Monday, October 18, 2010
To e-book or not to e-book?
So lately there's been a lot of talk on my writer's email loop, on publisher's websites, on Facebook, and everywhere in between about printed books vs. e-books, about whether e-books will ever officially replace printed novels, about which e-book reader is best, etc. etc. etc.
As for me, I almost don't care because I'm ridiculously loyal to a book in my hands. Everything I do - EVERYTHING - is on a screen. Computer. Blackberry. Work. Working from home. Writing. Freelancing articles. Blogging. Short of doing my laundry on a computer screen, I pretty much spend most of my life staring at a glowing, backlit layer of plastic/glass.
So when I can hold something small, and tangible, that smells of history, that other people have touched and that has touched other people's lives in my hands, I'm going to do that.
That being said, do you enjoy e-books? I completely support the idea, don't get me wrong. Most of my novels are availabe in e-book and that's fantastic. I don't condemn people for preferring that method, I just choose to remain old school in this way. I don't need the travel aspect because for me, its just as easy to stick a paperback in my purse as it is to tuck a Kindle or an Ipad or a Nook.
But for curiousity's sake, which reader machine do you prefer of all the readers out there? Which do you prefer to read - printed material still or e-books? Both? What are your thoughts on the future of printed books vs. e-books? Let's hear it here!
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