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Kindle (Ebook) or Physical Book?
« on: Tue Jun 12, 2012 - 15:36:10 »
A few years ago everyone thought physical books would be served a quick knock-out punch by Kindle and e-book devices. That hasn't happened but e-book devices like Kindle have earned a share of the market. Which do you prefer and why?

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Re: Kindle (Ebook) or Physical Book?
« Reply #1 on: Tue Jun 12, 2012 - 15:53:55 »
Living in the past I guess,

It seems something is lost in the translation from print to pixels, there is something to the substance of a printed copy.  I never enjoy reading from a monitor or tablet.

I like the fact I can look on my bookshelves, and see tangible evidence to the path I have taken through literature. 


Still waiting for GCCF to come out in hardcopy. ??? rofl

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« Reply #2 on: Sun Jun 17, 2012 - 21:46:21 »
I like both equally but then again, I just plain out love to read. I like holding a physical book in my hands and nothing beats the written word, but for traveling the kindle (or other e-reader) is nice because then I can take one small lightweight item vs. carrying a whole box (or  bag) of books.

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« Reply #3 on: Sun Jun 17, 2012 - 22:55:44 »
I love to read, and I will never ever get a kindle. Dont like them. I love to hold the book and I dont like reading on a computer anyway.There is something so special about books.

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Re: Kindle (Ebook) or Physical Book?
« Reply #4 on: Tue Jun 19, 2012 - 21:40:06 »
I could be called a bibliophile.

when my wife and I go into a thrift store, I head straight to the used books!

eternity is for reading all the books that we did not have time for here?!

once saw an episode of Star Trek Voyager in which Capt. Picard was given an exceptionally rare antique for his birthday, a hard-bound book!  He was thrilled.

Ebook vs. Hardcopy? it's kinda like synthesizer vs. piano -- both play the music.  (but, a baby grand is awesome?!)

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Re: Kindle (Ebook) or Physical Book?
« Reply #5 on: Tue Jun 19, 2012 - 22:21:57 »
eternity is for reading all the books that we did not have time for here?!

Sounds like Heaven to me :)

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Ebook vs. Hardcopy? it's kinda like synthesizer vs. piano -- both play the music.  (but, a baby grand is awesome?!)

That's actually a pretty good example. Both provide the same basic function but the feel is totally different and it's all about what feel you prefer to have.

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Re: Kindle (Ebook) or Physical Book?
« Reply #6 on: Thu Jul 19, 2012 - 15:57:33 »
Our church is a bit too dark for my old eyes.  My wife recently bought me a Kindle Fire to use there, and I love it.  I sometimes use an iPad, and having the unique search features and various translations and versions found in Bible Gateway, (online), at your fingertips is fantastic.
I like the fact that you can also tap into a whole world of You Tube videos.

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« Reply #7 on: Sun Sep 29, 2013 - 14:12:03 »
I just finished writing my book and it's on Kindle so it goes without saying that I like e-books.  However, I also love the feel of a real book in my hands.  I used to love going into books stores, browsing through the books.  That's why I am also working on the hard copy of my book.  I know, there are those who still like to flip through actual pages. 

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« Reply #8 on: Tue Nov 19, 2013 - 11:47:28 »
Ebook vs. Hardcopy? it's kinda like synthesizer vs. piano -- both play the music.  (but, a baby grand is awesome?!)

So where do you fit the pipe organ? Kinda hard to do those swell notes on a baby grand ....

Ebooks have a ways to go but they are getting there.  I have read a few and probably will a few more. 

One thing I learned recently when my house flooded - ebooks kept on the cloud do not get ruined by water, unlike the hundred or so hardcopy books I lost last August....
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« Reply #9 on: Tue Nov 19, 2013 - 11:52:42 »
I just finished writing my book and it's on Kindle so it goes without saying that I like e-books.  However, I also love the feel of a real book in my hands.  I used to love going into books stores, browsing through the books.  That's why I am also working on the hard copy of my book.  I know, there are those who still like to flip through actual pages.


Don't know who you had publish your ebook (mine was thru BookBaby.com).  BookBaby has been sending me emails on how easy it is to make hard copies from the original work. 

