This discussion has been focused on an either/or debate between e-books and printed books. I see a lot of ways there can be a best of both worlds approach.
1. Buy the print copy and get the electronic copy too. I can go mobile, search, and read the print copy when I want, lend it, etc.
2. Print pictures, e-book the text. I'd love to see field guides with glorious pictures of the birds, flowers, animals, mollusks and an accompanying e-book with loads of text on said animals & birds. And search the e-book based on characteristics you see on a bird, say, and it gives you the pages to look up the picture in the print companion. Plus maps of the range in your area, not a microscopic map of all of North America with two dots of ink to indicate a species range.
This companion version would work well for photography, art, architecture, travel books, atlases. The print versions would still have the reference text in tiny print in the back, as many art books do now, but you could read it in normal text on your e-book.
Hmm- a boon for those rich, old people that were mentioned on the show so often. We'll all be old w/ feeble eyesight someday.
3. Technical books that are (closer to) up-to-date. As one comment on the show mentioned, e-books change the publishers capabilities for publishing editions. I have bought technical books several times that had only been out for a couple of months and were already out of date because of the lag in the writing, printing, and distribution of the book. The technology had already moved on. I would be willing to pay more for an e-book that would be more like a subscription to a book that would be updated.
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