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Ebooks over Paperbacks
« on: December 11, 2012, 09:29:52 AM »
I'm curious what everyone thinks about paperbacks and eBooks. I know most of you lean toward paperbacks, and I do too, but in terms of practicality, I'd have to give it to eBooks.

I can read in the evening without using a lamp, I don't need bookmarks, I can never really lose the eBook (unless I lose both my computer and Kindle and my sister's iPad), and depending on when I buy them, they can be really cheap.

However, if I were to just make a poll out of this, paperbacks would win hands down, so I want to hear the merits of each from all of you fine people... And Shep... ( Just kidding, of course -  ;) ) since I'm curious about the thoughts of others on these two ways of reading.
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Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2012, 09:36:37 AM »
I'm curious what everyone thinks about paperbacks and eBooks. I know most of you lean toward paperbacks, and I do too, but in terms of practicality, I'd have to give it to eBooks.

I can read in the evening without using a lamp, I don't need bookmarks, I can never really lose the eBook (unless I lose both my computer and Kindle and my sister's iPad), and depending on when I buy them, they can be really cheap.

However, if I were to just make a poll out of this, paperbacks would win hands down, so I want to hear the merits of each from all of you fine people... And Shep... ( Just kidding, of course -  ;) ) since I'm curious about the thoughts of others on these two ways of reading.

Because of that, I'm not going to give you my award winning, and quite frankly brilliant, thoughts in the subject of ebooks.


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Offline graveyardhag

Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2012, 10:40:00 AM »
While I love a good book in my hands, I have to limit what I buy. I'll get them if they are super cheap, if they aren't available in ebook, and I really, really want it,  or if it's something like A Memory of Light - where I have every other book on my shelf and it would be wrong not to.
Otherwise, I buy ebooks. When it's a choice between paying $25 or $5 the $5 book wins hands down, I absolutely fricken love that I can buy it online and read it immediately, rather than waiting 2 weeks or so for it to arrive in the mail. There are downfalls to it, like certain books not being available for Australians (on a side note - amazon just opened the .ca site, when is the .au one coming?!) some of them being hideously priced - sorry Jim Butcher not paying $21 for Cold Days - no matter how much I want it!
There are the pitfalls of gleefully downloading as many free books as you can, and then discovering that many of them were free for a reason - but then, there are the joys of discovering the wonderful authors as well, and going on to support them.
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Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2012, 10:41:50 AM »
There are countless advantages to reading ebook format, not least of which is the immediacy which you can have access to books.
 Whilst they do have drawbacks as well such as no e-reader is ever as impressive looking as a huge bookcase crammed with great covered books even if it has more titles on the reader (something I lamented over in another thread). Also the ease with which you can skip to another part of the book and back with a paperback is alot easier than navigating through the menus or buttons on an ereader I find this most often with books that have a map.

The advantages of ebooks far outweigh any negatives for me though so my vote would firmly be in the ebook camp though that will change if the price of them keeps showing itself to be utterly outrageous as I've found on a few books lately.
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Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2012, 01:29:13 PM »
I love them all :)  My brain is still wired to think that reading = paperback. When I'm running out the door and need something for the train, I never remember my Kindle, I'll just grab a paperback instead. Ditto when I'm sitting down to read in the evening, etc. etc.

That said, they sure clutter up the place. So unless the book *needs* to be in paperback (it is vintage or signed or something), I'll generally read it and dispose of it (and then, if I liked it, upgrade to a hardcover).

And when I'm going on holiday, I love my Kindle more than anything. eBooks have also helped me discover a LOT of new books and authors. Not necessarily new stuff, but I spend a lot of time mucking around old archives and getting digitised versions of out of print stuff. 'cause I'm weird like that. (Well, I'm weird in a lot of ways...)

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Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2012, 02:26:49 PM »
I understand people's reasons for paperbacks, but I am firmly in the ebook camp for myself. I love downloading a book immediately, I love trying samples before I purchase books I'm not sure about. I love going on a trip and having several books to choose from based on my mood. Plus my kindle is so easy to carry around. And when I find for some reason I dont have it, I can read on my phone. I have definitely enjoyed some of the cheaper self pubbed books that I would not have tried before. And I just like the thought of just producing less 'stuff'. Plus my husband would likely disown me if I had a physical copy of all the books I have read. I can have a hard time parting with my 'stuff', so the less of it I bring in the house, the better.
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Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2012, 04:59:00 PM »
Plus my husband would likely disown me if I had a physical copy of all the books I have read. I can have a hard time parting with my 'stuff', so the less of it I bring in the house, the better.

