I am a confessed geek, and a fan of eBooks, and have been a fan of eBooks for a long time. Recently I got a couple of advance readers copies, and had create the question on my head on why this advance copies are not eBooks instead of books.
I stop reading Hard Cover long time ago, they were heavy and not really convenient, and I have been trying to read exclusively in eBook format since 1999 or 2000. Sunday night while I was finishing one of these advance copies I was really annoyed, the book is incredible, the story compelling, the physical book instead was a pain, was heavy and I was tired, but I want it to finish the book, sadly I quit, the book was incredible, but I could not handle the book any longer.
I don’t have a Kindle anymore, I mostly read on the iPhone or the iPad, using the Kindle app. I tend to prefer the iPad but when tired, nothing beats the weight of the iPhone. Last night I would have love to finish reading the book in the iPhone. I forget how much I love not only the convenience, but the weight of the ebook.
I stop reading hard cover because not only they were more expensive, because when I was reading ebooks in 1999 or 2000 they were sometimes as expensive or more, but heavier, and it wasn’t easy to read in bed, or the couch, and I tend to forget how much I love the weight of the eBook, the ability to read in bed without additional light (at least in the case of certain devices), the ability to use only one hand, to increase the font size if I am tired, and many more things that make ebooks great.
I love ebooks, but I am not sure I love paper books anymore. I begin getting rid of my paper library some years ago, even buying good books again in eBooks, and the more the time pass, the more books I want to get rid of it, the less physical books I want to carry. When we move to California in 2003 we move nineteen boxes of books, when I move to Indiana in 2011 we move five. I don’t care for the smell (actually if they smell, I do something immediately to eliminate the smell), I don’t care for the space, I don’t care for the weight, I don’t care for physical books anymore, they are something of the past maybe, that big library full of books that I once dream as a kid, I don’t want it anymore, give me a eBook reader, and leave the walls empty, if you most, put the shelves. One more thing, don’t forget that I would prefer one with backlight or some kind of light, I don’t want to turn any other light around me.[Augusto Pinaud, 5/10/11 7:51 AM]
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