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    e-books outsell paper books !!

    Amazon sold more e-books than paper books this Christmas

    Amazon.com -- News Release

    sound impressive until you read..

    On Christmas Day, for the first time ever, customers purchased more Kindle books than physical books.
    As who is going to buy a physical book on Christmas Day but if you have a kindle with nothing to read....

    propably should be a "no sh!t Sherlock" moment

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    As I understand it, not many folk are actually paying for e-books but are simply downloading the free, out of copyright books like Sherlock Holmes, Dickens etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AyatollahPies View Post
    As I understand it, not many folk are actually paying for e-books but are simply downloading the free, out of copyright books like Sherlock Holmes, Dickens etc.
    theres always folk who will pirate.. but just like people download movies, the cinemas keep smashing box office records..

    also, heres a question.. if i can go to my library and borrow a book for free and read it, hows it any different from reading it for free on a 'free' ebook i downloaded?

    Do librarys pay a yearly license or something like radio stations and shops do for playing music?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    theres always folk who will pirate.. but just like people download movies, the cinemas keep smashing box office records..

    also, heres a question.. if i can go to my library and borrow a book for free and read it, hows it any different from reading it for free on a 'free' ebook i downloaded?

    Do librarys pay a yearly license or something like radio stations and shops do for playing music?
    No mention of piracy. Lots of old books are freely available for download now. Think it's called the Gettysburg project.

    Kindle's best sellers are free - The Inquirer

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    Quote Originally Posted by AyatollahPies View Post
    No mention of piracy. Lots of old books are freely available for download now. Think it's called the Gettysburg project.
    Project Gutenberg digitises out of copyright works. It's the main place I get ebooks from, as I think the cost of them is ridiculous. Must say, that as many phones (what I use), virtually all PDAs and (I think) various i-devices allow you to read ebooks, I can't see the point in buying a separate reader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AyatollahPies View Post
    No mention of piracy. Lots of old books are freely available for download now. Think it's called the Gettysburg project.

    Kindle's best sellers are free - The Inquirer
    I think you mean the Gutenburg project?

    I reckon electronic readers will really take off when they're good enough to read (quality) newspapers on - think how convenient that would be - no more presses, distribution, paper boys, waste papers - just your newspaper delivered immediately - I've tried reading them on the web - OK for short bits - but no fun for reading serious articles...

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    This thread is heresy. You should all be burnt at the stake with with your 'e-readers'. Nothing beats the feel of turning real paper and watching a bookmark descend deeper into the book.

    Besides, whats the use of clearing the rainforest if you haven't got a new Jackie Collins paperback to show for it?

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    I knew it had something to do with the Police Academy films.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    This thread is heresy. You should all be burnt at the stake with with your 'e-readers'. Nothing beats the feel of turning real paper and watching a bookmark descend deeper into the book.

    Besides, whats the use of clearing the rainforest if you haven't got a new Jackie Collins paperback to show for it?
    I enjoy paper books too. But I couldnt find a paper back of the new dan brown book. Only that massive bible sized hardback. Hardly suitable for reading on the bus. In the end it took me over a month to read it as I only read a few chapters on a saturday sitting on my balcony in the sunshine

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    I can see ebooks becoming a big thing in schools in the coming years. It makes sense from a 'resources' point of view.

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