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  •  I've made some great discoveries (1+ / 0-)
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    at the local used bookstores -- what might be considered trash to one person is treasure to another. And often I will browse through a book that I'd never consider but the cover illustration catches my eye -- I'll often buy a book solely after skimming through the first chapter. I know that you can download sample chapters on e-readers, but it's just not the same, and if you end up not liking the book you're stuck with those orphaned chapters. And are people going to go out and discover new authors via their e-reader, or will they just stick with the tried and true? Not to mention publishers eventually paying money for prime placement of their author's works, leaving the small press folks out in the cold.

    Yes, I do have some e-books; have several e-reader programs on the iPhone, and would love an iPad. But I'll never completely give up real printed on paper books.

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    by Cali Scribe on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 09:13:55 PM PST

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    •  If I Understand You Correctly (1+ / 0-)
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      Prairie Gal

      this is not the case:

      I know that you can download sample chapters on e-readers, but it's just not the same, and if you end up not liking the book you're stuck with those orphaned chapters.

      I've downloaded several e-samples (free), and once I've read them, deleted them from my device.  No harm, no foul.

      Or are you talking about something else?

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      by Limelite on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 09:23:53 PM PST

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