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Subject: hardcover/paperback
Date Posted: 2/26/2009 10:32 AM ET
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We are going to get a treadmill, and I think hard covers will be easier to read on it, so I decided to see if some of the other Cherry Adair books were available in hard cover. Well what's really odd is, Night Fall and Night Secrets both still have really long WL for paper back. However when you just look up Cherry Adair, neither PB edition shows in the list. But hard covers show up, and both were available! So I ordered 1 of each. Since the 3rd one isn't even out in PB yet I figured I might as well have a matched set eventually. Anyway I just though it was odd that the PB's don't even show up in the author list.

Does anyone here regularly use one of those big electronic tread mills, and have you successfully read paper backs while using it? I know someone, Willa? reads hard covers on hers.

Anne



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Date Posted: 2/26/2009 10:52 AM ET
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Anne,

I do find it is easier overall to use a hardcover, but I have had some success reading a paperback while using a Bookmate because it holds the book open to the page.  I don't like to use the Bookmate for regular reading because I don't like the way it bends back the spine, but it does work for the treadmill.

 

 

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 10:53 AM ET
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I still can't figure out how anyone does this, and I get some of the most comical images stuck in my head when Willa mentions working out & reading at the same time:P  I can chew gum & walk, but I can't walk & read.  I'd lose my balance & fall on my face.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 10:58 AM ET
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I hold on to the side rails when I am doing it.  I can even go as fast as 4 MPH or a little faster :-)

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 11:38 AM ET
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Lol, yeah, siderails... something for me to wind up hanging myself on or the blunt instrument that cracks my skull open, you mean:P  It's the motion of walking too with me though.  I can't focus on print and I get lightheaded trying. 

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 11:55 AM ET
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Oh well, we all have our things.  I can't eat and read.  I would never be able to do it without getting food on the book.  I guess I'm a slob that way :-)

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 12:00 PM ET
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I have an elliptical that I use.  I have found that the larger sized paperback books and hardcovers work the best.  The biggest problem I have is that since the book is more vertical than horizontal that keeping the book open to the page I want is hard.  Sometimes the motion of the machine makes the pages want to change themselves.  (If that makes any sense.)  It takes some practice getting used to walking and reading at the same time but once you get the hang of it the time goes by much quicker.  When I don't read or look at a magazine while on the elliptical time seems to drag on.  Just be careful you don't drop the book.  I have done that a couple of times and the books never do well when they hit the machine.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 12:32 PM ET
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I get too whoozy on the treadmill if I try to read.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 12:49 PM ET
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Do you folks who can't read on the treadmill also have difficulties reading in the car? I can read while doing most things (not doing dishes or in the shower though LOL). The treadmill we are looking at has a little ledge that's perfect for putting a book on.

That Bookmate looks cool. I think I can make something similar that will work, if I run out of hard backs or something.

Anne

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 1:14 PM ET
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I use hand weights when I'm on the treadmill at the Y, so there's no way I could read a paper book at the same time.   I listen to audiobooks.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 1:33 PM ET
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Anne, I can't read in the car either.  I've tried that on trips and I get nauseated pretty quickly.  I'm sort of prone to motion sickness though and have been since I was a kid.  Maybe I could read & walk if I took dramamine first:P  Btw, I remember reading somewhere on the forums that the bookmates were rough on paperback bindings.  I've never tried them myself, but I have seen comments about that before.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 1:41 PM ET
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I have trouble reading in the car too

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 2:09 PM ET
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we recently got an elliptical trainer.  i can read as long as i can hold the book in my hands - so paperbacks only.  i still have to be able to grab at the handles when i start to lose my balance because i'm not paying attention.  :)

but for the sake of saving my books from getting sweaty, so far i'm just listening to music while on the thing.  i bought a little set of portable speakers that you plug your iPod into, so i can have my music and DH can have his and it's easy.  plus so far i'm not actually on it for that long at a time, but as i build up to longer times i may have to find an unpostable anthology or something that i can read on it and then put down after.  i usually only read one book at a time.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 3:11 PM ET
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LOL!! I do get very car sick but I can read while walking on the treadmill.  However, my eyes are that great so I tend to check out the large print hardbacks from library for treadmill use. lol

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 3:42 PM ET
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I have literally walked onto elevators or down the streets of Manhattan with a book in front of my face.  There's always that one book you have to keep reading at every free moment -- the one I remember doing that with was The Prince of Tides by Conroy -- not romance but a great book anyway.

