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26 January 2013 SRW

A proof of strength
26 January 2013 (485)

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What would Jane Austen make of our
modern reading habits?
Discuss.

This week, it is 200 years since 'Pride and Prejudice' was first published.
Not one of my favourite books, by a long way; but it has had a
major impact on our cultural world, ever since.


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Norman Richard27-Jan-2013 23:09
I still buy paper newspapers. :) V
Walter O. Koenig27-Jan-2013 17:12
I think she would be rather surprised by the popularity of her work these days, and even more surprised by the many film / TV adaptations.
Martin Lamoon27-Jan-2013 11:50
Jane Austen, I do love this particular book, and its great to have a paper copy.
But e-books allow us to carry more with us.
I also like well produced Audio Books
We must not forget the Film version
What would Jane have thought over so many versions?
Sheena Woodhead26-Jan-2013 22:36
Since I bought an e-reader I have read more books than I have in years so I would hope JA
would be in favour. Must read more classics though!
bill friedlander26-Jan-2013 22:08
We will never know, we do know many like e-books and many do not. I am one who does not. I like the tactile feel of a book, and I like to see it on my shelf when I am finished and look upon it as a work of art.
larose forest photos26-Jan-2013 21:49
I'm one of the legion of JA fans, though not as dedicated as some! I rather think she'd be pleased that her books are still being read, and I think she'd have some pithy observations to make on that and on our modern reading habits. In fact she might enjoy e-readers (I don't, I loathe them!). V
Brian Samuel26-Jan-2013 21:17
I think she'd be proud that her books are still popular today.
Johnny JAG26-Jan-2013 20:40
Maire said it so much better than I could, I'll just agree.
Máire Uí Mhaicín26-Jan-2013 20:32
Thought-provoking. I'm a firm believer that the act of reading is more important than the presentation of the written work. So whether one reads traditional printed books or the newer fangled ebooks, it doesn't matter. They can both serve a function in the life of the dedicated reader.