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Thread: Hard cover, paper back, ebooks or magazine?

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    Hard cover, paper back, ebooks or magazine?

    I'm curious to know what you all prefer when you are looking for quilting information. Other than just here and on line, do you prefer books to be hardcover, paper back, an ebook such as kindle or do you just go with the magazines?

    This is for books that help with general information and to help beginners and those wanting to learn a new method, but not a writing solely for the patterns.

    I have a mixture of all of them buy an ebook as I've not gotten into that media yet.

    And do you have a favorite one?
    Do you find that they lack something and what is that 'something' that they lack?



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    Most of what I really want to know right now is on the net through different written or video instruction. I bookmark some of those addresses so I can return to the ones I want.

    Otherwise, I would strongly suggest a newbie attend classes first, esp if they learn well in that manner. It also introduces the newbie to the comraderie among quilters and connects them to our community.

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    I use my Ipad for YouTube videos but I don't like to read books or magazines on line. I use my Public Library for books and I buy the occasional quilt magazine.

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    I buy soft cover books. Never hard cover! Never! I buy magazines. I don't have an Ipad yet. I have a kindle but it's in black and white. I get magazines online on my desktop but I don't enjoy them the way that I do when they arrive in the mail or I buy them at the store. Some of the fine print you can't read.
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    I have all of the above, but I prefer soft cover. I take the book to Staples and have a spiral put on. That way the book will lay flat. Why Staples? It's the cheapest around my house. It only costs $6.00 to $8.00. I also love the magazines, but not for instructions, for the patterns and techniques.
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    I have mostly hard copy: soft cover, hard cover & magazines. I am an Amazon junkie, especially the older used publications you can get for a few dollars, often less than a new magazine. I have an Ipad, but you have to watch what you buy. First of all, you can often get a used one for less money. and second: I have made several One Block Wonders and have her first book. Even tho I found the pattern for the open cubes on line, I decided to buy her 3rd book from the Kindle store. When I got it, I was surprized to find that it was black and white. I couldn't decipher many of the illustrations and finally had to get a hard copy version. The kindle does not have color capabilities, but I had purchased a couple other quilting books from Kindle and they came across in color. I went back and read the info on the OBW book and the other color quilting ebook I purchased and nothing in the description indicated whether the file was B&W or color. A query to Amazon went unanswered.
    Oh, I also have binding equipment, so if I find I'm using a book or magazine a lot, I will rebind it with a spiral spine.
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    A mix of all. I find I am buying fewer magazines. There is such a lot of info online now which I can store (electronic trash instead of paper trash smile)) Having an iPad has made a world of difference. I can now sit on the couch with it and read online very much like I had paper. Just found a new ezine called Fat Quarterly. Am going to try a sample.

    I read both "real" books and ebooks.

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    For general purpose quilting information I prefer hard copy books. I don't care whether they're soft cover or hard cover. If possible I get one from the library (either guild library or public library) before buying, to see if I like it.

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    For ease of handling, I like soft cover books best. For 'survival' - I like hard cover books better.

    But now that I know that I can get a book spiral bound, that makes rebinding an option for my favorite soft cover books that are falling apart.

    Of the x number of books I have, I think I've actually read 'most of' only about four or five of them.

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    I have both hardcover and paperback. I do not like e-books, for reference. If I find something online, I print it and keep it in a binder.
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