Why Amazon is giving you money? Don't worry, it's not a scam

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  • Brent T. Aurora CO Aurora, CO
    March 30, 2014 1:07 p.m.

    To one opinion, another opinion. If you're going to only read and own one book in your entire life, in addition to making it a great book, you ought to get it in print and a beautiful binding, having inscribed with meaning from the giver. Actually one ought to own many beautifully bound books.

    But to avid readers of thousands of book in a lifetime, some not so great, some sampled and not finished, the answer is the library... but on the fly and on short notice... ebooks are light weight and easily disposable, a click away. And better than the paper/pulp wasted, binding, marketing, inventorying, piles sold at garage sales.

    Which is my issue. To print a book costs money. And whether printed or released as an ebook, today's print production requires entering the text in a computer. Ebooks, getting the digital vapor, should cost pennies, dimes and maybe quarters, not dollars, fives, tens and twenties.

  • andy warhol west valley city, UT
    March 30, 2014 10:12 a.m.

    agreed - ebooks are here to stay. but there really is something to the experience of reading an actual paper book. the look, feel, and smell. hopefully paper books don't go the way of the horse and buggy. bud sadly they may.

  • One opinion west jordan, UT
    March 30, 2014 9:41 a.m.

    There is just something about carrying a real paper book around in your hands and reading from it. You can soak in the tub with a book, carry it anywhere, pick it up and put it down with a book mark in a page and the battery never fades or dies. A book was recently found in our family that is 114 years old. It has a wonderful message telling how the book was received and a note about the person who gave it. There is just something wonderful about a book in print that can't be replaced by "a library in the palm of our hand." The libraries in the palm of our hand is a great and wonderful thing also and appreciated very much. It definitely has a very supportive place in our lives today - but so does a wonderful book!

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    March 30, 2014 1:51 a.m.

    eBooks are here to stay. Why carry around heavy books when you can fit an entire library in the palm of your hand? It's sad for bookstores, but that's the nature of progress. The horse-and-buggy industry died out as well.