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E-books
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I have just bought my first E-book. It is a required text for a class, not a fun book unfortunately. I could have bought it hard-copy for only ten dollars more, but I decided to buy the electronic version for a number of reasons.

One, I wanted the book right away. I have readings this week, and I don't want to have to wait for shipping. Two, it's a big book and I don't want to use up more precious shelf space. Text books are a bitch to move, I never use them more than once every few years in the real world, and they don't resell for much. Although this book is not much cheaper in electronic version, it is not as if I would have made much money on the reselling of it. Yes, I know that I can e-bay it myself, but my desire to wrangle with e-bay is less than my desire to go to the dentist. Three, I bought a Google book and therefore can read it anywhere. I like the idea of having an ethereal library that I can summon at a whim. I feel like a wizard, only my magic wand has a Google brand name.

The end result of the endeavor is a bigger library and smaller shelf space. This isn't much more complicated for me online, because it is linked to a Google sign in, which I already have. Now I can check my e-mail, news, library, and documents all through Google. Oh and they'll probably have an app for my phone too.
-BV

P.S. Yes I am a Google junkie. I firmly believe in better living through cloud computing. Plus they have an awesome interview of Lady Gaga.
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