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Google Books

Discussion in 'Music, Box Office, TV & Books' started by MonkeyNews, 20 Sep 2009.

  1. MonkeyNews

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Oct 2008

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    Location: Peterborough

    http://books.google.com/

    Checked this out last night and I am amazed at how many books they have available for free. You can download a large selection books of all genres on PDF and EPUB format for free, and an even larger range for a cost. I am impressed with this site and have downloaded 'Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte' and 'Hamlet' for free and which ill be reading over the coming month, anyone else used this and if so what did you download for free or for cost?

    Also what are peoples thoughts on google books, does this mean the beginning of the end for book stores, or will this encourage and entice generations of all ages back into the world of books and get them down supporting their local libraries and bookstores?

    Google Books in the long run a good or bad thing?
     
  2. Shamikebab

    Capo Crimine

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    Location: Surrey

    It won't be the end because reading books on a computer screen is just not satisfying. I haven't tried e-readers but at the moment they don't provide a function worth their price.
     
  3. MonkeyNews

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Oct 2008

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    Location: Peterborough

    Totally agree with reading off PC screens, just doesnt feel right and isnt relaxing at all. But you could always print off the PDF in booklet format on a photocopier, that way you wouldn't have to read it on the PC and have it in a hard copy.
     
  4. MikeHunt79

    Capodecina

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    surely by the time you've printed it off at cost, it would have been cheaper to buy the book?
     
  5. setter

    Caporegime

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    Very true, particularly when you consider second hand shops where books can be bought at a signifigant saving, this is where i pickup a lot of the books i buy.
     
  6. MonkeyNews

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Oct 2008

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    That maybe true if you are as you say printing it off at cost, unless you are printing it off at work where you can do so for free.

    So if the bad points for google books is that you have to read it on a PC or on a mobile with the related software, or after you have printed it off it has cost you more than if you had just bought the book out right. Is there any plus points that we can get from google books or is it a complete waste of time and eventually money?
     
  7. mr.sly

    Mobster

    Joined: 25 Jul 2006

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    Well you have to remember this is an ongoing project. Just because it isn't perfect now doesn't mean it won't improve. eBook readers will improve in size and quality and so will screen technology and then eventually you'll have a huge range of books to download and read on a very nice eBook reader/Tablet PC.
     
  8. Steedie

    Man of Honour

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    Works great on the iPhone, love it, very hand for long train journies
     
  9. Malakite

    Hitman

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    Location: Glasgow

    It's just not something that i fancy tbh. I dont mind having all my music as mp3, ripping all my movies to hard drive, direct download of all my games but books, nah.

    It may be because I have a rather large book collection that I am proud of but I just think a printed book is much better.
     
  10. lbcliff

    Associate

    Joined: 9 Sep 2009

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    I've got a e-reader, very comfortable reading, but when it comes to pdf files. Nah. regret buying it.