Do you read eBooks? Do you read them on your computer or do you have a fancy schmancy eBook reader? What do you think about this shift in shapes books have taken over the past decade or so? eBooks are everywhere And they’re not going away.
I first investigated ePublishing in 1998. I’ve had a toe in that format of publishing ever since. But I’ve never actually read eBooks until very recently. My excuse was that I didn’t want to read a book on the computer (for pleasure) because I spent enough time as it was writing on the computer. I didn’t want to be chained to the monitor when it came to a relaxing pastime!
But yay! As ePublishing has evolved so have methods to read them and eReaders. Now it’s virtually like reading a paper book, except you’re holding a small electronic device that simulates the printed page. I got myself a Kindle in October and absolutely love it. I use it for research books (you can highlight sentences then later print them out in one handy-dandy document), newspapers (just finished a two week free trial of the Irish Times), and yes I read fiction and nonfiction as well. And you know, I don’t even miss the paper.
I do have some exceptions that will see me in a bookstore as opposed to surfing the web for electronic books. I like coffee table books; those must be hardcover. I also like any book with diagrams and colored pictures to be in actual paper book form as well. I have a few favorite authors who have a current series going, and since I have five or six of their books already, I want to continue to get the rest in paper format. But new authors, and those books without a must-have cover, I’m perfectly happy reading in eFormat now.
And I thought I’d never come around to reading eBooks. You certainly can teach an old dog new tricks. :-)
So what about you? Have you tried eBooks? Do you read them exclusively, or a mix of both electronic and paper? If you needed to convince someone to give eBooks a try, what is the one point you would use to win them over? If you haven’t tried an eBook yet, why?
Here’s an early warning: On January 29th, Harlequin will start giving away 16 full-length electronic books. One book to represent each of their series lines. The giveaway lasts through all of 2009, so I’ll probably remind you all more than once. And guess what? My Nocturne, KISS ME DEADLY, has been chosen to represent that line. So if you haven’t read it yet, wait—then pick it up for free. Find the website, and a signup reminder page at: http://www.HarlequinCelebrates.com