Do you prefer ebooks or paper/hardback and why?

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Ebook or paper/Hardback

  1. Ebook

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  1. TheX
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    What do you guys think?

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    For me e-books for convenience to be loaded on my iPad.

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    There's no option for both. I've got about 1000 volumes in my place, so it's safe to say I like books, but my living space isn't unlimited and not every book I read deserves shelf-space for a lifetime. E-books let me read pop stuff - especially in this day of multi-books series - without adding bookshelves. If it turns out I like an author a lot, I'll usually hunt down a first edition for my permanent collection and squeeze it in.
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    Ebooks. I love paper ut you need so many accessories if you want to read at night. Like a light! iPad has that built in. Also love the fact that you can make the text larger so in my case I don't have to wear glasses!
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    The book shelf has my fav books, there are 76 of them, and they together weigh around 40-50kg! In my iPad I have around 3000 books. And they all weigh the same as the iPad does in total. If I want a book off the shelf I have to look really hard at the authors and titles, on the iPad I just search. Books fall apart especially those favorite books, my hobbit has got to be 1/4 study tape!
    I never lose my "spot", no dog ears, no need for a light, no cramps or RSI from holding a novel, no tired arms, and if I want I can play ambient music while I read.
    So hands down ebooks are awesome.
    I feel bad for the books shops loosing so much business, but the authors won't!
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    If book stores were smart they would turn themselves into ebook venues. Where you could obviously buy ebooks, but they have wifi and comfy couches. Where they sell food and drinks. Kind of like a coffee shop but with more ambience and the wifi tech to handle larger groups of people. That way they could still promote authors and books etc
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    Omg that is an OUTSTANDING idea.
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    eBooks! Some people say that the screen on the iPad causes eye strain after extended periods, but I find just the opposite to be true. I am actually reading more now than I ever did before.
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    Sadly we have had two major book store chains go bust here is Australia this month. This is due to ebooks being used so widely here, and also for those that like paper, the Internet provides access to cheaper books overseas (even with postage). What's left of the Aussie book stores will have to adapt or die!
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    x2 Since the e-book introduction I've now got back into reading more. I take my iPad everywhere I go and try and read whenever I can.

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    Really?

    I find most ebooks being more expensive then then the corresponding paperback.
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    Both. I have a large collection of paper and ebooks.
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    I think books are so overpriced in Australia. I originally hail from England and have found that books are very cheap over there. iBooks is not necessarily the best price. But through kindle I found that the books are cheaper. And I get the book there and then, I didn't have to brave a shopping mall to buy it!
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    Ebooks, here. Better for the environment (less tree killing and no freight), I can store/carry an entire library on my iPhone & iPad (great for those in small apartments or condos), no book light needed, convenience (if I really want a book I can download it instantly instead of having to run to the store or library), and cheaper to buy. Like others, I'm reading much more since i got an iPad.
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    Borders and Angus & Robertson went bankrupt because their books were overpriced and their selection of titles went from diverse to lowbrow, and I know I'm not alone in saying this. I don't see that ebooks would have affected their overall sales because the volume of ebook sales is still in its growth phase in the Australian market, and nowhere near the straight losses they've incurred.
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    As to the original poll, no option for "Both".

    I get both ebooks and dead-tree books - we have nearly 56 shelf-meters of books in the house - ebooks for books that I'd like to be portable and have handy at all times, and dead-tree books for the pleasure of being able to hold one in the hand and turn the pages. (That, and the collectability of certain signed and/or first-editions.)
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    If I could I would fix it didn't think about people preferring both.

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    I was ready to say both, which is still partly true, but before I got the iPad, I had been getting Kindle books on my netbook and iPhone and decided I wanted a dedicated e-reader. I was contemplating a Kindle device, and ended up getting the iPad as a nice early Xmas gift as I had wanted it to have it for other uses to. I like not having as many books lying around now, and even though the digital library selections are far from huge yet, I have already started to dabble there and have taken some ebooks on loan too.
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    Oh, definitely e-books!

    Only thing is I use an e-ink reader, instesd of the iPad. I have a Pocketbook 360 and I prefer it over the iPad because of the size and e-ink (no strain on my eyes for l-o-n-g reading sessions...

    Between the two, I can usually be found using one or the other ... and since I purchased both in 2010, I consider that the best year evah! :D

    Marilyn
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    Yes I agree. Didn't say it was due only to ebooks but the market for ebooks in Australia has increased by over 10%. This would have a contribution but agree not the reason why they have gone bust. Like I said the books in Australia are horrifically over priced and you can import books from overseas at a considerably lower cost.

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