Are printed books obsolete?
The new wave appears to be e-books, yet I have tons of friends and relatives who still prefer sitting down and turning the pages on what they call "real" books. I must admit being drawn to the covers of printed books when I'm shopping at Wal-Mart or even Osco. Some are so pretty I'm almost tempted to buy them, but I refrain. I can get a much better bargain buying a Kindle book. Also, my Kindle 3 and Kindle Touch are easier on the eyes.
Do you buy paperbacks, hardcovers, both, or none printed?
I usually buy paperbacks, either trade or smaller sized when they're written and autographed by close author friends. Otherwise, I go for the Kindle version. Sometimes, though, to support a friend I'll buy the paperback version as well as the Kindle one.
I don't buy hardcovers unless at -- okay, I'll admit it -- library book sales.
If you were buying a printed book, would it matter to you if it were offered by an indie publisher or a traditional publisher?
Since I don't buy many printed books, except those from author friends, I'll just say what I used to do when considering a paperback purchase. Like many readers, I would check out the cover, next the back page blurbs, and lastly the first page of the book. If I liked what I saw, then I'd buy it.
The publisher never entered into my choice.
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Morgan Mandel has contributed two short stories to The Corner Cafe: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories, available at Amazon.com
Morgan's other works include four full length novels: the thriller, Forever Young: Blessing or Curse, the romantic suspense, Killer Career, the romantic comedy, Girl of My Dreams, and the mystery, Two Wrongs.
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