From a sales promotion last spring:

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More products = more sales.
Any established author will tell you that you need both printed books and eBooks in today’s marketplace. After all, you have to offer what your readers want. And today’s readers are pretty divided between their desire for eBooks or printed books.

That’s why we offer a $100 savings when you buy both.

This is a limited time offer. Use discount code PPLUSE100 at checkout. Coupon is good on quantities of 100 or more printed books.

Give more readers what they want!
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Of course that was a short term sale.  But you get the idea.

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ETA:

They also put out a free design guide for printed books:

http://www.bookbaby.com/free-guides/printed-book-design-101?Source=BO1326&Dest=https://www.pages04.net/discmakers-cdbaby/Web_Leads_Masterlist/Printed_Book_Design_101&utm_campaign=BO1326&utm_source=BBOff&utm_medium=Email
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Re: Kindle (Ebook) or Physical Book?
« Reply #10 on: Sat Dec 07, 2013 - 12:22:20 »
When the e-readers first came out I immediately thought they would be a flop.  I didn't see a purpose for them.  Now that they have been out for several years, I do like them, in fact I own a Kindle Fire and use it often.  I like the fact that I can take any book with me or purchase one and read it at any time wherever I may be.  However, there is some satisfaction to visibly seeing your progress through a physical book.  I don't prefer one over the other, I like and still use both.

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« Reply #11 on: Sat Dec 07, 2013 - 12:32:49 »
give me a real book; one I can curl up in the big easy chair with and have a hot cuppa tea on the end table.  When I was a teenager I remember getting the really old Mark Twain and Charles Dickens books out of Mom's bookcase and I loved the smell of them when I opened them up to read. 

How does one curl up with a Kindle?  I suppose it is physically possible, but I love picking out a book from the bookcase and taking it to the chair to read on snowy days like this.  It's part of a whole scenario that is evidently fast disappearing in our culture.

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« Reply #12 on: Sat Dec 07, 2013 - 13:58:23 »
give me a real book; one I can curl up in the big easy chair with and have a hot cuppa tea on the end table.  When I was a teenager I remember getting the really old Mark Twain and Charles Dickens books out of Mom's bookcase and I loved the smell of them when I opened them up to read. 

How does one curl up with a Kindle?  I suppose it is physically possible, but I love picking out a book from the bookcase and taking it to the chair to read on snowy days like this.  It's part of a whole scenario that is evidently fast disappearing in our culture.



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Re: Kindle (Ebook) or Physical Book?
« Reply #13 on: Fri Jan 17, 2014 - 00:38:42 »
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE BOOKS!! I purchase bound books ALL the time. Too many to be honest. I wouldn't mind having a Kindle, but it would never replace the feel of a real book.

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« Reply #14 on: Wed Jun 25, 2014 - 13:40:03 »
Great thread guys!

As a traditionalist, I love the theory of books as physical things you can hold and touch.  But if you travel a lot on planes, there is nothing, nothing, nothing, NOTHING nicer than a Kindle (or tablet too like an iPad) that's loaded with great books on a long trip!  ::reading::

Almost makes delays bearable!

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« Reply #15 on: Wed Jun 25, 2014 - 15:53:43 »
I like the feel, smell, look and everything about a physical book.  NO Kindle for me!!! No WAY!

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« Reply #16 on: Wed Jun 25, 2014 - 20:44:37 »
NO Kindle for me!!! No WAY!

I use to say the exact same thing about a touch-screen phone!  ::giggle::

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« Reply #17 on: Thu Jul 03, 2014 - 06:45:53 »
NO Kindle for me!!! No WAY!
I use to say the exact same thing about a touch-screen phone!  ::giggle::

And now you can get your Kindle ON your touch-screen phone.

Ah - progress.......

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« Reply #18 on: Thu Jul 03, 2014 - 21:03:38 »
NO Kindle for me!!! No WAY!
I use to say the exact same thing about a touch-screen phone!  ::giggle::

And now you can get your Kindle ON your touch-screen phone.

Ah - progress.......
It's the circle of life, young Simba!  rofl