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View Poll Results: E-books
I can read them on-screen and enjoy doing so 5 22.73%
I'd probably need to print 'em off first 1 4.55%
I'll only read one if I can't find its physical counterpart 6 27.27%
I need the weight of the book in my hands, the smell of the pages in my nostrils, etc., etc. 7 31.82%
I'd rather watch the film 3 13.64%
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Old 14-03-2007, 07:19 AM   #1
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I'm thinking strictly of fictional literature here; that also means nothing involved with educational/personal research, Internet usage (quoting passages), and what have you. Basically, if you want to sit down and involve yourself with a story are e-books something you'd use?

For those unfamiliar with the format, here's an example of what I'm referring to (606KB HTML version). Plain-text version is here.
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Old 14-03-2007, 11:26 AM   #2
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I usually don't read e-books, but sometimes, if it is something really interesting that I've been chasing for a long time and I can't find anywhere else, I can use this format (after printing it, of course).
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Old 14-03-2007, 01:00 PM   #3
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I love e-books. Somehow, I find them to read far faster than normal books (one evening vs three to four for a medium-sized title), and of course there are tons of fan-fiction that is not available in print.
I have to say that printing out approximately 3000 pages of a certain fanfic I've read recently would really be insane.

But hey... I still can't read this stuff as fast as I'd want to!

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Old 14-03-2007, 06:39 PM   #4
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for me a book must bee in paper
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Old 14-03-2007, 09:05 PM   #5
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I'm skeptic about e-Books. But I come from a family with a laaaarge book collection, so I kinda need those shelves full of books around me. But if I had some small device to drag around with me, why not?
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Old 15-03-2007, 01:03 AM   #6
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I love the possibility, but I can't read them on-screen nearly as well as normal paper ones. My attention flickers while I get a headache :P
Staring at a computer screen is not my idea of pleasant reading.

So I prefer the old paper ones, but I really like the opportunity to acces them online. You can't always get the old paper ones.

3d option, with a hint of the first (as I can still enjoy them when they're on-screen ).
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Old 15-03-2007, 08:11 AM   #7
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Speaking of e-books, which of course you are ( ) I really reccomend checking out "Steampunk Magazine."

You can buy it on dead trees, or download it pdf-wise for free. The Fifth Horesman, I think that you in particular might get a kick out of it.

Anyways, it's very cool, and available here

Where I live, english language books are not the easiest to find, and when you do they are very expensive, so I am consequently a big fan of e-books.
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Old 15-03-2007, 01:20 PM   #8
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"If I can't find its physical counterpart", and then hypothetically because I've never read whole online nothing but brief works. But I guess it depends on one's circumstances.
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Old 15-03-2007, 05:45 PM   #9
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Nothing could be better than paper and ink/toner to nourse my fantasy.
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