8. Do you prefer hardcover, softcover, or electronic books? What are the benefits of your preference?
If I’m going to be playing at the game table, I prefer a print book; hardcover or softcover preferences depend on the dimensions, quality, etc. I adore the surface of Evil Hat Productions’ hardcover books in the last three years.
For checking out a book and figuring out whether I want to get into the game, though, I prefer an ebook, whether .mobi or .pdf format. I bought an inexpensive ($50) Kindle Fire 7″ tablet last winter and loaded it with electronic game books I had accumulated for years, making them way more accessible. It’s super-handy and affordable.
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For me Hardcover + electronic copy is ideal. I often want to access my books when I am at a computer (avoid the IDHTBIFOM syndrome), and I would like to search quickly for a particular rule or item. For some RPGs (I am looking at you D&D 3.x) one needs up to 6 books for a single character, and my back hasn’t gotten stronger over the years.
On the other hand, I want the hardcover to read wide tables, see illustrations and maps properly, and simply read from cover to cover, and for the joy of ownership.