I’m sorry Barns and Noble. We had a good thing going there for a while, but I just feel like we’ve grown apart over the years.
Yep, I am proud owner of a Kindle these days. Yes, yes, I know, I said I’d never be an eBook reader. I also said I’d never blog, Facebook, or wear skinny jeans…anyway…
Every time I turn around someone else I know also has a Kindle (or some other eReader). But the battle lines are being drawn. My traditional bibliophile friends are raising their defense and digging in their heels with talk of the “feel” of a real book. This might mean war…but who will win?
Well, I’ll start by telling you why I, owner of so many real books I have to stack them vertically on my shelves, made the switch.
–Price. On the whole, eBooks are cheaper, all books pre-1923 are totally free, and a lot of major books come up for free or discounted on a regular basis.
–Time. I don’t have to drive to the bookstore in hopes of finding the book I’m looking for or order it online and wait a week for it to show up. All I need is 60 seconds to download.
–Space. Back to stacking books vertically. I have an 11×12 room with about 200 books crammed into it. The idea of 3,000 books on one slim-line device that fits in my purse gets to be very appealing.
Now to the question of whether eBooks are taking over the world. Do I think we’ll see a complete end to paper books? No. Do I think eBooks will become the primary way of reading? Yes.
Case study: My family.
Bookstore shopper: My grandmother.
Online book shopper: My mother.
eBook reader: The betrayer…Me….and I’m working on my mother.
Did I mention I can download samples of books before I buy them? Love that!
Anyway, that’s my vote. What’s yours?
P.S. To all of my traditional print friends, (drops voice to eerie tone) the eBooks are coming for you…