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Old 03-15-2010, 02:16 PM   #1
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A survey on ebooks

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Old 03-15-2010, 02:18 PM   #2
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You didn't mention it's a survey on science eBooks.
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Old 03-15-2010, 04:25 PM   #3
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I didn't realize that it was necessary to define all links related to ebooks by genre. Sorry if I wasted your time on something that isn't fiction.
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Old 03-15-2010, 05:48 PM   #4
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I don't read a great deal of science journals but the occaisional Dawkins book.
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Old 03-15-2010, 06:03 PM   #5
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I took the survey. The question that really got me was "How many e-books do you buy in a year?":
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How many do you buy in a week might have been a more appropriate question!
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:59 PM   #6
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Old 03-16-2010, 12:10 AM   #7
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I took the survey. The question that really got me was "How many e-books do you buy in a year?":
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How many do you buy in a week might have been a more appropriate question!
Buy???

With all the free ebooks out there, I haven't gotten around to buying them yet. But then again, I just got my Libre this year.
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Old 03-16-2010, 03:40 AM   #8
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If it's still on the site it's well hidden.

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Old 03-16-2010, 08:17 AM   #9
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You have to scroll to the bottom of the article then click on the "View survey" link.
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Old 03-16-2010, 01:27 PM   #10
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You didn't mention it's a survey on science eBooks.
it's still a good survey to take. I think a lot of industry modeling is taking place right now and there is going to be cross information; ie people relying on each other's polls, surveys, etc until ebooks are not such a "new" thing.
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Thanks, but all I see at the bottom is a 'submit comment' form. There is a note on the twitter section on the right to the effect that it closes today.

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Old 03-17-2010, 04:22 AM   #12
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:19 PM   #13
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:27 PM   #14
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:51 PM   #15
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Mm-hmm. Easy to forget what a tiny niche we're in.

Ebooks are great for novels, less great for linear nonfiction (where you might want to jump around between chapters, especially after the first read), and atrocious for anything with charts & tables. And the best of the current text readers are B&W only; can't show color pics, can't show large pics. They're awful for research work; the annotation abilities are limited at best, and there's no easy "four colors of post-it notes" ability.

Some of these problems will be overcome with tech advances; some may never be fixed, but enhanced search & other ebook abilities may overtake them.
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