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Is this the end for books?

Discussion in 'e-books and e-readers' started by Will, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. Jcrawley

    Jcrawley New Member

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    I just got into reading on a regular basis, im not too big on e-books, I just like watching the progress of moving forward in a book. I will probably buy an e-book sooner or later to try it out. One question I do have is it common for books to come out in e-book form before a hard copy is released? There is a book I desperatly want, but it is only available on kindle or whatever, no hard copy released. When can i expect a hard copy??? I believe it was released in June???
     
  2. SFG75

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    You can pre-order a book on your kindle, but it won't download until the release date. The advantage is you don't have to hit the brick and mortar or stand in lines on that day.
     
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    I must be one of the oddballs. I don’t see the attraction in the feel and smell of them. I am actually annoyed when I have to read a paper book nowadays. I love being able to just set the e-reader on something and read hands free (particularly convenient when you want to wrap up in a blanket). By adjusting the font size I have more flexibility in how far away from my face I place it. My hand doesn’t get cramped by trying to hold a 1,000 page paperback open with one hand for long stretches at a time. I love to read while taking my lunch break. Eating a sandwich and holding open a book at the same time is a bit cumbersome.

    It has gotten to the point that if I can get my hands on the paperback for free or pay for the ebook I will pay for the ebook. Hell, in one case there was a series of books that I really wanted to read but hadn’t been released in electronic format yet. So I ended up downloading a very good quality bootleg e-version of it. And to assuage my guilt and to ensure the author got compensated I also purchased the paper version of it and gave it away.

    For now, though, I still lean toward physical books when buying children’s books for my kids.
     
  5. Polly Parrot

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    I have yet to see the appeal in reading ebooks. I don't mind precariously balancing book and food so as not to soil the former with the latter.

    I think books and ebooks can co-exist peacefully. Much like television, Internet, newspapers, and radio do. Despite previous concerns that video would "kill the radio star".
     
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    I'm starting to covet the space all those thousands of books I still own take up on the shelves. Since they don't make virtual yarn, I need those shelves. I have tons of childrens books I can bear to turn loose just yet, and Mr. Abc is not yet sold on ereaders, so I box up a few book now and then and donate them to my library.
     
  7. Cenere

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    I like the convenience the E-reader bestows, but I prefer actual books. I think it will be quite some time before we notice a miraculous difference. With that said, I will continue to buy and read real books. I love the feel of thin paper and a nice cover; I love slipping my fingers through the pages as I read; I love the classic feeling a real book promises.
    Not to mention, my school does not even permit E-readers, since they are classified as electronics. Since I do quite a bit of reading at school, I would be forced to read from an actual book anyway.
     
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    Liked your 'smelly book' remedy. However, I don't think I'll be getting an e-book - I like to see a pile of books on my tbr table, most of which I've borrowed from the library. I like the look of them, the colours on their dust jackets and I can see at a glance how big they are, read the outline at the front and know whether it sounds interesting to me or not. I'm sure it's more convenient for people who are still in the work force to carry an e-book, however, I'm retired and the only place I read is at home. I hope that books never go out of style. I do buy books online if I'm on a lengthy waiting list at the library but it's usually paper backs which are easier to hold. But each to his or her own. :)
     
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    Just wait. I don`t think that the printed book will die out in the long term. Maybe it is just a "phase". Nevertheless, I like ebooks.
     
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    I think when all is said and done it is just a matter of preference. :)
     
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    Kindle books are self-published (I just published one two days ago) and no one is in charge of quality. It is the same book I published online (see the signature below).
     
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    Not *all* of them, you know. I doubt it would have become much of a success if that were the case.
    Far too many self-published writers get that wrong. If you publish your own book, you're in charge of quality.
     
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    The effort required to print a book onto paper, store the book in a warehouse, delivery of the book to a business or a home. VS, download now from a file server. Printed books just can't compete in this new market without charging much higher prices. I am forty-six and even though I LOVE the feel of a real book, I am going over to the eReader market. Cheaper, and as we found when we had a house fire a few years ago... I lost a LOT of books that I could not replace easily, and ended up not doing so.
     
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    And what would happen if my Kindle device, containing many purchased books, were lost in a fire? All these books would be restored on the next reading device, without paying for them again. That is a big advantage.

    Ludwik Kowalski (see Wikipedia)
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    I think this may be like trains....there will be some people who still use it, but the day of the print book empire has probably come to an end.
     
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    That sounds like a fair analogy. with one more slice being taken out of the pie and everyone having to adjust (to mix the metaphor).
     
  19. beer good

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    And much like abandoning trains, so far it's mostly only happened in the US... :innocent:
     
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    Yes, very unfortunately.

    Ludwik Kowlaki
     

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