|02-23-2008, 02:28 PM||#1|
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Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: DC Metro area
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30 Benefits of Ebooks: A Rebuttal
I came across this through Teleread. It is a rebuttal to an post on a blog called ePublisher's Weekly. The orirginal 30 reasons post is not nearly as interesting as this rebuttal.
|02-23-2008, 03:32 PM||#2|
Creator of calibre
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Mumbai, India
Sigh why does the Internet mean that any moron with 10mins at his disposal can spout off and people care.
Here's a re-rebuttal
1. It follows from human nature. People tend to stick with things they are familiar with. Nowadays that means reading on electronic devices. Thus, by making ebooks available in electronic form, you make it easier for people to read.
2. The manufacture of one electronic device to read several hundred e-documents as opposed to paper copies of several 100 documents, is a boon for the environment. And obviously, in the future we will read ebooks on multifunction devices.
3. Even assuming that preserving digital information is as hard as preserving printouts, the availability of search in digital information makes the preserved archives infinitely more useful.
7. This guy seems to be desperate to find things to criticize.
14. The point is that they are free for the library as well. Not just for the end-user. The cost of maintaining infinite copies of a book in perpetuity is much lower for ebooks than pbooks.
21. Obviously not him.
27. Those books were banned and when the means of production and distribution of information is centralized (e.g. in printing presses) it makes it much easier to censor information.
|02-26-2008, 08:31 PM||#3|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Bravo, kovidgoyal, you are right on target !
As to number 7., let's see this Hercules carry the entire library on his back.
I'll carry the CD or the DVD -- with thousands of ebooks -- instead.
|02-26-2008, 08:47 PM||#4|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Device: Sony PRS-505
The maintaining copies thing makes some sense to me - in the event that we lose technological continuity ebooks might be harder to recover than pbooks. But barring that... duh. I seem to have managed somehow to keep material that I first obtained on 5" Commodore 64 disks readable since about 1985 so I'm pretty confident that todays much more connectable computers will continue to make rolling forwards easier. Assuming, of course, that I avoid DRM at all costs.
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