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Printed Books Vs E-Books


Printed Books Vs E-Books

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As an a professional in SQL Server what is the best way you use for reading and Learning about SQL Server are this through Printed Books or E-Books

56% - 42 votes Printed Books
56% 42 votes
21.33% - 16 votes PDF on Laptop
21.33% 16 votes
22.67% - 17 votes Tablet (ipad - Kindle - Surface ... etc)
22.67% 17 votes
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Personally I like printed books the most. Nothing beats the actual touch and feel of an actual book. (and you can kill flies with it!)
It's also easier on the eyes and it doesn't consume batteries. However, printed books are usually not in color.

Since I don't have the physical space to store every book I want to read, pdf on a laptop comes as a close second.



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I am not voting because I use all three options.



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Koen Verbeeck (9/18/2013)
Personally I like printed books the most. Nothing beats the actual touch and feel of an actual book. (and you can kill flies with it!)


Well, you CAN kill flies with various electronic book reading devices...

...but I don't think the warranty will cover it.

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Those are some severely limited choices. I use the first two plus multiple other formats and not limited to just laptops. I maintain ebooks on my desktop box and on thumb-drives as well. Generally, I try to convert PDF's to WORD so that I can add my personal notes to the eBook.

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Sean Pearce (9/18/2013)
I am not voting because I use all three options.

I use all three options, plus others, but I'm voting for tablet because I've run out of shelf space and my Kindle is a lot more convenient than my laptop (it will fit into my pocket, for example). Also, I'm using DVDs to store mob or other readable format files - that consumes much less space than paper. Of course the kindle and the laptop can both display pdf as well as mob format, and conversion from other formats to one of those is usually extremely easy. I've found that sometimes the laptop is useful for ebooks with diagrams in them - diagrams are sometimes badly handled on the Kindle.
The scarcity of shelf space means that I'm now buying a lot more ebooks than paper ones. But it will be a verylong time before my ebook collection has as many books as my paper collection - the paper collection had a very long head start.

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Print & PDF. While I read a lot of books on my iPad I have yet to read a technical computer book on the iPad... usually because they are too big and I prefer to read smaller books on a tablet. So I guess my real answer is it depends on how many pages in the book. If it's over a certain page number I'll be reading the print version.
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Jeff Atherton (9/19/2013)
Print & PDF. While I read a lot of books on my iPad I have yet to read a technical computer book on the iPad... usually because they are too big and I prefer to read smaller books on a tablet. So I guess my real answer is it depends on how many pages in the book. If it's over a certain page number I'll be reading the print version.

It surprises me that number of pages is an issue. Now page size as an issue I can understand - if there are full page diagrams, or even worse diagrams that spread over two pages, and the original page size was A4 or American Letter or Foolscap, that won't be viable on a small screen device.

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For me, it really depends on the purpose of the book. For "reading" books, I'm fine with eBooks on the laptop or the tablet. For "studying" material, it's still hard to beat a printed book that you can mark up, highlight, make notes in and reference.
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George M Parker (9/19/2013)
For me, it really depends on the purpose of the book. For "reading" books, I'm fine with eBooks on the laptop or the tablet. For "studying" material, it's still hard to beat a printed book that you can mark up, highlight, make notes in and reference.

But I can highlight and make notes in books on my Kindle and in the Kindle app on my laptop; and I don't see how an ebook is in any way different from a paper book with respect to referencing (of course when I see a web reference in an ebook I can click on it and go there, which is kind of hard with a paper book, so I can see that difference, but I think you meant something quite different from that - don't know what, though).

Tom

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