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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Paperback?

I got asked by some readers on the Reddit Buffy board about a paperback version of the book. I'm generally willing to create one, at least in theory since I have no idea what Amazon requires. However, I thought I should ask for comments here on whether people think it's a good idea.

The advantage to a paperback is that it's easy to take places, simpler to underline and mark up. The disadvantages, though, are inherent in the way I structured the book: it's very reliant on hyperlinks for citations and other information. That's all lost in paperback. In addition, I continue to update the book by trying to clarify passages, fixing links, etc.* I'm unlikely to add anything important at this point, but it's easy to update an ebook, not so with paperback.

I'd appreciate comments either way.

*You can always get the updated version by asking Amazon for it. The downside is that you'll lose any underlining or bookmarks in your own copy.

11 comments:

  1. I think it's a great idea! I'm a bit old-fashioned, so I'll always prefer physical books over digital ones. There's something about holding a book that is very special to me.
    And I think it must be special to the author too, no?
    The hyperlinks will be gone, that's true, but you can always add notes.

    Well, that's my not so insightful 2 cents :)

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  2. A paperback would be great. I own your book in digital format, but I often end up going to your blog entries online after watching an episode. (And it's obvious that I google for the specific episodes since I visit all the time and yet did not see this post until today! I am now subscribed!) I love the idea of keeping your book near the TV and picking it up after watching an episode! Especially now that I'm rewatching and might look for references back to earlier essays from later ones, etc. Totally possible to do in digital format, but I find it clunkier.

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  3. Thanks to both for the feedback (especially the positive kind :)). I need to get off my butt and do something about it.

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    1. I also just posted this in The Passionate Nerds Facebook group (which is an offshoot of Ian's Passion of the Nerd guides) and a few more people are chiming in with interest: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1395995467105368/permalink/1500800996624814/

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  4. I like the experience of going through a physical book with pages that I can quickly turn between. I find going back and forth in digital formats to be more tricky.

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  5. Thanks to all of you, and to Erica for helping!

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  7. For everything sacred and holy YES. YES. A THOUSAND TIMES YES.

    I'll buy a few and do a giveaway on the channel to promote it.

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    1. Ok, I can't procrastinate any more after that. I just need to figure out how to do it.

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