How to Understand Things for What They Really Are

 I don’t know if there is a “Which Character from House of Cards Are You?” quiz, and I don’t know what character from that show you’d actually want to be. I do know that there is a “Which Character from Basic Instructions Are You?” Quiz. I also don’t know which character from my comic you’d actually want to be.


And now it’s time for your third chance to win a signed copy of the new edition of Off to Be the Wizard (Magic 2.0). In addition to that book, the prize package will also include the Basic Instructions 2014 Box Calendar, and a signed copy of a book by a different author. This week, the bonus book is You, by Charles Benoit.

You can enter below by friending Off to Be the Wizard on Facebook, following me on Twitter, or by leaving a comment on this post answering a simple question. (FYI, last week there was some confusion because only those who entered could see the question. For the record, the question is "Do you prefer paper or e-books, and if if it e-books, what format?")

Sadly, the offer is only open to people in the United States. Shipping costs, what can I say? The contest closes on, April 13th at 12am, then a new give away with a different bonus book will begin. Thanks, and good luck!

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Reader Comments (120)

I tend to prefer digital. I'll get Kindle because it's generally available and I'm too lazy to look into alternatives.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRed

PAPER. My husband has the only e-reader in the house, and I don't know how to use it. If I download an e-book to my computer, I'm not likely to ever getting around to reading it.

Apparently, I am Rocket Hat (although I was secretly hoping for "Missy")

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

Digital. Specifically Kindle format (because that's what I have), but if it's DRM-free, it doesn't really matter (wink, wink).

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrian A.

I didn't read carefully, and thought I was taking a House of Cards quiz. Imagine my surprise when I found out that I'm Rocket Hat.

You're the strong, silent type. Why use words when actions make a point much more clear? And why perform those actions in a showy, public way? You do things in private, like the humble hero you are.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark

If price were no object, I would prefer to purchase hand illuminated manuscripts on vellum, with gold leaf edges. However, on my budget, I settle for epub format downloaded from, although waiting 70 plus years for new books to enter the public domain is a real drag. Hopefully, after a few months of toiling on I'll be able to afford to buy your new book in kindle format.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterronzie009

I (heart) paper.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Elizabeth Finn

I prefer paper books, because you look smarterer than you rilly ar.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGwen

I got Rocket Hat. But after reading the comic, I suspect that was just to make me share it, and really I got Jar Jar Rick.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Paper! My family is in the tree farming business. And I can loan my favorite books to friends so much more easily.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllen N.

Kindle, as there's always a chance I can find it when I have time to read.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterschmoe90

I suspect the quiz was fixed to give all entrants Rocket Hat, although I was hoping for Knifeketeer's sidekick, Stabby.

I like both paper and e-books, but I prefer paper for something I'm likely to re-read, like my Basic Instructions collection!

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDan

I choose Spock, oh, wait, no, paper.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave A

I prefer paper, although I will often get ebooks if I don't care that much about the book but still want to give the author something, or if delivery is too expensive to be reasonable.

Also, I am apparently the emperor of the Moon. Cower before me!

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSubbak

Still on paper.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkevdonahoe

I'm good with either. I tend to get more ebooks because I can get them quicker/without making a trip to the store, however.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWestin

Another Rocket Hat here. Well, I wasn't expecting Jenkins, if the theory as to why "they" do this is correct.

And no, it's not going on my Facebook account, because I don't have Facebook and never will. That's another rant, though.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

I prefer ebooks on my Kindle.

And somehow your quiz thinks I am Scott, despite having a substantial pony-tail.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I prefer dead tree format because I'm old school. I much prefer cracking open a real book!

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian

I still prefer paper, but I am enjoying the digital lately. Wait, that sounds bad...

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I'm not sure if getting mullet boss is good or bad; both?
And I would like to be Meecham I think, cute and endearing... Certainly did not see THAT coming though, I have to say...

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNixon

Happy paper book (signed) customers here, thanks!

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Eidolon

The original HOUSE OF CARDS was cooler, which is why it became another ripped-off British TV show.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I am Rick.

I thought I might be. Kinda thought I wanted to be. But when it actually happened, I was shocked to the core. Now I'm depressed.

That quiz is far too accurate.

Bet my wife would be The Judger.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike Geordie Brown

I have a strong suspicion that Rocket Hat is the only possible result, as per the point of the comic. Cannot confirm from work though.


April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCzernobog

I prefer ebooks, in pdf, kindle, or cbr format. Also, I am Rocket Hat. We are apparently the silent majority.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOmniLiquid

I got Scott - interesting. Also, Kindle for convenience and paper for style.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichael W.

I got Emperor of the Moon, I don't know how that happened. Oh well.................THE DETAILS ARE UNIMPORTANT!!!!! Bwah-ha-ha-ha.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

I strongly prefer paper books. I like lending and borrowing books, the physical feel of paperbacks, and not having to charge my books.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterReese Adams

I got Jenkins.....

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternothim

Well, I got Scott, and I am pleased with that. Go me (and Scott), I think.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGarrett

I prefer digital, my physical library is over 2k volumes and I've run out of house. I am currently using Nooks, mostly because I think Amazon needs competitors.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKschobert

I -like- paper better, but Kindle or anything my amazon app on my tablet can read is much more convenient. I don't entirely trust ebooks, though, y'know? Like, I have a real paper book and I know I will always have that book, but a digital book can be taken away or erased and there's not much you can do about it...

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLythande

I prefer paper for my illustrated books, kindle for my books by the pound.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShawn S

I am moving to ebook. I still love my nook! I still love paper books, but just like records and cds it takes less space for ebooks.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdawnathedead

Ebooks because they're more portable – I can take an entire library with me. PDF because I can read it on pretty much anything with a screen.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKane Casolari

I read more on kindle now since I can do that on my phone, and it goes everywhere. And as someone who wants to be Scott when he grows up (as confirmed by the quiz), I feel sure I can convince you of the correctness if my choice.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDtutor

These days I prefer ebooks. It's simply a space question -- data is very easy to store in a compact area. Paper books are big and heavy.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWaladil

My preference depends on the book. For books I know I like or have a high expectation of liking (like from an author I've enjoyed in the past) I go with paper. For books that are more impulse buys and I don't know that I'll want to reread, I go ebook (generally mobi format since I have a kindle).

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I love paper books, the smell is intoxicating, but my kindle is just so much more convenient. So I usually buy books on my kindle.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Kaiser

I prefer paper, since I'll have that literally forever. But when I do go digital, I prefer Kindle (reader available for all my devices and can easily get again from Amazon, a trusted company) or DRM-free EPUB (reader available for all my devices and will never magically "disappear")

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTwelveBaud
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