Do you print out your e-books?

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Curious -- do you print out your e-books when you want to read them? Or just view them off your monitor?
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  • Profile picture of the author Alumni
    It depends on how many pages since its an ebook most authors get up to 30-50 pages thats just too much ink to waste on my home printer,

    Now sometimes i will put it on my jumpdrive and get staples or office to print it off if the book is quality enuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author Forest_Parks
    If it's more than say 15 pages I tend to print them off. I do 2 pages to a 10x8, double sided.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kat Fuschillo
    No, they're often so long, and it's just such a waste of paper.

    I just read them on my screen. It's far more environmentally friendly.

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  • Profile picture of the author Suthan M
    I prefer reading them on screen..

    Blame that on me for being the "new millennium" kid..

    We dont touch anything that resembles book, as much as possible!

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  • Profile picture of the author MacS09
    Depends what they are: I print reference stuff 2 pages per sheet - I have an A3 HP color laser from ebay - very cheap cost per page and very fast; inkjet is too slow and too expensive.
    Other stuff that I want to read only once, I keep on my ipod and read it as and when. Well, that the theory. In practice, I just got myself in a hole with my new ipod as I don't have WiFi and Docs To Go only works with WiFi. Always read the small print :-).
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    • Profile picture of the author Elle Holder
      I voted no, but need to clarify.

      I don't read any ebooks from my monitor. I sit here too much as it is. Every ebook that I buy is sent right to my PDA. Then I can read it where ever/whenever I want.

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  • Profile picture of the author frankstar
    No I rarely print out eBooks. I read them on my monitor and stick them on a portable hard drive, so I can read them anywhere there's a PC
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  • Profile picture of the author Elmer Hurlstone

    This thread and poll is evidence of, dare I say it, great minds thinking alike.

    Late last evening I was wondering the exact same thing. I intended to pose the question this morning.

    Since many ebooks are designed for on-screen reading I'm curious if folks are satisfied with the printed results.

    Printed books typically use serif type faces as opposed to the sans serif faces more easily viewed on a computer screen.

    Font sizes for onscreen viewing are often larger, too. Often 14pt instead of 12pt usually found in physical books.

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  • Profile picture of the author BelindaMooney
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  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    I don't print ebooks..not because I just want to
    read them on screen..but due to the fact that
    I don't want to spend too much on ink cartridge.

    In fact if there's a cheap alternative to ink cost
    I would have printed them all. I love printed materials
    In fact I have a mini-library here. I buy an average of
    two books per week.

    let's see how this survey of yours work out..

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    • Profile picture of the author webwriter
      I haven't. But I had a few copies made to sell via mail order and made some money that way.
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      • Profile picture of the author eibhlin
        Generally, I print the best ebooks (or important parts of them), put them into my "to read" three-ring binder, and read them with a highlighter pen in hand.

        I don't like to read books online. In addition, a highlighted copy makes it easier for me to refer to the important sections, later.

        Also, I can read the books when I'm waiting for someone who's late for an appointment, or while standing in a long line at the grocery store.

        However, before printing, I skim the first few pages on my monitor. If it looks good, I print it. If just part of the ebook looks good, I print just those pages. If it's ho-hum, I save it on my hard drive and hope to find a reason to print it, later.

        Anything that sits on my hard drive for three months gets copied to a backup CD and filed, in case I need it later.

        Finally, if buying a published (hard copy) version of the book would be cheaper than printing it, I've been known to buy the published edition of an ebook that I'd already purchased as a digital product.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
          It depends.

          Is it something that I just need to read once, and that's enough? And, is it a long read or a short read?

          Or, is it something I'll need to reference again and again?

          A long read or something I'll need to reference again and again will generally be printed out. Though I do have one eBook that I reference again and again but have never printed out.

          It depends.

          Plus, once an eBook is printed out, there's no electricity consumed each subsequent time you read it.

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  • Profile picture of the author Arun Pal Singh
    I always print the ebooks. Helps me to take notes and mark important points.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaleniie Devi
    If it's something major like say Butterfly Marketing or e-books that teach me in-depth tactics, then yes I print them out because I need to sit down and take notes and plan my course of action.

    I like to do my reading away from the lappy.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    I read all my ebooks through the Kindle now. It beats wasting paper and I can carry tons of books with a tiny footprint.

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  • Profile picture of the author Lambert Klein
    Since it's easier for me to read print, I will print out the reports that are worth it on my duplex printer.

    I then use my binding machine to make a spiral book.

    Easy to read, follow and make notes. Also for future reference.


