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e-Books Vs normal books..

Discussion in 'e-books and e-readers' started by fanny, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. Bob Magness

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    With the exception of graphics heavy books, I prefer ebooks to dead tree books. In fact, on several occasions I have purchase an ebook when I already owned the physical book, just so I could read it on my preferred medium.
     
  2. Peder

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    I like that! Good planning! :D :flowers:
     
  3. BookManEd

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    Very true :) I also like the titles and new companies out there that are only publishing ebook versions. Such as Grit City. Or self publishing authors. Etc
     
  4. MjCaan

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    I have a physical library at home that I was in love with. But to be honest, I have not purchased a physical book in a couple of years. Not since my first iPad. While I still love looking at my books, I now catch myself wondering what I could do with my library if I packed all those books away. I'm torn.
     
  5. jorgemtrevino

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    I pre-ordered Follet's "Fall of Giants" in HB form when it was announced in the big "A" bookshop. The book weighed in at over half a kilo. I was about one third through it when the .azw version appeared. I downloaded it to my Kindle and gave a huge rest to my aching arms. I've done this with many other books and always end lending the print edition to friends while I glide through the ebook. The HB is nice in my bookshelf but the ebook in Calibre is a sweet!

    My guess is that a great majority of readers will keep longing for the look, feel and smell of a book; myself included. But for the plain and simple pleasure of reading? ebooks beat print hands down.

    An ebook can reside in three or more places at once; Kindle, smartphone and PC, and I have it in synch always.

    Ever got caught in a waiting room with a hung up appointment? My smartphone —an Android device with a large screen– has kept me from cancelling the late appointment several dozen times, and when I get home the Kindle will synch painlessly to my last page read. Try that with a paperback even.
     
  6. Gotlift

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    I broke down and bought a kindle last week and overall I am very happy with it. I love the ability to highlight a word and see the definition for example. I just read my first book on it and while it does have some downside that you have to get used to, it is easy to take along with you where ever you go. That being said, what I don't like about it so far is buying books. I typically shop on amazon for used books at a discounted price. Now I have to pay full price for the books that I want to buy.
     
  7. Peder

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    Always? I often see advantageous kindle prices for new books I am interested in, with price savings ranging from large to small, depending. But yes, the price of used books can get pretty low, down even to a penny, for books in lesser condition.
     
  8. Gotlift

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    Granted, I haven't been shopping long. The last two books I've considered have been over $10. Not that I never paid that much for a traditional book, but I can at least shelve them or resell them when I am done. I'm considering amazon prime for other entertainment as well so they may offer deals to members.
     
  9. Peder

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    Kindle has fit well into our bookbuying and reading habits, and it may eventually fit into yours also. We buy books at all prices from many sources in many conditions, pretty much depending on what opportunities present themselves for the authors/genres/topics we are interested in. Most turn out to be regular books, but my kindle collection is growing as well, mainly with books for reading at the barber and books with favorable price breaks over their hard copies (plus the despised self-pubbed category). Amazon Prime saves enormously on shipping for us and we have used it for online streaming of movies, free and otherwise. And one can also borrow selected kindle books for one month free.
     
  10. sparkchaser

    sparkchaser Administrator and Stuntman Staff Member

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    Nobody said that once you own a Kindle all future book purchases must be eBooks. If you think the eBook is too expensive, then get the dead tree version.

    Amazon prime is worth every penny.
     
  11. Gotlift

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    I get that, but the reason I got a kindle to begin with is because my wife is a bit of a clean freak and books are too much "clutter" for her to handle. We just redecorated our home office and, unsurprisingly, all of my books have ended up in the donation pile. I miss the book shelves, but my two year old son wreaked havoc on it anyway.
     
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    /sputtering/ clutter?????

    Words fail me.

    or

    Let me put it this way, sensible words that do not include profanity totally elude me.
     
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    Haha! I second that opinion...
     
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    have just read most of the posts all the way back to the beginning of this discussion - very interesting! my son dragged me into the 21st century last year giving me a nook. I am an old fashioned girl and belong in the group of "love the feel of a book." however, the ebook world has its place also. like movie theatres, radio, and some of the other technology mentioned, I believe books will always have their place. one thing about a book: it can be Loaned Out, and shared with someone you know would enjoy it as you do. also, I buy some because I want simply want to own it. now saying all that, the ebook world has been good to me - it allowed me to publish my own books. and yes, there are people who write to me and say, "do you have it in soft cover?" sadly, the publishing world is very closed to new writers and ebooks are The way to discover if you have talent and a market for your writing.
     
  15. Peder

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    That stopped me dead in my tracks. :eek:

    I can't even imagine such a thing!

    Do they have one pencil for each child? :innocent:
     
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    They only have the rights to lend out one copy of the book and I don't think libraries want to be involved with piracy.
     
  17. Peder

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    I'm supposing that rights to lend more than one copy must be available, and I am certainly not even remotely suggesting piracy. I'd have hoped that would have been clear.

    If only single-copy lending rights are available, then by all means color me stupid.
     
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    Only single-copy lending rights are available to most US libraries. Of course, they're free to buy multiple single-copy lending rights for the same book.
     
  19. Peder

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    What a concept! Buying two books.
     
  20. Conscious Bob

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    Yeah, we're heading for an indie world, I'm not saying that's a bad thing but as a reader I understand that having a book rejected by a traditional publisher forms a necessary part of writers learning their craft.

    As a self published author is there an editorial process you go through? How do you know your book is any good?
     

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