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Trek Literature "...Good words. That's where ideas begin."

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 13 2013, 01:34 PM   #31
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Re: E-Books or Paper Books

E-books for me, I hate paperbacks.
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Old March 13 2013, 09:47 PM   #32
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Re: E-Books or Paper Books

I prefer eBooks for a few reasons. One is I only have to take one Reader with me. When I finish a book, I have more waiting to be read. Also, the prices for most Star Trek eBooks are cheaper then the pBook and the eBooks are available when a lot of Star Trek books are out of print.
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Old March 14 2013, 03:06 AM   #33
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I buy Paper books E books are too expensive.
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Old March 14 2013, 03:21 AM   #34
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EBooks all the way for me now. My Kindle is smaller than most paperbacks and has adjustable font size, which is very handy for someone who's had cataract operations.
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Old March 14 2013, 04:29 AM   #35
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I voted combination.

For Trek books, I'm still 100% paper, except for eBook exclusives, obviously. (Well, OK, I bought the Destiny omnibus in eBook format, but that's in addition to the original paperback releases.)

For financial reasons, I've being trying to severely cut back my non-Trek book spending, and opting for the library instead. However, for the few non-Trek books I still do buy, they have recently started to skew about 80% eBook vs. about 20% paper.
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Old March 14 2013, 02:05 PM   #36
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In general I'm 50/50 but with Star Trek I'm 100% ebooks because the collection will get out of hand if it was physical.

That said I just bought 2 old New Frontier paperback because I didn't think they were available on Kindle, after I ordered them I found out that the UK kindle store has terrible organisation for Star Trek books, and they were there all along.
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Old March 15 2013, 06:53 AM   #37
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1: I live in Outer Bumfuckistan, so if I want books I either have to order them or wait for the rare times I get into an actual "city". With my kindle I can get them instantly.

2: With a little careful watching I can get a lot of books for free or deeply deeply reduced. This takes the sting out of paying full price (or these days near full price) for trek books.

3: Space and storage issues.

4: The built in dictionary.
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Old March 16 2013, 04:44 AM   #38
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Combination. I'm a collector, so I want physical copies of the books I want. But I do almost all of my actual reading now on my phone, and to me, it's worth the $8 for the ease of holding my phone vs. holding a book open and the convenience of having access to the book on my phone wherever I go, since the phone goes everywhere I go.

I will say that this was not my position a year or so ago. The convenience factor finally won me over to ebooks. Oh, and as Stoek mentioned, one of the best features is the dictionary/Internet search feature. I love being able to click on, say, a species name, click on the Google option, and go right to Memory Alpha/Beta and see a screen cap or other picture to be able to visualize an alien character. SO cool!
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Old March 17 2013, 04:46 AM   #39
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For me it's probably 50/50. I buy every fiction Star Trek book published and most of the non-fiction as well in hard copies. I actually tried a few years back to go all digital on Star Trek books when I bought my first ereader (original Nook). I just couldn't stand my paperback collection not being complete and so went and bought all the copies I had missed (a few months worth) and got caught up. Almost all my other reading though is ebooks. I enjoy the convenience of having a huge library with me wherever I go and I also find the built in dictionary extremely useful, and at my age the ability to change font size, or style for that matter, has been a huge help.

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Old April 1 2013, 02:28 AM   #40
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I have voted Paperback but that be cos i am a bit of a traditionalist.
I do have all the star trek books on my Ipad in ebook form as many are hard to find or out of print.
So I only read the out of print ones on the Ipad but that may be because it make my eyes hurt when i read for to long.
So paper all the way.
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Old April 2 2013, 04:52 PM   #41
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All paper for me. I do intend to shift to eBooks at some point, at least partially as I love to hold a real book in my hands so it might be a stretch that I'd stop reading traditional ink-on-paper books. But for now paperbacks are my thing.
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Old April 2 2013, 06:30 PM   #42
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All paper. Even if I could afford a reader for ebooks (besides just a cimputer, I don't like just sitting at a computer and reading books) I really like paperbooks. i'm that way about everything. I don't buy digital, ever. Physical media is always going to be the only way I get books, movies, music, and games.
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Old April 2 2013, 08:44 PM   #43
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I like paper books; I only read e-books right now for works that aren't available on paper. It's not that I have anything against e-books per se, I just prefer having the paper book. If Pocket was to stop publishing paper books I'd switch over with no problem.
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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.
This (in both the positive and negative respects). I also do prefer having concrete representations of my investments (partly, theoretically, due to their resale value, which is a reflection of my general financial policies, not my specific attitudes towards TrekLit).

Part of my issue with ebooks is that I already spend a lot of time on screens every day, and I have found that reading ebooks cuts out a small but useful part of my day where I'm off-screen.

Of course, part of this issue is that I'm using rather old screens to read; my phone is nearly ancient at this point, and I read on a laptop of similar age. In the years since I bought these items, visual displays have vastly improved and now produce more natural images that are crisper and easier to read.

In a few years, I'll probably buy a (by that point, very out of date) iPad and I suspect I will use ebooks much more then.
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Old April 2 2013, 09:04 PM   #44
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Part of my issue with ebooks is that I already spend a lot of time on screens every day, and I have found that reading ebooks cuts out a small but useful part of my day where I'm off-screen.

Of course, part of this issue is that I'm using rather old screens to read; my phone is nearly ancient at this point, and I read on a laptop of similar age. In the years since I bought these items, visual displays have vastly improved and now produce more natural images that are crisper and easier to read.

In a few years, I'll probably buy a (by that point, very out of date) iPad and I suspect I will use ebooks much more then.
Skip the iPad and buy a e-ink reader specifically for books. They are much easier on the eyes (I have both an iPad and Kindle Paperwhite) and a dedicated reader is far cheaper.
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Old April 2 2013, 09:44 PM   #45
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^ I've had the opposite experience - I find e-books are MUCH easier for me to read on an iPad than on a Kindle. And it's one less device you have to worry about.
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