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RCP
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Anyone other than me bothered by the trend away from a real book to a PDF and now a rambling MP3? I get he cost savings of a PDF over a real book but I am done with lazy rambling
MP3s. Just say no!
Jerry
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Saying NO.
Reading several books today, tomorrow, and forever.
WitchDocChris
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Agreed. I think it was around a year ago, I stopped buying digital products all together.

Physical books are pretty much the only thing I will purchase these days.
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I like a lot of the newer props and effects that are being released, but every time I press "pay," I wonder if 10 years from now the investment will go the way of VHS tapes. The packaging of today's props are often sleek and well-designed, and the quality of many is better than ever, but with the emphasis on quickly-evolving and changing digital instruction, I seriously fear that time will render it all for nothing.

Never mind my personal fear of a catastrophe that turns computers into useless paperweights, and we only have the written word to fall back on. For me, that's reason enough to at least include a small printed cheat sheet with every new prop and effect. But what about the concentration of online videos with pass codes? Forget about the issues of technology changing, what guarantee is there that the creators' databases will be maintained, and that information will still be available 5, 10, 15 years or more down the road? Yes, in many cases we can download the videos for our own archives and reference, but what about re-sale after the original owner dies? Or not being able to download the right software to play back the old videos?

I love technology. But as someone who has lived on both sides of the fence, one with and without personal computers. I think we need something in between. I choose the fence.
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Winks
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Books, books, and only books.
Dr. O
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Agreed. Books! For instructions I have started printing out PDFs and such since I I've lost several to computer mishaps. Old school I guess but I would rather have print.
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Could be worse, there's a particular creator who released an effect where if you bought it you literally had to call him and he would just tell you the instructions for it because he didn't feel like writing any of it down.
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Yep. I hate having to remember which magic site has the effect I purchased in the account section. I prefer owning physical media to have on hand.
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I much prefer proper books for a variety of reasons, not least because they are an investment which will probably increase in value when they go out of print. I do have a huge number of ebooks, mostly free and mostly pdfs, which I tend to forget about because I can't pick them up and dip into them. I don't often buy apparatus, but Where instructions are online, including videos, I download and save them onto my PC (some videos are awkward to download, but it's usually possible one way or another). I now also have a lot of downloaded videos, mostly free, that I tend to forget about ...

I do have a few audio "books" but I hate them.

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Also, I have lost the passwords to my Voodini PDF's.
So there's that problem.
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The only reason I have to buy a PDF if to print it out and bind it into a book where I can mark-up, flip pages, add noted, etc. without being forced to only one page at a time access. Therefore buying PDFs is rare since my printer is broken.
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TEB3
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Only REAL Books.

I refuse to release ANY of the ones I write in digital format.

Lary/TEB3/Traveler
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I cast my mail- in vote for proper books as well

My library has 300 HB AND 600 PB Books, plus More magazines than I have taken time to count.

all amassed over a period of 67 years


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On Jul 30, 2020, KOTAH wrote:
I cast my mail- in vote for proper books as well

My library has 300 HB AND 600 PB Books, plus More magazines than I have taken time to count.

all amassed over a period of 67 years


K.



And they require no batteries. No recharging. No players. No updates. And no version numbers.
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