Lots of talk about ebooks, ereaders, and all that fancy stuff these days. I feel like I’m behind and I better weigh in.
WHY I DIG IT
- C’mon. What isn’t there to like about having access to tons and tons of books and newspapers available at your disposal at ANY time of the day. Sometimes I don’t thinks things out in advance. Sometimes I just want to read Walden dagnabit. But my copy is at home.
- It sure beats having to move/store/organize all those darn books in your house. Anyone who has lots of books and has moved multiple times understands this.
- I’ve used a Kindle and a Sony Reader Pocket Edition before. They’re nice on the eyes. I like the way the text looks. They’re easy to handle and use.
THE BAD STUFF
- Bragging rights. There’s just something about showing off your book collection to a friend that comes over your house. You know what I’m talking about. We all do it.
- Lots of people talk about how a “real” book feels and even smells. I’m gonna have to agree with you on this one. While it may not be a book, I still remember the smell of Weezer’s 1996 album Pinkerton when I first got it. I love that smell to this day.
- Just let us have and share our books with our friends. Dear publishing companies, I promise we’re not going to drive you out of business. Don’t become like the music industry and think that sharing is a vile four letter word. It isn’t. Sharing is part of who we are. If you let us share, we’ll be nice. Nice=profits. I promise.
I’m not expert, but that’s my take on the ebook phenomenon. I myself am holding off a year or so on getting an ereader. It all just feels so unsettled right now that I’d prefer to let natural selection run its course.