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Old 12-09-2012, 05:40 AM   #1
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Which paper books would you like to have as ebooks.

Has the ttle says which books would you like to see as Ebooks.

Three titles from my childhood spring to mind.

The Space Mavericks - Michael Kring (cheesy but when your young i loved that, would have loved to have seen the series finished)
White Wing - Gordon Kendall
The Deepwater series - Ken Catran.

i could go on all day but those stand out for me.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:09 AM   #2
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Everything I have in my personal library. I know it won't happen. I have been collecting and rereading my books since the 1960's. I have thousands and most will never make it into ebook format. To many are obscure authors and titles that no one will want to republish. The majority are Science Fiction, Mystery and Western.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:14 AM   #3
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Everything I have in my personal library. I know it won't happen. I have been collecting and rereading my books since the 1960's. I have thousands and most will never make it into ebook format. To many are obscure authors and titles that no one will want to republish. The majority are Science Fiction, Mystery and Western.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:22 AM   #4
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Almost nothing. I don't reread. Hitchhiker's would probably get a re-read and would be nice to have around in a pinch. But since when do I not have thousands of other books I want to read that I haven't read already?
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:35 AM   #5
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Almost nothing. I don't reread. Hitchhiker's would probably get a re-read and would be nice to have around in a pinch. But since when do I not have thousands of other books I want to read that I haven't read already?
Some truth in that for me as well, but I will also say that I've (of late) been re-reading a few of my favorites and would love to have them available as ebooks....

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Old 12-09-2012, 09:54 AM   #6
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I've mentioned before Sir Winston Churchill's multi-volume, heavy, out of print, hard-to-find in public libraries, history of World War I, the World Crisis -- which I've read is better than his outstanding World War II history.

Justificaton for this post : A fresh search shows World Crisis volume 1 became available, this year, as an uncorrected Canadian optical character recognition scan, at archive.org:

http://archive.org/details/worldcrisis00chur

I think it's still under copyright in the US, and thus should only be downloaded by Americans (and Europeans?) when visiting Canada. But -- let's call it fair use -- I just peaked in a few spots, and find the volume of OCR errors is fewer than the norm. To me, it's readable.

However, if I understand Canadian copyright law correctly (highly questionable), they cannot upload any subsequent volumes, as they were published after 1923, and the Copyright Act of Canada came into effect in 1924.

In just over three years, all Churchill's works go into public domain in Canada, but I expect it will take years after that for volunteer proofreaders to fix the scan errors.

Yes, I am aware this post makes current copyright law look absurd
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:55 AM   #7
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:02 AM   #8
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I dont care about existing books but going forward I think the paper book should be phased out.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:24 AM   #9
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I don't think paper books should be phased out at all. A lot of people can't afford fancy e-readers or have credit cards to buy the e-books, or even money to buy the e-books. What would happen to public libraries then, if paper books were gone?
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:27 AM   #10
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I don't think paper books should be phased out at all. A lot of people can't afford fancy e-readers or have credit cards to buy the e-books, or even money to buy the e-books. What would happen to public libraries then, if paper books were gone?
Libraries would loan ebooks as they do now. And be much more efficient about it.

an ereader can be had for the cost of a couple of hardback books.

gift cards work great for those without a credit card.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:31 AM   #11
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:34 AM   #12
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Libraries would loan ebooks as they do now. And be much more efficient about it.

an ereader can be had for the cost of a couple of hardback books.

gift cards work great for those without a credit card.
True. But you know there are those evil publishers don't want libraries around. I use gift cards myself. lol

Still, I think paper books should stick around for those that still wish to read them.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:37 AM   #13
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Oh I love paper books as well, there are trade-offs to both e and p
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:53 AM   #14
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I have a series of books I read as a kid that were the same way alanHD, the Symon Jade series "Starship Orpheus". They were indeed cheesy, space opera type books that I enjoyed back then. I still have the paperbacks, but would love to see it in ebook format. Alas, I highly doubt it will ever happen, but who knows. I do know that Symon Jade it the name used by a ghost writer, but I forgot where I read that at and don't remember the authors real name.
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