Hello to Ebooks, Goodbye to Paper Books
I love reading. I love books, ebooks, magazines, articles, flyers, you name it, if I can read it, I’ll try.
I remember as a kid reading Mum’s romances, Dad’s westerns and the encyclopedia. I also lived in the school library, borrowing books to read at lunchtime and to take home. If it had words on it, I read it.
Recently I had to move a bookcase to clear an area to get some work done. It’s a 6 foot high bookcase, 4 foot wide. It was stacked two books deep and 2 books high in every shelf. Emptying that bookcase filled up 9 cardboard storage boxes. I haven’t read most of those books for years, but I can’t get rid of them.
These are old friends who I used to re-read on a regular basis. Running my fingers over my library and deciding what to read today was a pleasure I enjoyed often.
I also value my books. Books in Australia are expensive. I currently pay $20 AUD for paperbacks so that’s a lot of money I’ve invested over the years.
Unfortunately, I rarely read my paper books anymore. They just aren’t as convenient as an ebook.
I’m an Ebook Reader
My kindle smart phone app, .mobi and pdf documents are what I read now. Currently my Kindle library has over 2500 books in it and growing every day.
The reasons I change to Ebooks
- Weight – In the past I had to buy handbags that were big and strong enough to hold one or two paper books and now my phone carries 2500+.
- Convenience - I can read all those books on my mobile phone, any computer, laptop or tablet I own and I can access it anywhere that has an internet connection.
- Variety – I read books, I re-read books and I hate to be doing nothing. Books always filled in that ‘wasted time’ for me when standing in line, waiting for something to be done or just enjoying a lovely sunny day and wanting to relax. Before, I had to carry two or three books in case I wasn’t in the mood for one or the other. If I don’t feel like reading science fiction, I can look for a fantasy or romance story.
I recently read a post by Seth Groden, where he talks about an end of books. There have been a lot of changes and he does a great job talking about the coming future for the bookshop, libraries and publishers. I really enjoyed this post.
Same as with every change for finding our stories, we have gone from from bards and story tellers, to scrolls, then books being very expensive, to mass publishing to ebook publishing. Changes happen and each time the industry adapts.
As Seth states in his post, “We still need ideas, and ideas need containers.” Right now, ebooks are the containers and more changes are coming.
Are you a paper book reader or have you changed to ebooks? Are you undecided and in love with both?
I would love to hear what you prefer to read – paper books or ebooks.