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  • Profile picture of the author Ruka
    No way! I love ebooks because I can read them fast & I don't waste environmental resources on paper & ink. I generally only read them once anyway plus I don't want a paper copy hanging around creating clutter.

    Literature, however, is another matter - always on paper & nicely bound. Reading for pleasure has to be paper.
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  • Profile picture of the author bobsstuff
    I always print ebooks. 2 page reports, maybe, maybe not.

    I use a black toner laser printer which keep printing cost down.

    If there is too many headers and I really want to read an ebook without wasting toner printer 30 to 100 big headers, I may use a PDF to WORD program and convert to a different format. If I do that, I usually change the font from sans serif to serif.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
    I convert mine to mobi using (free) calibre and then put it on my Kindle. Love it. The conversion to MOBI makes the font size very readable, whereas putting it on the Kindle as a pdf ... the font is too small to be read comfortably.
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  • Profile picture of the author cvaughn
    I like having something I can highlight, scribble on, etc.. Besides theese screens start to burn my eyes after some time.
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  • Profile picture of the author FriendlyRob
    I bought an ebook reader for about $170. It was the best money I spent in years. I save paper, I can read on the couch with my wife while she reads her crappy fiction novels, and I don't look like I just sit on the computer all day.

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  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    I read most ebooks and informational products on the monitor. I print only when I need to take with me somewhere or if I want to highlight and write notes.
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  • No, I don't usually print out E-books unless they are extremely short, or important. I don't have that much ink to spare! Lol!
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  • Profile picture of the author sikaz
    I think it all depends on the size of the material.l usually read directly on my PC if the material is just about 15 to 25 pages. If more then printing in the next possible thing.

    It all depends on the individual,anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author KristieDean
    Originally Posted by Johnathan View Post

    Curious -- do you print out your e-books when you want to read them? Or just view them off your monitor?
    I almost always print them out.

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  • Profile picture of the author Woody C
    1. My school offers us free printing in the library, so yes.

    2. I like underlining, highlighting, and taking notes.

    3. I now have a huge pile of paper e-books sitting in my room that I'll probably never look at again because it's easier to search for the information on my computer.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      Cheat sheets, and ones that are workbooks. If I printed all the ebooks I have I could take out a rain forest in a year and Epson ink stock would skyrocket.

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  • Profile picture of the author ruch1v
    I selected the last option, mainly because it made me laugh, I would probably read more ebooks if i printed them out, but they are often so long, it would just be a waste of paper...
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  • Profile picture of the author Fabian Lord
    Interesting Q Johnathan,

    Basically, when i get an eBook, i have a cursory glance through the Contents section & pages & if it's worthy of future attention, i have to say (sorry trees) i do print the eBook.
    I do, however, draw the line at printing in excess of 100 pages.
    Like avenuegirl, i will pretty much always print out cheat sheets & blueprints.
    Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author miellas
    Definitely prefer to read on screen whenever possible whether pc or via mobile device, but if on a subject that I am in the middle of doing research for a new niche or product will print to add additional notes as required.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    I seldom do, because the authors typically "cheat" use large fonts and triple or quadruple space their text, leaving lots of blank area in the ebook! It's only the really long and complex/good ones that I'll think about printing off, as a ratio I'd say typically between 1:10 and 2:10.
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  • Profile picture of the author NateDesmond
    I have nothing against hard-copy books, but I never print off an ebook. To me, they are two different things.
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  • Profile picture of the author SonjaSophie
    I hate reading on the screen, but I feel e-books can help save a couple trees- so I don't - and hope that others won't either...

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  • Profile picture of the author ThomasShay
    I don't like reading eBooks on the PC. I like a hard copy in my hands, so I can read them anywhere.

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  • Profile picture of the author thebarksmeow
    It depends on the quality of the ebook. Usually, if it's a good one and more than 50 pages. I upload the pdf to fedex office online then go pick it up in about an hour. I love that service. They will coil it, bind it, etc. I just specify the options online.

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  • Profile picture of the author Tovuti
    It depends on the ebook and on how much I plan to go back and read it again as a resource. It also depends on the number of pages but I'll print off longer ebooks if it's a book I actually want to keep on my bookshelf.
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    • Profile picture of the author All Night Cafe
      Print out. I go to McDonalds 5 morning's a week. I take a
      pen and magic marketer.

      This is my quite time. You wouldn't believe it but I can
      shut out all the customers ordering and and other noise
      and study better than I can in my office.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
    I'm totally guilty of printing out my ebooks and reports. But, when I do print them, it's four pages to a sheet (print front and back in booklet style), so that makes a 30 page ebook only use 8 pieces of paper. They end up being small and portable and I read them on the train in the AM & PM.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      If they contain information that I know I will need, then yes I print them out and put them in 3 ring binders labeled by content.

