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Paperbook vs ebook vs Print Out book?

 
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When preparing for any certification, would you prefer to buy paperbook or ebook or print out pages?
I would prefer paperbook, but problem is they are chances it will be out of life after 18 months & ultimately end in up creating a rack of books..no space.., so why not print it, well it would turn out to be too many pages to maintain, so why not ebook I guess now i need ipad or kindle as of know i can't afford it, how about reading on laptop yes you can, doesn't seems feasible to always go thru laptop.

Not sure which output form of book would give most comfortable piece to the developer's peace of mind.

Lets see your experience how you handle it.
 
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I usually prefer Printed books, like to actually feel that I am reading some book. Yeah storing them is a concern and I am already having issues. Most of the books which I purchase are usually very generic books, I try ebooks for books which deal with learning certain programming language or web framework. But that's my second preference.
I usually use Safaribooks online for ebook reading.
 
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eBook is the best option when we learn programming languages or any other tutorials regarding Computers. For all other cases, Paper-book is the best thing. This is just my opinion and this is what I do. Yes, storing and preserving them is a tough task, but still I like that smell of old books, so its worth of my effort to store them.
 
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Depends on what is the book you are reading and how you are phusically comfortable with it. I have seen people carrying iPads and newspapers to their toilets. I simply can not imagine that. If I am learning to program, i would first go by paperbook, then would need a 'reference manual' which I would prefer to be an ebook. I would never go for print-out book, first they would be costly than its paperbook version, second they need extra care with staples or a spiral binding. Yes I would like to take print of the notes prepared/documented in MS word/excel while learning something or preparing for exam.
 
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I have lots of paper books, but I prefer electronic versions. Electronics books weigh nothing, I can put as many as I like on my laptop and take them anywhere, and it is much easier to search in an electronic book.

I don't have a tablet or e-reader; I just read them on my computer screen (laptop or desktop).
 
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I usually buy the paper book because I have tried reading IT books on my Kindle and find the formatting is very frustrating plus you lose quite a lot of the diagrams or they are so small you can't read them. If it's a certification book it quite often comes with a disc containing a pdf version which I will put on my work computer and read when I get some free time.
 
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I prefer paper books. I like to scribble in them.
 
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