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Jon Lee
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Currently, the major IT book publishers offer electronic copies for download. And the price is must lower than paper books. Do you guys prefer to buy ebooks rather than paper books?

For myself, I only read ebooks now. Because it is cheaper, easy to search by keywords and easy to carry.

What you guys think? Just curious......


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David O'Meara
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I can't handle it. I need the dead tree version (to quote Eric). While an electronic version is fine to refer back to, for general reading purposes I need the hardcopy.
Stuart Ash
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Originally posted by David O'Meara:
I can't handle it. I need the dead tree version (to quote Eric). While an electronic version is fine to refer back to, for general reading purposes I need the hardcopy.


The world is going softcopy. Change your mindset!



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Arjunkumar Shastry
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Originally posted by Stuart Ash:


The world is going softcopy. Change your mindset!

Dotcom era has gone. You can see book publishing business is doing good worldwide.Everybody thought publishing online will be a threat to them.But it did not happen.You can't lie on bed on one side and read online book and goto sleep whenever you want.


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Devesh H Rao
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Originally posted by Arjunkumar Shastry:

Dotcom era has gone. You can see book publishing business is doing good worldwide.Everybody thought publishing online will be a threat to them.But it did not happen.You can't lie on bed on one side and read online book and goto sleep whenever you want.




Hmmmmm....!!!
Frank Ertl
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Well, as a reference an ebook is nice, but sometimes a real book is better. Imagine you're flying from London to Sydney. Normal laptop batteries don't last so long... And holding a paperback is much more comfortable if you read for a long time.
Mani Ram
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Originally posted by Arjunkumar Shastry:
You can't lie on bed on one side and read online book and goto sleep whenever you want.


Absolutely. And more importantly, it is very uncomfortable to operate a laptop in the restroom. Paper books rock!


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Vishnu Prakash
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We are much used to Hard Copies as we use it right from KG's. It gives a sense of fulfillment.


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Srinivasa Raghavan
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It is very uncomfortable to operate a laptop in the restroom . Paper books rock!
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Just curious why do you read book in restroom and what books you read there


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Raymond Villeno
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Originally posted by Srinivasa Raghavan:
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Just curious why do you read book in restroom and what books you read there


Probably the Head First book with the blonde pony tailed girl

just kidding


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Bear Bibeault
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I'm an old fart that prefers a hard-copy that I can:

a) Throw in my saddle-bags for transport
b) read in bed
c) stick sticky notes to
d) highlight passages, mark errors
e) emboss the cover with my library embosser
f) pile on my desk to make me look studious
g) burn if it really ticks me off
h) use to level uneven table legs


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Gregg Bolinger
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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
I'm an old fart that prefers a hard-copy that I can:

a) Throw in my saddle-bags for transport
b) read in bed
c) stick sticky notes to
d) highlight passages, mark errors
e) emboss the cover with my library embosser
f) pile on my desk to make me look studious
g) burn if it really ticks me off
h) use to level uneven table legs


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Frank Ertl
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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
I'm an old fart that prefers a hard-copy that I can:

a) Throw in my saddle-bags for transport
b) read in bed
c) stick sticky notes to
d) highlight passages, mark errors
e) emboss the cover with my library embosser
f) pile on my desk to make me look studious
g) burn if it really ticks me off
h) use to level uneven table legs


Very good shot...

Stuart Ash
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This is close to becoming a religious discussion, of the hardliners, I mean the hardcopyists v/s the softcopyists. If I may clarify my stand, an e-book is useful in many respects, like one or two posters pointed out, with possibilities such as searchability etc. Of course, paperware has its own charm and relevance, which need not be threatened by the advent of softcopy books, as some people are seen to interpret.
Henry Wong
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I remember in the late 80's and early 90's, everyone was talking about the paperless office. Unfortunately, it never happened...

IMHO, if "paperless" couldn't be done for the paper forms being pushed around an office, I highly doubt books will ever go away.

Henry


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Bharat Roy
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I'm young fart but still prefer dead tree version.
stara szkapa
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Originally posted by Henry Wong:
I remember in the late 80's and early 90's, everyone was talking about the paperless office. Unfortunately, it never happened...


It did happen in some places. I worked for companies where entire workflow whas implemented using Lotus Notes and it worked very well. The key however was having forward thinking management and emploees able to use computers which is not always the case.
stara szkapa
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Electronic Books concept didn't take off for one reason, there is no good hardware device with appropriate software for reading them. I still hope someone would make one. Has anyone used VGA PDA for reading? Is it any good?
Akhilesh Trivedi
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As long as reading I vote for paper books... when it comes to searching a particular topic... ebook does well. I guess there are other parameters that do count...
1. References like APIs etc suit well on Ebook.
2. Diagrams and pictures demand hardbooks, (as we dont have to scroll them).
3. Making notes is easy on hardbook, "I can not study without a pen or pencil in hand". (Unless it is a story book )


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Dani Atrei
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First thing i do when i buy a book (hardcopy) is to smell it. Having the hard copy makes me feel that someone worked like crazy to get something good done and that that something is seating on my table in a very real way, and that in a very real way it s going to remind me of working on it.
Plus, when it starts to wear a bit, it feels like an accomplishment, you re actually going through something. The more the book is worn, the more you ve used it. It feels good.
Also, i can t focus when i use my computer too much, i ve got sudden urges to go on some sites (like this one) and start talking about ebooks.

Some publishers like manning actually make offers to give you the ebook + the hard copy which i think is nice.

Dan


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Stuart Ash
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Computers will never take the place of books. You can't stand on a floppy disk to reach a high shelf.
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frank davis
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Originally posted by Dani Atrei:
First thing i do when i buy a book (hardcopy) is to smell it.


Dan


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I thought I was the only one with the smelling fetish for books.
 
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