I recently bought a Kindle. So I can compare the two experiences. Sounds strange that I finally broke down and bought one considering I have been e-publishing for over a year now. Notice while I went on and on about paper books my e-reader is one line. There is a reason for this and I'll correct that below.
Yes, I'm an old fogie. I've spent decades carrying books around with me everywhere. You'll find one of two hard bounds in my car at all times along with a Kindle in my purse. Sounds crazy doesn't it? Today's society is disposable. It's all about instant gratification. It has been my experience that instant gratification is short lived. The same is true about books which is why I paperback publish AND e-publish.
- e-books are easier to take in bulk on vacations, true.
- e-books are lighter by tons compared to paper ones, true.
- e-books are instantly available in all subjects, true.
- e-books are instant gratification, true.
- e-books fit in any purse or pocket, true.
- e-books by the hundreds can be stored in a small amount of space, oh so true.
- If the power goes out? Ah, I hear you...it's batteries.
- If the batteries die? Yep, you have extras.
- If you don't...you are FUBARed. *freaked up beyond all recognition
- If it breaks? You go out and spend another hundred of hard earned currency.
- If the internet dies? You won't have access to more books.
- If you drop check it, it's history.
- e-books are cheaper, sometimes.
- If a newer model comes out, you may have to buy another one to be able to read your book...think of computers. Remember Windows 1,2,3, 97, ME, XP, 7? Do you still played games or save stuff on 5 1/4, 3.5 disks or CD-ROM, Zip Disks? That's only the last 20 years!
Keep writing and loving the Lord.