To e Or Not To e
No, there’s no typo in the heading. This is about electronic readers, which are all the rage. My sister-in-law , an avid reader of Christian fiction, recently bought one and loves it. I don’t have one yet, but they intrigue me as I can see a number of advantages to the Kindles and Nooks and other brands. I also see disadvantages, which make me pause. I’ve made a list below. Maybe you can come up with others.
- You can download a book at any hour instead of making a trip to the bookstore. (And in these days of high gas prices, that is a true advantage.)
- You don’t have to find a place to store the piles of books you’ve purchased. They’re all right there on a flat little machine.
- You can highlight and make notes without feeling like you’re desecrating the pages of a print book.
- Many books can be read for little or no money.
- You can take it just about anywhere. It’s always at your fingertips. Rather than packing two or three books in your luggage to take on vacation, you can slide the e-reader into a large purse or tote.
- I think I’d miss browsing that brick and mortar bookstore, roaming the aisles and seeing the displays, checking out the various section titles—yeah, I find that interesting.
- While finding a place to store a new book can become difficult, I love glancing at my bookcases and seeing the colorful spines all lined up in alphabetical order by author. (Yipes. Is that a pride thing?)
- I may not choose to write on and mess up a printed page, but I appreciate the feel of the paper and seeing the covers, running my hand over embossed titles. It’s almost like the difference between seeing a stage play and watching a movie.
- I find a number of recent books on the clearance racks of the big bookstores—sorry fellow authors—and in outlet stores. Then, there are libraries. I’m fortunate in that mine has a large selection of Christian fiction. Still, if I want to read a certain book by a certain time, odds are I’ll have to buy it at full price.
- It’s one more device that needs to be recharged.
- I could lose it anywhere. If I lose a book, I’m not out much money. If I lost an e-reader…
What Say You?
Do you own an e-reader? Do you refuse to own one? Are you concerned that print books will go the way of the long-play record album? What other advantages or disadvantages do you know of? Is there anything you would like to suggest to e-reader manufacturers?
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Funny you posted about this, Sandy, because I was just asking Nicole about her reader. I’m going to purchase one in the very near future. I’ll never give up paper books, but I think an e-reader will be very handy!
As I said, my sister-in-law loves her Kindle. She reads several books a week and she’s one of those, bless her, who buys, which is the reason she got it to begin with. She was running out room for her books. 🙂
Mary A. Young Robinson
I went to a Writer’s Conference in February in Boise. The Agent speaking and others are already proceeding to address the E-Book dilemma . But what I also HEARD, was that there are companies working steadily to update what is out there and with all kinds of new graphics, etc. I think I will hold out for another year or so, and get a more compete unit and a lower price……remember when VCR/CD players cost a lot more???? Enjoyed your site….marywrties.vpweb.com and email@example.com .
Thanks for giving us this information, Mary. I’ll be interested to know where you go with your writing.
Of course I have to chime in! 🙂
I concur with all your list above and want to add this: it isn’t all-or-nothing!
I’ve had my Kindle since Christmas and have more than 120 books on it now (100 of which I didn’t pay a cent for) and while I spend a lot of time on it, the bulk of my reading is still done with traditional paperbacks/hardbacks. I still go to the library and rent books and I still plague the bookstores and clearance racks.
I’ve found the Kindle invaluable for research – it is instant to download a book and many of the kindle prices on older books are cheaper than used prices + shipping.
As far as library books for e-readers go, the Nook has the ability to connect with a lot of library e-book programs (the Kindle doesn’t – main drawback, I say). So you really get the best of both worlds!
I also don’t ever see print books disappearing entirely. If you look at the music scene – CDs are still selling strong in this world of digital music and iTunes. That says something – and I think people are just as passionate about the “feel” of books as they are about CDs.
Sorry, I rambled a bit! This is a great issue to discuss and follow. Great post, Sandy!
Good points, Nicole. I’ve also thought it would be great for downloading research books. From what I’ve read, I can’t figure out which I’d want, the Kindle or Nook. They each have their advantages and disadvantages. I’ve heard of some people who have both.
And you didn’t ramble. 🙂