would you prefer reading hard copies or soft copies?

@smiley83 (1536)
Malaysia
June 2, 2010 4:20pm CST
hey guys... well, I do prefer to use hard copies to read from..Although, I have no problems reading soft copies but I would usually get myself printing them into hard copies to have a great focus as I would tend to underline or highlight the important stuff unlike soft copies where I'm not able to do that & it is too difficult for me to keep on staring over the pages from the screen reading them one by one!! What about you?
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@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
3 Jun 10
If it is a long story or a report (pages after pages), than I prefer to have them printed, as you said we need to focus. But if it is only messages on emails and friends' letters than I would not mind reading them in the computer.
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@Tina30219 (25740)
• Onaway, Michigan
3 Jun 10
I don't really have a preference over hard or soft copy.Sometimes it depends on the print if it small or not because sometimes I need to get things in larger print.
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@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
@ Jennyze well, yeah that is true! the same thing goes here as I usually print out materials for the assignments to refer to or research works or stuff like that..but I never print out e-mails as I usually read & reply directly if i'm free during that time..but, I do save some important e-mails on some files if the needs require me to do so..
@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
@ Tina yeah you are right as the printing should be done with materials that carry lots of pages..but I usually print them 2in1 to save extra papers and to keep me alive with the reading material. because; I'm the type who keeps on checking the pages over and over to check how many pages left that sometimes I would feel wondering on how am going to finish the overall material! So, it is kind of self anxious though which I don't like it about myself
@gjabaigar (2101)
• Philippines
3 Jun 10
Ever since I used the Kindle I preferably to choose and like to read on soft copies on anything to read like information, knowledge, documents, files and much more. Now I have an iPad it truly satisfied my reading pleasures. It has more advantages than having printing or having hard copies of whatever I wanted to read. I don't have to carry all those printed materials on papers wherever I go. At night I don't have to put on the lamp or the lights plus I can have a pleasurable good music on it while reading or browsing the web.
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@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
You are the second person who goes with the soft copies so far in the discussion LOL well, it depends on the personality I guess! As for me, it seems difficult to stare at the screen all day long. My eyes get tired quite easily..
@gjabaigar (2101)
• Philippines
9 Jun 10
yep...hehehehehehhe... It's just about choices for the good of the environment and much economical. Just like the other guy said we don't want to use papers specially on prints to save trees and the environment. Have been on an office for a long time making prints on papers enough for me now. So, as possible I don't use or choose to print on papers anymore especially for printing. That's why I'm been using an iPad to minimize printing on papers and the cost of supplies for papers, inks and toners. So, better save your money for a good computer screen or monitor. Or how about an iPad.
@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
11 Jun 10
hahahhaha you are so funny well, getting an iPad is a good idea but I don't think I would have it any time soon as i'm using a laptop that is been gifted to me by one of my uncles last semester that I can't dare to demand for an iPad at once otherwise, my parents would literally kick me out I have to keep on using the laptop till i'm capable enough to afford an iPad like u thanks for sharing & wish you a great day :)
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• Philippines
3 Jun 10
I prefer to read hard copies because it is more relaxing than to read in soft copies
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@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
yeah me too *_* by the way, welcome to Mylot as it seems you are a new member
• India
3 Jun 10
I would prefer to read soft copy most of the time because it will save some paper that will help environment. Also, it depends on the time of reading, if its office hours I would prefer to read soft copy for sure unless it’s needed otherwise. If I have to read the material at home, would prefer hard copy because after spending 8 hours or more in front of computer it would be good to go with hard copy. Another reason to read hard copy would be same as you stated – maybe I need to mark some part of its content in color for future reference. I would still prefer soft copy unless it’s a must to print.
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@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
Awh you are the first person who preferred the soft copy material so far in the discussion but don't you get tired reading so many pages from the screen!! Waw God blesses you but honestly speaking; I can't make it no matter whatsoever! it is quite difficult for me to stare at the screen for hours!!
• United States
2 Jun 10
You mean hard and soft copies as in an actual printed page vs. a digital file you read on a screen? I definitely prefer hard copies. I can read on a screen when it comes to online forums, articles, or other people's blogs... but I can't stand reading a book on a screen. I can't stand e-books or e-readers. I really just want something tangible that I can carry around with me wherever I go.
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@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
yeah that is definitely true as it is quite difficult for me too...& yeah I was referring to the printed pages! so, you perfectly got it right thanks so much for sharing and really sorry for replying a bit late as i'm not feeling well lately...
@Jennlk84 (4219)
• United States
2 Jun 10
I prefer hard copies but I will admit that it is nice to have both. A hard copy sometimes allows you to do things you may not do with a soft copy - such as highlighting, making marks, etc. Plus, I just like having something "in my hands."
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@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
yeah that is definitely true!! hard copies are pretty flexible though *_* thanks so much for sharing & really sorry for being late as i am not feeling good lately..
@Blondie2222 (17601)
• United States
2 Jun 10
I like reading both. I don't see the difference a book is a book to me. I read just about every day. I can finish a book within a week, i love it! Now I got my sister into reading just as much as I do. But when it comes to school work I could careless about reading that. Funny how that is!
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@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
2 Jun 10
Awh yeah hahaha it does happen to me too where I would be hyperactive reading stuff not related to textbooks but when it comes to textbooks, I would feel so sleepy and having lack of energy!! LOL it is something funny thanks so much..