Yeah, there's no question that ebooks have made quality of life (and marriage!) easier!

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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2012, 06:17:03 PM »
I find that the money/space problem is solved with a well-stocked, reliable, nearby library. Of course, if one of those is not available, then I suppose ebooks make more sense, but for me, paperbacks will always win.
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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2012, 06:43:22 PM »
For me it's a question of consumption vs. collection. If I have a feeling that a book is something I'll want to have on my physical shelves, I will always get a physical version of it. If not, I'll buy the ebook. Being able to sample books on my Kindle is a godsend for this system, since I can (usually) decide which column the book will fall in from the first 10%.

For example, the January book club book is Fevre Dream. I'll be buying the Kindle version because even though I love GRRM's work, I'll be god-damned if I have a vampire novel on my shelf. My collection has standards! And it would just get sold to a used book store in my yearly cull anyway. :P
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Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2012, 06:59:26 PM »
For example, the January book club book is Fevre Dream. I'll be buying the Kindle version because even though I love GRRM's work, I'll be god-damned if I have a vampire novel on my shelf. My collection has standards! And it would just get sold to a used book store in my yearly cull anyway. :P
I really wish there was a way to 'sell' ebooks like you can with physical books. I have some that after reading, don't meet my kindle collection standards.  ;) I suppose I could delete them, but selling them would be more fun. And at least my collection is not on display.
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Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2012, 08:24:10 PM »
It's almost exactly 2 (or maybe 3 - doesn't time fly!) years since I got my first Kindle as an xmas present, and since then I doubt I have bought more than 5 or 6 paper books, and the ones that I did buy were in airports where I had gone away without my e-reader.

E-books are just more convenient, they take up no space in my house, allowing me to fill my shelves with useless crap instead!

I do wish they'd get the whole pricing thing sorted, but the (slow) move towards DRM free e-books is a positive development.

For me it's about the words, whether they are on a page or a screen in irrelevant, so from a convenience, price and ease of access point of view e-books will always win, in my opinion.

ETA: I just saw that this site recently turned two, which means it was nearly 2 years ago that I got my Kindle as I discovered FF shortly after buying a load of new fantasy books on the Kindle.
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Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2012, 09:57:03 PM »
I'm just too much into the haptic thing. I want to hold, weigh, feel and smell my books. I need to see the progress I make, page by page, not on a progress bar.
Two of my living room walls are completely covered with books and taking one out to browse or read a favorite part - that's just way more fulfilling than doing the same on my tablet.

I agree about all the advantages of eBooks (and I seriously hate moving - none of my friends are going to help me anymore), but for me, an eBook can never replace a normal book. I have and buy eBooks, but they're an addition to my normal books.
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Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2012, 11:50:38 PM »
I find that the money/space problem is solved with a well-stocked, reliable, nearby library. Of course, if one of those is not available, then I suppose ebooks make more sense, but for me, paperbacks will always win.

The library argument could well be valid, but certainly for our genre the older/more obscure titles just aren't stocked in the library (at least not in the ones near me).
I still support our local library though, I get most of the kiddy books from there for my boys.

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Re: Ebooks over Paperbacks
« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2012, 12:34:21 AM »
I love ebooks, and my local library doesn't stock many of the fantasy books that you people have added onto my TBR. Luckily, I'm into mystery, which is their main genre.

Anyway, ebooks are more convenient, and sometimes cheaper, but there's just something about holding a book that I just love. The smell of aging paper. Being able to see how far you've gotten besides looking at a progress bar. (The ability to compare page number to book size with your WIP) And covers. Yes, I'm that shallow, but I just love to stare at a good cover, something that just doesn't have the same effect for me with an ebook. I don't know. The brilliant sight sends me to another place, that is if it's a landscape pic or something along those lines.

Take for instance this cover. Just fluffin' amazing. And yes, I got it just because of the cover. :)

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« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2012, 01:55:26 AM »
covers matter for ebooks, too.

ebooks don't necessarily last forever.  I've seen a person claim they couldn't download a copy to a device because their credit card had expired since they purchased the ebook.  Even though downloading it to a new device didn't cost anything, Amazon (I think it was them) wouldn't download because the card had expired.

While I'd prefer to read a paper book, I do feel wasteful, particularly if it is a book I will read once, then let it collect dust forever.