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    Like you, I have published a couple astronomy books with Springer. At present I have decided that the two books are it for me. I have a SCiFi book that I'll self publish...maybe.

    The drawback with a paper book is timelyness if technology is involved. The time taken by plubshiers is too long if the technology is dynamic. This is a big problem for college text books in many fields of science.

    The problem with electronic books is they are on temporary medium compared to paper books that can last ...there are paper books over 1000 years old. The books stored on magnetic tape, floppy disks, etc. are no longer readily retreivable by most people as the technology used to read them has long been sent to the trash bin.

    I personally prefer paper books as I like to flip pages back and forth as I read. For some reason this simple task is cumbersome with electronic text, at least for me. Reading electronic text is like viewing M45 with a ETX 125. Sure its all there but ....it pales in comparison to M45viewed with say a ST80.

    I also like having my books handy in a book shelf ready for a rainy night. Frankly, I am not sufficiently organized to archive electronic medium for easy retrieval in the immediate future much less years in the future.
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    There's loads of stuff you can read for free on Kindle or a Kindle app.
    https://www.bookbub.com/ebook-deals/free-kindle-books

    I think it's the Amazon lock-in that bothers me the most. Android still seems like a more flexible, versatile and adaptable OS. Maybe I just don't trust Amazon lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sxinias View Post
    Like you, I have published a couple astronomy books with Springer. At present I have decided that the two books are it for me. I have a SCiFi book that I'll self publish...maybe.

    The drawback with a paper book is timelyness if technology is involved. The time taken by plubshiers is too long if the technology is dynamic. This is a big problem for college text books in many fields of science.

    The problem with electronic books is they are on temporary medium compared to paper books that can last ...there are paper books over 1000 years old. The books stored on magnetic tape, floppy disks, etc. are no longer readily retreivable by most people as the technology used to read them has long been sent to the trash bin.

    I personally prefer paper books as I like to flip pages back and forth as I read. For some reason this simple task is cumbersome with electronic text, at least for me. Reading electronic text is like viewing M45 with a ETX 125. Sure its all there but ....it pales in comparison to M45viewed with say a ST80.

    I also like having my books handy in a book shelf ready for a rainy night. Frankly, I am not sufficiently organized to archive electronic medium for easy retrieval in the immediate future much less years in the future.
    Yes, I have to admit that some sections of my books are horribly outdated. This is one reason why I've now taken to publishing online. The other is that I can be more free to write what I want to. This is not a criticism of Springer, per se but the reality of how things are. I've had far more book proposals rejected than books that have been published.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sxinias View Post
    Like you, I have published a couple astronomy books with Springer. At present I have decided that the two books are it for me. I have a SCiFi book that I'll self publish...maybe.

    The drawback with a paper book is timelyness if technology is involved. The time taken by plubshiers is too long if the technology is dynamic. This is a big problem for college text books in many fields of science.

    The problem with electronic books is they are on temporary medium compared to paper books that can last ...there are paper books over 1000 years old. The books stored on magnetic tape, floppy disks, etc. are no longer readily retreivable by most people as the technology used to read them has long been sent to the trash bin.

    I personally prefer paper books as I like to flip pages back and forth as I read. For some reason this simple task is cumbersome with electronic text, at least for me. Reading electronic text is like viewing M45 with a ETX 125. Sure its all there but ....it pales in comparison to M45viewed with say a ST80.

    I also like having my books handy in a book shelf ready for a rainy night. Frankly, I am not sufficiently organized to archive electronic medium for easy retrieval in the immediate future much less years in the future.
    Totally unrelated: what sort of dog do you have?

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    I'm in the biomedical research business. I do a lot of technical writing. For that, > 80% of my reading and research is done online, the bibliographies then compiled with third party programs and those data files stored on my computer. And, we are now required to do all grant submissions and our tech reports, book chapters, normal reffed papers on-line - which is OK, but I admit takes some of the fun out of it.

    For personal use, yep, I have a kindle with about 200 books in it, but I also have a big "paper" book collection. That works out to something more like 60/40 (paper/digital). My astro related collection is mainly traditional bound paper. I also have a pretty large collection of sci/fi classics - all in paper.

    Like many of you, I find a big, fat book kind of nice to have around. Many senses are engaged - and I always like to find a good used book store. ha ha
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    The problem with publishing on Kindle is getting found. Unless you do a lot of self promotion, your work will probably not sell much. There is too much available and much of it is junk. Amazon has no quality control over content. With some basic limitations, anyone can publish anything with no cost.

    I have one small book published for Kindle and paperback. It sells enough to supply me with pin money. But, it is hobby related in a niche with very little competition. If you are writing fiction, lots of luck.

    I have never paid anything for books on my Kindle, but my wife has made up for that. Many authors give their book away for a short time in order to get reviews and get exposure. If you are willing to search, there is some good stuff. Gutenberg has most of the classics.

    For books that are mainly text, I prefer reading on my Kindle. I can choose the type face, size and brightness. And, I have it in a leather cover that makes it feel like a real book. When I close it, it turns off. When I re-open it's back where I left it. If there is a word I'm not familiar with, a touch brings up a definition. But, for books with illustrations, like most astronomy books, you can't beat the real thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty Barlow View Post
    https://www.bookbub.com/ebook-deals/free-kindle-books

    I think it's the Amazon lock-in that bothers me the most. Android still seems like a more flexible, versatile and adaptable OS. Maybe I just don't trust Amazon lol.
    I THINK (??) that you can install a free Kindle app on Android. You definitely can on Windows and I use it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clouded Out View Post
    I THINK (??) that you can install a free Kindle app on Android. You definitely can on Windows and I use it.
    Yes there is: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...indle&hl=en_GB

    It looks like it's regularly updated. I don't know how it behaves on Android, it all depends who's coded it. In my experience with Android apps they can be temperamental depending on the device and platform. I don't trust Amazon anyway, there's bound to be telemetry. Mind you, Amazon know where I live so I suppose that's irrelevant lol.
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