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    Nothing in particular just all of them in general. Has the bottom dropped out of the once buoyant fishing book market? There are some great books on sale at the moment and they are going for peanuts. Have we all forgotten how to read or is the thought of reading a whole book just too much for today's, 'want it all and want it now', generation?

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    Trouble with most books is that they take effort to read as opposed to just "gleaning" specific information from the web. You know the sort, which fishery is in vogue, which swim is the hot swim, which bait is the latest fad bait, which rig etc etc, saves on having to think for yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titus View Post
    Nothing in particular just all of them in general. Has the bottom dropped out of the once buoyant fishing book market? There are some great books on sale at the moment and they are going for peanuts. Have we all forgotten how to read or is the thought of reading a whole book just too much for today's, 'want it all and want it now', generation?
    Quite possibly there is a trend towards less reading of books but I'd say regards useful instructional information books have always been a pretty pathetic source. One page of merit to ten of inane waffle.

    Also I think; most good anglers are s*** writers and most good writers are s*** anglers.

    Add to that, every fool that has ever held a fishing rod seems to be writing a book these days - Christ even I've been asked if I'd like to pen a chapter on my river carping exploits.

    I could never understand why book prices, especially old books, ever got inflated like they were?

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    The price of many (not all of them by far) previously collectable fishing books has fallen this last year. I dare say that if and when (I'm sure it will eventually happen) we come out of recession then prices will rise to some extent. There is a glut of books about, plenty of dross but plenty of good ones. Book prices at the Romsey tackle fair were again subdued so some bargains if you knew where to look.

    I've used Amazon to find bargain s/h books - go to books and put in a title or a subject. I also collect books about Oxford and the Thames and have got some tremendous bargains this way; some were 0.01p plus £2.80 postage for excellent condition hard backs with protected dj. Got some match fishing books this way as well. The books come from dealers but with Amazon protection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judas Priest View Post
    Trouble with most books is that they take effort to read as opposed to just "gleaning" specific information from the web. You know the sort, which fishery is in vogue, which swim is the hot swim, which bait is the latest fad bait, which rig etc etc, saves on having to think for yourself.
    In fairness I've seen you ask about baits. Whilst I accept that you may not be a 'want it now' type but none the less you asked.

    I'd suggest reading books for information is seriously flawed, as it tends to be only the opinion of one. A 200 page book written by one angler or ten 5 page articles written by five different anglers, I'd go for the latter.

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    Forgive me if proven wrong Colin but I can't remember asking a specific question about which bait.

    I find good writers can transport you to the place they are writing about, the likes of Yates, BB, Buller etc and I keep reading and re reading them time and again, but some of the modern writers just bore me beyond belief.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judas Priest View Post
    Trouble with most books is that they take effort to read as opposed to just "gleaning" specific information from the web. You know the sort, which fishery is in vogue, which swim is the hot swim, which bait is the latest fad bait, which rig etc etc, saves on having to think for yourself.
    I really don't understand this attitude. This idea that wanting shortcuts to good fishing is some kind of crime. Surely anyone that ever picked up a fishing book or magazine was looking to learn from others experiences, and save themselves the long drawn out process of experimenting or blanking? I know I was when I read the stuff from the successful anglers of my youth.

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    Colin and Chris, I find your attitude depressing, A book is far more than an instruction manual. A well written book is an inspiration, it harnesses the power of your imagination, it will take you to places which a dvd or a short article can never take you. Even some of what I think of as coffee table books often contain stunning photography and line drawings which transport the reader to another place.
    The other thing is the feel of a book in your hand, the smell of an old classic, the old water stains from where it was hurriedly dropped as a previous reader hurriedly dropped it in the damp grass to answer the urgent rustle of the silver paper indicator. The history practically oozes off the page. These things can never be replicated by or replaced by a cold electronic screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titus View Post
    Colin and Chris, I find your attitude depressing, A book is far more than an instruction manual. A well written book is an inspiration, it harnesses the power of your imagination, it will take you to places which a dvd or a short article can never take you. Even some of what I think of as coffee table books often contain stunning photography and line drawings which transport the reader to another place.
    The other thing is the feel of a book in your hand, the smell of an old classic, the old water stains from where it was hurriedly dropped as a previous reader hurriedly dropped it in the damp grass to answer the urgent rustle of the silver paper indicator. The history practically oozes off the page. These things can never be replicated by or replaced by a cold electronic screen.
    You've completely misinterpreted my post. I'm not condemning angling books. I love them!

    However just because you or I enjoy reading the old fashioned format that doesn't mean everybody else will. Some people struggle with anything more than basic written language and will be more at ease with a DVD or pictorially strong media. Should they be exempt from being anglers, or condemned for not getting the same enjoyment that you or I do from a book?

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    Chris
    I never said wanting a shortcut is a crime. What I said is that some folks can't be bothered reading a book to find the required information held within preferring to use the web to glean which fishery, bait etc instantly using little effort and in my book that is lazyness.

    Reading books builds knowledge and understanding, a far deeper and longer lasting knowledge than the instant angler can ever have and one that leads anyone to the ability to draw on that knowledge without realising that they actually are. The building of, retention of and understanding of that knowledge over a period of time, and the use that is put to sets the thinking angler apart from the rest.

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