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 prefer cuneiform on baked clay tablets. Failing that, digital in epub format is my preference.

I was disappointed to find that I couldn't answer the first question, since my favorite color wasn't listed. I assume that defaults me to being Rick?

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterstoorat

I finally purchased the book! Although I purchased the paper copy, I much prefer DRM free pdf...

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAW11

In general I prefer kindle e-books because they are easy to transport wherever you go.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterZack

It depends on the book.
Tomes like Neal Stephenson writes: Kindle because they're too damn heavy otherwise
Books with maps, illustrations, &c: paper because Kindle illustrations aren't the best
Books that are really short essays or comics: paper because I leave it in the bathroom
Regular old books: I lean towards Kindle so I won't have to worry about storage but don't have a strong preference

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCortJstr

I did the quiz! I'm you!

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterqwerty

I prefer paper.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDrew

I generally prefer paper, but now that our library of books has spilled out of multiple sagging bookshelves and on to multiple floors, I'm beginning to reluctantly see the attraction of digital formats. I've enjoyed a few DRM-free EPUB books on my Android tablet.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterQFB

Oh, it's too late for the drawing, and I already have the Kindle edition of your book anyway, but I'll answer the question. I prefer paper books, but almost all my book purchases from now on will be eBooks. The house is simply too full, and I've already given away or sold as many of my books as I'd want to. From now on, the only hard copy books I'll consider are ones that aren't available electronically, or which have features, such as illustrations, that just don't show satisfactorily on an E reader.

<B>Note from Scot: Thanks for the info, and no, it's not too late for the drawing. You still have 5 days as of this writing.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

How did I get The Knifeketeer??? Dang... well, could be worse, I could have gotten Jenkins lol.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Another Rocket Hat!

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterfugacity

I prefer digital - probably kindle - but for now I just read it on a PC or my smart phone.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStephens

Most often I get Nook versions of e-books, but I sometimes work to find the cheapest alternative i can find.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterScott S.

I prefer whichever is cheaper, honestly. Broke college student currently with a crippling Dresden habit. I like Kindle's e-books because of the instant delivery.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterchumley67

I like the feeling of a real book, but in a digital format, I usually opt for the Kindle or a PDF format.

Also, I took one of those quizzes and it told me I was Jenkins. I PROTEST!!!

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

I prefer paper books; I can read it, and pummel an intruder with it if need be. Makes sense I got Rocket Hat...

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterinfinity+1

If I have a book in physical form I'm more inclined to keep it, and more inclined to actually read it. If I'm using an electronic device, I'm much more likely to play a game... or watch a video of a cat or something.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterthepopeofatheism

I prefer ebooks for most purchases at this point. epub, because they seem more generally portable and I like to think that my resistance to the Amazon juggernaut will actually have some meaning (which is why I own a Nook). It won't, but I like to pretend.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlanM

Paper - always paper.

I'm the emperor of the moon character in your stupid survey.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbonhomous

If there are pictures or text boxes or whatever, I prefer the paper. If it's straight text, I still like paper, but I usually go with digital because it's more convenient.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

I prefer ebooks. Epub is my preferred format.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Paper or kindle, either way.

April 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I'm still hooked on paper books. There's something satisfying with closing a book you've finished.

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCJS

So, you write a comic strip mocking people that take quizzes which are just thinly disguised ads, then include a quiz which is a thinly disguised ad for your website.
I can't work out if this is ironic, meta, or just horrible.
Whichever it is, well played sir, well played.
(Apparently I'm Scott).

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I got the Knifeketeer.
Yeah, you may laugh at me because my nemesis sucks, but let's keep in mind that that's only because I'm too good at dealing with villains, and have run out of actually threatening nemeses.
Also, I walk around with knives all the time, so angering me isn't too smart of an idea.

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHorizon

I'll read it on Kindle - I can read it on any mobile device that has Kindle app on it

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Kunreuther

I prefer Kindle, partly because it's cheaper, partly because my Kindle Fire allows me to READ BOOKS IN THE DARK, partly because I'm running out of bookshelves.
But the internet access of the Kindle and a well stocked local library mean that I very rarely buy books.

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJerden

I have trouble getting into a book when it's on Kindle. Something about wiping my fingers on a piece of glass somehow interrupts my suspension of disbelief. Plus, you have to hold the "book" in a way that feels completely wrong to me-you have to tilt your hand(s) back to hold it and it bends your wrist(s) along an axis that you don't use for many other things. So...paper.

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEJ

I actually look exactly like the comic "Scott", so... And when my wife first found BI, she asked me if it was me that made it... She says that Scott acts, and speaks just the way I do. Aaaaand, my name has the same first letter, number of letters, and letter pattern as Scott... Ergo, I am Scott...

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSkipp

I vastly prefer paper

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarc

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.
Which Basic Instructions Character Are You?

The quiz says that I am Rocket Hat. That cannot be right, I love to talk and make a big show of everything that I do. The quiz must be defective.

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

Paper is obviously superior.

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIan

I prefer paper, but I've never tried digital. Mostly because I like the way books look on a bookshelf.

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

I prefer paper as I don't own an "e-book" :P

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterULTRAJOE

I generally prefer e-books, DRM-free if possible, Kindle format if not. I LOVE books, but I live in a small house, so I was already in the habit of purging books periodically to fit on the five bookcases we own... and then we slowly added 3 children to this small house. They need their OWN space for books (there goes one of the bookcases), AND they like to "play" with mom & dad's. So far, none of my books have been played with beyond repair, but it's only a matter of time.

Not to mention that e-books are much easier to read one-handed (any mom of young children can tell you why that's important). I do miss being able to lend out certain books (like Scott's!), but I will sometimes buy the paper copy of a book I really love just to be able to lend it out to my friends.

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnitra

I prefer Kindle. I've long since run out of room for paper books, and I like having a library in my pocket.

April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGrady Richardson


April 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSRC

Hell yeah, I'm RocketHat!!!!

April 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

I'm a fan of digital, for ease of transport. Physical books are also great, but the convenience of digital is unparalleled.

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBaron Mind

Yay I'm Rocket Hat. Thank the lord, I don't know what I would have done if I had gotten Rick, or heaven forbid Jenkins.

September 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Turns out that the cool character that everyone gets is Rocket Hat. I got him too, and the "strong silent type" is wrong on both counts.

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterThe Higginbot

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