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!
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)
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)