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The New Comic Thread for Friday, December 11, 2009

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    the cheatthe cheat Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2009
    Smart Hero wrote: »
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    what if it turned out that ebook machines were so cheap that they would just sell each book as an ereader loaded with that book. would you switch then?

    i think it would be cool if they made like... faux covers so that it looked like you were reading an actual book but inside it was a digital screen.

    I guess that might fix the lending problem, but then you still wouldn't have one of the major benefits of the e-reader: being able to hold hundreds of texts all on one device.

    why is that such a huge benefit anyways... who reads more than one book at a time?

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    OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? the foot of mt fujiRegistered User regular
    edited December 2009
    the cheat wrote: »
    Smart Hero wrote: »
    the cheat wrote: »
    what if it turned out that ebook machines were so cheap that they would just sell each book as an ereader loaded with that book. would you switch then?

    i think it would be cool if they made like... faux covers so that it looked like you were reading an actual book but inside it was a digital screen.

    I guess that might fix the lending problem, but then you still wouldn't have one of the major benefits of the e-reader: being able to hold hundreds of texts all on one device.

    why is that such a huge benefit anyways... who reads more than one book at a time?

    I do

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    AbracadanielAbracadaniel Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    the cheat wrote: »
    Smart Hero wrote: »
    the cheat wrote: »
    what if it turned out that ebook machines were so cheap that they would just sell each book as an ereader loaded with that book. would you switch then?

    i think it would be cool if they made like... faux covers so that it looked like you were reading an actual book but inside it was a digital screen.

    I guess that might fix the lending problem, but then you still wouldn't have one of the major benefits of the e-reader: being able to hold hundreds of texts all on one device.

    why is that such a huge benefit anyways... who reads more than one book at a time?

    I've got about three I'm working through on my iPhone plus at least one more paperback.

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    101101 Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Are there things like research papers and textbooks on these e-readers? Because that would be pretty great.

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    the cheatthe cheat Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2009
    you guys have short attention spans.

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    AbracadanielAbracadaniel Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    There's a push to get textbooks and such on there, but some publishers are balking at it.

    Which is really where the trouble lies; With a distribution method like Amazon and the Kindle, authors can cut out the publisher entirely and Amazon even encourages them to do so by working directly with authors; one less middleman. Of course then as an author you may no longer have the benefit of a publishing house's marketing staff, but even that can be circumvented through solid marketing online and elsewhere, it's just not as easy.

    Hell, you can make some really decent cash just self-publishing a short story and finding the right way to sell it online.

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    AbracadanielAbracadaniel Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    the cheat wrote: »
    you guys have short attention spans.

    because I'm capable of retaining the storylines of a few books in my head all at a time?

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    OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? the foot of mt fujiRegistered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Smart Hero wrote: »
    the cheat wrote: »
    you guys have short attention spans.

    because I'm capable of retaining the storylines of a few books in my head all at a time?

    Apparently we are freaks, Smart Hero

    People with long attention spans can only read one book at a time

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    freakish lightfreakish light butterdick jones and his heavenly asshole machineRegistered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Smart Hero wrote: »
    There's a push to get textbooks and such on there, but some publishers are balking at it.

    Understandably so. What are they going to do when they can't declare an edition of a $100 textbook out of date and push out a new one to both make money on people who have already bought the book and cut out the used market at the same time?

    Imagine a world where, to get the newest version of a textbook, you just download whatever minor updates go into the new edition. Madness!

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    JavenJaven Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Smart Hero wrote: »
    There's a push to get textbooks and such on there, but some publishers are balking at it.

    Understandably so. What are they going to do when they can't declare an edition of a $100 textbook out of date and push out a new one to both make money on people who have already bought the book and cut out the used market at the same time?

    Imagine a world where, to get the newest version of a textbook, you just download whatever minor updates go into the new edition. Madness!

    You mean where it doesn't cost nearly a thousand dollars a semester just for basic, class required text books?

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    FaricazyFaricazy Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Everytime textbook reps come to my classes, I want to set them on fire.

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    freakish lightfreakish light butterdick jones and his heavenly asshole machineRegistered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Javen wrote: »
    Smart Hero wrote: »
    There's a push to get textbooks and such on there, but some publishers are balking at it.

    Understandably so. What are they going to do when they can't declare an edition of a $100 textbook out of date and push out a new one to both make money on people who have already bought the book and cut out the used market at the same time?

    Imagine a world where, to get the newest version of a textbook, you just download whatever minor updates go into the new edition. Madness!

    You mean where it doesn't cost nearly a thousand dollars a semester just for basic, class required text books?

    a textbook publisher just got chills and he has no idea why

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    101101 Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    I am so glad my course doesn't require me to get a lot of textbooks.

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    FaricazyFaricazy Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    they've got those online editions now, which basically cost them nothing to keep compared to publishing

    "and this semester, we're proud to offer an online edition, which is both very convenient and economical! so rather than paying the full price of the textbook [$130] you can buy an online code instead for only $70!"


    fffffffffffffff

    they are basically the trade federation

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    OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? the foot of mt fujiRegistered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Faricazy wrote: »
    they've got those online editions now, which basically cost them nothing to keep compared to publishing

    "and this semester, we're proud to offer an online edition, which is both very convenient and economical! so rather than paying the full price of the textbook [$130] you can buy an online code instead for only $70!"


    fffffffffffffff

    they are basically the trade federation

    This is a great example of pure evil

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    FaricazyFaricazy Registered User regular
    edited December 2009
    also guess what the online edition access only lasts the four months you have class

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