I’m just joining the hoopla

Before we launch into the first Monday of the New Year, some housekeeping.  Sherri is the winner of the rechargable wine opener!  Yea for a self proclaimed wino!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by Fiction 500 on Friday to read my story.  You all get Gold Stars for following directions!

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So it seems the book world has gone to hell in a handbasket and books are going the way of records.  That is to say extinct.  What’s going to make them extinct?  Why these little ditties (or so they say anyway).

Amazon’s Kindle starting at $259:

And not to be outdone here is Sony’s Reader Digital Book: They range from $199 for the Pocket Edition to $399 for the Daily Edition (medium price version pictured)

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I don’t know if I could see myself using either of these to read a book.  While I admit, they are not as bad as I thought (though I have only seen the Sony version) I just don’t know if they are for me.  The screen is not glaring like a computer, which was my intial hesitation in accepting them as the next big thing.  It’s softer and does actually look like a printed book page rather than a web page.  You can get any title and they say the prices will come down (just like anything else) once the popularity grows.  Remember how much iPods were when they first came out?

Here are my reservations though.

I love books.  I buy books (or borrow) them faster than I can read them.  I have at least four if not seven books on my shelves that I haven’t even cracked open yet.  I’m the type of person that if I like a book, I’ll read it over and over again.  If you borrow a book from me, be warned I’m going to want it back.  That’s another reason the Lending Library of BMA has some very tight rules.  I like my books and I treat them like my children.

I don’t see myself getting all cozied up in bed with a piece of metal and plastic to read Anna Karenina (a book that I love).  That is not the kind of book where anything but the real bound paper will suffice.  I like the feel of the pages as they turn, the sound they make, the weight of the book.  I’m a bookie.  You can’t have the same kind of relationship with a Kindle or Reader that you can have with an actual bound book.

This leads me to wonder if what the so called experts in publishing are saying could possibly be true.  That Brick and Mortar Book Stores are going to be the Dinosaurs of the past.  Are all the articles I’ve been reading (and there are too many to list but I put some at the end of the post) indicitive of what the future is really going to hold?  E-Books already have some significant bearing in the publishing world.  So E-Readers are rumored to follow.

If that happens, and I really, really hope it doesn’t, then you’ll find me at Whatever Chain bookstore when they have their sell off.  I’ll be the one weeping over my overfilled basket of books.

What do you think about this E-Reader business?  Do you see yourself owning one?  If you have one, give me your honest opinion.

Links to E-Reader Articles:

Publishers Hold Back E-Books (from WSJ)
E-Book Sales Surpass Paper (Yahoo)
Will You Ever Buy E-Books? (Survey from Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent)
The Top Ten Myths about E-Books (Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent)
You Want to Borrow an E-Book (NYTimes)
Reshaping Reading (Kristin Nelson – Literary Agent, Devoted Kindle user)

18 thoughts on “I’m just joining the hoopla

  1. The day I give up my Kindle is the day they pry it out of my cold dead hands. Seriously, I am THAT in love with it, and I am a BOOK person. (I just got banned from buying more bound books because I literally have no place to put them anymore).

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  2. With most people having just christened the past decade as that of the “i” (iPod or iPhone, whichever), and the age of purely digital music upon us, I think you can look to music for reference.Do you buy CDs still? If not, were you ever one to read liner notes and admire the artwork? Probably not. Just as there are still CDs being produced for those either a) not owning an mp3 device (which is, what, 1% of the developed world now?) or b) collectors or more involved listeners, there will still be books.It's pretty much the same thing. Just like the convergence of portable music and phone/internet devices (hell I can get an amazon e-reader app for the iPhone (it's even called Kindle) for free right now).For me? I'll probably use the service for magazines and books I don't expect to pass down to my kids or along to someone else.

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  3. Kind of hard to dry out a kindle if you've dropped it in the bath tub. While the Kindle does look kind of cool, I'm with you. I can read books over and over and share and pass around books. Then the thought of having the electronic books potential to stop working? No thanks. I'll take my regular ole book any day.

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  4. I love the idea of the instant gratification a kindle would bring, I am not sure that I would be happy to lose the smell and feel of a real book. Not to mention the peace and happiness I feel when I am in a bookstore, surrounded by books and people reading books!*sigh*..one of my favorite places to be.

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  5. I can understand the logic, especially if you're like me and you have little storage room for books. I just know that making that transition would be tough for me. There's something warm and personal about an honest to goodness book. For me at least. I'd be a little sad if I had to curl up with a screen too.