      I use the cost of the paper, the ink and the 3 ring binders as part of my business expenses during tax time, which helps tremendously!

      I even at times, use some of that information in research for articles I am asked to write.

      The stupid waste of my time ones get the DELETE button! Why clutter up the memory on my computer with junk?

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      • Profile picture of the author AffiliateKungfu
        'Since time immemorial', I have been printing every e-book I buy as a matter of course.

        Here's a tip for those who share my nasty habit :-

        Always print on both sides, not to 'save paper', but rather to avoid paper wastage. Thus, a thick book will use only half the amount of paper. You can do this by first printing all odd pages for the whole book as a first operation, followed by printing the even pages as a second operation.

        This method requires you to be present and physically handling the printed pages as they roll out of the printer because you need to orientate and sequence the pages properly.

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  • Profile picture of the author Nickolie0990
    I don't print out ebooks, but for the good ones that I like I do burn them to a dvd and I also add them to my iphone, so when I'm board I have something to read/watch do.
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  • Profile picture of the author N4PGW
    I said "yes" but I only do that for books I am going to work with for awhile or want to read elsewhere. I usually print double-sided, but I just noticed on this last book that Linux printing a PDF won't give me the doublesided option. hmm, I'll be looking into that.

    Mostly, I do not print out PDFs. I read them onscreen.

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    • Profile picture of the author AffiliateKungfu
      Too bad if your printer driver software does not have the print 'odd/even pages' option.

      As for webpages (ie. one loong page), you can still print on both sides. Just stay with the printer and print 'singly', which means to say you reverse the top page after it is printed and feed it in again on the blank side but at the same time adding a second blank sheet behind it so that it will continue printing on the blank sheet.

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      • Profile picture of the author Chris Steiner
        I voted "no" but I used to print out every ebook I bought. I tend to be a bit "old school" when it comes to most things, and reading was no exception. I had a hard time getting used to reading that much text on the screen, but I made an effort to "go more green" and now I only print out things I would want to take notes on the pages.

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  • Profile picture of the author Widmaer Telisma
    With the amount of eBook that sits on my hard drive..I probably would kill an entire forest just to print them. But most of the time I only print the best book I want to read comfortably on the couch.. otherwise I load them into an iphone app and read them, if I'm not home
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  • Profile picture of the author WillDL
    It depends on the e-book, short reports I almost never print. Longer ebooks I skim on the computer screen and if I'm interested in a more thorough read I'll print sections or sometimes the whole thing. Then I have about 5 ebooks I took to kinkos and had spiral bound.

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  • Profile picture of the author juzanobo
    Yes, I print some of my ebooks especially those that are very technical.
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  • Profile picture of the author avandrunen
    I am afraid that I haven't quite jumped into the 21st century...I still print off my ebooks.

    I still prefer having a hard copy to work with, to read on the couch, highlight and make notes on.
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  • Profile picture of the author oggobis
    I do print out some ebooks. Printed them fit to A5 page. Become more tiny, easy to read. And as above says, reading without taking notes or underline or scribbling felt something missing. And, reading from paper is more eye-comfort.

    Though I concern about eco-friendly issue - just heard of Kindle.
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  • Profile picture of the author WMusic
    I usually do not unless I know that I will need a hard copy to share with someone else where internet will not be available... but where is that anymore?
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  • Profile picture of the author timer
    If I want to read a book I'll buy one. I only view ebooks on a monitor. Why waste ink, paper and time printing it out?
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  • Profile picture of the author mello
    Depends. I rarely print entire ebooks. I definitely print extracts that I want to reference. Most lie in my archives for on-screen reading when I have time or am searching for info. For me it's ink and paper costs (and environment). The font issue is one I struggle with when I write ebooks so if Adobe could invent a font that changes from serif to sans serif triggered by whether a document is read onscreen or printed that would be dandy!
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    I seldom do, unless it's something I want to archive, or refer to while I'm at the computer -- I find it easier to turn pages than switch between windows.
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    Apart from some stuff by Ken Evoy - remember Make Your Knowledge Sell etc etc - never.

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    • Profile picture of the author Johnathan
      Originally Posted by James12C View Post

      Apart from some stuff by Ken Evoy - remember Make Your Knowledge Sell etc etc - never.
      Whereabouts is that link? I didn't know about that -- but I know about his sitesell/affiliate handbook (150pgs)
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