Heaviness pertaining to holding the book when reading: Well like I've said elsewhere I'm not buying a tablet for nine Years. I have access to AYBD on a 2011 BlackBerry tablet and the NABRE and the older Edition of some people's favourite Swedish Bible (so that Edition is no-longer in use), so between my main laptop which is fairly thin and a couple of tomes I'd say it is equally cumbersome in the bus seat in the commuter traffic together with juggling my Confraternity NT or some leather Bible.
Like R. Mansfield said in the great blog-post in 2014 which both he has and I have recently linked to, "I love the smell of new Accordance books".
I have a selective smell for almost all things and memory. I don't remember the print book smells all that distinctly this time of the Year actually, since the smells of gravel that was used to fight slippery roads and walking paths during the Winter as well as all other smells and scents that come through when it is somewhat dry and a bit chilly outdoors (like it is most of the Year) take over and push away other experiences.
Also at other times the perfumes in the local shopping Malls (Mall of Scandinavia for one)
and fruit, vegetables and berries being harbested take over. In fact, the wonderful smell of my Accordance books consists of the memory from the places where I downloaded them, since I go back often - not for downloading but for othet comfortable uses or since it is the kind of places where I have to spend much of my time -
the public library with fairly good opening hours, the buses, my parent's living room, the computer workshop (the one which will eventually cease to exist), the smell of those places sticks in my memory as the smell of my new Accordance books. The smell of the ones I've had for a while is that of my private library with its old fashioned furniture, mixed pleasant scent of not too fingered print books (I actually grow tired of the smell in some libraries of tens of thousands of fingers that have read the books, it's a TOO mixed scent) and old loose green carpets I've inherited from my childhood home, and the spice I scent my books with a little.
I would be FOR a facsimile of BHS so that Michel and others can have it under Accordance!
Oh, we do really buy a book! We buy a relationship. The possibility to be liked by another academic person of the opposite sex since we are strategical in not becoming completely "immovable" as Accordance books go with us in bulk AND boot fast and are in use for several hours without re-charge on top of all communication and errands to be done on the laptop.
I'm about to cram three additional, two of them already big sets of books into my living room.
I have to start re-organising. Commentaries, Talmud and Brill books are types needing more space, so I have to face putting most books in local language and the more rarely used dictionaries and the books about "Gnosticism"
and other religions and the rarely used Bibles and the very few books that question the existence of God and the grammars I don't use every day right now and the easier books and thin commentaries, all of those in somehow fashionable wooden boxes in top of the bookcases. Plus I have to take the furniture above my desk in use for books that are in use that Week. So I don't mind the relief I know comes with having books under Accordance instead! I haven't built bookshelves but have had to repair twice thus far because of the weight. Luckily over here small spare parts for mosy furnitures are free to just fetch.
But yeah I agree there are a lot of requests for features and functionality to be programmed and most users seem committed to the platform so the development priorities CAN be given different weights but it IS at the same time necessary to be predictive and to be the leading platform of choice so many of the things that are or are put in(to) development need to attract more new users as well as make the existing ones exult and fall all the more deeply in love with spending on here on their passions and/or on the vast possibilities of what can be had under one's fingertips which brings depth to exploration and sophistication:
I love books and in other threads I've noted such. I still build book shelves - well, I have the wood cut awaiting jointing but that's another story.
But computers don't smell like books. [...] But when we buy a book in a computer we don't really buy a book. But honestly, in the end if I want a book, I'll buy a book.
It will only be so far that computer software will go in faking it, and given the other calls on development resources that won't be far enough for some, and will be seen as excessive by others. Perhaps some will go as far as you ask for but some of those things are only done in book production systems, using the computer to produce a different output.
Others have commented elsewhere how the webpage now begins to feel like a return to the scroll. Others say I want page turning though even that might well die out as the page is more or less meaningless to a computer. The screen full is highly non-standard but a more natural unit.
So, while I agree that some likeness to a book is desirable, there are other things I need more in these tools than imitation.
Michel's point above is interesting. "If I could have all of what I had and then all the new features that would be cool" - it would. The tech alas, doesn't work that way. It still won't feel like a book - it won't be as heavy, it won't smell right, it won't sound right when you turn the pages ... it is a new thing. Perhaps we will come to love it so much as we do our paper volumes