Card people: how has technology changed your reading habits?

Besides moving you beyond Beckett, that is. Kindle? iPad? Internet-only? Dead trees? What are you reading right now and how are you reading it?

And if all technology shut down tomorrow, how would you find out about, seek, and trade baseball cards?


Alarion said...

Good question actually. Currently I do most of my reading online. I use Google Reader to track all my feeds (like yours) and keep updated on them as I can. I also keep twitter open while at work.

If all of technology went kaput, I don't think we would have any cards *chuckle*. I assume you mean, if the internet goes away and you can no longer use a computer, ipad, kindle, etc? In that case, it's back to the hobby shop and querying the owner for any news tidbits he might have heard.

Trading would probably be done there as well, as I don't really know anyone local who collects.

Rod said...

I am reading a dead tree book called No Surprises for a class. I would visit the card shop 1.5 miles from my house that has been there for 28 years to find out about cards.

Grand Cards said...

I am reading "The Eastern Stars" which explores the history of baseball in the Dominican Republic. It is a book, full of paper and bound with the hard stuff, just the way I like it.

Meanwhile, all of my card reading is 100% digital. As is 98% of my news gathering and social commentary.

Were technology to die, it is very likely that my card collecting would die with it. I wouldn't even know what to do.

dc said...

The better half uses Kindle and loves it for books. No me gusta.

I read the NY Times each weeknight in dead tree form. Ditto the New Yorker magazine. I read several news sites online and rely completely on blogs for baseball card news and entertainment.

Without info tech, I'm afraid we would stop collecting, as we live in the hinterlands, far from brick and mortar card shops. :(

night owl said...

I do the vast majority of my reading online, although I read one particular newspaper in both online and dead tree format every day!

If technology died today, I'd cling to all the addresses I've built up over the months and continue to trade -- communicating by phone or postal carrier, I assume. Fortunately, they're all written a little blue book, so I wouldn't have to worry about access to email.

I don't see myself with a Kindle, I don't get the "why" yet. But I'm slow.

Joe S. said...

Luckily for me, I have a GREAT local card shop. I'd just go there for my cardboard fix! And since there'd be no internet, the place would be booming again!! I'm afraid, though, of the demand this might place on my $1 relic bin...

As for what I'm reading now, "Heart of the Game" about Mike Coolbaugh, the minor league coach killed after being struck by a foul ball. Maybe I'm too tired when I read it before bed, but I don't find it very interesting and it can be somewhat difficult to follow. For every one sports book, I try to read two or three non-sports. You know, just to stay "well rounded" (or at least to appear to be staying well rounded).

Call me old fashion, but not only do I murder trees for my books, but I use the (GASP) public library. You can order books from within their system and have them delivered to your local branch! They have most new stuff, and delays are usually short, if there are any. Plus, if a book is a stinker, I can just return it. I've read lots of interesting books from the library that I otherwise never would've looked at at a book store.

JD's Daddy said...

So since I wear contacts and reading online makes my eyes dry out, I think I will stick with old-school books.

As for collecting...excellent question. My guess is without internet and ebay and the such, that the best way to network would be through local hobby groups, which is great because while I know there are other collectors in my community, I do not know them, never get together with them, or have actually even ever traded with them. I think it would be good to get to know your local collectors.

Hobby shops could also play a larger roll, keeping files of who has what available for trade and being a conduit between traders.

Does this also mean that we would need to go back to kodak and "FILM" for images of our cards? Yikes.

Peterson said...

I pretty much got back into collecting solely because of the availability and price of cards and wax, and the amount of free reading material all online. Beckett was officially dead to me by 07. Market prices have reigned in my kingdom ever since. I spent most of 06 ordering from dacards, ebay and the like, and looking forward to diving into the "forgotten realm" of cards when I got home from work.
Hell, now I even have my own cardblog...
I have made quite a few EXTREMELY satisfying trades with fellow bloggers and am in awe of how good it feels to choose cards to send based SOLELY on how much I think the other person will appreciate them.

James said...

I use Vienna as my RSS reader - love it! Great to keep track of stuff online.

Still reading reg. books. Right now I'm reading, "Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter." Great read.

Betty said...

I'm reading a new dead tree fictional/thriller called "The Ovary Wars" by author Mike Hogan. The government is trying to find out what is destroying women's ovaries; it is biological, terrorism or something else... It has alot of interesting characters and an unpreditable plot.

paulsrandomstuff said...

I still very much like my dead tree books. I love libraries and used book shops; Kindles and iPads look intriguing, but I haven't been convinced to make the investment.

I always have a paperback in my messenger bag; the current one is the novel "Postcards from a Dead Girl" by Kirk Farber.

If the internet never existed, I guess I might still be using Sports Collectors Digest or Tuff Stuff for hobby news/purchases/networking. If the internet went away, I think there would probably be more important things to worry about than card collecting. ;)

MattR said...

I read most of my news on the Internet. I do like to read dead trees though. Right now I'm reading Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matthew Ridley.