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A printed book can go to the bathroom with me,
and if I don't like it, it is reusable. URI
persistence aside, web pages disappear from
time to time and it's still hard to write in
the margins (yes I know about annotation systems,
and yes, I can print it).
On the other hand, the amount of useful code
examples published on the web is ever increasing.
Caveat emptor, but running code is running code
and the closer one is to the issuance of the spec,
the more valuable is the online code.
With a spec'd technology, I usually wait a year
for the books. By then, a definitive
text is usually available and I buy it. Just
like CDs, I don't mind paying for value that
keeps its value.
From: Dave Pawson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
I've heard this discussed on one of the docbook lists.
The conclusion was that readers place different value on
a print book and the same content on the web.
Just human nature?
I guess that allows for two versions to meet two different needs.
Or perhaps two different groups of people.
I'm curious what this group of 'readers' think of this evaluation.