Weigh in on the e-book debate. Readers, are you buying and reading e-books? Authors, how do you feel about the impact e-books may have on the craft, readership and revenues?

Personally I feel that the technology will only continue to advance, so we can't afford to be left behind. I love books, but space is a problem since I downsized my lifestyle 7 years ago. I just downloaded Amazon's Kindle for the PC free and immediately purchased 3 reference books at a very modest price. I noticed however that some books were priced comparably to their paper editions. I think it was a great move on Amazon's part to put the Kindle out there for a test drive. I had begun to consider whether or not I would like an e-reader so it's nice to be able to try one for free.

As prices come down on e-book readers, more people may take advantage of the technology. Another issue seems to be the incompatibility of the e-book formats. Shouldn't an e-book be available on any reader or pc?

Adding to the fray, one wily agent just bypassed the publisher and negotiated with Amazon for exclusive e-book rights for his client list. Agent and authors are splitting the royalties. Needless to say the major publishers are not happy. The gloves are off in this free for all, but I believe readers and authors will prevail.

What e-books did I purchase? I bought a bible commentary, bible dictionary and bible. These resources are also available on line, but sometimes I like to bypass the internet and other times connectivity can be a problem. I've yet to try a book on tape, let alone read a full length e-book. I guess you can say I'm torn. I still like to curl up in bed with a good book. I like the feel of a book in my hand. Can you imagine a generation that won't know or care what that feels like?

Weigh in. What are your thoughts?

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Comment by Cynthia D. Toliver on July 28, 2010 at 6:08pm
I tried the Nook in Barnes and Noble last night. I am still undecided. What I've learned from the PC version of Kindle is that the functionality depends alot on how the ebook is formatted so read the e-book reviews before you buy. For instance reviewers commented on whether books were formatted so that you could easily jump to a given chapter, page or term. This is important for reference books, but not necessary for a novel.
Comment by Phred St Laurent on July 28, 2010 at 12:47am
I am actually going to try the download to my laptop this weekend... Love the bindings, and old books, I collect old bibles.
Still I am a geek.... see how the laptop feels (it is not a large one) and think about the others later....still it seems like sacrilage to me in a way.
Comment by Joy Tamsin David on July 25, 2010 at 9:07pm
I love my iphone b/c I can read both kindle and nook books on it. I like it better than reading a PDF file on the computer.

I like the reading on my phone a little more than reading a print book actually.
Comment by Cynthia D. Toliver on July 23, 2010 at 11:47pm
Thanks Sandi. I feel the same way about books, but the bottom line is I love to read. Some e-readers seem to approximate that experience, and you can't beat having your library at your fingertips.
Comment by Sandi Andrews on July 23, 2010 at 11:20pm
I noted this week that e-Books are now outselling traditional books. Many of my friends and family love their Kindles or Nooks but I will be one of the last holdouts still clinging to a "real" book.

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