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?