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@juggerogre (1659)
• Philippines
2 Jun 10
I prefer hard copies. I can read soft copies but I find it more tiring in the eye than reading hard copies. So like you if not too many pages I just print it. And also its much easier to do some notes when it is in hard copy.
@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
2 Jun 10
yeah that is right as the eyes are very sensitive organ!! although, we spend lots of hours on the screens as most of our jobs are done through that, yet, it somehow difficult to get the ultimate focus for reading and studying from the screen.. thanks so much
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• United States
2 Jun 10
Either i guess....
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@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
2 Jun 10
awh you could get convenient reading from both sources that is great thanks so much for sharing..
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@balaman (147)
• India
6 Jun 10
Hi Smiley, Following, reading and storing hard copies may be a little extra work during the days busy schedule, but yet i prefer reading from the hard then from the soft copy and storing hard copy is much more safer and benifitial in all aspects
@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
Hi Balaman!! welcome to the hard copies group then, thanks so much for sharing
• United States
4 Jun 10
Hardcopies! They are harder to tear up, they last longer. And they just feel better in your hands. Plus, you can use on of the flaps as a book mark. ;)
@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
yeah I very much agree with you thanks so much for sharing & welcome to Mylot by the way
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
3 Jun 10
hi smiley! i prefer hard copy a lot than soft copy.but sometimes,it depends on how many pages and how long it takes for me to finish read it.if it is more then just a few pages then i will print it out .otherwise i will read it through monitor and just grab the important point of the article.but if it is for research study i've got no choice, need to print it out and read through it.:)
@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
Hi to you too CTHanum!! thanks so much for sharing..I do agree with you..yeah it depends on the pages that we are assigned to read..I would also go for soft copies if the pages are little..
@wiggles18 (2523)
• Canada
3 Jun 10
I definitely prefer hard copies. When you hold the book, you can keep the pages nearly flat and are easier to read because there is no bulge causing the lines to be a bit distorted. Also, if it is a heavy hard copy, you can set it down and read the book, without it closing on its own like a soft copy does, I hate that! Plus they are durable.
@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
yeah you are right & I do agree with you thanks for sharing..
• Bulgaria
3 Jun 10
I prefer reading hard(printed) copies in general. There's nothing like the smell of freshly printed ink and brand new paper! What is more, you can't really lie down on the couch and unwind with an e-book, now, can you? I usually read books in a digital format first and if I really like them - then I buy. This way you don't waste money on a not-so-good title, yet support the good authors by purchasing their quality works. Then there is another way to look at this - on the Internet, you can get the rare scanned textbook you've been looking for forever. It's quite handy to check websites for an expensive book which would ship in a two weeks or more - if you live in a small town like me, that is. You don't get the invaluable search function (ctrl+f) with paper books either. ;)
@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
yeah I do agree with you...I do buy the original books from the library if the book is worthy enough! As for the printing procedure; I do print materials that I need for my assignments or research papers & I have to have the soft copy too for references...besides, it is true that the scanner machine simplifies our reading life too...
• United States
3 Jun 10
Hey guys... Well,I perfer to read hard cover because it last longer then soft cover thats why I only order had cover.
@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
Hey to you too!! thanks so much for sharing I do agree with you..
• Philippines
3 Jun 10
It depends. When it comes to like, books, I don't go for e-books. It's not a book anymore when you read it online anyway. I'd rather buy the real thing. As for--say, school lectures and such, I find it okay if I just read them over the computer. I'm only going to read my notes for five months, anyway. I'll throw them all away when I'm done with college, I find no use in keeping pieces of I paper I don't look at twice.
@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
Aha!! well, it depends on how important the subject is to me in the future..though, I only print out materials that I need for the assignments..As for the textbooks; I would print them if we don't have extra copies at the library or I would just buy them if necessary.. so, it actually depends on the overall situation..
@xtinelee (3379)
• Singapore
3 Jun 10
If it is very lengthy, I probably prefer the hard copy than the soft copy. So I can take my time to read. I still like to read my books in hard copy, rather than e-books. I like to feel my pages at my fingers. Feels good, and I can stop as and when I like.
@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
yeah that is true.. I do prefer that too!!
@Yori88 (1468)
• Philippines
3 Jun 10
I prefer reading hard copies most of the time because just like you I can bring them anywhere I want even when I am just inside the house. I only read e-books or other materials when they are short or not so important. I can always keep the link/site anyway. I love hard copies if the material is worth keeping. Just like the book of Stephenie Meyer which is Twilight Saga, I have the complete set, 4 book collection that my husband bought to me on my birthday last April. So I was really thankful to him because there is no need to spend electricity on the computer and sit all the time while reading. He can use the computer and I can read near the door or just by lying in the bed.
@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
Awh you've got the book of Twilight!! that is perfectly cool yeah I do prefer to read book that are originated from hard copies as it is very much relaxing to take them along even if you are at the house where you could even read them during the nightly sleeping time..I like it too
@kiran9 (255)
• India
3 Jun 10
Hi Smiley83 is there above, Most of time I prefer to hard copy. Some times I prefer to read soft copies. I prefer either
@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
Hi to you too Kiran!! yeah that is true & I do agree with you..
@med889 (5958)
3 Jun 10
I prefer hard copies, I have always preferred this though, I believe I can find it more interesting than reading it in soft copies, I can write down on the paper, highlight them, make a point more clear, cut things down.
@smiley83 (1536)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
yeah you are definitely right as the hard copies are very much relaxing for reading!