Books: ebooks (Part 2)
Only in the last 12 months have I taken up e-reading. I am yet to sit down and read an entire novel, I generally use e-reading for my daily devotional, bible reading and bible study. I still like that old-fashion paper for general reading!
I haven't bought a ebook reader, rather I have an iPad that I use for many things, including reading. The iPad is not designed as a traditional ebook reader, so it does not have that "paper" look that many e-book readers have. This is one reason why I don't read it for hours (but it is great for reading in bed with the lights out!). It is also slightly bigger than most ebook readers, making it a little heavier to hold, that is where pillows come in handy (when reading in bed). I do like how I can control font size, making it larger or smaller, can quickly jump to another section of the book, underline, write notes, and send text to facebook etc.
I buy my books through KOBO and they are stored in the KOBO app. Purchasing and downloading is simple with only a few steps that are not complicated. Their on-line store is easy to use and they offer many discounts, sometimes around 30%. The cost of ebooks is minimal - I think the most expensive I've bought has been around $12 and the cheapest has been under $1 or free (however new releases are more expensive). The range is huge, so whatever is available in paper, I am also finding in ebooks. KOBO is a Canadian company - but I buy in Australian dollars, unlike Amazon which is in US$$ (not a problem at the moment).
So far, I am enjoying e-reading. I like the idea of having 1000's of books stored in one small place (especially when I travel). Another plus to ebooks . . . if I want a book "now" and its 11pm at night, I can download it within a minute or so . . . it provides instant books and that is a plus.
I now use ebook/internet for cooking, I know longer use cookbooks and in fact I have reduced my cookbook collection by 1/3 and would like to reduce it some more.
At this stage, ebooks are not going to take over from my paper-based books, however perhaps in the future I might see myself reading far more ebooks. This is similar to music - I once had a large collection of CDs, now I own none. All are on my computer and I listen to music via my iPod. I only buy music online (eg through iTunes). So one can never say never when it comes to ebooks.
For all the positives of ebooks . . . I still like to have bookcases full of books and looking at the number of people buying second hand books the other day I am not alone on this one. And there will never be a "ebook" second hand sale and thats a bit sad:)
Whats your view on ebooks? Good . . . bad . . . don't care?