I am an avid reader. I try to read at least 100 novels a year, keep stacks of shorter books near the toilet, and read technical books at work. When I go home I visit the LoC reading rooms, and I frequent reference libraries to see rarer works. In all my collection is like 600 books at my parent’s house, 200 waiting to be shipped from MUC, and about 50 I am currently using here in Taipei.
I feel like no matter how fast I run I cannot get away from something talking about E-Readers being the next big thing. Even my broker discussed investing in companies preparing to release E-Readers. This is all well and good, but I have no idea what advantages they provide.
I think the idea of having thousands of books on one device is neat, but in reality who is reading any more than two or three books at a time? I get the idea of instant shopping, but people traveling under the whispernet probably are not too far off from just buying the book at a bookstore or can wait a day to have it overnight shipped and own a physical copy that exists. Books generally aren’t so big you can’t throw them in a bag or something.
The battery life thing also seems like a downgrade. 4-5 days of life is good, but compared to a book which has up to thousands of years life it makes no sense. Plus I tend to use reference books when there is no power/net available which would make an ebook reader sort of pointless.
The cost is insane compared to just buying books. The kindle for example is like 250$, then the books basically cost as much as the paper version. Even more if you factor in not being able to buy the books used at a huge discount. Absurd if you consider that libraries exist and generally allow free circulation of the same books.
To me a dedicated e-reader seems like a fad. A decent idea that should be incorporated into phones, pdas, and other devices instead of a stand alone appliance. For those that do use them, what are your thoughts and what drove you to a purchase? I am genuinely curious as to what the allure is(especially since my mom wants one for christmas)