Published: Aug 16 2009 / 07:54
Yes, more and more! :-)
Sure we do. Some material is better suited than other but you can't beat the DPI of paper and dragging a laptop with you to the toilet just raises eyebrows with the wife.
I had over 100 tech books before I moved and had to sell a bunch. But I've always been a book nerd.
I like both paper and electronic.
I used to have a voracious book habit, but technology shifts so much, so quickly these days that by the time a book makes it through the printing process it's just month's away from being obsolete. So for reference needs google is my master. However books still have a place, a study of concepts (refactoring, economics, usability, etc...) are still much better in print than in the web for the most part. So the nature of my library has changed. I still buy books but don't rely on them as much (or buy them).
The changes in pcx99's library reflects my own. Conceptual, or higher-order books, have always been preferable to technical manuals, but certainly not as essential when you were simply tasked with getting something done. Now that the internet generously services our reference needs, my interest in technical books turned to focus almost entirely on those trumpeting soft skills, theory, and insightful analysis.
I'm probably an average case: I buy about 3-5 (printed) technical books a year, but I will also happily purchase (the typically cheaper alternative) ebooks.
Random thought: I would like to see higher resolution books! It feels like I'm reading 640x480 whenever I return to print, and my fingers start twitching to drag the corners of the cover wide across my lap.
With Kindle i may never read books again
Books help take a break from computers, good for my butt relaxation.
Ehrm... Kinda IS a computer though.
I have a sony reader with ebooks on it and I still turn to paper every time - nothing beats it for me - I have not tried Kindle but I don't like Amazon's grip on all of the content
When i was noob.I buy books for programming.But now i just buy novel to get rid away from pc or laptop.
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