As a writer and thus, trying to stay on top of all the latest technology, I recognize e-books are definitely here to stay, Indeed, electronic publishing has changed publishing overall.
That being said, I just can't make myself buy an e-reader. I think they're great - but not for me. I'm too much of a real book lover...
I prefer e-books.
1) They stay open on your lap, without losing the page you're on, even in the wind/with a fan on.
2) I don't have to choose what e-book to take, I can take them all.
3) If I need a new e-book, I can get one immediately, wherever I am, d/l'd to my phone.
4) The lighting is always just right.
5) The font size is always just right.
6) I can leave notes on the pages and remove them later at no loss of quality.
7) They level the playing field so that any writer can get a book out to the public.
Paper books are one of the things I like the most in this life.
For me, the physical and emotional satisfaction of browsing in a bookshop plus reading and handling a real book is much greater than viewing a small sterile and colorless electronic pad (even if that pad is more convenient).
"The printed book has worked well for 555 years. Call it low technology."
My library will always remain 20th century.
Since I started this thread let me throw a little more petrol on the fire. What do you guys think about sound books. I ask because all though I never read books on a screen I listen to sound books quite often. It takes about two and a half hour to drive to where my daughters live and that is half a book going there and the rest going home.
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My 2¢. I can't tell how many times I start a book, only to put it "somewhere" and forget about it. With the iPad/iPhone, etc., I can not only download and carry my books everywhere, it syncs my bookmarks, highlights, etc. so when I go to the other device, it's on the last page I read on my Mac or iPhone, etc. Plus, I don't mark them up or dog ear them
I've already finished more books this year than the last 5 combined.
But, the odd thing is that I have to buy physical magazines. I hate the electronic ones so far. Sadly, we lost our best newsstand last year in Pasadena. Sign o' the times I'm afraid
Given all that, we still buy lots of books - lots of them. My wife gets old books for her library of materials she uses at work, and of course, there's the coffee table books that are meant to be picked up and thumbed through. Books will always be around, just not filling my briefcase or pack when I can take along 100 of them on a phone.
Last edited by ButteMT61; 09-14-2011 at 04:55 PM.
There used to be a show on public radio called "The Radio Reader," which I enjoyed listening to -- but in general I have a hard time with audio books because I read faster than the guy on the tape does and I get impatient. (It's a pity Walter Winchell didn't live long enough to record audio books.)
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I can take books with me camping - cooking, emergency medical info, maps, you name it. All books aren't fiction - lots of what I have are reference. And one thing about e-books, they can have video and other helpful things paper books don't. I don't read romance novels
My daughter is in med school - almost all her books are on the iPad now. She's gone from an 80-pound bag to one device plus one or two books. Can't beat that.