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    Quote Originally Posted by bejammin075 View Post
    Clearly.

    Books are where people put their best ideas in long form, where they carefully think about what they say. Books are the things people read to become experts who can answer inane questions on internet forums. You are "barring yourself" by choosing to be functionally illiterate.
    The first blackjack book I read was “The World’s Best Blackjack Book” but I felt I was tricked. At that time, I applied my skills in Hi-OPT to six and eight deck shoe games but lost big money. Time is changing, games are changing too. No blackjack book can catch up with the pace of the game changing.
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    Nothing wrong with that book. A tad too much on cheating. Otherwise, it's a great strategy. Julian Braun, one of the true greats in the field, was a guest of Igor's during a part of the strategy development.

    Wasn't going to respond. But, I was just going through my files looking for my list of last year's Xmas tips and ran across a fax from Igor dated March 1994.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aceside View Post
    The first blackjack book I read was “The World’s Best Blackjack Book” but I felt I was tricked.
    The solution is to keep reading more books, rather than stop reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm View Post
    Nothing wrong with that book. A tad too much on cheating. Otherwise, it's a great strategy. Julian Braun, one of the true greats in the field, was a guest of Igor's during a part of the strategy development.

    Wasn't going to respond. But, I was just going through my files looking for my list of last year's Xmas tips and ran across a fax from Igor dated March 1994.
    The authors of that book probably never thought of 6 and 8-deck shoe games coming out of casinos when they wrote the book. I later found that their HiOpt are effective for single and double decks. I miss-understood their intentions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm View Post
    ran across a fax from Igor dated March 1994.
    Seems like you need a few rainy days to spend time cleaning out your files.

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    “Organized people are just too lazy to look for things.”

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    The e-book allows me to adjust the text display settings to my liking: to select the typeface, to enlarge or reduce the text. This is very convenient for people who have problems with their eyesight. You can simply increase the size of the font and do not suffer, parsing small letters. Unfortunately, paper books cannot provide such an opportunity - here it all depends on the publishers. Although if I really like an e-book, I definitely buy a paper copy and put it on the shelf.

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    I prefer books, so I've counted 12 physical books on blackjack that are reputable. But 1 advantage of .pdf format books is that you can convert them over to text to speech to do other things while listening. I really find it helpful when reading stock market books that can be a bit boring to read manually.

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    I was a Supervisor at Borders Books during the boom years and then during part of the decline

    I worked in a gigantic store - their 2nd highest volume store in the country - it was a huge chain

    my store at its peak was doing $2 million a month in sales - incredible - in 2005 Borders posted a $101 million dollar annual profit

    they slowly got knocked down by competition from Amazon and also Kindle

    overall bookstore sales fell from a peak of $16.8 billion in 2007 to $9.2 billion in 2019 - and only $6.5 billion in 2020 probably because of the pandemic - after the pandemic is over the industry is hoping to return to 2019 levels


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    Getting a Read on Bookstores (publishersweekly.com)


    the link below chronicles the rise and fall of Borders

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    Borders' rise and fall: a timeline of the bookstore chain's 40-year history (annarbor.com)



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    Books only. Nothing compares with a scent of a fresh book, and even of an old book. God, I really net to go to the bookstore.

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