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E-books vs paper

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Two formats, each with pros and cons. I'm not sure which I should be looking for.
E-books are great as a commodity. You can find them, buy them, download them, read them. 24 hours, 7 days a week, it's like a 7-11 of words on your computer. Best of all, no trees were harmed in the consumption process.
There is a big con though: you can't pass them on to friends. Palm reader is locked to your name and credit card. And there are big copy right violations about printing (if you can) and distributing.

This is the big plus of paper. You can read the book, pass it to a friend, and talk it over. Books are like clothes, ending up mixed up amongst friend's shelves. Each book is like a little voyager, being passed from person to person, or read and re-read and cherished.

Another plus of paper is that it's better for pictures. Most e-books on the market don't reproduce figures that come with the text, or the actual viewing of included images is an ordeal. So non-fiction or descriptive texts still fall under the paper category.

I wouldn't mind not sharing if I could easily afford to buy a copy for a friend. E-books so far, are about the same price as the paper versions, unless you're lucky enough to get them on sale. I guess the customer base is distinct enough for each format to warrant the current circumstances. E-books allow for short stories to be sold at market price, a dollar a pop, and are ideal for time pressed readers who benefit from the vending machine ease of purchase. Paper remains the ideal choice for more social bookites who voraciously devour their fiction and need to trade for more.
  • you can borrow some of my books ^__^
  • You also neglected to mention the pros and cons of the economics for the writer.

    The pros of an e-book for a writer is that they should always make something from the sale. The cons of a paper copy is that when you pass it to a friend or buy it used the writer/publisher/etc. don't make any money with the transaction.

    I always see short stories I think you might like on e-books, but am frustrated like you that I can't pass them on.

    Do you still use FICTIONWISE.COM? I haven't been there in a month or more, but I think I received an email saying the FREE Nebula nominees are posted for downloading.
    • Yep, I still use fictionwise. Short stories aren't too expensive, so if you see something you'll think I like, just comment in my journal :)

      I love Kage Baker, I finally remembered to google "cyborgs chocolate" to figure out who writes those wonderful time travel cyborg stpries :)

      I didn't mention the economics of the writer because I don't think enough of the money goes to the authour in either case. I don't know about the writing world, but for the music industry, most of the money goes back to the publishing company rather than the musicians.

      Also, I don't think there is that much of an impact from sharing books. If I lend a great book to a friend, they might want their own copy, or look for more books by the same authour. I know I'll be looking for more books by the same authour of "Goblin's Tale".
      It would take an economic study, but I think that people spend $X on books anyways, and that if they swap with people, they still spend close to $X, but just read more. They would just hit the library after $X was exhausted anyways.
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