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Subject:Re: E-books and traditional books From:Christi Carew <christi -at- sageinst -dot- COM> To:TechWhrl <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Mon, 10 Jan 2000 13:03:04 -0800
on 1/10/00 11:31 AM, Marilynne Smith at marilyns -at- qualcomm -dot- com wrote:
> Why go to a bookstore? Why not select the book from an online bookstore, then
> either print it on your computer or have them send it to you? They can bill a
> credit card.
> Still, I'll miss fancy bindings, gold edges (already gone for the most part),
> and fancy end papers.
I realize this seems to be drifting more and more OT, so I will try to say
this quickly, and then I'll refrain from additional posts.
I am a regular purchaser of books both online and at a bookstore.
Online, I buy mostly textbooks or books from authors I've already read.
At the bookstore, I look for new books, or I go to compare several books on
the same subject. I want to be able to compare, side by side, a few books.
I bought a wine tasting book for my parents for Christmas. I tried to buy
online, but I couldn't get a good comparison of the books. I needed to see
the differences (in type setting, style, content, attitude). I couldn't get
And I can't imagine getting this from e-books. Unless there are many e-books
side by side that I can look at at the same time.
Ok, end of off-topicness for me.
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