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One of my biggest peeves about pdfs, epubs, etc., is the inability to flip through them with my hands. Though software has gotten better over the years (hyperlinked table of contents, word search, highlighting, etc.), it is still a much slower process than having full control over a book in your hands. Also, a lot of the texts I enjoy haven't been updated (especially the 18-20th century out-of-print, no copyright texts that have circulated on archive.org for years). This is why a large portion of my library contains printed pdfs in binders; it's a more efficient system when doing research.
As an aside, those truly interested in pre-Christian Northern European subjects should comb JSTOR for book reviews by various scholars in these fields. It will open you up to a world of knowledge that was previously unavailable, especially if you only know one or two languages. Many of these scholars understand numerous languages and study the available data from those countries. They then give us access to that knowledge through their main body of works, as well as their book reviews.
This is also why it's beneficial to read the so-called "controversial" or "lunatic fringe" authors. Many times they are scholars with access to numerous studies in foreign languages and they provide us with that knowledge in our own language.
Reading a book written by such authors doesn't mean you subscribe to their beliefs. If you're able to discern the difference between objective facts and subjective personal opinions then you'll do fine. If not, read the available critiques and praises of such works to shed some light on the controversy. Make up your own mind.
Sacrificing your quest for knowledge and understanding through censorship based on rumors or bad reputations of authors is only hindering yourself. Take what is useful to you, disregard the rest.
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