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Paperless World - or not
‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ is the one Agatha Christie book I know I have not read, and I can get it for free by simply downloading it at the Project Gutenberg site.

I won’t.

I’ve tried reading e-books before. I actually read ‘The Burden’ (also AC under the Mary Westmacott pseudonym) as an e-book; I have downloaded copies of G. K. Chesterton’s works. But despite five years (?!?!?!!?) of reading online fan-fiction, the inclination, the necessity of ‘curling up with a good book’ has been far from purged from me and I don’t even mind shelling out the extra quid to do so.

So what does everyone else think?




Assuming they cost exactly the same, which version of a beloved book would you prefer to read?

An e-book.
0(0.0%)
A ‘real’ book.
15(100.0%)

What if the e-book was free and the ‘real’ book was not?

The e-book.
1(6.7%)
The real book if it wasn’t too expensive, say $7.00 or less.
10(66.7%)
The real book – regardless of the cost. I’d even prefer an expensively bound hard copy.
4(26.7%)

Have you ever printed and bound a favourite fan fiction story?

Yes
7(46.7%)
No
8(53.3%)

[For fan fiction writers] Do you print and bind your completed fan fiction story?

Yes
2(13.3%)
No
12(80.0%)
I will now!
1(6.7%)

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From: (Anonymous) Date: February 27th, 2007 08:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I've read essays online. A while ago i downloaded a bunch of Charles Lambe,Thomas dequincy & william Hazlitt essays. But i still bought books of their essays at bookfest.
I started reading The Tenant Of Wildfled Hall online but then i discovered that it was the shitty Abridged version ( which makes no sense & has damaged Anne Brontes reputation) & bought the good version.
laariii From: laariii Date: February 27th, 2007 08:27 am (UTC) (Link)
^^^
That was me, i forgot to log on.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: February 27th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
No problem. :)


A while ago i downloaded a bunch of Charles Lambe,Thomas dequincy & william Hazlitt essays. But i still bought books of their essays at bookfest.

I am so glad that I'm not the only person who's ever done that. I felt so guilty - like I was being extravagant when after downloading 'The Burden', I still bought the real book later.
charmisjess From: charmisjess Date: February 27th, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree, definitely. There's almost something sensual about being able to touch the pages and feel your place in the story, how much you have left to drag out, what you've read so far. And I like to take books around with me.

However, I am guilty of dressing my little literary girls in fairly drab wear. :) Expensive hardcovers are lovely, but I'm far too poor to invest in that. Used Bookstore all the way!
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: February 27th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
However, I am guilty of dressing my little literary girls in fairly drab wear.

I LOVE used books. Apart from the fact that they're cheap ;) they're also ... experienced. I don't have to be worried all the time about being gentle with them.
charmisjess From: charmisjess Date: February 27th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, another used book thing! *grins* It's sort of weird, because I cannot for all of my study bring myself to write in books, but I absolutely love getting text books/old classics with someone else's writing in them. Maybe its a Half-Blood-Prince-esque Romantacism, but I like to see what other people thought of what I'm reading.
r0ck3tsci3ntist From: r0ck3tsci3ntist Date: February 27th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nothing beats a cupa tea and baperback for that homey comfortable feeling.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: February 27th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
My words exactly. Or curling up in bed on a rainy day, your chin beneath the covers and your nose so close to the pages you're literally inhaling the story.
knight_ander From: knight_ander Date: February 28th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Although I answered "No" to the last two questions, I've been meaning to print out some of my stories and stick them into a three-ring binder for easy review and also just for fun.

I'm very surprised to see so many "Yes" answers to the second to last question for some reason. I'm curious to learn at what level of quality people bind their stories? Binders? Do they have them binding at a copy-store or some place like that?
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: February 28th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Good question. I've never printed and bounded anything of mine but there were a few stories that I liked that I printed out in really small font and spiral bound at the local copier.
lazypadawan From: lazypadawan Date: February 28th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I've considered printing and binding my fan fic, because my stories are rarely printed anymore.

As for books, I prefer the real deal over staring at a computer for that long.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: February 28th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Rarely printed anymore? Did you use to print them before? In fanzines, etc.?
jedinemo From: jedinemo Date: March 3rd, 2007 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Of my really favorite books, I have reading copies and display copies, such as my 1904 first edition of The Sea Wolf and my 1890 edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

As far as printing and binding fanfiction, I never have, but erboo has an extensive collection of bound SW fanfic and I can say it does have a totally different feel from reading it on the screen.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: March 5th, 2007 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry for not replying this sooner. I was away for the weekend and I'm just getting back.

reading copies and display copies

Oh such a good idea. Both for myself and for others. I want to be able to break the occasional spine. (My wrists just aren't as strong as they used to be; when I was younger, I read paperback HP Bk4 without once cracking its spine.)

I occasionally print pages or chapters of a certain story to read over a trip or something but I've never printed a complete story. I think it would be an entirely different - and pleasant - experience.
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