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Old 09-08-2010, 03:55 PM   #1
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So do you also buy Hbooks and Pbooks?

I am really curious to find out how many of you continue to purchase "physical" books?? And if you do, why?

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Old 09-08-2010, 03:57 PM   #2
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Nope. Never bought hardbacks (too expensive, with as many books as I read). I just don't read paper books any more. If I'm going to read it, it has to be an ebook.
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:18 PM   #3
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I have never heard the term 'hbook' before but if you mean hardback, I have never bought a hardback fiction novel in my life. I used to buy paperbacks from the used book store and don't any longer. All my fiction is ebook.

The only paper books I still buy are cookbooks and fitness books, because many of those have nice photos and layouts where I really do like (or need) to see the whole page at once.
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:21 PM   #4
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I have bought the occasional book since I got my Jetbook. Mainly if I was going to be someplace where I wasn't sure when or if I would be able to recharge my reader.

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Old 09-08-2010, 04:25 PM   #5
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I want to say no, but I just bought A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire; it matches the other books I have by him, Wicked, Son of a Witch, and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and I really like the covers on them. I also like the way the pages on the inside look. These are not books that I will be giving away, even if I eventually get ebook versions of them.

That's my first book in the nearly two years that I have had my reader.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:15 PM   #6
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only if I cant get an ebook version!
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:16 PM   #7
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I recently joined the Doubleday Book Club. They have 18 books I would like to read.

The first five, including shipping, cost $2.94 each.

Most of the books are downsized hardbacks. The nominal price is typically the equivalent of the trade paperback price. There is always a special offer. This month's special is: Buy 2, Get 1 free.

In addition, when you spend $25, shipping is limited to $2.49.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:17 PM   #8
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I think the only hardbacks I'd buy would be for author-signing events. Oh, though, I did buy a couple of the Harry Potter books as hardbacks when they first came out. Hopefully as technology moves on, new releases will be available as ebooks as well. And also, I hope author-signing events don't become a thing of the past, I haven't been to many, but the few I've attended, I thoroughly enjoyed.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:29 PM   #9
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I still buy copies of books with lots of charts and photos.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:31 PM   #10
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I have only had my ereader since May and in that time I have only purchased ebooks.
I am however LOOKING longingly at several physical books which have been recently released. I have found them available as ebooks in other countries but of course not where I live due to Geographical Restrictions.

After years of waiting for things to get to Australia (we are soooooo far away) I am used to this but it is frustrating to think that the physical book was here within weeks of the US release but not the ebook.

So far I have shown incredible restraint but I can feel my defences crumbling.
I keep telling myself the ebook will be there next time I check...
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:33 PM   #11
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Except for cookbooks, no, and that's only because I'm scared of cooking around my Kindle. I'm clumsy and liable to spill something on it. Really, I should just buy the ebooks and print the recipes I need.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:41 PM   #12
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Honestly, yes... Not hardbacks, but at least as many paperbacks as ebooks.

Maybe my tastes are outside the "typical" ebook reader, but at least of half of what I want to read is not available as ebooks. Mostly non-fiction.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:20 PM   #13
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Of course. In fact I buy more real books now than I ever did before. Ebook readers for me are just for reading books that either don't exist in real form or are too expensive. And for reading what a lot of people here call "stolen" books by people I've never heard of before.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:29 PM   #14
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I have purchased quilting books (both those covering patterns or techniques and those dealing with historical topics) and computer books in both hard and soft cover, although if I have the opportunity I will buy them used. I have also purchased other books (several first-person narratives of hiking the Appalachian Trail) that are just not available in ebook format.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:31 PM   #15
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only if I cant get an ebook version!
Me too.

Two real books I've recently bought:

"The Universal Principles of Successful Trading" by Brent Pentfold
and
"Journey into Power" by Baron Baptiste.

I would have much preferred to buy them in ebook format.
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