Thursday, May 07, 2009

Kindle? Ebooks in General

This is one thing I keep trying to get behind and just cant bring myself to do it. A lawyer in my office was asking my opinion yesterday. I mean, I personally like my physical books, there is a comfort in them. Ebooks in general are hard for me to bring myself to read. Sitting at the computer is hard on my back for one. It is just not as cozy as a big comfy chair or my bed with tons of pillows...

But I do read ebooks ocassionally on my phone/palm. But that is hard on the eyes. The Kindle would definitely improve that. Esp. the new one that is bigger. But here's the thing...I like the CONCEPT of the Kindle - music, books, magazines, newspapers etc... all in one place, instantly. But that said, you are are the mercy of their format. Not all ebooks you already have will work on a kindle. That is a problem. And you are at the mercy of amazon's price structure. Which admittedly is cheaper than hard copies of the books, but there is no competition so that kind of bothers me. So even if I were to have a kindle, likely I would still have to use other devices for other forms of ebooks from small presses etc...

Then of course, there is the price. ANd it keeps being changed so what happens when it is obsolete? Another electronic product to dispose of? Most electronic products contaminate the soil they are disposed in. Eventually in theory I would get my money back if I bought enough books but that would take a while

And then there is just the feel and smell and sensations of books. Not to mention inscriptions or autographs. I realize not everyone likes these things but I do. Heck, even in used books, it is sometimes fun to know it has been owned and enjoyed before. I like the idea of saving trees but I just dont want it at the loss of books. I just feel I am losing something if I were to go to a Kindle.

Your thoughts?

2 comments:

Chrizette said...

Just bought the kindle today and cannot wait for it to be delivered. :) There are many free programmes that you can find on the internet that will convert many documents to the format of your specific reader. It is called calibre and is super easy to use. So you don't need to be restricted by Amazon's bookstore.

Debby said...

Also, there are so many books that Amazon offers for free. Some are popular authors, but many are independent authors you will never find in a book store. Yes, some of these are not great books, but some you buy are not so great too. I love being able to find books that I would have never had the opportunity to read without my Kindle. That being said, I think there is room for both ebooks and real paper books.