When e-books first came out, I figured that if I dropped a paper book on the floor, it would work. If I got it wet, it wouldn’t be pretty, but it would still work. If I left it on a table in a shop, it won’t likely get stolen. These scenarios are not as likely for an e-book. As to the reasons they put on the commercials, where the woman is weakly stating her love of turning a piece of paper or, gasp, dog earring it, those points are moot. I’m assuming that turning an ‘e-page’ isn’t an issue for even the most technically unaware person out there (raises hand).
I’m told an e-book can hold over 300 books, of course my mind instantly thinks, since when do I need 300 books with me at one time? At most, I’ve taken three on a trip, and those were tour books ripped into sections. I travel light. As far as going somewhere on holiday to read, that idea blows my mind. Go to Hawaii to read a book? Are you kidding me?! I’m there to watch the sunset, people, learning to hula, snorkeling, hiking, surfing . . . maybe write. Reading I can do at home. I don’t commute long distances via train or plane, leaving me with yet another reason not to need an e-book.
Lately another thought has crept into my mind. There are a lot of books I’m interested in reading, but won’t find most of them worth owning a paper copy of. That’s not sacrilege, honest. I love books, and have shelves full of them, but there’s a limit. After moving several times, only the ones that fall into the category of, “Books I Love Enough to Schlep Around” are kept. All others end up as donations to the library, or em, in a stack by the side of the bed awaiting their fate.
The big change now is I’ve been looking at my book wish list and thinking, if I had an e-book, I could download them all for a fraction of the price of the paper versions. Especially now that they’ve lowered the price on one e-book to $80. For $80 to $140 I could buy what, ten books at fifteen dollars a pop. Even if I buy used books, the cost of shipping alone is often more than the price to download a book. At least, a lot of the books I want to look into aren’t super pricey to download. If I read a library book and want to own a copy, I buy it. I can do the same with electronic versions. Now I’m thinking I’d like an e-book. The math and my curiosity to read some new fictional pieces wins out. Guess what’s going onto the top of my wish list?
If you have any advice or favorite aspects of a particular e-book, feel free to share.