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April 08, 2010

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jjmcgaffey

I buy a book twice frequently - once as an ebook as soon as it comes out, once in paperback a year or more later (this is mostly Baen SF). I dislike hardbacks - in my experience, they don't actually last much longer than a decent paperback and they a) cost a heck of a lot more and b) take up a _lot_ more room on the shelf! (This is important when you own @3500 books). Trade paperbacks are the same - not quite as bad as hardbacks, but much worse than mass market paperbacks. And Baen ebooks cost about as much as the paperback - $6 or so - which means my total cost for one book to go on my shelf and be available when I have time to sit down and dive into a book, and one book on my Palm (and/or computer) for when I'm traveling and don't have access to my paper library is about the same as a trade paperback and noticeably less than a hardback. I did buy some hardbacks recently - the Baen hardbacks that had a CD with multiple ebooks on it bound in. That made the hardback more or less worthwhile - though I got rid of it when the paperback came out.

As far as I'm concerned, the convenience and pleasure of the two different versions makes the price worth it to me. Now, admittedly, my use of ebooks (I insist that they be multi-format and non-DRM) greatly limits my pool of available books - basically, Baen and Project Gutenberg. However, that limits my pool to old books and good SF - a major part of my reading anyway! There are recent books that have come out that I'm disappointed because there's no ebook (or no non-DRM ebook) connected to them...and I'll wait until the paperback comes out and do without the ebook. The publishers get less money from me because they won't let go of the reins on ebooks - Elizabeth Moon's Oath of Fealty is one very recent book, Lois McMasters Bujold's Sharing Knife books are others that I won't buy as ebooks because of the limits the publishers put on them. Their choice. And if (I don't go looking for it) I should find an ebook of a book I recently bought or am waiting for the paperback to buy - yes, I'll download it.

Mandy

Baen ebooks cost about as much as the paperback - $6 or so - which means my total cost for one book to go on my shelf and be available when I have time to sit down and dive into a book, and one book on my Palm (and/or computer) for when I'm traveling and don't have access to my paper library is about the same as a trade paperback and noticeably less than a hardback. http://www.mediafilelinks.com

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