm looking forward to that Poseidon Adventure rework.
Ned Kelly

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Posted: Dec 30, 2017 4:46 PM   in response to: resteasy in response to: resteasy
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resteasy wrote:
My other half - un-PC phrase apology - and me have also enjoyed cruises on the Atlantic and Med. Those gave me an idea for a story. How passengers who daily reserve sunbeds for themselves with towels suddenly disappear. The denouement is when it's finally discovered they were all thrown overboard. Instead of the culprit being arrested, he/she is given a medal. Happy New Year.

A bloody great concept. I'm for it.

Ned

Ned Kelly

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Posted: Dec 30, 2017 4:49 PM   in response to: Brad the wronger in response to: Brad the wronger
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Thanks Brad...it won't surprise me if we hear of an incident with one of these ships in the near future....they are getting too big (and too high) for comfort.

Cheers

Ned
La Venta West

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Re: Encouraging observations about E-Books
Posted: Dec 30, 2017 5:39 PM   in response to: resteasy in response to: resteasy
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Have you read Margaret Atwood's short The Stone Mattress? It's about a murder/disappearance on a cruise ship, written with all the excellence of a M. Atwood story. It's in her collection of shorts of that name, and was also published in whole in The New Yorker a few years back - https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/12/19/stone-mattress
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Posted: Dec 30, 2017 7:09 PM   in response to: Ned Kelly in response to: Ned Kelly
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Happy New Year Ned......

James C

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Brad the wronger

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Posted: Dec 30, 2017 7:57 PM   in response to: Ned Kelly in response to: Ned Kelly
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They look terribly top heavy. They don't even look like boats but floating high-rises on their sides.
Ned Kelly

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Posted: Dec 30, 2017 8:04 PM   in response to: jamesfc in response to: jamesfc
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Hi James...had a drink or two in your vicinity last week...I avoided that Voodoo Statue on the island after what happened last time...gave the old boy a wide berth. Nothing's happened to me yet - I told several pax who went ashore where to find the old critter and to put their arms around him and generally make light of him because he's the God of Happiness...and good health.

Hope all continues to be well with you and 2018 is a good year. Paradise Point is still there BTW...(hot today around 39C) the memsahib has just gone there to restock the larder...

Cheers

Ned
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Posted: Dec 30, 2017 8:09 PM   in response to: Brad the wronger in response to: Brad the wronger
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Brad the wronger wrote:
They look terribly top heavy. They don't even look like boats but floating high-rises on their sides.

Yes a real ship should be painted dull grey, have two 16inch gun turrets up front, AA batteries, missile launchers and generally behave in a hostile manner. This line was even reluctant to sound the horn for fear of upsetting the seagulls or other life. What good is any ship without an occasional Baso-Profundo outburst...or artillery barrage.

Cheers

Ned

Mrs Julia Evans

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Posted: Dec 31, 2017 4:32 AM   in response to: Ned Kelly in response to: Ned Kelly
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Ned Kelly wrote:
Happy New Year to everyone (New years eve here in OZ)

Happy New Year to you, too, Ned. Let's hope 2018 is a good (and peaceful) one.

J :)
joe castagno

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Posted: Dec 31, 2017 7:06 AM   in response to: Ned Kelly in response to: Ned Kelly
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Happy New Year... wife and I stopped the cruise thing a few years back... you can always go to the mall if you want over crowded stores / restaurants and ill behaved throngs of poorly dressed people (at least here in Florida)
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Posted: Dec 31, 2017 7:51 AM   in response to: Ned Kelly in response to: Ned Kelly
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Ned Kelly wrote:
Happy New Year to everyone (New years eve here in OZ)

Just returned from 10 days of driving around the pacific in a floating shopping mall (those big ships have lost their "ship" appeal and this will be our last in 150,000 tons of glitter design to part one from their $$$) However it was interesting - we do a cruise each Christmas and what makes it interesting is the people we meet. Eavry year for the past 5, I've observed the number of reading devices growing - this year I saw more "oldies" have overcome their love affair with traditional paper and are using a variety of e-readers. There was also an apparent increase in the number of the younger groups (under 50's) also using e-readers.

While I don't know "official" figures - Kindles of all types seemed to dominate, c;losely followed by Ipads (mini and full size ) When asked most now love their devices and have realised (amazing) that it saves them lugging books around and also they could purchase while at sea.

Some also realised they could play Scrabble and poker on their devices, which made it all-round remarkable.

While this might not be startling news it's interesting to make comparisons over the eyars, using actual human beings. So I figure e-books still have a great future as more take to them. Sure "paper" will still sell, but I belive as technolgy advances the scope for enhance e-books will also lead to the emergence of a new type of "literature" (Entertainment)

So keep at it.

The voyage also gave me an idea for a new book...you think the Positioned adventure was fun.

Cheers and here's to a great 2018

Ned


I prefer the smaller boats, the kind where the crew outnumber the passengers and there is only one smallish space devoted to pearl earrings, rain gear, and sundries. I love the challenge of a rhumba on a dance floor dancing to the beat of sea gale. And, if a resultant book does well, the trip can be deducted as research.
Happy New Year. B
resteasy

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Re: Encouraging observations about E-Books
Posted: Dec 31, 2017 5:49 PM   in response to: La Venta West in response to: La Venta West
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La Venta West wrote:
Have you read Margaret Atwood's short The Stone Mattress? It's about a murder/disappearance on a cruise ship, written with all the excellence of a M. Atwood story. It's in her collection of shorts of that name, and was also published in whole in The New Yorker a few years back - https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/12/19/stone-mattress

No. But I'll have a read. Thanks for the steer.
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