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Water Cooler / Re: Welcome!
« Last post by Ev on May 19, 2023, 06:24 PM »
Congratulations and best wishes on your new book, Rose!
Introduce Yourself! / Re: Hi All! Newby "author" in North Carolina
« Last post by Ev on May 19, 2023, 06:23 PM »
:welcome2 Ana-Linn! Glad to have you with us. Best wishes on your books. And, yes, book promotion  is an ongoing challenge for most of us.
Water Cooler / Re: reading ebook vs physical book
« Last post by Vijaya on May 19, 2023, 02:29 PM »
JFriday, you are writing how I feel. I will always have a preference for physical books--yes they take up space and are costlier to produce but they will never go out of style. Esp. with nonfiction--where I'm going back and forth to understand a point. I also mark up my books and now that I buy a lot more used books, really enjoy other people's notes in the margins as well. There's a connection to the previous owner. I've also bought physical copies of books I first read on my kindle.

I appreciate ebooks because I don't have great vision and it's so nice to be able to choose a bigger font. I also like being able to read in bed without disturbing my husband. Btw, I have a paperwhite and it's so great when one of the books I'm reading is a tome!
Water Cooler / reading ebook vs physical book
« Last post by JFriday on May 19, 2023, 01:33 PM »
I've been thinking about something since Vijaya said she liked the cover of my paperback in the water cooler Welcome thread. I'm wondering if others feel the same way I do about the experience of reading an ebook vs. the physical book.

I have a Kindle because I published ebooks along with my paperbacks and hardbacks. I figured I really should be able to read my ebooks if I have them. Although I've downloaded other books, I find I rarely reach for my Kindle to read a book. I would much rather hold a book in my hands and turn the pages. Even if it costs more.

One of the things that drives me nuts is I don't see the cover as I'm reading through an ebook. With a physical book, I see the cover every time I pick up the book (or notice it lying around and think oh, I can't wait till I have the time to read that). When I open an ebook, the cover disappears. When I'm done reading, it just goes back to a flat Kindle.  I really like seeing covers, some of them are beautiful. I feel cheated.

I've also noticed when I read an ebook, I tend to forget it quickly. That goes for both fiction and non-fiction. It's just gone. Does that happen to anyone else? With a physical book, not only do I get the pleasure of repeatedly seeing the cover, but I can feel the weight of the book in my hands, physically turn the pages and hear the paper, easily re-read passages I like, fan the pages as I read (am I the only one who does that?), underline or highlight (I know I can do it on an ebook, but it's not the same), and then see the book, even if it's only the spine on my bookshelf, and remember it. It's more of a reading experience - touching, smelling, seeing, hearing. So I remember it much longer.

Has anyone else thought about this? Does anyone else miss having a physical book when reading on a Kindle or tablet? I've even bought several paperback books after reading them as an ebook. Have I totally missed the train or am I not alone?
Good News! / Re: Mind Over Antimatter, out today!
« Last post by Pons on May 19, 2023, 08:13 AM »
My copy came yesterday and I'm eager to read it. I vet books whenever I can for one of my granddaughters who is a voracious reader, and this looks like something she would like. I'll be sure to leave a review, too.

Congratulations!!!  :stars3
Good News! / Re: Mind Over Antimatter, out today!
« Last post by olmue on May 18, 2023, 09:02 PM »
Thanks for celebrating with me! My daughter (high school senior) keeps advertising it to her friends and urging them to read it and get it for their younger siblings, so I am hoping kids in North Dakota like it (even if it's set in Idaho, lol.)
Good News! / Re: Mind Over Antimatter, out today!
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on May 18, 2023, 07:30 PM »
This sounds like a totally fun read! Happy sales and happy book birthday!
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Good News! / Re: Mind Over Antimatter, out today!
« Last post by andracill on May 18, 2023, 04:42 PM »
This is awesome! :fireworks Having had the good fortune to read an earlier version, I already know how fantastic it is. :love5
Good News! / Re: Mind Over Antimatter, out today!
« Last post by JulieM on May 18, 2023, 03:36 PM »
Sounds great! Congratulations!
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