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From: Rob <rob_at_indefinite.freeserve.co.uk>
Date: Sun Jan 19 02:20:32 2003

At 00:47 18/01/2003 -0800, Scarletdown wrote:

>Perhaps I'm in a tiny minority here, but if such a work did get
>posted for free download, I would eventually buy the hard copy
>anyway. Afterall, I frequently like to take a book or magazine
>outside with me to read when I step out to smoke (and an American
>Spirit or Dunhill can take 10 minutes or so to go through.) It would
>be very impractical and silly to try to haul my PC out to the yard in
>order to read an e-document during these downtimes. Likewise,
>reading in bed or in the bathtub, or on the bus, or on the ferry, or
>at the laundromat requires hardcopy as well. :)
>I've been mentally compiling some other thoughts on this topic over
>the past few days, and may post them later. :p
>-- Scarletdown

No, you're not in the minority. I would estimate that since I had the
ability to download mp3s and such like, I have bought *more* music CDs,
and I have *definitely* bought more DVDs since having had DSL and the
opportunity to download and watch the films first.

First Harry Potter, for instance. Downloaded it, went to the cinema to
watch it properly, (full family trip, ?15 or so [$23]) and ended up
buying the official DVD. Twice; one for the mother-in-law. This is
not an isolated incident..

Conversely, have also downloaded and watched/listened/read stuff that
we decided was total crap, and been glad we'd not spent the money on it.

As far as books go, there is no substitute for a proper paper manual. It
really annoys me all the stuff we buy at work that comes with a CD full
of PDFs instead. Even with the laptop, it's a major pain in the
proverbial if you want to look something up when, say, out on site and
you want to tweak the settings no a router.
Received on Sun Jan 19 2003 - 02:20:32 GMT

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