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View Poll Results: E-book, Paper books, or a combination
E-Books 42 39.25%
Paper books 34 31.78%
Combination 31 28.97%
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Old March 12 2013, 12:30 AM   #16
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Re: E-Books or Paper Books

I have to go with paper. Even though I did purchase the Slings And Arrows TNG collection in ebook form two years ago (because there has been no paper release), I've only read about 3 of those books, and I usually only read about one chapter a week when I'm on the closing shift (I go home for lunch on that shift, and then I have a couple of fifteen minute breaks, so I don't bring a book for that short of a time), and I find that I can't get into the books as well as I can with paper. Paper still rules.
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Old March 12 2013, 12:32 AM   #17
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A combination for me. Non fiction is primarily hardcopy and fiction is primarily digital - although not always the case.
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Old March 12 2013, 04:43 AM   #18
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Combination. I love paper books, but ebooks are more handy.

I carry a book with me all the time (to read on the bus, etc.) and if that's a thick title, eReader is a lot smaller and lighter. And there are titles not available as paper book any more, but still available as ebooks. Not mentioning the space on my shelves, or if I have to move and pack all into boxes.
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Old March 12 2013, 05:13 AM   #19
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Last time I bought a Game of Thrones book in paperback I could hardly read the damn thing what with the grey paper, tiny font, convoluted things I had to go through to hold it, read it and not break the spine..

I absolutely LOVE my kindle. I love being able to order the next book in a series instantly and have it right there. I love that it doesn't weigh anything, that I never lose my place, that just clicking one font up from the standard instantly makes it more readable for me.

And most of all I love that it looks just a bit like a padd

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Old March 12 2013, 05:48 AM   #20
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I'd say about 3/4 paper books and 1/4 ebooks. If I want to keep and reread a book, I get a physical copy. If the price is right and it's not something that I must keep, I'm more apt to get an e-book.

One thing that holds me back from getting more ebooks is that when you have a paper book, it's yours. An ebook can be yanked back and you're really renting it (long-term) but don't own it.

If the price is almost equal, then I'll go with a paper book.
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Old March 12 2013, 07:21 AM   #21
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As a Star Trek collector, I want the physical book to hold, admire, display, organize, but I've probably overfilled my dedicated Star Trek shrine/room since 1980 and - especially the recent IDW comics - the more recent purchases are stacking up in piles in other rooms. It's out of control.

I am currently on the second of two extensive overseas trips and took about four ST novels on each one, but was very pleased to have a digital alternative (a non ST biography in eBook on my iPhone) for those times when physical books were impossible to use. Nighttime flight, when you wake up and it feels selfish to turn on the reading light and shuffle around for the next book, I know I really shoulda brought some digital ST novels, too (instead), but iPhones do run out of charge and not every airport has handy recharging facilities.

My eyesight is undergoing changes and I've had some eyestrain and watering, so an iPad with adjustable font will be an essential purchase eventually, but I still want my tangible ST collectibles in my hand.
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Old March 12 2013, 04:11 PM   #22
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For me, it's ebooks for linear reading (such as most fiction), and where images are a minor feature, if they're there at all. For reference/how-to/etc., it's paper--for me, it's a lot easier to jump to somewhere in the middle of a paper book than to do the same in an ebook.
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Old March 12 2013, 04:37 PM   #23
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Combination - I buy e-books of new stuff, crack the DRM, and archive them to avoid headaches with iOS updates. I still check out thrift stores and library sales for physical books and buy those.
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Old March 12 2013, 05:48 PM   #24
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Combination. I like e-books, but I'll still buy paper books too. The only reasons being the DRM and some e-books are just too expensive. I still like to hit up the used book stores once in awhile too. You just never know what treasures await there.
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Old March 12 2013, 06:40 PM   #25
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Old March 12 2013, 08:46 PM   #26
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Paber & E-books from 2007, ebooks only from 2009.
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Old March 12 2013, 10:57 PM   #27
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I have downloaded some classics in ebook format but haven't got around to reading them. I much prefer paper books.
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Old March 13 2013, 12:21 AM   #28
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Up until yesterday, it was all paper, simply because I did not have an eReader or tablet. But I bought a Nexus 7 on the weekend and I'm now in the middle of reading Typhon Pact: The Struggle Within. And I will be looking at the other ebook-only releases (Slings and Arrows, etc) at some point.

Going forward through, I think I will be sticking to paper books when I have the choice. Maybe. I haven't really decided yet.
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Old March 13 2013, 06:06 AM   #29
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I forgot to vote in the poll....oops. But that's been corrected now.
As for why I prefer E-books, it mainly for their storage, adaptability, and ease of use. I don't live in a big house, and before I got my Nooks I had different books spread out across three book case, one for stuff I haven't read, one for tie-ins, and one for non tie-ins and all three are starting to overflow. Now that I have my Nook, I can have thousands of books one device that is smaller than a single hardback book. I also love the fact that I can change the text size and font if I'm having trouble with the standard. One of the big ones for me is ease of use. For the last few years I've had some medical problems that have affected my arms, which can make it hard to hold a open without breaking the binding, which is one of my biggest book pet peeves, but with the e-readers I can just prop it up, and only need to reach out to change the page, and if worst comes to worst I don't even need to use my hands.
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Old March 13 2013, 12:32 PM   #30
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I am about 50/50. Most of my Sci-Fi is on my kindle. I read most not fiction in paperback form. I still enjoy buying used books so I'll be 50/50 for a long time to come
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