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Re: Hardcopy or electronic books?
On 11/19/05, Steven T. Hatton <hattons at globalsymmetry.com> wrote: > In an ongoing correspondence with an author of books related to Mathematica, > the subject of hardcopy verses electronic media came up. I contend that > hardcopy remains valuable even though books can easily be distributed > electronically. I have several books in electronic form, and find that I > do not tend to read them. I much prefer having books in hardcopy. Having > the electronic form, especially if they consist of Mathematica notebooks is > certainly valuable, but does not replace the functionality of traditional > books with paper pages. I don't like the concept of electronic books because it is harder for me to follow the book (because I need to keep alternating windows on my desktop, from the book viewer - e.g. Acrobat - to the program I'm working on). However, I'd like to see a Mathematica book that comes with a CD-ROM that has notebooks that are useful for readers of the book, such as examples and sample packages. I've seen this concept used in a few programming books, and I understand that this makes it easier because you don't have to type a page of code and then check it for errors. -- Thanks/obrigado, Renan "Wishmaster" Birck - Canoas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil MSN: wizard_of_yendor at hotmail.com Orkut: http://www.orkut.com/Profile.aspx?uid=2202360379963855296