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Subject: Re: Do you prefer ebooks or actually reading a real book?


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Jeff Kirvin
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Date Posted: 05/03/05 Tue
In reply to: Sammy at Palm Addict 's message, "Do you prefer ebooks or actually reading a real book?" on 05/01/05 Sun

For my money, ebooks beat paper hands down. I used to be a devout bibliophile, prowling used bookstores and loving the smell and feel of a good book.

But you know what? That's not what really matters. You don't see wine lovers buying empty bottles, do you? The book isn't paper, it's the words.

And with ebooks, I can carry a LOT of words. I've got nearly a thousand ebooks on my 1GB SD card and all of them are readable in either eReader or Palm Fiction (I prefer the latter for many reasons I won't get into here). I've got nearly complete collections of Asimov and Heinlein, Dan Simmons and James Rollins. I just finished rereading the complete Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's series, and now I'm halfway into the novelization for "Revenge of the Sith." I've got the complete works of Shakespeare, favorites from Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas, I've got Walt Whitman and William Blake. I've got Stephen King, James Patterson and Tess Gerritson. My entire library can go with me wherever I go, and with my Tungsten T5, I've got typography rivaling a mass-market paperback.

Pick one: something the size and weight of a card deck, or a U-Haul full of paperbacks.

Because in the end, we're taking about bottles, here. The wine is the same either way.

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Johnny Tse
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Date Posted: 05/03/05 Tue

Nice comparison Jeff.

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