There's been a lot of hullaballoo over the whole Amazon/MacMillan thing, and I'm not going to repeat the madness here. However, I did think it was time for me to address the whole e-book craze and render my thoughts on the subject.
E-books are probably wonderful, but I don't read them.
I'm not against them for other people. To each their own, ya know? But right now, I don't see the value e-books would bring to my life. I'm an old school book lover. I really love the whole visceral experience of reading - even when my wrists get tired holding a book. (Hey, if the book's good enough, I'll read right through hand cramps like you've never felt. It's a price I'm willing to pay for my paper copy books.)
A really good friend of mine got a Sony E-reader for Christmas. She thought she'd hate it, but she fell in love almost immediately. For her, the advantage is she can take it anywhere and read whenever she's got a few minutes. This is especially necessary since she works long hours and has two active kids at home. She doesn't have time to curl up on the couch with a hard copy book. And I'm ecstatic for her because she's lamented not reading and now she can read to her heart's content.
For me? Well, right now, I don't have any kind of e-reading device and I'm not shelling out money for one. This means that if I want to read an e-book, I have to do it from this spot. When I read here, it's for work. I read my own books and my friend's books here. This is my spot for critting and editing and creating. It's not my spot for wallowing in the pleasure of a good novel.
"Oh, but the e-readers are perfect for couch reading or bed reading," you say. I'm sure you're right, but aside from the loss of everything else I love about a hardcopy book, I'm just not feeling like reading from a little gadget is going to blow my skirt up. (And of course, there's the cost, which I already mentioned.)
I know this opinion is keeping me from reading some really awesome e-book only novels. I can think of one title right now that I really want to read, but since it's not on paper, I'm going to have to suffer. I know I'm probably missing out in some ways, but this is where I'm at in my life, and I'm not seeing a change in the foreseeable future. Call me an old fogie, or a stick in the mud, or a hick. :shrug: I gotta be who I am, ya know?
So, what are your thoughts on the e-book revolution? Would you, like my friend, read more if you had an e-reader, or are you fine with books they way they've always been?
I used to feel the same way you did until I got a Sony reader. Now? Man, I love that thing. LOVE it. It really changed my whole perception of ebooks and ereaders. I still read paper books, but they're not my first choice.ReplyDelete
To some extent, I'm a creature of habit. Like you B.E., I enjoy curling up on the couch to read my "tangible" book.ReplyDelete
Although I've never tried an e-book, I find electronic reading is distracting. I have to print my MS. before I can edit it, so I can't imagine taking on an entire novel electronically. I probably won't change until I have to.
I like both. I still prefer an actual book, but I find I'm more willing to test out new authors on my Kindle, because it doesnt cost as much if the author was a bust.ReplyDelete