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Old 06-30-2013, 05:13 AM
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Question Online vs Magazines vs Books

I understand that magazines are very colorful (mostly ads), and sometimes have an article or two of interest. Books are fun to leaf through when you first get them and are good for the specific subject for which you purchased it; and which you can download on your computer or kindle.

Do you think there's as much (or more) pertinent information to be found online; videos on utube; quilting sites with patterns, tutorials, etc.

It seems to me that with all that's online FREE, that you can access immediately, with a few key strokes, that the other sources are becoming relics and dust collectors.

What is your preference? What do you think of the future of books and magazines?

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Old 06-30-2013, 05:17 AM
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I agree that online is wonderful considering all the free info! I use it and like my pinterest, too. But, I love the new magazine I occasionally pick up and I like books for the subject information. I like my computer, but most of my life I "touched" my books and magazines and wouldn't want to give that up yet.
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:21 AM
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I am on old fuddy and like to hold my book and take it with me. It goes in my tote bag, Dr office, ball park to WAIT for GS, and on my swing in the back yard. No electricity needed !!!!! The computer and I rangle almost daily.. When you are new to computers you do not know all the free sites. OOPS time for me to go to church. hugs
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:25 AM
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I love my magazines and often sit and leaf through them for ideas. Although I do look at quilts on Flickr and Pinterest, I wouldn't want those to be my only source of ideas.
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:31 AM
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Being a pre-tv gal I find that I really like my magazines to leaf thru over and over. I have a lot - a lot! As I've grown as a quilter I now like different things than I did when I originally acquired the magazine. However, recently have decided that somehow I have to prune the collection. Still deciding how. I have a huge collection of stuff from on-line but still gravitate towards the magazines. I have been way more selective toward the books I purchase - usually purchased for the techniques rather than patterns. Every year our local library has a huge donated book sale and the hard-covers are $1.00. No time to browse - so I gobble up as many as I can (support the library) haul them home and then prune them by taking to guild meetings and put them on the free table. Nary a book left so far. Have decided that part of the quilting addiction is lots to choose from. Purchased a dedicated 6 foot tall bookcase and am losing the war - I need to get busy and prune some more so they all fit on. It appears this quilter stashes more than fabric. Will be watching this thread to see if I can pick up any organizational hints.
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:42 AM
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I love all things quilting.
Have mags, books, use online and print out patterns, buy dvd's.
Dont know what I will do when I run out of room.
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:48 AM
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I think they all have their place. I like them all. I pick up magazines occasionally, do not digitally subscribe to anything yet and have a few books. As far as books go, if a technique really interests me and I will use more than once, will put the dollars out for book. Everything is good, unfortunately, magazines are so costly and if subscribers are lost, they will either up the cost or go digital. We are in the information age.
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:06 AM
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I prefer books, but will pick up a magazine if I like the cover. I do use free online stuff, but I still love my books as it is not the same.
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:09 AM
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I have a very small sewing room 9 x 9. I have ONE shelf on a bookcase for books. If I exceed this---I must pass some along.

I seldom buy magazines but often get free ones at guild meetings. Same method---one stack.

We moved from MD to Phoenix last November and I did a major purge of everything we owned. I have been successful at maintaining this.
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:26 AM
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I buy books and magazines that are technique focussed, not those that tell you how to make something specific. Most of the stuff available online is purely aimed at showing you how to duplicate someone else's work. That doesn't interest me at all so I stick with published items that I can keep as reference, use in my studio as I'm trying something out for the first few times, and share with others who are interested in learning some of the same things I am.
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