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Thanks to those who participated in the survey. The results are interesting. You can interpret them for yourself. Here's the link:

LINK TO SURVEY

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As Henry Gibson's character used to say on Laugh-In, "Very interesting." Thanks for sharing.

I am heartened to see that a majority of your respondents prefer books to DVDs and downloads. Like many of you, I enjoy popping over to Penguin and Vanishing, Inc to see what's new and what's hot. Recently Paul Gordon, John Carey, Ben Earl, and Cameron Francis have had highly rated, top selling single trick downloads on both sites. Now don't get me wrong - I hope all of those gentlemen make solid returns for their creative investments - but I recognized every one of the tricks as being "buried" in print. Can't help but wonder if those book-spurning, quick-trick download purchasers realize that for triple or so the price of that single trick, they could be holding in the hands a volume of potentially killer effects from which they could mine for a lifetime?


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I batted a cool 300
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I agree with your assessment Anthony. The game seems to be recycle....

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Thanks for posting the results, Mike.  Another choice you may have wanted to add to the last question, 

“How do you become aware of new books that you might consider purchasing?”

 … would have been Online Magic Forums.

 


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Forums was a good addition to the choice list. Oh well... if I do it again some day I have new ideas. Thanks!

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Thanks for posting that survey!
It made me think about why I personally prefer books so much.

I am sure others can add to this little list, but for me . . .

1) IMAGINATION: I get so much more enjoyment using my mind to visualize a trick or presentation in my own personal way. To be clear - while I love videos and live performance, a book requires you to THINK. The 'thinking' creates enjoyment. IMHO thinking is an endangered skill-set (just watch the news!).

2) BONDING: it may sound a bit weird but holding a book you dearly love is like holding the hand of someone you consider a dear friend. It is always communicating via your thoughts.

3)TACTILE: flip the pages! Use plenty of bookmarks (I use old playing cards), stick a bunch of post-its all over the place - or even write in the margins! Your book - your rules. Stack 'em.

4) PORTABLE: instant gratification, No laptop, no DVD player, no worries. Want to learn a move or a routine? Just turn on the light or sit outside on pleasant day!

5) QUANTITY: Wow  - every book lover knows this!

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I’ve always loved and will continue to love discovering items buried in print. Sometimes I just stumble over something an think, "Oh yes…"

Other times it will be something I read (that word again) in a book or magazine, or forum that triggers a remembrance. And other times it will be stuff that I never got around to checking out in the first place.

It’s a never ending journey that you don’t get with a one trick download.

As Anthony says. "Good luck" to the gentlemen concerned and good luck to those who do the actual download. I’m not a fan of Ben Earl, don’t know much about Cameron Francis, but I have several John Carey books and I’ve known Paul Gordon for more than a few week. I’m sure the downloaders will be satisfied.

Each to their own, as ever, but they’re not for me. Gimme the paper.

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Somehow, we seem to have made this a physical book vs trick download discussion. I'm not sure that is the issue.

Like most old guys, I prefer a book. There's just something that seems right when I hold a book. I will say though, that my favorite is both physical and electronic formats. e.g. Some books through Amazon allow you to purchase the Kindle version for $3 after buying the physical book. I did this recently with Mike Close's joke book. Very handy.

I'm fortunate to have a 12" IPad with lots of memory. The ability to increase the fonts as the eyes, inevitably, go to seed is also nice.

My wife and I are getting ready to take a short cruise and I will be taking my IPad and not books. Just looking at L&L's sale today, I can get all of the following for under $100

The Vernon Chronicles 1,2,3&4
The Complete Alex Elmsley 1 & 2
L.I.N.T.
Card Magic of Ed Marlo
Card Magic of Nick Trost
Classic Magic of Larry Jennings
The Cardwright
Complete Cups and Balls

These will all be stored locally, so no internet connection is needed.

People say they like to discover hidden gems. So do I. I will say, scanning electronically has its virtues.

Random weekend thoughts.

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I wish I had included a question about eBooks. Big omission.

BTW the L&L sale is incredible. Tons of great eBooks cheap. Most under $10.

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I’m a book lover myself.  But quite often finances play a big part in my purchases.  So I was very happy to recently acquire several eBook downloads from L&L:

Carneycopia - John Carney

Impossibilia - John Bannon

Spectacle - Stephen Minch

The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley, Vol. 1 

The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley, Vol. 2

The Commercial Magic of J.C. Wagner 

… all for only $43!


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I have to say that I'm a big fan of eBooks. I have the full set of Genii and the full set of MAGIC Magazine. I can search the entire set using Acrobat. I did that on my Linking Rings, MUMs, Geniis and MAGIC looking for a particular trick. Amazing capability of PDF format. Similarly, I can search all my eBooks from L&L for a phrase or word etc. Very valuable feature of the eBook.

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Search is the killer application of ebooks. I am using this feature for close to two decades on currently ~1 million pages of magic material, a good part of which is available on Lybrary.com. It is hard to imagine going back to a time without search. You want to find hidden gems? You want to research a topic? Drill down into the published record of a particular author? Expand your knowledge horizon? Search is your best friend, because you can search in a lot more than you can read or even browse or flip through.
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Search is the killer application of ebooks. I am using this feature for close to two decades on currently ~1 million pages of magic material, a good part of which is available on Lybrary.com. It is hard to imagine going back to a time without search. You want to find hidden gems? You want to research a topic? Drill down into the published record of a particular author? Expand your knowledge horizon? Search is your best friend, because you can search in a lot more than you can read or even browse or flip through.


Mike said he uses Acrobat, but it's kind of expensive and I have a personal distase for anything Adobe. Over the years I've used pdfxchange which is free, portable and reasonably fast. Anything else I should consider?

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I know that Adobe's corporate attitude is sometimes very much misguided, but their free AdobeReader is still the best PDF viewing software I know, because it is fully featured. No need to buy Acrobat unless you want to create PDFs. Some PDF viewers can have issues with certain types of PDFs, for example embedded videos. And if you select Advanced Search in AdobeReader you can search all PDFs in a directory of your choice. So if you put all your PDFs into one directory you will be able to search these in one swoop. If you have many PDFs this will not be fast, but it is one no-cost way to search everything you have got.

If you want a very fast search I recommend to use the Magic Knowledge Base on Lybrary.com. Once you have your results you can go back to your local files if you prefer.

There are desktop search products which can index all your files on your computer, such as Copernic, but these often have limits to how much of a PDF they will index. I have tried them years ago but was never fully satisfied. That is partly why I built the Magic Knowledge Base.

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For me, it's simple.

If i'm at home, i prefer books...

when i'm out, i prefer ebooks... Only if the size or weight of the book is too much...


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