buy or download, which you would choose

China
May 8, 2010 9:58pm CST
With the advent of internet, there are so many resources in the internet including the books. So when you want to read books, which one will you prefer, buying in bookstores or downloading from internet?
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@atv818 (1980)
• United Arab Emirates
9 May 10
I used to buy a lot of hard-bound books but I had been very busy lately in earning online that I don't have time to read books anymore. Should I have time in the future, I will still continue to buy books instead of reading them through internet because my eyes can't stand the strain of eyeing the computer over a long period of time.
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• Philippines
9 May 10
I'd prefer reading the actual book if I could just afford buying but in times of difficulty a downloaded ebook would satisfy the longing. There's the danger of being addicted to reading and I make it a point to avoid it. I dont wanna read the wrong books.
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• Philippines
9 May 10
Well, I do both. First, I'll search for a book in my genre online, reading the reviews and the book's description. Then, I'll download it online. If I'll like it too much, I'll buy it in paperback. However, I like to buy books from thrift book shops. I love the thrill of searching through the racks and finding a good one. The disadvantage of this is that I usually get secondhand books or books that are published way ago. But there is no doubt that reading a print is better than reading an e-book.
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• Philippines
9 May 10
I usually download books when they first get out but I buy them later in hardcover. There's still something about being able to collect books IRL - and the appeal of a digital bookshelf isn't really as strong for me.
• India
9 May 10
Hi, About books, I download those that I don't need to read frequently. Any particular book that is to be read more than once, is better to be bought. The advantage of internet resources is that you may find almost everything for free. I have recently made a blog to compile all the top resources that one can find on internet. Though its basically addressed to students, I have a plan to incorporate some other resources as well http://linkedresources.blogspot.com This blog will serve as an index to all those resources. I prefer downloading softwares, games and movies as very few of them are used as frequently as books. Once you watch a movie you may loose all interest in it and would want to delete it from your HDD. Not many games are played more than once. But when it comes to books things are a bit different. Thanks God bless you
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• Philippines
9 May 10
I will always prefer reading books that I am able to presently grasp. To feel them with my palms adds to the experience. It's different when I read something from the computer-- somehow, the sacredness of the page gets lost. A history is reduced. However, I do consider downloading books, especially the ones that somehow fail to touch a deep, persistent sentiment in me. For example: books I read to kill time. The type I feel I'd most likely forget about. (This is regarding books that I have already read.) As for those that I am just about to read, I guess I can settle for downloading from the net, but this is a low priority. Still, to feel and touch the book in its tangible form is a must; hence, I will prioritize looking for cheap buys from booksales. Or friends who own the books I am yet to read and then borrow these; then I'll buy a copy of the ones I've grown to love.
@elmiko (6630)
• United States
9 May 10
downloading for me without a doubt.
@Porcospino (31367)
• Denmark
15 May 10
I have downloaded a few books, but most of the time I prefer to buy my books in shops instead of downloading them. I am studying psychology online and in order to do my homework I have to read a psychology book that I have downloaded. It is okay to use that book, but I sometimes miss having an oldfashioned book instead, because that would make it easier to underline sentences and mark the parts of the book that I find important. When I read a novel I don't have to underline things or write notes, but when I want to read on the bus or in bed it is much easier to use a book that I have bought in a shop.
• United States
9 May 10
I can't stand reading books on a screen. I prefer the old-fashion real paper book. Hardcover if available and if I can afford it. If I can't buy books, then I check them out from the library. I just like having a book with me and it's not the same on an e-reader or a computer. I also like having a collection of books instead of just a bunch of digital files.
@o0jopak0o (6394)
• Philippines
9 May 10
i still like the feel of a paper, there is something reading in paper that satisfies me more than reading it in a screen.
@bloggeroo (2167)
• Philippines
9 May 10
Except for computer books, I prefer downloading ebooks. But if there is a really cheap copy of the book sold at a used bookstore, I'd buy the book.
@camomile07 (1420)
• Germany
9 May 10
Both options are wonderfull. I use both options as I love reading, so as much I can read, better for me.
• Philippines
12 May 10
I'd prefer to download so I can save money and effort..
• Indonesia
11 May 10
Buy the book mostly...I like reading at night and it much more comfortable reading from books. I do download sometimes, but only for specific topic.