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  6. I love reading, and I can't read a novel on a computer screen. But I would definitely give kindle or some other reader a try. I do wonder what all this means for aspiring authors. Is there a reason to beg big publishers to sign you?

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  7. I with you Andrea! I like books! I LOVE books! I have stacks of books waiting to be read. I will only share books with people who will a. return them and b. will return them in pristine condition. I am selfish.

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  8. I am such a book person. But I don't think I would invest in a Kindle (or the like) because I don't buy books. I get most everything I read from the library.However…I would love to have a Kindle when I travel. I think that Amazon would have more Kindle fans if you could buy a book…and get the Kindle version free. My mother who has arthritis would be a good candidate for a kindle…it would be so much easier for her to read her Kindle (and adjust the font if she wanted) version of Stephen King's new book. She keeps joking that she is going to need hand/wrist surgery by the time she finally finishes it!

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  9. I am the most book addicted person in the World. In NY I have 128 boxes of books in storage. Here in Germany I have boxes at my in-laws and three tall book cases for my books and the kids books are stacked in piles (waiting to buy a new case on our up-coming move). I haven't bought a hard copy book (except for the children) since the husband gave me the Kindle on December 11th. More, even when stuck in the airport for three days, when my Kindle had no charge (who thought I would need it on a weekend!), I refused to buy books because I wanted them on my Kindle, not hard copy. I bought magazines instead.I will still buy some books in hard copy, but primarily childrens' books, books with graphics or color photos, travel guides where I want photos and the ability to flip back and forth and hold in the rain, and books by Terry Pratchett- because of my deep adoration of J Kirby's illustrations.My husband thanks the lord every day. One, because he considers it a gift to himself- he moves all these books every time we move, and 2, because I am so happily reading public domain books right now that my current book buying has tremendously decreased. And I can buy US books with no shipping costs or lag (and without currency exchange issues, as from Amazon uk or de). I am an addict and I don't want to be cured.It is interfering with my blogging, though:).Btw, I read in the shower, as well as the bath. In the bath, the Kindle is safe. In the shower, I read magazines.

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  10. At first, I thought I would never consider one of these readers. However, a good friend of mine won a Kindle this past year. She devours books and absolutely loves the Kindle. I love actual books, also, but I do so love the convenience of carrying several digi books with me in my purse when I have to wait for kids at appointments.

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  11. No. Thanks. I am not a technology person. The print would be way to small for me. It seems so –impersonable. I like you, believe you gain a relationship with a good book. I'd never get rid of my Anne of Green Gables. may work for some, but not for meI'll keep the book

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  12. That's funny- because I just downloaded (public domain) every book written by LM Montgomery, as well as many of those by Dickens and by Dumas. My e-book folder has over 500 books right now, of whih I have purchased only 7. I have to force myself to start reading the physical books on my TBR shelves!

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  13. I've often thought if I traveled a lot, I'd want a Kindle to keep me company! But since I don't, I'm sticking to my library books. They're free, and I don't need to find a place to store them!

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  14. Funny you should mention this. I always thought I wouldn't be interested in a Kindle, not because I am dedicated to the hardbound book (god knows I have 3 floors of them) but I didn't like the idea of being tied in to a particular supplier (would be like only being able to read books by one publisher), and it is such a limitation that you can't (yet) have real illustrations. But I have discovered the Eucalyptus app for the ipod touch, and am loving it. It is great for reading in bed, and while standing in the line at the post office, etc. You can change the font size at the swipe of a finger, and it is very legible, and the Eucalyptus page turning can only be described as voluptuous. The main book I am reading at the moment is… Anna Karenina.

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  15. These days I don't see myself reading any books anytime soon but I do love to read. I have the Kathy Griffen book that I take with me to read while Graham's in swim class every week but I usually only read 4 or 5 pages between chatting with the other parents and watching Graham.I don't like the idea of electronic books, I like the smell and feel of a nice book. Weird, I know.

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  16. These days I don't see myself reading any books anytime soon but I do love to read. I have the Kathy Griffen book that I take with me to read while Graham's in swim class every week but I usually only read 4 or 5 pages between chatting with the other parents and watching Graham.I don't like the idea of electronic books, I like the smell and feel of a nice book. Weird, I know.

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  17. I doubt that they're going to have as much of an effect as the iPod did for the record business. But I could be wrong. My Dad offered to buy me one for Christmas, but I turned him down. I didn't like anything about the Kindle.

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