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Do You Like PDF Magazines/articles?

Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:09 am

In the age of the Internet and seemingly ever-increasing convenience, do you like PDF magazines/articles, i.e. those that you can read whenever you want online or print-off and read?
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RE: Do You Like PDF Magazines/articles?

Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:22 am

Reading online is great for browsing headlines and reading small articles. I'll browse the Irish Times, Irish Independent, the BBC for world news (Times until it started charging) in the morning before heading to work. Don't know why, but I just don't have the patience to read long articles online. The physical newspaper or magazine is irreplaceable here, although I rarely buy magazines nowadays. I'd buy one maybe for a flight or a particular article I wanted to read, and that's it.
 
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RE: Do You Like PDF Magazines/articles?

Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:39 am

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 1):
Don't know why, but I just don't have the patience to read long articles online. The physical newspaper or magazine is irreplaceable here,

Of course, I don't know the actual length when you say 'long articles'. For me, I could easily read an article of, say, 2,000 words online. But, you could always print it out in B&W at your leisure and read it whenever you want. I do that sometimes.

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RE: Do You Like PDF Magazines/articles?

Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:18 am

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 2):
Of course, I don't know the actual length when you say 'long articles'. For me, I could easily read an article of, say, 2,000 words online. But, you could always print it out in B&W at your leisure and read it whenever you want. I do that sometimes.

I'm talking about anything in-depth, so I'd probably go up to 2,000 if an article caught my eye, but longer than that it would really have to be compelling to read it online. I think I've printed-out half a dozen articles over the last ten years. Again it would really have to interest me to print it out, and if it did interest me that much I'd probably stick with it online.

The internet is wonderful for browsing, and that probably works against it for longer periods of concentration (for me, anyway). WiIth your finger on the mouse it's just that little bit TOO easy to move on to something else. I can understand why schools are seeing a lack of concentration in kids.
 
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Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:07 pm

The news and such, I read online. When I want to read scientific publications, I print them. Much more convenient to flip forward and backward and IMHO, the place you stopped before looking up a reference or a figure is way easier to find again compared to the pdf on your computer screen.
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RE: Do You Like PDF Magazines/articles?

Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:30 pm

Find them irritating...they would probably be ok if you had the full acrobat program but just the reader is a PITA
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