Ebook Download Sizes - What is too big?

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Dee Power is looking over one of my projects and made an excellent observation: my ebook (.pdf) file size is close to 6mb in size and some folks might not like downloading that.

She's right on. I intentionally made all the graphics high-res (300dpi) so that they'd look good if people print the ebook out. If I had used the normal resolution (72dpi) the file size would have been considerably smaller, but the graphics would look a little fuzzy when printed on paper.

So here's your question - Do you prefer to print out largish (50+ pages) ebooks?

- Russ
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew E.
    I know I would not print out a 50+ page ebook.

    Given the option, I'd rather pay a little extra for a physical book if I really needed something tangible in my hands.
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  • Profile picture of the author ejfern22
    I wouldn't print out a 50+ ebook either but I would still download it and just read it off my computer. If it is over 100+ pages then I would rather have a physical book.
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  • Profile picture of the author rondo
    150dpi is good enough for printing ebook graphics.


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    • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
      I would happily print out a 50-page ebook on my office printer, because it's fast, has a big paper bin and the ink isn't too expensive.

      Would I do the same at home?

      No, becase my home printer is designed for the occasional few pages, not a hefty ebook. For me, it's not about the file size, it's about how much of my precious ink it uses up. And I mean precious because the cartridges don't last long, not just the price of them.

      There's nothing worse than printing an ebook that has a huge multi-coloured front cover, or a pointless background fill on every page.

      We Scots are mean, so they tell us.

      Cheers,

      Neil
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  • Profile picture of the author write-stuff
    Excellent, thanks for that important feedback. And I know what you mean about those ink cartridges, Neil. I'm not positive, but I am pretty sure that a hi-res image won't take more ink than a low-res image. But in either case, it's sounding like people aren't all that interested in printing out their ebooks. Guess I'm the oddball.

    Andrew, thanks for that advice. I'm sure I can drastically reduce the file size by redoing the images at 150dpi. Thanks much for that tip.

    - Russ
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    • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
      Neil. I'm not positive, but I am pretty sure that a hi-res image won't take more ink than a low-res image.
      You're right on that.

      Guess I'm the oddball.
      Actually, I do like printing ebooks so I must be one too.

      Cheers,

      Neil
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