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 4:49 PM ET
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I can't read on the treadmill, bike or eliptical. I wish I could.  I can read just fine in the car. 

Date Posted: 2/26/2009 8:12 PM ET
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I only read on a bike, though I'm pretty sure I could read on a treadmill. But I would pick a paperback because I read so quickly, lying the book down on a stand is too annoying; I have to hold it in my hand.

Currently, because of injury, I use an elliptical and I haven't even tried to read -- I just know I would fall or throw up or something. :-\  I've seen someone using a kindle on the elliptical and am a little jealous, but not enough to buy one. :-)

Date Posted: 2/27/2009 1:49 AM ET
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Don't forget the trade paperbacks.  Big size but lighter weight.  Whole bunch of comtemporaries and chick lit in that size.  Treadmill sized.

Date Posted: 2/27/2009 8:43 AM ET
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I have tons of trade paper backs, so that's good to know. Now if the tax refund would show up in my account, I would go and get that treadmill.  Hopefully today or tomorrow!

Date Posted: 2/28/2009 10:35 PM ET
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The Prince of Tides is one of my all time FAVORITE books!!!!  Actually, I love all his books.  If ya'll haven't read anything by Pat Conroy, you really should.  I found a like-new copy of The Prince of Tides in Trade size at Goodwill about a month ago.  I snatched that puppy up so fast.......

I am always reading and walking.  I have a treadmill, but it isn't set up at the moment.  No room in the house since my daughter and her family moved back in.  I get kidded all the time at work, cuz I start reading as soon as I step away from the counter and read on the way to the break room and back again.  I only glance up when I hear the bigger pieces of equipment being pushed around.

I have always been able to read in the car.  When I was 10 we moved from Wichita KS to Tucson AZ.  My Mom thought the scenery was so beautiful, but I would look up occasionally and say - Yeah, it's pretty - then stick my nose back in my book!

Date Posted: 2/28/2009 11:19 PM ET
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My Mom thought the scenery was so beautiful, but I would look up occasionally and say - Yeah, it's pretty - then stick my nose back in my book!

This makes my husband SO CRAZY. He adores scenery. My son and I would both rather read. He knew what he was getting into when he chose me to have kids with. ;-)

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 3:33 PM ET
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I was reading a hardcover so I gave it a try on the elliptical -- just as I feared, waaaaay too jerky for me. I get nasueated just from pruning the roses (the way they spring back and sway, oooooooooh) so it really didn't work. But a paperback on the treadmill did work, though I don't know if I could maintain it at a high speed. I was just warming up.

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 7:31 PM ET
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I have to use the large print books from the library for the treadmill or listen to books on tape/CD.  Does anyone have a Kindle and can give us a report about using that while on a treadmill?

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 9:46 PM ET
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Just the thought of trying to read while on a treadmill makes me nauseated.  I can't walk and read at the same time either.

Subject: reading on treadmill
Date Posted: 3/15/2009 11:19 PM ET
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i agree with previous writers.  I find the larger, trade size paperbacks are actually easy to read while walking.  Plus, most stay open with minimal effort.  I don't run, but I do power walk on an incline without any problems.  There have been a few that have extra small print, these can be difficult.  You won't know for sure until you try it.... everyone reacts differently to movement when reading and some are really bothered by the motion. For the rest of us, it's not an issue.   Good luck,

Trish

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