Books and ebooks

Ebooks. I loved this very interesting post by DBCII. He explains all the reasons Kindle is a ‘game-changer’, then adds the reasons why we still stick to paperbacks.

I have to admit I have a love-hate relationship with my e-readers. Yes, I have two of the things. I have a Kobo and a Kindle…and a ton of paperbacks.

When the ereaders first came out, I thought I was set. The luxury of being able to read hundreds of books in one tiny tablet had me salivating. The convenience of being able to buy a book from home was amazing. I was hooked…then I had to upload an upgrade in Kobo and my entire library was deleted. Suddenly, things weren’t that much fun. I thought things might be different with Kindle. But, as it turns out, you don’t own your ebooks, you’re renting them. Hm…

As it stands, I’m torn. I love my ereaders when I’m on holiday but there’ something about touching a book as I read it and buying a book online might be practical but I miss the magical experience of walking into my favourite book store or used book store. It’s just not the same.

What do you think? Exciting or annoying? Are you all for the new Kindle or do you enjoy the tactile feel of a book?

And a big thanks to DBCII for the outstanding post!


8 thoughts on “Books and ebooks

  1. I adore my black and white ereaders. It allows me to buy books with out taking up space. I can highlight with out fear. Make notes. I can lend. They’re typically cheaper to buy books. They have opened up an new plethora of writers that only epub. Indie writers and publishers. I read more now with my ereaders than I ever did with traditional paper books.

    However, I love reference books in paper. I love my read over and over books in paper. Having an author autograph an ebook just isn’t the same either.

    I still love book stores. I visit them, camp out in them. Buy from them. I’ve got to admit though the big boxes get more of my book money due to ereaders than traditional mom and pop stores.

    I’m a firm believer in keeping traditional books available. I have paranoid nightmares of a dystopia that governs all publications and tells me what I can read and what I can’t. The blend of digital and traditional gives me hope that will never happen. At least in my lifetime. I don’t have publishing houses telling me what a good book worthy of reading is. I have a vast cornucopia of choices. I can make the choices myself.

    If nothing else, think of all the romance novels that you and I never would have read if digital wasn’t available even as it is.

  2. I love my Kindle – I’ve had once since they first came out. I actually find the newer Kindles easier on my eyes than paper. That being said, I still like to hold a “real” book on occasion. Text books don’t work too well in the Kindles, however I think they have improved it in the latest version (the only one I haven’t tried). You don’t own the book, meaning you can’t resell it, but you can access it “for life” from anywhere. You don’t really “own” a paper book, you just own the paper it’s printed on which you can resell. The words and ideas are still owned by the author and publisher.

  3. I’m all for physical books. I still love them best and when I need books for my research I can only put notes when I can write them. I can’t take notes/highlight in Kindle content. It just doesn’t do it for me. I discovered last Fall that there was a Kindle app for PC and I use it for personal development eBooks basically. Other than that, I’m still piling up hardcovers and paperbacks in my shelves.

    • Good for you! I think there’s something magical about the feel of a book and you can tell where you are in it and where that awesome part was just by the pages. Something about a book that can’t be imitated by an ereader.

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