I did not think for a second of getting the kindle version. Some things are just too special to be "virtual". I don't have a problem with "virtual music". But for me books are different. This will be a keepsake. The only reason I ever go digital is if the digital version has a steep discount.
I have read a lot of biographies and all of them (that I could find) about Apple, so I'm really looking forward to this one. I too want this on the shelf. I want people to ask to borrow it. I want my wife and kids to find out why Steve Jobs was such an inspiration to me and my business.
Obviously a lot of people don't care about the physical album. You are in the minority. You are going to blame Steve for giving people what they want? Yeah, I'd really love to go back to buying a whole CD just to get one good song (not). I still buy CD's from my favorite artists (if they make good complete albums). The digital revolution is being driven by people, so you have made a really brain-dead remark.
As Mr. Jobs himself promoted with iBooks, I adore the digital version of books, including this biography. I will have it digitally, forever. It will remain pristine, without yellowed pages, moldy odor or silverfish scurrying out of the binding. It won't have sneeze snots on page 101, or Hershey's chocolate on the binding. If my house burns down from a fire, I still have the book, safely in the Apple (or Amazon) cloud.
Some things are just too special not to have in virtual format.
@ Chapman agreed. I have bought some of my favorite books several times. I think I lend them out or they get lost during moving, so I buy the digital version for backup. Books that I know I will find interesting, but just don't see a need for a hard copy of, I buy digital. @coolreviewer the yellowed pages, snot and chocolate give it character. Make it "yours" IMO. :)
I'll get both, I preordered the hardback but I plan on getting the iBook version for my iPad 2. Steve Jobs was my hero, I've only used Mac my entire life (I'm 45 as of Oct. 8th) I'll always recall him passing away 3 days before my birthday.
There's nothing special about the digital version. Anybody can have it on their screen in 5 seconds. I have had a computer since I was 12, but I still can't dig into reading books/magazines off the screen
My wife and I have parted with many books over the years as our volumes always increase faster than our shelf space. Library sales have done very well by us but I love the idea of carrying my entire library in my hand. Cookbooks, deep-discount or clearance paperbacks, and books with graphics or photographs are the exceptions.
similarly, I almost always buy CD's instead of MP3's and I'm "young" :) the reason is, I'm into hi-fi music and own audiophile-grade equipment. The quality of CDs is far better than compressed MP3's. And you can always create your own MP3's from your CD's if you need them for the road (ipod,etc).. Why people buy trashy quality MP3 albums when it's cheaper to buy a master-quality CD, is beyond me!
The kindle version will be arrived immediately whereas the hardcover will take up to two weeks before reaches my hand. So I probably will use the kindle version. I didn't use any products from apple, but I'm interested in them and also Steve.
I personally never thought I would like reading books digitally, but I read my first one this week, and I enjoyed it. It was nice not having to carry a book around with me everywhere. I could read on my iPhone while I was traveling, or pick it up on my iPad at night. No reason to carry around something else to take up space. It worked flawlessly, and will definitly be using this service in the future (as long as the price is right).
The biggest drawback is when my sister wanted to borrow the book, and she couldn't since it was on my user ID. But I guess this is good for publishers.